I have been very busy recently, so have not been able to indulge my “Obsession” ((c) some Rangers Fans) by reading the finest football club website in the country – Rangers.co.uk.
However, having a few spare minutes, I had the chance to see if any nuggets (gold rather than chicken) were there for our delectation and delight.
And, guess what! There are!
Charles Green – known to Sheffield United fans as “The Man Who Sold the Team” – was talking today about selling naming rights to Ibrox. One line in the piece from the official Rangers website struck me as ironic. It is not a quote from Mr Green, but as it comes from Andrew Dickson, one of the crack team of writers assembled under James Traynor.
The sentence is:-
Green spoke yesterday of being restricted to doing one-year sponsorship deals with other companies due to uncertainty about the club’s status within Scottish football going forward.
The greatest uncertainty presumably comes from those who state that Rangers should leave Scottish football … such as Mr Green!
Next comes a piece which shows that Rangers are on course for yet another world record – this time for the most apologies ever received in one season by a sporting outfit!
As the site states:-
PETERHEAD boss Jim McInally has officially apologised to Rangers for inappropriate comments involving one of his players on social media.
Steven Noble had been involved in an incident during the match where his left boot caught Sandaza on the cheek which was badly injured against Motherwell last September.
Another Twitter user said: “Not often a Celt gets to kick a Ger in the face and not get lifted”. And the full back responded: “Ha ha. You got it in one that’s the only part of the game I’ve watched back”.
Former Dundee United star McInally contacted Rangers today to officially apologise for the actions of his player.
He said: “On behalf of the club I want to apologise for the comments made by Steven Noble on Twitter.
The Peterhead boss was also disappointed by an article in a local paper which portrayed him as being critical of Rangers.
Two things. First of all, Mr Noble’s joining in with the joke was insensitive at best. Bearing in mind Mr Sandaza’s injury, it was an unwise thing to say. The club apologising was clearly an effort to conclude the matter. I note though that the Aberdeen Evening Express has reported:-
A FOOTBALLER today revealed his family’s fears after receiving threats on a social networking site.
Peterhead’s Steven Noble has been the victim of hundreds of online attacks after a comment he made on Twitter.
On the back of the exchange of tweets, Steven, from Paisley, was subject to threatening, sectarian and racist abuse.
I suspect that being at the sharp end of one of the Twittersphere mobs with electronic pitchforks and blazing torches is a penalty far out of proportion to the offence he caused.
What action has been taken so far in relation to the “threatening, sectarian and racist abuse”? We shall see. Whilst the likelihood is that people engaging in such abuse would claim to be supporters of Rangers, the club (or even the company which owns the company which owns the club J ) itself can have no responsibility for electronic idiots amongst its acolytes.
Secondly the reference to Mr McInally being “disappointed by an article in a local paper which portrayed him as being critical of Rangers” is an odd one. Presumably the implication is that he was NOT critical of Rangers. In which case why is this included in the piece about an apology?
However, it seems that Rangers are well on the way to surpassing the record set in 1962 by Montevideo Wanderers in the Uruguayan Second Division for the most apologies received in a season by a football team!
And (almost) finally …
As well as re-naming Ibrox, Mr Green is looking to expand it.
One might think that, when unable to secure anything more than a one year deal with sponsors because of uncertainty about the future in Scottish football, it is profligate to plan ahead for ground expansion, but instead it is clearly a prudent step to take now.
CHARLES GREEN has revealed he has discussed the idea of expanding the capacity of Ibrox Stadium with manager Ally McCoist.
Green expects that hunger to increase as the Light Blues move through the leagues and hopefully take their place back at the top of the Scottish game and in European competition. There are no concrete plans in place to develop Ibrox further at present but the chief executive has ideas of how it could be enhanced.
“One of the reasons for bringing institutional investors into Ibrox is if and when we get to that position – as I’m confident we will – those are discussions this board will happily have.
“That would substantially increase the stadium’s capacity and we wouldn’t be frightened of doing that once we know we’ve the demand. The top league in Europe would deliver that.”
Presumably the purpose of having institutional investors was to have them invest? Would the plan be to go back to them (and to the fans who bought shares) with a further rights issue to fund stadium expansion?
Maybe the expansion of the ground could be achieved by selling debentures to the fans? After all, that was how the Sir David Murray owned company funded its creation of the Club Deck. And the fact that the Debenture holders lost their “investment” in the liquidation of the company was clearly an unfortunate happenstance.
I am sure though that Mr Green’s successes in turning Rangers around from a company worth £5.5 million in the summer to one knocking on the door of the “top league in Europe” and all of this in seven months, would mean that the fans would have no hesitation in writing more cheques to support the team and its ambitions.
And maybe the plans to increase capacity might get pushed up the agenda ahead of those to build a railway station, create new licensed premises, and build a pitch of gossamer borne on the horns of 500 unicorns (no – hang on – that was Sir David’s plan to complement the Super Casino).
And absolutely finally …
I offer with no comment this gem:-
CHARLES GREEN insists the time has come to heal wounds rather than allow rifts to continue growing for the sake of saving Scottish football.
Back off to the salt mines for now.
But after my brief hiatus, I will be back soon with more of my nonsense – after all, when such noteworthy material emanates from Ibrox, it is only right that it be publicised as far as possible.
Posted by Paul McConville