written by – William Douglas
The Gravy Train and The Investment train.Which one gets loaded?
I don’t want to labour this, or any other analogy representing the current situation at Rangers, but these ways of addressing the problems we face are intended to focus our attempts at solving the problems, so, bear with me as I draw this and other analogies together for that reason only.
As I indicated in an earlier post, all attempts to bring fair and serious investment have been “pushed into the sidings back down the track” as the incumbent board members have selfishly closed ranks to safeguard their “gravy-train” sources of income which do nothing to take the team forward but do everything to increase their stranglehold on our club to benefit only their own pockets.
Remember, for example the dishonest public releases by Mr Easdale months back that preceded and facilitated the payout to Mr Ahmed, undermining Rangers’ position at court, etc., etc.
Now, fast-forward to the current situation regarding Ally McCoist’s resignation/notice and ask yourself – In any other circumstance, wouldn’t a club arrange a more-or-less immediate settlement to relieve Ally of the weight around his neck and improve the club’s coaching dilemma?
The assumption, of course, is that we can’t afford to handle the pay-off, to which Ally would actually be entitled let’s be absolutely clear. As such, it is therefore implied that Ally McCoist is disloyally, almost, holding a gun to the poor, beleaguered club!
Now, look at the OTHER changes, at board level, and watch carefully what happens when – maybe very soon now, a certain board member, Mr. Somers, decides to go, or is pushed, and see if the GRAVY TRAIN can’t find another lovely load of cash to send along the line to him!
That could not happen too easily, could it, if Ally had been “dealt with” as you would have expected he would? So, the cash is protected for Somers or one of their own.
THE INVESTMENT TRAIN, meantime, SHOULD have been loading up with, at the very least, the half-season input that you and I STILL have in our pockets, but our offer with the sensibly proposed guarantee of asset security, is still lying exactly where the board want it…..IN THE SIDINGS, while Ashley’s £3,000,000 loan is put in place, tied up and protected while ADDING to our burden!
Now, some say the reason for empty stadiums is the team’s performances, and that may be a contributory factor, but I have to say that me and my family WOULD be there no matter the performances, because the presence of the fans is 99% normally assured out of loyalty and the knowledge that encouragement for the team from large attendances would bring us more victories.
Our absence and that of the other 20,000 of your fellow supporters is first and foremost to tell the board that their handling of the Rangers legacy is seriously flawed and that we know they are simply looking after No.1. So, let’s have no argument that any of us are disloyal! Those who choose to attend are NOT seen as disloyal, nor are those who sacrifice their commitment for what they perceive to be the right reasons.
So….knowing that all the finances coming from Mike Ashley and those who have been in his pocket, in my opinion, from day one, with and through Whyte – and, yes, Ticketus…(are they linked to Blue Pitch, Margharita?) and Lloyd’s Bank..is ring-fenced for HIS agenda…what are you going to do?
Will you accept that no family can thrive where there is more than one agenda…HIS…to consolidate his billions and pay lip-service to loyalty to what should be a community legacy, as against OUR agenda, which is, and has been throughout our generations, to promote and protect what our forefathers passed on to us?
It would be very nice to put trust in a man with such wealth, that’s certainly paid off for Whyte, Green, Ahmed, Stockbridge,Wallace, Crighton, Somers, and no doubt will work out to be the correct display of faith by the Easdales and Mr. Llambias – but it will never work for Rangers. Those people have total faith in Mike, but absolutely none in you and I, and – in my book – they’re pouring the most obnoxious insult on the name of every Rangers fan past and present.
If you love your club get together and drive this lot out. We want to get back to focussing on the game, but to purely focus on Ally’s situation or what any player brings or doesn’t bring to the game right now, is not the issue and displays the kind of blind faith and head-in-the-sand behaviour that the GRAVY TRAIN operators just love.
You will see even the supposedly savvy journalists favouring this kind of topical journalism rather than take the trouble to investigate and report properly on the real issue of the agenda driven take over of Rangers.
All they do, and I include the shallow reporting of the featherbedded ex-players with column inches in the press in this, is to latch onto the current stuff and hope the real story will either go away or jump onto their keyboards for them.
Who cares who will be next in Ally’s seat. Get into the meat of the situation – stop boring us with news fodder! Earn your crust, ffs.
We need to get a buy-out up and running now and I appeal to the world-wide support to get together on this through either RST, RANGERS FIRST, THE UNION OF FANS, or, if they don’t want to organise it, through me.
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