Now that Dave King, Paul Murray and the three Bears have apparently ensured a ‘landslide’ victory in their quest to take control of the holding company that owns the club, focus will now turn towards the mess that they are about to find and of course their plans to spend (other peoples’) money to buy their way out of the shambles.
A caller on Clyde 1 last night was quick to put an estimate on the money needed to “restore” “Rangers” to their “former glory” and that sum was £50M!
King, who previously sat alongside Paul Murray on the Rangers FC board that sanctioned further reckless spending to hang onto Celtic’s coat tails rather than a more cautious, businesslike approach in the face of the decade of tax dodging coming home to roast.
Michael Ashley is owned money – lots of it – and he doesn’t strike anyone as a push over when it comes to his own bottom line. Michael will make sure he gets his pound of flesh.
Then there is the highest paid celebrity gardener and his flower pot man deputy. Both will need to be paid off on what remains of their rolling contract. Both are unlikely to “do the right” thing and waive their entitlement to their wages.
The playing squad is awful – even players like Lee Wallace, not so long ago championed by the media and those at Ibrox – for a Scotland call up, is now regarded by their support as surplus to requirements. While Boyd looked hungry at Kilmarnock last season now he looks like he’s enjoying the good life in the Murray Park canteen.
This has all resulted in “the most competitive league in world football”, containing “the most successful club in world football” becoming a one horse race with Hearts going 24 points clear of the current Third Division Champions after a 10-0 victory over Cowdenbeath at the weekend.
Then there is the “re-emergence”of the old sectarian song book which is now mixed with racism and a fascination for child abuse to create a toxic cocktail of hatred unsurpassed in world football.
This support will flood back in their droves to Ibrox to support the “latest” new dawn. So everything in garden will be rosy.
If Ally has indeed managed to grow the missing £50M on trees.