Making a case for Rangers at the present time is to make a rod for one’s back. Making a case for Rangers in the face of an internet petition: #stripthetitles – which now has 7,000 signatures – is an onerous task. However if the new SPFL Chairman, Murdoch MacLennan is to have a good working relationship with Neil Doncaster he may find himself having to defend the indefensible.
The SPFL is a limited company with shareholders and directors. Its executive committee currently comprises of: Iain Blair, Ann Budge, Leeann Dempster, Eric Drysdale, Kenneth Ferguson, Ian Maxwell, Karyn McCluskey, Peter Lawwell, Chief Executive Neil Doncaster, and Ralph Topping who is stepping down as Chairman.
To date only Lawwell’ s Celtic Board has come out to demand an inquiry. Budge and Dempster, who are considered new progressive brooms, have both kept their own counsel much to the chagrin of many of their supporters.
The prosaic facts of Rangers cheating have been laid bare. Hugh Adam stated that the cheating started in the mid 1990s. When the odious Bank of Scotland threatened to foreclose on Celtic’s loan facility, at the behest of Sir Bribe and Lie, Rangers’ rivals were in disarray. The Kelly family, with their fantasies of Swiss finance and relocation to a toxic wasteland in Cambuslang, were on the brink of bankruptcy. As McCann laboured to wrest control from the vested interests and steady the ship, all eyes were on Celtic. David Murray took this as his cue to press home his advantage and to take his tax evasion to a new paradigm. I have little doubt that some high profile players, with Maurice Johnson being a prime example, were being paid off the books prior to the introduction of the systemic tax evasion instruments. Sir Bribe & Lie was bent from the outset. Did the odious Bank Of Scotland know that the $1m in cash that they loaned to him would be used to bribe Lawrence Marlborough?
As the petition to strip the titles gains traction the question arises as to the quantum of the titles that should be revoked. Leaving the bent cup wins aside for the moment, should the nine in a row that began when Murray took the helm in 1988 be rescinded? Were dual contracts and irregular payments in place from the get go? The documentary evidence of dual contracts and tax evasion is overwhelming from season 1998/99. There is no defence to seven titles being rendered null and void.
The tectonic plates of Scottish football have shifted. We either embrace the change and clean out the Augean stables or we will continue to stare into a Scottish football Hades where the cheats claim supremacy.
Into this mix comes MacLennan, who is a die-hard Celtic supporter. Will he go toe-to-toe with Doncaster on behalf of his disadvantaged club? Will he be an advocate for change? Or is he the hired gun to shoot down the dissent and maintain the subverted status quo?
I believe that he will take the temperature of his executive committee and go with the flow. Budge and Dempster are so seduced by the blue pound that they are unlikely to raise more than a plucked eyebrow at the Supreme Court decision. Will MacLennan help them sup the poisoned chalice that is the Rangers Lite travelling support as the latter espouse ethnic cleansing in The Famine Song?
When one attempts to make a case for Rangers the devastation in Manchester comes to mind. There is a large recidivist class in the Rangers Lite support, including the hard-line bigots and former paramilitaries of The Orange Order. One cannot make a case for the UDA or UVF by adding fifes and drums. Some of these individuals are conspiring to assassinate me.
My exile is on Main Street. I have been informed by a reliable source and a longstanding family friend, who has access to police intelligence, that if I attend so much as a funeral in my home town, I will be shot dead. These people cannot handle the truth about how their club went bust and how their club cheated their way to 16 league titles.
MacLennan has gone toe-to-toe with Robert Maxwell, Paul Dacre and the Harmsworths. He is a skilled operator who knows how to pick his battles. He does not officially take office until the first of August. Will Topping in his final act as Chairman make a statement prior to that date, or as is more likely give a hospital pass to MacLennan? I favour the latter as any bad news apropos the SPFL not bothering their arse to effect change would have a negative impact on season ticket sales. Let’s have the mushrooms’ money in the coffers before we feed them more shit and keep them in the dark.
We now know that the SFA planned in advance for the BDO appeal being dismissed in The Supreme Court. Is it more than likely that Regan and Doncaster put their heads together to do nothing and stand behind the threadbare robes of Bill Nimmo Smith? Could we be witnessing the denouement of a well-rehearsed plan:
1.Refusal to take any action by the compromised SFA.
2.Obfuscation by the SPFL.
3. Briefing of on-side SMSM rags to blindside the mushrooms.
In summary these corrupt bastards are going to rob us blind. MacLennan is not the solution. He is just more of the same.