On Grounds for Judicial Review

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While the proposed Judicial Review of the LNS decision is to be welcomed it is a position that is fraught with legal difficulties such as the capacity to raise the proceedings, potential time bars and all sorts of other arguments.

It would be complete folly to base an argument here solely upon a judicial review of LNS as that would only leave one string to the bow.

Further, take the stated opinion or Mr Rod McKenzie that LNS only dealt with the issue of Player Registrations within the SPL/SPFL — and nothing else.

Any analysis of what is meant by that statement (and others made by Neil Doncaster) leads to the conclusion that there are other matters to be considered which were outwith the tight and narrow remit handed to LNS by the SPFL.

For me, the clearest consideration is this.

1. Craig Whyte has already been personally convicted by the SFA for deliberately failing to pay taxes as and when they fall due under article 5.1 of the SFA rules.

2. No such charge has ever been levied against RFC — just against their CEO.

3. Not only did RFC fail to pay taxes as and when they became due under Whyte’s watch, they deliberately failed to pay taxes for a 13 year period under the stewardship of Sir David Murray. They did this by deliberately entering into two unlawful tax aggressive tax avoidance schemes which even their advisers warned them could only be undertaken at considerable risk to the club as the schemes were never guaranteed to be successful.

4. Those schemes were entered into so that the club could buy players they would otherwise not have afforded.

5. In furtherance of those schemes, RFC chose to deliberately withhold the full details of their contractual arrangements with both players and managers from both the SFA and the SPL when submitting their applications to play under licence and in terms of the rules of both organisations.

6. In each of the years concerned, RFC had to apply for both domestic and European Licences to play football, and it is the granting of these licences which allows any football club to play in structured competition organised under the auspices of, or with the approval of, the SFA or UEFA.

7. Each and every licence application as submitted to the SFA in the knowledge that key financial and contractual information had been excluded in furtherance of tax avoidance purposes, and tax, which has since been declared to be legitimately due and payable from 1999 onwards, was unpaid and remains unpaid.

8. The above processes and procedures are no different, and indeed are considerably worse, breaches of article 5.1 under which Whyte was personally convicted and fined.

9. Further, as part of the HMRC investigations into the use of unlawful tax schemes, RFC deliberately lied to HMRC, SFA and SPL about the existence of side letters and other contractual documentation. This is particularly so in relation to the annual application for a playing licence.

On 20th May 2011, HMRC, in relation to one of the tax schemes, wrote to RFC and accused the club of “deliberate and fraudulent” behaviour in relation to the continued submission of false PAYE and NIC returns over a period of years.

10. It, therefore, follows that each and every application for a football licence made by RFC to the SFA from 2000 onwards (at least) was based on falsified financial, contractual and tax information and was designed to mislead the SFA with a view to persuading them to grant a licence on misrepresented grounds.

11. Not only is the above a breach of article 5.1 of the SFA handbook, but any licence obtained by misrepresentation has not been validly obtained as it has been obtained by way of false representation and deception.

12. It is a pre-requisite of entry into any league competition that the participating club holds a valid licence to play football.

13. In the event that a club did not or should not have held/hold a valid licence to play, that same club is not free to enter structured competition or register players to participate in such competition. It also follows that any declaration of a result of 0-3 in relation to any particular game as a result of a rule breach (such as fielding an ineligible player) is of no consequence because the club concerned was not eligible to participate at all.

14. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has already been invited by UEFA to hold that any application for a licence or any other compliance submission, which is devoid of all necessary financial and contractual information should be treated as null and void and as never having been received.

15. The same Court has also held that any title, championship, award, record, reward or other benefit which has been gained as a result of an improper or prohibited process should not be allowed to stand, the records of the award etc should be expunged and the sporting records corrected accordingly.

None of the above is dependent on a successful review of LNS but goes hand in hand with that process.

In the forthcoming review of Scottish Football recently announced by the SPFL, in conjunction with the SFA, all of the above should be under consideration.

LNS, under review, may determine that the players were in fact not eligible, but much more fundamental is the fact that there are clear facts and circumstances which should mean that the club itself was never eligible in terms of established legal jurisprudence.

As had been pointed out by Rod McKenzie, none of this has been considered by the SPFL as all matters concerning a licence are solely under the jurisdiction of the SFA.

Thus far, the SFA have taken no action against RFC or any of its officials as a result of the clubs involvement in, and cover up of, the Big Tax Case or the Wee Tax Case – both of which will be the subject of the forthcoming review demanded by Celtic and others.

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  1. Been away for a few days folks, and have returned just before the end of the fund raising appeal. WIth a couple of days to go we are just £70 short of our target. I think BP and I will settle for that – once again a great vote of confidence in the blog.

    More good news – I think – is that the TWM podcasts will resume soon.
    BP is currently arranging to get an interviewee sorted for the first one, and we also hope to have an update on the Fans for Judicial Review progress.
    Interesting times.

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  2. paddy malarkeyAugust 28, 2017 at 20:01  
    Commiserations to the Jambo twins on the appointment of your new manager .  4-6-0 or the more adventurous 5-5-0 ?
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    While not ideal, I think it’s possible, and it’s purely out of the loop guesswork, that Levein’s appointment is temporary, and as a result of the candidates (that were within Hearts’ budget) not meeting Hearts’ criteria (whatever that might have been). I think it’s possible that they have a target who is currently under contract elsewhere, and Hearts can’t afford (or don’t want to pay) the compensation that would be due. Either that, or they think that the target will want to see out his current contract.

    If I am anywhere near correct, then it would be both unfair and poor economics to appoint someone knowing they had every intention of removing him some time soon (within the course of his contract). In the meantime Levein, who remains in situ as DOF, will, presumably, have a pay rise commensurate with his added responsibilities, but much less than a new manager/head coach would have received, and will readily step aside should a new manager/head coach be found, at no additional cost to the club by way of compensation to himself.

    Of course, it may well be the case that they have no one in mind, but rather than appoint someone just for the sake of it, they have decided to appoint Levein until such time as they have the right man (in their view) available.

    All total conjecture on my part, but it does seem to make some sense to me if that’s the plan.

    I think it’s a smart move if viewed as short term, but not a good sign if permanent (unless he makes it work), though I doubt he will be using his Scotland tactics at Hearts (he didn’t previously, nor at United), unless he feels the club’s squad is as limited as he felt the players available to Scotland were during his tenure.

    I’m far from excited by this move, but then, I was very excited by the appointment of Ian Cathro (and still rather sad at the way it turned out) but wasn’t by the appointment of Robbie Neilson, seeing Levein’s appointment as more of a steadying the ship move than the way forward.

    Perhaps, after an exciting, but risky, plan has gone badly wrong, a steadying of the ship is a smart move to give the next, hopefully permanent, manager/coach, a better base to start from.

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  3. Paddy Malarkey August 28, 2017 at 20:01 
    Commiserations to the Jambo twins on the appointment of your new manager .  4-6-0 or the more adventurous 5-5-0 ?
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    It’s not really a surprise to see CL appointed.  I spoke to a couple of people at the weekend who have connections to the club.  One wanted Steven Pressley to be appointed and the other said that CL was Ann Budge’s favoured option.

    If my latter source was correct, then the delay in appointing him suggests that CL initially turned down the offer. The club then went through an interview process with some decent candidates, but ended up settling on CL, which begs the question of why go through the interview process in the first place.

    CL clearly has the experience to do the job. He had some success last time round, but the football wasn’t great to watch (as Paddy hints at). Ann Budge had previously intimated that the club would be recruiting an experienced coach, so Jon Daly wasn’t going to be a serious candidate this time round.    

    I don’t believe that Hearts football structure will be changed by CL’s appointment. I suspect that Jon Daly’s promotion to assistant first team coach will see him progress to the top role when CL sees fit to step aside after a season or two.

    CL’s ultimate selection as first team coach does make his little empire more vulnerable, of course, but he was already beginning to take some flak for Cathro’s and the team’s failings, so there is an argument that says he might as well do the job himself, and take the flak or plaudits directly.

    He will be a busy boy as he now holds the positions of Club Director, Director of Football and First Team Coach. I would now expect him to reduce his hours watching the Development and Academy teams play, but I expect he will still be at the Oriam to watch the Development side play this afternoon.

    The bottom line will be results on the park. If these improve then it will be viewed as a success for both CL and Ann Budge.  If not then we could see a significant shake up on the footballing side.

    I suspect that there is some tightening of the belts at Tynecastle with increased spending on the new stand (including rental of Murrayfield),  and some revenue streams not meeting expectations (e.g. player trading, ST sales, league position).  CL’s appointment will save the club a six figure sum, assuming he hasn’t negotiated a significant increase on his current remuneration as DOF. 
     
    Foundation of Hearts money is currently going solely to fund the new stand. The £2m mark of the £3m proposed contribution was due to be passed this month, along with £6m mark for total contributions since the club came out of administration. Their next scheduled funding target, from May 2018, is to repay Ann Budge’s £2.4m loan, so the club will have to rely only on its own resources until the end of 2019, unless FOH priorities change.  

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  4. A return to the ultra defensive style which brought Mark de Vries four goals in a 5-1 win in his home debut would be very much welcomed. 02 As would the losing 2 Derbys out of 14 and qualifying for the group stages of the Europa League. I had hoped that Ian Cathro would be a success and that Hearts implementing the DoF model would be a positive influence in the Scottish game making up some of the ground it appears to have lost in recent years. Given that this has not happens it is always good to have some sort of contingency plan in place. 

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  5. It has went a bit quiet on here the past few days.  I guess transfer window fatigue has set in with fans, International break upon us.  I have to admit I find it hard to get overly excited about Scotland matches now.  I just like to see my own club’s players coming back without injuries.

    I can’t even say I feel confident about the up and coming CL games.  Plagued as we are with injuries as it is.  Maybe we will be strengthened come Friday morning.  I will wait and see.

    No court cases to mull over.  SFA & SPFL back in their bunkers.  All silent at Ibrox.  Thank goodness for Pedro, Craig Levein and Patrick Roberts to talk about.  Unfortunately GMS too.

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  6. jimboAugust 29, 2017 at 14:53
     ‘….SFA & SPFL back in their bunkers.’
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    And that is what we should be concentrating on, Jimbo.

    Is there a split between the SFA and the SPFL in the matter of a ‘review’ of how Scottish football arrived at the ridiculous situation it is in, where the most outrageous sports cheating that ever took place was simply accepted, and endorsed in effect by the Sport’s authorities, and the Commission appointed to look into the cheating was sabotaged by the very ‘prosecution’?

    Or is the SPFL’s readiness to support the call for a ‘review’ simply part of a joint strategy to shut the door on the past deceit, and ‘move on’?

    Just what are they up to, the utterly discredited SFA and SPFL?

    What a dog’s breakfast the whole shambles is!

    All caused by a cheating knight of the realm, supported by a lying press,and ‘sports authorities’ who put money so far ahead of personal and official integrity as to create the myth that TRFC Ltd (founded and accepted into a professional Scottish football league  in 2012 is one and the same as the Rangers football Club that was founded when my grandfather was, what?, (?1851 from 1872) = 21 years old!

    God give me strength!

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  7. Who is the Hampden blazer delegated with the task of remembering to wake up at midnight tomorrow night – to firmly close the window ?

    We don’t want any dodgy clubs taking advantage of poor housekeeping at Hampden – and sneaking in some tardy and mibbees ‘imperfectly registered’ players ?

    I’ll get ma squeegee…  15

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  8. I am sickened by my club’s refusal to sell Jamie Walker to TRFC at a knock down price – by instalments. How dare any football club refuse to sell to the Govan club at whatever price they offer, they are, obviously, so full of entitlement and are ‘The Peepul’, that we should all bow before them!

    I mean, that’s the impression one might get from reading this headline from the Herald:

    ‘Jamie Walker won’t sign for Rangers before the end of the window unless Hearts drop £1million demands’

    The article, itself, doesn’t go on to explain why Hearts might/should let him go, for what is, I believe, 40% less than what they value him at, and doesn’t point out that TRFC have not made a fresh offer; so this article, and others similar, is merely a sop to the Ibrox club’s supporters to give the impression that their club is actively pursuing a player they would like to see playing for them. The headline would have been more accurate, and less of a PR exercise, if it had read:

    ‘Jamie Walker won’t sign for Rangers before the end of the window unless they make an increased offer closer to the £1 million Hearts are looking for!’

    The article could then have made it clear that TRFC have not been in contact with Hearts since their unacceptable offer was made some weeks ago, and that it had been, and still remains, an offer to pay by three instalments over two years!

    Think about it, the Ibrox PR machine is putting it out there that TRFC are still trying to buy Walker, despite the fact they have not spoken to Hearts about it since their last offer was rebuffed quite a few weeks ago!

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  9. ALLYJAMBO
    AUGUST 30, 2017 at 15:27

    Think about it, the Ibrox PR machine is putting it out there that TRFC are still trying to buy Walker, despite the fact they have not spoken to Hearts about it since their last offer was rebuffed quite a few weeks ago!
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    AJ, you’re just a ‘hater’!  16

    And as Phil has mentioned, September – i.e. next week onwards – is when TRFC needs another soft loan of c. GBP 3M / 4M.

    So, Level42 might be instructing the SMSM to copy/paste a heck of a lot more cr@p in the near future… to distract the bears.

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  10. If I was Jamie Walker, I would get my head down and concentrate on Hearts.  He could be a hero, get a Scotland cap or more, and don’t let his head distracted by noises from Ibrox. That day may come, but it is not now.

    Anyways, I’m going back to worry about my own transfers. Wish some other club’s fans would come on here with their hopes and aspirations.

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  11. ALLYJAMBOAUGUST 30, 2017 at 15:27 
    I am sickened by my club’s refusal to sell Jamie Walker to TRFC at a knock down price – by instalments. How dare any football club refuse to sell to the Govan club at whatever price they offer, they are, obviously, so full of entitlement and are ‘The Peepul’, that we should all bow before them!
    I mean, that’s the impression one might get from reading this headline from the Herald:
    ‘Jamie Walker won’t sign for Rangers before the end of the window unless Hearts drop £1million demands’

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    In the good old days a quick phone call to the Bank of Scotland to get the overdraft limit increased would have sorted this. Wages would have been no issue either with the player probably being offered an EBT with a side letter. 

    Playing by the same rules as the rest is a real bitch eh!

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  12. ALLYJAMBOAUGUST 30, 2017 at 15:27 31 4  Rate This 
    I am sickened by my club’s refusal to sell Jamie Walker to TRFC at a knock down price – by instalments. How dare any football club refuse to sell to the Govan club at whatever price they offer, they are, obviously, so full of entitlement and are ‘The Peepul’, that we should all bow before them!
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    The instalments. may be the stumbling block for any club that has a player that is on the ibrox radar.
    If i’m not mistaken (and i’m sure i will be corrected if wrong) always happy to be corrected.
    Did i read somewhere that players have signed for the ibrox club, with the ibrox club paying in instalments only for the ibrox club to sell the player before the final instalments have to be made?
    Then the ibrox club pay off the balance with the money they have made from the sale of the player.
    Nothing wrong with that maybe, but risky.
    It looks like you have bought or splashed out say a million (Banner headlines and all that) Makes you look like you are a big club buying big money players.but in actual fact you have paid a deposit then paid off the balance with the sale of a player that has been hyped to be worth more than what you paid in the first place, trying to get a quick turnover and a little profit.
    Hope you can get where i’m coming from

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  13. CLUSTER ONEAUGUST 30, 2017 at 21:06

    Cluster One, I know exactly where you are coming from, although I have never even considered this angle. Very clever or, as you say, very risky!

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  14. I’ve got a question to ask.  I know I have mentioned it in the past.

    Why was Charles Green allowed to re-name Sevco as The Rangers.  I thought that a phoenix company/clumpany arising from a liquidated thing could not have a name resembling the dead structure.

    It would have solved so many problems with the bears, the SMSM to have had a name like IBROX UTD.  But to merely add ‘THE’ helped the delusion.

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  15. Jumbo
    From a legal point of view, the Rangers trademarks were purchased by Sevco, so it is perfectly entitled to use the name.

    It’s only a phoenix if the same directors are involved in oldco and newco. Charles Green was never a director of oldco.

     Not sure why you think ‘The’ Rangers is a different name from the original club. Before it was renamed to RFC2012 PLC it was ‘The Rangers Football Club PLC’.

    The new club is using exactly the same trading name and trademarks as the old one did.

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  16. upthehoopsAugust 30, 2017 at 20:11 
    ALLYJAMBOAUGUST 30, 2017 at 15:27  I am sickened by my club’s refusal to sell Jamie Walker to TRFC at a knock down price – by instalments. How dare any football club refuse to sell to the Govan club at whatever price they offer, they are, obviously, so full of entitlement and are ‘The Peepul’, that we should all bow before them! I mean, that’s the impression one might get from reading this headline from the Herald: ‘Jamie Walker won’t sign for Rangers before the end of the window unless Hearts drop £1million demands’
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    In the good old days a quick phone call to the Bank of Scotland to get the overdraft limit increased would have sorted this. Wages would have been no issue either with the player probably being offered an EBT with a side letter. 
    Playing by the same rules as the rest is a real bitch eh!
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    AJ, UTH

    In the Good Ole Days, Rangers phoning the Bank of Scotland did not result in them paying the going rate for Scottish players. How many players did they get at a knock down rate for other Scottish clubs? How many players did they get that the selling club did not want to sell?

    Nah. A phone call to the Bank of Scotland was as likely to be to arrange for them to apply the squeeze on a reluctant seller. IMO.

    This is the kind of corruption that I believe the clubs and the SFA etc are still trying to cover up.

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  17. CLUSTER ONE
    AUGUST 31, 2017 at 07:17
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    I don’t know if this is the case for the pages you are looking for, however it may be worth noting that there is a European “right to be forgotten”. People (and presumably other entities) can request that online information be removed. It is no longer the case that once something is on the www that it will be there forever.

    It is worth noting that if a page is important to you, for whatever reason, then the safest option is to download it. Right click, save as, will download an entire page which you can then refer back to locally rather than accessing the net to get the content. It will still open up in your browser as normal by clicking on the “link”. 

    It is also worth remembering that the www is not the entire internet and google is not the only search engine. So just because you cannot find something through google, bing or the more common search engines that does not mean it is no longer there, just that it is no longer included in their index. I think the fact that people now talk about “googling” something demonstrates just how ubiquitous that particular search engine is. 

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  18. ALLYJAMBOAUGUST 30, 2017 at 15:27

    The question should be why are T’Rangers interested in Jamie Walker in the first place, regardless of the price?

    He was blowing a bit hot and cold last season and has since gone off the boil along with showing a questionable attitude.

    Pedro let go two similar type players in McKay (£6m valuation) and O’Halloran and by all accounts he seems to want to replace them with Walker.

    The addition of Jack, Dorrans, Alves and the other new lads don’t make T’Rangers look any better than they were last year. I don’t see the addition of Walker making much difference to their squad.

    Its become a big blue squirrel of a story.

    I did however say some time back that T’Rangers would resort to type by attempting to weaken the opposition by trying to buy and unsettle players of those around them. The MSM are of course only too keen to help. 

    People down Tynie may have issues with Levein but on this issue I am hoping his stubborness and GTF attitude to T’Rangers is seen as a key asset to the club.

    Unless a decent amount of smakeroonies are offered in cash and up front, Walker can wait for the time he can sign a pre-contract  and sit the season on the U20’s bench for all I care.

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  19. WOTTPIAUGUST 31, 2017 at 10:06

    Since the outset of TRFC’s ‘bid’ for Walker I have questioned the genuineness of their intent, and believe it all but disappeared with their European Progres (of the Niederkorn type) 15 but, of course, they weren’t going to make the damage that result had caused too obvious by ending their ‘interest’, especially as it was clearly undermining Hearts’ relationship with an important player. The deal, as far as I can make out, was quite ludicrous, and was never going to succeed, though TRFC might, if they were genuinely intent on getting his signature, have improved it if the Europa League had beckoned.

    Things might change quickly today, and a deal be done, but it will have more to do with TRFC’s media aided propaganda campaign than Hearts’ need for the sale proceeds (most of which they won’t see for some time), as their only option appears to be to continue to pay for a disaffected player with no sale value after today.

    I do wonder why Hearts haven’t made more of this, making it clear how the ‘deal’ was constructed, and showing how the media were helping to unsettle a player – and not for the first time – but, of course, that is the same media that would be free to spin Hearts’ reaction in whatever way they chose, so maybe they thought it wiser to say nothing.

    I think we are seeing here an example of how the refusal of our clubs to make it clear that TRFC are not ‘Rangers’ will cost them all (with the obvious exeption of Celtic) as young, impressionable players, continue to believe they have the oportunity to sign for that once mighty club. I am sure the likes of Jamie Walker would believe the media’s published view that this ‘Rangers’ ‘return to glory’ is just around the corner, and sees signing for them will take his career to heights unimaginable at Hearts.

    Hopefully Ann Budge will realise this and appraise other, non-Ibrox facing, directors of other clubs of how it’s affecting the minds of young players who have not yet learned to ignore what they read in the papers, especially about themselves and the Ibrox club.

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  20. Hirsutepursuit, Thanks for that reply.  I read the link provided by Cluster One and it seems that you have it pretty well spot on. 04

    One lives and learns.

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  21. Cluster OneAugust 30, 2017 at 21:06 
    The instalments. may be the stumbling block for any club that has a player that is on the ibrox radar. If i’m not mistaken (and i’m sure i will be corrected if wrong) always happy to be corrected. Did i read somewhere that players have signed for the ibrox club, with the ibrox club paying in instalments only for the ibrox club to sell the player before the final instalments have to be made? Then the ibrox club pay off the balance with the money they have made from the sale of the player. Nothing wrong with that maybe, but risky. It looks like you have bought or splashed out say a million (Banner headlines and all that) Makes you look like you are a big club buying big money players.but in actual fact you have paid a deposit then paid off the balance with the sale of a player that has been hyped to be worth more than what you paid in the first place, trying to get a quick turnover and a little profit. Hope you can get where i’m coming from
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    There is of course the Boumsong alternative for raising cash.

    Sign relatively unknown player and get the SMSM to hype his performances out of all proportion to his ability. A smokescreen is created. In steps a sympathiser to pay way over the odds for no apparent reason. Bosh bosh, shoom shoom wallop, dosh

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  22. BOGS DOLLOX
    AUGUST 31, 2017 at 13:44
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    Unfortunately that opens up all sorts of things like investigations into transfers, search of premises, other things coming to light. It can all get rather messy. 

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  23. Bogs DolloxAugust 31, 2017 at 13:44

    One of the greatest unreported crimes of the century – certainly within football – and only beaten (as far as we know) by the, not unrelated, EBT & DOS scams! Oh, and the European licence fraud..! The list goes on, I’m sure14

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  24. ALLYJAMBOAUGUST 31, 2017 at 11:58  the refusal of our clubs to make it clear that TRFC are not ‘Rangers’ will cost them all (with the obvious exeption of Celtic) as young, impressionable players, continue to believe they have the oportunity to sign for that once mighty club. I am sure the likes of Jamie Walker would believe the media’s published view that this ‘Rangers’ ‘return to glory’ is just around the corner, and sees signing for them will take his career to heights unimaginable at Hearts.
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    Like the Lad Ryan jack.
    “Obviously coming to a club like Rangers, it’s always exciting and the European football is a massive appeal. That’s something I’m looking forward to, a European night at Ibrox.
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    He got his wish “A” European night at Ibrox.

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  25. ALLYJAMBOAUGUST 30, 2017 at 15:27  I am sickened by my club’s refusal to sell Jamie Walker to TRFC at a knock down price – by instalments. How dare any football club refuse to sell to the Govan club at whatever price.
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    Hearts have been burned before by an ibrox club when waiting for the final instalment. Why would they accept a sale of a player now to an ibrox club if the payment is in instalments.They may be not as cash strapped now and don’t have to accept a deal from an ibrox club.
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    Hearts have agreed a cut-price deal with Rangers over the remainder of the transfer fee for Lee Wallace.
    The cash-strapped Tynecastle club were due to receive £500,000 this summer as the final payment on his £1.5m move to Ibrox in July 2011.
    But BBC Scotland has established that the clubs agreed last week Hearts would receive £400,000 immediately as full and final payment for the defender.
      
    The Scottish Football Association insisted Charles Green’s consortium must pay all “oldco” Rangers’ football debts when it transferred the club’s membership to his “newco”.

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  26. The media really are excelling themselves today. Apparently Hearts must get real in terms of a player’s valuation in order for Rangers to sign said player!!!!

    Every day I don’t think they can get any worse and every day they surprise me, and it seems journalists called Chris are the worst of the lot.

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  27. UPTHEHOOPSAUGUST 31, 2017 at 20:30
    —— That Hearts what are they like, not selling a player undervalue to help make a strong rangers. Club 1872 statement and boycot to follow.
    More news to follow….10 Ok i’m trying to get into this deadline day tickertape thing16

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  28. OOps my source seems to have got it wrong.
    “Celtic last night completed a deadline deal for teenage PSG striker Odsonne Edouard, while also keeping their own first-team squad intact. ”

    Welcome to Scottish football OE.Here is a song for you and everyone else:
    (BP will love this)

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  29. CLUSTER ONEAUGUST 31, 2017 at 21:23  
    UPTHEHOOPSAUGUST 31, 2017 at 20:30—— That Hearts what are they like, not selling a player undervalue to help make a strong rangers. Club 1872 statement and boycot to follow.More news to follow….  Ok i’m trying to get into this deadline day tickertape thing

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    Whatever the rights and wrongs of Craig Levein becoming Hearts Manager (and it’s for Hearts board and fans to decide, no-one else), I’m sure he was never going to back down to Rangers appalling tactics on this one. Those tactics clearly aimed to use the media to put pressure on Hearts to sell below what they valued the player at. Some the reporting could have been written or spoken by Rangers fans standing at the end of a bar. Some of the more informed Twitterrati claimed whatever fee was eventually agreed was demanded in full and up front by Hearts. Bravo to them if that’s the case. Just think, if that had been the 80’s or 90’s Hearts would have what they want, Rangers would have the player, and the only people to suffer would be the taxpayer many years down the line as almost £1 billion of Murray Group debt was written off by the state owned Bank of Scotland. 

    As I said previously, life can be a real bitch when you have to play by the same rules as everyone else!

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  30. I woke up this morning to the news that Gordon Strachan has told his players that tonight’s game is not a ‘must win’.
    I know that if I was a player, I doubt if my morale would be boosted by such straw-clinging remarks by the manager : I think I would think ” what a fatuous, unrealistic comment that is” ( oops, pardon my language, I meant  “what an ar.ehole of  manager”.
    If Scotland don’t win tonight the pressure on them to win v Malta will be absolutely humendous, any defeat leaving us once again the rejects of World football.
    All four games are  ‘must wins’, and the boys on the pitch have to be told that.It’s
    It’s not  time for holding-hands-comfort, but for true grit, biting the bullet, and fighting to the death.
    If we have to die, let it be at the feet of  a more powerfully skilled enemy.

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