When I started this blog I had an affection for the club that formerly played at Ibrox. I no longer have any affection whatsoever for the former club. When David Somers chaired what I refer to as Rangers Lite there was a glimmer of hope that the new club would live within its means and find its natural level in Scottish football. There was a somewhat naive hope that Scottish football governance would uphold the integrity of the game north of the border.
As we fast approach the start of a new season the pariah club led by a career criminal is still with us. This abomination is aided and abetted by individuals in Scottish football governance whom fervently believe that a strong Rangers, in any guise, is good for Scottish football. What about a strong Aberdeen? Or a strong Hearts or Hibs for that matter? Perhaps the most significant question is how far will they go to assist the club in Govan. The following list is from Veritas:
1. Rangers will always have home ties in Scottish cup matches.
2. Rangers will always have home ties in League Cup ties.
3. Rangers will always be granted a UEFA License.
4. All Rangers directors will be approved F&P no matter what, including allowing an unapproved director being allowed to act as shadow chairman.
5. From now on no Rangers player will ever be sent off.
6. No matter what position Rangers end up in the Scottish Premiership they will be deemed to have qualified for Europe.
7. In the event Rangers are not winning at the conclusion of play in any particular match at least 10mins will be added to play.
8. Rangers will not require to comply with normal player registration processed required for the other clubs.
9. In the event the operators of Rangers are liquidated the Club will remain in the Scottish Premiership. 10. Rangers fans will sing and chant anything they like with impunity and let off flares etc and there will be no punishment.
Facetious? Far-fetched? On 7th April 2005, a matter of weeks prior to Rangers winning the title by a point at Easter road with every player and the manager in receipt of an unlawful EBT, Ian McMillan, The Group Tax Manager of MIH Ltd, lied to HMRC. Flo had a side contract.
Campbell Ogilvie, Andrew Dickson and Douglas Odam of Rangers lied to the SFA about the true level of remuneration at Ibrox. These individuals were engaged in tax fraud. Let’s add number 11 to our list:
11. Any directors of a club that plays out of Ibrox can abnegate on their legal fiduciary duty to collect PAYE tax and National Insurance contributions from its employees. They can also avoid Employer NI tax.
Why not? Even when an overdue payable has crystallised, Stewart Regan will step up to lie that this is not the case and that negotiations are ongoing. Stewart Regan, in his desire to have a strong Rangers, is prepared to lie.
Then there’s Neil Doncaster. At a meeting between Mr. Doncaster and a deputation from Celtic Quick News, the former was challenged on the Continuation Myth. Mr. Doncaster was well prepared. He opened a flip chart and presented his case. However CQN were even better prepared. They presented the curious case of the Stefan Winiarski testimonial that was scheduled to take place on Wednesday 25th July 2012.
The Fife Juniors side were scheduled to play The Rangers. This would have been a historic moment as it would represent the first match played by Charles Green’s confection of assets. The following is from CQN:
“The old Rangers Football Club had been placed into liquidation and a basket of assets was sold to Green’s off the shelf limited company, which was called Sevco Scotland. The problem for Kelty Hearts was that their opponents for the testimonial match were just that, an off the shelf limited company that had no status to play football whatsoever. Also at this time a friendly in Normandy against Le Harve was cancelled. Whatever Charles Green had bought from Duff and Phelps, the controversial Administrators of Rangers FC, did not include any right to play football. This was simply not a football club but a new start business hoping to become one. There was no continuity from the club placed into liquidation and the start up business trying to use every influential channel open to it to become a football club registered to play teams like French side Le Harve, the Fife juniors Kelty Hearts and Brechin City in the Ramsdens Cup the next weekend. The latter fixture would represent the start of a new season and time was running out for Green. He had a matter of days to reach an agreement with the Scottish FA to allow Sevco Scotland to become a new football club and to compete in the professional game in Scotland in season 2012/13.
But for the Fifers, their game was off, they simply couldn’t play a club that didn’t exist.”
A senior Police Officer in Fife, who had active responsibility for policing the Winiarski testimonial match spoke to CQN about what had happened and why the game was eventually cancelled, despite being a complete sell-out.
We ask him some questions relating to this cancelled testimonial.
What was your involvement in this match?
“I was handling this proposed testimonial match for Fife Police from a football intelligence point of view. Charles Green had a Testimonial fixture lined up against Kelty Hearts, but this had to be cancelled due to there being no membership attached to any club playing out of Ibrox.
Did you speak to their officials?
“I spoke to Head of Security, David Martin who confirmed there was “no club” and that is why the fixture was cancelled.”
Why did they agree to play Kelly Hearts if they weren’t yet a new football club?
“They hoped that a new club would emerge through agreement with the football authorities in Scotland but for Kelty Hearts, frustratingly, their game had to be cancelled as at the time there was no such thing as a Rangers football club, able to fulfil the fixture.”
Do you think that the facts have been distorted after the event?
“Yes, I do. This never seems to get mentioned now, but the facts are out there and the journalists seem content on reporting otherwise.
“The facts are that the new Rangers were unlicensed to play Kelty Hearts. Stefan Winiarski’s Testimonial was therefore cancelled.
“The new Rangers, as even the BBC called them, were unable to fulfill the fixture as the SFA had not approved their membership.”
But the people running Ibrox were preparing to become a club?
“Ally McCoist’s side have only played games behind closed doors at their Murray Park training ground as they are not licensed to play official fixtures.
“They were due to play their first game of the season, against Brechin City in the Ramsdens Cup, the following Saturday.
“But they were still in negotiations with the SFA, Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League about the conditions for membership after they were denied a place in the top flight and placed in Division Three.”
So can you summarise the situation you faced in July 2012 while handling this subsequently cancelled match?
“The Stefan Winiarski testimonial match between Kelty Hearts and the New Rangers was cancelled due to the SFA not granting the new Rangers a licence to play any matches, friendlies or competitive.”
CQN had Doncaster’s lie bang to rights. Did this lead to a Damascene volte face by the SPFL Chief Executive? Did he call his IT guru and ask him to take down the lies of the titles won by Rangers Lite? Of course not. Doncaster knew he was lying all along. Which leads to number 12 on our list:
12. When caught out in a blatant lie by social media, keep repeating the lie as the social media demographic is largely irrelevant. If tipped off that the narrative is about to break in the SMSM, call round the editors and have it spiked.
Should one stop at 12? No let’s go for a baker’s dozen by reverting to the discredited LNS Commission:
“While there is no question of dishonesty, individual or corporate, we nevertheless take the view that the nondisclosure must be regarded as deliberate, in the sense that a decision was taken that the side letters need not be or should not be disclosed.”
13. When Rangers are caught out in an unlawful tax dodge, set up a commission and lead no evidence on the actual offences.
Finally if this fails, I give you 14.
14. If Rangers guilt has been established beyond any reasonable doubt, hire a QC to pretend that one is powerless to act.
One can but hope that Celtic are so far ahead next season that the cheating won’t derail their domestic ambitions. But what about Aberdeen? Stewart ‘Wiggy’ Milne is so desperate to avoid any backlash from prospective buyers of his new build homes that he is prepared to accommodate the cheating. Should Aberdeen be denied a cup win by a cheating Rangers Lite, will he be the first to congratulate them?