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Transparency of Purpose

Surely a Scottish Knight with links to Channel Islands who went bankrupt leaving debts above 625M is more worthy of scrunity then the legal schemes of an non-resident Irish national?

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(lest we forget)

Imagine a country where the MD of a respected, national bank funded the enterprises of his friend – a ruthless, rich entrepreneur – including a pet vanity project: the pursuit of sporting prizes by a football club which had become part of the country’s establishment (despite being built on a known history of institutionalised sectarianism).

Imagine, after running up debts which peaked at £954M, the new bank owners called a halt to the largesse. Imagine it came to light that the entrepreneur – by then a knight of the realm – had continued his pursuit of sporting prizes with a dubious tax evasion scheme (later deemed illegal) defrauding the taxpayer for >10 years, then contrived to cover up the law-breaking, then cover up the cover up.  Imagine that during that time two senior executives of the football club, both directly party to the illegal tax…

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Transparency of Purpose

(lest we forget)

 

Imagine a country where the MD of a respected, national bank funded the enterprises of his friend – a ruthless, rich entrepreneur – including a pet vanity project: the pursuit of sporting prizes by a football club which had become part of the country’s establishment (despite being built on a known history of institutionalised sectarianism).

Imagine, after running up debts which peaked at £954M, the new bank owners called a halt to the largesse. Imagine it came to light that the entrepreneur – by then a knight of the realm – had continued his pursuit of sporting prizes with a dubious tax evasion scheme (later deemed illegal) defrauding the taxpayer for >10 years, then contrived to cover up the law-breaking, then cover up the cover up.  Imagine that during that time two senior executives of the football club, both directly party to the illegal tax evasion scheme, later secured posts in the governing body of the very sport they both deliberately misled.

 

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Imagine that the governing body were so in awe of the new club masquerading as the old one, they bent every rule in the book to allow entry to lucrative continent wide competitions, then invented a variety of explanations – none of them verifiably true – to justify their decisions. Imagine that the governing body arranged an inquiry (/whitewash) into the tax fraud yet moved the goal posts to exclude troublesome issues, and manufactured a conclusion, ignoring those parts which didn’t fit their agenda and a later supreme court finding which voided the results.

Imagine, after the boy wonder/asset stripper’s gamble failed and the sporting company was liquidated – the governing authorities of that national sport, colluded in turning a blind eye to the wrongdoings of a new conga line of charlatans, assisting in the pretence that a new company which started again in the bottom tier could rightfully lay claim to the name & titles of that liquidated company, without any moral or fiscal obligation to the creditors of that liquidated company, or the taxpayers it had defrauded.

Imagine that the current man at the helm of the new club had previous tax convictions in another country, had contrived to force down the share price of the company before he bought it, and has recently been taken to court by the country’s takeover watchdog body.

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine that during all that time, the mainstream media in the country have never asked any difficult questions of any of those involved in this story,  paying no more than lip-service to their duty to find and report the truth, whilst they continue to allow any old narrative to be played to them :  gleefully trumpeting a statement from another club’s chairman, yet refraining to mention he was not only directly involved in the very decisions under dispute, but due to become the next president of the governing body itself.

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine, that , even now, they seem determined to suggest any wrongdoing is in the warped eye of internet bampot beholders – whilst encouraging everyone to draw a line under events and move on.

Imagine a country where nobody – not the knight, not the executives with inside knowledge of the events at both club and governing body, not the current club chairman  (who’s only just keeping a – somewhat shaky – roof above their heads, with the business equivalent of pay-day loans) , not any head of the governing body past or present (or future) has ever admitted any wrongdoing, or shown even a hint of remorse. Imagine a country were the current head of that governing body continues to deflect with a public pretence of surface transparency, embellished with mocking denials of conspiracy, whilst doing everything possible in his power to block calls for the truly independent inquiry which will allow all the facts to be known.

Imagine there’s such a country. It’s easy if you try (with apologies to John Lennon).

Imagine Scotland, in 2017.

Transparency of Purpose

Chairman King’s Welcome

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Thursday, 29 June 2017, 18:72

by *Rangers Football Club

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It gives me great pleasure to read Jabba’s words and welcome you back to Ibrokes for the start of the 2017/18 campaign, which begins tonight with the Europa League first-round qualifier against Progres Niederkorn. I would also like to warmly welcome fans from Luxembourg (all 6 of you) and this evening’s Gary Glitter tribute tifo.

Many of you used to enjoy European football before the liquidation of your previous club, from the pitch battle after the Cup Winners’ Cup Final success in 1972, to the 2008 UEFA Cup Anti-Football final and rioting in Manchester – but it has been six long years since you last embarrassed Scotland in Europe and it is fantastic to pretend this is not our first ever European competition, desperately needed to keep the (flood) lights on.

Tonight’s match is another significant milestone in our abnormality. Since liquidation, an immense amount of work has been going on behind the scenes to sell the same club myth to you gullibillies. The state of our foundations and infrastructure is critical and the flawed ethics of proper governance and commercial soundness are invisible in our unaudited accounts. As was made clear last week, our brand is so toxic we couldn’t find a new sponsor and Sports Direct were finally able to get rid of some old stock. 

Following last week’s media conference, some media outlets correctly stated that I was dismissive of what has been achieved by others during *Rangers’ absence from the top flight. The truth is that I would say anything to pander to your hatred, bitterness and anger at the obvious gap on the pitch and to galvanise your rapid response in buying season tickets to keep the lights on.  The real point I made was, as a result of all the hard work over the last two years, I’ve avoided ending up in an institution, so we are very close to repeating the historical collapse of the club you used to support in Scotland.

Two years ago it would not have been possible to implement the changes we have recently introduced in the football squad as we were not in the SPL, and this season we’re gambling everything on lots of free transfers and cheap as chips reserves from 2nd rate leagues, under a maverick coach who thinks he’s Jose,  improving us enough to finish closer behind Aberdeen.  By making greater strides on the pitch, we might scrape through against Progres before an incredible spanking against the elite of Europe, in the form of a bunch of Cypriots not good enough for the Greek league.

The close season was a short one and since early June Pedro Caixinha and club management have been talking up the new-look squad for the challenges that lie ahead. Bruno Alves, Chris Ryan Jack and lots of others with Latin names, have all arrived in Glasgow and are eager not to cross themselves in front of the Rangers supporters, who yet again have shown unflinching gullibility with 42,000 season tickets already sold. As I also said last year –  before we failed to reach it – a new record is in sight.

I also welcome Mark Allen to the club as director of football. Let’s not mention the fact we promised a DoF >4 months ago & everybody else turned us down. Mark brings a wealth of experience and fresh impetus to the club having joined from Manchester City after getting kicked out for breaking youth development rules.

I am also delighted to welcome former club chairman Alastair Johnston back as a director after being mocked in court. He brings his experience and knowledge of not surrendering the sports and media business.

Finally, I again give my personal thanks to John Gilligan, who was recently hounded out from the board for “business and family reasons”.  I hope he can enjoy what he sees on the pitch without getting abused by fellow fans. 

The start of this first ever European adventure should provide the opportunity to showcase all that is good about our club – our world class breakfasts – and it’s (wee arra) people and we should all be determined to promote and represent *Rangers in the best possible way. We must all remember that we have a duty to protect and enhance our image, so I beg you to cut out the sectarian chants & banned songs, at least on European nights.

Thank you again for your support, which is greatly appreciated by everyone at the club but reviled by the world and we hope tonight’s game is the start of a successful season on all fronts.

Article Copyright © 2017. Permission to use quotations from this article online is only granted subject to appropriate source credit and hyperlink to http://www.sevco.co.uk

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(see original at  https://rangers.co.uk/news/headlines/chairmans-welcome-2/

 

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Chairman King’s Welcome

Interim Ibrokes boss must be on zero hours contract as *Rangers are headed for administration

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11 hrs ago /  Christopher Union Jack, Group Senior Bum-Fluff Writer /

IT is a short-term roll with ham and cheese, but not quite a world class breakfast. The orange juice might be immediate, but the rambling promises of investment will last until the next season ticket campaign.

With a maximum of 17 quid left before administration, and that is assuming Rangers* can replicate their successful home draw run against the diddiest club left , to the Scottish Cup final, time is of the essence at Ibrokes.

The firing, erm, resignation (insert latest lie/spin) of one time god’s gift to football and “future England coach” (©Chris Jack) Mark Warbiola on Friday evening saw Rangers* once again fall into a state of flux and uncertainty. In the coming days, the board will pretend to provide leadership to cover their usual nonsense and insanity  ahead of a defining run of fixtures.

Having been caught like a rabbit in the headlights and onto the touchline on Sunday, Graeme Murty may well have to take a step back at Dens Park this weekend. If he does, he will be satisfied that despite having no influence on the dressing room, enough players will need a new job soon that they managed to scrape the caretaker boss a one goal victory over championship 4th placed Morton.

It will be Murty that puts the Light Blues squad through their paces this morning but he could well have picked his first and last starting line-up as chairman Dave King and his board pretend to be looking for a solution to the latest problem whilst counting the short term savings in the monthly salary bill.

The Under-20 boss may have a win under his belt but he is totally out of his depth and unlikely to be the man to lead Rangers *into the final sequence of Premiership fixtures and to potential Scottish Cup glory or riots/possible pitch invasions.

King confirmed on Monday that the board could look to appoint an interim manager to handle affairs between now and the end of the season and it is Alex McLeish that is the front-runner for a potential Ibrokes return.

The 58-year-old is the obvious candidate as he desperately needs a job and would be willing to have his hands tied in the coming weeks. Well aware of the demands by creditors and standards at the club, McLeish will still have some change left from 1.7M in illegal EBT’s, so may be willing to risk making a fool of himself by claiming he has what it takes to ensure that Rangers* clinch second/third/fourth spot in the Premiership.

He has admitted that it would be tough to turn down Rangers* should they make an approach to bring him back eleven years after he brought the curtain down on his EBT funded, illegally won, trophy-laden spell. The surroundings will be familiar – despite the holes in the roof, but the lies will different.

Whoever the next man in the dugout is, they will inherit a squad that has more old men and crocks than your average sheltered home and a team that is in need of a run of results not influenced by randomness. A new voice and fresh approach may be the catalyst required to bring out much-need improvement from a group of players that have won 11 matches by a single goal and lucky to have as many points as they have gathered to date.

The mission of finishing second in the Premiership is not an impossible one if enough honest mistakes go their way, but the chances of achieving it aren’t plentiful. A pat on the back and a funny handshake for the men in black is as good as it could get.

By the time next season kicks-off, the man who occupies the manager’s office in the coming weeks will probably be replaced by an administrator.

The role of interim manager may offer no long-term employment, or even short term, or wages, but the job is still an important one for Rangers*. Whoever the Ibrokes board put their faith in, it must be dead cheap.

The problems are clear but we in the media will do our best to hide the truth and twist the facts to fit our agenda. Rangers* are a side that concede too many goals that could have been chalked off and don’t get awarded anywhere near enough penalties compared to last season. Both issues must be addressed if they are to see off Aberdeen and Hearts and S Johnstone to finish best of the rest.

This is a squad that has had Warbiola’s 4-3-3 philosophy drilled into it for months but even supporters as thick as ours could come up with tactics to expose the vulnerability in our defence, plus a few goals by anybody other than Miller might come in handy. However, there seems little point in continuing with any plan as we’re so close to financial collapse there’s no way out.

 

Happy Valentines/Admin day Hunny Bunnies!

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Translated from the original Sevconian …. see link below

 

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/sport/rangers/15089870.Interim_Ibrox_boss_must_have_short_term_success_if_Rangers_to_have_to_long_term_ambitions/

 

Interim Ibrokes boss must be on zero hours contract as *Rangers are headed for administration

Christ Jack: Club 18-72 are chancers Rangers fans can’t afford to be misled by

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20 hrs ago / Chris Jackanory , Group Writer Sporting Bumfluff / @unionsharkjump

THEY went from the stands to the toilets and the seats and had their say. Now Rangers* fans can make their voice heard at Ibrokes and beyond.

The Light Blues support is numbered 666, devious and opinionated. Consensus is not easily reached amongst any support on any issue and those that follow them have had more reasons than most to split their sides laughing over the last 4 years.

When they muttered, though, they then came together as a collective force of darkness. Some, of course, did more than others, but where a handful of death threats led, thousands surely follow followed.

Now they have a chance to unite once again behind con-men in brogues and blazers. After four nightmare years, the nightmare could become a never-ending reality at Ibrokes (or Hampden).

The formation of Club 18-72 has brought together several fan groups, including  Rangers Supporters most Trusted convicted criminals & charity defrauders, and Rangers First official homophobe & racist, and given gullibillies a single body to invest their money in and provide their backing to.

It is an organisation that has been rancid for some time, and one that has come about as the majority have put their allegiances into singing the billy boys. The small number that haven’t could now, for some reason, be pressured into joining.

Voting for the inaugural board opened on Thursday and the seven person top table will be announced a week today. The workload has been significant but, for those that gave up their time and put in the hours, the blazers are ready and the world-class breakfast will be worth it.

Yet more will have to be done to mobilise a greater percentage of a support that could easily do walking away again, as they witness the lack of progress that has been made on and off the park in recent months.

The fear is that fans will drift away and focus only on American football and diddy clubs when they see that their club is no longer in danger of ever being a going concern. Rallying to a cause is one thing, but retaining an interest in un-audited financial figures, non-existent Stock Exchange listings & blatant boardroom shenanigans is quite another.

A target of 500,000 mugs has already been set as they look to the incontinent – where tens of thousands have put their foot into other clubs toilets every month – for inspiration and a model to follow.

It is due to crime & tax evasion over many years that fan ownership has become a hot topic amongst the Light Blue legions. But now it appears that the club is, again, not a realistic proposition.

But that is not necessarily a bad thing. Supporters have always had the wool pulled over their eyes, and the current board have refined that art, even though that does not mean they are the best Peepul to run them.

All fans should have their views manipulated, though, and the power of a collective voice can be substantial at Ibrokes and Level 5 PR.

The boardroom change of March 2014 would never have been possible without the fall in share price and Charlotte Fakes content manipulated by King and Paul Potless and the money conned from The Three Bears, but fans have also played their own part in ousting a reviled regime from office by falling for these lies.

Club 18-72 currently own a 6% stake in TRIggersbroomFC plc and have set a target of 25% plus one share to give them no more real influence than they’ve ever had at Ibrokes. After seeing Murray, Whyte and Green and Co. come and go, Rangers fans finally have an opportunity to support the latest charlatans who’ve become key players at Ibrokes.

Money that is not spent on shares will be used for projects to enhance the match day experience (the roofs) and could become vital to the continued rebuilding job (the roofs)  while Club 18-72 have already shown their willingness to show their institutionised paranoia and hypocrisy and stand up (with or without roof) for their fellow huns un-earned sense of entitlement.

The aim is to build a working roof, but the relationship with the Ibrokes hierarchy can never be in doubt as the board have their inside man on Club 18-72, so now the fans can be fooled into paying again despite still having no real say at their club.

 

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Translated from the original Sevconian:

THEY went from the stands to the streets and had their say. Now Rangers fans can make their voice heard at Ibrox and beyond.

The Light Blues support is vast in numbers and diverse in opinions. Consensus is not easily reached amongst any support on any issue and those that follow the Gers have had more reasons than most to be split over the years.

When it mattered, though, they came together as a collective force. Some, of course, did more than others but where a handful lead hundreds and then thousands followed.

Now, they have a chance to unite once again for the good of each other and Rangers. After four nightmare years, the dream could become a reality at Ibrox.

The formation of Club 1872 has brought together several fan groups, including the Rangers Supporters Trust and Rangers First, and given punters a single body to invest their money in and provide their backing to.

It is an organisation that has been required for some time, and one that has come about as the majority have put their allegiances to the RST or RF to one side. The small number that haven’t could now, for some reason, decide to watch on from afar.

Voting for the inaugural board opened on Thursday and the seven person top table will be announced a week today. The workload has been significant but, for those that gave up their time and put in the hours, the rewards will be worth it.

Yet more will have to be done to mobilise a greater percentage of a support that could easily become dormant as they witness the progress that has been made on and off the park in recent months.

The fear is that fans will drift away and focus only on the football when they see that their club is no longer in danger. Rallying to a cause is one thing, but retaining an interest in the financial figures, Stock Exchange announcements and boardroom politics is quite another.

A target of 50,000 members has already been set as they look to the continent – where tens of thousands put their money into their clubs every month – for inspiration and a model to follow.

It is only due to the events of the last few years that fan ownership has become a hot topic amongst the Light Blue legions. Even now it appears that it is not a realistic proposition.

But that is not necessarily a bad thing. Supporters should always be at the heart of their clubs, yet that does not mean that they are not the best people to run them.

All fans should have their views aired, shared and heard, though, and the power of a collective voice can be substantial at Ibrox and further afield.

The boardroom change of March 2014 would never have been possible without the money from Dave King and the Three Bears but the fans played their own part in ousting a reviled regime from office.

Club 1872 currently own a 6% stake in RIFC plc and have set a target of 25% plus one share to give them a level of influence that they have never had at Ibrox. After seeing Murray, Whyte and Green and Co. come and go, Rangers fans finally have an opportunity to become key players at Ibrox.

Money that is not spent on shares will be used for projects to enhance the match day experience and could become vital to the continued rebuilding job, while Club 1872 have already shown their willingness to stand up for their fellow fan when necessary.

The aim is to build a working relationship with the Ibrox hierarchy but its independence can never be in doubt. There will be no representative on the Gers board but the fans can now have their say at their club.

Christ Jack: Club 18-72 are chancers Rangers fans can’t afford to be misled by