Prior to another discussion of Takeover Panel activity a ball was kicked in anger at Ibrox.
John Flanagan, who is adept at kicking women, had a relatively quiet debut. Would it be unkind to suggest as quiet as a night in custody chez Merseyside Police? Flanagan should take some tips from Gerrard on how to avoid custodial sentences. Gerrard and six of his fellow Huyton hard men rained punches and a glass on a less than accommodating DJ. One would like to believe that witnesses were not intimidated nor received inducements as is the wont of RIFC Chairman Dave King. Gerrard and Flanagan are continuing the tradition of thugs at Ibrox. Huyton thug patriarch Joey Barton must be proud of his legacy.
’Rangers’ were unconvincing in this first qualification round match. Had it not been for a blatant but well executed dive in the box by Murphy, Shkupi would have deservedly started only one goal behind in Tuesday’s second leg in Macedonia. However every cloud has a silver lining for the Macedonian minnows as The Rangers preferred mode of air travel, Easyjet, does not fly to Alexander The Great Airport. History repeating itself, I refer readers to ‘I will always know what you did Last Summer’ is a distinct possibility. I did not see anything in the new players to write home about. Old player Lee Wallace was not even in the squad and lost the captain’s armband to Tavernier. One could say that he was kicked into the long ‘grass.’ On this showing Bottle & Mad Dog McAllister, in their incognito sports apparel, will do well to finish fourth behind Celtic, Aberdeen and Hibs. Fifth if Kilmarnock continue to improve. Stephen Clarke of the latter club would have been a much better choice. The SMSM were lining up to call him Steven until King plucked Bottle & Mad Dog from the Silver & Gold Hospitality Tables at Anfield.
A few hours prior to kick off the absent chairman continued his frivolous and vexatious persecution of Charles Green at The Court of Session. No-one bothered to turn up, including King, Blair and the estimable Mr. Green. Is King pursuing a consolation goal against the run of play?
One week from today, Friday 20th July, Lord Bannatyne will preside on the following:
Between 9.30am and 10.00am
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The key takeaway, lost on other court stalwarts, is the first two words:
By order – hearing of a case put out for the hearing at the instance of the court and not on the motion of a party.
Lord Bannatyne, when presented with the facts about The City’s ASBO Dave King, will be compelled to act. The TPE initiated contempt proceeding on the 27th April. Mr King has not complied. It is high time for a legal sanction. King is fast running out of rope.