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The Doomsday Clock Moves Closer To Midnight, And Ibrox Fans Still Don’t Get It.

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The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists today moved The Doomsday Clock forward to 90 seconds before midnight, the closest the world has ever been to the brink of disaster. Every year this eminent group gets together and decides what to set the clock at and this year this is their decision, based on global warming, pandemics and the war in Ukraine.

But in the meantime, there’s another Doomsday Clock ticking down, the one at Ibrox, and their fans are too dumb even to realise it. A few good results (but not good performances) have them eating out of the hands of their latest managerial guru.

The Mooch has already seen the writing on the wall though, and for him it’s all about keeping morale high as all around him his staff fill buckets with water and throw them over the side.

The Ibrox superstructure has a great big hole in it though, and as fast as these guys are frantically working to keep it afloat the water just pours through. They are signing players, or trying to, without really spending a whole lot of money, and in the meantime the contracts of over a half dozen of their current first team starters continue running down.

A sensible club would have tried to shift Morelos or Kent or Jack in this window. A sensible club would have actually sold these guys in the summer, instead of letting it get to this. But of course, someone has to want them first … and that’s where one of the problems lies.

The other part of the problem is that Ibrox labours under a number of delusions about their importance in the game, in part because Connor Goldson allowed his own contract to run down before he signed a new one.

People think The Mooch has some special relationship with Morelos and Kent, and that this will make a huge difference … I would not be too sure, and if I were in their boardroom I would not be betting on it. But they have, and now are faced with an incredible choice; they can watch these two leave for free or pay them far more than they are worth to keep them at the club. Two players who have been proved serial failures over and over again.

But they did, at one time, at least have re-sale value, even if the club was never going to get the fantasy fees that they once believed that it would. Kent and Morelos are 26; this is their optimal time for getting the big bucks. That’s why when Van Bronckhorst was there he said that the parties were miles apart in the negotiations.

Now, The Mooch might decide to offer these guys the Earth to keep them. That would obviously be a source of frustration for some in their dressing room, and would set a new high water mark for negotiations with future signings … a dangerous strategy.

But it’s all walking in a minefield for them right now, and they know it and the media knows it. Can you imagine the constant, unrelenting pressure on us if the contracts of some of our top players were running down like this? Would they be getting puff pieces, nonsense about how winning a cup might convince them to stay, or daft comments from the manager being taken at face value? Kent has “put negotiations on hold to focus on his game”?

Really? Who in God’s name believes that? Which sane director at a sane club would want to wait until there was a month left before opening meaningful talks? This is a smokescreen, but who it’s designed to convince is another question again.

The reality is that their club is papering over cracks right now.

They know that hard choices face them in the summer, and without a proper budget to give to the manager.

It’s not only our fans who are watching this, it’s UEFA and their financial sustainability committee.

If that hasn’t yet dawned on The Mooch and their directors it soon will.

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11 comments

  • Johnny Green says:

    Ach, I’m not that interested in their problems, other than it is a tedious process that will never resolve itself anytime soon. As long as we are progressing nicely, and we are, is all that concerns me. It will be time to get truly excited again after the Summer transfer window and prior to our European exploits. As it stands it is just a steady countdown as we progress towards the Treble.

    • John Copeland says:

      My biggest concern is that brown envelopes as thick as bricks ,stuffed full of manky money shall somehow miraculously end up in the inside of high ranking UEFA officials jacket pockets , enabling scrutiny of FFP regulations and protocols to be ‘lost in translation ‘! Concerned .. you bet ! Surprised or shocked …gimme peace …

  • Scud Missile says:

    They have scraped by winning games by a single goal but the ball will soon be burst, because when they lose one game or even draw and have dropped points,that pressure will continue into the second and third games,then the cockney flyman will be bagged before the season is out.

    • Martin says:

      Who are you, and what have you done with scud missile?

      For what it’s worth I (a d I can’t believe I’m saying this) think you’re 100% right on this.

    • Kevan McKeown says:

      Agree wi that. And the smug, disrespectful arse, deserves everythin he gets when it does happen.

  • Johnny Green says:

    Have you been taking sensible pills Scud, it’s not like you to talk rationally.

    Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Voice of Reason says:

    May they burn in HELL whilst 50k Knuckodraggaz wreck havoc inside the Crumbledome!! RANCID SCUM.. NEVER BE MISSED!!

  • Peter cassidy says:

    WHO CARES ABOUT THESE BIGOTS.

  • Bennybhoy57 says:

    Kent playing for a January move at the moment, window closes and he’ll down tools again, His Agent will be advising get injured in the next few months and your goosed. Big gamble.
    Fat boys Agent advising him to cut down on the pies till window closes…

  • SSMPM says:

    The club and fans fae that midden know the script. 2nd best and picking up the scraps.
    Kent’s playing them, he knows he just had to raise his game (try a bit) and if he doesn’t get a transfer, then he’ll get to resign and gleefully accept an enhanced signing on fee. Then he’ll stop trying again.

  • Peterbrady says:

    When will sevco die when will theauld hoor of edmiston drive be demolished this is what all decent law abiding tax paying citizens Christian of Glasgow Scotland UK Europe planet earth want and all the zombies to go the way of the dinasaur raappanuhei of Easter Island extinction.

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