Why SFA will reject Rangers appeal


The reason a transfer ban was imposed on Rangers is straightforward enough, they bought players and cannot pay for them. Clubs from Vienna to Edinburgh are owed money and have little prospect of being paid ahead of the coming transfer window, a fact which will have an enormous impact on their own competitive challenge next season.

The SFA cannot allow member clubs to continue to splash cash on players while clubs from other associations go without payment. It has a duty to inhibit clubs in violation of the rules from further strengthening while others have been weakened as a consequence.

This notion is tolerated in Scotland (only by those with a vested interest in Rangers flourishing) but is simply untenable. The appeal will be rejected.

It beggars belief that Duff and Phelps complain that Rangers competitive challenge will be inhibited as a result of not being able to sign yet more players, the administrators are the architects of the situation the club finds itself in.

Duff and Phelps devised a plan which would see Rangers retain their squad, or at the very least, be in a position to trade players in the summer. The plan was sold as a great victory, a panacea which would ensure the club would continue to field a competitive team throughout the administration process, something unheard of at other clubs in the same situation.

At significant cost to creditors, they kept players on full pay for several weeks before agreeing to retain the entire squad on reduced salaries. Throughout this period they played teams they owe money to, including Hearts, who they defeated last week while using a player bought from Hearts with an outstanding £800k bill.

For signing players and gaining a competitive advantage, without paying for them, inhibiting competitors’ teambuilding efforts, the only appropriate punishment is a transfer ban.

No disrespect to junior, amateur and lower league teams, but…

One team in Glasgow,
There’s only one team in Glasgow.
One team in Glasgow,
There’s only one team in Glasgow…

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  1. traditionalist88 on

    Shameful posts from no.13 Shorts on here last night saying a tricolour strip would pander to the lowest common denominator. I think it is he/she who is the small minded one.



    DubaiBhoy not much better. Don’t think he even knows why he has an ‘h’ in his moniker.

  2. Happy Friday, Paul67 and all CQNers!



    Is this an informed or wishful prediction? Can it be both?

  3. Excellent article. If we avoid the hyperbole and stick to the facts, there are no grounds for this sanction to be revoked.



    There is a an array of football clubs who have had an embargo like this imposed, unitl they pay other clubs, including European clubs the money they are owed.



    Árd Macha

  4. Paddy Gallagher on

    The tickets for this weekends game could become real collectors items, and I don’t mean tax collectors.

  5. Apologies if this question is as stupid as it sounds….but the transfer embargo issue, IF thems are liquidated and a newco is formed does the embargo still stand or is that as dead as the oldco and their history?

  6. Got a text saying the huns only received half wages yesterday and that the pfa were getting involved,anyone heard anything?

  7. obonfanti1888 on 27 April, 2012 at 10:24 said:


    ”I still expect the SFA to dilute the punishment if not outright overturn it.”




    Which will be regarded by everyone as having been achieved by intimidation.



    For that reason I don’t think it will happen.

  8. Paul67 –



    Just to say that taking the site down in the early hours for 2 days running won’t stop me you know.



    It was a beautiful bright sunny, but cold, morning when I left East Kilbride without being able to offer my customary Big Happy Friday shout out to all of the good Bhoys and Ghirls of CQN.



    Have a very pleasant day, folks.



    (..whistles ‘we’re having a party’ as he returns to work…)

  9. StMichaelsBhoy2 on

    It’s an open and shut case right enough, but I’ll believe they’ll uphold the transfer ban when I see it.



    Not only is the SFA full of sympathisers, they also know they’ll be outed as soon as the decision’s made.

  10. traditionalist88 – did somebody actually say that?



    Personally I think it would be disrespectful to a sovereign nations flag but I can see why we would do it, to celebrate our roots.



    I don’t see it pandering to anyone, it would be the sort of argument I would expect to hear in a tit for tat over their Orange strip. Which is a whole different thing entirely and is pandering to a certain element.

  11. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    I hope you’re right Paul but last night Traynor seemed to be implying that his contacts suggested the appeal would be successful.

  12. Che on 27 April, 2012 at 10:26 said:


    ”Apologies if this question is as stupid as it sounds….but the transfer embargo issue, IF thems are liquidated and a newco is formed does the embargo still stand or is that as dead as the oldco and their history?”




    As I understand it the SFA will insist that a newco accepts the transfer ban as part of the price of getting a registration with the SFA.



    I doubt they would insist on that if the newco is starting in the third division.

  13. Nobody will ever know how many sick children may have been afforded a higher level of care had Rangers only paid into the public purse that which was due and not theirs to squander.



    But Rangers and a host of their fans just don’t care, if the truth be known they want to deprive the public purse of even more and contempt society at will as they celebrate their callousness in their unique hunnish fashion.



    The only panacea for the hun is corporate euthanasia

  14. Paddy Gallagher on

    Green Lantern (((((0))))) on 27 April, 2012 at 10:29 said:


    Traynor couldn’t get contacts in Specsavers.

  15. Dead and Loving it on

    I was talking to my mate on the phone this morning



    he reckons that the mood that the orcs are in a good result would be a 1.0 or 2.0 win for us, all very sensible I thought, maybe reduce the trouble at the game



    thinking about it for a minute I think I would like a 5 or 6 goal drubbing and put a final nail , the size of a spear in their coffin and take my chances on getting home safely

  16. Jandy Sardines just when did he start becoming a becoming a big fish ? threatening all and sundry with sanctions if they dont play ball with Al Capone FC, I wouldnd’nt be surprised if they had the brass neck to ask for a tax rebate

  17. Alex Thomson on Twitter putting down an Orc:



    not a bit. This is nothing to do with football. It just so happens RFC was a casino masquerading as an FC

  18. RFC(iA) are basically holding a gun to the head of the SFA. They are basically saying yes we broke the rules but we are RFC(iA) and if you punish us we will try to ruin Scottish Football. They don’t even realise that they already have.



    Fat Sally demands to know who flew over the cuckoo’s nest.

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