The release of the club's accounts has dominated the media coverage at Ibrox over the past week.
For much of this past week, the headlines surrounding Rangers hasn’t been about their form on the field. The great job that manager Ally McCoist has been doing as the Gers climb up the Scottish Football League ladder, with the ultimate ambition of overseeing a return to top flight football action, is in danger of becoming overshadowed.
The release of the club's accounts, a £14m operating loss up until the end of June, has given Rangers fans cause for concern whilst acting as a magnet for media scrutiny. Even McCoist expressed a degree of concern on Sky Sports News, but was assured by directors at the club that it was to be expected.
What has come out this week have been a series of allegations and finger-pointing directed at different parties referring to a reckless bonus culture which has been akin to that operated by the banks, all be it on a smaller scale.
From the outside looking in, it appears that both sides have conducted themselves in a manner that has been far from dignified.
‘It was him that did this, it was them that did that’ squabbling is reminiscent of six-year-old children arguing over which toy to play with – only this is a more serious issue.
Charles Green seems to have done a great disservice to Rangers by taking such a hefty bonus off the club whilst Malcolm Murray and Craig Mather just want to blame each other and not take any responsibility. It is all well and good showing concern for the club but the fans deserve some accountability, and the club deserves to be run correctly without directors being paid exorbitant sums.
It is, after all, the fans that put a lot of money into the club by buying season tickets and merchandise – they will, therefore, want to see their money going on investment into the club’s future.
Amongst all this, it is quite impressive and perhaps testament to Ally McCoist's professionalism and managerial nous, that he has managed to keep his side at the top of Scotland’s League One with a 100% record despite the turbulence - it can't be helping.
If all parties involved who claim to have the best interests of the club at heart took some responsibility and tried to build some kind of consensus, maybe the club can actually move forward instead of squabbling and potentially getting into another sticky situation?
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