Thursday, 29 June 2017, 18:72
by *Rangers Football Club
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.
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