It appears to be de rigueur for anyone who writes regularly to do either a review of the year just ended, or predictions for the coming 12 months, if not both!
Whilst I might do a review, I thought I would make some predictions first.
Feel free to add your own suggestions or analyses.
Some of my predictions, or guesses, will lead to later posts explaining my reasoning (if I get round to it) but for now I have tried to keep this short and snappy.
Please feel free, on 1st January 2014, if we are spared till then, to let me know how close to 100% inaccuracy I have managed!
I will keep blogging.
I will continue to annoy supporters of a brand-new football club (Only joking!) playing in Glasgow who will misunderstand what I write.
I will continue to be subject to inaccurate ad hominem comment.
Alex will continue to complain, in his comments which you all see, that he is being censored and that I am against free speech.
Mick will continue to investigate “Pie-gate”.
Ecojon will, hopefully, produce more of his excellent pieces for us all, along with the other contributors we have been fortunate enough to read on here.
Cam will continue to exhibit the quirkiest sense of humour seen since Emo Philips.
“Whataboutery” will remain rife.
People will continue to refer to me as “obsessed” with Rangers, ignoring the fact that the very same people proclaim that “Rangers” is the biggest, or indeed the only, story in town.
There will be an increasing number of prosecutions for online comments made on websites and message boards. At least one major football message board will close down as a result. These actions will provoke greater debate on what free speech means in Scotland, and some legitimate comment will be caught in the net designed to catch the illegitimate.
The Scottish Government will continue with its plans for fundamental reform of the Scottish Criminal Justice system, including the abolition of the need for corroboration, despite the opposition of almost the entire legal profession, including almost all of the judiciary.
There will be libel/defamation cases pursued as a result of Twitter comments, and the courts in England will reach different conclusions from those of Scotland. (And I suspect that the English courts will prove to be more liberal).
Partly as a consequence of his differences on corroboration with his brother and sister judges, Lord Carloway will leave his post as Lord Justice Clerk to replace Lord Hope as one of the Scottish members of the UK Supreme Court.
The Scottish Government and the Scottish Legal Aid Board will continue to act in ways seen by the legal profession as further damaging the availability of legal aid, and these complaints will be ignored, after due consideration, by the Justice Secretary.
Rangers Related Predictions
Rangers will win SFL3. (I can’t see how I can get that one wrong!)
Rangers will be linked with almost every viable out of contract player, but will only sign pre-contract agreements with five at most, as the SFL limit on registered players over 21 years of age kicks in.
Rangers will enter next season with a team very similar to this season’s and will not have a wholesale clear out on 1st September.
Rangers fans will continue to turn out in their droves for both home and away matches, although numbers will decline from their high peak once the SFL3 title is secured.
Rangers will beat Dundee United in the next round of the Scottish Cup, but lose in the following round.
BDO will commence action in relation to the gratuitous alienation of the assets of Rangers Football Club. This will resolve some time next year with a payment to the creditors’ pot of £10-£15 million.
The HMRC Appeal to the Upper Tribunal will not conclude this year.
Charles Green will still be CEO on 1st January 2014.
Ally McCoist will still be manager on 1st January 2014.
The best players for Rangers will prove to be the Murray Park graduates.
The naming rights to Ibrox will be sold for the start of next season – Rangers fans will continue to refer to the ground as “Ibrox”.
Rangers International Football Club PLC will not have a new share issue this year.
The RIFC share price will end the year at around 60p.
By the end of the year the percentage of shares held by fans will be significantly increased.
No one will be prosecuted in relation to alleged leaks from HMRC to bloggers.
The Nimmo Smith Inquiry will find that the rules of the SFA/SPL were broken by “Rangers Football Club”. RIFC will challenge this in the courts but fail as a result of them failing to participate in the Inquiry process.
The Nimmo Smith Inquiry will impose a financial penalty on “Rangers Football Club” rather than stripping of titles. This too will be challenged unsuccessfully in the courts. RIFC will refuse to pay, and the football authorities will not have resolved by the end of the year how to deal with that.
Charles Green will be summoned to Hampden twice this year for allegedly breaching the rules on disrepute etc., and will be cleared each time, to the surprise of many, and the delight of some.
Coming next – Part 2!
Other football and sporting Predictions!
Posted by Paul “Nostradamus” McConville