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I see from the new Twitter box below (you know, the one that so irked JC, lol) that Tom English is suggesting that “If SPFL really wants transparency then let them press ahead with their own review of how the old SPL acted in this saga.” Tom, I’m led to believe that you look in here and, if so, here’s a suggestion for you. Remember, you’re a journalist, Tom. I know that there is a need for a review just by sitting in my room reading this site and debating both here and with others what is going on and what it might mean. You, as a journalist choose to sit scared in your room and do the modern equivalent of shouting oot the windae!
Tom, if you think the SPFL should review their own failings in respect of Rangers you’re in the privileged position of being able to suggest it to them direct. As a journalist you have access to those involved, more so than anyone on here has. Given your tweet, you clearly know there’s something rotten in Scottish football governance, but rather than use the benefits and opportunities afforded you by your position, you send out wee daft tweets in the hope that some of us might think you’re crusading, but not put your head on the block as the guy who hassled the authorities face to face.
Tom, ask Neil Doncaster/the SPFL boards to review their failings in respect of Rangers. If they say there’s no need, start with LNS and ask why McKenzie of the SPFL accepted so meekly Bryson’s ‘improperly registered but eligible’ invention. If they say there was no available evidence to challenge the SFA’s ‘expert’, ask how Rangers’ improper registrations differed from those in the Legia Warsaw case or any Scottish club thrown out of an SFA competition for missing signatures etc.  If they say Rangers can’t be sanctioned because of the delay in discovering the improper registrations, ask them how that differs from those other cases, where the improper registrations came to light only AFTER the game has been played (otherwise the SFA would be lauded for alerting member clubs to potential errors beforehand!). If they say Rangers can’t be sanctioned due to the number of years until discovery unlike those cases which are usually discovered after a day or two, ask them to point out the section in SFA or SPFL rules where a timebar for improper registration is stated. 
Ffs, Tom, these obvious, simple questions are Journalism 101. I’ve identified them sitting in my room. With your investigative skills, you must be able to identify more complex, hidden issues and ask better questions about these too.
You choose not to and it is my turn to ask… why? Are you scared of fan retribution? Are you scared of upsetting some people who could make your job more difficult by refusing you the access you need to write/comment on non-confrontational issues? The key question you and I must ask, Tom, is what type of journalist you want to be – the one who wants to write articles about the weekly merry-go-round of Scottish football which is easy as it happens every week or the one who actually reports on the BIGGEST issue the sport has ever faced even though you might rub some (a lot!) people the wrong way.
Ffs, Tom, grow a pair and do the right thing! 

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Enough is enough
EB, you state that the SFA’s rules allowed them discretion to transfer the membership. Just for clarity – is your reason for doing so purely to clarify for others on here that the SFA did not break their rules in allowing the transfer? I.e. a warning not to claim the SFA breached their rules?
Or is your reason for stating it an argument that the transfer of membership allows the current ‘Rangers’ to claim that it is the same entity as the ‘Rangers’ currently in liquidation?


Enough is enough
AS, you need to remember that as far as the SFA is concerned there’s no uncertainty ‘cos Dave said he would put the money in! So that’s awrite then.


Enough is enough
If Dorrans’ signing was after the accounts cut-off, then I can only see Cardoso, Pena, Herrera, Candeias and Morelos signing for a fee according to TransferMarket. Their fees listed there total only £7,380m not the c£10m shown in the accounts. Anyone any ideas?


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Given that Dave doesn’t have any control, I’m wondering who the nice person at NOAL is who keeps sending TRFC money out of the goodness of his heart?!?


Enough is enough
Tris, you say “Celtic wouldn’t be risking very much if some more equitable model was introducedThey’d still have more money than most.”
Of course they would………but only most in Scotland. That’s my point – why would they weaken themselves against the ‘big’ European clubs whom they have ambitions to better or at least compete with? You suggest they should because somewhere down the line they MIGHT need to improve due to increased competition from better domestic clubs. Seriously? “Let’s weaken ourselves against the clubs we’re aspiring to match in the hope that years ahead we MIGHT get better and they (keeping all their money) don’t”!?!?!?!
Let’s be realistic. You can’t expect a business/club to do that.
I want better competition and improving standards in Scottish football as much as anyone, but the more naïve comments I hear, the more I’m convinced that it can only be done by somehow forcing UEFA to drive it from the top down (or, as you say, the bubble bursts and we start from scratch).


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