As is often my wont I will combine a number of threads into my Monday article for those who consider The Sitonfence Speakeasy as their go-to site on Scottish football. At last count I have 5.923 followers on Twitter and circa 1,000 on WordPress. I have blocked 1,000 haters on Twitter and reported 132 for abusive and threatening language, including threats to purported members of my family. Believe it or not I used to give Rangers Lite fans a much easier ride on our site until The Klan in their midst engaged in credible death threats. The latest status quo that was personally imparted to my family by a retired PS officer, a family friend of 30 years standing, is that if I remain in exile my elderly parents will not be burnt to death in their sleep. There is nothing ‘heroic’ in my exile which was a cheap and unsolicited jibe by Phil McGivery, who formerly called himself Phil White and now goes by the name of Phil MacGiollaBhain. His given name was revealed in the King contempt of court hearing at The Royal Courts of Justice.
There are hyperlinks in this piece that are worth pursuing. Chapeau to Gazdon for providing the link. It’s slow to open but one’s patience will be rewarded with some startling insights, including a call to arms.
Yesterday’s blog was playful. I could be much harder hitting. Suffice to say I won’t be standing him a pint of the black stuff in the unlikely event that I ever run into him. As I have never been invited to the Press Box at Celtic Park – as I would have no right or desire to be there – I can see any meeting far enough.
My first port of call is Motherwell who produced the best result of the weekend with a 2-0 win at Pittodrie. Motherwell are a physical team who have gelled into a formidable fighting force. They don’t have the embarrassment of riches one encounters at Lennoxtown and Celtic Park. Should Celtic approach Sunday’s League Cup final with less than 100% commitment, Motherwell will find them out. Ross County proved that Celtic can be stymied. Had it not been for a sublime free kick by Leigh Griffiths, Celtic would have travelled south with their tails between their legs. With Aberdeen, Hibs and Lite all losing, Griffiths’ free kick has stretched Celtic’s lead to 6,8 and nine points respectively.
Ross County have proven to be Celtic’s bogey team as was the case when a Schalk dive gave Don Robertson the perfect pretext to award a penalty which denied Celtic, who were better on the day by a country mile, all three points.
I have been criticised for predicting that Lite would run up a cricket score at Ibrox against Hamilton. The latter’s two nil win was a fixed odds wager buster. For the record I don’t have sufficient funds to engage in wagers. Yesterday I received three recurring monthly donations of £1, £2 and £3. My blog was read by 21,299 individuals. My haters call me a ‘bheggar.’ Should this level of support continue I may have to make changes. The first to go will be the weekend blogs.
Hamilton brought the curtain down on Murty’s prospective succession to the throne of Govania. I revealed exclusively yesterday that The Cardigan had turned the beleaguered board down. Their offer to steady the ship for the rest of the season was met by some home truths about those who talked out of school about his EBT and a slew of somewhat industrial epithets.
The very likeable, but just as tax-evadingly corrupt, Alex McLeish has also turned them down. He is not prepared to work for King but would consider his options should the arch criminal cash in his chips and retreat to his Sandton crib. King is unlikely to revert to golf in his dotage as no club would accept him. His holiday homes were repossessed and sold at auction. His current home is mortgaged to the hilt.
However it seems to have escaped everyone’s notice that King is in default of the deal with South Africa’s Crown Prosecution Authority that kept him out of prison. He was ordered to relocate his assets and all funds to South Africa. A £2.8m loan from a trust that he controls (as he stated in the RIFC 2016 accounts) in The British Virgin Islands is in clear breach of this deal. One can but hope that SARS have not closed their files on King.
King has not as yet provided the loan that is required this month to meet bills that are considerably overdue. A Rangers insider has confirmed that a number of vendors have not been paid and are threatening court action. Another source has revealed that Douglas Park has been advised in no uncertain terms by his auditors to put an end to his financial support of Rangers Lite. Will Douglas Park and his son not seek re-election to the Ibrox board at the AGM?
In the interests of accuracy it would remiss of me not to point out that I have yet to have Park’s walking away confirmed. I have sent e-mails to a number of well-placed sources. If Park did not step down yesterday, I will publish an addendum to this piece.
If Park has gone the self-styled Three Bears will go into a cold shouldered hibernation. Letham does not have a pot to piss in as I exclusively revealed in 2015. His plans for an overdraft for RIFC munificence were vetoed by his bank. Taylor has a senior position at Morgan Stanley. When King is cold shouldered, Taylor will have no other recourse than to distance himself from King.
Not having a coach is the least of Lite’s troubles. If the three bears are a busted flush and King is forced to face the majesty of the law or walk away with his emergency BVI funding, the Sevco project will come to an end. Will Rangers III be looking for a new coach in January?