What’s got 4 legs and more money than Glasgow Rangers?
Harry Redknapp’s dog.
Always start with a joke I say. If you don’t get it, I will assume it’s nowt to do with the quality and guess that you aren’t fully abreast of the current situation with the Scottish champions.
Rangers are in administration, seemingly dicing with the threat of liquidation and being touted as potentially going out of existence and having to climb up the league ladder under a Rangers-esque pseudonym, a bit like a higher-profile version of Wimbledon’s recent rise from the ashes.
They owe the tax man £49 million and are unable to pay Dunfermline Athletic what they owe them in tickets from Saturday’s match. How careless.
Before I go on any further, I have to say I am not going to take pleasure in, and abuse this page to gloat over, the potential demise of somebody else’s team. I admittedly don’t like Rangers, as I see them as a sort of Scottish Man Utd, dragging fickle fans from all over their country (and beyond) who leave their local league club struggling.
However, my only real emotions at their recent disaster are;
a) bugger, that’s one guaranteed game from my weekly coupon gone west, and
b) have they got any decent players we can advantageously pillage for a knockdown price?
The media is making out that this is a disaster for the Scottish league, as Celtic will win everything and interest in the SPL as a competition will wane. The media are, of course, full of shite, as I imagine fans of any other Scottish club will be cock-a-hoop at these developments.
One despicable trait of the Old Firm is their tendency to moan about lack of competition in Scotland (usually while whining on to get in our Premier League, like there aren’t enough English cities/trains inflicted with drunk Glaswegians on a typical Saturday) then immediately extinguishing any threat to their dominance by pilfering any decent player/manager who looks like making a challenge from any other club.
With Rangers gone/in decline, someone may see this as an opportunity to build a team, with only the one big bully to stand up to. Furthermore, if someone beats Celtic in a cup, the competition may be fair game, as opposed to defaulting to Ibrox as currently happens. Does anyone really think any Hibs or Aberdeen fans out there will give a toss about lost TV revenue when they can actually win the cup?
As for expecting Celtic to be upset, that’s the maddest thing I’ve heard since someone saw fit to charge eight million quid for Jean-Alain Boumsong. Imagine, if you will, Sunderland being mismanaged down the divisions, through courts, possibly out of business?
Now imagine this doubles Newcastle’s success rate and add in the fact that the mackems and ourselves are like mates when compared to the Old Firm and you’re about halfway to realising exactly how bothered Celtic are.
Anyway, I digress. The events that have seen Glasgow Rangers, 54 times Scottish Champions, collapse into disaster are surely worth heeding. There but for the grace of God go we, it makes you think that maybe the recent Mike Ashley model isn’t the worst way to run a football club.