How to solve a problem like Rangers - An open letter to the board

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Where is the Rangers board of directors?

In the late '90s, there was a pseudo-intellectual conversation in Glasgow claiming that Fergus McCann - then Celtic's majority stakeholder - was running a "finish second strategy". Giving priority to the P&L account over the need to stop their arch rivals from claiming10 titles in a row.

People forget how much the brethren were very sceptical about Fergus. Doubts about how much he really understood "the city" and how he underestimated why that tenth 'Gers title was non-negotiable for the Celtic fans.

Wrong by the way. All wrong.

The Scottish media in those days, shall we say, were quick to find fault in the Bunnet. Article after article attacked him, Jock Brown, and CFO Eric Riley (he of presumed Rangers leanings).

This all culminated in the boos around Celtic Park as Fergus unfurled the flag which stopped a nightmare Rangers "Decima".

Still, a scandal of which the Celtic fans should be thoroughly ashamed.


Whilst your author may opine from substantial geographical distance these days, there is, for me, a sense of a glitch in the matrix; of deja-vu.

Rangers is all over the place. You can read between the lines. And yet the poor Englishman in the hot seat seems utterly abandoned to his fate.

The manager has spent badly in the summer. And he himself seems to be getting the equivalent of broken wage packet silent treatment.

But, this time, the media doesn't seem to be asking the questions of a Rangers chairman that McCann faced.

Answers needed

Ok, topically, it's not going to come from Derek Johnstone, but where are the journos?

Who is asking:

- Do you have faith in your manager?
- Do you, Mr. King, have any intention of competing with Celtic?
- Large investment plans were marketed to the fanbase not so long ago. What happened?
- How much do you think it will take in a four-year plan to stop Celtic getting to 10-in-a-row?
- Have you actually got a business plan to win the Scottish Professional Football League?
- Or do you secretly know it's not possible?
- If you have estimated the investment needed, when will that capital enter into the club?
- From whom will that investment be sourced?

You get the idea. Basic, basic stuff.

Instead, what we have today in Govan is complete silence, with Mark Warburton left isolated and exposed, whilst Dave King (Chairman), Stewart Robertson (Managing Director) and Mr. Jim Traynor clearly choose not to alleviate that state of affairs.


There can only be a couple of explanations.

Either the rumours are indeed true that the Rangers board would happily see Warburton leave in frustration, or alternatively, they just don't realise what Old Firm Glasgow is all about.

King seems to be a very odd bird, seemingly not overly sensitive to the passions and angst in the town over the green and the blue.

The Stewart Robertson I knew from his Motherwell days was too meek a soul to be much use amongst this bear's picnic, and then there is Traynor. The real boss?

Jim and I have a decent relationship. Not always agreeing but both knowing the game. So why isn't Jim defending Warburton?

I have my own response, but modern digital publishing dictates that you maximise the potential "engagement" and interaction potential with a question.

My question is, Jim, you know you are going to do it, so why wait? And at the same time, answer all the other questions above.

As always, with respect,


Roger Mitchell was the founding CEO of the SPL and was also an elected member of UEFA's Professional Football Committee in 2002.

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