Written by – John McIntosh
“Rangers only have two years of history.” You’d be fooled by thinking that these were the words of an obsessed Celtic fan who calls us Sevco everyday – but no, this was Stephen Thomspon the chairman of Dundee United.
Granted there are bad feelings between both clubs and their fans; but management should really rise above this nonsense. In fact had he been an adult & negotiated with us he would probably would have gotten Charlie Telfer for cheaper than going to tribunal.
Back in 2012, when Rangers were demoted to the third division they decided to pay all Oldco footballing debts. The club owed a few clubs some fees – one of which were Dundee United who they owed a small amount. When Rangers paid Dundee United the £31,000 debt – I didn’t hear Thompson say “no you owe us nothing – you’re a new club with no history.”
It appears that we are a club with 142 years of history when it suits them and a club with 2 years of history when it suits them better.
Just to dispel the nonsense that so many in Scotland that claim Rangers died and are a new team with no history – we can choose evidence from a variety of options – ECA, ASA, BBC trust, SFA, SPFL, Lord Nimmo Smith as well as a variety of clubs who have gone through the same process as Rangers while nobody tries to claim they don’t have their history.
Some clubs who went through the same process and had to create a Newco while continuing as the same club are Leeds, Coventry, Fiorentina, Napoli and Middlesbrough. If you ask fans of Leeds, Coventry or Middlesbrough if they are called a new club by their rivals they would look at you in bemusement and reply of course not.
Lord Nimmo Smith’s views are, “In common speech a club is treated as a recognisable entity which is capable of being owned and operated, and which continues in existence despite its transfer to another owner or operator.” Quite straightforward that a Lord in law has decided that a company is not intrinsically linked to the club.
SPFL CEO Neil Doncaster is quoted, “It’s an existing club even though it’s a new company.”
The UEFA rankings include us at 92nd and many Celtic bloggers have pointed out you can’t click on Rangers to go to their own page that is correct but the same happens with Palermo. The obvious correlation is that both teams out of the top flights of their respective countries.
A UEFA article said in April 2013, “It represents the Hoops’ 44th league crown, leaving them ten behind rivals Rangers FC, who were absent from the top flight for the first time this season.”
Many shout out, ‘but they started as a new club called Sevco’ – “The Scottish FA can confirm that The Rangers Football Club Ltd have today received confirmation that full membership of the Association has been transferred.” S o membership transferred from Oldco to Newco meaning that Rangers FC continued as the same existing member.
The ASA also confirmed our status as the same club by saying the following after Celtic fans complained about a poster promoting us as the most successful club in Scotland – “We consulted with UEFA, which explained its rules allowed for the recognition of the sporting continuity of a club’s match record, even if that club’s corporate structure had changed…. We considered that consumers would understand that the claim in question related to the football club rather than to its owner and operator and we therefore concluded that it was not misleading.”
Praise is due the Rangers board too for telling Dundee United to do one when they claimed we only had two years history I can’t wait until we beat that horrible lot – there will be some celebrations anyway.
Our haters can’t accept that we are still here that we have 142 years of history, that we are the most successful club in Scotland but the facts are clear – We are coming, expect us.
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