written by – William Douglas
There are two trains headed for Ibrox.
One of them has been there many times over the last three years, since administration, arriving empty but always leaving with a full payload.
It has made many stops at a variety of destinations on leaving Ibrox, sometimes at “Green”, other times at “Ahmed”, “Stockbridge”, “Wallace”, “Whyte”, and, more recently, at “Ashley”.
Yes, you’ve guessed it…..it’s the GRAVY TRAIN!
Another train WAS headed to Ibrox but was surreptitiously diverted into a “sidings” back down the road a bit.
This was, and is, the INVESTMENT TRAIN! It was due to arrive with cash for the betterment of the RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB, with millions of pounds aboard, contributed, in good faith and out of great loyalty and at considerable hardship to many of the investors (THAT’S YOU I’M TALKING ABOUT).
More recently, Dave King and many others tried to bring the train home but such was the deviousness of the owners of the GRAVY TRAIN, this attempt and sacrifice was also pushed into the sidings.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT?
Now it seems the gravy train is close to it’s last journey – season ticket moneys have been taken, staff wages have been taken, there still remains the aale of key players, then it’s only the structural assets and the line can finally be shut down, Beeching Style!
To keep the GRAVY TRAIN running a bit longer, with further visits to well-known stations, a bit of “kidology”will be tried – pretend to invest, make noises about new signings and “Europe” and some loyal supporters will be duped into feeding the greed maybe just one more time!
Unfortunately, like the cash injections made to the tune of £3,000,000 by Mr. M. Ashley, no true “investment” will actually be made….just a further amount, large or small, with punitive strings attached, rather like the extortionate rates applied to loans by the “pay-day-loan” sharks, from which one never recovers.
Then the team we have all struggled to support can properly be called “the Sport’s Direct Shop Team”, perhaps saving the owners money by accepting “Zero Hours ” contact conditions!???.
You and I have to free up that “Investment Train”, by taking two painful steps –
- To stop feeding the GRAVY TRAIN—it MUST leave Ibrox EMPTY, no more merchandise purchases, no more cash at the gate.
- START SERIOUSLY investing in Fan Ownership – what you normally would spend on tickets, merchandise, pies and programs, needs to go toward what we wanted it to go to-owning and nurturing the team!
Please be aware that the RST and RANGERS FIRST are legitimate, accredited organisations you can trust, properly controlled and audited to allow them to operate securely with your cash.
Let’s see no more diversions of our investment in our club. The teams survival and success depend on having honest people in control.
Those of us who are in regional or local supporters clubs need to mobilise and could truly lead the way to our recovery.
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