Archive for May, 2013

Departures As Well As Arrivals Required

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 28, 2013 by BMC Rangers Rants

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Oh My Goodness. This week has been rather pleasant hasn’t it?

Ally wanted Jon Daly, Nicky Clark, Nicky Law & Cammy Bell. And he got them.

In future when doing all transfer dealings can we send Super Ally off white water rafting? That way we get no “48 hours” chat nonsense and just get the deal done? It’s been very refreshing just seeing the signings done. I mean everyone knew about Bell for a long time but the other deals seemed concluded and announced with minimum fuss. Who do we thank for that? Mather? Stockbridge? I don’t know but long it may continue.

On the signings I am by enlarge delighted. Cammy Bell was a Young keeper I always saw coming and I imagine will be on far less wages than Neil Alexander, I also think he is a better keeper. Nicky Clark has just scored over 40 goals in the league we are entering, he is a Rangers man and his father played for Rangers so knows what it is all about. At 21 I just file this signing under ‘No Brainer. Nicky Law I am surprised we have actually been able to get. Again at 25 age is on his side and he is a signing we badly need to give our midfield a bit more urgency, there was interest from the English Championship and more money by all accounts but he has made the right choice. Then finally we have signed Jon Daly. Personally I couldn’t care less about his religion or where he is from, none of the Rangers family really care despite what the gutter rags will tell you. All I care about is his ability to make Ranger better. His goal record isn’t great and his knees are said to be suspect, I won’t lie that concerns me. He looks similar in attributes to Lee McCulloch and I don’t mean that as a compliment, but Ally wanted him and he got him so he will receive my full backing.

What happens next? Well it appears there are more players to come in. Arnold Peralta, Murray Davidson, Chris Humphrey, Tom Hateley and a few others are the names being mentioned amongst others so I presume there is more to come. Surely our defence will need strengthened and I hope we bring some physical presence in at the back. Earlier in the year we had interest in Andre Bikey and Craig Cathcart so they may still be of interest to the club so the new arrivals show no sign of letting up.

One thing the club must be conscience of though is that with new arrivals we quite simply must see departures. Remember we have the 2nd highest wage bill in Scotland and have been operating at a loss each month. We have also been using parts of our IPO money raised to sustain operating costs. Going into next year this simply cannot continue. In order to assist that we must bring down our current £7 mil wage bill that with more new arrivals will further increase.

In terms of who I would be comfortable in losing I could easily name Hemmings, Black, Hutton, Cole (Holiday Daz), Alexander, Perry, Naismith, Argyriou and Cribari as players I wouldn’t lose to much sleep over. In addition to that it is highly unlikely Dorin Goian and Carlos Bocanegra will play for Rangers again. In the case of Bocanegra that is a bit gutting as I love the guy and I think he loves Rangers. But with his wage and International ambitions I think he will be finding employment elsewhere, also his agent is actively trying to do that right now so sadly it appears Boca will move on. So that would be 10 players which is obviously unrealistic and some of the players will be in Ally’s plans no doubt but departures will have to happen. 

Next season is looking like it will shape up very differently from the season gone by and that is a good thing. Hopefully we won’t see another 1,765 trials of obscure players that leave as quickly as they arrive. Hopefully we will have a proper pre season. Hopefully somewhere along the way Ally will drop his awful one up top formation and we will get an actual style of football, we may even start playing players in their actual positions? What can be of no doubt is the time for excuses is looking like a thing of the past and so it should be. Next season Ally has to prove on the pitch he is the man to take our Great club back to the top. Our football has to greatly improve and Ally needs to be judged not in the boardroom but on the pitch. I’m sure Ally wouldn’t have it any other way. As I’ve said numerous times I have doubts about Ally McCoist ‘the Manager’ (The Man is without equal)  but I hope he proves me and many others wrong. It appears for the first time in a long time the board is actually helping him and getting him the players he wants.

So we have interesting times ahead. Once again on and off the field but for now lets just be happy that we have brought in some new additions who will genuinely improve our team. It’s refreshing. Don’t you think?

The One Man I Want To Hear From

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 21, 2013 by BMC Rangers Rants

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Anyone else’s first thought when they wake up these days ‘I wonder what we will be on the front pages for today? I wonder who is smearing who in the national press? I wonder whose side I will be on now? Yeah thats me as well. I have never nor will I ever be embarrassed to say I love Rangers or that it is my Club, but My Goodness these are tough times.

My gran was a huge influence on my supporting of Rangers, growing up we would sit in the house and listen to games on the radio and right up until she passed away she would kick and head every ball. We lost her aged 91 and me and her would talk about what was happening at our club just about every day. Back then we spoke about only football, can anyone else remember that? I know its tough but thats how it used to be. Before Craig Whyte, before Newco, Sevco, Being duped, CVAs and all that jazz, just football. I am so glad my gran isn’t here to have to witness just what our club has become. We are Rangers in name only these days, that is the reality. 

Right now we have a lot more bad guys than good guys in club ties which is worrying for us all.

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We have Charles ‘Rangeritis’ Green in the background with the largest shareholding in the club. He is still pulling strings and is attempting to move his shares on to the ‘Colourful’ Easdale brothers. The Easdale’s are the guys who have took to chatting to banned BBC journalist Chris McLaughlin on one of their buses about their interest in the club, one of them as we know was in jail for fraud but that was years ago so we shouldn’t worry apparently…… Erm okay. I can’t see any real wealth with the Easdale brothers so I can’t really see what their angle is? Regardless I want them nowhere near Rangers. 

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Then we have Imran Ahmed. Well where do we start with the man that wants whats best for the ‘Company’ sorry the ‘Club’? The guy is very clearly a slug. Taking to fans forums to get information that is confidential out in the public domain. Now he is leaking actual phone conversations and videos as ways of discrediting other parties on the board, Very Classy Imran.  Mr Ahmed speaks of what is best for the ‘Company’ well Imran I’ll tell you this, We are a Club and you are not what is ‘Best for it’. Video recordings and recorded conversations may be what you and your pal Mr Whyte think is an appropriate way of doing things but unless you are Dick Tracy it really isn’t the way to go. Nor is the aggressive intimidating manner in which he spoke with our chairman on the conversations we have now mostly all heard. An absolutely disgraceful way to speak to anyone let alone the Chairman of the club. The sooner Mr Ahmed is no longer attached to our club the better.

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Today we have our Financial Director Brian Stockbridge being outed as the man recording footage of our Chairman looking slightly worse for wear. Again Mr Stockbridge completely embarrassing. It does nothing for the club and really shows you to be no better than some of your fellow board members. Completely inappropriate. Again leave as soon as you like.

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The other half to the videos is the conduct of the Chairman of Rangers Football Club Malcolm Murray. Well Malcolm I defended you last week as it appears you are being isolated within the club and blamed for all kinds but on this occasion I cannot defend you. His excuse to his pal Keith Jackson in the Record today is that he was ‘kept waiting for a table and plied with drink. This on top of his medical condition’ contributed to him being clearly worse for wear. My Goodness Malcolm how old are you? 14. He is the Chairman of Rangers Football Club not in charge of a bowls club. The prestige of his position should ensure he isn’t seen out and about in such states. Also his timid responses on the phone to Imran Ahmed when questioned on his behaviour was not what I would call impressive. Unfortunately despite Malcolm’s clear allegiance to Rangers it appears this job is to big for him. Probably best that he leaves also.

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This brings us to Craig Mather Rangers Interim Chief Executive. Well what I can tell you about him just now? Well he kissed a tiger once, he has very good hair and thats about it. He has came out saying all the right things as many have and on the surface seems to be backing Ally with his signing targets. As I say this is all on the surface and nothing has actually happened yet. He invested £1 million of his own cash so I can’t really knock him, yet. I’ll give him the opportunity to see what he can do. A long term option as Chief Executive? I wouldn’t of thought so. But at the moment he is way down my list of concerns.

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As a Fan base where are we at? Well as is always the case  with the Rangers Family sadly we are divided. Ultimately we all want what is best for the club but there are just to many divisions and its really heartbreaking. It’s Season Ticket renewal time and if the fans could act as a collective we could have a real say on the future of the club. Unfortunately it just doesn’t seem likely. Some say hold fire on season tickets until we know which direction we are going in, some say buy the season tickets because the club needs our money. Both arguments are right and I can’t disagree with folk who do either. Our Fans Groups continue to stand largely silent on what is actually going on and continue to ask for Fan Ownership via Proxy of shares already bought by fans and increased purchase of shares. For me the Fans Groups should be making a lot more noise about more pressing issues but as I am not a member of said organisations I can’t really argue otherwise. Even if I was I am not sure my voice would be heard. The truth and reality that some don’t like to hear is that the biggest membership any of the fans groups have is 2,500. 2,500 out of how many? The membership is so minuscule in the grand scheme of how many fans we have it is no wonder they don’t generate more following. The faces that people identify with the Fans Groups are not well thought of by large sections of the support and that also hinders them. I have never met any of them so wouldn’t be able to comment on why that is. You only have to go on fans forums to see the infighting that goes on. It is very saddening. All that any of these people want is what is best for Rangers but unfortunately there appears to be a real lack of togetherness for some reason. That remains a mystery to me. I speak to a lot of Rangers fans and could name 20 straight away who I would stand alongside to drive us forward, but alas I just don’t see it happening.

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So who do I want to speak up ? Well as it stands I can only think of one person. That persons name is Walter Smith. i have sat shaking my head as folk have said they would like to see Walter Smith leave the club. Why on earth could any Rangers fan at this time want that? We are being ran into the ground by people with no affiliation with Rangers, with no care for the Institution that we are. We are owned by enlarge by faceless investors who probably have never even been to Ibrox, they are dragging our club name through the dirt. Walter knows what Rangers is like you and I. This is his Club. He came back as a Manager and despite being a reluctant Non Executive Director he came back again when asked last year. Walter doesn’t want money from Rangers, he doesn’t want his name plastered all over the front and back pages. He wants what is Best for Rangers. Right now who else can you say that about? I back him 100%. I hope in the coming days Walter speaks out. If he says enough is enough and walks out that will speak volumes. Good luck shifting season tickets if he were to do that. He could speak out against the current regime. How would they react if Walter Smith said they were not the right men for our Club? Having Walter Smith where he is right now is like having a hand grenade behind enemy lines and Ahmed and co. probably know that. I for one am glad he is where he is and will continue to back him wholeheartedly. We know Walter, we know he is one of us and he wants what is Best for Rangers. 

The silence from Rangers currently is quite deafening. But next time we hear a voice lets hope it someone we can Trust, someone we actually believe, that someone is Walter Smith.

Rangers – What Happens Next ?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 16, 2013 by BMC Rangers Rants

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I have put off writing my latest blog as it seems every time we form an opinion as a Rangers support something else comes along to muddy the waters further. We once again find ourselves in the unknown.

All we know is sickeningly what the ‘Banned’ BBC tell us via whomever the Mole is at Ibrox. It isn’t just the BBC, with each newspaper and website you read you see there are agendas all over the place. As a Fan all I want is what is best for Rangers, can the current stewards of our club confess the same? I’m not so sure. It appears to have turned into a bit of a battle in the boardroom. You have some directors (mostly all depending on who you believe) wanting Malcolm Murray gone. He has seemingly been asked to leave twice but he is not willing to do so. Is this right or wrong of him? Not one person can answer that question as we quite simply don’t know. Where as Charles Green would tell all and sundry the last time he went to the toilet Malcolm Murray has been the polar opposite. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. Rangers these days are far to often on the front pages of newspapers these days as opposed to the back pages and it is becoming increasingly frustrating to see our clubs wellbeing represented like a schoolgirls fight in the playground. It has to stop and dealing with this behind doors is what should be happening. However on the flip side of that you have whoever is leaking info trying to make Malcolm Murray the fall guy. The guy that likes a tipple and is not brave enough to make bold decisions to assist the club when needed. Which one is it? As a Support we have no idea and that is the crux of the matter. What I will say is this. Malcolm Murray previously owned 25% of Manchester United and is well thought of in financial circles. He is said to have played a huge part in bringing city investors to Rangers when the IPO was launched. He is also known to be a big Rangers man. He doesn’t plead ‘Rangersitis’ as some less educated salesman do, he is what he is. So where I stand right now I find it hard to side against Malcolm Murray. Maybe he isn’t dynamic enough to take the club forward and a latter date may need replaced, maybe he himself realises that. He seems very reluctant to walk and I would like to know why that is.

Then we have the revelation that Charles Green is ready to sell his shares to the Easdale brothers. Charles Green who is very much clear it would seem of his bout of ‘Rangeritis’ is ready to allow these 2 characters to increase their shareholding in the club. Indeed part of the EGM called is to have Easdale and Chris Morgan put on to the board. Well what can I say? Errrrrrmmmm No. I can’t confess to knowing anything of the Easdale’s other than what I have read but really that should be all we need to know. One brother placed in jail for fraud over 10 years ago. Since then they are said to have built up a successful business employing nigh on 1000 folk. Thats fine they invested. But they want on the board? They want a say in the running of a Scottish Institution that is Rangers? No No No! I’ve searched the worldwide web and just can’t see where the money is coming from, they have quite a high turnover but where is their actual money? Their intentions may be honourable but after what we have encountered over these last few years I am sorry they just don’t come close to passing my ‘Stink Test’. Having watched the awful interview with Chris McLaughlin I just couldn’t believe that these 2 guys were sat with straight face and 3 eyebrows between them thinking they could sit on the board of our great club. Just No.

So where does that leave us?

Well as we stand we have a divided board with 2 maybe 3 factions trying to wrestle power at our club and the googley eyed one trying to cause bother still in the background. On Whyte my stance is this. If you think you have a legal claim to anything we will see you in Court, otherwise your 39 second recordings will continue to arouse our enemies but do nothing of substance for anyone that matters.

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Do I want Malcolm Murray gone? No, not right now. I believe he wants what is best for Rangers, I believe he is digging his heels in for a reason. If its proven otherwise I will hold my hands up. But I categorically do not want Easdale on the board or getting any other shareholding within the club. I do not trust anyone of the Green set up currently at Rangers and I find it quite staggering that people continue to back Charles Green, to those people go and google Charles Green and see what he has promised the Rangers fans over his short tenure. He is a liar and a bullshitter, is this unfair? No it is just factual. From his initial ‘There will be £30 mil dropped into the bank day one’ to ‘I have 3 Billionaires ready to invest’ to ….. well to anything you can think of. The guy is a liar who is out to make as much money as he can, I’d imagine his cronies are here to do the same.

Do I want things to stay the same? Most certainly not. Our current business model is quite simply unsustainable. We are currently losing £1 million a month, That is just frightening and cannot be allowed to continue. With a playing staff wage bill of £7 million and Ally crying out for players I just find myself shaking my head on a daily basis. We have the 2nd highest wage bill in Scotland and a very poor team ultimately. Players on wages that are just incredible and wouldn’t be matched elsewhere. And Ally wants more! Well all I will say on that to our very quiet Interim CEO is as you said today you have a ‘duty of care’ to the club so tread very carefully. If as being suggested we now only have half of the original IPO money left due to operating costs well that is quite simply shameful. That money should be used to lay the foundations for the next 20/30 years. Scouting, coaching, development, not on topping up pensions for some more SPL journeymen. It needs radically changed. I’m not sure Ally gets that part of it, but that is for another day and another blog.

Jim McColl is another name repeatedly mentioned in circles as someone who may have an interest. I’m sorry but I can’t see why this guy is sat with £1 billion and has just allowed the last 2 years to happen, for that reason I can’t see him being a viable bidder. If I had half his money the club would of been bought and fixed a long time ago. Also it is reported by more than one that it was McColl who let Walter down when they tried to bid for the club when Green took over, so for that reason on McColl….I’m out.

What do I want? It is quite simple. I want people I can trust running Rangers. I want Dave King.

These last few days i have had heated exchanges with quite a few fans regarding King and that is fine, it’s because we all care right? But this is the guy I want. He knows Rangers. He gave £20 million of his own money to Rangers and never wanted anything back other than from Rangers to progress. His relationship with Murray deteriorated due to how Murray was running Rangers and one would have to say King was right to do so. Some have commented on when King threatened to sue Murray for the £20 mil due to the mismanagement of Murray, did it ever happen? No. I would put that down to the fact King was disillusioned as many were with Murray’s choice of purchaser of the club. Other arguments consist of ‘Well why hasn’t he bought Rangers before now?’ Well to that my answer is simple. Dave King has had legal battles of his own in recent times and his assets were frozen by the South African authorities. This has always prevented him doing anything financially. But now confidential agreements are in place and his assets are no longer frozen. Dave King has gone as far as contacting the SFA to see what his position would be should he wish to make a bid and I for one would hope the feedback will be positive. So he is my guy. Dave King. Some don’t agree and that’s fine. Ultimately we all want what is best for Rangers and we should never lose sight of that.

So in closing. It’s no longer a Knight I want to fix this. It is a King………….

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