An Apology to Mr McCoist – He Must Have Known There Would Be No Player Limit Next Season

One of the running themes here on my blog since the appearance of Rangers in SFL3 was the unfortunate effect on them of the unfair rules (which whilst applicable to all 30 SFL clubs were clearly targeted at Rangers) dealing with player registrations etc. The limit on the number of players aged over 21 registered by an SFL team only seemed to affect Rangers.

As last season ended, and we geared up for the coming season, Rangers were associated with almost every free agent and prospective free agent footballers who had any link with Scotland. Various signings have already been made to ensure that Rangers can make their way through the third tier successfully. After all, Mr McCoist identified that he needed around ten new players to ensure success over the footballing giants of Arbroath, Ayr and Airdrie.

Some sceptics, and I number myself amongst them, wondered if Mr McCoist had forgotten about the player number restrictions. It seemed that he was re-stocking his larder of players and would have rather too many over 21s.

But my scepticism was unfounded. Mr McCoist was NOT signing players like a little boy in a sweet shop trolley dash, but must have been working with the knowledge that there would not be a player limit this coming season.

After all, despite the SPL, SFA and SFL all saying last summer that they would do what they could to “facilitate” Rangers entry to SFL3, there could not have been any expectation that the rules would be altered for the Ibrox side’s benefit, could there?

So, the only credible explanation is that Mr McCoist has been making his signings and presenting his desired lists of players to his CEO with the knowledge that the limit would not apply. That implies that, in fact, Rangers have been aware for some time of the near-certainty that football restructuring would happen this close season, despite all of the alarms and excursions which led to this point, and that the planned new rules for the SPFL would not contain any player registration restrictions.

In practical terms it will not make any difference to any of the 30 lower division teams other than Rangers.

And why should Rangers be prevented from signing as many players as it can afford by some technicality on player numbers? After all, if Stenhousemuir want a first team squad of 30 over 21s, all it has to do is to generate sufficient income!

The restrictions on Rangers almost amount to communism!

So well done Mr McCoist – any suggestion that you were buying players in ignorance of the player limit was clearly wrong!

Posted by an apologetic Paul McConville

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201 responses to “An Apology to Mr McCoist – He Must Have Known There Would Be No Player Limit Next Season

  1. JohnBhoy

    DEFINITIVE WORD ON RANGERS

    “This has to be said about Rangers…as a Scottish Football club they are a permanent embarrassment and an occasional disgrace. This country would be a better place if Rangers did not exist” – Ian Archer

    Ian, you got your wish.

  2. JimBhoy

    And for those fenians amongst us check this out……

  3. JimBhoy

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23016260

    Well done son, all the best I am sure you will make an awesome coach, best of luck….

  4. Monti

    RANGERS ARE DEAD! 🙂

  5. JohnBhoy

    Willy bum bum, any update on how Bill Struth got his job lol?

    • Monti

      In his underpants with the BB…..:)

    • willy wonka

      Oh , I know the full story of how he got his job. I’ve contributed towards the new biography which will be released soon.
      But would you rather not hear about Torbett and the systematic cover of child sex abuse by those employed at Celtic FC ?
      Lol.

  6. JohnBhoy

    STAN THE MAN: YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE

    Charity the Celtic way: http://www.celticfc.net/newsstory?item=4176.

    • JimBhoy

      @JB definitely a man i hoped we would build our team around but what did he do when time to move on for his own gain, he re-signed for the Celts meaning we got a big fee for the man when he could have left 6 months earlier… Legend, a total Celt forever…

  7. lordmac

    3 years and counting provided they have no debt once more lol

  8. mick

    Club became limited company Limited company became plc Plc was liquidated. The End.
    quote of the day from twitter simplified for our resident zombie sevcoians

    @lordmac dont forget the dates of the birth of sevco make it 4 years as the missed the deadline for 3 years uefa have a date in year and if you miss it like sevco did you have to wait a year there was lots said at time about it a can remember lol at it and at them

  9. mick

    12/13 doesn’t count as a year as they registered over the uefa dead line so if they get back 12/13div3 13/14div2 14/15 div1 15/16spl (16/17)before they can play in Europe they being the sevcoians from the rust dome a cant see them even getting out of div1 oh a dont forget they are bleeding more than 1mil a month with a filing cabinet full of outstanding liability’s so there is every chance green and imran might liquidate the the international company that lays claim to the new club so we will just have to wait and see how it pans out as fat chris graham says lol there is accounts due soon so this will set a time line for future troubles on the horizon for them

  10. JimBhoy

    me, not supporting of many things that upset many but a good fenian sympathiser now i know what it means.. What bit of this was not true…? I agree tit for tat to some degree, imo terrorism vs fighting for your freedom is dubious, not just in Ireland, palestine, Israel, spain, yugoslavia, germany, Africa, I would fight for my country (defensively), my son will probably join the RAF.. If this song was Scottish it would be our national anthem, a strong nation.. Some will disagree. whatever..!

    Armoured cars and tanks and guns
    Came to take away our sons
    But every man will stand behind
    The Men Behind the Wire

    In the little streets of Belfast (Glasgow)
    In the dark of early morn
    British soldiers came marauding
    Wrecking little homes with scorn.

    Heedless of the crying children
    Dragging fathers from their beds
    Beating sons while helpless mothers
    Watched the blood flow from their heads

    Chorus

    Not for them a judge or jury
    Or indeed a crime at all
    Being Irish means they’re guilty
    So we’re guilty one and all

    Round the world the truth will echo
    CromweIl’s men are here again And ( made our citizens move)
    England’s name again is sullied (not for the first time)
    In the eyes of honest men

    Chorus.

    Proudly march behind our banners
    Firmly stand behind our men
    We will have them free to help us
    Build a Nation once again

    On the people stand together
    Proudly firmly on your way
    Never fear, and never falter
    Till the boys are home to stay.

  11. Budweiser

    To all you bad people out there who say nasty things on here – be afraid – be very afraid!
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/18/edward-snowden-live-q-and-a-eight-things
    George Orwell couldn’t even begin to imagine this. Niall probably thinks . well if the Government is doing it – that’s ok.lol
    So, don’t mention in any context , Islam;Al Queada : terrorism; postal bombs;Iran; Afghanistan; Iraq;Green brigade;conspiracy;Israel;USA; The Vatican; Any religion;Anything WAR related ; rangers or celtic.
    Thankfully I have received top secret clear clearance that we can all chat amiably about St. Mirren. Okay dokay – who wants to start? Hello? Hello?

    • JimBhoy

      @Bud did you mean my post there? Dude if I upset anybody my conscience would kill me…

      • Budweiser

        JimBhoy

        Nah. Nothing to do with your post [ I hadn’t even seen it when I posted ].
        Just a little reminder of how ‘Big Brother’ is watching us . And some call me a ‘conspiracy nutjob ‘ lol.

        • Budweiser

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          Britain’s intelligence services are tapping cables that carry the world’s phone calls and Internet traffic and are gathering vast amounts of data, according to leaked documents from US ex-intelligence technician Edward Snowden, who faces spying charges in the United States.

          The claims, published Saturday by The Guardian newspaper, sparked a fresh outcry from privacy campaigners and surfaced as the United States filed criminal charges against 30-year-old Snowden and asked Hong Kong — where he has fled to — to detain him.

          In a sign of growing international tensions, Germany said Saturday that Europe would need Britain to clarify the latest allegations.

          Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, who made the comments, added that the accusations would be a “catastrophe” if they are true.

          “The allegations against Great Britain sound like a nightmare out of Hollywood,” she said.

          “European institutions should shed light on this immediately.”

          A US justice department official meanwhile confirmed that a sealed criminal complaint has been lodged with a federal court in the US state of Virginia and a provisional arrest warrant has been issued.

          Snowden faces charges of theft of government property, unauthorised communication of national defence information, and wilful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorised person. Two of the charges were brought under the 1917 Espionage Act.

          The Guardian reported that Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has started processing vast amounts of personal information — including Facebook posts, emails, Internet histories and phonecalls — and is sharing it with its US partner the National Security Agency (NSA).

          In reaction, however, GCHQ said it was “scrupulous” in its compliance with the law and declined to comment further.

          The Guardian reported that GCHQ was able to tap into and store data from the cables for up to 30 days, under an operation codenamed Tempora.

          “It’s not just a US problem. The UK has a huge dog in this fight,” Snowden told the newspaper.

          “They (GCHQ) are worse than the US.”

          Snowden, who fled to Hong Kong in May, has since proceeded to leak details of secret US intelligence programmes to international media outlets.

          The Guardian claimed Tempora had been running for 18 months and GCHQ and the NSA were able to access vast quantities of communications between entirely innocent people.

          It also said that the intelligence-gathering directly led to the arrest and jailing of a British terror cell, the arrests of others planning acts of terror, and three London-based people planning attacks prior to the city’s 2012 Olympic Games.

          The Guardian said the documents it had seen showed that by last year, GCHQ was handling 600 million “telephone events” each day, had tapped more than 200 fibre-optic cables and was able to process data from at least 46 of them at a time.

          The two main components of GCHQ’s surveillance programme are called “Mastering the Internet” and “Global Telecoms Exploitation”, the daily said, adding that the operations were all being carried out “without any form of public acknowledgement or debate”.

          The Guardian added that it understood NSA staff and US private contractors had access to GCHQ databases.

          Hong Kong officials remained tight-lipped on Saturday as to whether Snowden had been approached by the law enforcement authorities or was still a free man.

          Police commissioner Andy Tsang told reporters it was “inconvenient” to disclose details of the case.

          WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a statement that the the charging of Snowden was “intended to intimidate any country that might be considering standing up for his rights.

          “The effort to find asylum for Edward Snowden must be intensified,” said the Australian, who has now spent a year holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London.

          Shami Chakrabarti, director of Britain-based human rights pressure group Liberty, expressed shock at the latest revelations.

          “I’m pretty sad in a democracy when all that appears to be holding back the secret state is its physical and technological capability, and not its ethics or a tight interpretation and application of the law,” she told the BBC.

          However, Malcolm Rifkind, the chairman of parliament’s intelligence and security committee, told the BBC that all agencies like GCHQ used the latest technology to gain intelligence.

  12. JimBhoy


    Another fenian who was fighting a war…… what is terrorism to some versus war for others i guess is the question…

    Don’t think I have an answer, fuk knows….my fenian proddy routes suggest i am in it for a laugh but i totally hear all you that it means stuff too and would never take that from ya, all the best,,

    next year i am gonna go see the cemeteries of all the Dubliners, you may know I am a luke kelly nut..

      • david

        Which Army still parades in Northen Ireland?
        Which ” Army ” decommissioned?

        Which Army is a legally constituted part of the State and which ” Army ” were a shower ( along with their Loyalist counterparts ) of murdering sleekit sectarian scumbags, attacking dog clubs, mothers of 10, children, and unarmed civilians?
        IRA= well defeated , never an army.

    • JimBhoy

      Anyone wanna come, eco, barca, pensioner, mick, cam, WW, Niall,more? what a weekend that would be. We’d be the best of pals..

  13. mick

    hail hail freedom for ever

  14. JimBhoy

    ok gonna scoot for the night, no offence to anyone, have a nice weekend all, just heard an auld rangers pal has went, god bless your soul JR, JimBhoy

  15. mick

    good night jim bhoy god rest the soul of your mate JR

  16. JimBhoy

    jeez couldnt resist….My auld ma wi her scarf in her hair….Never knew what that was all about..

  17. JimBhoy

    Thanks Mick his missus is a saint, have had so much as his alcoholism kicks in, but said to me, he is my man and love is love…. I’ll see him to his end this week with respect and his wee missus.. sad

    • mick

      Drinks bad jim a have watched it ruin men of all ages a think it education work all week drink at the weekend an attitude passed down throw the decades it effects all community’s we can only hope the generations under us see it as bad and adopt a contential approch to socialising

      • JimBhoy

        Aye well in this country it is pretty much the norm…..my boys team i hope to really emphasise a physicality, they will all drink at some point, this is inevitable,but if i can get mine physical and loving it like i did, 15 inch biceps at 16, now many years later but i have a sports science degree
        not using that yet. duno

      • JimBhoy

        @Mick his wee wifey was allm over

  18. JimBhoy

    See earlier: Anyone wanna come, eco, barca, pensioner, mick, cam, WW, Niall,more? what a weekend that would be. We’d be the best of pals..Cam I missed you, Maggie…

  19. JimBhoy

    You know ironically he has a Scottish Grannie… God rest his soul….OK gotta tell u this, in rathfarnharm Dub not sure the spelling……. So this is my experience of a proddy, ex RAF man, with tears in my eye, snuck up to my taxi home paid it, his family from the north, my pal, died, photos at Johnnie Foxes, LAST ONES.. His son phoned he was deid, i had a major league flu missed his passing.. obviously still hurting. I will get there

  20. JimBhoy

    God rest your sole Johno and i hope your boy contacts me, big johno please>>>>>>I think he knosw my address he is my bhoy!

  21. Fra

    On a previous blog, JohnBhoy said “Good morning” to which I replied
    “Thanks John and a pleasant morning it is as well” or words to that effect………..and I somehow managed to get TWO TDs. Absolutely brilliant. It’s got me laughing anyway. Can you followers of the dead club please read the post and don’t just TD me because its ME.

    Anyway JimBhoy, so sorry to hear about your friend. Some folks deaths have a greater effect on us than others of which we cannot explain. Whoever the person who departs, they leave a lasting legacy which isn’t instantly recognisable but what is recognisable is the void that their departure leaves in the life’s of those left behind. RIP to your mate JB.

  22. cam

    The bhoys in the GCC are being asked some questions over land deals,state aid and Celtic.They don’t like being questioned and they want it to stop.Unfortunately it won’t stop until the truth is out,
    Fun times ahead.

    • lordmac

      there are some in Glasgow asking where did the charity money go from the rangers games any idea CAM WHO would answer these questions for us all, also have the corpy been payed there water rates and council rates as yet who are your new electricity suppliers now

    • willy wonka

      If the bhoys in the GCCCSC don’t get their act together soon they’ll be in bother.
      If they do they’ll be exposing Celtic FC to questions I’m certain they’d rather not be asked.
      Lol. It’s going to be fun.

    • willy wonka

      Let’s just hope somebody doesn’t upset the sugar daddy.

      “Convertible cumulative preference shares. – £10069267
      Convertible preferred ordinary sares. -£13972737
      Deferred ordinary shares. -£4969238
      Total. £28m+ ”

      “Financial doping” anybody ? We’ll soon find out. Lol.

  23. dan

    Looks like a great bit of business on big Vic. A Scottish record fee at 12.5 mill according to the Scotsman ( guess what the second highest transfer fee is???? Yes, you got it, Terrible Andre Flo!!!!! Ouch!)

    Seriously though, it’s great for the club and, as we pay our social taxes in full and on time, great news for the exchequer and Her Majesty (God bless you ma’am, some may have let you down with their egregious diddling but not us Tims).

    Yes, how wonderful is it to support the wonderfully wonderful, wonderfully solvent, law-abiding and tax paying Glasgow Celtic. As the late great Satchmo put it: ‘What A Wonderful World—–Oh Yeah!!!!!!

    • barcabuster

      @Dan
      Not only will it be a great bit of business, and possibly a record transaction, the direction of the funds flow is equally, if not more important than the figure. This is money coming IN to the Scottish game. Not OUT!

  24. Iain Mcg

    “Let’s just hope somebody doesn’t upset the sugar daddy.

    “Convertible cumulative preference shares. – £10069267
    Convertible preferred ordinary sares. -£13972737
    Deferred ordinary shares. -£4969238
    Total. £28m+ ”

    “Financial doping” anybody ? We’ll soon find out. Lol.”

    Mr Wonka, care to explain what you are lol about?

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