I posted on Wednesday about the Pinsent Masons investigation into the links between Mr Green, Mr Ahmad and Mr Whyte. I suggested that even the choice of the eminent QC Roy Martin to oversee the investigation would not be enough to protect the investigation from accusations of bias and blinkered unfairness, should it find that there had been no “wrongdoing”.
I was wrong to think that we would need to have the verdict before people questioned the inquiry and the independence of those carrying it out. My Twitter feed following the post was filled with comments which were, to say the least, sceptical about the outcome and the general reaction was that the “Establishment” would once more rally round Ringers in the same way as some perceive the First Tier Tribunal and the Nimmo Smith Inquiry doing.
I should say that I do not fall into that category of observer, although I can understand why, although mistakenly, some think that the legal processes are being moulded to fit the Ibrox team.
But I am delighted to say that I have seen a news story which shows that we need have no fear about any whitewash or of a guilty verdict being swept under the carpet.
Mr Murray, the Rangers Chairman, met with the Chairman and Secretary of the Rangers Supporters Trust earlier in the week.
As the Trust reported:-
The RST feels that the remit of the current internal review should be as broad-ranging as required and not centred on a few technical matters. The Chairman gave both RST representatives assurances that this was indeed the case. The investigation will be thorough and fans will be briefed on the findings.
Furthermore, the support needs clarity regarding the resources available to the management team for the coming period. We stressed that we are in favour of continuing to act honourably towards the SFL and to continue to play our way through the divisions.
The club Chairman has agreed to further meetings and we will afford our members the opportunity to submit questions for the agenda ahead of them. The Chairman’s passion for the club impressed and it is obvious he is as fervent a supporter as the rest of us.
Now, call me a pedant (as indeed someone did yesterday) but Mr Murray whilst being positive in saying that the fans would be “briefed” about the report, seems to be missing the point. Of course there are duties, even if not legal ones, owed to the fans. However there are legal duties most definitely owed to the shareholders and potential shareholders in Rangers. These are the duties with which the Chairman is bound to comply.
If, for some reason, Mr Murray was not happy with that, then he should have insisted on the company not floating, or he should step down.
But his comments mean that the fears that the report would be locked away, never to see the light of day again, seem unfounded.
The report will lead to the fans being briefed. By extension the wider world will be told the truth! After all, the Chairman has spoken.
To misquote that great political rogue Richard Nixon, “There will be no whitewash in the Blue Room!”
Posted by Paul McConville