Martin posted this as a comment in one of the threads below. I thought it worth putting up on its own account.
By the way, this Martin is not the one I recommended this morning. However it is clearly a name which inspires clear thinking and eloquent prose!
Take it away Martin!
Rangers were indeed found ‘guilty’ on the questions asked.
LNS was not asked for an opinion on fairness or otherwise of having more money to spend on players. The accepted opinion is that having more money to spend on players is an advantage. This is professional football after all, money, spent wisely on good players wins. That’s true for every team, it’s true for Rangers and it’s true for Celtic.
Having more money is not cheating. You may have questions about the morality of where the money came from or even if sport should be reduced to something as base as financial muscle however LNS was not asked for an opinion on this.
LNS was asked for an opinion on rule breaches made by Rangers in registering players, he found that indeed there were rule breaches, ‘guilty as charged’.
An outcome of this was that despite deliberate failure to disclose the full earnings of the players in question, those players were still registered by the football authorities and therefor eligible to play, hence Rangers did not in this respect cheat.
Had the football authorities been aware of the absence of full disclosure of payments then registration of the players in question would have been revoked and they would have been ineligible to play. This did not happen.
LNS was impeccable in his logic. The result was highly critical of those controlling Rangers at the time but correct in its final judgement.
The question now for footballs’ authorities is firstly how did they manage to miss so much wrong doing in the registration of players and secondly what are they doing to prevent it happening again?
For Rangers fans celebration in not having titles stripped is at least expected if a little tasteless given the extent of wrong doing found by the commission.
Rangers were presented with an open goal, and they put that ball in the back of the net.
For me it matters little, I’m of the old fashioned ‘ it’s the taking part’ that counts school.
Some people in Scottish football have rather lost sight of this which is why so many of our smaller clubs are maligned or dismissed as being unimportant.
This is a pity, our smaller clubs contain within them, sporting integrity, honesty, community spirit and indeed charm.
They will never trouble the top leagues or threaten the European Champions they simply don’t have the money.
Those who do have the money or access to anyone else’s money will face all the temptations that go with it. Rules can be circumvented if they are not robust. The cracks will be found by those with wealth and the power that goes with it.
For lovers of sport this is nothing to be proud of, rather it’s a cause for dismay.
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