The Emperor’s New Clothes is a short tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an emperor a new suit of clothes that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, no one dares to say that they don’t see any suit of clothes on him for fear that they will be seen as “unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent”.
Are the SMSM wary of being deemed unfit, stupid and incompetent when they declare that the team playing in 32 Red sponsored strips is Rangers continued?
“FIFA, SPFL, SFA, ECA, even Advertising Standards Authority, all recognise Rangers as same club.” Graham Ruthven – Twitter.
Mr Ruthven is a freelance football writer with a deft line on football in the Middle East. One would have thought he could have confined himself to the plight of Palestinian football where a wall pass takes on an entirely new meaning; or to examine why Israel participate in UEFA competitions. He could even have looked at the corruption behind Qatar’s successful World Cup bid and followed the money all the way to numbered accounts in Swiss francs. An interesting article would be one where he followed a line of inquiry on the following topic:
‘Having difficulty qualifying for the World Cup? Don’t despair. For a mere CHF 5,000,000 you can qualify as hosts.’
However, Mr Ruthven, who lists STV and The Guardian on his resume, decided to toss his hat into the ring of liquidation denial which is fast becoming Scotland’s national sport. I have dealt with the prosaic facts of the matter in granular detail, but no matter how much I can lead a flogged horse to water, I cannot make it drink.
The Trading Style that is Rangers continues in ethereal form. For some the belief in a continued Rangers is an article of faith:
“Real Rangers Men believe in our unbroken history from 1872.”
I recall a contributor to this site who asserted that in time Charles Green’s Sevco Scotland, trading as The Rangers Football Club, would be accepted as Rangers. As one enters a fifth year of liquidation denial the impetus to expose this convenient mythology remains unabated. TRFC are a new club followed by the fans of the old club. It’s simple to comprehend, unless you have an agenda.
Despite Peter Lawwell’s statement that Celtic are a standalone club who can sustain itself irrespective of a Rangers team playing at Ibrox, the cash registers at the Celtic box office do not chime with his rhetoric. The majority of CFC fans love nothing more than putting Rangers to the sword. The current iteration, the renascent Rangers, are a pin cushion facsimile of the old club. If beating Rangers is your bag, then invest in a hold-all as the victories will come thick and fast. I anticipate three more pin cushion games this season, with the third in The Scottish Cup Final, if the SFA can swing it.
Should Ashley prevail in March an administration event will be inevitable. King conned the investors in RIFC just as easily as he duped the Rangers fans. He had absolutely no intention of over investing in Rangers. He merely wanted to bathe in the Upper Clyde, his personal Ganges, and wash away his criminal past. However the SFA unraveled his new tunic when he failed their ‘fit and proper’ sniff test. King is bailing out. Douglas Park is spitting blood at King for not stepping up to the plate. King, Murray and WATP were not present at Ibrox on Hogmanay. Ashley has King bang to rights. A £5m hit could not be accommodated. Murray approached Brian Kennedy to offer him King’s 14.57% at a premium. Kennedy, who can read the runes just as easily as I can, will sit tight and await insolvency, which will almost certainly occur some time between March and the close season. If March, a points deduction will give Warburton a ready-made excuse for his team’s abject showing.
Mr. Ruthven has stepped into a minefield. The only member of his list who can see The Emperor’s New Clothes is Neil Doncaster at the SPFL. Doncaster, who sells Scottish Football to Sky Sports on the basis of four ‘Old Firm’ games per season, has skin in this game. One does not require an MBA to see his agenda.
As for the ASA, Audheid’s succinct response was one of his best:
“ASA have as much authority on subject as Griegs to proclaim on the Hadron Colliders efficacy as an oven.”
The SFA have never gone on the record to proclaim Charles Green’s basket of assets as Rangers continued. They have treated TRFC as a new club in their Scottish Cup qualifying games. Their actions speak louder than words.
There are so many rebuttals to the continuation mythology that I could write several thousand words on the matter, or include just one photograph of Andrea Traverso:
The ‘incoming’ for the liquidation deniers will be a blitzkrieg. Next up will be the coefficient blues. Rangers centenary year triumph in the 1972 Cup Winners Cup Final will count for nought in the coefficient of TRFC. UEFA’s perspective is that TRFC is a new club, and as country coefficients are being phased out, should Rangers participate in UEFA tournaments in 2017/2018 they will do so with a duck egg for a coefficient.
However this egg might be all over their faces should UEFA take a look at how TRFC have ridden a coach and horses through their FFP regulations. A punitive fine and one year suspension could be the sting in the tail.
From where I’m standing, King is bollock naked. I’m evidently not made of the right stuff for the SMSM.