Last night, Mark Pirie at The Record published a piece called “The 2 major ‘dents’ in Rangers accounts that mean Celtic can make transfer mistakes in brutal contrast”.
Just when I thought I might be about to read a reasoned, accurate account of the second Ibrox club’s recent financial statement, I read the sub-heading.
“The Glasgow giants released their accounts earlier this week as they returned an operating profit.” And it was immediately clear I wouldn’t.
The opening line of the piece is so wrong that it’s almost hilarious. “The sacking of Gio van Bronckhorst and Michael Beale have put two big “dents” in Rangers profits,” it reads. If you’re thinking “But they didn’t post a profit …” you’re not imagining that.
Pirie himself tries to pass this off as someone else’s ignorance.
“That is the view of former Hibs star Tam McManus – as the pundit declared that Scottish Premiership rivals Celtic are now able to make mistakes in the transfer market thanks to their spending power over the Light Blues,” he writes.
But even if you think that it’s McManus talking the nonsense and not The Record reporter, he has given credence and credibility to the worst of all nonsense with those opening words.
Actually, aside from the guff about Ibrox posting profits, McManus is actually closer to the mark than The Record are, and perhaps that’s why they’ve twisted his comments to suit.
The financial figures are scary-bad for Ibrox going into January, as they give Celtic far greater scope in the transfer market, even accounting for the likelihood of us having a good lead.
Tam McManus is a prize clown, but when even he can do the basic maths on this one and highlight the gap you wonder why Pirie and his editors insisted on that headline and that spin.
We have a massive advantage going into the January window, and whilst we have to press it for it to do us any good, we’ve got them severely outgunned and this is the closest anyone in the media has come so far to actually admitting that out loud.
Look over on their forums.
They fully expect big spending in January on the back of “the profits.” The word “mad” doesn’t even begin to cover that level of delusion and self-deception. Their fans are a big part of the reason for the state they are in, and the club refuses, point blank, to counter some of their crazier views with the facts.
The media doesn’t help. Even as they acknowledge the gap they continue to push the profit lie and aside from Graham Spiers, who highlighted the Swiss Ramble article online yesterday, not a single one of them has done a decent deep-dive into the hard numbers.
That is more than just an abrogation of responsibility. It’s a disgrace.