18 September 2014

CROpod Saves the Union

It's your NFSE version of the CROpod, straight out of a wind tunnel and into your headphones as you wait to cast your vote on Thursday morning. Shane, Chris and Alan talk about a few weeks of football, Alexander's meandering story line, Hodor, Mike Ashley's piggy bank, currency exchange rates, and the pluses and minuses of owning a black leather(?) jacket.

11 September 2014

The Dangerous Game

by Graham Taylor | Guest Contributor

Crunch time.

In just under 24 hours’ time, we should have some clarity as to how long the stricken Rangers International Football Club plc can limp along for. If the Open Offer of shares is fully subscribed, Rangers should have enough to get them to the 2014 AGM where a motion will be tabled to disapply the pre-emption rights which were voted down at the previous year’s meeting, allowing for a far larger tranche of shares to be released. If not then the club, simply put, won’t have the funds to pay its way, leaving the financing options available limited and likely to the long-term detriment of the club.

09 September 2014

Chasing Sandy


by Shane Nicholson | Executive Editor

We've spent no small amount of time wondering just what Sandy Easdale is getting at. All this time later and we're still woefully short of answers, other than he's one of those that really doesn't care for the CEO very much.

Whether it's denying the existence of Jack Irvine's influence only to turn up with him at shipyards, or inventing Beirut based lawyers out of whole cloth, most of the time ventures down from his post on the football board to get behind a microphone we're left with far more questions than answers.

Your CRO SPFL League One Champs Memorabilia Auction

We're back with a couple more items to auction off for charity, but we're going to do it just a bit differently this time so pay attention. First, the items donated to us by a good friend of the site.

An Umbro RFC-branded football signed by last year's SPFL League One winning side:


And a 2013/14 home shirt signed by the same squad:


You can bid on one or both, whatever you choose, but here's how you have to do it:

Rules and What not

To place your bid for the blind auction, send an email by 9 p.m. Friday, 19 September with "CRO Auction" as the subject to auction@thecoplandroad.org with the following details:

  • The item(s) you are bidding on and your maximum bid for the piece(s). (If you are bidding on both please be sure to list them separately.)
  • Your name, phone number and mailing address.
And that's it! If you are the winner we will contact you via email following the auction to finalize details. Our last auction featuring a card signed by the 1972 Cup Winners' Cup team raised £600 for charity and hopefully we can get somewhere near that again.

Also, if you are the winner and would be interested in a display setting for your piece (or maybe you own something already that you'd like done up a bit) get in touch with our friends Fanatikool Furnishings who do some great work.

That's all. Good luck and happy bidding, friends!

05 September 2014

What Was Mike Ashley's Preferred PR Firm Invoicing Rangers For?

A PR firm which acts for Mike Ashley at Newcastle has invoiced Rangers for fees despite doing no obvious work for the club.

Keith Bishop Associates (KBA) are closely linked to Ashley and list Newcastle Utd as a client on their website. It is understood that Charles Green claimed to Ibrox staff that KBA were retained as part of the Sports Direct retail deal.

The invoice below, along with others over what is believed to have been an initial 16-18 month deal, was received by perplexed Rangers employees who queried it. They were told by then Finance Director, Brian Stockbridge, that invoices from KBA had to be paid despite no explanation being provided about what work KBA had done for Rangers.

04 September 2014

Four Men Had a Dream. Why Can't We?


By Andy McKellar | Contributor


Rangers Football Club: the dream that became a reality.

The Gallant Pioneers, who launched our proud institution from the humblest of beginnings, could not possibly have envisaged the true greatness of the gift that they were bestowing upon those future generations who were privileged enough to call themselves Rangers fans.

Words like history, tradition and success are synonymous with our beloved football club and money simply cannot buy the memories that we have accumulated throughout the years of follow following.

The dream however has turned into a nightmare. The values that our club and its supporters hold so dear have been discarded, replaced by cold, corporate greed and financial mismanagement. This is not Mr Struth’s Rangers. This is not the Rangers that we all know and love. 

03 September 2014

Meet The New Boss


by Garry Carmody | Contributor

To some it may seem like a lifetime ago. Since the RIFC AGM at the end of last year, grey hairs have grown, frustration has simply risen, stress balls have taken a pounding - and all to no avail.

However, let's journey back to what people would probably refer to as the saving grace of this time - the appointment and integration of the new Chief Executive, Graham Wallace. The man entered with a certain dignity that his predecessors in the role were bereft of. He spoke well, appeared to dodge few issues and there was an air of honesty that precious incumbents also sorely lacked.

However, rhetoric is as cheap as the paper it's written on, and the best part of a year later, fans are most certainly seeing that. If I was to offer my opinion, I believed - and still do to an extent - that Wallace came in to this job with good intentions. His talk of ending the "bonus culture", however, now looks as empty as anything else that has been said in this whole affair. The club currently sits on the brink of another financial meltdown, yet there is time for another expensive PR man to refuse to comment on whether he'll be taking a performance-related bonus or not.

Remind you of anyone?

01 September 2014

Transfer Deadline Day Open Thread


It's Transfer Deadline Day, and apparently also a day to pick up nearly 3.6 million shares in Rangers.

If you missed the news, two movements of approximately 1.8 million shares in RIFC plc were recorded this morning, each for roughly £455,000. We're still waiting on an announcement to the LSE with details on the transactions but we can tell you the share price have moved up ever so slightly today to a current number of 25.28.

In the more football-related-matters, Lewis Macleod, now linked with everyone from Brighton to Wigan and all points in between, is at Auchenhowie with the Scotland setup prior to setting off for the U21 base. We're going to go ahead and make the bold prediction that our future captain is still with Rangers at the end of the shift.

So what have you heard/what do you know/what info did the taxi driver tell you that he got from his last fare who had it on good authority from his cousin who's an agent? Tell us in the open thread below and we'll come back with any updates as we have them.

(Updates below the jump.)