"That day at Pittodrie when we clinched our first title for nine years will live with me forever. Anyone who was there will say the same. We had done it, and we’d deserved it. We were the best team in the country...I still look back in awe at the type and standard of player we had. Just frightening to think of."
What's even more frightening is that folk like this can't understand that they 'deserved' nothing of the sort. All that triumph, all that glory, was paid for by you and me. Schemes were put in place so that they didn't pay their fair share of tax and banks handed money willy-nilly to David Murray; our money, from our savings etc. I knew somebody that worked for Murray at the time and every day was spent on computers, moving money from this account to that account, inflating the apparent value of all holdings while they were worth virtually nothing. That kind of shell game can't last forever and the whole thing eventually came crashing down. The Peeppul, however, see nothing wrong in it and would be quite happy to go back to those days; after all, it was Whyte (spit!) that caused administration, wasn't it? (Just don't mention the 'L' word.)
It seems the scenario that McMurdo's Mob is looking for is for the Real Raynjurz Men to somehow get together with Mike Ashley:
"...this will deliver once again a strong, thriving, financially secure and successful Rangers as a business and outstanding football teams who will thrash all comers at Ibrox".
Aye, right! They still don't get it. Rangers never was 'strong, thriving, financially secure' and its success 'as a business' was all smoke and mirrors. Those days are over. We're all more vigilant these days and nobody is going to stand by and let The Peeppul's new team ride roughshod over the rules like their old one did. Besides, the banks are all regulated nowadays and it'll take more than an Edinburgh Academy tie to get handed millions in loans. In point of fact, no bank will touch the new club with a bargepole, meaning that they are totally reliant on the largesse of 'sugar daddies'. Unfortunately for them, rich men are not renowned for their philanthropy. Ashley has already shown that he's quite willing to lend money; but at a price.
While everybody's greetin' (or laughing!) about the crests and Broxi Bear, King and his cronies are trying to calm everything down by the simple expedient of claiming that, once Ashley is paid back then the problems are over. Exactly when they're going to pay him, however, has not been stated. Things might not be quite that simple, though.
Here's the bit of the loan contract that deals with Murray Park etc:
The Club will transfer 26 per cent of the share capital in Rangers Retail Limited to SD for the duration of the Facility, which will be transferred back, at no cost, upon repayment of all outstanding sums owed by Rangers and its subsidiaries to SD. There is no specified repayment period for the first tranche of the Facility.
"The Facility is to be secured by (1) a floating charge over the Club's assets and (2) fixed charges over Murray Park, Edmiston House, Albion Car Park, and the Club's registered trademarks.
Things are pretty straightforward there. Once the loan is repaid, the assets will be transferred back, 'AT NO COST'.
On the other hand, there is a slight difference in the section of the contract that deals with the IP rights:
On irrevocable payment or discharge in full of the Security Liabilities, the Lender will promptly at the request and cost of the Assignor re-assign the Assigned Rights to the Assignor (or as the Assignor shall direct.
See it? 'AT THE REQUEST AND COST OF THE ASSIGNOR'. Everybody seems to have overlooked that bit. The operative word is obviously 'COST'.
So, as soon as Ashley gets his £5m, Murray Park, the Albion Car Park and Edmiston House will immediately be handed back. As for the badges etc. Bisto FC is going to have to 'request' their return and stump up an unspecified sum. It looks like Ashley's got the Real Raynjurz Men tied in knots. They really shouldn't have pissed him off. And what's Sandy Easdale up to? He might be a big fish in a small pond but a pike in a canal can still take your fucking fingers off if you stick your hand too near it!
King, his cronies and The Peeppul should be scared shitless at the silence of Mike and Sandy. I might be mixing my metaphors a bit here after mentioning big fish, but when you're going into battle against a wasp, you need to know where it is. Whether you're going to chase it out the window or beat the bastard to death with a rolled-up newspaper, there's nothing worse than the brute hiding somewhere, quietly waiting its chance to get you when you're least expecting it. The Real Raynjurz Men are going to get stung; badly.
Meanwhile, one, or maybe more, of The Peeppul decided to decorate a Sikh temple with a swastika. How do I know The Peeppul were involved? Two reasons. Who else in this country of ours is so full of racial and religious hatred? And who else in this country of ours would be so fucking thick as to write Islamophobic bile on a Sikh temple?
I see The Proclaimers have penned a new song about Jimmy Savile, the paedophiles at the BBC and the paedophile ring at Westminster. It's commendable that they're highlighting this national disgrace but, unfortunately, you just know that it's going to be co-opted into The Peeppul's songbook; minus the bits about Westminster, of course. A song of protest and a cry for justice will be turned into a vile, point-scoring exercise by a bunch of racist, sectarian scum. With any luck, though, Ashley and Easdale will have killed off their new club before they discover the song.
And what is it with the Daily Record? 'Anyone but the Tories' they proclaim, but then they spend all their time attacking the SNP! The latest stuff about a £7.6bn 'black hole' comes from the supposedly-independent Institute for Fiscal Studies. Readers of 'Fear and Smear' will know that this organisation relies on funding from Westminster, so it's hardly 'independent'.
Speaking of 'Fear and Smear', what's happened to the reviews on Amazon? Come on - get your fingers out!
"We don't need no steenkeeng badges!"