30 November 2013

29 November 2013

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

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

Exclusive: CRO talks with Paul Murray

Former director Paul Murray chats with CRO's Ross McAdam about the current board, the pending AGM, moving forward and fan ownership.

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.

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.

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.

05 November 2013

Get a piece of Rangers history and help fight MND in the UK

Up for auction on the CRO, this commemorative piece hand signed by the entire Cup Winners' Cup winning side. All proceeds go to benefit the MND Association in their fight against the terrible disease that has struck our former captain Fernando Ricksen.

Donated by our man Gary, we'll start the bidding at £40. Own an excellent piece of Rangers' history and help out a valuable cause.

Place your bids by visiting our facebook page. We'll take them through 10 p.m. on Sunday.

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.