In that piece I complimented Rangers for its open-ness in publishing Mr McCoist’s severe criticisms of Charles Green, blaming him for the loss today. I suggested that it would be “Pravda-esque” for the official site to ignore what Mr McCoist had said publicly in his press conference.
The story on the Rangers website was posted under the heading “Contempt for our Club”.
I also made the wry analogy with a revolution where the rebels take over the TV station to put across their message. I think that the Ibrox computers might have been seized by rebel forces!
I happened to click back a few minutes ago to the Rangers website. Strangely there was no longer a headline referring to “Contempt” but instead the one illustrated with a picture of an angry and unhappy Mr McCoist was headed “We Will Get Better”.
The text had altered too.
There was now no longer any mention at all of Mr Green, or of contempt, or of him being blamed by Mr McCoist for the defeat for his comments.
The following whole section is gone from the piece:-
ALLY McCOIST has accused Charles Green of treating Rangers and its fans with contempt and believes he has no interest in the club.
The manager was furious to waken up this morning to comments from the former Light Blues chief executive – appointed as a consultant to the club yesterday – in a national newspaper.
In the interview, he insisted McCoist had to win the league and a cup this season or he would ‘have a problem’.
Green also reiterated his belief last season’s team was the worst in the club’s history and described events at Ibrox as ‘a circus’.
And he maintained he’d have raised season ticket prices this term and wouldn’t have given McCoist the volume of players Craig Mather has allowed him to recruit.
The manager was furious in particular with the timing of Green dismissing the same squad from 2012/13 he was working with at today’s League Cup tie against Forfar.
Gers lost 2-1 after extra-time and McCoist feels the Yorkshireman’s words played a part. He said: “They were a terrible distraction and I found his comments appalling, I really did.
“Once again, he was reminding our boys who had a serious cup tie in four hours that he thinks they were the worst Rangers team in history.
“What kind of team talk is that from somebody who is supposed to have the club’s best interests at heart?
“He’s fooling nobody. He’s trying to kid the fans on that he’s this, that and the next thing but he’s not interested in Rangers Football Club, not at all.
“I think it’s plain to see his contempt and total lack of respect for my players, the staff at the club, the supporters and Scottish football in general. It’s totally unacceptable.”
So my criticism of Rangers and its PR department for allowing the internal strife to be made so publicly clear is not wholly justified – as the offending message has gone.
However it now leaves Rangers open to criticism on two grounds – one for publishing the comments initially and then for removing them!
I asked in my last post if things could get more bizarre – they just did.
Who now controls the Ibrox PR machine – Mr Mather or Mr Green?
Posted by Paul McConville