Stuart Dickson Posted June 30, 2012 Report Share Posted June 30, 2012 (edited) Not long to go now...End game in sight....We will all know very soon.....If It's No Rang*rs in any league will that make you happy? I know you aren't asking me Reborn, but just to answer it for myself anyway - no I don't think I would be happy. Look to put you in the picture I followed the Airdrieonians case very closely. When they were liquidated and they formed the new Airdrie United they went up against a number of non league clubs for admission to the SFL at the four tier. I can't remember who all the clubs were but I think I'm right in saying there were four. Of the four Airdrie had approval to play as tenants at the brand new Shyberry Excelsior Stadium - a 10,000 seater SPL compliant ground - in a town that had proved it had a fan base of around 2,000 - 3,000 supporters. SFL chairmen decided wrongly that the better bid came from Gretna who had an owner who was pledging to throw money around whilst playing on a pitch which was barely a public park. Their decision left other SFL clubs exposed to the potential that Airdrie United would become predatory in order to purchase a place back in the SFL and as it transpired Airdrie United succeeded when it bought Clydebank off of their administrator. Lessons have to be learned from history and for that we need an even handed approach to the application of the established practice when a Scottish Senior League club is liquidated - in that they be made to re-apply for the 42nd league spot and considered amongst other applicants. Now presuming the Newco can prove either ownership or at least papers that prove they will be the sole tenants of Ibrox Stadium - a FIFA 5 star stadium - and evidence that the Newco has a potential fan base in excess of 40,000 then surely that bid has to be better than one that would admit Spartans, no matter how ambitious and well run they are. And if that application isn't subsequently rubber stamped then all you are doing is pushing the Oldco Rangers fanbase into a situation where they have no choice but to become predatory in the same way Airdrie United became - and the net result could see Rangers back in the SPL far more quickly as they buy up the likes of a St Mirren, Kilmarnock or a Motherwell. IMO there shouldn't be the blood lust that we are seeing for retribution against Rangers. What we should be seeing is an overwhelming pressure on the authorities and on football chairmen to ensure that all teams are treated equally. Rangers have to be treated as Airdrieonians were. Edited June 30, 2012 by Stuart Dickson 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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