04 December 2014

The End of a Tired Journey

by Garry Carmody | Contributor

"For the third season in a row, Rangers crash out of the Challenge Cup."

It's a line that's quite difficult to sink in. Last night, on the 89th minute, thousands of heads dropped in unison - another battering to Rangers' already severely depleted reputation was complete. An unforgivably comfortable 2-0 lead thrown away, but the worst part? Nobody seemed particularly surprised and - although embarrassing - it isn't even Rangers' biggest concern.

Even before the lead was thrown away last night, there was an eery atmosphere around Recreation Park last night. From the first minute Rangers were flat and completely devoid of ideas. It was a first half plagued with lethargy and if anything, the team was lucky they didn't fall behind within the 45 minutes. However, for once, the fans didn't respond. There was no rallying cry, no chanting and not even a great deal of anger purveyed. It was all just too familiar - fans know this is the norm under Ally McCoist, and even a scraped win wouldn't have covered the cracks.

01 December 2014

UOF Statement re: Rangers' Retail Contracts

"Since the release of the accounts for RIFC PLC, the focus has rightly been on the almost immediate requirement for more cash simply to pay bills and also the board’s wish to raise £8m in equity finance despite recently turning down a valid, fully funded offer for £16m. However, having had the accounts analysed by qualified accountants, we feel it is important to bring Rangers fans’ attention to the absolutely disgraceful reality of the retail deal which has been entered into with Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct.

11 November 2014

Remembrance Day

God bless our men and women who gave their lives for our own, the strong who stood when called upon.

We go on due to their braveness. We sustain because of their sacrifice.

We remember them today.

29 October 2014

We Deserve Better

by Danny Johnstone | Guest Contributor

Cast your mind back to January 2009 – yes, nearly six whole agonising years ago – when the 'We Deserve Better' campaign was launched voicing fans concerns for the leadership of the Club.

David Murray retaliated with the following: "The people who are moaning and making most of the noise are not exactly captains of industry," said Murray. "They don't have vast experience in business. I don't see any solutions being put forward by them." Whilst this suited Murray’s usual stance of absolving himself of any blame, along with keeping fans in the dark, he was correct.

The Club was virtually up for sale from 2006 and fan ownership was barely on the minds of most. Whether or not we had the capacity to mount a bid back then is a query we will never have the answer to but that may have been the perfect opportunity… it all sounds great in hindsight, though, particularly when the Club was pawned off to Craig Whyte for a measly quid.

23 October 2014

The Rangers Badge Mystery

by Alex Oliver | Contributor

Dave King’s statement tonight launched a scathing critique of what he believed to be obstructions in his attempt to seek control of Rangers Football Club. 

Something which jumped out at me more than anything was the following part: "...given the present concerns from supporters that Mr Ashley is using his shareholder status to put pressure on the board to alienate the rights and trade mark of the club in favour of his personal interest." 

It got me thinking, something in this area has changed since the beginning of the season. The observant will have noticed the 'scroll crest' has now taken precedence over the traditional 'Ready' crest. 

Given all that has gone on and various whispers of image rights and naming rights being sold for a pittance, it would surely be naïve to suggest that it is simply re-branding. I have collated several examples of where things have changed.

Dave King Statement re Rangers Negotiations

It is appropriate that I give feedback to the Rangers fans before departing for South Africa.

Over the last few weeks Paul Murray, George Letham and myself have constructively engaged the Rangers board and (at the request of the board) Sandy Easdale regarding our proposal to invest 16 million into the club as soon as is practically possible. When investing in any public company there are numerous regulatory and compliance requirements that have to be dealt with. There are also SFA compliance issues that arise when investing in a football club in Scotland.

An obvious further complication in Rangers case is the seeming lack of authority of the Rangers board to make decisions without reference to key shareholders who appear to be “the power behind the throne”.

17 October 2014

The Rangers Memory Lane - Part 1

by Ross EJ Hendry | Guest Contributor

Our good friend from Toronto, Mr Ross EJ  Hendry, brings you the first in a series of trips down Rangers memory lane. First up...Celtic 2, Rangers 4 - January 1994.

09 October 2014

08 October 2014

Never a Dull Day Round Ibrox Way

by Ross McAdam | Contributor

Another day, another new drama in the Rangers story. We awoke to the news this morning that Mike Ashley, through his investment vehicle MASH holdings has called an EGM to remove Graham Wallace and Philip Nash from their positions. 

I suspect that Ashley won’t be forthcoming on his reasons for this move given he very rarely talks to the media. It is an open secret that the boardroom at Ibrox is split and that this move will remove the two individuals who appear to favour investment from Dave King whilst the Easdale proxy, including Blue Pitch and Margarita, appear to favour investment from Mike Ashley.

07 October 2014

Rangers-stupid Blogger Memes, Ranked

by Shane Nicholson | Executive Editor

You've read them all, or maybe you haven't. Hopefully you haven't.

But the Donegal Axis of Cunt® and their similarly ill-informed counterparts, with shortarse PR men sources in common, waxing poetic about anything Rangers have given us some absolutely ridiculous metaphors and themes over the past few years.

Here's the comprehensive ranking of stupidity in Rangers' writing available in the darkest corners of the interwebs:

Once, There Was a Donkey...

by Chris Graham | Contributor

Once, there was a donkey.

The donkey was content roaming around, being a donkey, but we here at the CRO felt that the donkey needed a home so we took it in, sheltered it, fed it lovely carrots and for a while the donkey was happy. But the donkey had a bit of an ego and the donkey was a bit gullible. The donkey believed in sky fairies and money trees and it soon became apparent that the donkey and the rest of the CRO stable could not get along.

A Club Missing a Footballing Philosophy

by John McIntosh | Guest Contributor

The Rangers Football Club of today is a club who plan as far ahead as the next game. Ally McCoist has told us many times there are reasons he doesn’t feel he can plan ahead for the future but nothing should be halting the much needed development of our once great club.

Ally said in an interview that he wishes us to follow Ajax or Porto’s model, which I agree with, I just don’t believe he ever believed what he was saying as his actions in his tenure prove he doesn’t trust youth enough whilst we have no scouts - which is a disgrace.

In the backwaters of Scottish football we simply can’t compete with the extravagant spending that happens at the top clubs in Europe’s top leagues due to TV rights and prize money.

02 October 2014

Just Why Did Ashley Increase His Stake in RFC?

by Garry Carmody | Contributor

When Mike Ashley's name was first mentioned as an investor in RIFC, it took many by surprise.

From the bright lights of the Premiership and Newcastle United, what coaxed him to participate in Rangers' IPO back in December 2012? Where was the interest coming from to involve himself with Charles Green and co?

However, with the use of hindsight, it has become very clear as to what Mike Ashley had his eyes set on, and it is now evident that he has possibly been the smartest player in this game of Monopoly: Rangers Edition.

24 September 2014

Rangers Board Members, Ranked

We know it can be hard to keep up with the behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealings within the Rangers boardroom. Hell, even we have difficulty in remembering just who is in charge sometimes, what with phantom madey up boards allowing for people to wear club ties and show up in the Directors' Box or on the stage at the AGM.

So, with that in mind, here's our wholly scientific and 100 percent accurate rankings of the current members of the many boards at Ibrox. Print this off and keep it as a handy reference for the upcoming AGM, just in case any relevant special resolutions were to pop up.

6. Alexander Easdale*

    6a. Rafat Rizvi**

5. David 'Ludicrous Rumours' Somers

4. Hodor

3. Norman 'Investment committee? What investment committee?' Crighton

2. Graham Wallace

1. Philip Nash (?)

*Madey up board only
**Figment of our collective imagination

11 September 2014

The Dangerous Game

by Graham Taylor | Guest Contributor

Crunch time.

In just under 24 hours’ time, we should have some clarity as to how long the stricken Rangers International Football Club plc can limp along for. If the Open Offer of shares is fully subscribed, Rangers should have enough to get them to the 2014 AGM where a motion will be tabled to disapply the pre-emption rights which were voted down at the previous year’s meeting, allowing for a far larger tranche of shares to be released. If not then the club, simply put, won’t have the funds to pay its way, leaving the financing options available limited and likely to the long-term detriment of the club.

09 September 2014

Chasing Sandy

by Shane Nicholson | Executive Editor

We've spent no small amount of time wondering just what Sandy Easdale is getting at. All this time later and we're still woefully short of answers, other than he's one of those that really doesn't care for the CEO very much.

Whether it's denying the existence of Jack Irvine's influence only to turn up with him at shipyards, or inventing Beirut based lawyers out of whole cloth, most of the time ventures down from his post on the football board to get behind a microphone we're left with far more questions than answers.

05 September 2014

What Was Mike Ashley's Preferred PR Firm Invoicing Rangers For?

A PR firm which acts for Mike Ashley at Newcastle has invoiced Rangers for fees despite doing no obvious work for the club.

Keith Bishop Associates (KBA) are closely linked to Ashley and list Newcastle Utd as a client on their website. It is understood that Charles Green claimed to Ibrox staff that KBA were retained as part of the Sports Direct retail deal.

The invoice below, along with others over what is believed to have been an initial 16-18 month deal, was received by perplexed Rangers employees who queried it. They were told by then Finance Director, Brian Stockbridge, that invoices from KBA had to be paid despite no explanation being provided about what work KBA had done for Rangers.

04 September 2014

Four Men Had a Dream. Why Can't We?

By Andy McKellar | Contributor

Rangers Football Club: the dream that became a reality.

The Gallant Pioneers, who launched our proud institution from the humblest of beginnings, could not possibly have envisaged the true greatness of the gift that they were bestowing upon those future generations who were privileged enough to call themselves Rangers fans.

Words like history, tradition and success are synonymous with our beloved football club and money simply cannot buy the memories that we have accumulated throughout the years of follow following.

The dream however has turned into a nightmare. The values that our club and its supporters hold so dear have been discarded, replaced by cold, corporate greed and financial mismanagement. This is not Mr Struth’s Rangers. This is not the Rangers that we all know and love. 

03 September 2014

Meet The New Boss

by Garry Carmody | Contributor

To some it may seem like a lifetime ago. Since the RIFC AGM at the end of last year, grey hairs have grown, frustration has simply risen, stress balls have taken a pounding - and all to no avail.

However, let's journey back to what people would probably refer to as the saving grace of this time - the appointment and integration of the new Chief Executive, Graham Wallace. The man entered with a certain dignity that his predecessors in the role were bereft of. He spoke well, appeared to dodge few issues and there was an air of honesty that precious incumbents also sorely lacked.

However, rhetoric is as cheap as the paper it's written on, and the best part of a year later, fans are most certainly seeing that. If I was to offer my opinion, I believed - and still do to an extent - that Wallace came in to this job with good intentions. His talk of ending the "bonus culture", however, now looks as empty as anything else that has been said in this whole affair. The club currently sits on the brink of another financial meltdown, yet there is time for another expensive PR man to refuse to comment on whether he'll be taking a performance-related bonus or not.

Remind you of anyone?

01 September 2014

Transfer Deadline Day Open Thread

It's Transfer Deadline Day, and apparently also a day to pick up nearly 3.6 million shares in Rangers.

If you missed the news, two movements of approximately 1.8 million shares in RIFC plc were recorded this morning, each for roughly £455,000. We're still waiting on an announcement to the LSE with details on the transactions but we can tell you the share price have moved up ever so slightly today to a current number of 25.28.

In the more football-related-matters, Lewis Macleod, now linked with everyone from Brighton to Wigan and all points in between, is at Auchenhowie with the Scotland setup prior to setting off for the U21 base. We're going to go ahead and make the bold prediction that our future captain is still with Rangers at the end of the shift simply because he has to be. (He has to.)

So what have you heard/what do you know/what info did the taxi driver tell you that he got from his last fare who had it on good authority from his cousin who's an agent? Tell us in the open thread below and we'll come back with any updates as we have them.

(Updates below the jump.)

29 August 2014

Groundhog Day: The Board Calls for Another Share Issue

By Peter Ewart | Contributor

The Rangers Board released a statement in regards to a potential share issue in RIFC plc on the 6th of August and today we have the details.

What is on offer?

A further 19.8m shares in RIFC plc are available through an Open Offer at £0.20 per share, a discount of 21.6% on the 28 August closing price, to all shareholders who held shares at 5 p.m. on the day.

Shareholders can buy 0.30185 new shares for every 1 share currently held, so if you bought 714 shares for £500 at the IPO you can buy 215 new shares at £43.

If all the shares are taken up then there would be 85.6m shares in RIFC plc. Essentially a 23% equity stake in RIFC plc is being offered to existing shareholders for £3.96m.

13 August 2014

From the pages of WATP: Bears Abroad

From the pages of the newest WATP Magazine, Shane Nicholson tells his story about the time when Brian Laudrup joined Rangers.

Twenty years have come and gone since the signing of Brian Laudrup and with it the revelation that was Walter’s completion of nine-in-a-row. Finding markers in the lifetime of supporting a club as illustrious as Rangers can be difficult but for me this has always been 0 AD. It’s no wonder the arrival of God at Ibrox laid the marker.

12 August 2014

You Talk Some Amount of Shite, Phil: Madey Up McCoist Meeting Edition

By Chris Graham | Contributor

Recently, CRO pulled some of Phil MacGiollabhain’s fantasies apart in a highly amusing article. Whisper it though, the bold Phil has been at it again in an article entitled ‘Regarding Alistair’ which contains less facts than the script of a Harry Potter film. I’ve debated how best to do this but probably best we just work our way through his latest act of fiction.

05 August 2014

HMRC: Questions to Answer

By Andy McKellar | Contributor

Today’s Daily Record revelations have once again dragged the conduct and behaviour of HM Revenue & Customs into question. As the newspaper revealed, the tax authorities were fully aware of Craig Whyte’s previous declared earnings, or lack thereof, and of the personal guarantees given to Ticketus which resulted in a personal tax liability of £3.74M, which of course went unpaid.

Taking the above information into account, one would be forgiven for thinking that HMRC would be keeping a very close eye on the tax affairs of Rangers Football Club under the stewardship of Whyte, an individual who was clearly on their radar for all the wrong reasons. Their actions however would suggest otherwise.

01 August 2014

Paul Tyrrell: If they were the Khmer Rouge where will you rank us?

By Shane Nicholson | Executive Editor

Just who is Paul Tyrrell, the ex-Man. City, ex-Liverpool, ex-Everton PR aficionado? A man of many words? A man of many paychecks? A man of the people?

Certainly the first two.

22 July 2014

You Talk Some Amount of Shite, Phil

The name Phil MacGiollaBhain will be familiar to many Rangers fans. The self-proclaimed "journalist" is a notorious Rangers hating bigot who regularly refers to you and I as Nazis, racists and 'the Klan' amongst other terms.

His ability to whip his similarly obsessed Celtic fans into a frenzy over Rangers is second to none (and definitely not a ploy simply to generate sales for his book). Phil, or whatever his real name is, claims to have 'excellent sources' within Ibrox and regularly makes claims on his Twitter feed or within his blogs about the Club. Let's have a look at some of them:

21 July 2014

Twenty years on from the day that Brian Laudrup signed we have a special guest to look back on the time God played for the Rangers.

18 July 2014

It's Time for FIFA to Stop Stumbling Through the Haze

Executive Editor Shane Nicholson says the world's governing body needs to lead from the front in dealing with concussion and other brain injuries.

27 June 2014

Over on the RangersFACTS side, Gary Havlin opens our new series on The Captains with a look at Willie Woodburn – The Lifer.

17 May 2014

The Charles Green Road Show

by Shane Nicholson | Executive Editor

We already know that certain shareholders are balking at accepting the UoF proposal to CEO Graham Wallace, but what about the moves of former CEO Charles Green?

The CRO has learned Chuck was seeking out new CEO candidates in the US not long ago, and failing that has turned to shedding the Easdales' shareholding to the highest bidder.

16 May 2014

Shareholders blocking potential peace deal?

by Alan Clark | Deputy Editor

Key shareholders in Rangers Football Club are blocking a potential compromise agreement between the board and umbrella supporters' group the Union of Fans, the CRO understands.

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.

09 May 2014

Ready To Listen - 15 of the best

Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace took to the club's official Twitter account today for a question and answer session with the supporters. We've picked out 15 of the best uses of the hashtag today...

08 May 2014

A summary of all things Rangers

by Scott Ferguson | Guest Contributor

Beware: sarcasm and fantasy to follow. (And no, it's not an official Rangers FC statement.)


There is so much going on at the moment that I thought it would be worthwhile summarising for those that may not be aware of all the happenings in the Rangers world.

02 May 2014

Dave King: Time to Step Up and Pay

by Andy McKellar | Contributor

It is fair to acknowledge that the Rangers rebuild has proved to be as farcical and shambolic as realistically imaginable. Labelling it a missed opportunity just doesn’t do justice to the levels of negligence, exploitation and incompetence that we’ve witnessed since the beginning of our lower league journey.

In an ideal world we would have used our demotion to learn from the mistakes of the past and to develop a business and football strategy into a model which would see our dominance of Scottish football return upon our promotion to the top-flight. But, alas, Rangers now operate under circumstances which are so imperfect that at times you find yourself wondering just how such chaos is possible.

30 April 2014

25 April 2014

He Stood By Us...

The CRO would like to wish our best to the family of one of the greats to ever pull on the shirt, Sandy Jardine. A man who honoured our Club with his presence on the pitch and who worked tirelessly for us well past his playing days.

He was Rangers, and always will be. We will miss you endlessly.

11 April 2014

We'll keep this short...

Simply, who prepared this statement and are they being paid by the members of "the Board of Rangers Football Club" or the Club itself?

08 April 2014

McCoist's Last Stand

by Alan Clark | Deputy Editor

Sunday's Ramsdens Cup Final defeat to Raith Rovers was an extremely hard kick to the gonads of every Rangers supporter.

Despite the cup not being an important one in the grand scheme of things, it was one that everyone expected Rangers to win comfortably – especially given the fact that Queen of the South knocked them out at the quarter-final stage last season, denying a clean sweep of the trophies whilst the club is in the lower leagues.

Performances in League One in the past few months have been dire to say the least. Most of the squad seems content to turn up at the weekend, saunter about the pitch without putting in the required effort expected in a blue jersey and then go home again. Why? There's two parts to this answer.

Ally's 'Emotional Intelligence'

by Alex Oliver | Contributor

For a while I’ve wanted to apply some of my psychology degree to Rangers - it was made harder by the fact I have not done any great deal in the way of sports psychology. I now have the chance, although I’m not exactly pleased about it!

There is a growing notion in psychology that there are multiple intelligences; that is there’s something more than IQ. One of the proposed additional intelligences is called ‘Emotional Intelligence’. In simple terms, it is intelligence for gauging one’s own emotions and emotions of others. Moreover, this impacts upon how an individual behaves- they can behave in an appropriate way and in a manner which will not upset others.

31 March 2014

And Colin Stein Scores!

by D'Artagnan | Guest Contributor

My gran wasn't too impressed with Colin Stein. Nothing to do with the player himself of course, but everything to do with the grandson who muddied himself on her back green in Anniesland trying to emulate the great man's latest goal every Saturday. The following day being Sunday, there was no way she would take her grandson to church looking anything less than respectful and appropriate for The Lord's House.

26 March 2014

Alexander Easdale Will Have His Revenge on Mountain View

By Dail Carnayegay | Guest Contributor

Having successfully defeated the social networkz by vanquishing the evil Zuckerberg and stealing the gold from his lair – and in turn taking over the contract on the Facebook campus bus route – Alexander ‘Sandy’ Easdale has chosen his next target. And this time it’s Stanford serious.

It’s Sandy Easdale v Google.

(Editor’s note: Google search can and will bring different results tailored to your individual ways and lifestyle choices, so some of you may care to give this a miss lest you find some videos we really don’t want to see passed around the Internet)

Let’s imagine you have some spare time on your short commute and wish to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi on your McGill’s bus. You think to yourself, “I’d like to find out some more about Mr. Sandy Easdale.”

21 March 2014

Minor Controversy Creates Maximum Cash

by Thomas Simpson | Guest Contributor

Major sporting events heavily rely on the promotion of their product. Professional wrestling organisations such as the WWE are a prime example as they are masters of creating hype. This market has a particular advantage as everything is scripted. A creative team is responsible for planning a narrative that gets people interested. The feuds are orchestrated to create as much tension as possible; the aim to turn the audience’s attention into profit.

Legitimate sporting events are also good at this as boxing and MMA shows make a fortune from it. They expect the fighters to trash talk and simulate hatred for each other to build-up the bout. Customers want to see animosity between the competitors – now the same rules apply to the world of football. They all have the same goal, convince people to part with their money.

18 March 2014

Posing the Question of Alexander Easdale

by Graham Taylor | Guest Contributor

I’ll be the first to admit that when the name of Sandy Easdale was first mooted as having a possible involvement at Rangers in November 2012 I didn’t know the first thing about him, as no doubt many that do not live in the central belt probably didn’t either. Handily though, the Daily Record were quick to point people in the direction of Mr Easdale’s somewhat questionable business past with an article entitled “Bus tycoon Sandy Easdale who was jailed over VAT fraud is courted as possible investor at Ibrox”.

Taken at face value at a time when the club was needing to regain its credibility following the disastrous insolvency experience under the stewardship of Craig Whyte, I, like many, was aghast at the thought of an individual with an equally-dubious business background to that of Whyte being involved at the club. It was noticeable from the story that the Rangers spokesman at the time felt it necessary to give direct comment on the possible involvement of Easdale at the club. Looking back it is clear that, even from that early stage, Sandy Easdale was being lined up for a prominent role at the club.

11 March 2014

Ally has to go...and give the players a good kick

by Scott Ferguson | Guest Contributor

Well that wasn’t fun was it?

Sunday's Scottish Cup game at Ibrox was truly dreadful for the battered and bruised Rangers fans. Just a short time ago and with the victory in the quarter finals of the same competition the ‘feel good factor’ had returned to Ibrox for the first time in many a month. 

10 March 2014

Just for fun...

We don't have a CROpod for you this morning (it'll be coming on Tuesday again this week) so here's a bunch of old photos we culled from Getty. Enjoy.

06 March 2014

Over at the RangersFACTS page, our own Gary Havlin looks back on one of Scotland's greatest and his roles in the early days of both Rangers and Chelsea.

03 March 2014

The Ignorance of Struth Tradition

by Alex Oliver | Contributor

Rangers Football Club are a club with a rich illustrious history with values of equal measure. 

The foundations were set by the Gallant Pioneers over 140 years ago, and the coliseum was constructed by Mr Bill Struth. One could say Mr Struth is the corner stone to the proud tradition that runs… or ran, throughout our wonderful club. 

Little Still Waiting For Contract Talks

by Shane Nicholson | Executive Editor

Right midfielder (?) Andy Little is counting down the days on his contract while trying to find his form again after that brutal face injury suffered during a clash of heads with Dunfermline's Alex Whittle back in November.

Of course as Graham Wallace's infamous 120-day review continues it's yet to be seen what Ally McCoist will have to spend this summer including on contract renewals leaving players like Little in limbo as to where they'll be plying their trade next season.

28 February 2014

Jack Irvine: Loyal Rangers Man (Just ask him)

We’ll just leave this here. Jack Irvine, loyal and principled Rangers man and PR guru, in his column from The Mirror, 3 June 1999. 

Is there a missing piece in the board's recent Dave King statements?

by Alan Clark | Deputy Editor

In another tumultuous week at Rangers Football Club, former director Dave King arrived back in the newspapers to discuss the board, fan revolt and other pertinent issues.

The board released several statements in response to the quotes attributed to King, and to his large statement on Wednesday.

The CRO understands that football board director Sandy Easdale had several discussions with Dave King, in which a deadline of 7 February was given by King for a response to the South Africa-based businessman.

In a question and answer with the Daily Record's Keith Jackson, Wallace said: "Dave King has not come to the club with an offer, other than an interest in participating in a future equity...Dave is not a shareholder and he has not made the club any offer of financial assistance." 

Wallace has repeatedly said no offer was made by King, this being backed up by chairman David Somers' statement on the official website. The issue here is: has Wallace told the supporters something different to what actually occurred, or was he genuinely unaware of the discussions with King?

Questions must now be raised as to why a director of the subsidiary company of Rangers International plc –a member of the "football board" which by his own admission doesn't deal with the football at all – was conversing with a potential investor and much-needed source of finance without the CEO of the company having knowledge of it.

What exactly was discussed between King and Easdale in these conversations? What was to be agreed before this 7 February deadline? These are questions that fans deserve answers to.

27 February 2014

Union of Fans Statement

Following a meeting of The Union of Fans that currently comprises representatives of the following fan groups - The Rangers Supporters Assembly, The Rangers Supporters Trust and The Rangers Supporters Association, The Blue Order, Union Bears and Sons of Struth - we would like to issue the following statement:

22 February 2014

Kenny Miller Watch – Kenny wants to stay in Vancouver

by Shane Nicholson | Executive Editor

Kenny Miller wants to stay in Vancouver according to Whitecaps stringer Martin MacMahon as the former Rangers striker confirmed he is looking to extend his MLS deal beyond this June. We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Kenny Miller's contract with the Vancouver Whitecaps ends in June, but he'd like to stick around for longer. 
While the 34-year-old forward has always said he would be open to the possibility of extending his stay, on Wednesday, the Scottish Designated Player was a bit more explicit about his hope of continuing his MLS adventure.

20 February 2014

Jack Irvine - Spinning Out Of Control

by Garry Carmody | Contributor

It was in such an incredibly twisted comical manner, you’d have imagined it was the beginning of a worn-out, sadistic comedy.

Once again today Jack Irvine made himself the story; and once more Jack Irvine proved why there is no place for his presence at Rangers Football Club.

19 February 2014

Meanwhile, in Bizarro World...

Cunts. Cunts everywhere.
There's now a petition to hold the Scottish Cup semi-finals at "neutral venues".  

We're assuming this has been pluralised because our good friends across town are both A) masters of context, and B) comic savants. 

Please hold your laughter to the very end of the presentation.

15 February 2014

This Is About Tomorrow

by Peter Ewart | Contributor

Holding the attention of a large gathered crowd of Rangers fans for five minutes can be a challenge. Holding it for three hours on the subject of Community Ownership and Fan Engagement given the history could be considered a minor miracle. Richard Atkinson did both admirably Friday night whilst giving us a frank and polished presentation on one vision of what fan ownership could look like if enough people get on board.

Atkinson certainly impressed. Successful in his own right outside of football he has previously been involved in the Board of St Mirren and subsequently with Supporters Direct Scotland where he volunteers his time to the assist other clubs who may be interested in the fan ownership path. The overriding message that came through was one of ‘this is possible’.

That shouldn’t come as news to any Rangers fan but I think we needed to hear it from an external source and it was massively encouraging. From the outside there is an extent of disbelief, frustration even, that such a large support hadn’t yet mobilised itself. If we are honest I don’t think the support can quite believe it hasn’t happened yet either. But it is up to us to make it happen.

13 February 2014


We're a little slow here while our remodel continues but our own Chris Graham is discussing 'Roll of Dishonour – Celtic's Shame' over at The Rangers Standard. Check it out.

08 February 2014

Glass half full

by Scott Ferguson | Guest Contributor

I don't know how or why or when I ended up in this position I'm in - I'm starting to feel distant again.
So I decided just to pick this pen up and try to make an attempt to vent...but I just can't admit
or come to grips with the fact that I may be done with rap...ok you got me – I’ve stole these lyrics from a well know chainsaw wielding blonde haired American white rapper.

Yeah I listen to rap – I’m in my thirties but I’m not dead you know. Although my description is probably a lil dated as I’m sure Eminem now has black hair and is a bit more of a diet coke version of his former self these days.

Anyway I digress.

01 February 2014

Jack Irvine's Wild Friday Nights

By Shane Nicholson | Executive Editor

It's a bit odd the old voices backing "the board" (even though it has reshaped itself drastically since last autumn) have suddenly come back to life. Even funnier is that the response seems to be as a result of people calling out PR gurus over their sudden change of heart in regards to Ally McCoist. Couldn't have anything to do with the manager proxying his votes or asking some hard questions of where the money has gone, could it?

Anyway, we know representatives of the board and our former finance director Mr Stockbridge in particular like to express their intent of supposed forthcoming legal action at the weekend. Hell, we know Jack likes to spend his time writing absurdly long statements and following them up with tweets to the Texas Rangers baseball club on Friday nights.

But, by the grace of good fortune, today we are allowed a prime example of just where the money of Rangers supporters is going in terms of PR and media relations "on behalf" of the Club.

29 January 2014

The Continental Blueprint

by Jamie Currie | Guest Contributor

In the last 18-month period, it is fair to say the football at Rangers has been a sideshow to the off-field issues inside the boardroom. A massive opportunity has been missed on the playing side of things to bring through the youth as the spine of the side and re-invent the style of play and overall footballing philosophy of the club, right from the first-team squad to the lowest age group of youths.

After much thought and deliberation about it, I feel the director of football model with a head coach is the best model to take the club forward concerning the football side of the business. This would allow the director of football to oversee the scouting department – if there ever comes a time were we employ a scouting team. In addition; oversee the youth sides, with the soul focus of bringing players through with the opportunity to get into the first team over winning the youth trophies.

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28 January 2014

The Silence Of The Succulent Lambs

by D'Artagnan | Guest Contributor

Let Graham explain – he was actually there, after all: “Succulent lamb journalism means a culture – and I hold my hand up here too – a culture of sycophantic, unquestioning, puff journalism that went on around Rangers generally and Sir David Murray particularly.” 
Of course you’ll see it to some degree across sport, across football. But it was, many Glasgow journalists say, more damaging here. 
“Look,” says Graham “Selective Amnesia” Spiers, “you are making a pact with the devil if you like. You get thrown the best scraps. You get something for the back page or whatever. But there’s a tacit deal. You don’t dig too deep. You don’t cause any trouble. 
–Alex Thomson, Saturday 24 Mar 2012

It seems like the succulent lamb has moved fields. I doubt there would be many Rangers supporters who, after what has transpired over the last three years, who would suggest some of the articles written about our club were merely “puff journalism”.

Fan ownership – The Pompey way

by Alex Oliver | Contributor

Valentine’s Day 2012 is not one fondly remembered by Rangers fans. It certainly was a dark day in the club’s history. Years of financial mismanagement – more specifically the actions of individuals – resulted in administration and put the entire club in jeopardy.

Portsmouth FC were quick to show compassion – on the day associated with such acts – to the stricken Glasgow giants through social networking. Twitter to be precise; which paved way to ‘#PompeyGers’. The reasoning for this perhaps boils down to an all too familiar tale experienced by the south coast side.

Little under 6 years ago, Portsmouth had their big day out in Wembley for the FA Cup Final, facing Cardiff, and were 1-0 victors. Things were looking rosy for the star studded side spearheaded by the likes of Jermaine Defoe, supplemented in midfield by Nico Kranjcar and assured at the back with Sol Campbell and England number one David James.

But soon the famous Pompey bells were being drowned out by the booming of thunderous clouds lurking ominously over Fratton Park. Dark, sun-drowning clouds of debt were overhead.