06 November 2015

The return of stripping titles, the TOMOblog and more


by Scott Ferguson | Guest Contributor

I tried to restrain myself – I wasn't going to do it.

I haven't written an opinion piece on anything Rangers for quite a while. I had moved on. Writing frequently for WATP Magazine, I was enjoying focusing on football. Having interviews with the likes of Sir David Weir, Andy Little, even Kenny Shiels!

I was having fun chatting about the magic hats and disrespectful moments of brilliance on the pitch.

Then. Kaboom!

As if I had received a swift bite from Ciftci my ears began to bleed.

HMRC had finally won. After 3000 appeals to this court – that court – a court beside a tennis court, they had finally got the decision they were never going to stop spending public money on till they got it. And then the dogs started barking.

The usual suspects filled with glee started shouting the old rhetoric that the previous court decisions had not allowed them to proclaim. (well kind of – they usually did anyway)

Spiers' article about cheating Rangers was out quicker than James Forrest’s pe....hmm probably shouldn't go there but you get the jist.

Tom English took to Twitter to stoke the flames of title stripping just in time for all the followers of the idea to be able to ‘heart’ his comment instead of just liking it.

Then, my old favourite...*drumroll*...THE TOMOBLOG WAS BACK!

Our friend Alex Thomson climbed out of his bunker to finally seek validation. Quickly commentating that ill Phil's 'Downfall' book now had credence, showing the desperation of a man who had written the foreword for someone who would subsequently become well and truly "tarred with a sectarian brush" would display.

Alex is a man who even in the face of multiple defeats for HMRC refused to declare them defeated...his logic was that as there was room for appeal victory could not be claimed. This theory is not one he has now though of course. In the face of HMRC’s victory (and after himself commenting that there was still room for an appeal) he declared them completely and utterly victorious. Rangers were cheats...simples.

Although, I have to say the re-emergence of Alex on the Rangers scene does not come without reward. It did not take him long to remind us all just how little he knows about what is actually going on. He proclaimed on Twitter that he wanted to know if Campbell Ogilvie would now resign his position at the SFA - a position he retired from months earlier.

Upon being reminded...well not so much reminded as rather, educated, on this fact Alex - in the interest of transparency - quickly deleted the tweet.

Unfortunately for Alex the screenshot is already out there to be enjoyed by all. So what now?
There will be more calls for title stripping, Rangers and Sevco will continue to be called cheats in equal ironic amounts, the crazies will scream from the rooftops, St Mirren fans will complain about all the titles they could have won, Phill will have a good month on the donation front and then before anyone knows it - we will be promoted.

The obsessed will be left to wonder what they have been doing all these years. Wondering why they still have jelly and ice cream in the freezer. Wondering why they haven't noticed that their children are suddenly three feet taller.

The Rangers (and I use that proudly) will not be playing in stadiums with hedges or listening from afar to hear a Ronny whimper.

The devil will be looking directly into their eyes - and the devil will be looking for number 55.