Big news today for my humble blog.
I will shortly be leaving WordPress where the blog has been hosted since it started in May 2011 and instead it will appear on the official Rangers.co.uk website.
I cannot, obviously, go into all of the details yet of the deal but I can offer some background to such momentous news.
I want to make it clear that the change to a place on the website of the most successful sporting team in the world, with its illustrious history now in its 141st year, will in no way affect the independent nature of my writing.
Even though all my copy has to be approved by the Director of Communications, a towering figure in the Scottish newspaper industry over the last 30 years, and a veritable Gulliver amongst Lilliputians, there will be no change to my often sceptical stance on the actions of the reigning Scottish League 3 Champions.
In addition, whilst I understand that the Chief Executive of the club will cast his eye, pre-publication, over all of my posts, I am delighted that a businessman with such a fine track record all over the world, and in many different areas of business, will be giving me too the benefits of his undoubted wisdom.
A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of sitting in the famous “Blue Room” with the respective legends of media and business mentioned above.
Between the two of them, one clearly showing his Airdieonian roots, and his background in the “inky trades”, and the other the personification of the blunt Yorkshireman, it was made clear that it was my independence they valued.
For example, they have no objection to me writing about gratuitous alienations, and how that issue cannot apply to the team.
There is no objection to me pointing out that, for all of the scepticism expressed elsewhere, the purchase of all of the assets for £5.5 million was more than adequate consideration for what was obtained.
Indeed, there is no objection to me making clear to what extent the manager has been restricted by rules which have, in a petty and vindictive way, been applied to the club by the SFL, the venom of the attacks being disguised by the rules being applied to the other 29 SFL clubs too.
When I asked why other bloggers, more known for their pro-Rangers leanings, had not been called upon for this significant and novel role, I was assured that it was my perceived anti-Rangers stance which had been the key. After all, why take on board someone who would be a supporter of the club when they will continue to do so outside the Ibrox command centre.
I have been told that I will be officially welcomed as a member of the Rangers Family on the pitch at half time during the Rangers v Clyde match on 13th April. I am looking forward immensely to standing on the centre spot, seeing the UEFA 5 star stadium resplendent in blue, with a full house of fans singing my name.
From then the hard work will start.
It was made clear that I would be free to write on whatever topics I wanted, but if I could cast my eye over the following it might be appreciated:-
- Why it is illegal to force Rangers to play in Scotland
- How Rangers can be placed into the English Championship by purchasing a suitable “feeder club”
- How Rangers, despite being only an Associate Member, can veto any changes for Scottish football reconstruction
- How can Rangers get compensation from HMRC and from the media for all of the damage done by the vindictive pursuit of the EBT case and the misinformed reporting of it
- How much money can Rangers get as damages and compensation for being abandoned by mercenary players who turned their backs on the greatest football team in the world
- How the manager’s performance in leading his team to victory in the Scottish League compares favourably with such historical examples of leadership as Stein winning the European Cup, Churchill leading Britain to victory in World War 2, Wellington rallying his troops at Waterloo, or Hannibal taking his elephants over the Alps.
Some might question why I, as an Albion Rovers supporter, would want to be an active part of the richest football team in Scotland. As the Rovers are heading back to SFL3 and Rangers taking their place in SFL2, then moving my allegiance to a rising team seems only right.
All that is left for me to do is to send back the signed contact to the CEO’s PA.
So, the exotically named, Miss April Fullstay, should expect an email from me later today confirming my decision.
Rangers Then, Rangers Now, Rangers Forever!
And, as I will learn to say, WE ARE THE PEOPLE!
Posted by Paul McConville