Principled resignations, ASA withdraw adjudication


I cannot fathom why someone would leak their intentions to quit as chairman of a football club.  Either Walter Smith is sufficiently alarmed by the conduct of his club to resign, or he should be busy working to resolve matters.  Leaking that he intends to resign will surely only add to the nonsense that surrounds the club.

Some will believe that Smith, who accepted the position as chairman of Rangers International when season tickets went on sale in May, can shuffle of the scene now 34,000 tickets have been sold.  Shareholder votes will determine the future of the club, in this instance, the identity of the chairman has little reach beyond parting fans with their cash.

Some investors may consider a more immediate problem is why the club are burning a hugely disproportionate amount of cash to secure promotion from the third tier of Scottish football, and why a management structure is not in place to deploy resources more effectively.

In light of Francisco Sandaza’s off-the-cuff comments to Tommy in Glasgow, and his subsequent dismissal by Rangers International, we urge Mr McCoist to be more cautious than he was after his team’s spirited, but ultimately fruitless, performance in Forfar on Saturday.  It would be unfortunate if McCoist transgressed a condition of employment and suffered accordingly.

Advertising Standards Authority ruling withdrawn

It doesn’t rain but it pours.  The Independent Review Process of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has looked into the ASA’s recent, and widely reported, ruling on Rangers International’s claim on football titles won by a liquidated club. The Review found that “it was a procedural flaw for the ASA to have relied on an extract only of a report sent to it by the advertiser”.

Further, the review process ruled that “there was also the risk of a substantial flaw of adjudication in the distinction that had been made between ‘club’ and ‘company’, especially in the light of previous ASA decisions about companies that change hands and the circumstances in which the new company could or could not trade off the reputation of the old company”.

The Chairman of the ASA, Lord Smith of Finsbury, as decided to reopen the ASA’s investigation into the case and to withdraw the published adjudication, which favoured the advertiser.  Withdrawing this adjudication does not infer that a different outcome will subsequently be reached.  To use a football analogy, it’s half time and they’re all square.

An interesting, and potentially critical part of the story, is that after the initial ASA decision was issued, the club’s web site noted that their submission to the process included information that a “panel of the London Stock Exchange” supported their claim.

The Stock Exchange subsequently appeared surprised at this assertion, so much so that the club promptly withdrew the claim from the web article.

“You’re history, that’s what you are, na na na na”.
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    Memo to self.



    JOHN has a J in it!




  2. Marrakesh Express on

    I think its safe to say that any and every hun out there would gladly give up their 9 iar, the Laudrup-Gazza years and all, just to reverse this almighty disaster. And to do so would be an admission of guilt.




  3. pauloantony



    13:14 on 5 August, 2013



    Wgs I’d love to get Sevco in the Scottish cup at ipox!


    Just to rub it right into them …


    Just imagine oor Neil at the end clapping our support …





    Please NO, NEVER! They would draw Celtic into a fight of some sort and the MSM would make sure Celtic were seen as the villains. remember how they behaved at Celtic Park in the sneaky Sally incident – yet how was the game portrayed the next day?



    As my Mum (RIP) used to say, ‘if you lie with dogs, you get up with flees.’

  4. Squire/ Marrakech



    QOS were paying comparative big money to there players ….they were the only full time team in the division



    One thing that irked me when Johnston was given manager of the year












    Till later all


    Kicked aff computer shortly No2 daughter needs to do Uni prep work

  6. Bobby Murdoch….





    Me too!



    Much Internal disbelief at original adjudication.

  7. Stringer Bell on

    squire danaher




    Last time I heard of that was Leeds under Ridsdale when they were after the Derby youngster Seth Johnson. The boys agent allegedly briefed him before signing talks that “you won’t be signing for less than £30k pw”






    Good story that. Unfortunately not true as confirmed by the player recently :-)



    Not sure I believe the rumours on the Huns offering more money either. Doesn’t quite compute.





    I sincerely doubt that-they expect to have it all.



    They know no other way.



    How many hun fans do you know who,even on their eve of destruction,said-it will never happen,we are rangers,ffs.



    It’s that mentality which drives them asunder.

  9. StevieS


    13:11 on


    5 August, 2013



    I don’t need names but I take that’s somebody appointed relatively recently, as when I was there there was just me and a Hibee that were were Scottish football supporters.



    There was another Glaswegian girl but she had hee-haw interest in the game.



    Other than that the other real football fans were Leeds(my manager), Charlton(x2), Arsenal, Spurs, Ipswich and Chelsea.

  10. WGS


    I hope they never darken our door again.





    Beat me to it we will be tarred with the same brush as them.

  11. Stringer bell



    I was advised that Kevin Kyle got a much better deal than he thought he was going to get

  12. 'crushed nuts?' 'Naw, Layringitis!' on

    Ashley has tucked up sevco. The friendly tickets will cost Nufc fans £46, or they can pay at the gate to sit amongst sevcovians.


    As a significant shareholder in both clubs, I wonder who Ashley’s supporting?

  13. Greenmaestro


    I know I keep banging on the club licence drum but accounts should have been presented to SFA at end of April. If not accounts then sufficient financial info to allow SFA to publish Turnover, wages and ratio of wages to turnover and (I’m less sure ) P& L but not debt.


    The SFA have been asked when this info will be published and said they were working on it but that was a few weeks ago.


    If Rangers supporters had any learning capacity they would have checked with the SFA first before buying STs and the SFA should be made, as a necessary reform, to become the assurer if not garuantor for the league in terms of a club’s financial status.


    The SFA are well named because they do SFA to look after the game because they believe Rangers are the game.


    Well that is becoming more and more self evidently not so and unless its a kamikazee mission they will have to change course.


    Step one however is getting rid of the kamikazee pilots in charge.

  14. tomtheleedstim on

    Inside The SPFL ‏@AgentScotland 15m


    We’ve been informed Lee Wallace has been offered to Nottingham Forrest and Wigan, The Rangers also still hoping to offload Shiels & Black

  15. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    If we draw them in the Cup it’ll be a sell-out and they’ll get 50% of the gate.



    So not for me; they are well alight by now and me and my full bladder are walkin’ by on the other side.

  16. tomtheleedstim


    13:30 on 5 August, 2013



    Punting Wallace was inevitable as soon as they brought back Steven Smith. Wallace is probably their only sellable asset.

  17. Stevies


    The ASA manager is not AD Bryce by any chance? He goes on and on and on justifying the same club argument and everyone he puts forward – Derry coefficient and now ASA gets shot down.

  18. Weeminger,



    Couldn’t tell you when he was appointed (I left a few years back). But can tell you he is current.



    You missed Norwich in that list :-)



    When were you there? I left before the relocation to the new offices.

  19. Stringer Bell on




    13:28 on 5 August, 2013


    Stringer bell



    I was advised that Kevin Kyle got a much better deal than he thought he was going to get






    He is a player of genuine quality though :-).

  20. I hope the rumours that FPLG is going are false.



    If he goes it takes the shine off what has been a brilliant weekend.

  21. auldhied,



    Dunno his name (never asked), but “bitter” was a word used to describe him.



    Much worse was used to describe some of the correspondence received.

  22. Robert Tressel



    In my humble opinion I don’t think Celtic or Scottish Football will see any form of Rangers as a genuine force in my lifetime (I’m in my early 40′s)



    I hope you are correct.. I also hope you had a salad for lunch and had a bit of a jog… If they are not back in your lifetime make it a long one

  23. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    CREDITORS have been granted additional time to investigate a bankrupt tycoon over claims he hid millions of pounds as an investigation was approved into shares passed to former Rangers manager Graeme Souness.



    Hmmmm, now where have I heard that name before…..?

  24. pauloantony




    13:14 on 5 August, 2013




    Wgs I’d love to get Sevco in the Scottish cup at ipox!


    Just to rub it right into them …


    Just imagine oor Neil at the end clapping our support …





    Not for me, never wish to see them near our beloved Celtic again.

  25. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    On leave at the moment…….usually get up about 7am ……. Been lying in bed all day reading CQN …….. Really need to go and get something to eat or, like sevco, I’ll wear away to nothing………hahahahahahaha…..I’ll be back, though…… They won’t ….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. !!Bada Bing!! on




    13:00 on 5 August, 2013Would love to get Rangers at Parkhead this season in the scottish cup


    Not if East Stirling get a hold of them first….:)

  27. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    big mike



    13:43 on 5 August, 2013



    ABSOLUTELY ….!!!!

  28. Huns have notified the stock exchange they have new brokers


    AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!


    from twitter



    John DC Gow‏@JohnDCGow22m


    Rangers announce the appointment of Daniel Stewart & Company plc as corporate broker to the Company with immediate effect

  29. tomtheleedstim on

    Kayal33/Auldheid – I reckon Charles is swinging the axe to try and save them – I think McCoist might go as well if he gets his way. All too little, too late. Great fun this, absolutely magic.





    I’m with you on that,mate.



    Used to love playing them,total adrenalin rush.



    No intention of even watching them on telly now. Ever.

  31. ” .. Rangers (sic) announce the appointment of Daniel Stewart & Company plc as corporate broker to the Company with immediate effect ..”



    Wonder if greene or Whyte or any of their companies have connections to them

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