After yesterday’s fun I wondered how long it would take before Mr Green started straight-talking.
There was not long to wait.
Today’s Scotsman reported the following from the Sun:-
Charles Green has fired his first shot in the civil war at Ibrox. The Yorkshireman, speaking to the Sun said that Ally McCoist must win the league and the cup this year.
Green said: “He (McCoist) knows he has to win the league, but in my opinion, has to win the cup as well.
“If he doesn’t do that he has a problem.”
Green also said that if he was still in charge at Rangers he wouldn’t have allowed McCoist to sign the amount of players he has this summer.
I suspect no one will disagree that a failure by Rangers to triumph in the third tier (with what now is probably the second highest payroll in Scottish football) would result in Mr McCoist’s time at Ibrox ending, despite his position as still the all-time leading goal scorer in Rangers history.
But Mr Green feels that Rangers need to win “the cup” as well?
The Ramsdens Challenge Cup?
The Glasgow Cup?
The League Cup?
The Scottish Cup?
Normally a reference to “the cup” would be to the Scottish Cup.
Again I am sure no one would deny that a win for Rangers in that competition would be a remarkable achievement, if only as a result of the need Rangers would have to raise the game from third tier standards for the later rounds of the competition.
But if Mr Green considers that Mr McCoist has failed if Rangers do not win the Scottish Cup …
Time for folk like Barry Ferguson, John Brown and Brian Laudrup to get their CVs ready for submission to 150 Edmiston Drive!
Or else, and I regret having to mention such a ridiculous theory, Mr Green can’t open his mouth without saying something noteworthy, controversial and headline-grabbing!
It is also interesting to see Mr Green criticise his successor as CEO. After all it is not Mr McCoist who actually concludes the deals, no matter who he would want to sign.
Instead Mr Mather, as CEO, is presumably the man who signed off on the deals and as such is the man with whom Mr Green disagrees.
I wonder how the two men will greet each other when they next meet – and could Mr Mather insist that he wants Mr Green gagged or sacked?
Posted by Paul McConville