If I could write this article in blood it would be apposite as I’m spitting it right now. The Supporters Direct Survey of an indeterminate number of fans, rumoured to be north of 13,000, has concluded that Scottish Football could be better value. Stewart Regan will be delighted with this conclusion as it is not in any way germane to the corruption at the heart of Scottish professional football. Regan will be all over this like a rash as it’s a bent administrator’s wet dream.
Let’s talk about value and change the agenda from cheating.
Regan will be cock-a-hoop that these misinformed fans have no idea about how the SFA/SPFL are running a rigged game to conceal their complicity in the systemic cheating by Rangers. A rigged commission. A rigged transfer of titles from one non extant club to a new club. The appointment of a bent, and by all means sue me Mr. Dickson, football administrator to the SFA Congress. The inertia on a review and title stripping. These are the real issues not a couple of quid off the price of admission.
What a perfect squirrel for the bent administrators.
I have never hidden my anathema for the individuals who run the Scottish Football Monitor. They allow bitter old women to have a go at me. They approve ad hominem attacks. However one of their contributors Easyjambo deals in facts and is worth reading. Then there is John Clark who met with McRae and at that time Darryl Broadfoot at the SFA; challenged Regan at Potter Row in Edinburgh; and wrote to the new chairman of the SPFL on the 12th July. He received the following response which he won’t thank me for reproducing:
AUGUST 22, 2017 at 21:20
I today received a reply from Mr Doncaster, on behalf of the new Chairman of the SPFL ( Mr MacLennan) to my letter of 12th July.
He encloses the SPFL’s media statement of 26th July, which contains the written advice from Senior Counsel Gerry Moynihan Q.C., and the the SPFL’s support for the calls which have been made for an independent review.”
“We’ve all seen those already, so there’s nothing new. I will acknowledge receipt of the reply. And I will include in my reply a contradiction of what was put as a statement of fact in Question 4.2 of the list of questions on which the QC was asked to advise, namely, the statement that “in the case of Rangers FC, it was a member of the SPL and it was owned and operated by Oldco until Rangerc FC became owned and operated by Newco”.
I will remind him that there was never a ‘holding club’ owning and operating Rangers FC of 1899. The only entity incorporated under that name was the club founded on Glasgow Green.
And it was the club ( that very incorporated Rangers FC) that in 2012 lost its entitlement to a share in what by then had become the SPL by suffering the Insolvency Event of Liquidation: in consequence of which it ceased to be entitled to membership of the SFA, and ceased thereby to be a recognised professional football club in Scotland.
It was not sold to a new ‘owner and operator’
Some but not all of the assets of the football club were bought by an individual/consortium. This individual/consortium then set up a new club which had to apply for the first time for league membership.
Only when that membership was granted ( finally, and with many objections) did it become entitled to membership of the SFA.
And it was much later before the new club, bearing its own brand new Companies House number was purchased by a ‘holding company’ which has its own (unique) Companies House number. The holding company that is Rangers International Football Club plc is the parent company NOT of the Rangers FC of 1872/99, but of SevcoScotland Ltd of 2012, renamed as The Rangers Football Club Ltd.
And I shall add that the deceitful use of ‘Rangers FC’ to imply that two quite different entities are one and the same has been and remains a hallmark of the deceitful and dishonest approach brought to the business of dealing with the most dreadful episode of sustained football cheating that Scotland has ever seen .
I will assert that as long as that deceit lies at the heart of Scottish Football governance, Scottish Football will deserve to be regarded as no more than a shady , shabby and unsavoury business to be involved in.”
I added the bold typeface and one word for emphasis. The core messages are untouched. Neil Doncaster is engaging in a lie. The lie of continuation. He is switching tack between the SPL and SPFL (the successor of the SPL has the same Companies House number) to assert that his hands are tied on the LNS recommendations as if they were written in blood as it suits his gameplan of Continuation. Doncaster does not wish to disappoint the blue horde with the facts and the bookmakers who prey on them.
But it’s a lie and no amount of lingual gymnastics will ever make it ring true. It’s not dry and boring Mr. Doncaster. Rod McKenzie has not covered it. Gerry Moynihan has not covered it. They are unable to do so because it’s a lie. You also know that it’s a lie Mr. Doncaster and we are never going to let you forget your mendacity. We won’t rest until your bags are packed and you are on the M74 heading south.
You and Regan seem to have enlisted the support of the BBC to present the EBT all-stars of yesteryear to add to your myth of continuation. Putting up tax cheats is an own goal Mr. Doncaster.
As for Jane Lewis of the BBC trying to make a name for herself in a tweet which challenged Celtic supporters for bringing up EBT on the night Celtic qualified for the group stages, we will not be seduced by the opiate of football until the titles are stripped and those complicit in the cheating are dismissed.
John Clark should ask Doncaster to justify his nomination of Andrew Dickson to the SFA Congress. Dickson should be behind bars for fraud, not propping up the corrupt SFA,