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Comment on SFM – The Next Steps by sickofitall.

There has been a concerted campaign waged against Rangers over the last few years that has blackened our name amongst other fans and some gullible journalists who position themselves as the voices of the people.

This has happened almost by accident, and been propelled by the rise of new media, where fans with often twisted agendas can present themselves as journalists and publish speculation, half-truths and rumour as fact without fear of legal recourse or being held to account by a non-partisan readership.

Some of these individuals couldn’t spell journalism let alone have the self-awareness required to analyse their obvious short comings and the way they denigrate the very profession they claim to uphold.

Despite the mountain of evidence discrediting these people, in the parochial and tribal world of football, they have been able to develop a narrative of Rangers being a cheating, corrupt and sectarian club.

Sadly the way this narrative has taken hold can be seen in the reaction to Dave King’s passing of the SFA fit and proper person test. Normally you would accept a bit of uproar from the East End but this story seemed to run into much deeper waters across Scotland.

The utter distain for Rangers as a club cannot be masked by faux moral uproar at King’s tax avoidance convictions. Where was this moral panic when Giovanni Di Stefano pitched up at Dundee or at the antics of Vladimir Romanov?

The fans of both these clubs were offered condolences and the general position was one of solidarity with long suffering fans. Rangers on the other hand? Any fool can see that there are serious unanswered issues surrounding both Craig Whyte and Charles Green’s tenures and that current police investigations suggest dark manoeuvrings. Sympathy? Not a sliver.

PAVladimir Romanov’s time at Hearts never caused as much of a fussVladimir Romanov’s time at Hearts never caused as much of a fuss
The moral uproar that has accompanied the SFA’s clearly exhaustive investigation is in reality nothing but thinly disguised hatred. People have loved to kick sand in our face, see the fallen giants as a laughing stock and now we look to be getting back on our feet and their fun is over? The laughter turns to rage.

If people are truthful they will admit that they don’t want Dave King at Rangers because he represents the best hope for returning the club to its former glory.

Tax avoidance is, of course, morally wrong and it needs to be stamped out but show me a multi-millionaire businessman that has never been involved in any morally questionable deals? Do King’s convictions make him less suitable than Mike Ashley’s use of zero hour contracts for example? Morality is probably left to the philosophy professors.

Of course, the new board and fans have a part to play in changing this perception. There is no doubt in my mind that we lorded our past success over other teams and showed arrogance at times in the way we went about our business.

I believe that the pain of the last few years has shed a lot of that and that fans have gained new perspectives about the good governance of the club. There is realism where there was often crushing expectation.

As the years go on, and new fans emerge, too young to remember the tears and the agonies, we shall remind them what this time meant, how it shaped us and how it made us stronger.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/opinion/sport/record-fc-rangers-dave-kings-5742507

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SFM – The Next Steps
Did Scottish FA break own rules during process of granting new Rangers chairman Dave King fit-and-proper status?
Rangers chairman Dave King was awarded fit-and-proper status this week
Eight members of the SFA board made the final decision on Tuesday
Sportsmail has learned of surprise and concern among members of the 11-man Professional Game Board over their exclusion from decision

By STEPHEN MCGOWAN FOR THE SCOTTISH DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 00:53, 23 May 2015 | UPDATED: 01:05, 23 May 2015

The Scottish FA were last night facing fresh questions over the process which ended in Dave King being granted fit-and-proper status.

The new Rangers chairman was given the green light on Tuesday by the eight-man full SFA board following a protracted debate over his South African tax convictions and his presence on the Ibrox board when the club suffered an insolvency event in 2012.

Sportsmail has learned, however, of surprise and concern among some members of the SFA’s 11-man Professional Game Board over their exclusion from the final discussion and decision on the matter.

The PGB last met three weeks ago, on April 30, when they granted interim Rangers chairman Paul Murray the all-clear on his own fit-and-proper status. In the aftermath of the Murray vote, PGB members expected to be summoned for a final King ruling.

This week’s SFA statement confirmed, however, that the decision over the South African businessman was actually taken only by the eight-man SFA board despite SFA Board Protocols section 3.15 (iv) stating that responsibility for ‘approving persons to hold position within Association Football’ lies with the PGB.

In exceptional circumstances article 64.1 of the SFA rulebook says the full Board: ‘shall at any time be entitled to exercise its powers in relation to areas of responsibility… like matters considered and determined by the Professional Game Board.’

However Sportsmail understands that, after ruling on Murray, members of the PGB now want clarification on why they were excluded from voting on King.

The current PGB consists of Rod Petrie (Hibs), Neil Doncaster (SPFL), Ralph Topping (SPFL), Peter Lawwell (Celtic), Duncan Fraser (Aberdeen), Mike Mulraney (Alloa), Sandy Stables (Highland League), Andrew Waddell (Lowland League), Stewart Regan (SFA chief executive), Campbell Ogilvie (SFA President) and Alan McRae (first vice-president of the SFA).
The main SFA board consists of Regan, Ogilvie, McRae, Petrie, Barrie Jackson, the independent non-executive director, Peter Lawwell, Ralph Topping and Tom Johnston of the Junior FA.

The SFA are facing fresh questions over the process that led to fit-and-proper status being awarded
The statement confirming King had been given the green light referred only to the ‘Board of the Scottish FA’ with the key passage reading: ‘Having considered all submissions received from Mr King and the club in respect of this matter the Scottish FA Board granted an approval, conditional upon further submissions from Mr King in respect of documented agreements with the appropriate authorities in South Africa.’

In contrast Murray was passed by the PGB, a statement last month confirming: ‘The Scottish FA can confirm at a meeting of the Professional Game Board (PGB) on Thursday, 30th April, consideration was given to the fit and proper status of Mr Paul Murray as a director of Rangers Football Club.

‘Having considered the documentation provided and taking into account Mr Murray’ s detailed personal submission before it, the PGB is satisfied that Mr Murray is fit and proper in terms of Article 10.2.’
There is no suggestion of wrongdoing on the part of Rangers or Dave King.


SFM – The Next Steps
Scotzine @scotzine
· 42m 42 minutes ago
Paul Murray has just said that ‘every area of the club is broken’ minutes after saying the club is ‘fairly solvent’.

Scotzine @scotzine
· 41m 41 minutes ago
Dave King has stated that the new board ‘are still going through’ the budget and accounts, Doesnt know how much investment is needed but

Scotzine @scotzine
· 41m 41 minutes ago
still believes that around 30 million is more realistic as he says ‘fairly substantial’ funds are needed in the short to medium term.

Scotzine @scotzine
· 41m 41 minutes ago
DK adds that level of investment depends on where Rangers are next season – whether Premiership or Championship.

Scotzine @scotzine
· 41m 41 minutes ago
Dave King has said over the Mike Ashley called General Meeting is a non event and that shareholders cant tell the board what to do. :ponder:

Scotzine @scotzine
· 40m 40 minutes ago
The shareholders could say to pay the loan back to Mike Ashley, but King added that the board have no obligation to listen to them.

Scotzine @scotzine
· 40m 40 minutes ago
Dave King has said that Rangers should be grateful that Mike Ashley gave them money.

Scotzine @scotzine
· 39m 39 minutes ago
Paul Murray says that several years ago Rangers were selling 500,000 shirts a year…..

Scotzine @scotzine
· 37m 37 minutes ago
Paul Murray has stated there has been additional ‘investment’ [short term funding] since the George Letham/Three Bears loan.

Scotzine @scotzine
· 37m 37 minutes ago
Murray added: Rangers received another 1.5 million loan for working capital since the Three Bears loan deal.

Scotzine @scotzine
· 36m 36 minutes ago
So in all the Three Bears have loaned Rangers 3m since the new board took over in March.

Scotzine @scotzine
· 35m 35 minutes ago
Dave King will be appointed chairman of Rangers on Friday.

Scotzine @scotzine
· 34m 34 minutes ago
So Mike Ashley will keep hold of the club badges, trademarks, Edmiston House, Albion Car Park and Murray Park as Rangers dont expect to pay

Scotzine @scotzine
· 34m 34 minutes ago
him back the loan anytime soon.


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