It's a difficult time to be a Rangers fan.
The Gers are currently sitting a point behind Celtic in the
league (the equivalent of the relegation zone for any other SPL side). The
players have all perfected their impressions of cones from the training ground,
and proudly display those skills on every Champions League matchday. Premier
League chief Richard Scudamore has said that, despite him planning to send
Wigan and Hull across the world to play
competitive games in Kuala Lumpur,
he won't be letting the Old Firm into the Premier League. On top of all that,
the club has deepening financial problems.
Well, the blue half of Glasgow
reckons it can do something about that last point, and woe betide those who try
to stop a mobilised and determined army of Gers fans. Just ask the Greater
Rangers supporters groups have rounded on Lloyds Bank as the
main antagonists in the affair, believing the bank are keen to sell off their
best players in order to manage the club's estimated £25m-£30m deficit, and
have threatened to boycott the bank in their droves.
A joint statement from three fan groups read: "Rangers fans have
endured unnecessary and damaging uncertainty over the future of the club and it
is now time for this to be resolved.
"The current situation cannot continue - it is imperative that a change
in ownership is completed now... Many fans are personal and business customers
of the Lloyds Banking Group (which now includes Halifax Bank of Scotland).
"Lloyds must understand that Rangers fans will quickly withdraw
business if there is any risk whatsoever of the club's current situation being
worsened by their actions."
Which is all very well, power to the people and all that. But ED is confused
about one thing; does the lazy stereotype about Scots being tight mean that
they won't have hardly any savings to withdraw from the bank, or they'll be too
stingy to risk losing a month's interest on their hoard while they switch
There have, of course, been other fan boycotts in the past, with varying degrees
Fans of Wimbledon who had travelled all the way to Selhurst
Park for years found the trip to Milton Keynes a bridge too far, and set up AFC Wimbledon.
Manchester United followers, disgusted at the Glazers saddling their debts
on to their beloved club decided to set up one of their own, although they
shipped a little bit of the club's arrogance out with them when they named
their breakaway club FC United of Manchester.
During their struggles last year, a Newcastle supporters group urged fans to
swear off Northern Rock (not that hard, admittedly) and adidas products until
Mike Ashley left the club, perhaps not realising that by not buying adidas they
were in fact depriving their sportswear merchant owner, and therefore the club,
of much-needed cash.
But perhaps the most ridiculous example is the threat by Bayern Munich fans
to boycott the recent Keanu Reeves apocolyptoporn flick The Day the Earth Stood
Still, after scenes of the Allianz Arena disintegrating were included in the
film without permission.
"We were not informed and were also not asked for permission,"
said the club's media director Markus Hoerwick. "It is not to our benefit
for the Arena to be represented in such a way."
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "(Roberto Mancini) is without doubt a
fantastic coach, he could come into the club and do something from a PR point
of view and he would put bums on seats. But I did not want a particularly
high-profile appointment because we have had a media circus around the club for
the last three months." - Notts
County chief Peter
Trembling reveals how he wanted to avoid a media circus by not hiring a
multi-scudetto winning manager but keeping on a firm tabloid favourite in an
ambiguous upstairs role.
FOREIGN VIEW: "I would like to send a message to calm the fans. We have
to remember that a lot of new players arrived before the start of the season
and this requires a period of adaptation." Real Madrid president Florentino Perez isn't
kidding anyone is he?
NON-FOOTBALL STORY OF THE DAY: An American woman who was
charged with offering sex for baseball World Series tickets has denied she did
anything wrong. Yikes.