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Comment on Reflections on Goalposts by Tif Finn.

“A number of journalists are bandying about the figure of 500k per month trading losses”

I haven’t seen or heard anyone bandy such a figure about and would question what they based it on.

The audited account show the trading loss to be double that figure, and I have seen nothing to suggest that either income has increased or spending has significantly decreased.

The interim accounts, which one assumes will come out fairly soon should clarify the matter. Though they are always a bit misleading as football is a very front loaded business.

A thought, will they try to use those interims to make it look as if things have improved since the audited accounts were released. That could well make it look like trading losses are likely to be substantially lower this year, as they will include the bulk of the income but only a fraction of the costs.

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Teams like Hearts and maybe Partick Thistle, Falkirk etc depending who is in the championship may have something to say about whether Rangers go straight into the SPFL Premiership. However the new rules conveniently have a play off slot, so if they cannot win the Championship there is always another chance.

With regard the squad I would make a few points.

1, Just because a team decides to pay a group of players £7m a year does not automatically mean they are worth that money. Higher wages does not automatically mean better players.

2, Just because you have a group of highly paid players does not necessarily mean you have a better team than one with a lower budget. Football is a team game.

3, In my opinion McCoist is a dreadful manager. He can take a group of highly paid individuals and make them substantially less than the sum of their parts. Is there a concept of negative synergy.

4, Some of the Rangers squad are getting on a bit. McCulloch and Daly can maybe bluff it in the lower divisions but their lack of pace and mobility will be found out at some point.

I expect Rangers to make it to the Premiership at the first try, but I don’t think it is a foregone conclusion.

Of course there is every prospect they won’t even exist but that’s an entirely different argument.


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Yes but did TSFM buy the history of RTC.


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neepheid says:

You spell it however you want


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Regarding tv coverage.

As I understand it the tv companies had the contractual right to show a number of games from the different stadiums.

They were naturally going to use two of those from Celtic Park when Rangers visited and two at Ibrox when Celtic visited. The bottom line for the other grounds is that the biggest draws were when that teams on natural rivals were visiting (say Hearts at Hibs) or when either Celtic or Rangers were there.

The tv companies have to try to maximise viewing figures and that was simply the best way to do it.


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A nice precedent for Craig Whyte if these recordings are admissible.

Particulalry Charles Green saying “You are Sevco” several times in the same meeting.

It’s small wonder he wouldn’t object to things like that being made available.


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RIFC actually did take on some of the debts of their predecessor and paid them.

From the accounts

“There were also substantial payments of £2.4m made to clear football debts to other Clubs incurred
pre-administration which the management of the Club was committed to addressing”

As I recall the football authorities also withheld money owed to Rangers, which should have gone to the administrators and used it to pay football debts.

Between them Rangers and the Scottish Football Authorities they created an effective preference for one group of creditors.


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It’s an entirely different World nowadays with regards the press and access to information and opinion.

The internet and in particular social media has totally changed the landscape.

Several decades ago people really only had newspapers, the radio and Saturday night highlights to go on. Sports reporters and broadcasters had an enormous influence on public opinion, whether it be positive or negative.

That has been totally overturned for a lot of people. Particularly with places like this, where what they say can be challenged and often be demonstrated to be little more than propaganda and press releases.

For example for years most people really believed that Sir David Murray had actually been putting his own money into Rangers and financing their success. This was put about and supported by the “succulent lamb” journalism of the time.

Things have changed for the better.


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For McCoist to “value” the players registered to the team at that time as if they were employed by a vibrant healthy club is disingenuous anyway. That is not the reality of the situation. It was a club in administration from February and as such any transfer fees would have reflected that position.

I know they didn’t think the normal rules of administration applied to them, they even tried to bring a player in. However as clubs who have been through the process know players are sold at a fraction of their “normal” value simply to bring money in and get them off the wage bill.


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