I’m sure there’s no truth in the rumour that Dave King has written to Eurovision to demand that Abba should be stripped of their title as the The Famine Song, featuring the Louden Tavern choir, did not compete that year.
As for Waterloo, Dave King believes this historical battle should be re-enacted as Rangers were not formed until 1872, meeting their own Waterloo in 2012.
Someone who has begged to differ is Kris Boyd:
“A lot of people think I’ve got a grudge against Dave King. That I’m still sore about the way I was shown the door at Rangers three seasons ago.That I was hurt by things he said about myself and the players who failed to win promotion from the Championship in 2015.
It’s nonsense. Utter garbage.
I have no axe to grind whatsoever with King; truth be told I really couldn’t give a toss what he thinks about me. In case it’s passed people by, I’ve got pretty thick skin. But here’s the thing; when is Dave King going to start acting like a chairman of Rangers football club, and not some fan dragged out of the Broomloan Road stand?
He’s supposed to be the captain of that ship. But as it stands right now all he’s doing is saying what he thinks the supporters want to hear, playing to the galleries for all he’s worth.
He’s got season tickets to sell, of course.
He’ll be hoping the fans jump on the bandwagon of saying: ‘Dave King is one of us.’ But for me I can’t believe any reasonable-thinking Rangers supporter will buy into his latest nonsense about how Celtic are only on two-in-a-row.
A lot of them won’t like me being this critical of King but deep down I reckon the silent vast-majority will agree with me and wonder what he’s playing at. They’ll be asking why he wants to behave like this and create the headlines he’s created. It’s been a good few weeks for Rangers. They’ve signed players, brought in a new Director of Football and got rid of Mike Ashley, albeit to what extent we’re not too sure.
But on the face of it things are looking a lot better off the park than they have done lately.
But King can’t help himself, can he?
None of it makes any sense, though. Even the stuff about how Celtic should be further ahead is laughable because as things stand they’re virtually out of sight. King is just saying what comes into his head as a fan, not as the leader of a major company. Put it this way, when he was alive you wouldn’t have ever heard Apple founder Steve Jobs coming out and publicly slaughtering Microsoft or Samsung.
In fact, David Murray wouldn’t have ever done this. As an owner of a club and organisation the size of Rangers, King has a responsibility to act in a certain way.
But he’s let himself down. Again.
I just don’t know how he can think coming out with these types of statements is helpful ahead of the new season. Sure, Rangers have signed a few players but a lot of them are untested in Scotland.
If I was Dave King I’d be very, very careful about what I was saying at this moment in time.
He should be concentrating on getting a team on the park to challenge Celtic, not ludicrous statements having a go at them. At the end of the day it’s not Celtic’s fault Rangers weren’t in the top league.
They can only beat what’s in front of them and they’ve done that. Look, was there less glory in it for Celtic when Rangers weren’t there? Yeah, I’d say there was.
Celtic would have preferred to win six in a row with Rangers challenging them.
But you still can’t say the titles don’t count.
Who’s going to be next to come out, Hibs?
They weren’t in the Premier League for a few years so are they going to claim it’s not six-in-a-row for Celtic? C’mon, it’s just stupid. It would be like looking at Rodger Federer’s achievements as the most decorated men’s player in tennis. . . but saying the majors he won when Rafa Nadal wasn’t playing in don’t count. I’m sure that would wash with the ATP?
Rangers are the most decorated club in Scottish football having won the most trophies. But you can’t ignore the ones Celtic have won in the last four years, it just doesn’t work like that.
But King can’t help himself, can he?
It reminds me of the way the Rangers board were jumping up and down the day they beat Celtic in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup two seasons ago. It was a time for King and his directors to keep calm and keep their mouths shut.
But they couldn’t, could they?
The directors milked the win for all it was worth, celebrating like they’d won the Champions League, and it was a massive wake-up call for Celtic. Dermot Desmond realised there and then that Ronny Deila wasn’t up to the job and Celtic had to get their act together. So he brought in Brendan Rodgers.
Celtic are now being run properly off the park and have a great team on it – and that probably wouldn’t have been the case had the Rangers board at the time kept themselves in check. I’d go as far as to say I don’t think Brendan Rodgers would even be here as Celtic manager. And in turn, I don’t think Celtic would be as far ahead as they are right now.
For me, at a club like Rangers, you need to go about your business quietly. You get things done and take people by surprise. But that doesn’t ever seem to happen at Ibrox these days.
They’ve got a manager who loves to broadcast how he gets the players in at 5am, and they’ve got a chairman who says what he thinks the supporters want to hear. I just think Rangers need to be very, very careful because as it stands right now Celtic are in an extremely powerful position with the finances at their club.
They have such an array of talent on the pitch that they could easily accumulate £100million if they sold off their players, whereas Rangers would be lucky to raise £5million from the squad they have at this moment in time.
King should think about all of that before he opens his mouth next time. But I doubt he will.”
However prior to proceeding one should consider whether King was speaking ex Cathedra as the Chairman of RIFC or as a guy Jim White ran into in a Johannesburg boozer. On that occasion King boasted of the 28,000 bottles of wine that he had boosted from his sequestered winery. The new owner of the winery took a dim view and demanded the return of his stock. King’s wife Ladina now uses their basement as a gym. The disgraced self-serving prick that was Peter Smith accepted King’s affidavit without challenge. Dave had just inadvertently met Jim who had popped down to South Africa for a cold one in King’s local with a complete Sky crew. It was the least King could do to invite him home for a glass of Ladina’s lemonade.
My personal favourite from the King cannon is his claim, with a straight face, that New Oasis Assets Limited (NOAL) had purchased the shares in Rangers and that he had no say in this decision. James Blair, the conveyancing consigliere, presented this lie to The Takeover Appeal Board. King and Blair chose to insult the intelligence of some of the City’s biggest swinging dicks. I’m surprised that Blair has not been struck off. Did NOAL just choose Dave King at random to be the chairman of RIFC? This lie is coming to the Court of Session in a couple of months. King is going to be ragdolled. It could not happen to a more deserving career criminal.
Do the SMSM and the Gullibillies have the memory of goldfish? What happened to going for ’55’ and King using his family inheritance to compete with Celtic? This has evidently just been forgotten about as King sells last year’s tat like the cheap spiv we always knew him to be.
As Boyd notes, Caixinha’s Gypsey Kings are untested in Scottish football. Will the gullibillies settle for finishing second to Celtic with a thirty point deficit, rather than this season’s thirty-nine?
I demur on Boyd’s rose-tinted view of Sir Bribe & Lie. Has he forgotten SBL’s chutzpah that for every fiver spent by Celtic, he would spend a tenner? Of course as we now know this quantum was being borrowed from the odious Bank Of Scotland for the price of a newly-tailored suit for Gavin Masterton.
News just in. Dave King has written to UEFA demanding that Celtic be stripped of their European Cup win of 1967 as Rangers did not compete in that tournament.
Are the Rangers Lite fans really this stupid? If they are they have the Chairman they deserve.