Harper Macleod and LNS


Listening to Sportsound today and they have live coverage from …

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Listening to Sportsound today and they have live coverage from Ibrox. They have Rob Mclean commentating, Willie Miller summarising, and Chick Young trackside. There are two issues here for me as a licence fee payer. One is why so much money is being shelled out on a lower league match. Two is why BBC are providing so much coverage to a club who refuse to deal with them and don’t afford them full media rights.

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All speculation at the moment, but if there is league reconstruction this season which would allow TRFC administration this season and still get into the top league next season then I’m out. It would break my heart but I could not commit any more of my hard earned cash to support such corruption. If it is indeed being contemplated I hope all the Chairmen have memories long enough to go back to 2012. To amend a phrase from the Celtic takeover in 1994, I can only suggest if it happens the representatives of every fans group in Scotland bar TRFC stand on the Hampden steps with a nominated spokesperson stating,’the game is over…the cheats have won’.

I have to laugh at the number of hacks on Twitter pouring scorn at the judgment yesterday by FIFA that there is no corruption in FIFA. Look at what they ignore right on their own doorstep.

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Barcabhoy says:
November 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm

The key for me is that clubs like Dundee Utd, Kilmarnock and now Aberdeen are highly unlikely to ever again go into a level of debt they can’t afford. In each case there has been help from wealthy individuals who only have the club’s interest at heart. Likewise with the people now running Hearts post-administration, not to mention the continued sterling efforts of Hearts fans as well. It is well known that the people running Celtic keep a tight ship as well, but crucially they only have the club’s interest at heart. They all chased rainbows at one time but the pot of gold remained elusive, until they finally woke up and realised life is not a fairy tale. The only rainbow chasing left in Scottish football is a race between the media and the Rangers fans to see who can get to the pot of gold first. The trouble is the man who owns the pot of gold not only keeps it hidden, but only wants to make it bigger than ever before. It really is time the media and the Rangers fans stopped believing in fairly tales as well. However, they would do really well to remember the old adage of sometimes in life you should be careful what you wish for, because it might come true. They wished for a real billionaire to be in charge at Ibrox, and now they’ve got their wish!

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Now that it appears TRFC need extra funds of approx £1M a month just to pay the wages can we expect the lamb munchers to finally grasp that dreams of Ashley throwing £20-30M at them are total fantasy? I despair whether lessons will ever be learned, but surely this time they realise self sufficiency is the only option.

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ALLYJAMBODECEMBER 8, 2017 at 17:08 

I’m sure that in his desperation to earn his weekend’s share of the succulent KFC, Mr Rather Large Derek Johnston has inadvertently let the cat out of the bag. It’s fortunate for TRFC and Traynor that nobody pays much attention to that buffoon amongst buffoons!


Big DJ is a pundit on Radio Clyde’s Superscoreboard tonight. The first caller was an impassioned Rangers fan, pointing out that Rangers have no money to go after a Manager of any stature. ‘How do you know that?’, DJ asked, to which the caller replied ‘the accounts, the AGM, they have soft loans all over the place’. DJ then said ‘well let me tell you something. I spoke today to someone who knows, and the money is there for a manager, and the money is there for a manager to buy new players’. Neither the host, or the other pundit (Hugh Keevins), challenged him on this utter tripe. It would have been like shooting fish in a barrel taking him to task on that statement, but still they said nothing. 

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WOTTPIDECEMBER 7, 2017 at 19:23 
The usual suspects on Sportsound all just saying they were reporting on what the story was.Well the story has changed now. Will they now investigate and report exactly why T’Rangers didn’t get their man?Will they now have a good look under the Ibrox bonnet in the same way McInnes most likely has, come to the same conclusion and finally do some honest reporting ?


Before I make my point it was great to hear the coverage on Sportsound of the work Clyde FC Community Foundation are doing with underprivileged people, and those who at one time took the wrong path but are trying to get on the straight and narrow. 

Some of their statements re the McInnes situation were gobsmacking though. Forced to defend their six weeks blanket ‘he’s definitely going’ coverage, they actually said it was Dave King at the Rangers AGM who made them believe it was a done deal. Do they really believe that Dave King would say anything else at the AGM, whether it was true or not? King has surely not earned the right to be trusted in this way, but still it goes on, and will continue to go on. The only one who comes out with any credit is Michael Stewart, who had previously opined McInnes to Rangers was no given. Tom English gets a little credit for pointing out how embarrassing Rangers have become, but he was a member of the pack who hounded Aberdeen and McInnes for weeks. 

Sadly though, if Rangers were now to focus on say, Tommy Wright, St Johnstone and their fans would suffer in exactly the same way. 

Why don’t they just give it to Murty?

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Is Scotland the only country in the civilised world where a major football ‘club’ could sting the public purse for tens of millions yet still receive undying protection from the media? People associated with this ‘club’ are seemingly free to say, or do anything they want, and the media will still find a reason to say it’s okay. Their abominable behaviour towards Aberdeen, and the media defence of it, is yet another case in point.  I see one of the more ‘decent’ journalists, Graham Spiers pouring scorn on those who criticise the media behaviour over McInnes. Nice guy or not, Spiers is as much a part of the problem as the rest.

On the plus side it just shows you how much the state Rangers are in is hurting.  For the rest of us it shows that our clubs being run honestly within their means is a worthy attribute, even if the media can’t bring themselves to acknowledge that. 

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BIG PINKDECEMBER 5, 2017 at 22:59 
Under terms of McInnes’s contract, I believe Aberdeen can’t refuse permission to speak to him IF the compensation amount is offered AND paid upfront. If talks between Rangers and McInnes are unsuccessful, the cash is returned.


According to today’s Daily Record Aberdeen ‘turned down a cheque for £1M’.  I’m guessing if £1M had genuinely been offered McInnes would be having talks with Rangers today. The Record goes on to exclusively reveal McInnes will resign to join Rangers.  Surely in that case Rangers must be guilty of illegally tapping a Manager under contract, and can also be ordered by the SFA to pay the amount of compensation due under the terms of the contract. 

This matter is being handled in an utterly appalling fashion by the Rangers board, and if we had a media who were willing to call them out for it rather than help facilitate the move they would not get away with it. If McInnes resigns Aberdeen can of course report Rangers to the SFA, but perhaps they want to avoid a points deduction and a heavy fine for bringing the game into disrepute!

On a serous note such matters have precedent.  Fergus McCann believed when Tommy Burns resigned from Kilmarnock in 1994 to join Celtic he was simply exercising his right to move job. The SFA fined Celtic £100k for tapping Burns and ordered them to pay Kilmarnock £200K. I’m willing to bet what McInnes is on at Aberdeen is way above what Burns earned at Kilmarnock in 1994.  Compensation aside I’m also willing to bet the SFA would not fine Rangers anything like £100k for tapping McInnes, if anything at all. 

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More on Sportsound.

A recent ‘advert’ on their show for tonight’s Celtic v Anderlecht game featured the last goal in Celtic’s 7-1 loss in Paris. No-one, least of all me, will attempt to sugar coat that result, however Celtic go into tonight’s game with a very good chance of doing what the vast majority of people said was their best chance when the group was drawn, which is to finish third. That chance is courtesy of beating Anderlecht 3-0 on their own patch. Would it have been too much for Sportsound to have used that game as the basis for the advert? 

It definitely seems like a person, or persons, within the BBC are using Sportsound to push personal agendas. The overwhelming Rangers influence within the pundits and their willingness to use the show to  promote a sugar coated version of events at Ibrox now appears to be getting noticed by fans of many clubs. It is time the BBC remembered they are for us all, not just for what they clearly see as an elite group. 

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