Who Is Conning Whom?


I don’t know what Kris Boyd drinks, but I wouldn’t …

Comment on Who Is Conning Whom? by Highlander.

I don’t know what Kris Boyd drinks, but I wouldn’t mind a pint of whatever mind-bending substance it is.

In today’s press he assures us that Derek McInnes definitely will become Rangers* manager.

“When Derek McInnes becomes Rangers manager — and that will now happen — there’s no point in Stewart Milne or anyone else at Pittodrie moaning about it.

“He’s on the verge of leaving Aberdeen for Rangers because it’s a bigger and better club. That’s just a fact.”

There are two things I’d like to point out to Mr Boyd.

Firstly, Derek McInnes has previously shown himself to be an astute judge when considering offers from clubs which are severely financially challenged and whose board and fans are likely to have unrealistic and indeed unattainable aims.

McInnes may well have sought permission from his chairman to speak to Rangers*, but that does not automatically guarantee that he will end up at Ibrox once he’s had a chance to ‘look under the bonnet’. He also spoke to Sunderland, another financial basket-case, before wisely deciding against touching the job with a barge-pole.

Kris Boyd’s attitude epitomises the sheer arrogance displayed by all and sundry connected to the current Ibrox club regarding its standing, and the expectation that everyone would naturally want to go there regardless of circumstances. Now it may well happen that McInnes will indeed end up at Ibrox, but I can’t be the only one who really, really hopes he turns them down.

The second point I would pick up Kris Boyd on concerns his further arrogant statement that it is a fact that Rangers is a bigger and better club than Aberdeen! Well, I suppose that depends on what criteria you use to determine ‘bigger’ and ‘better’.

Rangers* certainly have bigger attendance figures than Aberdeen, but they also had much, much, much bigger debts before they self-destructed and died the death of liquidation in 2012. That is just a fact.

Before that, they had much, much, much bigger sectarian and bigotry problems than Aberdeen, or any other club for that matter. That is just a fact.

Aberdeen has 114 years of unbroken history, including two European trophies, which is much, much, much better than the current club playing out of Ibrox has achieved in its entire five years of existence. That is just a fact.

So Kris, in what way bigger and better?

Highlander Also Commented

Who Is Conning Whom?

DECEMBER 2, 2017 at 19:12

To be fair Woodstein, Rangers FC is listed at number 9 in the list – ‘Skeleton’.

Who Is Conning Whom?

DECEMBER 1, 2017 at 17:02

Had that been two cars and the driver of the car in front stopped for any reason and the car behind ran into him/her it would be the latter who is responsible for the crash.
Why the car in front stopped, motivation for it is not considered.

With respect, on the contrary, if the police and insurance assessors (referee and assistants?) had been doing their jobs, the motivation would be a primary consideration.

As I’m sure you’re aware, there is a multi million pound insurance scam in existence whereby the driver of a car deliberately, suddenly and inexplicably slams on the brakes in order for the following car to unavoidably smash into the scammer’s car, affording the scammer the opportunity to make a bogus insurance claim.

Hopefully the similarities to McGregor’s cheating need no further explanation.

Who Is Conning Whom?
Having arguably started the Sinclair penalty farce debate last weekend, I subsequently vowed to keep out of the debate thereafter.

However, I feel obliged to re-enter the debate on the subject of the McGregor penalty farce by agreeing with eJ that McGregor sought a penalty, just as Sinclair did at the weekend.

I only do so in response to the somewhat infuriating suggestion that the video clip evidence somehow proves conclusively that a penalty was indeed the correct award. Well, I beg to differ, as indeed I would suggest the vast majority of non-Celtic fans would agree.

Going back to Sinclair, if the hand on his arm had been either a tug or a push, then a penalty was the correct decision. It was neither in my opinion: Sinclair felt contact on his arm and dived. That is cheating.

McGregor ran back onto the pitch and deliberately cut across the face of the Motherwell defender then attempted to screech to a sudden halt so that contact was unavoidable. He caused the contact, not Rose. The dive that followed would not have been out of place in the Olympic pool. That is also cheating.    

Recent Comments by Highlander

Questions, questions, questions
Vernallen 4th August 2022 At 22:56
“they are in deep doo-doo and a loss next week could trigger some emergency sales with over hyped figures.”
With respect Vernallen, speculation about the current incarnation going under financially has been ongoing for more than a decade now and is nothing more than tiresome wishful thinking.

The reality is that the current entity has weathered the storm and is in relatively robust financial health, not least thanks to the recent sales of Patterson and Bassey.

I’m not saying they’re currently balancing the books, but if they didn’t ‘die again’ in the few years immediately after 2012, they sure as hell aren’t going to be allowed to succumb now.

Trust me, nobody would’ve been more delighted than me if their [cough] operating company had become insolvent again, but the reality is that their ‘speculate to accumulate’ strategy appears to be paying off, as evidenced by last season’s European run, and even I have to grudgingly applaud them for reaching the point they’ve reached.

None of which alters the fact that the original Rangers of 1872 died the death of liquidation in 2012 and the current club is fraudulently claiming the titles and trophies of that defunct club, aided and abetted by a compliant media and the woefully inept governance body of Scottish football.

Questions, questions, questions
I meant to add to my previous post of 10.54am that Neil Doncaster is coming under increasing attack from Rangers* in view of his woeful incompetence in the cinch contract cock-up. Remember though, this is the same woefully incompetent Neil Doncaster whose word is nonetheless supposedly sacrosanct on the sole matter of club continuity, where his word is law and must not be questioned.

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Albertz11 15th June 2022 At 20:16
Pretty much vindicates Rangers position in this shambles.

Surely it could only be the entirely separate and unrelated operating company that was vindicated, not the metaphysical football club, whose only function is to collect kudos, trophies and titles, even those that it didn’t win.

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John Clark 5th June 2022 At 00:08

From the joint statement:
“We are pleased to confirm that agreement has been reached on all outstanding points relating to the transfer of the Scottish FA membership between Rangers FC (In Administration), and Sevco Scotland Ltd, who will be the new owners of The Rangers Football Club.”

Several things are striking from that joint statement. Firstly, as we are all well aware some ten years into ‘the saga,’ the name of the entity that went into administration followed by liquidation is the Rangers Football Club plc, an incorporated football club.

How peculiar then of the football authorities to ascribe those insolvency events to Rangers FC, rather than its operating company.

Then they refer to Sevco as the new owners of The Rangers Football Club, NOT the owners of Rangers FC. Yet we know that TRFC only came into existence in 2012.

Further on in the joint statement, reference is made to RFC(IA).

You have to feel a smidgen of sympathy for our obviously confused band of inquisitive journalists for failing to challenge the blatant anomalies in the official statement when my six year-old grandson could pull it apart in seconds and show it up for the concocted work of fiction it truly is.

ps I’m well aware that you and I are supposed to swallow the fallacy that Rangers FC was the owner and operator of the club, but I’m confident that you’re not gullible enough to fall for it either. If the football club owned and operated by the Rangers Football Club plc wasn’t Rangers FC or RFC, each of which died a self-inflicted death of liquidation, who exactly was it?

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John Clark 5th April 2022 At 00:29
I have the greatest difficulty in accepting the principle that any company or business in the entertainment/sports industry can be held responsible for the criminal actions of its customers/patrons.
While I fully understand your point of view and have some difficulty in arguing against it, I think that there comes a point when drastic problems require drastic solutions.

Your theatre analogy illustrates the problem perfectly, but it doesn’t take a massive leap to imagine the site of that theatre instead housing a raucous nightclub filled with noisy, over-exuberant, drink and/or drug-fuelled patrons fighting, smashing bottles and glasses and damaging the property before spilling out onto the surrounding streets and debasing the neighbourhood.

Any such law-abiding club (or its operating company) could hardly be blamed for the actions of its clientele, yet it would be in danger of having curbs and restrictions imposed and, ultimately, facing closure. Why should football clubs be any different, particularly clubs with decades-long histories of trouble?

The problem is that strict liability can only be introduced in Scottish football if there is a will among the clubs to bring it in, but that would be like turkeys voting for Christmas, particularly for the bigger clubs. The alternative involves political intervention, which itself is fraught with danger as UEFA and FIFA don’t take kindly to political interference in the game.

Finally, while recognising they’re not quite comparable, the other minor problem I have with the argument that the club/company did all that it could and can’t be held responsible for the actions of individuals, is that it could be claimed, for example, that a rogue individual such as Craig Whyte was entirely to blame for the demise of Rangers Football Club, while the club itself was blameless. Spurious nonsense on many levels of course, but the kind of verbal diarrhoea that emanates from Govan and the Scottish media nonetheless.

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