Wonders will never cease, folks.
Over the space of the last 48 hours, I’ve read two separate reports from two different journalists which have focussed, at last, on the dreadful Ibrox accounts and which are not repeating the spin which has been put on them by others.
One is by the notorious Ibrox sympathiser Gary Keown.
The other is by Alison Connell, writing for PLZ.
The question as to why she hasn’t produced a similar article for The Evening Times is a question we’ll leave open. Nobody else at that paper seems to want the story, and perhaps that’s why she’s writing it on a new media site instead.
Have we finally forced some of these people to confront the truth and write the facts?
Keown is writing about it because he’s troubled and angry.
This is actually what every one of their fan sites should be doing; taking this seriously for the wide-ranging implications in those numbers. Keown, working for The Scottish Mail On Sunday, is furious to learn that their wage bill is bigger than ours when the players earning those big bucks have spectacularly flopped.
Connell actually goes much further than Keown, whose primary motivation is to shame the players currently at the club over there for earning more than their Celtic counterparts whilst failing on almost every big occasion that has come their way.
But Connell gets right to the guts of it, and her piece is so searing I think it belonged in the mainstream press, although it echoes what this blog and others have said already. I always say that this stuff shouldn’t need to be written by people like me; if it was being written by people in the mainstream press then I’d have no cause to bother.
“The news last week that (the Ibrox club) are operating a £64m wage bill – £3m more than Celtic and a record amount – should ring pretty serious alarm bells,” she said, and she didn’t mean at our club but at theirs.
“At the very least it should scorch the theory that the Ibrox side are somehow operating as Glasgow’s poor relations when they are held up to the light with Celtic.”
As if that wasn’t enough, she hammered home an even more worrying point for those of an Ibrox persuasion.
“A £4m loss on the back of a campaign that delivered Champions League football and the sale of a player for just shy of £20m should not slip under the radar for anyone.”
Who does she mean by “anyone”?
Her own colleagues in the mainstream? Because its not so much slipped under the radar for them as they’ve simply chosen to ignore it. Notice that she’s quoting the accurate figure and not the one that’s being spread like manure across the rest of the press. She’s quoting all of us there. She’s telling it the way we have.
There’s no way to dress those figures up, although many of those in her business have spent the week trying, but she’s gotten to the heart of it with laser precision; if they can’t post a profit under those conditions, if they are losing money in a bumper year, then they are in big bother and no mistake.
It’s great to read that from a source other than a Celtic site.
There are doubtless some in the mainstream who will echo the sentiments so desperately expressed by an Ibrox fan site last night when it clutched at the pitiful straw that “the accounts could be a lot worse.”
Yeah, like a 2-megaton detonation over a city is lot worse than a 1-megaton blast … but there’s not much left of the city either way.
Celtic fan sites are so far out in front of this story that it should shame everyone who is late to the party. But you have to credit those who have finally arrived whilst their colleagues continue to push the same lies.
They have made a contribution of sorts to getting the truth out there and pushing back against the tide, and I don’t even care what their motivations are.
Keown is a bitter, anti-Celtic clown. His article comes from a place of profound anger at the way his club continues to be mismanaged, and his questions are rooted in his frustration that we earn more money and spend it better.
Connell might just be sick of seeing everyone on the sports-desk at her own paper writing easily disproved garbage and doing the job of the Ibrox PR department.
It matters not. For a brief moment we have seen a chink of light, and that might be a reaction to what we’ve spent the week saying and it might not be, but when the truth is so obvious and its already out there, the only wonder is that anyone is still denying it and writing fiction.
What these two have done is not radical by any manner of means but amidst this tortured landscape where lies are the currency so many trade in, seeing folks in the mainstream tell inconvenient truths about Ibrox can sometimes seem, as Orwell once put it, “like a revolutionary act.”