One of the prime motivations of RTC when he/she/they started the Rangers Tax Case blog was that the press, it was considered, had failed to report on the Rangers story accurately over many years. The phrase “succulent lamb” has been coined and is now used as shorthand for the seemingly acquiescent coverage of Rangers over many years.
This weekend however sees straws in the wind with a couple of pieces which do not fall into the “succulent lamb” template.
Tom English of Scotland on Sunday has been one of the mainstream media sources against whom the charge of compliance over the troubled Ibrox times since Craig Whyte appeared is unfounded. For example, he conducted two interviews with Craig Whyte, both of which were reproduced verbatim on the paper’s website. As is often the case in cross-examination, it is best to leave someone condemned by their own words.
Needless to say, that does not render Mr English wholly popular amongst elements of the Rangers fan base.
Mr English today, in his latest piece, is likely to have lost a few more Rangers-supporting readers.
You can read the whole piece here and I would commend it to you.
It is, I think, the first press article which lists many of the areas where Mr Green’s public pronouncements have not turned out, undoubtedly due to circumstances beyond his control, to be accurate.
As a checklist, the piece is very useful, as well as being excellent entertainment.
So Mr English addresses the following areas where Mr Green has made clear public statements:-
- Manchester United’s approval of Rangers wish to join the EPL;
- The EPL’s desire to welcome Rangers into its ranks;
- The denigration of Aston Villa;
- The disparaging of Southampton;
- The desire of Real Madrid and Barcelona to welcome Rangers to a Euro League;
- The less than positive comment on Getafe FC;
- The 500 million potential TV audience for Rangers;
- The £100 million in digital revenues;
- The commercial link-up with the Dallas Cowboys;
- The signing of Rino Gattuso;
- The players at Euro 2012 who were to be signed by Rangers;
- The new players who were to be signed before the SFA registration embargo kicked in;
- The link-up with Adidas because of them having lost all of its big clubs;
- The mystery of the 20 investors;
- The £30 million to be in the bank by the end of July; and
- The promises of full transparency and clarity.
Apart from the nine players who were to come from Newcastle on loan and the mysterious disappearing and re-appearing Imran Ahmad, I think Mr English has compiled a thorough list.
Read his piece.
At first I thought that Mr English’s twitter feed might be filled today with less than conciliatory comments about the piece. On reflection I am sure that will not be the case. Instead there might be some ironic and post-modern jibes sent to him in a jocular fashion, with commenters deliberately, and in a humorous fashion, playing up to the unfair stereotype of the much maligned Rangers fan.
From the Scotland on Sunday, we move to the Independent on Sunday.
Michael Calvin considers the issues around Rangers desire, as expressed by Mr Green, to join the EPL. Despite coming to the conclusion that it is a possibility, I suspect that Mr Green and his team’s fans will not be pleased with the reasons for that conclusion.
Let’s put it this way, an article which refers to all of the following in relation to Mr Green is unlikely to make pleasant reading over the Sunday morning bowl of Special K and glass of orange juice.
- “Tiresome familiarity”
- “A man with an unimpressive past hawking an uncertain future”
- “Delusions of grandeur”
- “There’s enduring loyalty to the brand even if, officially, it no longer exists.”
- “Green, to be frank, comes across as smug, materialistic and covetous”.
After that catalogue, Mr Calvin turns to the EPL and suggests why all of the above actually make a move to the EPL a possibility:-
- “The Premier League was founded on greed. Its global success is a celebration of avarice.”
- “Premier League club owners are as difficult to herd as goldfish, but they have unanimity of purpose when it comes to making money.”
- “Self-interest is paramount.”
And he ends with the following:-
- “As bizarre as it seems, Green’s vision is golden.”
Maybe there will be a jocular and frivolous call by the Rangers message boards for a boycott of the IoS?
Posted by Paul McConville