In the past I would just ignore the haters. However should you come on this site to spew vile bile, then you will be outed. Today’s unreconstructed knuckle dragger is Terry Hastie (firstname.lastname@example.org). Should one be a work colleague, or perish the thought, a friend of Mr. Hastie be on your guard as his mind is so closed to the truth that he has to revert to playing the man. I suggest that readers write to Mr.Hastie offering a RIP to his skewed revisionism. Or is RIP now banned in his local lodge of The Orange Ordure? Or maybe we might send him some white gloves to denote that no blood was spilled in the battle for ‘Protestant supremacy’ in 1690. Of course the fact that the Pope backed the obese homosexual William of Orange has been airbrushed from their history.
There has been no end of discussion in the past five years of the six drafts of the five way agreement. One clause that survived 5 iterations of drafting was that Charles Green’s Sevco Scotland would have to honour the football debts incurred by Rangers FC plc should his basket of assets wish to participate in Scottish professional football. These were itemised thus:
1. RFC European Football Creditors: Chelsea FC, Arsenal Football Club, AS St Etienne, FK Senica, Manchester City Football Club, SK Rapid, US Citta di Palermo SPA and any other football club in membership of a national association other than the SFA, which are owed or which may become owed any sum or sums by RFC.
2. RFC Scottish Football Creditors: the SFA, the SPL, the SFL, Dundee United Football Company Limited, Heart of Midlothian FC PLC, Aberdeen Football Club PLC and any other football club in membership of the SFA, which are owed or which may become owed any sum or sums by RFC.
What seems to have been conveniently obscured from view in the ensuing five years is the following clauses from Draft Two:
(G) Sevco will apply for and be admitted into membership of the SFL and during season 2012/2013 shall play in the first division of the Scottish Football League.
(H) Dundee FC will resign from membership of the SFL, will have transferred to it by RFC the one share in the SPL held by RFC and during season 2012/2013 shall play in the Scottish Premier League.
(I) Rangers FC is to be the subject of the SFA EBT Sanctions, the SPL EBT Sanctions and the SFL EBT Sanctions arising out of EBT Payments and Arrangements.
EBT Payments and Arrangements means payments made by RFC into an Employment Benefit Trust for the benefit of players employed by RFC and playing for Rangers in the Scottish Premier League, the Scottish Cup and the League Cup during the period from 2000-2011 inclusive and the arrangements relating to such payments between RFC and those players which were not included in the written contracts of employment of those players and which were not notified prior to such payments being made and at the time when such arrangements were entered into either the SFA or to the SPL.
SPL EBT Sanctions means the withdrawal from Rangers FC, RFC and Sevco of the award and status of winner of The Scottish Premier League for each and all of seasons 2002/2003, 2004/2005, 2008/2009, 2009/2010 and 2010/2011.
SFL EBT Sanctions means the withdrawal from Rangers FC, RFC and Sevco the award and status of winner of the League Cup for each and all of the seasons 2001/2002, 2002/2003, 2004/2005, 2007/2008, 2009/2010 and 2010/2011.
SFA EBT Sanctions means the withdrawal from Rangers FC, RFC and Sevco the award and status of winner of the Scottish Cup for each and all of seasons 2001/2002, 2002/2003, 2007/2008 and 2008/2009.
As readers of this site are aware there was an antecedent to the unlawful EBT’s, the DOS/VSS, which subverted the 1998/1999 and 1999/2000 title wins by Rangers, two Scottish Cup wins in these seasons and a League Cup win in 1998/1999.
Rangers should be stripped of 20 titles. Fifteen of these were the subject of written sanctions by the SFA, then SFL and SPL. These facts are incontrovertible.
As to the rationale behind the decision behind not stripping the equally unlawfully gained titles in 1998/1999 and 1999/2000, the Incorrigible Campbell Ogilvie is the smoking gun.
Mr. Ogilvie introduced the DOS/VSS for De Boer, Flo and Moore. When the 5 Way Agreement drafts were created Ogilvie was the President of the SFA. The poacher had turned gamekeeper.
When the LNS Commission was set up, Mr. Ogilvie was the only individual to give evidence in person. He led no evidence in regard to his involvement in the unlawful DOS/VSS artifice. Harper Macleod also conveniently went along with this fix. Had the latter led evidence would Stewart Regan, from the appellate authority of the SFA, have swept his President’s complicity under Bill Nimmo Smith’s shag pile? You could bet your mortgage on it.
What is also instructive is that Sevco Scotland Ltd was the club that was eventually authorised to participate in the third tier of the SFL. Doncaster who later lied that Sevco are Rangers Continued signed all drafts. He knows that he’s lying.
Regan and Doncaster should both be summarily removed from Scottish professional football.
The last word in this article goes to Gerry Money-in-hand, the conveyancing consigliere of the SPFL. If one wanted to build an extension to one’s public house, Money-in-hand would be a good if expensive first port of call. However he is clearly out of his depth in the grubby corrupt world of Scottish football governance. Did Charles Green buy the titles/history less 15, or less 20, or as we all know he was not entitled to buy any of the former club’s history.
However the SFA/SFL/SPL were all willing to confer all the titles, minus 15, to Green had they managed to shoehorn Sevco into the SPL or SFL first tier.
Turnbull Hutton railed against this and stated unequivocally that the SFA/SFL/SPL were corrupt. Ogilvie and Longmuir may have left Scottish football but their legacy is compromised and just as corrupt.