Comment on Accountability via Transparency. by upthehoops.

    John Clark 24th May 2019 at 18:48

    Just heard it reported that the individual cheat known as Lance Armstrong, is unrepentant and wouldn't change anything. (Radio Scotland news item a wee while ago)


    In the late 1980's and the 90's Rangers were supported by a Scottish owned bank to a level way beyond what any reasonable business case could be made for. In 1994 that same bank did all it could to put Celtic out of business for a fraction of the debt Rangers had. Roll on into the early part of the new millennium and Rangers were cheating the public purse out of tens of millions which went on for a decade. Between the bank money, and the money stolen from the public purse, Rangers enjoyed huge success. It was such a false position, yet they and their fans, and their huge number of media backers have the audacity to laud those days as one of the greatest periods in Rangers history. It was cheating on a scale never seen before in British football, but the right handshake and knowing the age of one’s Granny cleared it all as okay. It is quite incredible when those who appoint themselves as moral guardians of society have to answer to nobody at all, and believe no matter how corrupt they are they they always act with dignity.

    Only in Scotland…the same Scotland we are told by the ruling party is the most equal and welcoming country in the world. Words fail me….

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    Re the VAR debate and goalkeepers coming off their line. Although the new ruling will apply in Scotland next year there will of course be no VAR. That means we can look forward to inconsistency after inconsistency from Scottish Referees, and make no mistake it will influence who wins games and trophies. 

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    John Clark 18th June 2019 at 18:23


    One could be forgiven for thinking that a zealousness existed to somehow cleanse Rangers of the stench of liquidation by proving in  a criminal court that the club had simply been victims of a major fraud. How ironic that one of Scotland's best legal minds proved the innocence of the accused while at the same time deeply hurting at the fate which befell the club.

    Meanwhile a Knight of the Realm can operate an illegal tax evasion scheme for years to the benefit of Rangers, and seemingly no-one in the Police, Holyrood, Westminster, or the Scottish Media even cares.  

    Accountability via Transparency.
    Can anyone who knows about such matters explain how a Court can tell Rangers to get on with the agreement with Sports Direct as it stands, but take no action over the period they were in violation of the agreement?

    As an aside there are some on social media saying that Ashley is now about to take out an injunction against Elite Sports.

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    Darkbeforedawn19th July 2019 at 22:50

    The 'looks like Rangers and smells like Rangers' is the only point that is allowed. It is the only point that is allowed by the SFA and the media. Anyone who does not subscribe to that point is dismissed. Jim Spence and Graham Spiers are the only two hacks who have said Rangers are a new club and neither contribute any more to BBC sport. It is a quite shocking state of affairs in a so called democracy that only one opinion is allowed. Even though the alternative opinion has legally binding facts behind it, whereas the one that is allowed has no legal backing whatsoever.

    At the end of the day in Scotland  'Rangers' are considered to be superior to all others. Ergo, the views of Rangers fans are given a higher priority than that of other fans. Even though Celtic have achieved a treble treble, the media STILL give prominence to Rangers on a daily basis. It was forever thus, and personally gives me a lot of pleasure that my club being so successful can cause so much upset to the nation's powerbrokers, who are even willing to see tax go unpaid if it helps Rangers succeed. 


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    I am beginning to think the only way for Resolution 12 to progress is through a criminal investigation…by the City of London Police of course. Zero chance of anything progressing under the jurisdiction of the Scottish establishment. We even have a media who won't even report on it, and in many cases choose to mock it. Think about that – there is a mountain of evidence out there that wrongdoing took place, and the media don't want to know. They would rather a team succeeded by cheating – that is truly incredible. 

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    Darkbeforedawn 17th July 2019 at 18:17


    DBD, thanks for that contribution. I'm in a hurry but all I will say is we would never have to question the SFA had they not given us so many reasons to do so. In short can we ever trust them to do the right thing?

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    dom16 17th July 2019 at 15:02

    UTH – I’m conflicted by JJs output. The odd interesting piece scattered about invective and bile for other bloggers. Then the crusade type pieces against the McCanns. Alongside the password pieces, makes him a very difficult writer to like. 

    I struggle to see what seems such a simple problem being a real one for The Rangers  


    I'm keeping an open mind on this one. In 2011 the SFA said it was fine for Rangers to be awarded a European licence. A mountain of evidence now in the public domain suggests that not only was it not fine, but the SFA, or at least some people within it, might have been well aware it was not fine.

    Roll on to 2012 and we had the Bryson interpretation on player eligibility. One the SFA had never used before and have never used since. 

    Then once the supreme court ruled that Rangers were guilty of illegal tax evasion, the SFA said there was no point in raking over old coals.

    So no matter what you think of JJ, he may well be spot on that the SFA are yet again allowing something in favour of Rangers that they shouldn't be. Maybe they're not, but history tells us it is a question well worth asking. 

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    Interesting article today by John James on the construct of Rangers European squad and their eligibility under homegrown player rules. If what he says is accurate it is surely worth a challenge by Rangers next opponents or even the ones they will eliminate on Thursday night.  Also, if what he says is accurate then it is shameful by the SFA if they are knowingly allowing it.