An open letter to Charles Green
- 20 June 2012
Dear Mr Green
I am a long time season ticket holder and have been astonished at the events at our great club in the past four months.
There are many questions which we would like you to answer, however it is not my intention revisit them here.
The purpose of this letter is to appeal to you to withdraw the application of re-entry to the SPL. Applying for re-entry now is not in the long term interests of the club.
A meeting date of 4 July has been set. Notwithstanding that this is after the current season ticket renewal date, I am very concerned about the undoubted list of concessions from Rangers a successful application would require over the next fortnight
Our history is not up for negotiation and is not a bargaining tool. I very seriously question the motives of 11 SPL chairmen who are more interested in re-writing history rather than addressing the colossal task of shaping and saving the future of Scottish football.
Nothing is to be gained in a fortnight of high pressure negotiation, with clubs, Sky, SFA and all in the full glare of the UK and wider media. It is more than likely that the current appetite for blood lust cannot be satisfied in that time. This would leave us in very real danger of not having a league to play in for season 2012-13. The endless wish to inflict further sanctions on the club would also not be resolved in that time frame. You would be taking a leap of faith on our behalf and faith in the SFA, SPL and the system is something that our fans do not have any of.
We should not continue to subsidise other SPL clubs when we ourselves are in financial difficulty.
What sort of product would we be buying into in any case? Whilst we must be careful not tar all fans and journalists with the same brush, we must remember the vitriol and bias levelled against in the past few months. The lack of support from governing bodies has been as notable as it has been incredible.
An SPL product where we would play against those who would have us die on one hand but take our money on the other is both unattractive and utterly repulsive. Season ticket sales will suffer as a result and an SPL away boycott by our fans an absolute certainty.
What the club desperately needs is clarity around the way forward and breathing space to regroup and reassemble. Club finances need rebuilt from scratch and future governance completely overhauled and made truly transparent. We cannot do this as a crippled participant in the SPL.
Instead an application to the SFL for entry to division 3 should be made. This may not sit well with some of our fans, and indeed it may give those that fight against us some of what they want, but it is wholly in the best interests of the club. All of us connected to the club need time to stand back and take stock. SFL3 allows us to do this. It will also allow the hysterical blood lust within the SPL at the moment to subside with the passage of time. They will have their own troubles to contend with in our absence.
From the past four months you will realise that The Rangers Football Club will always attract attention. Our support is fervent and our enemies are obsessed with us so we will never be far from the limelight, but a few years outside the SPL would release some of the pressure and let us get back to footballing matters.
If an estimate of selling 20k season tickets is conservatively assumed. Even at £250 per ticket that would provide £5m in funds for the club. A starting point well capable of beginning a Division 3 campaign. There would also be a TV deal to be had and merchandise sales as well.
It is accepted that many players would leave in this scenario. However I do not doubt that discussions with players and their representatives about future at the club are ongoing, and regardless of which league we play in, many of them will leave in any case. They will leave with our good wishes. The club could and should be rebuilt around youth.
You have bought the assets of the club at a distressed price. Future value in your investment will be built around rebuilding the club with the full backing of the supporters, bringing stability and building for long term success.
If you truly are interested in rebuilding the club, the withdrawal of the application to the SPL is the only way forward.
Northern Irish Bluenose now living in Scotland. Season ticket holder at Ibrox since 1999.