26 January 2015

CROpod Goes Awful

It's the reappearance of the CROpod, now available on the WWTC network! Shane is joined by Alex Oliver and CROpod newcomers Graham Taylor (valued HP employee) and Callum Hamilton to talk about recent events. It's a hot mess of a show and a few days out of date but at least the CROpod is back. We'll make sure the next one is better.

22 January 2015

Rangers Fan Ownership - A Pipe Dream No More


by Alan Clark | Deputy Editor

When the dark clouds of insolvency fell upon Ibrox in February 2012, some commentators believed it was the Rangers supporters' best chance to save their Club.

Whether you agree with that belief or not doesn't really matter - there can be no doubt that a chance was missed to rally the support into a fan ownership scheme, even if it didn't end up with the scenario of fans bringing the Club out of administration.

There were many reasons around that frantic period as to why that didn't happen, but that is firmly in the past. We are in the present and looking towards the future. This is where the Rangers Supporters Trust and Rangers First come in to play.

20 January 2015

Re: Sandy Easdale's shareholding

Firstly, we'll apologize for being slow on content and podcasts lately. The holidays take it out of all of us.

Now to the business:

Despite headlines popping up from Jack Irvine's emails being regurgitated, Sandy Easdale's shareholding (via proxy, etc) has decreased from 26.15% to 26.123%, as per the LSE.

You will soon be bombarded with blogs and stories trying to paint him as the sole knight riding in to save Rangers; he is a (prior) convicted felon who can't even sit on the PLC board and whose desperate grasp on everything we hold dear is weakening.

Typically when you swap the deck chairs on a sinking ship you do so to make yourself look better. In Sandy's case, and despite the best PR money can buy, he's even fucked this one.

Back the people trying to save the Club, not those trying to save their seats in the Directors' Box.

New podcast coming for you on Wednesday. We'll resume normal programming accordingly.

-Shane

09 January 2015

Rangers Retail - The Uncomfortable Truth


by Iain Nicol and Ross EJ Hendry | Guest Contributors 

As with almost every aspect of the ongoing Rangers saga (WHEN WILL IT END? PLEASE LET IT END!) there has been copious amounts of scrutiny and conjecture levelled at the joint venture between Sports Direct and RFCL - known as Rangers Retail.

Interestingly enough this was one of the first orders of business that Charles Green and his team put in place. The two parties entered into the agreement just 47 days after Green acquired control of the football club. It is incredible that major decisions on such an integral part of the Club's financial future were being taken in such short order. 

Of course, Charles had a severe bout of Rangersitis at that point. And, it is reasonable to assume that Mr Ashley was made a promise in return for his taking an initial three million shares and 8.98 per cent stake in RFCL. Incredible, because there is simply no way that; one - this deal is a good one for Rangers and two - this was the only option the Club had. 

04 December 2014

The End of a Tired Journey


by Garry Carmody | Contributor

"For the third season in a row, Rangers crash out of the Challenge Cup."

It's a line that's quite difficult to sink in. Last night, on the 89th minute, thousands of heads dropped in unison - another battering to Rangers' already severely depleted reputation was complete. An unforgivably comfortable 2-0 lead thrown away, but the worst part? Nobody seemed particularly surprised and - although embarrassing - it isn't even Rangers' biggest concern.

Even before the lead was thrown away last night, there was an eery atmosphere around Recreation Park last night. From the first minute Rangers were flat and completely devoid of ideas. It was a first half plagued with lethargy and if anything, the team was lucky they didn't fall behind within the 45 minutes. However, for once, the fans didn't respond. There was no rallying cry, no chanting and not even a great deal of anger purveyed. It was all just too familiar - fans know this is the norm under Ally McCoist, and even a scraped win wouldn't have covered the cracks.

01 December 2014

UOF Statement re: Rangers' Retail Contracts

"Since the release of the accounts for RIFC PLC, the focus has rightly been on the almost immediate requirement for more cash simply to pay bills and also the board’s wish to raise £8m in equity finance despite recently turning down a valid, fully funded offer for £16m. However, having had the accounts analysed by qualified accountants, we feel it is important to bring Rangers fans’ attention to the absolutely disgraceful reality of the retail deal which has been entered into with Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct.

20 November 2014

CROpod's Cheating Heart

The CROpod returns to mark its two-year anniversary with Shane, Alan, Alex, Cads and Dunbar to break down some pretty mediocre football, statements galore, boardroom discotheques, a very special CROquiz #3, answer some of your questions, talk about expectations for this weekend's match up with Hearts, and then mosey on down the way.


11 November 2014

Remembrance Day

God bless our men and women who gave their lives for our own, the strong who stood when called upon.

We go on due to their braveness. We sustain because of their sacrifice.

We remember them today.