15 May 2014

Peace in our time?


by Garry Carmody | Contributor

In many aspects of life, the phrase, 'your own worst enemy' rings true in so many ways.

The ongoing saga at Rangers has this emblazoned over it with a branding iron. For once it isn't the SFA or the media that is the enemy in this - this is a Civil War on a level at which few other football situations could compare. Whether it be an ill-judged sound bite, or just one statement too many, droves of fans are quickly being pushed into an innate state of apathy.

Each and every media outlet could fill their news bulletins for the day purely based on Rangers news, and they must salivate with every statement, and every piece of news that emanates from Ibrox. With so many statements and counter-statements between the warring factions, the sheer volume of evidence piled up in this dirty PR war could blind even the most loyal of fans into boredom. It has all become so entrenched and so nasty that it is sometimes difficult to remember that there is a ball to be kicked at the end of all this. Undoubtedly the end of the tunnel has seemed so far away and so distorted that it has often been difficult to remember what the desired outcome truly is.

That is why Wednesday night's news came as a collective sigh of relief. There was no mud-slinging, no name-calling, and it wasn't conducted via statements. For once, a group of grown men gathered round a table and spoke. Of course they were never going to completely agree on the issue, but they took the step that many weren't sure would ever be taken. At such a precarious moment, it was perhaps the one time fans had been able to breathe in what has been the most hostile atmosphere in recent months.

The board have promised to "consider granting legally-binding undertakings protecting Ibrox and Murray Park". Was it what the Union of Fans originally wanted? Not quite, but it gives similar protection to what they did ask for. Was it what the Rangers board wanted to do? Probably not, but with season ticket sales supposedly sitting at a worryingly low figure, drastic measures are required.

The whole notion of a compromise is music to so many ears. Whereas many understand those involved at the Union of Fans have the best interests of the club at heart, they probably also believe Graham Wallace deserves a bit more breathing space to try and turn this ailing business around. Wallace hasn't painted himself perfectly so far, but he seems to have at least a rough idea for our future. Would joining the CEO merry-go-round once more really benefit us with the same shareholders still in place?

With so much hostility and tension surrounding the whole issue, something had to give. At this moment, we can only be thankful this game of Russian Roulette didn't come to an early end. The game has changed, and fans can only be thankful to see it continuing to slow down.

However, the gun is still loaded, and the contest is far from over. After the board and the Union of Fans got round the table and spoke like men, it would appear they are now on more amicable terms, but no concrete agreements have been made. It would take just the one wrong move from either side for the game to explode back into life in a more vociferous manner than ever before.

Rangers still walk along a tightrope. This continues to be one of the unpredictable yet crucial period of our history with much work still to be done.

However, with a pressure group with growing leverage and a board willing to play ball, I feel more confident than at any stage that there can be peace in our time.

6 comments:

  1. I really hope that you're right Gary, but we've seen so many false dawns with this board, that it worries me they're only trying to muddy the waters enough to encourage people to renew in numbers.

    There must be vigilance until the board have drafted and signed the legal paper, with UoF members and lawyers present.

    I'm really trying to believe that it could be peace, but this is a board who described the ST Trust an 'academic exorcise' only a week ago. What's changed in their minds in that time to suddenly get round the table?

    It seems to me that we have a long summer ahead of us, and it must be one step at a time when dealing with these people. They can't have suddenly found a new respect for us in the spade of 10 days.

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  2. I really hope that you're right Gary, but we've seen so many false dawns with this board, that it worries me they're only trying to muddy the waters enough to encourage people to renew in numbers.

    There must be vigilance until the board have drafted and signed the legal paper, with UoF members and lawyers present.

    I'm really trying to believe that it could be peace, but this is a board who described the ST Trust an 'academic exorcise' only a week ago. What's changed in their minds in that time to suddenly get round the table?

    It seems to me that we have a long summer ahead of us, and it must be one step at a time when dealing with these people. They can't have suddenly found a new respect for us in the spade of 10 days.

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  3. CG and his "wee gang" do not talk for 95% of true Rangers fans, they are "in it" for themselves! plastic Rangers fans like yourself, we do not need. You and your ilk should all be banned from ever stepping foot inside Ibrox Stadium again.

    The CG gang did not achieve anything in the boardroom, in fact there are more Rangers fans who are totally disgusted that the board lowered themselves to the UoF level.
    lt was also stated at the AGM that both properties would never be sold off! so there's nothing new in the UoF statement.

    I have never heard The union of fan(nies) talk about what's really needed at Ibrox and that is a change of manager and coaching staff. A clean sweep is needed from top to bottom, with maybe the exception of Gordon Durie.
    Bring back the old traditions and songs. let's be RANGERS FC of old again. Ban the Plastic fans like yourself and the Brogue chasers" these people are leaches who want to make a living on the back of the true Rangers fans. we don't need you! WATP GSTQ

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  4. The Lourdes Loyal lecturing us on Loyalty and Tolerance hahahaha

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  5. I think some people seem to be confusing financial stability with football direction. I've never argued that there may need to be a change of manager, but there needs to be a change of regime first.

    While I've been disappointed with team displays, and the shape of the squad, there have been extenuating circumstances because of who we are, the league we're playing in, the expectations on a Rangers team and the premium wages we need to pay to get players to drop levels.

    Now, there is a lack of strategy in the youth development, but there's a lot we don't see that goes on in Auchenhowie.

    I would've thought it was more important to appoint a chief scout, instead of another overpaid PR Pitbull, who has an appalling record in fan relations, (ask any Liverpool fan).

    All Chris Graham appears to be guilty of is caring about his club. Yes, he doesn't speak for some, but he clearly speaks for the many, or the board wouldn't have felt compelled to sit down and talk turkey.

    Fan power does exist, and I applaud people like Chris Graham and his colleagues for working with Dave King, who has ploughed more cash into the club than any of us.

    All we all want is a settled way forward that shows respect and allows for trust to be earned. The current regime have a long path ahead of them. If they want to be trusted, then they have to earn it. It's the people who are prepared to ask the difficult questions and call this boards bluff that will save the soul of the club.

    It's those people who will be able to hold their heads high on Edminston Drive when this is all over.

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  6. I think some people seem to be confusing financial stability with football direction. I've never argued that there may need to be a change of manager, but there needs to be a change of regime first.

    While I've been disappointed with team displays, and the shape of the squad, there have been extenuating circumstances because of who we are, the league we're playing in, the expectations on a Rangers team and the premium wages we need to pay to get players to drop levels.

    Now, there is a lack of strategy in the youth development, but there's a lot we don't see that goes on in Auchenhowie.

    I would've thought it was more important to appoint a chief scout, instead of another overpaid PR Pitbull, who has an appalling record in fan relations, (ask any Liverpool fan).

    All Chris Graham appears to be guilty of is caring about his club. Yes, he doesn't speak for some, but he clearly speaks for the many, or the board wouldn't have felt compelled to sit down and talk turkey.

    Fan power does exist, and I applaud people like Chris Graham and his colleagues for working with Dave King, who has ploughed more cash into the club than any of us.

    All we all want is a settled way forward that shows respect and allows for trust to be earned. The current regime have a long path ahead of them. If they want to be trusted, then they have to earn it. It's the people who are prepared to ask the difficult questions and call this boards bluff that will save the soul of the club.

    It's those people who will be able to hold their heads high on Edminston Drive when this is all over.

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Keep it civil, lads.