Further Disquiet At Celtic Inevitable As Mr “Scores To Settle” Becomes Ibrox Chairman.

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Trust those at Ibrox to inject some craziness into the week we come up against them. Tonight their chairman has resigned. This gives a major win to the lunatic fringe amongst their fan-base and will undoubtedly help them sell season tickets.

And that’s especially true when you consider who has taken over.

If you thought that this meant the adults stepping into the room, I would suggest that the opposite is true. In fact, one of the more sensible people has just walked out of the room and left the club in the hands of one of the paranoid conspiracy nuts.

John Bennett is not an unknown. Indeed, he has gone out of his way to advertise exactly who he is and what he stands for. Even if you don’t believe some of the more lurid stories about him – and there are a few of them out there – he’s not exactly a consensus candidate, not as far as the rest of Scottish football is concerned.

Because he made headlines back in 2021 when he said that the club still had scores to settle on and off the pitch. And what has happened since then? The cinch debacle and an attempt to pull down the entire SPFL board of directors. A much more aggressive media policy, which last season was dramatically changed to charge outlets for attending.

Worst of all, within weeks of making that statement their club withdrew Celtic’s ticket allocation for Ibrox at the last minute, and prompted a crisis which bubbled over last month when we refused to accept tickets for the same ground.

The Park’s have not exactly been models of diplomacy and reaching out, but it is hard to imagine any other club in the country being run by a guy whose entire philosophy is bent on their getting revenge for things that didn’t even happen.

Because, of course, there never was a “relegation” at Ibrox, there never was a grand sweeping conspiracy by other clubs to kick Rangers when they were down.

It’s as if these people have repeated the lies to themselves so often that they actually believe them … and I think that’s somehow more worrying than if they were just cynical bastards saying what they thought the fans wanted to hear.

I don’t get that impression from this guy.

He really does come across like someone who swallowed the sweepings off the Follow Follow basement floor. He sounds like one of the crazy people. If he wasn’t the architect of some of the lunacy we’ve seen out of that club in the past two years then he was certainly not standing in the way of it. In fact, he made himself its public face.

So I very much doubt that this is good news in terms of restabilising the relationship. As I wrote this morning, it’s in a worse state than it has been in years and we did not just see a change at the top which is going to make that any better.

Celtic must be hugely disturbed by what just happened across the city, and not for footballing reasons. It’s in our interests for that club to be run by stable, rational, business-minded people who will act in some respects for the greater good of the game.

That does not appear to be the direction of travel tonight.

There must be serious disquiet at Parkhead – and at Hampden – over this news.

Friendlier relations are probably not in our immediate future.

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  • Benjamin says:

    Interesting developments this week.

    First the share issue. Now this. If I was one to believe in conspiracy theories, I would suggest the two events are linked. Perhaps Bennett ponied up the cash on the condition that Park step aside? Hmmm… I’m sure there’s a story there for an enterprising and hard working reporter to uncover.

  • Scouse bhoy says:

    There will be no disquiet at hampden as long as there is a club at ibrox. Along with the gutless media they are responsible for not callng out the disgrace.

  • Finbar muldoon says:

    Who gives a f@ck who’s in charge? They’re all orange basterts. HH

  • Finbar muldoon says:

    Radio Clyde caller 2 minutes ago saying Ange could take Celtic to where they’d never been before. Champions of Europe? HH

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  • Bob (original) says:

    Yes, strange one.

    Did Park turn off the cash for good – and Bennett was volunteered to dig deep?

    And however much cash Park has wasted at Ibrox, he’ll get no thanks whatsoever from

    the entitled bears.

    But then again, Park is directly responsible for creating that mindset.

    For all his years of football involvement he oversaw the liquidation of Rangers FC,

    and he leaves The Rangers on an UEFA Watchlist because the club remains a

    financial basket case.

    Some legacy.

    “Bus for Hamilton!” 🙂

  • Joseph Mcaleer says:

    Ask wee Peter Martin to mediate, him.and Roughy think it’s all the “old firm” at fault for the financial chaos at the spl.and not Sevco ‘s paranoia.

  • Martin says:

    I couldn’t care less who their chairman is. They’re an awful mob. Actually this to me is more worrying (for them) as Park was at least a reasonable businessman. What did it take for him to leave? Threats? An iceberg on the horizon.

    This is in my opinion a dead canary warning. Will anyone pay attention?

  • SSMPM says:

    Gordon Bennett what’s going on over there. HH for the Champions

  • JimBhoy says:

    The more they bring in the bigoted numpties the more it ties them down. If rangers had a clear out of all the Kulchur’d bigots at the club and replaced them with a more professionaly type I’d be worried more. The more they stay the same, the more the media comply to their nonsense while having a dig at Celtic at every then the more WE know we are winning. HH

  • John S says:

    Those who thought that allowing Sevco to join the leagues in 2012 would be beneficial to Scottish football have been proven wrong by the new club itself. Aside from size of support, Spartans were clearly due the allocated space by every criteria.

  • Peter cassidy says:

    Park parked his cheque book”or his bank told him now million new shares on offer must be hitting over 250 million toilet paper sheets worth more king still in the back ground.

  • Edward Mc Graw says:

    I openly confess to not having the vocabulary to adequately express, just how much, I don’t care how the rangers feel about Celtic fc and our fans, they have never shown us even a modicum of respect, and,sadly,I don’t think they ever will,the sooner this latest entity is consigned to history, the better.

  • SSMPM says:

    It is not in our interest or the Scottish game to have a well run rankers, it’s in our interest if they just feck off and die in an orange funk. HH

    • Stesano says:

      Exactly!! Let them rot! We should never have no interest in any relationship with that utter poisonous filth! No chance

  • Johnny Green says:

    Was Bennet not the guy who angered Dermott Desmond, sufficiently enough after a semi-final against the huns, that he went out and brought in Brendan Rogers to sort them out?

  • Christine Mcghee says:

    Could be talking about trump here lol

  • Bobbysandsmp1981 says:

    If your grandad dies and some strange guy comes into your house after 5 years and calls himself your grandad, tries to convince you that he is your grandad…..does that make him your grandad? Utlr

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