The Rangers International share prospectus contained references about league reconstruction possibly expediting the club’s ascent to the Scottish Premier League for the first time. This was never on anyone else’s agenda and was merely the latest manifestation of the train of thought that Scottish football could not, and would not, consider life without ‘Rangers’ in the top flight, or perhaps one division below. We can only hope that the company’s budgeting was not dependent on this aspiration.
Even the most ardent advocates of the belief structure that a ‘Rangers’ branded company is wanted and needed by the rest of the game must now accept ample evidence exists that their flat earth claims are folly. For the record, Scottish football no more needs Celtic than it did Rangers, we are a lumbering albatross around their necks.
The Rangers chief executive, Charles Green, makes a valid point about the remainder of his club’s season, “If this [12-12-18 reconstruction] does happen, what is the point of us finishing the season?
“We might as well have a winter break from now until August. I can’t see any point in carrying on with meaningless matches.”
As many have pointed out, his is the same purpose as the teams in each division who are free of relegation threats and already out of title/promotion contention – it’s called sport, but all teams in the SFL Third Division are effectively now playing for the joy of the game itself, which is pretty much what most of the do anyway. Let’s hope Mr Green’s comments are not widely reported to those he is trying to sell tickets to. It was astutely reported that Green has the makings of a PT Barnum about him, but rubbishing your own product is more Gerald Ratner than Barnum.
Roll up, roll up
By contrast, PT Lawwell’s comments on the proposed reorganisation, “To be fair, it is one of the very infrequent times when the greater good of the game has been taken into account”, could be taken straight from the consensus-builder’s manual. It remains to be seen how best to serve the greater good, but any solution has to work for every club, not just one or two.
Delighted Terry Butcher is staying in the Highlands. Great news for Inverness and the SPL. I’m enjoying this season; more please.
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