31 December 2013

Your CRO Top 10 of 2013

Here at the CRO we pride ourselves on bringing you plenty of bullshit throughout the year. Seeing as 2013 was our first full year in service it goes that it was our best. Thanks for that, all of you who read, listen, tweet, email and generally love/hate us.

Here are your 10 favorite stories of 2013:

1. Andy McGowan blew the cover off some of Rangers most long-held traditions.

2. Shane Nicholson beat the Scottish media to the story on a little prick from Harthill.

3. Chris Graham suffered through five minutes with Graham Spiers.

4. Ex-CROner Bill McMurdo got Channel 4's Alex Thomson to tell us about his toys.

5. Shane figured out where 14,982 Rangers fans had disappeared to.

6. Andy McKellar took in the August fans meeting.

7. Chris asked why NOMAD #3 was dragging their feet with Dave King.

8. Alan Clark made sure it was clear the SFA works with a pair of rule books.

9. Guest Ross EJ Hendry took principled man Imran Ahmad to task over a few glasses.

10. And Shane looked at the continued obsession over the greatest club in the world.

Bonus: Your favorite CROpod for the year was early August's 'CROpod: What in the hell?'

And your favorite Youtube clip of the year was, of course, the Crazy Daniel story.

See you in 2014.

Rangers in 2013: AGMs, EGMs & Acrimony

Guest Graham Taylor looks back on a tumultuous 2013 for Rangers...

23 December 2013

Democracy rules?

by Peter Ewart | Contributor

Democracy comes in many shapes and sizes, many of which are far from perfect. In the wake of last week’s AGM there have been some funny definitions of democracy going around lately.

Last Thursday’s AGM saw all of the Board retain their positions with varying degree of backing between 65% (Brian Stockbridge) and 85% (Graham Wallace) of the votes cast.

The requisitioners race is seemingly run. They have taken around 30% of the vote, but as it stands will take no place on the Board. This is not democracy if your definition is one person one vote. There are private funds and trusts, hedge funds and investment funds involved. Due to the nature of the timing and trading of the investments in Rangers in the past 18 months, the percentage of the votes you have has no direct link to the money you have put into the Club.

CROpod Christmas Special

Your CROpod's back with Shane, Chris and Peter on hand to discuss last week's AGM, last week's AGM, some talk about last week's AGM, a look at last week's AGM, chat on last week's AGM, a brief on the boycott chatter going around, predictions, a reminder for your last minute Christmas shopping, and then we're gone!

20 December 2013

We Want Our Rangers Back, Don't We?

by Andy McKellar | Deputy Editor

Throughout the turmoil and chaos of recent months and years the Rangers support have stood firm, loyally following our team in tremendous fashion despite our lower league status. If there was a silver lining to all of the unfortunate happenings at our great club it has undoubtedly been the fans and their unwavering support for an institution which was left on its knees. Sadly however our loyalty has not brought us influence or the power to be heard within the corridors of Ibrox. As things stand we are but mere customers, isolated and looking on from the outside.

16 December 2013

For the Badge, Not the Money

by Garry Carmody | Contributor

At around midnight this past Sunday night, there was a small stir across social media.

The news that Ally McCoist was set to proxy his 1.54% stakes in RIFC, plc to the East Kilbride Rangers Supporters Club broke through the Scottish Daily Mail and quickly spread.

Admittedly, it wasn’t earth-shattering; to hundreds of millions that use social media, the vast majority went untouched. However, to a small band of Rangers fans, it was the heartening boost we have all needed.

Stumbling Sandy Swings and Misses on STV

Our Chris Graham breaks down Sandy Easdale’s recent interview performances and raises the red flag on questions left unanswered yet again by the current board and their partners...

CROpod pre-Rangers AGM Special

In your newest CROpod, Shane is joined by Alan, Chris, Peter and Ross to breakdown the off-field shenanigans of the past week during this build up to Thursday's AGM. A bit of light relief with AskEwart follows before we toss out the AGM predictions in lieu of any sort of football going on.

14 December 2013

Beyond the reach of the Law

by D'Artagnan | Guest Contributor

Doncaster rued his bad luck. “Why didn’t Regan draw the short straw?” he asked himself. But this was no time for What ifs? — he had drawn the short straw and now had to deliver the poison chalice to the master.

12 December 2013

It's CROpod Midweek #10!!!

Over on the cropod.thecoplandroad.org your new CROpod Midweek is ready to go!

The Rangers AGM: Far from a foregone conclusion

by Graham Taylor | Guest Contributor

We are only 7 days away from a defining Annual General Meeting (AGM) that will shape the course of things to come for Rangers Football Club. The result of the AGM itself will not immediately resolve any of the major issues that have dogged the club in recent times or bring unity and stability to a divided shareholding base, but it will give fans an idea of what route the club will take to address the financial shortfall that is anticipated to arise sometime in the spring.

08 December 2013

A day in the life of the Monifieth Loyal

by D'Artagnan | Guest Contributor

I broke with personal tradition yesterday - more due to advancing years than a change of belief. The benefits of the local supporters bus over my own transport had been well argued with an old colleague I bumped into at Gayfield the week before.

If I'm honest my increasing propensity for falling asleep at will had made the solitary drive north post match something of a health and safety issue.

Having made the necessary arrangements with the Monifieth Loyal bus, come Saturday morning I made my way early to the designated pick up point. Much too early in fact. For those who don't know Dundee the Kingsway is the main arterial route through the city for those heading north or south.

06 December 2013

The Miseducation of David Somers

by Alan Clark | Assignments Editor

The chairman.

Usually a man that the shareholders of a company can trust to oversee board meetings and lead with dignity. In a football sense, this works with supporters placing their trust in a reliable figurehead of their football club.

Walter Smith agreed to take over as Rangers chairman earlier in the year but as we all know, the former manager at Ibrox left not long after. He attributed the “dysfunctional” nature of the company's board as one of the reasons for leaving. This was early August.

05 December 2013

It's CROpod Midweek #9!!!

Shane and James are back for the Midweek show to discuss Arnie Peralta, the re-appearance of Fraser Aird, what's going to happen with Shiels and Cribari, a report from Wednesday's U20 match and some other odds and ends.

And the download link.

Exclusive: CRO talks with board nominee Scott Murdoch

The CRO's Chris Graham chats with board nominee Scott Murdoch about last week's fans meeting, his thoughts on the current board, the investors who backed the EGM, and more...

Jon Daly: Dublin Lad, Rangers Man

by David Fyfe | Guest Contributor

There were many who questioned the arrival of Jon Daly at Ibrox during the summer transfer window, none more so than the Scottish media who seemed keen to raise the old issue in what they regarded as the “elephant in the room” which was an Irishman playing for Rangers.

As we all know this has been a total non-issue particularly due to the fact that he is not the first player from the Irish Republic to have represented Rangers and even if, for a moment, we were to pretend it was, the striker's performances so far this season would have gone a long way to blowing any critics out of the water.

More than a club...

Very good story out of Auchenhowie last night from friend of the CRO Robert Ryan, being helped out with his wheelchair in the car park and around the ground by Big Bilel Mohsni and getting assistance back to his car after the U20s match from Sandy Clark. 

02 December 2013

It's not cool

At the end of Rangers' 2-0 Scottish Cup victory away to Falkirk, a "pyrotechnic device" was thrown onto the pitch, causing significant damage. Rangers will now be billed for the damage, which some say could run into six figures. Guest contributor Scott Ferguson has this short but effective message...

CROpod Strikes Back

CROpod survived the one-year disaster as Shane, Andy, Chris and Marcus come back to discuss the last two matches, some boardroom stuffs including the fans meeting, Ask Andy and then roll on out. Certainly a recovery effort from last week as we get back on task.

And the download link.

01 December 2013

Rangers First

by Andy McGowan | Contributor

The Ibrox civil war has been a minefield of torturous statements, claim and counter claim, hypocrisy in spades and laboured Game of Thrones metaphors. The AGM – the light at the end of the tunnel is nearly here, for the rank and file Rangers supporter it is the most anticipated date this December.

Both sides of the divide will be looking for an early Christmas present but the reality is everyone is getting a lump of coal. The AGM is a false dawn, it’s not the end it’s the beginning. The beginning of a new battle in what will be an on-going and ever more damaging battle for the club that has to be stopped from truly getting out of control, if it hasn’t already.

30 November 2013

29 November 2013

Saturday's Telegraph: Neil Lennon dot com Shop not living up to its high expectations.

25 November 2013

CROpod Neil Lennon dot com Shop

CRO's here to celebrate a year of shitty podcasts with Shane, Andrew, Alan, Peter, Chris and a pair of Rosses. Board talk, AskAldo, revelations of highly sectarian calendars, other crap. We're not too proud of this one but you're going to enjoy it anyway.

And the download link.

23 November 2013

Laxey and the supporters

by Garry Carmody | Contributor

The ever-fluctuating and unstable ownership situation at Rangers Football Club took another turn this week as a new largest stakeholder in RIFC plc took shape.

Laxey Partners first appeared on the scene back in August, buying shares and announcing they had an agreement in place with Charles Green to buy more in December. This week they took their stake to 11.64% and at the same time vowed to back the incumbent board at next month’s AGM. This announcement puts the position of the disgruntled institutional investors in a precarious position with less than one month to go.

22 November 2013

21 November 2013

Colin Kingsnorth on Laxey's recent share purchase

by Gordon James | Guest Contributor

Colin Kingsnorth of Laxey Partners has been explaining his reasons for snapping up another large chunk of Rangers shares yesterday which should see the firm become the largest shareholder in the Club. Once their previously established deal with former CEO Charles Green goes through, Laxey will hold 12.74 percent of RIFC.

The SPFL: Integrity and Moving Goalposts

by Andy McKellar | Deputy Editor

The Scottish Premier League hardly covered itself in glory throughout the Rangers’ saga in 2012 when the future of our institution lay in the hands of the football authorities and their member clubs. The SPL decided that “sporting integrity” was paramount, a rather noble thought, before ironically and disgracefully attempting to blackmail Scottish Football League clubs into neglecting the same principles they had been trumpeting so vehemently themselves.   

Not content with their role in blackmailing and threatening SFL clubs, the SPL then decided that the same tactics should be deployed on Rangers. This of course included the corrupt plot to force Charles Green & Co into surrendering league titles in exchange for membership, and that is something that we should never allow to be forgotten.

19 November 2013

The Louden Tavern Statement – The Truth re: Us and Charlie Miller

Jörg Albertz hosted a Q&A at The Louden Tavern: Ibrox Stadium on Saturday (assisted by Nacho Novo). At approximately half past 9 one the doormen asked me to go outside. He then informed me that he believed that Charlie Miller had been arrested by the police (allegedly drunk driving). There were two men there who claimed to be Charlie’s brother and friend. They then repeated that Charlie had been arrested. 

I then went back into the pub and informed Jörg who had spoken to Charlie earlier and had invited but didn’t think he was coming and therefore didn’t mention it to me. I never seen Charlie Miller and at no point was he in the pub.

Today on Twitter I was accused of selling this story to the paper in order to gain publicity for the pub by an account claiming to be Bob Malcolm (@Bobmalcolm12). Now I don’t know if this is actually “The” Bob Malcolm who played with us. If it is I would be extremely disappointed. I have only ever met him once fleetingly and he seemed a pleasant lad.

18 November 2013

'Perfect' at what cost?

by Garry Carmody | Contributor

Don’t let Ally McCoist catch you saying it, but the strive for perfection is on the tip of every Rangers fans’ tongue. 

It is impossible for any fan to not allow the thought to cross their mind. Rangers have defeated every league opponent that has entered their crossfire, with most home victories being extremely convincing. This Rangers team appears a more fit and comfortable outfit from the one that gave such an apathetic performance in last year’s Scottish Third Division.

CROpod Must Not Relent

CROpod refuses to acknowledge the international break as Shane, Peter, Alan and Ross are in to discuss the continued embarrassing output of the PR adviser, how the final weeks before the AGM will shake out, a boatload of AskAldos, some discussion on the advancement of Club media services, and that's about it.

And the download link.

17 November 2013

Over on the CRO's RangersFACTS site, our friend from Holland Pamela has a chat with former captain Fernando Ricksen about his time in Glasgow, his favourite grounds, thoughts on the media and more.

15 November 2013

For the Good of Rangers, Irvine Must Go

by Graham Taylor | Guest Contributor

Another Friday and yet another example of how Jack Irvine continues to bring more shame to the good name of Rangers Football Club. His rebuttal to a piece in this morning’s Daily Record concerning Dundee CEO Scot Gardiner’s reasons for turning down a seemingly identical role at Ibrox was tantamount to nothing more than a personal attack on a journalist who has made it quite clear he won’t be peddling the ‘Irvine line’ anymore.  Keith Jackson can speak for himself, and will do so on tomorrow’s edition of Sportsound Extra regarding the veracity of his article, however this episode is just the latest in a long list of shambolic behaviour attributable to the man charged with the task of handling Rangers’ public relations.

Following the requisition to convene a General Meeting in August by 28% of the shareholders represented by Jim McColl and Paul Murray, MediaHouse (and more specifically Irvine) returned to the club after a brief absence with the remit of defending the Board against “the vicious and, at times underhand, attacks” from the requisitioners.

11 November 2013

CROpod Jimmy Seville

A game of "What is Shane going to horribly mispronounce tonight?" turns into a two hour show in this latest edition of the CROpod, with Corporate McGowan, The Sensible One, Specky Git, Pink Shorts and The Cunt from FollowFollow. Two matches to cover, a new chairman, Remembrance Day (or lack thereof), a bunch of AskAndys and then time to get out.

And the download link.

07 November 2013

We Will Remember Them

by Peter Ewart | Contributor

Armistice Day remembers the signing of the agreement that ended the First World War at 11 a.m. on the 11th November 1918 – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Annually ever since, it has stood to commemorate the dead of the Great War and subsequent wars fought.

I had the privilege of visiting the Somme in North Western France in late Summer. It is hallowed ground for many, Ulstermen and women included. The 36th Ulster Division was formed in part by members of the Ulster Volunteer Force who had raised arms in order to resist the introduction of Home Rule in Ireland in the years previous and who joined the recruitment call.

They – together with the Royal Irish Fusiliers, the Royal Irish Rifles and the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers – made up the Regiments of the 36th who saw devastating action at the Somme. The Ulster Tower outside Thiepval is a permanent memorial to those that had fallen on the surrounding ground. Many come to visit; long may that continue, for we have much to understand. For many it stands as a personal pilgrimage, tracing the stories of family members. For all it stands as a stark reminder of the cost of war.

Yesterday my brother, today my enemy

By D'Artagnan | Guest Contributor

It's perhaps strange that a musical track from a Brooklyn based band (who are probably unknown to quite a few of you) provides the title to this article, but, with a little re-arranging it provides the perfect insight to what we, the Rangers support, will face in the coming months ahead –Yesterday my enemy, today my brother.

For make no mistake, the upheaval at boardroom level within our club will eventually come to an end and someone or some group will emerge victorious. I am under no illusion that the cessation of hostilities will bring us together as one harmonious group of supporters, however much I desire it, but the stark reality is that when the boardroom battleship guns all fall silent we will be, without exclusion, the same group of supporters whose club was treated shamefully, unjustly and unfairly by our footballing authorities, our government agencies and our media.

The enemies of our Club have not gone away, nor have they stopped plotting or scheming to inflict maximum damage at every opportunity.

04 November 2013

The Search for the AGM

by Garry Carmody | Contributor

Another week of the Rangers debacle kicks off and Act I began before the support barely had time to wipe the sleep out of their eyes.

For the first time in a while, Malcolm Murray raised his head above the public parapet to appear with Alan Brazil and Neil Warnock to discuss the modern-day version of the novel Ulysses (as long and as mad). Although Talk Sport aimed their article towards the briefly-discussed Mike Ashley in order to draw in readers from clubs of Premier League onlookers this was by no means the main talking point.

CROpod Iffy

A rather contentious and highly annoying CROpod sees Shane, Andy, Chris and Marcus breakdown the 3-0 win from Friday, discuss Traynor's exit, the board's ideological war against, well, everyone, a slew of AskAndys, and some more info about WATP Magazine.

And the download link.

31 October 2013

Dwindling Revenues > Trolling for Hits

by Shane Nicholson | Executive Editor

We've seen the onslaught of "Dave King isn't going to get on the Rangers board because of x, y and z" pieces from all corners over the past 10 days or. Our own Chris Graham took a bite out of some of that nonsense just last night.

More than having to fill column inches there is a science behind using 'RANGERS' in every single possible headline that you can. Of course it moves print editions – what else do people want to read about on the train besides us?

But the problems facing the newspapers of yesterday still struggling to operate in a digital dominated landscape bleed through the daily budgets of editors across the world. Doing it for a living, I'm no stranger to the importance placed on fresh web content for papers on an almost hourly basis.

It's CROpod Midweek 8!!!

Shane and James are back with the show that can cure insomnia to discuss tactical changes on-the-fly, what to do with Peralta, is Daly up to the task for the next two years, is Cammy Bell up to it for the next ten, what's the SFA thinking with these stadia choices, and we answer some of your questions along the way.

And the download link.

30 October 2013

The Rangers Minefield

"Daniel Stewart & Co - The Small Company Advisor"
by Chris Graham | Contributor

Last week, Paul Shackleton of Rangers’ third AIM Nominated Advisor (Nomad) in a year, Daniel Stewart, stated that he was “trying to map out a path through the (Rangers) minefield”. The short interview appears perfectly reasonable in itself but the continued inaction, at the very least, in appointing Dave King to the Ibrox board is becoming concerning. 

Not only do the board and our current Nomad appear to be dragging their feet, but the usual suspects in the press and rival supporters are using the uncertainty to whip up a storm over the prospect of King taking a place on the Rangers board.

Reporting from BBC Scotland - the Kids’ Section

By Garry Carmody | Contributor

Believe it or not, upon reading the BBC’s latest underhand remark aimed at Rangers, a childhood scenario played out in my mind. You know - that one where the parent walks out the room, the kids start messing about and a vase gets smashed?

As the angry parent returns, the big eyes and the straight face appear - followed by the well rehearsed, “It wasn’t me”.

These remarks have flown out of the children’s section at Pacific Quay since they took a stern telling off by their big brother for the factually incorrect statements about the “new club” Rangers.

28 October 2013

Over on the CRO's RangersFACTS site, Gary Havlin looks back at some landmark goals as the chase for league tally number 9000 is on.

CROpod Maintiens Le Droit

CROpod's back to keep order, with Shane, Andy, Alan and Ross McAdam dissecting the win at East Fife, your regular boardroom and PR shenanigans, some good AskAndys, chat about the upcoming WATP Magazine, what will Ally do if he's given money to spend, and other stuff.

And the download link.

25 October 2013

It's CROpod Midweek 7!!!

Yip, it's the "boring show" where Shane and James actually try to talk about football. Tactics, loanees, all the usual fare are up for play here. If you've not, give it a go and we'll see you back on Monday for the regular show.

And the download link.

21 October 2013

CROpod Cunts Everywhere

A four man CROpod is back to break down the win away to Brechin, yet another week in the board room, AskBuckles, and some other odds and ends. Shane's without his loyal co-host and left with Chris, Peter, McAdam and a late show from a guest.

And the download link.

20 October 2013

Money trees and Rangers

by Garry Carmody | Contributor

In amongst the bad news, the controversies and the shock departures that have marred another week at Ibrox, there still remains the one silver lining that has brought large sections of the loyal Rangers support together.

As Dave King raised his head above the parapet to announce his plans to return to the Rangers board as soon as possible, coupled with intentions to invest money straight into the club, it was a moment to rejoice for many. Despite it seeming inevitable to some that he would enter the fray at some point, it was a relief to see someone that truly has the club at heart making his intentions clear.

15 October 2013

A funny thing happened on the way to the AGM

by Ross McAdam | Contributor

Once again, it has been a busy week off the park at Ibrox. From Dave King being ready to join the board to a visit to the Court of Session in Edinburgh, turbulent weeks have become the norm. One thing is now clear however: Rangers shareholders will now have a democratic vote to determine who they want to run the club. 

The news that King is ready to return as Chairman has been greeted with an almost unanimous approval from the Rangers support. An astute businessman with vast wealth is certainly needed at this moment in time. By Brian Stockbridge’s own admission we will have around £1 million left in the bank by April (plus undetermined retail income) which is a daunting thought, especially considering the amount of one off costs that have been made this year. 

14 October 2013

Over on the CRO's RangersFACTS page, Gary Havlin goes back through some of the family ties that have dotted Rangers' history.

CROpod Return of the Obvious Headline

No lazy Game of Thrones references here. Just Shane, Andy and Chris talking about the week that was in the ongoing boardroom struggles. Untruths told at a fans meeting, Dave King's arrival back on the scene, PR conflicts of interest, Ask Andy, WATP Magazine, predictions and more!

And the download link.

10 October 2013

It's CROpod Midweek #6!!!

Shane and James are back with your Midweek edition of the CROpod to discuss overhead kicks, where does David Templeton find himself, the Loan Watch, away tactics, answer a few of your questions, and then get out of here in well under the span of the regular show.

And the download link.

Don't forget, if you need to update your feeds for whatever pod program you're using just hop on over to cropod.thecoplandroad.org and find them all on the left hand side of the page.

09 October 2013

We must heed Walter's words

by Garry Carmody | Contributor

As a manager on the touchline, Walter Smith was always known for his dignified approach. Whenever Smith erupted, or showed true emotion, you knew for certain it would be the talk of the town for a while, as it was such a rarity.

In his time since departing as manager, little has changed. Walter Smith chooses his words carefully. There have been no bold, exaggerated statements; he hasn’t been captured chanting “Sack the Board” whilst holding up his “Spivs Out” sign. However, if this week’s events have been a reminder for anything, when Walter Smith speaks, the Rangers support sit up and take notice.
Over on the CRO's new RangersFACTS site, our Gary Havlin looks back in brief on perhaps the only man ever to be able to claim that he was bigger than the Club (not that he ever would), the great Bill Struth.

07 October 2013

Das CROpod

We took the weekend off on the site so we could bring you only the finest in podcast entertainment. Shane's joined by Andreas, Kristoffer, Petr, Herr Nandos, Roß and Markus to discuss the 2-0 away to Ayr, Ally's wage cut, what the accounts mean for you, where does the board try to go from here, Ask Andy and no predictions.

Ganz besonderen dank an unseren guten freund William Magill. You're a legend.

And the download link.

04 October 2013

Requisitioners' Statement

Following today's Court of Session hearing, a spokesman for the requisitioning shareholders said:

03 October 2013

CRO speaks to Sons of Struth

by Alan Clark | Assignments Editor

Marching on Hampden. Remember that day? 28th April 2012. It was the day the whole Rangers support came together to voice their anger at SFA sanctions. Around 10,000 made it on the day, with a much larger amount following developments online.

It was the last time the whole support was unified under one voice. Nowadays, in an online environment at least, the support is fractured through different fan groups and different forums having disagreements regularly. It’s a sad state of affairs.

It has been exacerbated by the very public boardroom struggle currently engulfing Rangers. Out of the blue however, a fans group has emerged with no ties or dubious agendas. The Sons of Struth appeared in the last two weeks or so with Twitter and Facebook representation.

Rangers: A team in transition

by Alan Clark | Assignments Editor

Rangers have changed a lot in the last few years. Despite what some in this world would have you believe, the club born in 1872 remains intact, along with the glorious history of Scotland’s premier club.

The club is still changing. A bitter boardroom struggle hangs over Rangers and dominates the headlines and discussions of the supporters. The annual accounts were released on Tuesday and it confirms the fears of many – Rangers are not performing well financially and the outgoings at the club are far too high.

But the team is one that is constantly changing, also.

After Tannadice

by Peter Ewart | Contributor

The Scottish Cup game against Dundee United on the 2nd February 2013 is unlikely to be quickly forgotten. On the pitch a gameplan which went out the window after 17 seconds, two sendings off and a tough defeat that left us in no doubt of the position we found ourselves in. But it will be off the pitch that the game will be most remembered for.

Rangers fans were as close to a full boycott of a game as it likely we will ever see. After the draw, a concerted effort to stand up to the disgraceful treatment of our Club during its darkest hours by football authorities, SPL clubs and some fans produced a stunning result as less than 500 Rangers fans attended the game. A remarkable achievement, but it was one in exceptional circumstances.
Need a break from the board room? Over on the CRO's new RangersFACTS site, contributor Garry Carmody takes a look at the beginning of Walter's Revolution.

02 October 2013

A Good Day to Bury Bad News

By Chris Graham | Contributor

Much of the focus in the past two days has rightly been on the release of the audited accounts for Rangers. There is much analysis still to be done on these and they arguably raised more questions than answers but I will leave the detailed analysis to those better qualified than myself to speak on such matters.

However the old adage about certain days being good ones to release bad news was taken to new levels by this current board on 1st October 2013. Not only did they pick the day that Celtic played Barcelona to ensure that scrutiny of their various releases to the London Stock Exchange (LSE) would be minimised, but they also clearly knew the accounts would be the main topic of conversation.

Rangers' Accounts: A Look at the Finances

By Andy McKellar & Ross McAdam 

The current condition of Rangers' finances has been subject to constant rumours, innuendo and accusations of mismanagement or incompetence. Yesterday our eagerly awaited annual accounts were published as required prior to the AGM and our performance has now been laid out in black and white for all to see.

Our journey through the lower leagues was always going to prove financially challenging as revenue streams diminished and high operational costs remained. Those running the club were required to adopt a prudent and sensible approach to adapt to our new and unfamiliar surroundings but questions remained as to whether this was being successfully achieved. 

On Brian's Interview

By Andy McGowan | Contributor

I am sure it was a mere coincidence that the interview done by Rangers' Andrew Dickson with Brian Stockbridge was posted around a minute after Barcelona saw off FC Brave at Parkhead but attentions should have immediately turned to the interview to see what Mr. Stockbridge had to say, and what he has to say is certainly interesting.

01 October 2013

When is an unbiased national broadcaster not unbiased?

By Andy McKellar | Deputy Editor

The ongoing pantomime that is Rangers Football Club has provided a conveyor belt of headlines and articles for journalists throughout the country and beyond, providing no shortage of incidents or talking points for the Scottish media to cover. Unfortunately, some organisations seemed to seize the opportunity to operate outside of their remit, most notably BBC Scotland.

The media are there to report the news and to inform its audience about current affairs; it is not there to act as the manufacturer or promoter of propaganda or misinformation. However the coverage of Rangers plummeted coincidentally at the same time as our financial collapse. Professionalism and objectivity no longer mattered to certain outlets as priorities shifted to simply achieve more website hits and appease their increasingly obsessed audience.

30 September 2013

CROpod Litigious Jesus

CROpod's back after another interesting week for Rangers and its fans. Shane's joined by the full house of Andy, Peter, Alan, Chris, Ross M. and Marcus to discuss the 8-0, members of the media, the board, Ask Andy, and all the rest. Please enjoy and try to lay off the litigation.

And the download link.

29 September 2013

Action, Not Apathy

By Andy McKellar | Deputy Editor

The trials and tribulations encountered by Rangers in recent years has ensured that the role of our loyal support extends beyond simply turning up on a match-day and supporting the team we all adore. Our fans are the one constant in the proud history of our great institution and our backing last summer was crucial in ensuring our survival despite being banished to the lower leagues. We must again step up to the plate.

The Murray years perhaps dulled our senses and instilled an unfortunate apathy and acceptance within our fan-base. It was taken for granted that a club like ours could not encounter the type of financial meltdowns that occurred elsewhere and, with hindsight, we perhaps simply assumed that Murray would sort things out himself.

27 September 2013

Sack the Board

by Peter Ewart | Contributor

Success is an integral part of our long and prestigious history. The bar is set very high and the standards we expect of our managers, coaches and playing staff are exceptional. The pressure and expectation on them, even in the third tier of Scottish football, is immense and many of us, myself included, are critical when things are not up to scratch on the park.

It is about time such high standards and expectations were applied to the those that sit in the Boardroom.

It should be an absolute privilege to sit within the corridors of power at Ibrox — the sacred trust of upholding all that such a name means in this shrine of football. Lately those within those corridors have treated fans with disdain whilst taking our money off us at every turn. Season tickets and the fans have stepped up and paid and what have we got in return?

BBC Scotland: the challenge that never was

by Gordon James | Guest Contributor

There have been many stories and issues since Jim Spence decided to air his old club new club thoughts on BBC Radio Scotland. One that was prevalent was the BBC in Scotland were unhappy and were preparing or had indicated that they were setting a course to challenge The Trust.

26 September 2013

It's CROpod Midweek 5!!!

Shane and James are back to discuss some tactics, where it's going wrong on the pitch, lessons from Struth, and some more business in your fifth midweek CROpod.

And the download link.

25 September 2013

24 September 2013

Boardroom clichés

by Garry Carmody | Contributor

As most football fans are able to get on with their "game of two halves", we fans that enjoy watching our football at Ibrox are still embroiled in one of the most notable boardroom battles in the club's history. 

It has gotten to the point that as a supporter of Rangers, I pine for the day when the most important debate becomes "4-4-2 or 4-5-1?".

23 September 2013

CROpod £50 million War chest

Your CROpod's back albeit short a couple banned regulars. Joining Shane is Andy, Peter and pod newcomer Ross McAdam to discuss the 1-0, a lost Greek, the board and its lapdogs, loads of your Ask Andy questions, where the team will stand in two years, and all the other bullshit we usually do.

And here's the download link.

21 September 2013

Forfar Athletic preview

by Ross McAdam | Contributor

On Sunday the Bears will once again descend into a small town in Scotland. 

AGM’s, EGM’s, the Easdale’s, Jack Irvine and the finances can be put aside for 90 minutes as we watch the Rangers. This time it will be to revisit the scene of our only defeat this season, Forfar. An abysmal performance was compounded with a 2-1 defeat after extra time in the League Cup. 

It is pleasing to say that the team looks much stronger now. The only positive thing from that outing was seeing Marvin Andrews again. This time around I certainly don’t expect a repeat of that performance or result.

19 September 2013

It's CROpod Midweek #4!!!

Shane and James are back for some mild mannered tactical discussion, a look at David Templeton, have Rangers lost their way, and a few of your questions. Thanks again for the support of the Midweek show!

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16 September 2013

CROpod City Manager

Back to business for Shane, Andy, Chris, Marcus and a well-rested Alan. Looking back on the 5-1, Black's bets, the board, particularly figgity Guardian reporters and their friends in the media, Ask Andy, and all the usual mess.

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15 September 2013

100 games in charge for the Super one

by Jamie Currie | Guest Contributor

This weekend, Ally McCoist took charge of his one-hundredth game as manager of Rangers; to put it lightly there has been many more lows than highs with the legendary striker in the hot seat.

Of course it has been the most difficult period of any Rangers manager. The demotion to the fourth tier, the transfer embargo and yes sorry I am going to use it - the lack of pre-season last year. This hasn’t done McCoist or his backroom staff any favours, even before that the encounters in the transfer market under Craig Whyte’s watch, although we all can admit, that’s a totally separate issue from McCoist’s managerial ability.

14 September 2013

Just the usual prematch ritual...

by Shane Nicholson | Executive Editor

So Sandy Easdale ascends to the "football board". Not the plc, mind. That's where his brother, the esteemed "Director of Transport," has a seat at the big boys table.

I wonder what either of their business plans entailed before they took their places...

Meanwhile, Jack Irvine found himself perhaps a bit too pleased with his 1330 word 8 p.m. curtain call last night. See, he simply couldn't help himself to hop on Twitter and have a go at the sub-amateur and "billionaire in his own mind" Jim McColl, as opposed to the billionaire Jack helped make out of thin air, Mr Craig Whyte. You may remember him.

Surely he forgot that chapter of his fine representation of Rangers Football Club between tweeting the Texas Rangers (not his client) Howard Hughes quotes and calling out the "Bullshit Billionaire" McColl's lack of a business plan.

13 September 2013

Rangers: a new chapter

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by Alan Clark | Assignments Editor

It might not feel like it. But tomorrow’s League One clash at home to Arbroath is the start of a new chapter at Rangers.

Or should that read – the closing of an old one?

12 September 2013

It's CROpod Midweek #3

Shane and James are back to discuss Jig v Daly, fallout of Black's betting, answer some of your questions, who's the next Ger to earn a Scotland cap, and a brief remembrance of 9/11.

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11 September 2013

Trust, lies and su-Spence

by Gordon James | Guest Contributor

I am genuinely gob smacked by the Jim Spence saga.

My understanding is this. Two very persistent fans took a complaint all the way to the BBC Trust having had their complaint rejected at every level by the BBC up to that point. The Trust rejected any suggestion of bias by the BBC but did agree that BBC Scotland were wrong to make any reference to Rangers being a new club.

09 September 2013

CROpod Respect

Bulk of the recent regular crew is back with Shane, Andy, Peter, Chris and Marcus discussing Pacific Quay, the board, how to gain respect from journalists, and some other nonsense.

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07 September 2013

Are Rangers persecuting the BBC?

by Godwin Law | Guest Contributor

There won’t be many articles on Gers sites defending Jim Spence after his latest attempt to tell the Sportsound listeners that Rangers ‘died’, but maybe there should be considering how much pressure he is under. With many fans contacting the Beeb through the complaints procedure and the Ibrox club making a statement, the BBC reporter responded with the following tweet:

“Someone just reminded me of the famous saying of Pastor Martin Niemoller. ‘First they came for the socialists and I did not speak out.’”

This is a reference to Pastor Martin Niemoller’s famous phrase that:
First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
For those who do not know, this powerful quotation by Pastor Niemoller was a warning against Nazi concentration camps and allowing groups of people to be victimised, while standing by and doing nothing. To do so, only encourages evil to prosper and will eventually come back against you. 

06 September 2013

Support the team, not the regime

by Peter Ewart | Contributor
So here we are in the middle of an international break. Ally is currently pondering just how the hell he is going to pick a team from his ever-expanding squad, the utter nonsense surrounding the boardroom continues and good ol’ Jack spins and slings shit like only he can. A break from domestic football is never a good thing in my opinion, perhaps now more than ever.
For many Bears it’s almost a complete break from the football. If you ‘watch’ a Scotland game on Twitter you’ll probably find that Bears will fall into three camps. There will be those who are pretty supportive, those who aren’t particularly bothered and those who actively support the opposition. Many now baulk at the thoughts of supporting Scotland. It’s the SFA XI, alien to many Bears. And that is a shame.

03 September 2013

And they couldn't prevent Jack from being toxic

by Andy McGowan | Contributor

Agenda, propaganda, hand wringers, apologists—just a few of the terms thrown around in the Ibrox game of buzzword bingo. The irony of our current situation is that the men throwing these words around seem to be the ones with an end game that isn’t in the best of interests Rangers Football Club.

The end game The Copland Road Organization is hoping for? Simply, the best outcome for Rangers and our fans. We have nothing to gain from the current board being cleared out other than that it is what Rangers need to move forward. There’s no blazers or freebees in our future; only attacks from the lunatic fringe backing the current board to all ends for a variety of reasons.

The attacks on anyone willing to speak up against our dysfunctional boardroom will no doubt ramp up in the weeks to come with the return of Jack Irvine. I’m sure most Rangers fans hadn’t heard the name Jack Irvine until a few weeks ago, but everyone will remember Media House, the utterly useless PR firm who ‘represented’ us for years under both David Murray and Craig Whyte.