“I can understand the sporting advantage argument and calls for review but also have sympathy with need for our game to heal and move on. ” Chris McLaughlin BBC Scotland
Mr McLaughlin was banned from The Sectarian Speakeasy for stating truthfully that the vile and in most cases proscribed chants were still a feature at Ibrox. The second part of his Tweet – the need to heal and move on for the good of Scottish football – would be fine and dandy if the suppurating abscess of systemic cheating at Ibrox and Hampden had been lanced. Applying a poultice to draw the poison will not work as two of the directors who engaged in the cheating are still present on the board of RIFC.
Irrespective of title stripping surely there is a compelling case for banning both sine die from Scottish football?
The financial doping continues at Ibrox. The FFP transgressing soft loans are now north of £10m. Is anyone surprised by my exclusive information that the Mexican midfielder, Carlos Alberto Pena Rodriguez, at £33,000 per week, is the highest paid player in Scottish football?
There is s growing consensus at grass roots level to draw a line under the cheating by rescinding the titles. The Aberdeen fans have thrown their hats into the ring. Many from other clubs will follow. The last thing the SFA want is an independent review as it will expose Regan as little more than the mendacious servant of the Ibrox regime. When Rangers say ‘jump’ Regan responds ‘how high.’ It was always thus at Hampden and Park Gardens when Gordon Smith and Campbell Ogilvie were at the helm.
Regan’s mantra is “let’s not make an enemy of Sir Bribe and Lie as it may jeopardise my ambitions for a mention in the Queen’s honours list.” An OBE/MBE/KBE would bolster his chances of a lucrative appointment at the English FA.
Regan’s desire to do the square root of fuck all is SFA : So Fucking Amoral.
The objection handling squirrels are being prepared at Auchenhowie as I write. Weekend leave has been cancelled as Traynor dons his “Live Strong” Lycra to spin up a storm. One or more of the following will be positioned at his favourite SMSM mouthpieces. My comments on each will be in italic text:
Squirrel 1 : Clubs cannot afford the bonuses due should titles be reallocated.
This thesis was advanced by Roddy Forsyth. If the letter of the law was applied, each and every game where Rangers fielded an ineligible player, a player who evaded his social taxes, would be recorded as a 0-3 reverse. The win bonuses quantum could be substantial. As the SFA sat on their hands and were complicit in the biggest fraud in the history of British sport they should be sued for negligence. They were either corrupt or asleep at the wheel. It behoves the SFA to reimburse the clubs.
Squirrel 2: The tax avoidance was a grey area. It was not illegal at that time.
This squirrel has been playing with discarded needles in Sighthill. It was not avoidance, it was evasion. HMRC applied a penalty for the tax evasion and had their decision to do so upheld in court in 2011.
Squirrel 3: Lord Nimmo Smith asserted : “There is no question of Rangers acting dishonestly by using EBT’s.”
Rangers had hidden the smoking guns from HMRC and the SFA for almost a decade prior to their discovery in an unrelated City of London Police raid. Had Strathclyde Police (at that time) engaged in a raid, Rangers’ head of security would have been tipped off to move the body of evidence. SDM had more than the SFA in his pockets.
Squirrel 4: LNS stated that no competitive advantage had been gained. The matter is closed.
£46.2m, which would have kept the troops in Afghanistan in Orange sashes and red hands, was evaded in tax. The following is from my archive:
“For the EBT All-Stars team I have a squad of 80 to choose from. I would select Klos in goal, partner Cuellar and De Boer in central defence, with Craig Moore and Alan Hutton making my four in defence. In midfield I would choose Arteta and Amoruso, with Peter Lovenkrands on one flank and Claudio Canniggia on the other. Up front I would plump for Michael Mols and Nacho Novo. On the bench would be Barry Ferguson, Kris Boyd, Sasa Papac, Dada Prso, Alex Rae, Andre Kanchelskis and Tore Andre Flo.
To coach the All-Stars I have a choice of Graeme Souness, Walter Smith, Dick Advocaat, Alex McLeish or Paul Le Guen.
All of whom were at it.
Squirrel 5: The games were won on the park – 11 v 11
The eleven that I selected, and the star-studded bench, would not have signed for Rangers had the majority of their remuneration not been paid tax-free. Would Klos have turned out in goal if a £2m EBT had not been a feature of his package?
Squirrel 6: There is no appetite for titles to be stripped.
The SFA and Rangers Lite will as ever fight this cheek by jowl, but the appetite for stripping will eat both alive.
Squirrel 7: The SFA’s hands are tied. They are not in charge of the league.
The purview of the SFA includes the bent Scottish Cup (where Rangers Lite are consistently drawn at home) and UEFA registrations. Teams were cheated out of trophies and access to UEFA tournaments.
Squirrel 8 : ‘Rangers’ have been punished enough. They were relegated to the 4th tier of Scottish football
Rangers were not punished. They ceased to exist as a professional football club. A new club with a similar name was admitted to the fourth tier of Scottish Football. Only the sentiently-challenged, or those who have some skin in the Continuation game, believe that Rangers have been ‘sisted’ from liquidation.
If Rangers had a more professional board which unequivocally stated the truth, that Rangers Lite are a new club, we could add asterisks to all the titles won during Murray’s tenure and move on. The Liquidation Lie has resulted in the conspicuous absence of any sympathy for the beleaguered new club.