As Mark Warburton steels his blend of youth and geriatrics for the trip to Tynecastle, the off-field travails of a failed resolution and lukewarm support for King might seem a world away. However should his team not earn a minimum of two points, from the visit to Hearts and the arrival of Aberdeen on Saturday, he might find the heat on the park sufficient to spare the under soil convection at Ibrox. To add to the air of despondency, Neil McCann has materialised like the ghost of Christmas past to have a go at the disastrous signings of Barton and Garner. The latter is so far out of his depth in the top tier of Scottish football that an aqualung would not be out of place. As for Barton, his Strangeways pedigree has resulted in stranger days. My deep throat, who inititially informed me that Barton had been paid off with a cool million has now recanted this view. Barton’s salary will be paid in full for the entirety of his two year deal, every quarter in advance. He has deposited his Q1 payment and is laughing all the way to the bank.
The dogfights with Aberdeen and Hearts for a UEFA berth 17/18 will define Warburton’s first and possibly last season in the Scottish Premier League. Should Celtic win the treble, an additional spot will be available. However those espousing the merits of financial fair play might not be surprised to learn that the SFA will bend over backwards to assist the beleaguered club. An SFA spokesman stated:
“I suspect that UEFA would grant them special dispensation because there have been instances of other clubs, in similar circumstances being allowed to participate.”
One wonders whether these clubs have sustained consistent losses for every year since their 2012 renascence, with the first year only showing a slight profit via some shady accounting artifice. As things stand UEFA assert that they consider acceptable losses over a three year period to amount to no more than £4,265,000. They allow losses during this same period to reach £25.9m should the following condition apply:
“If such excess is entirely covered by contributions from equity participants and or related parties.”
Rangers have lost £18.9m in the last three years.They also revealed in the latest accounts that they have just received another £2.9m in soft loans and that they will need to borrow more to meet bills as they fall due this season. Should the rogue board suffer a reverse at The Royal Courts of Justice in the next forty-eight hours, there won’t be much change if any from £1m. If one adds the soft loans and another £2m to pay Ashley and keep the lights on, one is fast approaching the £25.9m threshold.
Mike Ashley is seeking £1m in damages for breach of contract. When costs are added, another £600,000 or so will have to be found if these are not capped. Things are spiralling out of control.
The SFA spokesman, who was not prepared to put his name to his text but one can comfortably assume that it’s Darry Broadfoot, continued:
“What UEFA would do is ask Rangers for independently confirmed and detailed information about their finances, as well as their plans to become financially sustainable.”
Could Darryl please apprise me of when any iteration of Rangers was financially sustainable? Those two words in that combination have not been heard at Ibrox since the Bank Of Scotland bumped bared nipples and knees with SDM. Maybe Campbell Dallas could provide a level of comfort? Sadly no cigar on this occasion as there is a going concern emphasis of matter in the most recently published accounts.
Meanwhile Sandy Bryson is in the deepest word mines looking for an imperfect but open Backdoor to the Europa Cup qualification games for his favoured club. Would Campbell Ogilvie, the most corrupt man in Scottish football, not be more skilled in the art of barefaced mendacity? He most certainly has previous and as a UEFA match delegate he will know who will be open to a Mac Bung to smooth Rangers’ progress. When it comes to being corrupt, the SFA are gifted amateurs. UEFA are in the pantheon of the corrupt and occupy the same toxic air of FIFA when the global governing body are allocating World Cup venues.