Rangers Chief Executive Craig Mather issued the statement below today via the Rangers official website. At first I thought that it hardly needed any comment, but why change the habits of a life time! 🙂
I will keep my thoughts brief however. They are in bold beneath Mr Mather’s comments.
He said: “Rangers Football Club is a 141-year-old institution built for success and along with the Board of Directors, I am determined to conduct business with honour, dignity and integrity. The men who created this great club would expect no less.
Honour? Dignity? Integrity?
Excellent! If Mr Mather can conduct his business with all of those, then well done to him!
And anyone who says that would be a first for Rangers should hang their heads in shame …
“During my time as a main investor and now as Chief Executive, I have learned about the club’s rich history and proud traditions.
“So it is with deep regret that I find I must address the recent frenzy that has surrounded this great club.
“Again there are those attempting to bang down the doors simply because they feel they should be inside before any others and for no good reason other than self gain and arrogance.
Who are the previous “bargers”?
However it is a bit disingenuous of Mr Mather to talk about self gain. After all one suspects that Mr Mather, like Mr Green and Mr Whyte before him, is at Ibrox to make money, AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.
As for arrogance, that is an attitude of long-standing at Ibrox, summed up in the phrase “We Are The People”.
“It doesn’t matter to them that they have not invested or helped the club, or that they failed to make even a remotely credible attempt to save this fantastic club in its darkest hours.
One assumes he is referring to Paul Murray and his Blue Knights. At the time of the Green takeover the majority opinion seemed to be that the Blue Knights were more “Rangers minded” than the Green team and thus would have received a better welcome from the Rangers fans.
To condemn the Blue Knights as “not even remotely credible” seems unfair.
As far as investing is concerned, does Mr Mather know that Mr Murray holds no shares? After all he had invested in the oldco, and lost all of that investment.
“Not a single one of them stepped forward willing to invest their own money. Yet now they think they can waltz into the club.
“This club needs commitment and unity. It does not require the type of people who stood back and did nothing when Rangers were in trouble.
A bit of a declaration of war, isn’t it?
“Now, as Rangers has been climbing on to more solid ground and as the fans are heartened by what they’ve seen, these men emerge from the shadows with empty promises. They should be ashamed.
“It is surely no coincidence that they waited until the signs are positive and strong.
“Ally McCoist has enjoyed a positive pre-season programme, we have added eight new players to the squad to get Rangers back to the top flight and more than 34,000 supporters have bought season tickets for the new campaign.
Maybe signs are positive and strong but the share price is only just above 41p, from a height of over 90p after the share issue. That would not normally be seen as a sign of positivity and strength.
As far as buying players is concerned, whilst Mr Mather takes this as a sign of strength, Mr Green, as detailed in my last post, disagrees.
“There was a positivity and excitement ahead of the new season and this was heightened by last weekend’s victory and slick performance against Albion Rovers.
And here we have the first World Record of the new season for Rangers!
Never before has a victory over the mighty Albion Rovers been hailed as a sign of significant progress! Beating Barcelona might justify such a boast – but the Rovers?
“It is therefore disappointing that once again we are distracted by non-football matters that do nothing but destabilise this club.
“Rangers fans are well aware that there have been various people trying to grab pieces of their club for years now and to force themselves into positions of power.
“However, all they have ever done and continue to do is have a negative effect when I and the other directors are trying to focus totally on taking Rangers back to the pinnacle of Scottish football.
“It is a difficult task and yet again we are seeing people attempting to make it impossible.
Now, I did not recall Mr Mather making such clear statements about the previous attempt to have an EGM arranged. But that brought Mr Easdale to the board, and he is united with Mr Mather and the rest of the directors.
So it is not the fact of seeking a change which upsets Mr Mather, but the identity of the parties involved.
However it is refreshing to see an acknowledgement that these problems are not derived from outside sources, such as Peter Lawwell, the BBC, Radio Clyde, the SFA, the SPL, the Daily Record, Sky TV, or bloggers identified as “Rangers-haters”.
Instead the guilty men are those who claim to be Rangers supporters but who failed, as charged by Mr Mather, to save the club in its time of need.
“But we will not be defeated, I certainly won’t, and we will meet this latest ill-considered and ill-timed challenge head on.
And at this point one can hear the sounds of Muse in the background …
“Let me stress that I, as Chief Executive, a position I am privileged and honoured to hold, and all of the other directors are firmly behind Ally McCoist and his team as we embark on stage two of our journey
“I urge all of our fans not to listen to rhetoric or empty promises and continue to support the manager and those of us who do genuinely have Rangers’ best interests at heart.
“Everyone is entitled to an opinion, including Charles Green. But what I want to make clear is this: Backing the manager and the playing staff in their quest to restore Rangers’ fortunes is critical to our ambitions.
So the CEO is slapping down Charles Green on day 2 of his new role!
The atmosphere over the tea tray and custard creams (or maybe the Blue Ribands) when they next meet will likely be a bit frosty. Maybe Rangers could raise some money by selling “fly on the wall” coverage of it to a TV network?
“That and resolving to stand firm against anyone who would drag Rangers down in their selfish desire to promote themselves.
“This great club is bigger and more important than any of them, or any other individual.”
Posted by Paul McConville