Showing posts with label Hearts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hearts. Show all posts

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Aberdeen, Rangers, and the slaughtering of Ryan Jack

One of the worst-kept secrets in Scottish football is Aberdeen’s former captain Ryan Jack making a summer switch to Ibrox. I say former because the press has made quite a big deal of the fact the Pittodrie outfit relieved him of the armband and furnished Graeme Shinnie with it instead.

Indeed, the press and Scottish football in general have made a real stink about the fact Jack is swapping Pittodrie for Ibrox, as if such behaviour is abhorrent.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Rangers to make a move for second ex-Hearts captain?

After summer 2015’s securing of ex-Hearts captain Danny Wilson, Rangers have been persistently linked with another.

Christophe Berra was recently released by Ipswich and it has been confirmed by his soon to be ex-manager Mick McCarthy that the ex-Wolves stopper wants to return to Scotland to be closer to his family:

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Goodbye, Mark Warburton...

Article by: Greg Roots

I haven’t written on this site for a while, and I hope that doesn’t make my opinion less relevant than that of our regular contributors to this site, however I feel that after last night I had to air my views.

The general consensus from this site for the last 6 months has been that Mark Warburton just does not have what it takes to be a successful Rangers manager. Rangers are about winning at all costs. Mark Warburton is about delivering a performance and learning. Rangers are about fighting until the end and battling for our lives. Mark Warburton is about subbing off a loan player (best on the park at the time) because he sees us as a 'development club' and wants to respect Hyndman’s parent club.

How Warburton's post-match interviews betrayed the truth

Trying to sift through the wreckage of last night’s abomination on the pitch of Tynecastle is a borderline impossible task, so IbroxNoise decided to take a different angle and expose our ‘manager’s’ post-match interviews for the equally dismal performances they were.

When Warburton was appointed back in 2015, he was initially lauded widely for his press conferences and interviews – he spoke intelligently, progressively, and with the kind of forward-thinking fans believed we needed at the time. After four or five conferences, however, yours truly noticed the same rhetoric, phrases, and general angles being used a few times, and while it was not a big issue back then, I suspected strongly that when results started to struggle under this man, his media displays would be one of the first things attacked by the larger support.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Post-Hearts venting board

After tonight’s colossal atrocity at Tynecastle, IbroxNoise would like to offer our readers a sounding off board to vent. Consider it cathartic, allow the spleen to be fully expressed in a thorough venting. User ID will be off for this article to allow every Bear to comment although moderation remains on.

Consider this a trial run at a forum, in light of how we are all feeling following one of the worst nights I can remember as a Rangers fan. I have no words for it, and I suspect few of you do too, but let it all out friends because that is why we have our site – our opinions as well as those of our readers.

Rangers fans' poll; January's transfers: are you happy with the deals?

Well January’s window is all complete. Much hype was made about the potential departures of Matt Gilks, Matt Crooks, Barrie McKay and Michael O’Halloran but O’Halloran’s switch to a rival club never materialised and in the end Rangers’ winter departures were the former two plus a glut of youngsters deemed inadequate for the journey ahead.

Mark Warburton managed to hold onto his prize asset in McKay, plus the undeniably useful O’Halloran, while clinching four incoming deals. Entering the Marble Staircase on a temporary basis with loans from Bournemouth and Arsenal respectively were Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral, while already on-loan youngster David Bates made his stay at Ibrox permanent with an undisclosed fee parting him from Raith Rovers.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

So, Boyd was right then?

Ian Cathro’s appointment at Tynecastle set the cat among the pigeons in the anals of the SPFL. Opinion was divided over it, ranging from ‘too young’ to ‘progressive signing’ to ‘out of his depth’.

The latter can be mostly attributed to Kris Boyd, whose controversial ‘newspaper’ column gave Hearts’ new manager some of the most merciless criticism one is likely to witness in a national publication, and even yours truly distanced himself from that scathing attack, affording Cathro more respect than the ex-Rangers striker was willing to.

Going by today’s display and result, Boyd was not only bang on, but a lot of people in Scottish football and beyond owe him a genuine apology for the insults they threw at him as a result of his piece.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

The defenders who could be the future of Rangers

 Richard Fillingham

When Dave King and the rest of the board, contracted the new management team of the very talented Mark Warburton and David Weir for Rangers on the 15 June 2015, it was an outstanding piece of business. Admittedly, there was an element of gamble involved when Brentford let the two of them go, but Mark and David have proven to be a major success by signing so many young, good, keen players, who play wonderful attacking football.

Their first signing was Danny Wilson, a left-sided centre back, within seven days of taking over. They believed that by securing his services from Hearts on a free transfer, on 22 June 2015, he would become the cornerstone of the Rangers defence for years to come. To sign a possible future captain of Rangers on a free was seen as a major coup, and he was a player with something still to prove, so it seemed to be a no-brainer signing for him and Rangers. Unfortunately, I think it should and could have worked out a bit better than it has. Is it as big a success as nearly every Bluenose hoped for?

Friday, 1 April 2016

Scottish football fears Rangers' return to the top

By Greg Roots

Even the most pessimistic Rangers fans cannot deny that our return to the top table of Scottish football is imminent. We will be crowned champions this season and we will playing in the SPFL Premiership in the 16/17 season.

The impact of this, however, has not quite sunk in yet. Five years ago, the prospect of sealing promotion back to the top division would seem preposterous. Roll the clock forward though, and the same event signifies the eventual end of what has been, for the majority, a dreadful spell in the bowels of Scottish football. Of course the new board and Mark Warburton have resorted prosperity to our great club, but nothing will ever rid my mind of the long-ball memories that McCoist provided us with.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Celtic should have 'done a PSG' - but it's Rangers on the rise

Normally this site avoids subject matter related to Celtic’s endeavours like the plague, because it is all about the Rangers for us. However, following Hibs’ shock loss last week, their Glaswegian cousins likewise stumbled one tier higher when they visited New Douglas Park and crumbled to a 1-1 draw.

Generally I would shrug and dismiss it as unimportant to Rangers, but it is now starting to emerge that its relevance to all things Ibrox is growing.

In four years, Celtic have had a chance to ‘do a PSG’ – with their vast resources, they had a chance to open up an embarrassing lead at the top of the Premiership ala their Parisian counterparts in Ligue 1. Instead, tonight, once again they stumble – out of Europe already (as usual) they are barely even a force in Scotland any more, and that is for Rangers, in time, to viciously exploit.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Can Rangers beat Celtic?

Ever since the abysmal display at Hampden a year ago against Ronny Deila’s Celtic by then-Rangers manager Kenny McDowall’s Ibrox outfit, the pressure regarding the Old Firm match has been doused a tad.

The fact one had not been played since April 2012 increased the intensity, but February’s tame encounter in Mount Florida which saw Rangers easily beaten went some way to easing the mounting pressure over the fact the fixture had not been played for years.

Rangers and Celtic are both in today’s draw for the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, and while chances are slim that they could meet, given there are 16 teams left, nevertheless there is always a chance.

And the apposite question is do Rangers stand a realistic chance?

Friday, 20 November 2015

Is there a way back at Rangers for Danny Wilson?

If this season has brought any surprises, beyond Rangers’ stellar start (not such a surprise after Mark Warburton was appointed manager), it is the ‘fall from grace’ of effectively this summer’s marquee signing.

Former Hearts, Blackpool, Liverpool and Rangers defender Danny Wilson was truly the biggest name Rangers brought in over the summer, and was even posited as potential captain material.

With the 23 (yes, he is still only 23) year old having quit SPL-bound Hearts, Rangers’ acquisition of him was considered a real coup, given the lad has an astonishing level of experience, including the Champions League and English Premiership.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Rangers fans' poll: are Rangers ready for the SPL?

Rangers’ manager Mark Warburton has now claimed his squad is mostly equipped for life in the SPL next season, confessing that he only requires five more players by the start of play next season to be able to compete at that level.

Indeed, these five players are simply referred to in squad terms, and not even in starting XI terms, and thus the conclusion he has alluded to is that only mild tweaking overall is required overall to have Rangers ready for life in Scotland’s top tier.

But do you agree?

Saturday, 30 May 2015

How Rangers CAN get promoted

It was all doom & gloom at full time on Thursday. Rangers, humbled humiliatingly by the visiting Motherwell, saw their chances of promotion hanging by a thread, and that thread in itself was only there thanks to Darren McGregor’s late goal.

However, if there is one solitary positive to take from the result, McGregor’s goal aside, it is the fact that Rangers’ best results under McCall have been when the Ibrox men needed to win in the big, big matches.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

How Stuart McCall beat Hearts

It was all going so well. 43 minutes on the clock and Rangers were two excellent goals to the good against Hearts, rampant Hearts who had strolled to the Championship title with plenty left in the tank.

It had been a professional display from Rangers, with plenty of possession, a few chances, and two clinically taken strikes to impose their superiority over their visitors.

The 4-4-2 manager Stuart McCall had chosen, with Vuckic on the right and Shiels on the left while Murdoch and Law operated in the centre, supporting Clark and Miller up front, was working smoothly indeed – so much so that Miller had scored the opener and Clark was being a constant nuisance.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

If only McCall got here sooner

Four weeks ago, Tuesday 10th of March, then-manager Kenny McDowall led Rangers to yet another dismal, insipid, dull and frankly awful draw at home to Queen of the South in his final match in charge. Despite the regime change four days earlier, the glaring inadequacies of the McCoist/McDowall alliance were once again Rangers’ undoing, and yet more points were dropped.

At this point promotion was as good as gone, the team was crumpling from one failure to another and morale was on the floor.

We now turn our attention to this afternoon’s clash, the big one against champions Hearts.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Why Charles Green is Back

Back again, Charles?

It had almost been boring had it not? Rangers fans had gone a good three or four weeks without any major boards’ politics nonsense, or fan protest and the ilk. Long-suffering Bears were actually arguing about football, and Ally McCoist.

My last entry analysed the manager, his tactics, and the team’s performances.

But then, that could not last.

Literally 24 hours later news broke on two separate counts, in a subject area that supporters have got beyond sick of and that undid all the football-oriented discussion of recent weeks, not to mention slightly overshadowing tomorrow’s flag day.

Sunday at Ibrox was supposed to be purely about unfurling League One’s mast, while hopefully beating visitors Hearts. Last but not least was the lovely moment when the Govan Stand would officially be renamed the Sandy Jardine Stand.

But no, here we are bleating on about Dave King, David Somers, Charles Green & a brand new name to the Rangers world – George Soros.

The first story to break saw chairman Somers discussing future share issues, and the opportunities for investment. Asked on Dave King specifically, Somers replied:

“We are always open to dialogue with new investors, including Dave King. On an occasion in the future when we might be talking to new investors, I would expect us to have a courtesy conversation with him.”

Many may disagree but I feel this to be a weak, poor and incompetent response about a man who has openly attacked the Club and tried to strange its coffers with the failed ST Trust scheme. If someone attacks you with a knife in the street, you do not then ask them to help heal the cut they caused. Dave King tried to hurt Rangers, and now Somers has his cap out?

For me, the response here should have either been ‘no comment’ or an outright ‘no’. I know the Club is in dire need of finance, but given King has threatened to invest for 15 years (the £20M story from the 90s is history) without anything materialising I believe he is beyond a busted flush – consequently rejecting him is like saying ‘no’ to the hopes of a lottery win before the numbers are drawn. You are rejecting the occurrence of an event which is nearly impossible anyway.

Dave King could have pinched this Club for less than £10M during the admin days, but was nowhere to be seen. Indeed he could have taken it off Murray’s hands for £2. He was the invisible man.

No sooner had that story made the headlines though, when it was completely trumped by yet another public takeover threat from former CEO Charles Green.

Not for the first time, the former head of the Club made public waves about recapturing Rangers, only this time purely as a proxy for American billionaire George Soros. This is what Green said:

"I’ve got a number of people ready to invest in Rangers. I’ve told people this is a great club and a great opportunity. It’s one of the world’s biggest brands in terms of football. I don’t want to go back to Rangers, I left unhappy last year and know it wouldn’t be right to go back. However, to see where the club is now is a disaster.

Why Charles Green? I’m not applying to be the Messiah but I won’t let the club continue to slide and become a laughing stock. What I’m saying is if someone else can raise the money then great - if not, I’ll do it.

It’s a disjointed fan base and someone needs to stand up and say how it is. I’ve made loads of mistakes I’m not saying I’m a good guy but I’m certainly not the worst guy.

I wouldn’t be involved at executive level or operationally but if I bring investors in, they’ll want some kind of representation on the board. That could be me or someone else.

Raising cash is what I do. It’s what I’ve done for 30 years and it’s all I do. What is important is that the club is saved. If the club doesn’t raise cash, then it won’t be able to continue to trade.

If some fans would rather the club goes back into administration then they are not real fans. Sit and wait and see what happens - if I don’t raise the cash then that’s it but if I do the club will be stronger.

Fans need to unite. One week it’s the Sons of Struth and then the Union of Fans - there is no union of fans.

I’d love to see all the fans unite and hate me - at least then they’d be united. It’s a disjointed fan base and someone needs to stand up and say it how it is."

George Soros - the new kid on the block?

In simple terms Green wants to make more money (well, he would not do this for free would he) and believes, among others, Soros (who owns around 7% of Manchester United) see Rangers as an investment opportunity. Readers of my blogs down the years know I have always been an advocate of Green, and that I never subscribed to the propaganda against him. Yes, the guy wants to make cash, but he has never lied about that. Here he appears to trying to get Soros to invest in Rangers (possibly buoyed by Rangers’ popular American tour where obscure stadiums in California & Ottawa were filled with blue jerseys) while using the cover story that he genuinely cares about the Club.

Maybe he does, but to me this does not matter – if Charles Green, who said, by the way, that he does not want back at Rangers (to which the Union of Fans’ respond “Charles Green is not welcome at Rangers” – bit slow, are they not?), can get American billionaires to pump money into Rangers so that the Club can get back to a financial keel while a few folk make a bit of cash of it, that is fine with me.

There appears to be a curious belief among certain fans that Rangers are not a business, and that ‘how dare these crooks make cash from our Club’. Apparently some fans expect rich men to literally ‘gift’ them the cash for no return, because otherwise they are just thieves. It is beyond na├»ve.

In the end, nothing will likely come of this anyway, as is so often the case. But if Green can get rich people to invest cash in the Club to help us through this period, obviously while they get a return, it is something I would take.

He raises cash. It is what he does. He gets paid for it.

No one does anything for nothing in this life.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Signings Rangers Need for Life in the Championship

With the championship in the bag, the cups finished (For Rangers anyway) and only an unbeaten record now remaining to play for, attention has turned in earnest to preparation for next season’s travails in the Scottish Championship. Already confirmed as participating next year on top of Rangers are relegated SPL outfit Hearts, existing Championship sides Raith Rovers and Livingston, and fellow promoted League 1 side Dunfermline.

There are a few slots yet to be finalised (potentially including the other half of the Edinburgh coin, Hibernian) but the SPFL’s second flight next season looks like being the strongest it has ever been, boasting at least 5 former SPL teams for sure among its ranks.

So, it is safe to say it will be a considerable step up from League 1 through which Rangers bestrode like a colossus, but the Ibrox men currently do not sit pretty in terms of the personnel at their disposal and the form they carry.

Manager Ally McCoist has indeed confirmed his own doubts about the present team’s ability to cope with life in a higher division next season.

"Absolutely, the prospect of a big club like Hibs coming down worries me. No-one has a God-given right to win games. I've already said it will be a hell of a competitive and interesting league."

While Rangers’ squad is not abysmal, their form is, and targets have started to emerge as early as April regarding badly-needed enhancements to the squad. Let us take a look at the speculation.

The first one is the big name. The ex-player. Kris Boyd, currently plying his trade at Kilmarnock, and sitting pretty on 19 goals this season, Boyd has even managed an SPL Player of the Year nomination. The former Ibrox striker has matured greatly, adding intelligence to his game including setup play, and when he has appeared on BT Sports as a pundit, his knowledge and insight, and even charisma, have been a remarkable improvement on the monosyllabic shy-looking individual he once was.

There had been promising reports Boyd had signed a conditional two-year deal worth £7,000 doubling to £14,000 on promotion to the SPL, but according to the Daily Record the player has denied any contact has been made.

It has been reported that McCoist has definitely received a conditional ‘yes’ from one Bosman of the two he has spoken to, with Scott Allan of West Brom, Dundee United’s defender Gavin Gunning and Motherwell’s Shaun Hutchinson three such candidates.

If the ‘yes’ is not from Boyd, the money has been placed on it being Scott Allan, given the young Scottish midfielder’s reported desire to ‘return home’.

A name not mentioned but who yours truly believes would be a bargain is Albion Rovers’ impressive 25-year old stopper, Ross Dunlop. Outstanding at Ibrox in the cup quarter, the Wee Rovers’ defender would be an inexpensive outlay and a fine acquisition.

Two other names tenuously linked are also former players; Madjid Bougherra and Kenny Miller. Both have strenuously stated their desire to return, with the Algerian especially eager given his willingness to ‘play for free’. Miller, on the other hand, would require a wage, but if it is a modest one his presence cannot surely harm the team.

What is for sure is a vast change is required this summer, especially in central defence, with the hopeless Lee McCulloch desperately needing replaced. Bilel Mohsni, after a fine start, has become extremely unpopular among supporters despite (or as a result of) this author’s view that he has had to carry McCulloch in defence.

Gunning, Faure, Mohsni, and Dunlop would be a half-decent central defensive pool to choose from at Championship level.

However, McCoist has also reiterated all of this is totally moot until CEO Graham Wallace confirms what his budget is this summer, following the long-awaited business review’s conclusion around the 25th.

And that, my dear bluenose friends, is another story entirely.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

We Tried to Warn You

            "There is a saying about digging a grave for someone: you get it for yourself…"

21st June 2012 - Vladmir Romanov. If ever acrid, bitter, rancid irony came back to haunt a club, the above statement made by the Lithuanian madman to justify Hearts' refusal to vote Rangers' newco into the SPL would probably be it.

As one of the first on the anti-Rangers bandwagon, a bandwagon which was punctuated by greed, spite, hate, pettiness and sheer vindictiveness, Hearts were assuredly forefront in their moral indignation of the Ibrox side. It is true Romanov expressed sympathy for fans of Rangers, but his scathing drivel about a football mafia and a conspiracy against his club was as insane as it was unnecessary.

We tried to warn you. 

Last summer Rangers were dumped into the third Division of the SFL, and just about every Rangers writer, whether official or not including yours truly, warned the rest of Scottish football that this vote had opened a black hole in the domestic game. An abyss was being formed, and many lesser clubs such as Motherwell and Kilmarnock went publicly on record as fearing their financial future. It was predicted that Rangers' banishing would cripple revenue for the SPL - just what do you do when you lose a massive source of finance? The loss of thousands upon thousands of away supporters caused a deep wound, and despite delusional SPL supporters defending the health of their league, it was clear to anyone outside the country, and Rangers' and our supporters, that this was, in blunt terms, codswallop.

And now supporters of the Gorgie half of Edinburgh have to suffer the excruciating pain Bears had to last year.

            "The football mafia represented by former owners of Rangers FC and Rupert Murdoch's media are to blame for some of the worst problems to hit Scottish football and must not be allowed back in under any circumstances."

Beyond the complete jibberish from Mad Vlad here is the staggering condemnation of Sir David Murray, whose tenure might not have finished in the most sparkling fashion but who did nothing to merit this idiotic slur.

And now Romanov's club is in administration, the cause of which is financial mismanagement on a scale never seen before in Scottish football. Detractors may try to point to Rangers' EBT scheme for comparison but it was vindicated in a court of law, while no court of law would ever defend Romanov's systematic refusal to pay his players on time.

The number of jokes about the Eastern Bloc businessman turning Tynecastle into Tesco illustrates just how woefully Hearts have been run, and how clearly the rest of Scottish football could see it.

Taking a pragmatic stance, however it is fair to say that no decent Rangers fan (or any football fan) should truly want Heart of Midlothian to die. Now, before angry readers protest and suggest Hearts made their own bed here, hear me out;

It is true that their insane owner was the first to leap up and down over Rangers' troubles. It is true that a huge majority of SPL fans wanted Rangers' cast to oblivion last year. It is also true that there was plenty of poisonous hate from the Jambo faithful. And it is ultimately true that karma has bit them where it hurts.

However, if Hearts become the second SPL club to crumple as a result of the first, then the end truly will be nigh for Scottish football - if two of its largest clubs fall out of the SPL it, while proving us observers right from the word go, will spell the beginning of the end for the game in this country.

"Good riddance" I hear you cry. Some Rangers fans might even want that. I probably counted myself as one of them last year while the bitter aftertaste of the club's treatment lingered persistently. However, nowadays, the problem is if Scottish football falls:

Where do Rangers go?

As written many times, England will not accept Rangers and the Atlantic League is never going to happen.

There is nowhere to go. We are stuck here.

It is in the interests of Rangers that Scottish football does not die - the only small hope Rangers had for a safe haven was the Blue Square Premier, but after the excitement in January of the league's chairman Brian Lee suggesting the move could be discussed 'next week', nothing further was ever reported. Yet another false dawn and lame duck.

Rangers are stuck in Scottish football, and it is in our interests that the likes of Hearts do not die.

However much hate there is, and there is a lot, supporters have to rise above the small-minded pettiness that came their way last year.

I am not on my high horse here - I am not preaching to you all. You can feel whatever you want to feel and I am unlikely to change anyone's minds. But the truth is a great deal of the poison going towards Hearts yesterday, while loosely justifiable, was exactly the same as the hate from them and everyone else last year towards Rangers.

It is in Rangers' and our fans' best interests that Hearts survive. Not because we like the club or want them to be in good health necessarily speaking, but because if they flow into oblivion, then the fragile house of cards that is Scottish football will look perilously close to crumbling as a result - and because Rangers are trapped here, it includes us. If there was a way out I would gladly take it, but there simply is not.

This club and its fans suffered horrendously last year. Is it really going to be an eye for an eye and the potential meltdown of Scottish football including Rangers? Or will we rise above the small-minded drivel which saw SPL fans preferring to see their own clubs going bust than letting Rangers back in?

The choice is yours.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Day the SPL Killed Itself

Was Monday the 25th of June 2012 the day the Scottish Premier League committed suicide? After the previous revelations on Sunday regarding the newco vote that Hearts, Hibs and Dundee Utd would not be voting in favour of Rangers came the final bombshell that Aberdeen, and surprisingly Inverness Caley Thistle and St Johnstone would be following suit and rejecting the new Rangers' company entrance to the SPL.

The first club to reject Rangers publicly.
This has followed months of speculation about Rangers' fate should it come to a member club vote, with the general belief from many being that it would be astoundingly foolish from a financial point of view for these smaller and less affluent clubs to reject a newco Rangers, a club whose presence would still help finance a massive chunk of the capital required to sustain the top flight in Scotland. From the massive Rangers away support helping with clubs' gates receipts to the most obvious revenue the giants of broadcasting such as Sky and ESPN bring to the table in light of Rangers' presence in the SPL, it is clear that each half of the Old Firm is critical to the livelihood of the Premier League, and the loss of either would have dire consequences, not just to the other remaining half, but to the smaller clubs.

Motherwell released figures on Sunday suggesting they will lose almost £1,000,0000 every season Rangers do not feature in the SPL, warning drastically that they would almost certainly face administration should the newco vote go against the Ibrox giants. "The club could be facing an insolvency event" their board revealed to the supporters, given the sheer chasm the loss of a million a season will create.

Kilmarnock confirmed similar fears, when manager Kenny Shiels said the following:

            "We have to save a million pounds. How do you do that? That's our challenge. We'll be the one that's affected the most to be fair, because where we are in relation to Rangers geographically, it's a Rangers stronghold where we are. We had 2 home games against Rangers which is even worse because we lose 2 home games against Rangers."

Kenny Shiels, fearing Kilmarnock's future.
So, smaller clubs within the SPL such as Kilmarnock, Motherwell, St Johnstone, Ross County, Inverness, some of whom will vote against the newco are going to face massive financial calamity as a result of it. A million pounds is a lot in the modern game, especially to a financially weak footballing nation such as Scotland. For that level of capital to simply vanish is gigantic and fatal.

And yet, here we are, replete with the certain inevitability that clubs, facing extinction if they vote against newco rangers, will indeed vote no on the 4th of July. Fellow blogger Chris Graham, who is doing a fine job of television appearances in light of recent events, stated on STV News last night:

            "They've all stated sporting integrity, I'm not convinced that's the only reason."

Polite understatement of the year Chris. There is no denying other clubs wish to see Rangers punished for alleged wrongdoing of the past, but the direction the vote is going sees the distinct possibility that they are cutting their noses off to spite their faces.

There is the issue of the dissolving of the top flight, with the SFA/SPL/SFL in talks to create an overhaul of Scottish football, which would void this vote and potentially save Rangers' place in the top flight, but it is prudent to opt for the assumption that this massive task will not happen and the Govan side will remain outside the top flight.

The smaller clubs cannot cope without the TV money and gate receipts a club as big as Rangers bring to them. An example to mull over is that Aberdeen get 12,000 attendance when Celtic visit, 7,000 when Kilmarnock visit, and well over 15,000 when Rangers do. Average of £25 (prices vary from £18 to £28) per adult ticket at Pittodrie. What do Aberdeen do when they lose at least 16,000 ticket sales from the absence of Rangers? That is £400,000 a season gone in an instant. And that is before the vast loss of TV revenue. Yet they are voting to reject Rangers?

Does admin await this lot? If financial reports are to be believed along with their vote, yes.
The 25th of June 2012 was the day certain member clubs chose to commit financial suicide. Potentially not all would have voted to reject Rangers, but those who did dragged the others down with them.

Financial oblivion awaits the Scottish game.