Mr Green has promised answers to “all the questions” within seven days. I have suggested a few for him to respond to.
I also note he talks about what happens “if” the Appellate Tribunal re-convenes. I wonder of the SFA will announce soon what is happening with that. I am sure Lord Carloway has a summer holiday to go on!
It also seems to be the case, although this is not a surprise of course, that in Mr Green’s mind “the good of Scottish football” = the preservation of “Rangers”.
Charles Green has made a couple of statements via Pravda, aka the official Rangers website.
The first deals with the unknown factors. It is titled “All Will Become Clear”.
Mr Green is quoted as follows, with my comments in bold beneath. I will add some thoughts on his second post in a later blog.
“People who know me well say I talk too much but in reality the fans are angry here because I haven’t said enough. It’s because I haven’t answered all the questions but over the next seven days, all the questions will be answered.
This is an open invitation, is it not, for journalists to compile every relevant question they can think of for Mr Green?
Let’s have a quick run through of some that come to mind immediately.
1) Who are his backers?
2) What are his long-term and short-term plans?
3) Why is Sevco Scotland Ltd not selling any season tickets this season by Direct Debit?
4) Did all the major banks turn down Sevco Scotland Ltd as a customer?
5) Does Sevco Scotland Ltd have an overdraft facility with its new bankers, Metro Bank?
6) Is the investment by the backers in the form of loans to be repaid by the company or in the purchase of shares?
7) Have all the “assets and business” of Rangers Football Club PLC been transferred from Sevco 5088 Ltd to Sevco Scotland Ltd?
8) Do Mr Green and his backers have a contingency plan in the event that he does not have a football team playing anywhere next season?
9) Can Sevco Scotland Ltd survive with no income from Scottish football next season, and will they become a “Harlem Globetrotter” team to bring in funds?
10) Did Sevco acquire the rights to receive the balance of transfer fees formerly due to Rangers Football Club PLC, for example the sums due by Everton for Mr Jelavic?
11) Did Sevco acquire the rights of Rangers Football Club PLC to pursue the damages claims against Mr Whyte, Rangers FC Group Ltd and Collyer Bristow?
12) What price was agreed to be paid by Sevco for the fixed assets of Rangers Football Club PLC?
13) Was Mr Green approached by Duff & Phelps, or did he approach them?
14) When did Mr Green first have discussions with Duff & Phelps?
15) What discussions has Mr Green had with the SPL, SFA and SFL since he became involved with the Ibrox team?
16) Will Sevco need to sell players to remain solvent, in the event of its team being in the SPL, SPL2, SFL1, SFL3 or nowhere?
17) Were the former Rangers players told that their contracts of employment were to be transferred under TUPE to Sevco 5088 Ltd, to Sevco Scotland Ltd or simply to “Sevco”?
18) Were the players told who their new employer was to be at all?
19) Does Mr Green know what it was that he said to John Brown that so upset him?
Feel free to add more in the comments, and we can compile a list, which we can send to Mr Green.
“I will always understand why the fans are worried because of the Craig Whyte situation and issues before that with David Murray. That’s not going to disappear overnight. It is still frustrating, nevertheless, but there are times when we can’t say anything because it could prejudice what is being discussed and what is talked about behind the scenes. There’s far too much of Scottish football being played out in the media rather than being played out in the boardrooms.
It is ironic when Mr Green talks like this, complaining about things being played out in the open, rather than behind closed doors. Will he speak to Mr McCoist, that well-known advocate of “transparency and clarity” to tell him that his demands for such are inappropriate?
Is Mr Green upset that the various plans which have been floated to place his team in as high a League as possible have become known, have been dissected, and the customers have voiced their opinions?
“Having come through the pain Rangers fans have in the last four months, having to wait another seven or eight days isn’t too much to ask in my mind.”
Maybe the fans think it is!
The article continues:- Green has spent much of the last fortnight speaking to chairmen of other SPL clubs to outline why he feels Rangers should be kept among Scottish football’s elite and he feels people are now in a better position to make decisions with an enhanced understanding of the economic effects relegating the Light Blues would have.
Another question for Mr Green, as this is relevant to the fans of the various SPL teams – which SPL Chairmen have you met?
This will allow the fans to raise matters with their own clubs and Boards to check that what is being said publicly is no different from what might have “played out in the boardrooms”.
The “Light Blues” are not being “relegated”. The Light Blues are not a member of the SPL or indeed, by Sevco’s own admission, the SFA. They therefore are not in the SPL to find themselves relegated from there.
Green added: “I know the chairmen will listen. The problem some of them have to a lesser degree than I have here is fan pressure. I said to a number of them over the weekend that if they’re concerned about their fans, they should come to Ibrox for a week and sit in my chair.
By all accounts if Mr Green listened to his fans, he would sell out immediately to Walter Smith’s group, or to John Brown’s consortium, or to a fan co-operative immediately. The season ticket debacle, and the apparently tiny sales of season tickets before the Direct Debit scheme stopped, suggest that fan pressure is all going one way. Rangers fans do not want Mr Green.
Perhaps fans of the Light Blues who read this blog can tell me if my understanding is wrong. Maybe the silent majority are right behind him?
“Fans are the lifeblood of all clubs and without them we have no product so we have to engage with them.
Another question for Mr Green – how far does engaging with the fans go, if it does not extend to doing what they want? The opinions from most SPL fans seems to be that if the Light Blues are to play anywhere net season, which is not certain, they should be in SFL3. Indeed the opinion of many Ibrox supporters seems to accord with that too. Why therefore the frantic efforts to “remain” in the SPL, or to rush through an SPL2, or to go directly to SFL1?
“A lot of the decisions that are going to be made in the next seven days are going to be made by other people. Rangers have clearly got some input into the decision-making process and the team and I are going to present to the SPL chairmen on Wednesday.
No Mr Green, all the decisions over the next seven days will be made by other people. Sevco Scotland Ltd has to await the decisions of various bodies, some of which I outlined yesterday.
Will Mr Green reveal his presentation to SPL Chairmen after the meeting, so that his fans and those of the other SPL teams can see what the SPL reject, or else, in a Damascene conversion, accept?
“We’ll put forward our case that we think needs looking at. We think the important thing is Scottish football and we need to draw a line and move forward.
Come on Mr Green. You think that important thing is Scottish football? Forgive my scepticism. If that is the case, and the SPL and SFA and SFL exclude your company from competition, “for the good of Scottish football”, then will you accept that? Or is it your position that “the good of Scottish football” is what is good for your company?
I can see why Mr Green wants to “draw a line”. However there are still many things to be resolved and clarified from the past as they still affect the present.
“There is now a clearer understanding of the implications of football without Rangers because remember, this is not just about Rangers not being in the SPL.
I wonder if Mr Green will share this “clearer understanding” with us? It does not seem, for example, to extend to Sky TV abandoning Scottish football if they do not have four so called “Old Firm” games to show each season, as this has been debunked by Sky itself.
“Lord Carloway may even just withdraw the licence to play at all if we go back to the tribunal.
Mr Green seems confused. Right now Sevco Scotland Ltd has no licence to play. That is why it has applied for SFA membership. The Appellate Tribunal under Lord Carloway cannot withdraw a licence that does not exist. If Mr Green wishes Sevco Rangers to be dealt with as a continuation of Rangers Football Club PLC, then that is another matter. His reference to “if we go back to the Tribunal” is concerning. Has he received any background briefing from the SFA as to its intentions? Maybe he can tell us?
“There are some big decisions and none are more material than Rangers being excluded from the league and the financial incomes this club drives for the benefit of all Scottish clubs.”
According to Mr Green therefore the economic issue is paramount. Alleged cheating, sporting integrity and the worst form of bringing the game into disrepute short of match-fixing do not come into it?
The Ibrox team’s case about lost income in the sport is a smoke and mirrors job. People talk about the 40,000-50,000 fans that will be lost to Scottish football. However, these fans attend Ibrox every second week. Because of the financial structure of Scottish football, the only team to benefit from that is the home team. Rangers last season did not send 40,000 fans to away games. Especially with the TV coverage, it was common for the away stands not to be sold out when Rangers, or Celtic, were visitors. Does Scottish football die because many of the Ibrox faithful spend the “away” weekend in B&Q, rather than at Fir Park or Rugby Park?
Surely a revitalised Scottish Premier League, with all the teams having a greater chance of success, will lead to increased numbers of fans, both of home and away teams? It might not match the away support of Rangers last season, but how crippling will the shortfall be? There will be reduced policing and stewarding costs and I know many people, fans of different clubs, who would not take their families to their local ground when Rangers visited, but who would go to see other teams.
Scottish football did not die in the 1980’s when Rangers were at a low ebb and when Dundee United and Aberdeen were reaching European finals. That is a long time ago now, in football terms, but the league thrived then. Is the influence of the former Rangers so great that if it collapses in on itself, it will form a black hole sucking the rest of Scottish football into the abyss with it, never to escape?
Ironically the team which could have most to lose financially from the demise of Rangers is Celtic. As the biggest recipient of TV funds, a drop in that income will have the greatest effect at Parkhead. Balanced against that is the possibility of more income from European football, but against the back cloth of a possibly lower co-efficient and therefore a harder road to the big money.
I think it is interesting that having mentioned the good of Scottish football as the main issue, Mr Green quickly conflates this with the money that Rangers “drive for the benefit of all Scottish clubs.”
I am not sure how much the teams in the SFL would be damaged by there being no Sevco team in the League, and indeed surely the SFL and its members would benefit most of Mr Green’s team started in SFL3 and tried to work its way up the divisions?
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