My comments are in Bold.
“Over the last few days it has become apparent that there is confusion regarding direct debit arrangements for season tickets. This has arisen primarily because new direct debit arrangements had to be put in place following the creation of the new company. Supporters have given us valuable feedback on this issue saying they are unclear on whether their direct debit instructions were tied to the old company in administration or the new company.
All understandable concerns, but hadn’t Mr Stockbridge clarified these issues yesterday?
“All direct debits would have been paid to the new company from July 6 and all season ticket funds are to be used solely for the benefit of the Club and its supporters.
Season ticket money to be used for the benefit of the Club, which I commented on earlier today, and for the supporters?
“However, it is clear from feedback from supporters that there remains some concern about the transfer of direct debit instructions from the old company to the new company. The uncertainty resulted in some misleading media coverage which only added to the confusion and caused issues for service providers.
If in doubt blame the media coverage. Sadly Sevco only have themselves to blame for the confusion regarding Sevco 5088, Sevco Scotland and RFC 2012. This was not helped by the speech by John Brown, or the Cicero of Govan” as I have seen him called.
Issues for service providers? I wonder if banks were concerned about the work involved in cancelling thousands of Direct Debits?
“For the sake of clarity and to give reassurance to fans, the Club will not take any direct debit payments for the forthcoming season.
“Clarity” is the new watchword at Ibrox. It might even appear on the Sevco crest!
But the decision not to take season ticket money by Direct Debit is remarkable, and can only have been forced on Sevco. Why else would it waive the most straightforward way of getting its money?
“We are working with our bank, Metro Bank, to ensure those who wanted to pay by instalment are still able to do so. The Club will issue a fuller communication within the next few days to all season ticket holders confirming the ways in which they can pay for their 2012\13 season tickets.
And the great reveal! Rangers are banking with…Metro Bank!
Metro Bank has ten “stores” all situated in London. Quite how that can service properly a multi-million pound business based in Glasgow…
It is not impossible, but surely they could have found a bank with more of a network north of Watford. If Sevco could not do so, then that must raise serious questions about its business plans.
“The Club apologises for any inconvenience to supporters but it is of paramount importance that supporters renewing season tickets have absolute clarity on the arrangements in place.”
This seems a disaster. How will Sevco be paid for its season tickets now?