After plans to reconstruct Scottish football advanced, Rangers Chief Executive Charles Green has thrown his weight against the move and will recommend the club pursues competition outside of Scotland. Would it be such a bad thing if Green and Rangers left?
By Anton Horan – @AntonH79
Whilst acknowledging it would be sad for many to see a huge Scottish institution like Rangers leave Scottish football I can’t help but feel the game as a whole may be better off without the club and, more particularly, the club’s Chief Executive Charles Green.
The outspoken Mr Green has filled the ears of Rangers fans and indeed the whole of Scotland with sensationalist paranoid buffoonery and rhetoric since he walked through the door at Ibrox and, for me, a shorter tenure in our game would benefit all concerned. For those of you who don’t know, Mr Green has threatened that he, and his club, will leave Scottish football if the latest league reconstruction plans are given the green light.
Of course it will have financial implications for all clubs, not least of all Rangers, who may struggle to find a competition to play in. However, the financial burden already being borne by those in Scotland’s top flight following Rangers’ dismissal from the SPL has resulted in heightened financial restraint which means they are already coping with a lack of Rangers in that league. The loss of Rangers would perhaps be more keenly felt in the Third Division where the newly formed club have been plying their trade in recent times; clubs in that division having enjoyed bumper crowds when the well supported Glasgow club rolls into town.
However, rather than get bogged down with the rights and wrongs of it all and risk becoming embroiled in further tit-for-tat exchanges through the press, perhaps we should see this as an opportunity for all parties to move on. Mr Green and Rangers can get away from the Scottish football scene which has, as he would put it, punished his club for doing no wrong. And the rest can simply get on with the job of playing football and rebuilding the Scottish football brand. Indeed, football has been the big loser since this sorry episode started at the beginning of 2012. Mr Green has, to some extent, been a man of his word since his arrival at Rangers. This would be a good time to continue in that vein.
In addition, Rangers’ leaving Scottish football would spell the end of the dull, tiring ‘old firm’ rhetoric being spewed out by many Scottish football journalists and perhaps challenge them to come up with something a little different. Who knows, maybe they will come up with something positive about the game.
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