In which I attempt to answer the question of what Lord Carloway’s Appellate Tribunal will decide about an additional sanction on Rangers. In the process of reaching a conclusion on this, I consider the following.
What did the Judicial Panel think of the gravity of Rangers’ offence?
What options are open to the Appellate Tribunal?
Why I do not think ejection from the Scottish Cup is either competent or appropriate.
What effect would suspension, expulsion or termination have on Rangers.
What could Mr Green do, in the event of any of the above three penalties being imposed?
Can Rangers agree a shorter Signing Ban with the SFA?
What will happen?
If unhappy with the decision can Rangers appeal further, whether to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, or to the Court of Session?
And I conclude with a foray into Shakespearean adaptation!
I was idly leafing through my copy of Shakespeare, as I do once every ten years or so, and happened upon the Merchant of Venice. It struck me that there are certain whimsical similarities between the story of the Merchant and his desire to follow the precise wording of his contract, ignoring the spirit thereof, and the fate which then befalls him for his adherence to the letter, and the situation pertaining to Rangers after their undoubted success in persuading Lord Glennie to overturn the signing ban imposed by the AT chaired by Lord Carloway.
Rather than inflict my adaptation of the Bard’s work at the top of the piece, I have put it at the end. Feel free to read it, or not, as you think fit. I like it, but then I adapted it!
Now, after that brief theatrical interlude, we are back to the dense legal stuff. Continue reading