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Good points made there, especially about the SFA being more than just Mr Regan, (just being polite, you undertand). I am continually aghast that all this seems to be of no interest to the rest of the clubs! So, here’s my ramble for tonight.

The turning point where democracy seemed to have lost out was when the motion of no confidence at the SFL was not allowed. Up till then there was some hope that the majority of clubs had had enough of the shenanigans and wanted to stick to the rules.

Looking back, what happened?? What was said to those clubs by those at the top table?

I commented at the time that when a photo appeared, that the seating arrangement was not conducive to good debate or for good work to be done..no table for the rest of them, just one for those in charge, no equality, no eye contact with your colleagues. The top table ruling it all. So what was said? What threats, bribes, or other suggestions, truthful or otherwise, were used to cow the clubs into submission?

It is still incumbent on the clubs, their fans and supporters organisations to use the democratic structures and the articles of association to stop office bearers when they act against the greater good or the rules.

Ah, but thats what happened, hasn’t it. The greater good was deemed apparently by all, or by enough of them, to be that Sevco should be allowed in and to keep the identity of RFC. The rules weren’t apparently appropriate in this instance. The ‘in principle’ decision of that meeting was then either hijacked by the SFA negotiators, or they were carrying out their mandate.

Again, no comment or objection by the clubs appeared following the disgraceful timing of the announcement of membership being granted. Shouldn’t there have been an emergency general meeting to consider a proposal or recommendation? Not perhaps if the negotiators has agreed a strategy and key points for negotiation with the clubs in advance.

I wonder if the same will happen the next time son of Sevco come calling to be reinstated (if they keep spending at current rates or if BDO take a dim view of the financial transactions that created them).

I fear the clubs had their chance at integrity. They are all tainted now.

Ah but, if Sevco go bust…. perhaps this was predicted by some and was considered a chance that had to be taken for the financial benefit of having them in for the short term, knowing also that then they could say “we tried everything to save Sevco, but hey, its failed again now, so thank you and good night. Now where are those applications from Spartans and Cove Rangers?”

Could it be that the wiser folk running the clubs who know all about how to run a club, rather than how to run one into the ground, have dictated this strategy to the top table? “Give em enough rope, Stuart, they’ll enjoy a brief celebration before imploding. Oh, and Stuart, no more shenanigans when the reconstruction is being discussed. Remember that motion of no confidence? Turnbull still has it if it’s needed.”

Perhaps there is no-one in the football community that is prepared to be involved in pulling the plug on Sevco, they expect other factors to take care of that, and who could blame them. Especially if you consider the apparent disinterest from UEFA / FIFA and a msm that would be eternally hostile to those involved.

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Frank Forest,

I emailed as you suggested

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The Scottish media have been complicit along with the SFA in supporting a newco to take over the assets and sporting history of Rangers FC, and by breaking their own rules to allow them to continue in the leagues.

Rangers FC are in adminstration, awaiting liquidation, and sold assets at very low value leaving unsecured creditors losing millions. HMRC are currently investigating illegal schemes used by RFC to avoid millions in tax.

Despite all this, and the implication that for more than a decade RFC have been playing ineligible players in domestic and European matches, football authorities have broken all their rules to allow a new company into the leagues under a pretence that the old company transferred its licences and membership to the newco.

None of the main stream media in Scotland have reported on this with any objectivity, leaving Alex thompson of channel 4 to be a lone voice. A blog which has over over a year been challenging the media and the SFA recently won the Orwell Prize.

HMRC’s tribunal on an appeal by RFC is expected within weeks or months, so any news agency interested in getting ahead of the rest of a supine media on this story might be in a very advantageous position.

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john clarke says

Well reasoned John,

Of course there are other parties that insist that Sevco are the old RFC, i.e. the fans (most of the vocal ones anyway), and the MSM apologists.

It will be interesting to see them try to deconstruct their recent arguments when the time comes.
(Traynor – “i said all along that the newco was a fraud and unsustainable, and will do untold damage to Scottish football”
Chic – ” i have never defended SDM, and pushed him all the way to come clean with Rangers fans”
Keevins – “as someone with a vast knowledge of football rules and financial regulations i warned every caller to try to be objective and to try to seek out the information that was available on the internet, such as the RTC blog, that questioned the outrageous spin that emanated from Ibrox”)

The position of the present power brokers on the SFA when the time comes should of course be untenable. Will this herald the raft of changes required to make the sport more tranparent? Lets he so.

As my old granny said, well, they made their bed they’ll have to lie in it.

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Scotland Behave says

Interesting thought, but wouldn’t the recipients of EBTs get confirmation on any tax paid from HMRC?

You would also expect that the trustees would have mentioned any deductions on any paperwork given to recipients. Ah, maybe there was no paperwork with the payments…was it in cash in a brown envelope? (A4 size obviously) if so, who took the envelopes to the lucky recipients?

If the payments were through bank transfer or cheque, there would be a nice trail for a legal investigation.

Maybe none of the recipients actually look at the letters from Hector that drop on the mat, I know i dont like to. Their accountants or advisors would though.

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It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
Homunculus –
where’s your Xmas spirit?
Personally I’m waiting for the MSM commenting that poor Mr King has suffered enough so the TOP, the courts and the rest of us should all just move on.
We all know that:-
1 coals should not be raked over and 
2 everyone needs a strong “rangers” – else the sky might fall on our heads (is this the first Asterix reference on the site?)

Who Is Conning Whom?
Sorry for straying into club territory here, but as a dons fan, I think DM has been seriously damaged by all this and that’s why I think a disrepute charge against TRFC is appropriate.
However – if he has no intention of leaving, as he and the chairman have said, then he’s been seen to fail under the pressure. When he could have used the same attacking tactics against TRFC as other teams have and succeeded, instead he’s looked like a rabbit in headlights, minimising our strengths. Constant selection changes also seem to weaken the team, and DM now appears damaged goods not able to deliver when really necessary against our main rivals. 
Given these failings, why would TRFC want him?
I feel sorry for the guy but he should have overtly said he’s not interested during the lifetime of his contract – or until AFC sack him. At least one dons fan site has rumours that the players think he’ll leave (and take some with him later- McLean?) and he’s lost the dressing room. 
If he does stay he has work to do to regain trust. 
If he goes, well the trust was obviously misplaced, and DM will be seen in the same light as Ryan Jack, or worse.
If this was a cunning plan by an opposition team, then a disrepute charge it is, or should be – and bad show DM for falling for it and not commiting to AFC more strongly much earlier.

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Well said JC,
If he does leave to a club he’s spectacularly lost two back to back games to, after weeks of media / pr pressure, then questions should indeed be asked, but of whom?
The SFA will never charge TRFC with bringing the game into disrepute over this, although it should.
AFC could have put him on leave but that could have led to DM claiming constructive dismissal, and left AFC with no compensation. It’s all very murky.
There’s no point complaining to the media about their constant bias.
What are the rules about “tapping up” managers? I’m sure if there are any, there willl be considerable scope for discretion by the SFA and burden of proof issues.
Us dons fans however are rightly suspicious that something ain’t right, and although we can like every other team blow it on occasion and often against glasgow teams, the recent selections and tactics dont show DM in a good light if he does leave – “suspicious” will then not be the appropriate word we’ll be using though…

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good analysis, can I add that the timing of the Brechin game in the cup possibly helped rush through this rotten deal.
Who played Brechin indeed. If they had taken more time to consult and negotiate their wheeze it might have worked out better but in my view it was all about keeping up the pretence that Sevco were indeed RFC and this couldnt have held up if the cup game didnt happen.
What was required therefore was the invention of the ‘conditional membership’ to allow a non football club to play in the cup, thereby giving them access to the leagues. Cue the renaming of the club and hey presto! IT IS RANGERS AFTER ALL!

Enough is enough
Hirsute has just nailed the name of the next & subsequent teams out of Ibrox – Metaphysical Rangers FC.
Also wonder about the timing of Ernest’s appearance and arguments – setting the scene / rehearsing arguments for the next transformation? Well done JC & Auldheid etc for your patient replies.

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