SPL cannot hold secret meetings with Rangers bidders


All three outfits looking to take control of Rangers want to meet the SPL before formalising their bids.  It would be inappropriate for any bidder to discuss the terms under which a new company could enter the SPL with the League’s executive.  It is not their place to negotiate with the League, or to establish the terms under which they would be prepared to spend money on Rangers.

Let’s be clear about what cannot be achieved by meeting the League:

The SPL cannot give them any indication as to whether the resolutions will be passed

They cannot give them any indication if other resolutions will be proposed and passed

They cannot give them any indication on the probability of a new company being given access to the SPL

SPL executives have no influence on these matters.  From an information discovery position, these meetings are utterly pointless, there is no need for them and no insight can be gained from them.

The SPL executive cannot consider representations from third parties who are hoping to cut a deal on buying a club.  If any bidder were to discuss their own bid or the consequences of any sanction the meeting becomes wholly inappropriate.

Any meetings which do take place should be minuted, with minutes distributed to all SPL clubs, and should be open to any other SPL clubs who wish to attend.

No secret deals, no secret attempts to influence.

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  1. MWD




    That was an interesting thread you posted. I must admit I had forgotten how personal and vitriolic some of that was but I remember it as being highly judgemental.



    As well as Finbar 67, I would commend SOAL, Big Nan and Praecepta for showing faith.



    I am honestly not one for saying “I told you so” and, like Auldheid received in that thread, I got some personal drunken stuff directed at me, from a regular continuing poster,when Gordon Strachan lost his only league. It does not mean a great deal in the big picture.



    I would give a bye to many of the critical posters for two reasons. One, there was a reason to be annoyed; we were 3:0 down to Killie at half time and a big gap was growing in our points tally. A lot of coachable faults were not being corrected; defence of throw-ins (it was not an error when Killie kicked the ball out for a shy straight from kick off; it was tactical) and use of a defensive midfielder to protect the CBs. However, I would criticise the finality of the judgementalists because we were only in mid-October and we had had a good winning record under Neil apart from this August to October period.



    I hope some of our “lighthouse” posters will develop some patience and perspective but they were not wholly wrong. There were things to be fixed and, by Lenny, we fixed them.



    I’d also note that there is a kind of zeitgeist amongst the match day posters and it is not limited to that Killie game. You could parody the CQN match day posts as follows:-



    “Punter A- Have you seen the team selection. FFS I cannae believe Lenny’s still picking player X and no picking player Y



    Punter B- You’re quite right! Will he never learn



    Pretendy Californian Poster- So Lenny is still ignoring my perspicacity and picking the duffers and no the brammers.


    Well, after we lose this one, he might learn better or we’ll have to consider his contract



    (Game starts)



    Punter A- We’re no playing well



    Punter B- This looks like a disaster in the making



    Pretendy Californian- Change it Lenny. get the guys on that I told you to put on



    (Player X scores)



    Punter A- Brilliant! Mon the Hoops



    Punter B- Good on you Lenny! You da man!



    Pretendy Californian- G’night Shuggie McGlumpher, wherever you are”





    As you can see, MWD, I do not treat the whole thing completely seriously. Seems to have been a lot of poster names in that Killie thread that we’ve not seen since. Wonder why?

  2. sixtaeseven: No NewCo in SPL and it's Non-Negotiable! on




    I believe that current rules and punishments should be applied before introducing new ones.



    At the moment that’s not the case. For example, they should already have lost their SFA license for not having any audited accounts, and they are not being punished for the double contracts when every man and their dug knows what they’ve been up to. The list of unpunished faults goes on…



    Introducing new laws when existing ones are sufficient?


    Does that remind you of anything…!?!

  3. sixtaeseven: No NewCo in SPL and it's Non-Negotiable! on

    Quote of the week:


    RFC(IA): “as much a casino as a football club” (Alex Thomson, Ch4 News)



    Possible new name for NewCo:


    Casino Loyale




    Black and red (à la roulette): they’ve already got the scarves and the soaks.

  4. When did ‘appropriate’ become an issue?



    The big Hoose must stay open, and that’s the bottom line.



    Never a truer word spoken.



    Rules? Appropriate? Integrity?




  5. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    For any boxing fans – Big Martin Rogan is fighting Tyson Fury tonight in Belfast.It’s being shown on C5.Not much at stake,but it should be a good,old-fashioned brawl.Martin is a good Tim,so remember who to support.




  6. pabloh_AKA_NEIL LENNON on




    Then why do I expect that all of the above will happen? Am I paranoid?

  7. The SPL should begin its transparency by publishing the full texts of the Resolutions that make up the Cheats’ Charter and not just the summaries. The devil is often in the detail and we all know that summaries can be carefully worded to make the potentially explosive look benign.

  8. pabloh_AKA_NEIL LENNON on




    All this talk of newco…



    On another note;



    Do u have any knowledge of how any ‘dual contracts’ investigation is going? Or do u share the opinion I have that there probably isn’t a great interest in that?

  9. SFTB



    I think it’s missed overall that a blog is, if I might be so bold, a very Zen thing.



    Like now, as then, there is only that moment. There is only now as Van would say.



    Hindsight is a wonderful thing baby – to paraphrase Kid Creole.



    What we have to be careful of, is not knowing people on a blog as well as we know our friends. Although I know many have become friends on here.



    Take this as example – In O’Kane’s after a game I might say to my best pal Stephen – I thought player X kept us in the game. He might turn and say something along the lines of ‘Whit?!! Don’t talk p**h. Are you mental?’ – At no point would I feel victimised or attacked. In fact I probably would laugh. Because our parameters are set out and we know each other very well.



    But on a blog? That same sentence could easily be the well tossed hand grenade.




  10. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    Good game so far…….. Just thought …. Pity the SFA / SPL have let down all the other teams in Scotland to try to protect their establishment team….they really are cocking everything up …… if they had behaved properly from the outset, this would all have been sorted out by now …… they really are now reaping what they sowed …… Pathetic little men

  11. I’m very chary of instances of where MSM begin to plant little pictures of Ragers in a Division other than the SPL, not much has altered ever since Alex Salmond words, which were (paraphrased) “The important thing is that Ragers (the institution) continue”.



    I wouldn’t be surprised if MSM are quietly confident having been ‘told’ that the SPL is where Ragers will be playing, even in the event of liquidation, and the Division 3 quotes are safe to make, in the general pretence of impartiality, and amidst the smokescreen for the SPL rule change chicanery etc, etc.



    I’m still convinced that the HMRC appeal tribunal decision is the key factor, in the entire fiasco, and when their appeal is refused, it will have a primary effect, on the more series charges of improper player registrations.

  12. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    Are there any SPL games on today ?

  13. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Considering the early ko, the venue and the fact that it’s live on BBC2 in Scotland, there’s a healthy crowd at today’s cup semi. Any Newco protest banners?!




  14. Nicknamed 11 for Jam Farts (mind exhausted halfway through, hence deterioration in quality):



    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Zally ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::



    Robot Dr ::::::: Fenian Kenyan ::::::::::::: CM* :::::::::: Iznaeingearyet



    :::::::::::::::: \o/ ::::::::::::::::::::::::: Uncle Ki ::::::: Supa Joe :::::::::::::::::



    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Pie per play :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::



    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 88 :::::::::::::::: Georgios Samurai :::::::::::::::::::::



    * Child minder



    Don’t change the midfield and attack from last weekend. If Izzy isn’t fit, bring Rogne in to CB, Mulgrew out LB.

  15. If Uefa threatened to ban the Scottish national team from all competitions that’d scupper Salmonds lobbying 100%.



  16. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    Bournesouprecipe …… There is no doubt they have been told this, and they are ALL preparing us for it…..what they don’t know is that Agent Whyte has different plans for iPox etc…… LOL

  17. theglasgowcelticway on

    The bidders understand exactly what they’re doing.Any meeting is designed purely to pressure and coerce the weaker members of the SPL(all the rest that is.)

  18. Champion Weekend in the Chilterns…



    Hi Paul,



    If they don’t have the secret meetings how are they going to Fix the Phoenix?



    At the moment.



    They have no Stadium



    They have no training ground



    They intend to bend, break or Gerrymander every aspect of Football and Civil regulations.



    They are hopelessly under resourced



    Some things just can’t be pulled off in an open & transparent.



    Enjoying Football Focus today – Shaunaldiho curler Lambert’s legendary screamer in the postage stamp and now the bhoys…

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