Scottish Football Administration in the 21st Century


I’ve deliberately stayed out of this over the last few …

Comment on Scottish Football Administration in the 21st Century by RyanGosling.

I’ve deliberately stayed out of this over the last few days as I thought I had nothing constructive to add and I thought my presence would have distracted from the conversation. But, dare I say it, I actually think the MSM need to get a break. None of them are really qualified to deal with what they are presented with in terms of the financial goings on at Rangers. I’ve seen from the inside how the media have reported Northern Rock, Lehman Brothers, RBS, HBOS, and every time they have misunderstood the issue and made things worse. In the case of Northern Rock in particular, there was no problem until the media created one. So in that light, I really think that we’re expecting too much from the MSM; they don’t understand major global financial incidents, so we’re asking too much to expect their sports journalists to understand what the spivs are doing at Ibrox.

As for the goings on at Ibrox…the last game I was at was the 8-0 game, at which the army appeared at half time. I won’t get into that, TSFM has been clear on how the conversation should be directed, and I respect him / her for that. But as a football game it was cracking for a Rangers fan. I just really wish I could go and watch my team again without worrying who the money was going to.

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Scottish Football Administration in the 21st Century
Tif, Phil Mac Giolla Bhain said that yesterday.

“The bottom line is that FC Ibrox is not a sustainable business long term”.

I just disagree with the statement as discussed. He might have been talking about the current business model, if indeed you could call “pocket all the season ticket money” a business model.

Scottish Football Administration in the 21st Century
Scapaflow its a fair point, but I think it would have been accepted last year. It would actually have been quite straightforward to be very clear about everything: “we’re having an IPO to raise money, we will not have to spend a fortune to get out of the 3rd / 2nd / 1st divisions so we’re gonna hoard money to save up for an assault on the top league when we get there. We need you to keep showing up and paying your money. It might not be pretty for a couple of years but it’ll be worth it in the long run. Most importantly, we will use this period to do our utmost to bring through kids from the youth system and give them a real shot at the first team.” The vast majority of Rangers fans would have accepted that if it had been clearly communicated.

But of course, that’s only a little bit of the problem. The accounts showed that the first team wages are not what have already run down a huge amount of IPO money. Its the other operating costs to pay for the charlatans ridiculous wages to asset strip my club.

Scottish Football Administration in the 21st Century
The mention of the Champions League in the accounts was horrifying. Are they seriously suggesting that their plan is to win every league at the first time of asking, accumulating debts along the way (from whatever source, as mentioned above it could be slightly more complicated than just applying for a loan!) and then pay off these debts with their Champions League money? Sounds remarkably flawed. Like what happens if they don’t qualify for the Champions League? That could land them in a bit of a pickle. Getting into financial difficulty by staking the house on qualifying for the Champions League but failing, now where have I heard that one before….Idiots.

I’m really disgusted at the mismanagement. And mismanagement is exactly what it is. I’ve heard people say that Rangers is an unworkable business, which in my view is complete nonsense. You’re talking about a team that will get a guaranteed 40,000 plus at every home game. Work out how much money that will generate, spend less than that. It’s not f***ing rocket science.

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Congratulations to the Scotland team tonight for a great result, looked like a goal would never come due to that intrepid crossbar but it’s great to see a Scotland side look as accomplished as we have recently. Just think where we’d be if we’d kept our concentration in the last minute against England!

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”Now on what is objectionable to others: songs that are inward celebrating might cause offence to others but they are the ones taking offence, it is not being offered to or aimed at them. It is something intolerant in them that sparks the offence taken.”

By your criteria above, it would be perfectly acceptable for a group of fans to turn up at a football ground singing “Ode to Isis” and as long as it was inward looking, it would be the fault of the rest of the crowd if they were offended. 

I usually read your posts with interest and respect your views, but I find this stance ridiculous. 

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Upthehoops, thanks for your response. I’ve recognised my club’s weaknesses on here many times, but the justification given for support of clubs in Europe here is always that they are the Scottish representatives, which Rangers were. You can’t claim (and I don’t mean you particularly) to support the Scottish representatives but then exclude some because they aren’t financially well managed. Rangers mk II have been run at a loss but have broken no rules, and are not the first club in Scotland or in Europe to have been run at a loss. Again, I have been a vocal critic on here of the Rangers administration, but if people are on here claiming to support the Scottish representatives but making an exception for Rangers then I say they are hypocrites. 

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Jimbo you were not as vocal in your support for Scottish representation in Europe when Rangers were (briefly) involved. Neither was anyone else here, somewhat disappointingly. 

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