Sports Direct with humiliating control


Records published by the Intellectual Property Office yesterday show Sports Direct own quite a lot of trademarks, including:

Scope of trademark: organisation of sporting activities.
This property has not been licenced to the football club, or joint ventures like Rangers Retail Ltd.  Sports Direct own the rights to call a football team Rangers.

Rangers (again)
Scope: from clothing to trinkets and everything in between.
Owned by Sports Direct, licenced to Rangers Retail Ltd

Glasgow Rangers Football Club
Scope: clothes trinkets, etc.
Owned by Sports Direct, licenced to Rangers Retail Ltd

RFC, Broxi Bear, The Gers, Follow Follow, Ibrox, Rangers News, Rangers Travel and all the crests, badges and logos are all owned by Sports Direct and licenced to Rangers Retail Ltd, which is 76% owned by the Sports Direct group.

So if the club want to call themselves Rangers, or Glasgow Rangers, they need to cut a deal with Mike Ashley.  The most humiliating aspect of the whole thing is that the new board appeared to know nothing about this until the Intellectual Property Office published the details yesterday.  The lack of due diligence is breathtaking.

The only things Ashley seems to have ignored is that pejorative nickname they complain about so much, and the phrase Murray Park, although he has security over the training ground of that name.

We warned them repeatedly.  Ashley was in control and had the opportunity to ensure he got what he wanted before the EGM.  One of the richest men in Europe, he is a formidable opponent and known to be utterly ruthless.

You can’t bully him.  Better to recognise this reality and accept your subservient future than create a scenario where even another liquidation event would not free the ‘Rangers’ football brand from the ironclad yolk of a man you’ve made your enemy.

What have the lemmings done to themselves?  We were told Mike Ashley was a business man and he would acquiesce as this was just business.  In the history of business miscalculations this is up there with the guy at Pye who rejected The Beatles.

It’s all their own work, they can’t blame the SFA, SPL, SFL, Celtic, Her Majesty’s Revenue’, the BBC or Craig Whyte.  A recovery which would have been difficult enough is now completely and predictably wrecked.

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  1. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    It won’t be pretty at the Leigh Griffith sponsored Tunnock stadium today, buy, we should eat them, if the attitude is right.

  2. Melbourne Mick on




    Who knows might bump into him tonight, he won’t miss us


    me and the princess have got the full Celtic regalia on,


    wonder if there will be any sticky’s about.


    H.H Mick

  3. V.Strong line up. Would like to see Darnell Fisher given a good run out if we get a few goals ahead.

  4. South Of Tunis on

    Advice for today’ s commentators –



    ” Put your brain into gear and if you can add to what’s on the screen then do it, otherwise shut up ”



    Richie Benaud

  5. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on



    I didn`t think Armstrong played the Broony role as such. I felt his absence was compensated for by a combination of Armstrong and Commons. Armstrong providing the covering all areas aspect and Commons the link up play. A downside from that was that Matthews was left exposed too often.




  6. melbourne mick



    If you’re going to the Perth CFC, could you ask if Brian B from the c/milk is still a member…a good mate that I lost contact with over twenty years ago when he made the move. HH

  7. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    In the eight years since I returned to Scotland and bought a ST, this season Celtic have dominated teams more often and to a greater extent than I recall in any previous season.I think Ronny Deila can take a lot of credit for that. As, of course, can players such as Broony, Denayer, van Djik and Bitton.




  8. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on




    12:05 on 11 April, 2015



    ……and you can take that to the bank !!!! … no,wait…..we’re talking about sevco here

  9. a ceiler gonof rust



    You should’ve told me in advance would have got the Bros-in-Law to meet you.



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  10. Melbourne Mick on




    Unfortunately not we have a flight home to Melbourne


    tomorrow and precious is keeping a tight hold of me


    tonight don’t understand why, maybe something to do


    with my wandering ways in the past.




    H.H Mick

  11. up_over_goal



    12:01 on 11 April, 2015


    Stefan Johansen and Leigh Griffiths – how did it come to this?




    To what? 7 clear with a game in hand, one cup in the cabinet and a semi final to come. I would suggest Johansen in particular has got us to this, and Griffiths is our best striker, not saying much given how poor the others are but our best nonetheless.

  12. Tip for the national. Get a pin, close your eyes, stick it in to page of paper with the runners on it. Bet on the one you hit wity the pin.



    Further tip – do not use a pin if using a tablet, lap top or mobile device.



    Or just take your money, go to the windows and throw it out in to the street……..

  13. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    Rosie O`Grady`s Hootenanny currently has a cast of one. Roll up, you WA Tims!




  14. Good to see a strong line up . If we can dominate today it will help in the most important game of the season when we play caley in the semi. When we have won the league nothing will stand in the way if a treble so Inverness are the team we need to master. Go Ronnies eleven , subs bench looks mighty as well.

  15. Greenpinata, if that is the case, it’s time to clear our board out again. No f-cking way anyone wants to see that shower shoveled in through a back door. Spot on sir. Hh