I suppose that, given the nature of my little internet endeavor here, I need to say something about today’s developments in Scotland. I’ll start with the most obvious thing first: none of this ever had to happen.
I’m not talking about the former Rangers F.C. being financially irresponsible (though greater oversight probably could have nipped the situation in the bud), I’m talking about what happened after that- the club going into administration and then liquidation. At that point, Rangers F.C. no longer existed as a football club, only as paperwork and physical assets to be purchased at bargain basement prices. Any buyer should have known that the rules were clear- reform, apply for admission to the SFA and SFL, and if accepted, begin in the Third Division. The problem was that from a business standpoint, that’s a non-starter and the parade of potential buyers that came and went without buying in was evidence of that. Faced with this predicament, it is my opinion that the idjits who run the SPL and SFA began to suggest behind closed doors that “something could be worked out” to avoid this fate if somebody, anybody, would please buy the remnants of Rangers F.C.- and somebody finally did, Charles Green.
Green appears to be either wildly misinformed, delusional, or both. Among other things, he thought he bought the rights to contracts of the Rangers F.C. players- and indeed he may have been led to believe this- but, as we all know, that’s not even legal in the U.K.- it’s up the employee (player) to decided if his contract is transferred to a “newco” in a situation like this. Even after today’s vote to…wait for it…follow the rules that have been in place all along, Green’s first public statement said that he accepted the decision of the SFL and would abide by it… but of course, there’s always the chance of an SPL2 being formed when the SPL meets next week and clubs (including the “newco”) being invited to join it. This would be a way of circumventing the entire process and ending up in the equivalent of the First Division. This part of his statement was quickly pulled from the Rangers’ website when, I imagine, somebody finally put an arm around Green, looked him in the eye, and said, “Stop. It’s over.”
It is my hope that this event (or never ending series of events) will eventually come to some good. Certainly there will be some financial hardships at some clubs, but I think every club can come out of this drama stronger, if only by being more fiscally responsible and that might just lead to a more even playing field for all clubs. Whatever the case, I’d hope to see the SFL and SPL merged, a larger top division, a true pyramid system, and…wait a minute- didn’t somebody already suggest all of this?
Before I close I’d like to pass judgment on all of those- singular and plural- involved in this debacle. ”Heid Up” means you did well, “Heid Down,” well, not so much…
I don’t want to talk about this anymore.