Ibrox released it’s accounts yesterday, and like the morons that they are a couple of their online agitators decided to tag myself and Phil Mac Giolla Bhain in their promotion of them.
They might as well have worn signs saying “come and rip our delusions apart, please” because although I’d have gotten around to it anyway, they made me really keen to dig in deep.
I’ll give you the headline fact right now, in flat contradiction of what the media is reporting; they posted a loss. Of course, they did.
But I’ll get to that later on. I’ll do the deep dive at some point during the day, but for the moment let’s look at the other claim that is doing the rounds in the media, and it’s a rather bizarre thing to be boasting about.
They are pushing the line that they now have a bigger wage bill than Celtic. Of course, these were the accounts from last year and so that might have changed, but think about what it is that they are promoting here.
These are last season’s accounts. Last season when we won a treble, they finished bottom of their Champions League group with zero points and the worst record in the history of the tournament, and they were forced to sack a manager.
And all the way through the season they lied about being financially outgunned. I mean, let’s not make any bones about it. They lied.
Every time they suffered a major reversal they went crying to the media about how far ahead of them we were financially, and all the time they knew that they were running a wage bill that was larger than our own.
If you wanted to highlight a clear sign of a completely dysfunctional organisation, that’s as good as you could get; they are spending more money than their rivals and its their rivals who are the runaway success.
Most organisations wouldn’t just be sacking one person but conducting a wide-ranging inquest into a failure like that … they are spinning it as some sort of success story instead. They, like their fans, might as well make signs saying “Look how stupid we are!”
Their fans should be appalled by that fact. Appalled by it. They are celebrating it instead. It’s great news apparently. It’s the proof of how far they’ve come, according to them. It’s also proof of how stupendously dumb they are over there.
This blog and others keep on writing the same thing about the Ibrox operation; they are facing one of two possible futures.
In one of those futures, they accept their status as a smaller club than Celtic and live with the full impact of that, or they can spend their way to a similar fate as that which befell the club whose grave they crawled out of.
No organisation can survive as they are right now, spending what they cannot afford to. I know there are a lot of their fans who refuse to believe that; they have, after all, been able to convince themselves that they are the club called Rangers.
What astonishes me are the number of Celtic fans who still don’t believe it. Which part of “Rangers died doing exactly what Sevco is doing right now” is hard for them to grasp? If they keep behaving this way they will wind up in real, serious trouble, the sort that could erase and undo the whole operation over there.
A bigger wage bill than Celtic, on smaller turnover. That is lunacy, and that they get so little value for their money makes their obvious pride in that crazier still.
What a club that is over there that they think that’s success, that they cling to such things so tightly, that they think that makes them special … and in a year where we won a domestic treble.
You could not make that up, that is literally too mad for fiction.