The world looked so different for Scottish Football League chief executive, David Longmuir, back in March. He convinced half of the member clubs to reject a deal which would earn them considerably more money next season, while enjoying the accolades of Rangers International chief exec, Charles Green.
Green remains a controlling director of Rangers International, but Longmuir’s actions infuriated First Division clubs, who have now applied to join the SPL, furious at his attempts to subvert them earning what many see as crucial income next season.
To suggest Longmuir acted in the interests of one Third Division club to the considerable detriment of all First Division clubs would be stating the obvious. These shenanigans still go on in Scottish football, even now, after all that happened last year, but it is reassuring that the overwhelming majority of voices have, again, said, ‘On your (boardroom) bike’. We are rapidly becoming one of the least corrupt countries football is played in the world. Good luck to all in the First Division.
I read the leaked document, Rangers (sic): the way forward, yesterday afternoon. It was so ludicrously lacking in anything which remotely resembled substance I assumed the leak was an attempt to discredit Charles Green. Then I heard BBC’s Chris McLaughlin say it was Green himself behind the leak. The fact that the Rangers International director categorically recognised the club is lumbered with a lame manager hardly passes for insight. The document was embarrassingly inept.
“The team will work for each other and press the opponents when not in possession.
“Most of all, players will come off the park knowing that they have done their best.”
In a high-level policy document this is cringeworthy.
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