The Real Battle Begins?


Billy Dodds earning his EBT today – maybe he can …

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Billy Dodds earning his EBT today – maybe he can now sell time shares since he clearly can repeat what he has been told to say in a sales pitch – apparently its a fantastic share offer in that it guarantees what happened last year will never be able to happen again…….it si wodnerful to have such inside perspective from an ex-footballer on things they apparently trusted to others before – there must be a reason he is employed to give such inside information from the football world………….

Timing the only issue
Billy Dodds Football columnist.

There are lots of positives to the share issue that Rangers have launched, there’s no doubt about that.

It allows fans to own a portion of their club, they will hopefully be allowed a say in the way it is run, and they will be protecting it, so that it doesn’t suffer the same fate as it has this year.

My only problem with it is the timing. Rangers fans only have until Tuesday to buy shares when they have already shown their loyalty this year by buying around 37,000 season tickets and raising money while the club was in administration.

Factor in the recession and the fact it is nearly Christmas and it’s a difficult time for a lot of people to come up with spare cash. I’m certain many Rangers fans will find the means to buy some shares, but sometimes I just feel the fans have been asked to do enough already.

They played a big part in saving the club, but I know they will step up again, as fans always do in a crisis. Look at Hearts supporters, they’ve stepped up, and Celtic fans did in the past with Fergus McCann.

The share issue is a great idea, though, and it will work in terms of boosting Rangers’ ability to rebuild. Everybody goes back to the Barcelona model, but whatever stake the fans take, it is good for the club and it is good for them.

There’s no doubt it will cement the fact that Rangers won’t go down the route they went down in the past, and we all know where that ended. The fans will know what is happening this time – in fact, a supporters’ representative should be appointed to the board to ensure they have an input.

Rangers are in a stable place now. Going down to the Third Division has allowed them to regroup. It’s a good idea to get the fans on board now, because they were pulled from pillar to post last summer.

They’ve been through a lot. In less than a year, they have had the uncertainties of Craig Whyte’s regime, followed by the move into administration, which left them fearing for their team’s very existence.

They then had to do their bit to try to save the club while getting used to the idea of Rangers playing in the Third Division.

I feel Charles Green has been shrewd. Everybody was talking about how great it was that Walter Smith was coming back as a non- executive director, but people shouldn’t overlook the importance of Ian Hart’s involvement, too.

Ian is a friend of mine and he’s not interested in money. All he cares about is what’s for the good of Rangers. He’s such an unassuming man; you couldn’t meet a nicer guy. It’s good for fans to have the reassurance of both of these men having a presence.

They’re going to have two great Rangers men on the board, and Charles Green seems to have become genuinely caught up in the club. That’s the kind of institution Rangers is – you go there and it does that to you.

Even though Green is a Yorkshireman with no previous connection to the club, it grips you, particularly the passion of the fans. Anywhere you go all over the world – and I know Green and Ian Hart went to Florida and visited all the supporters clubs there – people want to talk to you about Rangers.

Those who are in charge now want to bring in more money to make the club secure and guys like Walter and Ian are Rangers men at heart. That’s not to say things can’t go wrong again, but I don’t believe that will happen under these people.

So if you’re buying shares, you’ll get what you want, positives and the truth. For someone like Ian, it’s not about making money, just making sure Rangers are OK.

Sometimes at a club, there’s only so much you can do when a player’s head has been turned. That’s the case with Ryan Fraser at Aberdeen. I know the Pittodrie club like the back of my hand and it’s one of the best for developing young boys; they really look after them.

Players should really have a long think before making the decision to leave, even if a leading English club is chasing them. But if a player is adamant he wants to leave, particularly if there’s more money involved, there’s very little a club can do.

Fans might ask why Fraser wasn’t on a longer-term contract, but other young players at Pittodrie, such as Peter Pawlett and Michael Paton, got long deals and it didn’t work out with them, so there’s always a balance to be struck

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A man is due to appear in court charged with threatening BBC Scotland journalist Mark Daly.

The 35-year-old man was arrested in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, last Wednesday.

It is believed the arrest relates to comments directed to Mr Daly on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Earlier this year Mr Daly and his team won a Scottish Bafta for current affairs programming for his documentary, Rangers: The Men who Sold the Jerseys, which was broadcast in May.

In the show, Mr Daly revealed the details of payments made to players and staff through offshore employee benefit trusts (EBTs) between 2001 and 2010, which was the subject of the ‘big’ tax case.

During the programme he also levelled allegations of a conflict of interest against Rangers oldco administrators Duff and Phelps, who were appointed by former owner Craig Whyte. The insolvency firm has repeatedly denied the accusations.

Last year Mr Daly also investigated former Rangers owner Craig Whyte in a BBC Scotland, where he revealed that the businessman had previously been banned from serving as a director for seven years.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said: “At around 7am on Wednesday, December 12, a 35-year-old man was detained in the Clydebank area and subsequently arrested by officers from the Football Coordination Unit for Scotland (Focus) in relation to an allegedly threatening online comment.

“He was released on an undertaking to appear at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on January 10, 2013.”

A BBC Scotland spokesman said: “It’s a matter for the police and the courts. We take the safety of our journalists very seriously.”

The Real Battle Begins?
Long Time Lurker – Scottish football being corrupt is not news – the fact that someone may actually print a story with some confimration is defintely a welcome new approach for the MSM.

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Podcast Episode 3 – David Low
This portion interested me in the TRFC ST blurb.

“In addition, a limited number of value season tickets will be introduced, seeing the lowest adult price at Ibrox in more than 10 years.”

Having worked for ticketing pricing/accounting in a major US airline – I think they are using interesting similar tactics.

In order to get advertising going you designate the minimum no of seats as Consumer Watchdog will allow at a low price – say out of 350 seats you have 10 seats available for 200 while the rest are 300 – 500. You can now advertise the famous = prices start at only 200 – when in fact there is zero chance anyone outside of the 10 (which are sold via favoured outlets for commercial gain) will have a chance to get the for sale ones – they are then hooked into buying the other ones. This is favoured heavily by low cost carriers. And now seemingly football clubs!

An Honest Game? Convince Us.
New post from Phil…….any idea who George Angus is anybody?

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Here we go for the next sugar daddy……………

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley plots move to buy Rangers and take them back to the Champions League

Apr 05, 2014 23:00
By Alan Nixon

The controversial Toon owner could uses his billions to rescue the ailing Scottish giants and restore them to their former glories

Great Scot: Is Mike Ashley set to go north of the border?

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is ready to buy Scottish giants Rangers and bring back their glory days, reports Alan Nixon in the Sunday People.

The billionaire businessman, who already owns seven per cent of the Ibrox club, dreams of taking Rangers into the Champions League in the next two years.

But the 49-year-old has no plans to offload Newcastle – bad news for Toon fans who are desperate to see the back of him.

Yesterday members of the Mike Ashley Out Campaign held an open-top bus protest through the city centre before the game with Manchester United – they are fed up with Ashley’s stewardship of their club, claiming he runs it as a financial exercise rather than a sporting institution.

Owning two clubs in the same competition is forbidden – which could give Ashley problems should both Toon and Rangers qualify for Europe.

Ashley knows there is money to be made from the loyal Rangers supporters, as fanatical as Newcastle’s.

For all their current financial problems, Rangers could still be a money-making machine in the right hands.

An Honest Game? Convince Us.
JimBhoy says:

April 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I’d be pretty p!ssed off if the rumour that Celtic have fined Griffiths is true. It just backs up the lunacy at the SFA…


Nearly…….the fine by his employers makes the follow up charge by SFA even more nonsensical

Celtic had every right to slap him on the wrists – he should not by his own conduct blemish the reputation and good standing of his employer. Hopefully he has learned that he is now in a real fishbowl and cannot be seen to be doing this stuff when everyone and his uncle has a phone with video etc ready to send and post it all over the internet.

However, for the SFA to then become involved is nonsense – which is why Celtic are defending him on that – basically saying we have taken care of it and there is no need for a double punishment…………

I for one am not at all unhappy with Celtic for their stance so not sure why you are “pi$$ed”

Scottish Football: An Honest Game, Honestly Governed?
Ok here is something to consider………Goosey has got me thinking………….

SDM said CW duped him – everyone including me guffaws……..but what if……….

What if DK was the man that was supposed to take over the Marble Staircase but his issues with SARS meant he could not and the timing of this could not have been any worse since now SDM had no more time to delay until DK was free due to Lloyds now demanding their money back as well as his crumbling MIH empire………

So they find someone who will be the figurehead until DK can move in and take over…………

Jack built CW up thanks to Keef to be the billionaire – MH were SDM’s boys doing the favour….so they built him up because it suited their agenda to have him accepted. SDM also ignored Bain and Johnstons warnings – SDM also put CW in touch with Ticketus – seemed all very friendly indeed between SDM and CW.
During the CW reign, DK was not only getting financial reports on a continuous basis but also was the only one not fired or forced out – and as soon as Admin happens, in flies DK………….

DK was an important piece – and thinks he is owed after his 20 million gift to Murray Sports…….

But what if for once SDM was telling the truth……

What if DK was supposed to be the Loving Cup toaster in waiting……….and CW was supposed to be the foreman meantime………..but decided instead to go with his plan to get Ibrox and Moses MacNeil Park via a quick administration……….which backfired when Charles and Imran reneged on their promises………..

According to our late friend Corsica, CW, CG and DK were amongst a select group in Zurich for a wee chat………. now why would DK want to be doing that……….the others we know why, but DK?

Could it be that Lord Cardigans last minute attempt was an attempt by SDM to get the assets safe until DK was back in the ring once his SARS troubles were over……

However, CG and his band had already got visions of mansions in France and despite their Rangersitis, saw the possibilities of their bank balances increasing substantially.

DK was left without his promised position at the head of the Peepil and has been trying to finagle a way back in ever since……..

Maybe for once Murray is telling the truth……….and he was indeed duped……… was DK.

Some things start to make a bit more sense if you go along those lines…………

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