I just watched a remake of John Le Carre’s masterpiece for the umpteenth time. The movie was of a standard that can only be achieved in the UK with awesome performances by the likes of Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt and many others.
If you have not seen this movie then I really recommend you take the time and effort to do so, it is a classic. The story is about how several high-ranking officials in the Secret Service have either been turned by our enemies or are just nincompoops.
It got me thinking about the last few years at Rangers and I wondered if their demise was not started by “the Bunnet” (not unlike the character of Smiley). I reversed the roles to fit my scenario. Did “the Bunnet” set in play a series of events that, with the correct individuals inserted in deep cover, led to the demise of the once famous club?
I began to think who it was that M (head of MI6 aka Mr Lawwell) had eventually “turned” in order to sink the Govan ship.
Was it Monsieur le Guen? I doubt it very much. He tried to stop the players getting pashed and living on fish and chips. He also tried to stop them “hoofing” the ball up the park in the hope that there was a striker in the vicinity. Incompetent and arrogant to be sure, but not our man.
Could it have been Mr McCoist? His overseas follies in Maribor and Malmo would certainly put him in the frame. Also, as a role model for the team his pie-eating exploits would not have helped with fitness. I think not.
His embarrassing catch phrases “we don’t do walking away” and “we demand transparency” certainly show that he is barely intelligent enough to tie his own shoe laces never mind keep up with a complicated plot as fabricated by the spymaster himself.
There can only be two real contenders for the real spy, Mr Whyte and Mr Murray.
Mr Whyte would be the obvious suspect due to the speed with which he completed his task. Ten months from wealth off the radar to a poverty-stricken entity who were unable to pay a face painter. His views on paying tax made Jimmy Carr look overly generous towards Her Majesty. Although his ducking, diving, deflection and sheer dishonesty have all the trademarks of someone involved in covert actions, I fear it was not him either.
Mr Whyte was exactly the type of operator that the real Agent was looking for. Nefarious, immoral, stupid, knew lots of shady characters and was easy, very very easy, to dislike.
So now we have uncovered our man. A man beyond reproach who had a tenner for every one of Celtic’s fivers. A man who could seduce the sports journalists of Scotland with a succulent meal and a PR spin piece of “news”. A man who intimidated the SFA and SPL. “The Bunnet” knew he had his man.
Using reverse psychology, he encouraged SDM to overspend to try and emulate the greatest team Scotland has ever known.
His perverse stubbornness not to compete financially only helped to exaggerate the SDM profligacy, even to the extent of stepping outside the rules of the SFA and HMRC. When the deed was done, and Celtic were on solid ground, “the Bunnet” handed the job over to his juniors and allowed them to complete the task.
Having turned SDM, they then introduced the aforementioned Mr Whyte to the picture. SDM was tired and wanted to get out, he was no longer up for the game. The rest as they say is history.
“Come in Agent Murray”, not bloody likely. Unfortunately for him Celtic will deny this happened and both Mr Whyte and DM (sir being already stripped) will be eating a fair amount of porridge in the near future thanks to the resolute officers of BDO and HMRC.
Posted by Richboy