A spectre is haunting Scottish Football

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John Clark says: December 22, 2014 at 12:13 am I wonder if …

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John Clark says:
December 22, 2014 at 12:13 am

I wonder if he had the prescience to begin logging and diarying events as they happened? Or, maybe, I wonder when he might first have been approached by a ghost-writer who suggested that he keep a log of meetings and discussions with the various fly-by-night directors, with a view to ‘writing a book’? And by whom that approach might have been made?

I would not be at all surprised if Jim Traynor will be ghosting McCoist’s book. Did I read that Traynor and ‘Walter’ had emerged last week to represent Ally in his hour of need? If Traynor has been engaged by Ally to do his PR then it would make sense if Traynor also got the gig for Ally’s kiss-and-tell revelations, particularly as Slim Jim was at Ibrox for quite a time during the recent troubles. He, too,must know where some of the bodies are hidden. It was rumoured some time ago that Traynor would be writing Walter’s book for him when the time was right for the final chapter i.e. when Her Maj uttered, “Arise, Sir Walter”.

I was not impressed with the ‘Club’ statement this evening. I’m sure it could have stated McCoist being relieved of his duties more tactfully than being put on “gardening leave”. It was also unprofessional to refer to their manager simply as “Ally”. He should have been afforded his proper title and name. On the other hand the new C.E. might not care a XXXX how he puts it.

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“Rangers, who were founded in 1872, had never played outside the top division from the formation of the Scottish League in 1890 until they were demoted in 2012, a year after winning their 54th Scottish title”.

This footnote to the article has no relevance to the story of the Stock Exchange notification. Why does Wilson feel the need to include such inaccurate tosh? Is he doing it because his BBC Scotland editor is out of the room? I think John Clark should fire a sharp e-mail to Pacific Quay and remind that shower of their public obligation to tell the truth.

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Last week Regan let slip that it was Ashley’s lawyers who were dealing with the Ashley influence matter at Ibrox. I think that nice Mr Ashley has absolutely no intention of going to Hampden for a papal audience, hence the reason for having his lawyers involved

The MASH lawyers, if they are worth their salt, will insist everything is put in writing. They will phrase their communications in legalese, be as vague as possible and, so, give nothing away. They will frustrate the SFA by drawing out the correspondence. All the SFA can do is to reply at each stage seeking yet further clarification, and so the saga will continue, but to no avail.

Regan is now between a rock and a hard place. He started off in a blaze of publicity acting the tough headmaster in summonsing the errant schoolboy to his study. There is now zero chance of that happening, far less Ashley Junior putting his hand out for six of the best.

I can see this clarification demand being put on the back boiler and being quietly dropped at the first opportunity. The SFA must now hope that an insolvency event at Ibrox diverts the spotlight from them.

A spectre is haunting Scottish Football
At the time, I never thought Arthur was an outstanding commentator when he was on air. I regarded him as a bloke just doing his job. However, when you compare him to the present bunch of dunces on STV and BBC Scotland it makes you realise how competent and professional he really was.

Years ago there was an afternoon music programme on BBC radio presented by John Dunne. Each day during it he would play the mystery voice. Listeners would phone in with their answers. The prize of a few quid would roll-over if no one could identify the voice. One particular voice seemed to elude the callers, and so the kitty became quite lucrative. Then one day John Dunne received a call from a chappie in Scotland who was adamant the voice belonged to Sir Alf Ramsey. John asked this listener why he was so sure. The reply was, “Because I’ve interviewed him”. The caller was correct and, yes, it was none other than the Greenock legend with the appalling taste in sports jackets that scooped the pool.

R.I.P. Arthur.

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