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.


29 October 2014

We Deserve Better


by Danny Johnstone | Guest Contributor

Cast your mind back to January 2009 – yes, nearly six whole agonising years ago – when the 'We Deserve Better' campaign was launched voicing fans concerns for the leadership of the Club.

David Murray retaliated with the following: "The people who are moaning and making most of the noise are not exactly captains of industry," said Murray. "They don't have vast experience in business. I don't see any solutions being put forward by them." Whilst this suited Murray’s usual stance of absolving himself of any blame, along with keeping fans in the dark, he was correct.

The Club was virtually up for sale from 2006 and fan ownership was barely on the minds of most. Whether or not we had the capacity to mount a bid back then is a query we will never have the answer to but that may have been the perfect opportunity… it all sounds great in hindsight, though, particularly when the Club was pawned off to Craig Whyte for a measly quid.

23 October 2014

The Rangers Badge Mystery

by Alex Oliver | Contributor

Dave King’s statement tonight launched a scathing critique of what he believed to be obstructions in his attempt to seek control of Rangers Football Club. 

Something which jumped out at me more than anything was the following part: "...given the present concerns from supporters that Mr Ashley is using his shareholder status to put pressure on the board to alienate the rights and trade mark of the club in favour of his personal interest." 

It got me thinking, something in this area has changed since the beginning of the season. The observant will have noticed the 'scroll crest' has now taken precedence over the traditional 'Ready' crest. 

Given all that has gone on and various whispers of image rights and naming rights being sold for a pittance, it would surely be naïve to suggest that it is simply re-branding. I have collated several examples of where things have changed.

Dave King Statement re Rangers Negotiations

It is appropriate that I give feedback to the Rangers fans before departing for South Africa.

Over the last few weeks Paul Murray, George Letham and myself have constructively engaged the Rangers board and (at the request of the board) Sandy Easdale regarding our proposal to invest 16 million into the club as soon as is practically possible. When investing in any public company there are numerous regulatory and compliance requirements that have to be dealt with. There are also SFA compliance issues that arise when investing in a football club in Scotland.

An obvious further complication in Rangers case is the seeming lack of authority of the Rangers board to make decisions without reference to key shareholders who appear to be “the power behind the throne”.

09 October 2014