The Cheeky Chappy and Fan Chief Show Their True Colours

As if there was not enough scrutiny upon the goings on at RFC, the manager, Ally McCoist has brought more shame upon his club by his moronic comments this week in relation to the judiciary panel which handed out the sanctions to the club in the wake of their financial mismanagement and fall into administration. On the news that the club had been fined and handed a 12 month transfer embargo, McCoist, who to be fair has acted with a sense of togetherness and dignity during this whole affair, let his true colours shine through in his reaction to the news of the transfer ban. Instead of perhaps showing leadership and strength, he instead chose to fall in with the rank and file of the RFC following and react in what this writer believes was abhorrent and dangerousl manner. As reported on the BBC Website I enclose the transcript of his comments;

“Plain and simply, I think it is an absolutely shocking decision,” manager McCoist told the club website.

“This decision could kill our football club, simple as that. Make no mistake about it.”

The Ibrox boss said that, on hearing of the SFA’s judicial panel tribunal’s decision on Monday night, he was “shocked and absolutely appalled by  supposedly independent judicial panel was coming down on us”.

“Who are these people? I want to know who these people are,” added McCoist.

“I’m a Rangers supporter and the Rangers supporters and the Scottish public deserve to know who these people are, people who are working for the SFA.

“Make no mistake about it, this is an SFA decision. They have appointed the panel so therefore they are working for the SFA, but who are they?

“I think we have a right to know who is handing out this punishment to us, I really do.”

Tell me Ally, what difference does it make who it was that was on the panel? What are you implying? Do you think they had an agenda against Rangers? How does knowing who they are change what RFC are guilty of?

What an outburst! Here we have the Manager of the self-appointed establishment club in Scotland focussing attention on 3 men who in the interests of Scottish football as a whole have dared to hand out a punishment to a club who have openly and been found guilty of breaking the association rules. McCoist is an intelligent man. Surely he knows that by acting in such a manner he has lit a fire under the Ibrox faithful and which could only result in one thing and one thing only, retribution for the 3 who dared to support the game!

Now, lets take a moment though and give Ally the benefit of the doubt and perhaps look at some of the things that the media have been saying in his defence after his statement. The fact that he is under severe pressure as a result of his clubs troubles. He is inexperienced in dealing with the media as a football manager and so on and so on. Yes, I would say that you could offer these as excuses if it were not for the fact that he has been in the media spotlight for years as a player and also TV celebrity and as a result he is well versed on how to conduct himself. However, more damning for him is the fact that their was a representative of Rangers at the hearing and therefore Ally knew who the 3 man panel were! Therefore what was he looking to achieve by his what can only be described as an attempt to bring pressure to bear on the SFA through negative fan reaction to the decision and also unwarranted scrutiny and sinister attention on the 3 men involved.

It should also be added that in the same week, Tuesday, Rangers supporters chief, John MacMillan, also brought further shame on the club by his ill-advised comments on BBC Radio Scotland. When being interviewed by John Beattie and Liam Millar in the wake of the announcement of the transfer embargo Mr. MacMillan commented that it was not a decision that had been made on a level playing field and was not consistent with other clubs who had fallen into administration. His reaction is understandable as he loves his club and it is well on its way to oblivion however what follows cannot be condoned. When asked by John Beattie did he feel that Rangers had brought shame on Scottish football his reply was and I quote

” Neil Lennon has brought more shame on Scottish Football than Rangers ever will”

What an astonishing statement to make from a man who is supposed to be the objective and representative voice of the supporters association. In a year were his club are facing embarrassing investigations into their conduct over the last 10 years his reaction to being given an opportunity to express the abhorrence and dismay of all fair-minded and football loving Rangers fans in his privileged position as fans chief was to shift the spotlight to Neil Lennon?! Now, Lennon does bring a lot on himself however to imply that he has brought more shame on Scottish Football than the current behaviour of Rangers Football Club is a truly shocking statement to make and Mr. MacMillan was quite rightly cut off by the program. You should now resign from your position of fans chief too Mr. MacMillan as you have now dishonoured  your association and misrepresented the true thoughts and feelings of the Rangers fans. If your ego stops you from doing so the association should remove you so as to distance themselves from the suggestion that they too hold the same misguided and biased feelings as yourself.

Unlike John MacMillan, Ally McCoist did try to limit the damage of his comments by making the right noises in a later statement this week condemning any violent actions or behaviour that might occur as a result of his comments however that is the proverbial bolting the door after the horse has bolted. The information is out their Ally, the men have been named and the damage has been done. Honest people will now be in fear for themselves and you have to take responsibility for that. Your cheeky chappy smile just wont cut it on this one!




From “Succulent Lamb” to “Humble Pie”

The recent reporting of the problems at Rangers by Channel 4 have at last for me really exposed Rangers for what they have been over the last 25 years, never mind the arrogant and discriminating institute they have been for over 100 years before that.

Alex Thomson, the Channel 4 reporter delivered some damning evidence last week on the goings on at RFC as well as some damning evidence of how protective our so-called “Objective Press” have been towards RFC during David Murray’s reign at Ibrox.

Firstly lets look at the Channel 4 report and what it presented.  The EBT’s, which are  a medium through which loans were paid to Rangers employees, have never been repaid. This has been confirmed by a MIH source.  Secondly, evidence taken from a letter written by Martin Bain to then Chairman John McClelland shows that the EBT scheme was being abused to administer pay rises to Directors and employees of the football club. Channel 4 used quotes from the correspondence between Bain and McClelland such as;

“…any pay rise I got should be paid through the trust, obviously as a discretionary bonus as it cannot be contractual…” [Source: Channel 4 News]

“…my increase was to be non-contractual put through as a discretionary bonus as I do with players. Coaches and more recently John Greig.”

An open admission then that the EBT scheme was being used out with the terms of an Employee Benefit Trust scheme!. If this was not bad enough more evidence was presented to show that not only was it happening, they were aware they were doing something wrong as the next piece of presented evidence shows;

“at the end of the meeting I gave her back the letter addressed to me from you that stated my contractual increase for her to shred”

So, clear evidence then that there was wrong doing and prominent employees were actively trying to hide what they were doing.  This though is not the main theme of  my post today.

The title of my post today is taken from a quote from Alex Thomson himself who reported in his blog of the 24th of March his astonishment of the reaction of the Scottish press over his investigation into Rangers. I enclose an excerpt from his blog, which by the way you should read in full as it is an excellent piece of writing.

This was his comment in relation to the reaction from our “Objective Press”

What I didn’t expect were the insults (and in at least one case a direct physical threat) not from fans but from Scottish journalists.

Sarajevo, Mogadishu, Kabul, Islamabad, Tripoli, Baghdad…I could bore you with more – in none of these places have I ever got this interesting reaction from local journalists.

Only in Glasgow.

He goes on to report his discussion with other members of the press and their admission that there is something seriously wrong in the culture of reporting on things that relate to RFC. This was very clear during the “Succulent Lamb” years and David Murray’s control of not only RFC but also the Scottish Press. On reflection, when you now consider what has been happening with EBT’s and alleged non-payment of taxes during the lamb years, our “Objective Press” should be eating ” Humble Pie” from now on such has been their embarrassing and cringe worthy begging for the scraps at Murray’s table over the years. Out with what has been going on for the last 25 years, this same fraternity of brothers have also failed to provide strong reporting and condemnation of the failings of RFC in others areas of their daily operations, namely their arrogant and discrimination employment policies for over 100 years.

The eyes of the nation are on you, boys and girls of the Scottish media, as well as the eyes of the media outside of our little country. Questions are being asked of your reporting policies and instead of putting forward a strong case of denial, as has been the case for many years over your pathetic crawling to the establishment club in Scotland, the reaction has been to insult and threaten a man who dares to expose the truth. Where is your freedom of speech now I ask you?!