13 July 2012

Wheels on fire


by Shane Nicholson | CRO editor


Let's take a trip back in time, all the way back to March when Rangers were just a club in adminstration and the layers of our many problems were still being peeled away.

Now you figure that a football association would begin formulating a route forward that is acheiveable and reasonable at that very point, so that when the dust finally settled on whatever the outcome would be one could start getting on with business.

But I don't think even the wisest among us could foresee the level of ineptitude (not to mention corruption) that would be on display in the halls of Hampden.

Putting aside the obvious--namely that there are people in high places who'd still be happy to see us disappear while somehow still paying their own bills--the leader of an FA typically has his finger on the pulse of his association. This man should have the clearest picture of anyone exactly what's going on around the shop.

That of course does not describe our own Stewart Regan, who has bumbled his way through this whole sorry affair with all the grace and dignity of an out of control drunk turned loose on an open bar.

"I think it's a big issue for the game right across the world trying to make sure that the right people are involved in running the game and those who are not a fit and proper person to a position in association football equally are reviewed and barriers are put in place to stop them being involved."

Fair enough. Maybe we should take a closer look at the people running our game. I'll agree with this one, Stewie. Now, what about the crisis Scottish football will surely face in light of the problems at Ibrox?

"Is Scottish football in crisis? No, no more so than any other country around the world."

Seems a far cry from the armagaeddon chat we were given recently, no? Bear in mind, just four short months ago this was the line.

"Clubs in administration in Scotland are no different to clubs in administration elsewhere.

"I think Rangers is unique simply because it is such a big name and a big footballing brand.

"There will be a route through this, we will have to find out what the best route is and start to build a plan for the future."

Four months ago. Seriously.

In all that time Regan couldn't be bothered to come up with a plan, let alone a decent statement to release following the forgone conclusion of yesterday's SFL vote. And this is the man offering guidance and support to the clubs and leagues, leading the challenge, and planning for the future.

But there's still no route forward from the SFA, and all the "Rangers are no different," "sporting integrity," and "reinvigorating of the national game" sound bites in the world won't change that.

There must be something in him that believes if he talks enough eventually something good is going to come out, but every time he finds a microphone he just adds another body to the pile.

So it's time to take that long walk home, Stewie. Thanks for that offer of guidance, but quite frankly the only outcome "that enables Scottish football to move on with consensus, clarity and confidence" is to end your abortion of a reign.