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Comment on The Offline Game by upthehoops.

Now that the Guardian has joined the Herald in refusing to take an advert on Resolution 12 It only reinforces the notion there is something to hide. If there is nothing to hide then why don’t these papers, and those who are influencing them, run with the advert then completely blow the argument out the water?

Refusing to run the advert is almost like an endorsement in itself.

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NAEGREETINJUNE 4, 2016 at 17:14
Speirs in to-day’s Times – headline “SFA’s response to taxing issue is baffling”

Spiers has taken his wagon out of the circle surrounding the SFA but his fellow hacks have all simply stretched a little and filled the space he left.  If the media were to take a wider stance on this matter they would be publicly asking if the SFA knowingly advantaged Rangers when they shouldn’t have. They simply can’t go there, because it leaves every single aspect of SFA governance towards Rangers open to question. The media portray everything as a Celtic/Rangers matter and they are simply not ever going to entertain any notion the SFA may have favoured Rangers. We know it’s far wider than just Celtic/Rangers and affects all clubs, but it just aint gonna happen! The media don’t sh*t in their own nest. 

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The one thing I can’t head out of my head regarding the Rangers European licence in 2011 is what the media perception of Craig Whyte was at the time. He was allegedly a billionaire, he had been approved by the long standing media hero Sir David Murray, he was going to sort out the tax problems, and he was going to front load a warchest of £25M for Ally. The SFA had approved him as fit and proper, and the fans had fully bought into the hype.

Against this background it is almost unthinkable that Rangers would NOT have been awarded a licence. The media and supporter outrage would have been off-scale had it not been awarded.

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A letter from 5 May 2011 has appeared on the John James site. Quite how Mr Regan thinks the SFA had no responsibility regarding Rangers tax overdues before 30 June 2011 is beyond me.

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ALLYJAMBOJANUARY 2, 2018 at 11:07

Wow! I know we are not meant to put much store on the thumbs up or down, but two people have given thumbs down to this post! Who on earth could find fault with a post respecting the dead from the Ibrox disaster?


A bit puzzled at the thumbs down myself A.J, but there’s nowt queerer than folk as they say!

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On this day in 1971, the Ibrox disaster happened during a Rangers v Celtic game at Ibrox. 66 fans died in a crush. Some of us remember that day, some of us may even have been there, while some of us would not even be on this earth at the time. 

We are all football fans. Nobody should go to a football match and never return home. Rest in Peace.

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CLUSTER ONEJANUARY 1, 2018 at 19:27

“If they move out of Hampden, the SFA are in danger of leaving themselves hostages to Rangers and Celtic,” said Queen’s Park president Alan Hutchison.


I am a Celtic shareholder and if it was up to me (which it is not), I would tell the SFA here and now that Celtic Park is unavailable for any future fixture.  However I know that will not happen, but I doubt there is anything they could do to force Celtic to allow them use of the stadium.  

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ALLYJAMBOJANUARY 1, 2018 at 12:18

I see, too, that PMGB is issuing challenges, in two posts, to the Ibrox based boards to issue denials of what he is telling us.


I see it is alleged £800k is owed to suppliers. In my view unless any of it is due to a financial behemoth such as one of the big six energy suppliers, then we are unlikely to see any winding up requests heading towards court. It simply wouldn’t be worth the risk for any small supplier in Scotland to do that. Having said that I find it remarkable anyone is willing to extend them any sort of credit at all, or are they worried about the bully boys on that score as well?

I’m sure the SFA will want to satisfy themselves all is well though. I am also sure a herd of pink elephants takes off from Glasgow Airport at 20:00hrs tonight with the moon as their destination.

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Phil McG alleging a surveyor has recently visited Rangers training ground to attain a valuation, and that King has also approached a non-Uk Finance House. As Phil says this may well be King raising funds to make a share offer, but IMO it could be to raise working capital too. 

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