It would appear that Rangers Football Club is still very much the bad boy of Scottish Football. Not only did we apparently manage to sack the manager of one club but we also contrived to bully and exploit the financial troubles at another. Not bad for a day’s work, wouldn’t you say?
It was however further evidence of the rapidly declining standards of journalism in our country but I suppose that is something that we are used to by now, especially with newspapers such as that one.
On Twitter I was lectured about business ethics and morals. It would seem that some expected us to pay the full amount now out of the goodness of our hearts. Especially when you consider the great deeds that the Jambos have done for us in recent months. Oh no, wait a minute...
I think it sums up the general attitude towards Rangers that we are lambasted for paying a cut-price deal to a club which is guilty of sins similar to those that we were so loudly and widely criticised for previously. In fact, in all honesty it is a debt which our new company should never have had to pay in the first place. Blackmail is quite a powerful tool though and so we got on with it and our football debts have now been cleared. Sadly that doesn’t appear to be enough to keep some people satisfied.
Many will undoubtedly scoff at that statement and rant on about the poor creditors of the oldco but let’s not pretend that they are genuinely concerned about their wellbeing. They’re not. What they are concerned about however is the fact that it was Rangers that were involved. The outrage at what happened is about as transparent as the sporting integrity farce of the summer. So please, spare me from that.
It is abundantly clear that there is still a considerable element out there that wish to besmirch the name of Rangers Football Club regardless of the reality of the situation. There are those who simply ignore the positives and twist and deform the facts to suit their own agenda. What is really sad is that many of these people claim to be journalists and get paid for the privilege of doing so. Some even win awards for their efforts.
Alex Thomson recently tried to validate his involvement in our recent history by claiming quite simply that Rangers are “the story”, that we are the ones that everyone wants to talk about. I suppose there is certainly some truth in that however it is a pity that there are too many reading our tale with blinkers on.
Unfortunately for Rangers there could very well be more to come in the near future as the Kangaroo Court is expected to deliver its verdict before the end of the month on the issue of alleged undeclared payments to the SPL. Or perhaps I should call it the “dual contracts investigation” as so many in the media are keen to inaccurately label it?
A guilty verdict will undoubtedly set the mad and unique world of Scottish Football into orgasmic overdrive. Media outlets will fall over themselves as they eagerly bash away at their keyboards about years of organised cheating and match-fixing. One can only hope that common sense prevails and that we are saved from such an embarrassing sight although I certainly won’t be holding my breath.
One thing is for sure - Rangers Football Club will be prepared for such an outcome, lawyers at the ready. Many have long predicted that this case will end up in the nation’s courts. Maybe then we will finally receive a fair trial.