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  1. joe mccormack says:

    The dogs in the street are barking the news that King borrowed money from the 3 Bears (Taylor) in order to secure his shareholding.

    Is this not newsworthy as it would open up for debate the whole issue of King’s investment strategy?

    Why oh why is there not a single journo out there questioning King’s promises?

    Surely Level 5 ‘ s powers don’t extend to silencing the entire Scottish media, though that would appear to be the case.

    There are no secrets in Scottish football, our journos know where all the bodies are ⚰⚰.

    Why the wall of silence, a Mafia boss would delight in this vow of Omerta.

  2. john clark says:

    ‘the old house looks the same..’ as I step over from Twitter.
    Nothing untoward with the server, I hope?

  3. nawlite says:

    Looks like everyone is having trouble finding the temporary page. Took me a few searches to get here.

  4. Tincks says:

    Test

  5. seanebhoy says:

    That’s a bummer, I was looking forward to a bit of a catch-up this afternoon. (unhappy face)

  6. hangerhead says:

    me too.

  7. christyboy says:

    Howdy, always liked the old place. Serious attack or just maintenance?

  8. woodstein says:

    test

  9. Tincks says:

    Good luck battling the gremlins.

    Managed to catch up with the blog on Friday and was delighted to see that JC and AJ(?) managed to make it into the court and was looking forward to reading the analysis of the indictments and what the consequences might be.

    Can I add my thanks to the chorus. The efforts to attended court and report back are what make this blog the go to place for these issues.

    Is the full 20 page indictment document a matter of public record and publically available? It was shared with the press.

    Have re-read James Doleman’s summary on his blog and it seems to confirm what has been suspected all along – that whatever the outcome of the criminal cases there would seem to be years and years of civil litigation on the horizon.

    I used to think that the hackneyed cliché of “slow moving car crash” was the best way to describe the journey of Rangers mk2. On reflection I think that what we are really watching is a melting glacier.

    The bampots, BDO and the fuzz are the global warming and with each inch that the glacier recedes a bit more of the truth that has lain hidden is revealed.

    Will there be a miraculous change in the weather, a sudden cold snap to re-freeze the crumbling edifice or have we reached an unstoppable tipping point?

  10. smallchange says:

    For the benefit of those (like myself) that are puzzling on how to log in. Just click in the ‘Have your say’ box.

    Apologies if this is/was patently obvious to everybody but me. (sheepish grin).

  11. easyJambo says:

    @JC I can confirm that Jim Keegan was wigless, although he looked as if he needed one to improve on his attempt at a comb-over.

  12. Cluster One says:

    Overheard in the local Ladbrokes(SPFL sponsors)
    Over £20 they got from Ticketus, what did they do with that money.
    two guys talking about the court case.

    Now after all this time where do you start with that one

  13. Cluster One says:

    OOPS £2O MILL

  14. woodstein says:

    testing

  15. TSFM says:

    Serious server downtime folks. BP is on the case with some other geeky types. Latest is that it may be a couple of days before we get back.

  16. woodstein says:

    Third test

  17. easyJambo says:

    Cluster One says: Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 15:56

    Overheard in the local Ladbrokes(SPFL sponsors)
    Over £20 they got from Ticketus, what did they do with that money.
    two guys talking about the court case.

    Now after all this time where do you start with that one
    ===================================
    The charge sheet itself stated that RFC PLC provided a £16M loan to Wavetower which was used to pay off the bulk the RFC loan from LBG.

    Note that the MSM appear to have permission to reveal the contents of the 20 page charge sheet, but not to reveal any court proceedings that followed about those charges.

    After Friday’s hearing, I am unsure about what can actually be said about “Imran Ahmad”. The Scotsman and other sources stated on Friday “However, for reasons which cannot be disclosed, Crown Office lawyers have temporarily stopped proceedings against Mr Ahmad, an ex-club director.”

    If proceedings have been stopped against him, then is it not reasonable to be able to discuss matters involving him which don’t impact on the other accused, at least until such time as proceedings are restarted?

  18. upthehoops says:

    TSFM says:
    Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 16:47
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    Serious server downtime folks. BP is on the case with some other geeky types. Latest is that it may be a couple of days before we get back.
    ——————————————————————–

    Is this just a faulty server issue or have hostile forces been at work?

    Too early to say uTh
    BP

  19. tykebhoy says:

    @easyjambo you mean we can talk aboot a bank account belonging to a maternal relation of someone. Oops no even that’s oot ;). Is there anything that can be said about Imran that is on topic for SFM that doesn’t have some connection to one or more of the other accused

  20. john clark says:

    easyJambo says:
    Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 20:20
    _____
    eJ,,I acknowledge your correction about the ‘wiglessness’ of the Advocate Depute, thank you,

  21. easyJambo says:

    tykebhoy says: Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 20:35

    I would personally see IA as currently being in a similar situation to Brian Stockbridge in that the police want to speak to him and there would be possibility of him being detained/charged with various offences.

  22. easyJambo says:

    john clark says: Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 20:54
    ======================
    Did you manage to work out who was representing who at Friday’s hearing?

    I’ve been searching for QCs and Advocates with the names mentioned in court and I think I’ve identified most of them, with a little help from James Doleman’s withdrawn report. Unfortunately there isn’t a PM facility on the temporary site to take the matter offline.

  23. EasyJambo.
    Apologies, as I think I may have credited your twin brother Ally, as being a court attendee. (insert wee apologetic face)
    WRT to Imran, Could it be as he never held a directorship of the thingy, that owned the thingy?, I imagine in his role as a real bona fide “nothing” (A part he played so well) he wasn’t required to sign a lot. Merely replying to the odd text and calling people to give them their jotters.

  24. jean7brodie says:

    I am suffering withdrawal symptoms. Nurse!!!!!

  25. easyJambo says:

    IA was a director of TRFC Ltd “The Club” from 14 June 2012 until 29th May 2013

  26. easyJambo says:

    corrupt official says: Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 21:20

    EasyJambo.
    Apologies, as I think I may have credited your twin brother Ally, as being a court attendee. (insert wee apologetic face)
    ========================
    If I’m not mistaken AJ resides in middle England, and only ventures north for the odd Hearts game.

  27. That’s right EJ. but not the clique that owned the club….I recall a certain conversation where he didn’t want/refused a directorship, and was thinking there may have been a reason for it. .

  28. john clark says:

    easyJambo says:
    Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 21:11
    ‘…Did you manage to work out who was representing who at Friday’s hearing?’
    __________
    I
    Not entirely for sure, except in three cases, I think- Green, Whyte, and Whitehouse. And by a process of elimination, maybe two others!
    I caught the names of only 5 of the QCs who spoke, and now can’t tell for sure which of them was sitting where!

  29. easyJambo says:

    john clark says: Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 22:37
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    I’ll PM you when full functionality is restored.

  30. joe mccormack says:

    How is Level 5 managing to keep any questioning of King’s investment strategy out of the media?

    Not one of them is on his case which I’m sure is baffling to most of us.

    The media appear to have taken a vow of silence on all things Mr King and certainly in regards to his promised investment………I don’t get it, what’s in it for them?

    If King has indeed borrowed money from the 3 Bears, Taylor, in order to finance his share purchase, this is a huge story surely. The man that promised tens of millions of investment has no money……now how does that stack up with his previous promises?

    Perhaps when King next jets in one of our intrepid journos could pop the question………..though I seriously doubt it given their apparent lack of enthusiasm to tackle the subject.

    Given the collapse in the number of printed papers being sold one would think that the editors would be on the case of their well renumerated staff to bring in a story that would bump up the numbers.

    Given the recent rumours as to the financial situation down Govan way just what is preventing our media stirring the pot?

  31. john clark says:

    easyJambo says:
    Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 21:04
    ‘…I would personally see IA as currently being in a similar situation to Brian Stockbridge in that the police want to speak to him and there would be possibility of him being detained/charged with various offences.’
    _______
    I think that’s a safe deduction from one interpretation of the phrase’ temporarily stopped proceedings’.

  32. fisiani says:

    The Bosman ruling came down to restraint of trade and freedom of movement. Surely there must be similar restraint of trade rules that unfairly restrict clubs to a league and players to a club. The best wayto share in the wealth of the EPL would be to be a part of it. We would probably only get there via the court

  33. upthehoops says:

    joe mccormack says:
    Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 22:43
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    How is Level 5 managing to keep any questioning of King’s investment strategy out of the media?
    ========================================

    My personal take is Level 5 are getting that part for free. Things are rolling along very nicely on the park and there is no willingness to discuss negative topics.surrounding Rangers. The court case brings other possibilities but they will be more than happy to accept the reporting restriction in my view. Getting Rangers to the top league minus any distractions is all the media care about.

    The Celtic AGM is in November. Let’s not lose sight of the fact Celtic have called an AGM, having previously submitted fully audited accounts. The media will attend the AGM then for the next couple of days focus on the most negative aspects they can. History proves that to be the case. For me it clearly brings into focus the double standards they operate under. I guarantee if we are sitting in January 2016 and there has been no audited accounts or AGM from Rangers the media will STILL turn a blind eye. Neither will they ask the SFA if it affects their licence to operate (don’t laugh!).

  34. joe mccormack says:

    Up the hoops

    In my experience nothing is for free, there is a price to pay for everything whether monetary or in kind.

    Fully agree with your comments on the AGM/accounts.

    Driven by the continuing failure of our officials to get even basic decisions correct, Muir, again, then the ref in the St J’s game, why does the SFA not publish the marks given by the ref supervisor in the stand after each game, giving some transparency to the process.

    That from a Joe public viewpoint would help our understanding of how the marking system works and why those with the best marks get the biggest matches.

    Though, in Muir ‘ s case, it would be no surprise if he was marked 10 out of 10, a perfect performance, perhaps even a wee gold star added for good measure!

  35. scottc says:

    fisiani says:
    Monday, October 19, 2015 at 04:44
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    The Bosman ruling came down to restraint of trade and freedom of movement. Surely there must be similar restraint of trade rules that unfairly restrict clubs to a league and players to a club. The best wayto share in the wealth of the EPL would be to be a part of it. We would probably only get there via the court

    I think you are right, to an extent, but nobody can just join a pyramid at the top, without being invited to do so. Would Celtic/Aberdeen/Anyone really want to give up any possibility of European football for perhaps up to a decade? Maybe, but probably not.

  36. fisiani says:

    Anyone really want to give up any possibility of European football for perhaps up to a decade? Every team in Europe knows the name Celtic at least. Which of these teams would seriously turn down a one off or two legged friendly Barcelona, Inter Milan, Porto, Ajax, esp if not or no longer in European competition. Celtic could have more European competition than we have at present. We could play Hartlepool on a Saturday and LA Galaxy midweek.
    Do they just sit back and accept sliding into mediocrity and remain a feeder club for the EPL or do they demand their place in the sun. Remember that Celtic are not just a Scottish club but they pay UK income tax. There are clever ways to enter English football. https://www.soccerassociation.com/0/
    Buy a small English team rename them Celtic and base them at Celtic Park. Clubs can legally change their names and change their ground. How much would it cost to buy a Crawley Town, a Guiseley, a Barrow etc. Or do we just quietly accept sitting at the back of the bus. Hostile takeovers are not illegal. Think outside the current situation. Define the goal then come up with the strategy. Or just do nothing.

  37. joe mccormack says:

    Without venturing into OC/NC territory let’s just assume new club is old club.

    That seems to be the SFA take on things, for what it’s worth!

    So on the assumption, court cases and finances aside, that OC will qualify for European football sometime in the not to distant future, how will that play out with UEFA?

    The only defence that the SFA can put forward WRT the issue of the 2011 European licence is that during the self certification process the club did not inform them of the outstanding tax bill and that their checking process, if there is one, was inadequate at the time but since then steps have been taken to ensure that there will be no repeat ( although as far as I know no changes have been made, stand to be corrected on that one Darryl)

    So SFA get their knuckles wrapped by UEFA but what about the club?

    The club have lied in order to gain a European licence and the financial gain that goes with it.

    I doubt if there is a more serious offence in the UEFA rule book and if the OC/NC myth is to be perpetuated UEFA can add their substantial weight with a 5 or 10 year ban from all European competitions for the team currently playing out of Ibrox.

  38. easyJambo says:

    The haves and have-nots of European football revealed with the financial distribution for the Champions League and Europa League for 2014/15 as published by UEFA.

    Champions League
    http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/competitions/General/02/29/45/25/2294525_DOWNLOAD.pdf

    Juventus was the top earner with €89.1M despite not winning the tournament as the Italian TV pool money was split between two clubs rather than Spain’s four. Barcelona “only” received €61.027M in total after winning the competition.

    Europa League
    http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/competitions/General/02/29/45/29/2294529_DOWNLOAD.pdf

    Celtic received €3,422,507

  39. fisiani says:
    Monday, October 19, 2015 at 09:40
    “There are clever ways to enter English football.”
    ========================================================
    I’m not so sure what you suggest would be possible, or advisable. There are ownership of two clubs problems to contend with, or are you suggesting we should fold Celtic, and use a buying vehicle, say, Sevco 1888 for instance, and “sell” them our history, which can be passed to the purchased club, along with use of our name and stadium?
    Where would we stand in the EPL if we used such “clever ways” and other European clubs decided to adopted them? Clubs with shady oil baron owners and astronomical start-up capital?
    For me, Celtic are a Scottish club, and should be working here to improve matters.
    I understand the lure of the financial rewards, but at what cost?.

  40. john clark says:

    fisiani says:
    Monday, October 19, 2015 at 09:40
    ‘…. or do they demand their place in the sun. .’
    ________
    Demand? That smacks a little too much an attitude of mind expressed elsewhere by others who would add the word ‘rightful’ between ‘their’ and ‘place’.

    It is arrant nonsense to speak of any Scottish club having an ‘entitlement’ to a place in English Football, in pretty much the same way that it was arrant nonsense for TRFC to expect to be ‘entitled’ to be regarded as RFC ,or to talk about ‘returning’ to their ‘rightful’ place.

    And it is a national disgrace, and permanent stain on the character of Scottish Football, that its current administrators sold their personal integrity and the integrity of Sport by accommodating the blustering, bullying shyster who founded TRFC ,and who continue to protect and defend the subsequent series of highly questionable boards which have followed each other in ‘running’ the shambles that the new club has remained since its foundation.

  41. joe mccormack says:

    JC

    ah but, there is always an ah but.

    No matter how events transpire through the courts or otherwise all those up to their necks in it will be squealing at the top of their voices and blaming one another when the fat lady eventually sings.

    Duped, fooled, misled, lied to…..you name it!

    Yes, all of these will appropriate but none of it could have been made possible without the assistance and connivance of bankers, solicitors, accountants and administrators.

    To my knowledge there have been several investigations into the behaviour and actions taken by the above professionals……Lo and behold nothing amiss, nothing to see here, move on.

    If ever there was a case of looking after your own then this is a classic example.

    Trust is thin on the ground and when that is lost the game’s indeed a bogey.

  42. joe mccormack says:

    If say for example you had recently borrowed money from a colleague to invest in a company due to some difficulties you had in releasing funds you have elsewhere……..millions according to the media, and that colleague was now pressing you for repayment, what would be your course of action if say due to some pesky court thingy that shareholding was in grave danger of being reduced to financial dust?

    a) do you take the hit on the chin and pay up like a gentleman?
    b) tell said colleague to do one?

    All hypothetical of course!

  43. paddyturner says:

    Lost & found

  44. john clark says:

    joe mccormack says:
    Monday, October 19, 2015 at 12:54
    ‘.. none of it could have been made possible without the assistance and connivance of bankers, solicitors, accountants and administrators.’
    _________
    Not to mention the assistance afforded by the extraordinary decision by Controller BBC Scotland TV not to follow-up, seriously and in depth, the very good early work of Mark Daly.

    And, of course, Controller Radio Scotland was/is ultimately responsible for the crew on Sportsound etc refraining from anything like serious questioning, from the day the news of the financial havoc SDM had caused by his cheating, became known.

    A succession of BBC staff men and ad hoc pundits, most of them either with a previous or current ‘privileged’ connection with SDM, or a connection as former players( with or without EBT loans ‘to pay back’) was, it seems to me, clearly warned to stay on ‘message’ ( untruthful as it was and is)- or be thrown to the wolves, or , indeed, the bears.

    I have no words to describe the contempt I feel for such people, for whom there is no way back to any kind of acceptance as sports journalists who have much to contribute to Scottish football.

    [ I am conscious that I have said all this many times before, but I’m also aware that the readership of this blog will inevitably include some/many who are new to it, perhaps even on a daily basis,and have not the time to go fully back to basics to get to the reasons why we take the views that we, or I generally take.

    We cannot let mere passage of time allow the great football offence that SDM occasioned, and the (even greater) offence against Sporting Integrity perpetrated by the so-called guardians of our Sport , to be shrugged at passively, and for the baddies to think they have got away with it.

    All attempts to bludgeon us into ‘moving on’ have to be resisted, until the wrong is corrected]

  45. neepheid says:

    Warburton recruits another of the Brentford backroom boys-

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/rangers-make-another-hire-appoint-6661188

    Looks like “Moneyball” is coming to Scotland with this one. And is there anyone left at Brentford- apart from former Ibrox Wonderkid Lewis Macleod?

  46. redlichtie says:

    It has been interesting reading the johnjames site and seeing some reality from the blue side peak through. I’m aware though that JJ is something of a lone voice and is also at times confused over some of the financial and legal aspects.

    Today’s posting has some good and sensible stuff but is let down by things like :

    “The solution here is simple. A new owner with a minimum of £15m to his name steps forward and pays off Ashley his £5m.”

    Mmmm….RRM with those sort of funds have not exactly been queueing up to help over the past few years.

    “We sell the land and move to a new stadium.”

    What is the land actually worth especially with a stadium that will require careful and costly demolition? And who actually owns Ibrox? Who would buy land that is toxic in so many ways?

    “We open our own outlet to sell our merchandising at the stadium and online, creating new brands if necessary.”

    Mmmm…..I am sure MA and his colleagues at SD might have something to say about a competing merchandising operation.

    “The concert party shares of Taylor, Park,Letham and King are bought for as little as possible to rid ourselves of another criminal. With their 34% and a deal done with Easdale for his shares, 60% equity could be acquired for less than £10m (20p per 1p ordinary share).”

    And how is this great strategic plan to be brought off? Wishful thinking, I fear.

    “Relocate to a new site in 2/3 years and if we can sell Auchenhowie to a developer, we could invest this money on the park. We cut a deal with Glasgow City Council. We move from Ibrox, freeing up this land for their plans, on the basis of allowing development at Auchenhowie. Should the assets revert to BDO, let them sort out the mess.”

    Thought that they had sold the Ibrox land as an earlier part of the plan? Did they just mean the car park? But that is needed for use of part of Ibrox on match days. Is there not a planning/licencing issue over this?

    JJ needs the input of some more thinking bears or perhaps he should participate in this site as it appears he has much more in common with views and ideas expressed here than he perhaps appreciates.

    Scottish Football needs a strong Arbroath.

  47. TSFM says:

    Now back to Maverick 🙂
    http://www.sfm.scot

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