The Baw Is Burst – Let’s Go Home…

 

Another month and STILL this saga looks no closer to an end point.

I predicted that there would be no form of Rangers in any league for next season; i am becoming more and more sure that this will now be the case.

First of all, the big question tomorrow is not which league Rangers should play in but rather – should they be given a licence?

Let us look at that in finer detail, the SFA and UEFA both rejected an application from Rangers F.C. toward the end of last season for membership on the basis that there were no audited accounts since 2010.

It would appear that what Sevco are looking for is a ‘transfer’ as opposed to an ‘application’ for membership to the SFA. This is all very good and well but with the membership already rejected on the basis of Rangers previous failure to issue accounts – the ones Mr Whyte promised were only ‘days away’ pre. administration then why would it be issued now?

This makes no sense, yet it seems to have been a vast oversight on behalf of both Charles Green and the head honchos of Scottish Football who are all desperate to usher the SFL clubs into Hampden tomorrow to make the biggest decision in recent Scottish Football history.

Straight off – it must be asked, what has changed? Apparently nothing, but will the rules now be brushed under the carpet in a desperate bid to lure Rangers into football and keep Regan and Co. in their jobs and the lifestyle they are now accustomed to?

I am sure we shall find out tomorrow.

Furthermore, tomorrows vote is a farce. How can anyone make a decision on predicted sums, and with no factual information. It is starting to become and sound like the SNP‘s campaign on Scottish Independence – Vote yes, because we tell you; not because we have hard figures to back it up.

Secondly, there appears to be a shadow over the Rangers asset takeover. Assets being sold for pittance of what they were originally valued and could therefore be open to legal challenge. This is coupled with the fact that no one knows anything of Sevco Ltd. and there appears to be absolutely no sign of Charles Green issuing assurances of financial backing for the club to ensure that it will be able to fulfill its fixtures for the coming season. There are still outstanding sanctions against the club in the form of a transfer embargo – this embargo could effectively pertain the club from functioning in any league as such and therefore how can clubs be asked to make such a vote on Rangers when other vital information such as this has not yet been dealt with? It is impossible.

Finally, how on earth can the SPL still have twelve members judging from the vote last week. If so, then no club has been asked to fill Rangers place in the SPL next season. Therefore, as things stand – there is no space in SFL 1-3 to accommodate Sevco as things stand…..

 

The three resolutions presented to the club are as follows:-

(i) That the Scottish Football League Members agree to admit Sevco Scotland Limited as an Associate Member and agrees to permit Rangers F.C. to play in the League during Season 2012/13.

This is the one that no one really knows how clubs will vote based, most probably, on the problems i have raised above. There is no information regarding Sevco. When interviewing for a job you ask for references, if the job be of a certain nature you ask for disclosure on said person before making your final decision you do not simple take the application at face value. With no information i am tempted to say the vote will be ‘no’ pending further information. Not a closed-door ‘no’ – either that or a ‘failure to vote’ by many clubs. 

(ii) That the Scottish Football League Members direct the Board of Management of The Scottish Football League (the “Board”) to provide that Rangers F.C. shall play in the Third Division of the Scottish Football League during Season 2012/13 unless the Board shall have to its satisfaction negotiated and reached agreement with The Scottish Premier League and The Scottish Football Association on a series of measures which the Board shall consider to be in the best interests of the game, how it is structured, how it is governed and how it is financed, whereupon the Board shall be authorised to provide that Rangers F.C. shall play in the First Division of the Scottish Football League during Season 2012/13.

What does that even mean? Vote to enter Rangers into Division 3 – seems fair enough, ignoring the situations that arise in (i) above. Then a ‘but’ of massive proportion. Basically, sign away your vote to us so we can do whatever the hell we want to anyway.

(iii) That the Scottish Football League Members in terms of Rule 12 approve the resignation of either Dundee F.C. or Dunfermline Athletic F.C., whichever shall be admitted to join the Scottish Premier League for Season 2012/13, such resignation to take effect as at the date of admission of such club to the Scottish Premier League, notwithstanding that the requisite notice under Rule 12 shall not have been given.Details of the series of measures referred to at (ii) above shall be made available to the Members in advance of the meeting and an opportunity for full discussion of those measures will be given prior to the proposals being put to the meeting.

‘of either’ – Any chance of making up your mind WHO first?

 

Don’t get me wrong, i would love a team to support next season in Division 3, clean slate and all that jazz with no integrity being called into question. However, the scheming at the top of Scottish Football to side step the rules is making this process more and more difficult and it is at a stage now that with no faith in the leadership of the game, there is a significant chance of Rangers entering Scottish Football again under a cloud of  ‘tainted’ claim. I for one am not interested in that – i just want a clean slate however that is something that is becoming increasingly unlikely.

 

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One Comment on “The Baw Is Burst – Let’s Go Home…”

  1. eddie rice Says:

    As ever Garry, you are on the ball. Excellent article, great analysis of the current situation. I just wonder if anyone outside of Clyde and Raith are considering these issues.


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