13 August 2013

Make a difference

by Ross McAdam | Contributor

The 14th February 2012. A day that no Rangers fan will ever forget. The club we all love was plunged into administration after the crook that is Craig Whyte deliberately stopped paying PAYE. A truly embarrassing period in the club's incredible 141-year history and something no-one wants to experience again.

Let me make this clear. Rangers are on the brink. AGAIN. All the warning signs are apparent; £22million spent in eight months, extremely high salaries from the boardroom to the management staff and the players. An embarrassing boardroom scrap alongside several leeches that are happy to take outrageous salaries out the club and believe it or not even the audacity to try and sue the club ‘he cares about’. Aye right.

The only people who care about Rangers Football Club are us, the fans. Time and time again we fund the club with absolutely no say in the way the club is run. At a time when we need to be united I cannot recall a time when the support has been more divided. There should be no ‘Team Green’ or ‘Team McColl’, the only team is Rangers. We can only look at the facts that are in front of us and they are very distressing. The accounts, if they come out in the next few weeks as we have been told are going to be shocking.
The amount of stick bloggers get on Twitter and forums is incredible.

Let me say this, I write for the Copland Road Organization simply because I get to express my feelings on Rangers, something I love doing. There are no agendas, nobody trying to get jobs at Rangers or people making any money. I don’t claim to be any bigger a Rangers fan than anybody else. I love the club as much as the next Bear. However, some of the things being seen on Twitter are completely embarrassing. We need to unite as a support and reclaim our club.

Personally, I’m a big supporter of fan ownership but realistically that is miles away. Although I must admit the Rangers Supporters Trust (RST) are making many strides to become more transparent and accountable, something that our board should take note at. Furthermore the RST is a democratic process so if there is a reason that you won’t join them why not sign up and try and make a change as I did last year. Fans own around 10% of the club but individually that is worthless in terms of votes. As a proxy we would become a major player. Just have a think about it.

The least we can do at the moment though is joining as one through various means and demand accountability from the boardroom. It was pleasing to see Mather, Hart, Traynor, Stockbridge and McCoist answer questions in front of fans at Ibrox last Thursday but it now appears that Stockbridge at a minimum stretched the truth over the club’s finances at it. Again, no accountability.

The priority for the club at the moment is getting a strong board filled with strong, reputable businessmen. Frank Blin fits straight into that category and I’d suggest it would be a massive coup for Rangers if he was placed on the board at the upcoming EGM, which is looking more likely by the day. The second priority is getting more money into the club. Where that will come from is a mystery at the moment. Can the fans really be expected or have the capability to put more money into the club? Probably not. Therefore it seems likely that further investment will have to come from an outside source and other than Dave King there does not appear to be anybody else waiting in the wings. 

One thing is for certain, nobody in their right mind would invest in the club in its current state. Let's stand and make a difference.

Love you some CRO? Can't get enough Crazy Daniel and Rapey Stu? Well, if you fancy it, chip in and give us a hand.