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Before you start on the subject of the breaking news at the top of the page, we have a VERY important message lower down the page, so make sure you read the whole blog!

Since Rangers first went into administration on St Valentine’s Day 2012 those seeking to phoenix the club have kept their eyes on the critical item – ownership of Ibrox Stadium.  Ultimately it doesn’t really matter who owns intellectual property like the badge or crest design or domain name, if you own Ibrox, you decide who can play football in your stadium, or not, as the case may be.

With wages day approaching, and with creditors having taken recovery steps earlier this month, Rangers International are in urgent need of cash to stave off an insolvency event.  Two groups of potential new investors have failed to come up with the cash necessary to secure control of the club, and the SFA stopped the club from issuing more shares to Mike Ashley, so, as many predicted, Ashley has lodged papers to gain security over Ibrox and Murray Park.  A loan from the affable cockney now seems the club’s only viable option.

The first thing to point out is that this security does not mean Ashley will acquire Ibrox, such an eventuality would only happen if newco Rangers failed to adhere to the terms of any loan secured against it, or both parties agreed to forgive the loan in return for Ibrox being passed to Ashley, with a tenancy agreement being struck.

CQN reported Heads of Terms drawn up in 2012 for the sale of Ibrox and Murray Park, with the leaseback of Ibrox at a rate of £5.4m a year.  It’s worth refreshing some of the options which could be on the table.

An annual rent of £5.4m is a bit steep in return for the estimated £10m-or-so cash necessary to finish the season, but newco may consider living month-to-month like this is unsatisfactory and instead take the opportunity to borrow enough money to see them through the next 18 months, a figure well north of £20m.

With no Hearts (and possibly Hibs) to compete against next season, newco would have an excellent chance of promotion into top-flight football for season 2016-17, with commensurate access to additional revenues.  They would have to pay rent, and learn to survive without profitable merchandising revenue streams, which have already been sold-off, but at least there is a chance they could muster a football budget almost double the size of that oldco had in 1876, their fourth year of business.

Remember what we covered a few weeks ago.  A football club is actually a collection of businesses: merchandising, hospitality, publishing, broadcasting, advertising, property rental, and football.  In business terms, the ‘football’ part is rubbish.  It always loses money and attracts incessant complaints from fans, who are both necessary to keep the venture afloat but always want to see budgets expanded to allow them to live vicariously by reaching whatever ‘next level’ floats their boat.

Merchandising and advertising are hugely profitable, publishing and broadcasting less so, while hospitality is hugely dependent on the vagaries of sporting fortune.  Ashley has merchandising, stadium and possibly shirt advertising.  If he picks up stadium rental income, newco have reached the logical conclusion of where a distressed club ends up- someone will come in and strip away all the profitable revenue streams, leaving some other mug to take flak from fans.

This is the template, more clubs will follow.

Tickets go on sale TODAY for CQN 11, our St Patrick’s Day Dinner event, which this year celebrates the 50Years since Stein, the 50th anniversary of Jock Stein becoming Celtic manager will occur a few days before the event, which takes place in the Kerrydale Suite on Friday 13 March.

Last year, CQteN raised enough money to build three school kitchens in Malawi for Mary’s Meals.  It was a stunning achievement, attendance at the schools has increased by over 30% since the kitchens were built, over 2000 kids are being fed each day, often their only meal of the day.  We’ve told Mary’s Meals we’re going to fund another school kitchen this year, and they have asked us to build at Chibwata Primary School, which has 909 pupils, without any kitchen facility.  The UN regard Malawi as the 17th poorest country in the world, but it is making progress and is fertile territory for targeted aid like this.

We’re going to change the mix from last year but as well as your dinner, there will still be a dance with great singers, you will hear from some former players, and Jock’s biographer, Archie Macpherson, will say a few words on the man.

You can book individual tickets or tables on CQNBookstore (at the bottom of the page).  Any problems, let me know, celticquicknews@gmail.com

It will be another fantastic event, look forward to seeing you there.

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  1. Awe bliss the first ever, now to say I’m delighted is an understatement, was by sheer chance that I take this glory.

     

     

    Today

     

     

    Ayrshire is indeed Green and White

  2. prestonpans bhoys on

    MickTT

     

    12:33 on 15 January, 2015

     

    In

     

     

    Is this an Ayrshire monopoly started…………

  3. prestonpans bhoys

     

     

    12:33 on 15 January, 2015

     

     

    hit the post……………..

     

    ₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩

     

    Beaten by a better Ayrshireman…!

     

     

    He basks.

     

     

    Ayrshire is Green and White

  4. Direct FFin’ action:

     

     

    “Something has to happen.”

     

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    “The only thing they’ll listen to is violence I believe.”

     

    ——

     

    “War has been declared by todays news, we must now unite as one and meet this head on with direct action… block Edmiston Drive then cause disruption to the city centre, believe me that will get some action”

     

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    “Storming Ibrox would be a better option”

     

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    “It’s now time to take direct action against sports direct.

     

    Stores should be picketed. This would happen as a matter of course in Italy or any South American country.

     

    I’m not advocating any illegality but trying ten items on and not choosing to purchase any could be an option.

     

    Time to get off the Internet and onto the streets.”

     

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    “for months now I’ve refused to let McGill’s buses pull out from stops and I sometimes drive really slowly in front of them until I can see the driver’s face starting to fume in my mirror.”

     

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    “Disrupt a match by continually throwing bog rolls etc on the pitch at points during a game.”

  5. fourgreenfields

     

     

    12:34 on 15 January, 2015

     

     

    Well done micktt , far to quick for me :-))

     

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    Thanks, I take the honour in your name.

     

    Hail Four Green Fields.

     

     

    HH

  6. Etims diary hinting that GMS will be our only signing this month.

     

    JimSpence tweeting we are signing him on a pre-contract to join us in the summer as we won’t pay the £250k.

     

    Surely not!!!

  7. “It’s now time to take direct action against sports direct.

     

    Stores should be picketed. This would happen as a matter of course in Italy or any South American country.

     

    I’m not advocating any illegality but trying ten items on and not choosing to purchase any could be an option.

     

    Time to get off the Internet and onto the streets.”

     

    ——

     

    “for months now I’ve refused to let McGill’s buses pull out from stops and I sometimes drive really slowly in front of them until I can see the driver’s face starting to fume in my mirror.”

     

    ₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩

     

    Rascals….!

     

     

    Ayrshire is Green and White

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

    !!bada bing!!

     

     

    11:45 on 15 January, 2015

     

     

    ……..and he wants to build a Sports Direct warehouse..

  9. Monaghan1900-some protests, from the Wolfie Smith Book of Really Big Protests there…….

     

    #freedomfortooting

  10. jungle jim hot smoked

     

     

    12:39 on 15 January, 2015

     

     

    Mick The Twitcher 0:-)

     

     

    JJ

     

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    Full breakfast please, oh and a pint sir..

     

     

    HH. …JJ

     

     

    Ayrshire is Green and White

  11. Good grief!

     

     

    I don’t think I can remember seeing such a scramble for the podium: 10 posters all timed at 12:33.

     

     

    That must be some kind of record …

     

     

    FF

  12. Pail67 –

     

     

    You correctly state that security does not mean Ashley owns Ibrox, but holds it as security for the loan and would own it only where Rangers fail to repay the loan. Then you go on to describe what is would mean for the club to rent the stadium from Ashley.

     

     

    Can I infer that you are confident that Rangers will indeed fail to repay the loan? How can you possibly justify such an assumption?

     

     

    :-)

  13. Gary67

     

    12:40 on

     

    15 January, 2015

     

    Etims diary hinting that GMS will be our only signing this month.

     

    JimSpence tweeting we are signing him on a pre-contract to join us in the summer as we won’t pay the £250k.

     

    Surely not!!!

     

    I was told last week from a guy at the coalface,nobody in unless somebody goes out……could be the party line patter but…………

  14. Paul67,

     

     

    “The first thing to point out is that this security does not mean Ashley will acquire Ibrox, such an eventuality would only happen if newco Rangers failed to adhere to the terms of any loan secured against it, or both parties agreed to forgive the loan in return for Ibrox being passed to Ashley, with a tenancy agreement being struck.”

     

     

    and if the contingent liability is settled / defeated in court – or does the liability still exist on the asset but the new owner would have to defend it?

     

     

    Or does it have to be settled before it can be used as security?

     

     

    Thanks,

     

    QB

  15. prestonpans bhoys on

    MickTT

     

     

     

    12:35 on 15 January, 2015

     

     

     

    prestonpans bhoys

     

     

    12:33 on 15 January, 2015

     

     

    hit the post……………..

     

    ₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩

     

    Beaten by a better Ayrshireman…!

     

     

    He basks.

     

     

    Ayrshire is Green and White

     

     

    And well deserved, will be visting the homeland this weekend, although not tomorrow since the M77 looks to be snowed oot, so Ayrshire will be even more green and white!

  16. West End of East End on

    That McGills buses comment should be said in a Duncan Norvelle voice, chase me chase me….

  17. Monaghan1900…..cmon man ,tell the truth..you gotta have made them up…i cant stop laughing…..brilliant….

  18. gary67

     

     

    12:40 on 15 January, 2015

     

     

     

     

    So were not actually signing anyone this month… he wont wear the hoops until next season.

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