The Thursday night meeting I wrote about earlier also seems to have included a candidate for “one liner of the year”.
Mr McCoist is quoted as saying:-
“Our wage bill has come down to around one-third of what it was a couple of years ago.”
Is it unkind to point out that the wage bill of a couple of years ago related to a team packed full of internationalists, to a team playing in, and winning, the SPL, to a team competing in European competition and indeed reaching the UEFA Cup final?
Is it churlish to suggest that there is nothing to be admired in the wage bill being reduced by 2/3 when almost every one of the high earning players left, and being replaced by players who will still rank amongst the highest paid in Scotland?
In what way is it deserving of sympathy that Rangers are, this season, competing in the third tier of Scottish football but still having the second highest wage bill in the country?
On a rough calculation Mr McCoist’s statement means that the wage bill at Ibrox is in excess of £6 million (and possibly more!) On that basis I am fairly sure that the Rangers wage bill exceeds the combined wages of every other player in the third and fourth tiers added together!
Indeed almost certainly their wage bill, to produce a team capable of beating holding Forfar for almost 120 minutes, exceeds every team in the top 12 apart from Celtic.
And let’s not mention backroom staff, managers, coaches etc…
And so, as I said, Mr McCoist, if he dashed through to the Gilded Balloon, would have a chance of winning whatever the Perrier Award is called these days!
Posted by Paul McConville