It’s a truth that money corrupts. Where there’s a coin to be made you’ll always find shady goings on. It’s the same the world over and I expect will always be thus.
In ’94 we welcomed The Bunnet’s honesty, and rightly so! He allowed us to buy shares at a time when that would only have been a pipe-dream for ordinary fans. He gave us our Club back, mentally and physically. Some of us made a wee profit on those shares, some of us still have them…some of us were lucky enough to do both. He told us his plan, we accepted it but then couldn’t understand his reticence to match the spending from the other side of the city. Fergus sold up, made a tidy profit and wished us all the best. Some begrudged him the Flag that stopped 10 but not me! I regarded Fergus as our Saviour and still do. We wanted Fergus to match Murray in the transfer markets but Fergus understood we couldn’t. We didn’t understand it until the Wee Tax Case and the Big Tax Case and Downfall and RangersTaxCase and all the stuff we know now.
And Fergus was right. On loads of stuff. He took on the SFA and won. He got rid of Farry and we foolishly thought that was the start of something new, a new equality. Indeed, his good work laid the foundation for where we are today. Both on and off the park. In the Boardroom and on the terraces. Other than the Stein era we’ve never had it so good. But success is not guaranteed. Football is cyclical. Which is why the current Board need to stand up for what is right. Morally and legally. The Rangers are flying at the moment, well until Sunday when Hearts took the game to them!
They’re flying because Fergus left the corporates in charge. Desmond doesn’t give a toss about the SPFL. Nor about the SFA. Nor any form of The Rangers. He cares about money. Lots of it. That’s why he’s here. He knows we can make him money. We know it, too, but we don’t care as long as we’re successful. We wanted Fergus to match Murray in the transfer markets but Fergus understood we couldn’t. We didn’t understand it until the Wee Tax Case and the Big Tax Case and Downfall and RangersTaxCase and all the stuff we know now. We hated their success under Souness and Smith and Advocaat, not just because of their football but because of the outward expressions of superiority. They were relentless in the late 80s and 90’s with their Harry Enfield Loadsamoney shite! They were unbeatable, they had half the England team due to the English League European ban FFS!! But we were there, anyway, supporting our team, because that’s who we are. Faithful through and through, irrespective of who runs our Club.
We welcomed the demise of Rangers due to their mismanagement, and I’d welcome it again tomorrow. But would Lawell, or Desmond? That was rhetorical, we all know the answer! Money corrupts. What can we do? Oglach is right to say by attending games and paying into the corporations that support the game we are part of the problem. I get it.
But the alternative is harder to take, we all love our team and football. It’s why we’re on this site after all. We can only punish the Club by boycotts but what would our intended endgame be? Integrity of the Board? Ongoing Honesty from the Board? Openness from the Board? A new Board? Are the factions at play behind the scenes, seemingly against the interests of our Shareholders, missing something? Is there a long-term strategy at play? Would it harm the Club in the long-term if the truth came out? Does the Board know something we don’t? Are the Board playing a long game? But, here’s the big question…does it matter?
Fergus chose Desmond, not the other way round. Fergus saw a long game player. He knew there was money to be made over time and Desmond understood. We signed our Dividend rights away thinking everyone did. Except Desmond. He never signed his away. He has done well out of us. But in the time he’s been here so have we, as a Club. Is it wrong? Is he entitled to his return…well I suppose but only as much as the next shareholder…who forfeited his right to a dividend because he was told it was to be reinvested to build the Club further. Were we sold a dummy, probably. But we didn’t really care because it’s our team and we want success.
We are not insignificant. We are the cash cow. We always have been and always will be. It’s hard to accept because you want to feel special. You want to feel needed. You want to feel you are a part of the success. It’s YOUR Club! You are part of it’s history, you are it’s present and you and your kin are absolutely it’s future. Without you the Club is nothing. And those bastards know it!! And even although I know Oglach is right, and even although I knew the Rebels were right in the 90s, I can’t stop going. I love them too much!
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