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Prediction: Sir David Murray – will pay a heavier price than anyone

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Sir David Murray bought Rangers in 1988, two years after the arrival of Graeme Souness had kick-started the football club which had spent most of the previous two decades in the shadow of Celtic, then Aberdeen and Dundee United.

Murray maintained the highly speculative transfer policy of previous owner, Lawrence Malborough, achieving considerable domestic success during his first decade at the club.

Last year Celtic Quick News reported his greatest contribution to Scottish football:

“Within a year of taking control of Rangers Murray ended the most blatant sectarian employment policy still in place in Scotland when his club openly signed a Catholic football player for the first time since before World War I. For this, he deserves enormous credit.

“Many of you grew into adulthood in a country where a large part of the population supported a ‘No Catholics at Rangers’ policy.  The sense of shock in 1989 when Rangers signed Maurice Johnston will be difficult to relay to a young reader.  This was a taboo no one thought would end.”

After Martin O’Neill’s Celtic redrew the balance of power in Scottish football, Murray found it difficult to compete.  He also perhaps found it difficult to lose.  A highly controversial Employee Benefit Trust scheme was used to compensate dozens of footballers as well as non-football staff.  The consequences of this scheme, the legality of which has still to be decided, brought the club to its knees.

Murray’s business interests had grown from its initial base in steel to encompass a huge property investment empire.  When the recession brought a tightening of lending criteria and the property crash arrived in 2008, Celtic Quick News predicted Rangers would go out of business.  The clock has been ticking ever since.

Murray sold Rangers to Craig Whyte a year ago, later claiming he was “duped” by Whyte, although former chairman, Alasdair Johnston, today disputes this claim.

All roads of this entire debacle lead back to Murray.

Prediction: Sir David Murray will pay a heavier price than anyone else involved in this mess.  I’ll hold fire for now on what I think will be the more serious consequences but I expect Sir David, along with Ogilvie, Clark, Whitehouse and others will face an SFA Judicial Panel for what has happened at Rangers and that none will work in football again.

Many thanks for the info on clubs playing out-with their associations’ geographical area.  No more needed.

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  1. An Fear Dearg on

    Nollaig Shona do gach duine! Well it IS Christmas morning, or is it just me?!

  2. ibleedgreenandwhite1 on

    Paul67

     

     

    Take a breather son,,its a hot day lol

     

     

    Hail hail

  3. Hoops_Neil_Lennon_diditagain on

    Paul67 on 23 May, 2012 at 14:49 said:

     

    new article posted.

     

     

    share on F’book or Twitter

     

     

    Hoops_Neil_Lennon_diditagain on 23 May, 2012 at 14:49 said:

     

    Well overdue a new article.

     

     

    share on F’book or Twitter

     

     

    Claiming first place, as i posted straight after paul.

  4. traditionalist88 on

    First again…will give everyone else a shot now;)

     

     

    Tonight will see the release of….

     

     

    HH

  5. optimistic little soldier on

    “Tonight will see the release of…”

     

     

    The release of what?? Documents nailing Murray? Funds for the RFFF?! The Hounds?!?

  6. traditionalist88 on

    Hoops_Neil_Lennon_diditagain

     

     

    Not quite understanding the concept of podium, my friend;)

     

     

    HH

  7. An Fear Dearg on

    I’ve seen the Administrators’ hourly fees posted before but does anyone know off the top of their head what that works out roughly as as a daily rate? Would it be anywhere in the vicinity of £70k? Am just amused at the thought that their Sunday walk basically raised enough to, well, cover the cost of the administrators’ (extra?) work that day!

  8. Today of all days I have to go out, I never go out but today of all days I have two appointments…

     

     

    Grrrrrrrrr

     

     

    Grumpy in the Valley..

  9. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    traditionalist88

     

     

    Do you have an EBT ?

     

     

    Hail Hail

  10. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Down around the corner

     

    A half a mile from here

     

    You can see them long trains run

     

    And you watch them disappear

     

    Without love

     

    Where would you be now

     

    Without love

     

     

    You know I saw Miss Lucy

     

    Down along the tracks

     

    She lost her home and her family

     

    And she won’t be comin’ back

     

    Without love

     

    Where would you be right now

     

    Without love

     

     

    Well the Illinois Central

     

    And the Southern Central Freight

     

    Gotta keep on pushin’ mama

     

    ‘Cause you know they’re runnin’ late

     

    Without love

     

    Where would you be now, na-na-now

     

    Without love

     

     

    Well the Illinois Central

     

    And the Southern Central Freight

     

    Gotta keep on pushin’ mama

     

    ‘Cause you know they’re runnin’ late

     

    Without love

     

    Where would you be now

     

    Without love

     

     

    Well the pistons keep on churnin’

     

    And the wheels go ’round and ’round

     

    And the steel rails are cold and hard

     

    For the miles that they go down

     

    Without love

     

    Where would you be right now

     

    Without love

     

    Where would you be now

  11. From the drip drip drip of the teardrops

     

    To the chink chink chink of the cash

     

    To the end end end of the friendships

     

    To the wack wack wack of the bash

     

    Corruption corruption corruption

     

    Rules my soul

     

    Corruption corruption corruption

     

    Rules my soul

     

     

    From the tick tick tick of your time’s up

     

    To the yes yes yes of ‘I’ll sell’

     

    From the fact fact fact of the souless

     

    To the pact pact pact with hell

     

    Corruption corruption corruption

     

    Rules my soul

     

    Corruption corruption corruption

     

    Chills my bones

     

    Corruption corruption corruption

     

    Rules my soul

     

    Corruption corruption corruption

     

    Chills my bones

     

     

    From the scream scream scream of the babies

     

    To the retch retch retch of the youth

     

    From the lie lie lie of the righteous

     

    To the lost lost lost way I feel

     

    Corruption corruption corruption

     

    Rules my bones

     

    Corruption corruption corruption

     

    Chills my bones

     

    Corruption corruption corruption

     

    Rules my soul

     

    Corruption corruption corruption

     

    Rules my soul

     

    Corruption

     

    Corruption

     

     

    Order in the court

     

    Decision to abort

     

    The monkey wants to speak

     

    So speak, monkey speak

     

    Speak monkey, speak

     

    Speak monkey, speak

     

    Speak monkey, speak

     

     

    Everything leads to corruption

     

    Everything leads to corruption

     

    Corruption

  12. Big Swee walks on with Neil Lennon on

    “I expect Sir David, along with Ogilvie, Clark, Whitehouse and others will face an SFA Judicial Panel for what has happened at Rangers and that none will work in football again”.

     

     

    Strong words and I couldn’t agree more. Murray you can understand in trying to shore up a failing empire but since Duff n co. got involved it’s farcical to the extreme.

     

     

    One wonders what criminal charges could indeed follow.

     

     

    It will indeed be cold in the shadow.

  13. Realistically, what is the date when we will see a result of all this? I mean when we will know for sure that hun FC is no longer here?

  14. sparkleghirl on

    Oh I am so excited.

     

     

    I am off home for a siesta but will be awake by 8pm your time to read your comments and updates on the doc (that’s assuming you’re kind enough to post them……)

  15. merseycelt lmfao as the big house door slams shut on

    Paul

     

     

    Relax, man, we know you are more industrious in fighting the good fight than that lazy RTC fella!

     

     

    OR

     

     

    Are you leaving us for a while without leaving us hanging?

     

     

    Whatever, it should be you (and Phil) who is winning awards not some part-time upstart!

     

     

    HH and Thank You

  16. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Paul67 –

     

     

    I am particularly pleased to see this arrogant charlatan fall on his sword. This day has been a long time coming for us.

     

     

    Hopefully Murray’s darkest days are still ahead though.

  17. traditionalist88 on

    Awe Naw

     

     

    Yeah but its a non controversial one… honest;)

     

     

    HH

  18. Big Swee walks on with Neil Lennon on

    And please note I said understand purely recognising the man’s ego and complete disdain of our club.

     

     

    To understand is not to accept or indeed forgive.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  19. Thindimebhoy on

    Good Afternoon Paul 67

     

     

    Looking forward to the day the arch villan of Scottish footballs biggest scandal is called to book

     

     

    For every honest fiver we spent he spent a stolen a tenner

  20. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    traditionalist88 on 23 May, 2012 at 15:01 s

     

     

    LOL

     

     

    More like a BPT Brennan Pint Time ;-)

     

     

    Hail HAil

  21. An Fear Dearg on

    “It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid…”

     

     

    Well unless you’re David Murray, or anyone associated with Rangers FC (In Administration)…

  22. There is a very obvious joke about Murrays position, but don’t anybody use it!

  23. its a really slow news day eh.

     

     

    anyone know if Paul67 will post a new article at all.

     

     

    its been ages since the last one.

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