Neil Doncaster Speaks Out on Financial Fair Play

SPL CEO Neil Doncaster has spoken out on the topic of financial fair play. In a robust statement, he made clear that clubs had to balance their books, and not spend more than they earn. He stated that any club spending more on players than it can afford is automatically gaining a sporting advantage over every other club it competes with.

He made clear the SPL would not turn a blind eye to teams which fail to pay the taxman, their players and other clubs as bills fall due.

He made it clear that all teams would be treated equally, and even-handedly, but that the SPL would not turn away form talking action against clubs who did not comply with the fait play principle. The integrity of the league demanded nothing else.

The SPL needs a big man to deal with the present crisis. They have got a man the size of Hampden Park…

Extracts from his statement are below.

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“Crucial to an understanding of financial fair play, is an appreciation of why it is vital that clubs live within their means.

‘Financial fair play’ is a phrase that is often trotted out in football circles. It was one of 11 key values presented by UEFA President Michel Platini to the 2009 UEFA Congress. Its stated aim was to “restore well-being to the European club game”.

But what does ‘financial fair play’ really mean? UEFA’s explanation, in 2010, was that the concept would require clubs to balance their books over the medium term, not spend more than they earn, and operate within their financial means.

This is all seen as important for one key reason: because any club that is spending more on players than they can afford, is automatically gaining a sporting advantage over every other club it competes with. The logic behind the principle is, I think, broadly sound. And it is this same principle that explains the position of the SPL.

To turn a blind eye, to allow clubs to continually fail to make prompt payments as they fall due, would be to allow those clubs to gain an unfair sporting advantage over all those other clubs that pay their players, the taxman and other clubs on time.

The fundamental basis of any football league is that all member clubs are treated equally.

In the meantime, it is vital that the Scottish Premier League continue to treat all member clubs even-handedly.

It may put the SPL in the uncomfortable position of having to rule against member clubs in certain instances.

The integrity of the entire League – and the long-term interests of all 12 member clubs within it – demands that we do just that.

More widely though, it is important that we keep the whole issue of financial fair play firmly in the spotlight. It is vital that we do not shy away from these issues or bury our heads in the sand.

It may be uncomfortable to address these thorny problems head-on. But the long-term health and prosperity of Scottish football demands that we do just that.

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Stirring stuff, and Mr Doncaster has made clear the position of the SPL – rules will be applied without fear or favour.

Wait a minute…I am hearing that this is not in fact a statement issued by Mr Doncaster today, but back in March…

Oh dear…

I have done a quick Google search for “Neil Doncaster” and “Financial Fair Play”. There are sixteen entries in the last month, but only a couple are actually referring to things written in that period.

As far as I can see Mr Doncaster has not mentioned “financial fair play” publicly for a while.

In addition, one wonders what projections, if any, Sevco Scotland have put to the SFA. The Club Licensing rules, as opposed to the UEFA Licensing rules, do not require projections, although they do require audited and unqualified accounts.

Presumably the SFA has asked for assurances that Rangers will be able to make it through a season?

I am sure in that even Mr Green’s figures are much more optimistic than mine.

He clearly has room in the budget for acquiring international players to fill out his SFL3 roster!

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And on a separate note, after pointing out yesterday that Rangers had vanished from the SFL website, they are now back.

However, they might still be annoying the Rangers support. The website states that The Rangers FC formed in 1873.

Oh dear again…

 

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49 responses to “Neil Doncaster Speaks Out on Financial Fair Play

  1. mick p.g.

    mister doncaster well done (hes off the snake oil)

  2. Ernesider

    Neil Doncaster:

    “He made it clear that all teams would be treated equally, and even-handedly, but that the SPL would not turn away form taking action against clubs who did not comply with the fair play principle. The integrity of the league demanded nothing else.”

    Unf**kingbelievable hypocrisy.

  3. mick p.g.

    its a temp. licence pending futher enquires

  4. James

    Looks like Doncaster’s putting his head in the sand … for another week at least . Temporary membership to Sevco set tone granted aka STV news tonight !

  5. mick p.g.

    sfl/sfa as a condition of temporary license want oldco to transfer spl share to dundee

    duff and phelps unwilling to as they still have not recieved greens payment for the assets in fullHahaha…they don’t own anything from old Rangers. They were showing up for meetings as proxies of the oldco… If this is true SFA should tell them to come back in a year…or whenever they have their affairs in order. This could be it. copy and paste roumor

  6. James

    Sevco not complying… demanding bailout over ebt’s … Signing players.. still not complying.. Temporary license granted … You think Sevco will comply by next week ? You think Doncaster’s statements will be worth more than the bucket of sand he’s got his own head firmly stuck in ?
    Sevco have become the puppeteers, pulling the strings of the biggest bunch of woodenheads ever seen in football.

  7. martin c

    Still no mention of DD

  8. Stuart

    How long will it take for the SFA to realise that sooner or later they will just have to say “These are the conditions of membership on offer. Take them or leave them by tomorrow.” ?

  9. JT

    How can the SPL share still be with Oldco? Surely the SPL has the right to demand it’s transfer or if not it’s surrender? If not, what will force D&P to relinquish it? Maybe they’re after a “transfer fee” from Dundee!?

    Also, I thought the condition of acceptance into the SFL stipulated membership within 14 days? As I understand it the SFA rules do not contemplate a temporary membership. If playing under a temporary membership are there implications for the players’ insurance etc?

    • Stuart

      No, they had 14 days to APPLY for membership. The application has been made. It seems that no-one ever considered that an applicant might feel powerful enough to argue the toss over the entry conditions so there is no time limit in the rules for the application process to be completed.

      Time is obviously running out until the season starts, but it is now down to the SFA how long they allow the tail to try to wag the dog.

  10. ADM

    There was quite a range of possible outcomes from all this, but I must admit I didn’t think that temporary membership was one of them. This has to be a joke, right? Ok, let the discussions drag on if you have to but surely then Brechin get a bye? There’s no provision for temporary membership, there’s no SFA member for Brechin to play, they must get a bye. If Brechin play and lose, surely the SFA have just opened the door for every lawyer associated with every club in the Ramsdens Cup? I really didn’t think there was a way to make this more of a mess – I’m clearly just hopelessly naive.

    • Stuart

      I suspect that the SFA loophole that “allows” temporary membership is the same as the SFL loophole that allowed entry into div1 to be considered. There is no rule says it can be done, but there is no rule that specifically says that it can’t either.

  11. mick

    that loophole a call it the handshake its sad that the sfa are doing all they can to save them even after 20 years of cheating .

  12. Stirring stuff, and Mr Doncaster has made clear the position of the SPL – rules will be applied without fear or favour.
    Wait a minute…I am hearing that this is not in fact a statement issued by Mr Doncaster today, but back in March…
    Oh dear…

    Beautifully nailed, Paul!

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    Here’s a couple of questions, following the preposterous “temporary licence” announcement;
    How many separate SFA members are currently operating from Ibrox Stadium at this moment? I believe there’s one with an SPL share and a separate one which is an Associate Member of the SFL. Does this set a precedent for other SPL clubs to create “wee” teams to play in the lower senior divisions at the same time that the “big” team is playing in the SPL?

    And does the “temporary licence” suggest that Sevco have temporarily satisfied the demand that the details of their financial investors be revealed to the SFA? Does the SFA now temporarily know who is behind Sevco and where the money is coming from?

  13. mick

    oldco newco sevco” temp”co tesco

  14. Stuart

    BBC report Conditional Membership granted to Rangers.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/19012042

  15. James

    Sorry .. cant get my head around this. SFA wouldn’t grant full license unless conditions accepted by Sevco – which of course Sevco hadn’t accepted up till today. So now SFA are about to grant temporary license …. So long as Sevco accept the same conditions !
    Are we honestly to believe that Sevco are actually going to accept those same conditions … in order to get a Temporary chitty :/
    Or ….. Is Sevco only accepting conditions temporarily – till they play Brechin – then renage again next week !!
    This would be a pantomime .. Only a pantomime is entertaining and funny.. Which this farce no longer is … madness madness.

  16. ecojon

    Well according to Record they now have full memberships and the stripping of titles is put off until another day as I predicted on her several days ago.

    The SFA are gambling that SevcoGers will collapse financially before they have to take action and retain cleand hands.

    All they have done is show what lily-livered cowards they are and unworthy to be in charge of Scottish football. Either decide to let Rangers in and that’s that or cast them into the wilderness – do not fudge and shirk your responsibilities.

  17. Stuart

    The joint SFA, SPL, SFL & Sevco statement on the SFA website suggests that Sevco and the SPL are so far agreeing to differ on the SPL’s EBT charges.

    http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_fa_news.cfm?page=2986&newsID=10252&newsCategoryID=1

  18. mick

    Joint statement on behalf of The Scottish FA, The Scottish Premier League, The Scottish Football League and Sevco Scotland Ltd.

    We are pleased to confirm that agreement has been reached on all outstanding points relating to the transfer of the Scottish FA membership between Rangers FC (In Administration), and Sevco Scotland Ltd, who will be the new owners of The Rangers Football Club.

    A conditional membership will be issued to Sevco Scotland Ltd today, allowing Sunday’s Ramsdens Cup tie against Brechin City to go ahead.

    Following the completion of all legal documentation, the Scottish Premier League will conduct the formal transfer of the league share between RFC (IA) and Dundee FC on no later than Friday 3rd August 2012. At this point, the transfer of Scottish FA membership will be complete.

    Key points:
    – The Scottish FA has received all necessary information and documentation from Sevco Scotland Ltd, including details of the company structure, shareholders, financial projections and business plan.
    – Sevco Scotland Ltd has agreed to accept all conditions relating to RFC (IA)’s charges of bringing the game into disrepute, namely the 12-month transfer embargo, beginning at 0.01a.m on 1st September 2012, and payment of all outstanding fines and costs.
    – Sevco Scotland Ltd has agreed to settle all outstanding football debts to other members of the Scottish FA plus clubs under the jurisdiction of other Football Associations.
    – The Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League have reached agreement on the purchase of a package of broadcasting rights which will allow the former to include The Rangers FC matches in contracts with broadcast partners.
    – The Scottish Premier League has reserved its position in relation to the on-going investigation into EBTs.

    Stewart Regan, Chief Executive of the Scottish FA: “We are pleased for everyone involved in this process, and indeed the whole of Scottish football, that a conclusion has been reached.

    “There were a number of complex and challenging issues involved but, primarily, the Scottish FA had to be satisfied that the new owners of Rangers would operate in the best interests of the club, its fans and Scottish football in general.

    “We have reached agreement on all terms and conditions attached to the transfer of membership and are able to grant conditional membership, ahead of the formal transfer of the SPL share a week today. This will allow the season to kick-off as planned this weekend and I am sure there will be many who will join me in welcoming the start of the new football season in Scotland.

    “This has been a difficult period for Scottish football, but with this agreement now in place, and with the new season upon us, it is essential that we all focus our energies on football once again. In the months ahead, the Scottish FA will resume discussions on the subject of league reconstruction. We remain committed to this process in order to re-energise the national game and will work closely with the SPL, SFL and all other relevant affiliated bodies to provide a dynamic product appealing to our supporters.”
    Charles Green, Chief Executive of The Rangers Football Club, said “The agreement signed today allows Rangers to be granted membership by the SFA and finally enables the Club to move forward.

    “The Board, the Manager and senior executives have been working tirelessly over the last few weeks to secure the future of the Club and today is the start of that process.

    “The Board has had to take some very difficult decisions to gain SFA membership, including accepting the delayed transfer ban and paying outstanding financial penalties. But we are now able to get back to playing football and plan for the new season, starting this Sunday with our match against Brechin.

    “There remains, however, an outstanding issue with the SPL regarding EBTs. As we have proved in the last couple of months we will stand up to any challenges that face Rangers and will continue to fight for the Club’s best interests.”

    Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPL: “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the parties concerned. Discussions will now continue with our broadcast partners and we expect to be in a position to make a further announcement next week on broadcasting rights and the on-going EBT investigation.”

    Jim Ballantyne, President of the SFL: “Current events have thrown up some serious challenges to Scottish football and the SFL has played its part in trying to navigate through to a solution in difficult circumstances.

    “I am now looking forward to doing what we are actually here to do. To play football.”

    greens surrenders

    • Grabthegrass

      So basically Green appears to have blinked first. The saga rolls on, but at least we’ll get one game out of The Rangers.

  19. ecojon

    Has anyone seen the statement Coisty is supposed to have made – if true it’s dynamite and he will be expelled from Scottish Football – it must be a wind-up.

    We all know he’s a daft laddie but this is more kamikaze than Bomber Brown.

    • martin c

      Ally Let’s Fly
      Fri, Jul 27, 2012

      Tweet by Lindsay Herron

      ALLY McCOIST has spoken passionately about the incredible saga over Rangers becoming members of the SFA.

      The manager is almost at the end of his tether after slamming the handling of the whole situation and criticising the leadership of Scottish football.

      He said: He said: “48 hours from now, we are supposed to start the season with a game at Brechin and, as I sit here today, I don’t know exactly what our status in the game is, where our players, that we have, should be registered – and what the future holds for us going into next week.

      “It’s a ludicrous situation – and I owe it to our fans – to make my views known on it.

      “No one is denying that Rangers were badly mismanaged for 10 months. Nor are we disputing that we should be punished for that. We have been. We accept that punishment and want to start putting the past behind us and move forward.

      “But that is not being allowed to happen – and I have to ask myself why?

      “In recent days, I have been in a number of meetings with Stewart Regan, Rod Petrie and other senior SFA figures – and despair at the lack of leadership shown.

      “In my years in professional football, I have not always agreed with everything the SFA did or said. But, no matter what you thought of their decisions, there was no doubt they ran the game firmly and robustly.

      “I can only imagine Ernie Walker looking down on us now and shaking his head in disbelief at the sad state of affairs and the way they have been mishandled.

      “As for the SPL, they seem determined to pursue as hostile an agenda as possible towards Rangers.

      “They kicked us out of the SPL – which was their right- and we acknowledge that – but that doesn’t seem enough for Neil Doncaster and some of his board.

      “Not only as they withholding our SPL prize money for last season – they won’t tell us how much it is but we reckon it to be about £1.3million.

      “And having said they don’t want us – they do want a bigger share of the TV money that our presence will bring to the SFL and its clubs. Never mind sporting integrity – where is the moral integrity there?

      “And there is no line to be drawn in the sand. Rangers have not been punished enough in their eyes and along with one or two people who have a vested interest within SPL clubs, our right to past titles will be challenged. They want what we and our fans bring, yet seem determined to strip us of every bit of our dignity. It has to stop.

      “Sadly, only one Scottish football body has offered us any help or assistance – the SFL and I would like to thank David Longmuir, Jim Ballantyne and 29 of their 30 member clubs for inviting us into the SFL.

      “We are grateful for the opportunity. We are looking forward to the challenges ahead, making new friends in the months ahead and having a positive impact on the SFL.

      “It is now over five months since Rangers went into administration. It is time to start playing football again – and I am not alone in thinking this.

      “In recent days I have bumped into Celtic, Hearts and Motherwell fans, and they were saying the same thing – “It’s time to stop kicking Rangers and start getting Scottish football looking forward not back”.

      “I couldn’t agree more.”

      copy and paste from RM

  20. ecojon

    Apropos of nothing – Out for a Friday night pint with the boys – came back watching the Olympic Opening Ceremony and am moved to say I am a Patriotic & Proud Scot and tonight I am very very happy to declare that I am also a proud Brit!

  21. ecojon

    Seems to be Gen – I can only think it’s Ally’s walking away mechanism as he cannot stay. Think what penalties Lennon faced and read this and see what would be appropriate.

    Tweet by Lindsay Herron

    ALLY McCOIST has spoken passionately about the incredible saga over Rangers becoming members of the SFA.

    The manager is almost at the end of his tether after slamming the handling of the whole situation and criticising the leadership of Scottish football.

    He said: He said: “48 hours from now, we are supposed to start the season with a game at Brechin and, as I sit here today, I don’t know exactly what our status in the game is, where our players, that we have, should be registered – and what the future holds for us going into next week.

    “It’s a ludicrous situation – and I owe it to our fans – to make my views known on it.

    “No one is denying that Rangers were badly mismanaged for 10 months. Nor are we disputing that we should be punished for that. We have been. We accept that punishment and want to start putting the past behind us and move forward.

    “But that is not being allowed to happen – and I have to ask myself why?

    “In recent days, I have been in a number of meetings with Stewart Regan, Rod Petrie and other senior SFA figures – and despair at the lack of leadership shown.

    “In my years in professional football, I have not always agreed with everything the SFA did or said. But, no matter what you thought of their decisions, there was no doubt they ran the game firmly and robustly.

    “I can only imagine Ernie Walker looking down on us now and shaking his head in disbelief at the sad state of affairs and the way they have been mishandled.

    “As for the SPL, they seem determined to pursue as hostile an agenda as possible towards Rangers.

    “They kicked us out of the SPL – which was their right- and we acknowledge that – but that doesn’t seem enough for Neil Doncaster and some of his board.

    “Not only as they withholding our SPL prize money for last season – they won’t tell us how much it is but we reckon it to be about £1.3million.

    “And having said they don’t want us – they do want a bigger share of the TV money that our presence will bring to the SFL and its clubs. Never mind sporting integrity – where is the moral integrity there?

    “And there is no line to be drawn in the sand. Rangers have not been punished enough in their eyes and along with one or two people who have a vested interest within SPL clubs, our right to past titles will be challenged. They want what we and our fans bring, yet seem determined to strip us of every bit of our dignity. It has to stop.

    “Sadly, only one Scottish football body has offered us any help or assistance – the SFL and I would like to thank David Longmuir, Jim Ballantyne and 29 of their 30 member clubs for inviting us into the SFL.

    “We are grateful for the opportunity. We are looking forward to the challenges ahead, making new friends in the months ahead and having a positive impact on the SFL.

    “It is now over five months since Rangers went into administration. It is time to start playing football again – and I am not alone in thinking this.

    “In recent days I have bumped into Celtic, Hearts and Motherwell fans, and they were saying the same thing – “It’s time to stop kicking Rangers and start getting Scottish football looking forward not back”.

    “I couldn’t agree more.”

  22. Greg72

    Has Mr Doncaster suddenly ‘re-invented’ himself? On the other hand, I may have become confused!

  23. have the full inte3rview for sally and green on tape will go through them later McCoist disrepute charge for sure………………plus they all ignore the fact that its “conditional” not gone yet not by a long way, green even claiming sevco are only club in scotland debt free…………………muppet…no businessman at all

  24. mick

    sally you have been evicted please leave the scottish soccer house

  25. MMS

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon one of 500 investors facing possible £20m bill after tax scheme failure {Jul 27 2012 Exclusive by Stephen Stewart Neil Lennon},

    I have been reading through the Scottish Newspapers and comments posted therein from Rangers/Newco/Sevco/SevcoGers in respect to this article and there appears to a strong momentum to like this to the EBT’s scandal and calling for intervention from the powers that be in the SFA/SPL/EUFA & FIFA (no less), surely not, they are entirely two separate matters or is my knowledge of finance so poor I cannot see the parallel?

    Moreover it is quite strange why the DR chooses to start-up this campaign when it has been public knowledge to anyone who wanted to read the Court Transcripts nearly 2mths ago?

    {High Court rejects £100m claim over tax schemes used by sportsmen By Alex Hawkes
    PUBLISHED: 20:16 GMT, 2 June 2012} Wealthy investors who lost cash in tax schemes used by footballers and rugby union stars have lost their claim for £100million in damages against the planners. Hundreds of people – including ex-England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, former World Cup-winning England rugby union stars Joe Worsley and Jason Leonard as well as Celtic manager Neil Lennon – put money into technology investment schemes between 2002 and 2004. Innovator One designed the plans so that if investors put in £20,000, they could get back £40,000 in tax relief immediately as a result of the partnerships they joined paying large sums for technology using loans from the bank. But the taxman decided that since the loan money went round in a circle, being put on deposit with the bank that had originally made the loan, investors were eligible only for relief on the sums they had actually contributed. Aggrieved investors were even more angry after the schemes’ architect Bjorn Stiedl was jailed for an unrelated fraud in 2004. The investors sued the marketers, lawyers and other professionals behind the schemes, but the High Court ruled that their claims – that the plans were fraudulent and had been poorly put together – did not stand up. Mr Justice Hamblen said: ‘Although the claimants were understandably aggrieved to lose their cash contributions and receive back only limited tax relief, there are obvious risks in going into aggressive tax schemes which offer the prospect of almost immediately doubling your money.’ Not all of the celebrities took part in the action at the High Court. Only Lennon, who put in £200,000 to two of the schemes, and Worsley, who put in £50,000 to one of the plans, were named in court documents as claimants.

  26. cmh64

    I can’t believe the way this has been handled today. I didn’t exactly have high hopes of an morally correct outcome but this defies belief. Thais has to be corrupt.
    Ally McCoist’s statement is just repellant and for so many reasons. In this bit:

    “48 hours from now, we are supposed to start the season with a game at Brechin and, as I sit here today, I don’t know exactly what our status in the game is, where our players, that we have, should be registered – and what the future holds for us going into next week”

    has he really admitted that their players aren’t registered yet, or have I misread it? Are they / will they be registered temporarily ?(long enough to sell them perhaps). This is just nonsense. Words fail me.

    Congratulations Mr Regan, Mr Doncaster and Mr Ogilvie: You’ve just killed your own sport.

  27. penfoldwa

    Hi Paul

    Fantastic website. Just out of interest, how many times hav you seen a judge argue with the accuse over jurisdication and asking them to accept jurisdicatioon.

    It really is just plain wrong

    • ecojon

      @penfoldwa

      Every Monday morning at Glasgow’s custody courts after there’s been an Old Firm game in the city on Saturday :) I kid you not!

  28. ecojon

    Football: Rangers ready to swoop for Kasiama

    I thought when I saw the headline – who the hell is that? Read down and all was revealed: It was Stafford Rangers :)

  29. Grabthegrass

    He really doesn’t get it does he – mismanaged for 10 months !!. More like 10 years. I think we’ve found out why he gets so angry if he thinks that pre Whyte every thing was rosy in the garden and only after that did it all go t*ts up. Unbeleiveable rant, but you wonder if the SFA are just too knackered now to oick it up.

  30. ecojon

    Just looking at the latest comments from Green and it’s amazing how quickly he has adopted words to suit the lowest common denominator in the SevGers support.

    He said: “And the chief executive has urged fans at large to refer to the club as Rangers, rather than the name of the company running it.

    “I think everyone knows that it’s Rangers that are playing at Ibrox whether its owned by company A or company B,” he added.

    “Our main rivals – or our former main rivals – across the city [Celtic] have had three different companies in their lifespan.

    “In fact if you look at their corporate structure now it’s more complicated than Rangers’ is.

    “So it’s not about an individual or a corporate company with a registration number. This is Rangers and will always be Rangers.”

    He has also stated that there will be no redundancies at Ibrox as long as the fans support the club. I suppose he means buy season tickets so why not just say so or does he not want to address the bitter division in the Ibrox support who really do think that it matters whether it is Club A or Club B that owns the club.

    That grouping also happen to think it is important to know the shareholders who actually own the club and some even seem to think that virtually every one of the new club directors had no previous connection with Ibrox just a few short weeks ago.

    On the redundancy front I am delighted to hear the assurance of No Redundancy that you have given today but as par for the course with many of your statements I am drawn back to an earlier one on 17th July when you announced: ‘“I addressed staff today and there will be job losses.’

    I would suggest Mr Green that you pay attention to the problems you have within your club and support and leave Celtic fans and their board to deal with the very different problems that success brings. As someone who has listened to your contradictory statements Mr Green and how you operate let me tell you: You ain’t no Fergus McCann!

    • ecojon

      Oh and I should have mentioned that clubs that have been around for 124 years usually do have more company name changes than one that has been around for a few weeks but you have already had a few already or have you forgotten that? We will see how many you have in the coming weeks until finito time is reached

      • ADM

        @ecojon – absolutely. His statement also included the classic sentence “We’ll make a lot of friends along the way I’m sure and while our former friends have the difficulties they are going to face, Rangers and the fans will have an enjoyable few years walking through the divisions.” I think that one word “walking” sums up so much that has been wrong with some aspects of the Rangers culture historically and, as you say, Green seems to have caught it pretty comprehensively… McCoist himself would have been proud of that one.

      • Ernesider

        Charles Green said:

        “We’ll make a lot of friends along the way I’m sure”

        He still doesn’t know what Rangers are all about. Does he?

  31. ecojon

    @ADM

    It’s quite amazing the way he is picking up the objectionable Ibrox culture and making appropriate mouth music. If he’s not careful he won’t be the first ‘foreigner’ to end up in quicksand by dabbling in something that he can never understand and the biggest dangers will present from factionalism on his own side. Perhaps he is only reading one section of the Darkside blogs and isn’t actually aware of the emotions raging in some of the Ibrox support.

    In times like this I always go back to my old granny’s wise words and one phrase comes to mind: ‘He’s throwing money aboot like a man wi nae erms.’ I don’t mind admitting this but it took me a helluva lot of years before I worked that one out :)

    Still I wonder if the SevGer investors will have a pleasant time over the next few years especially with the insatiable demands for extra cash to pay for a world beating squad to reclaim the faithfull’s rightful place in the newco World Order :)

  32. SPORTSFANNZ

    financial fair play … um … acquire a stadium that can hold 50,000 people and the expectation of acquiring players worth GBP 15m plus (which of course didn’t happen!) plus the Rangers FC brand, payments outstanding etc all for the rockbottom price of GBP5.5m. Where is the financial fair play in that ?
    Glasgow Rangers are financially bankrupt but Sevco Rangers are morally bankrupt.

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