Sevco get their man

There was little surprise yesterday when the Fitba establishment stated that Mr David Cunningham King was ‘Fit and Proper’.

He then duly ‘jetted in’ to take up his rightful place at the top of the Marble Staircase.

It was almost as if he knew that the SFA was about to make their announcement on his, ahem, fit and properness.

He was asked by Grant Russell of STV at the airport about the £5m that Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) currently owe to Mike Ashley.

The optics of this are excellent for the PR professionals currently serving the Ibrox operation and the media today has  had some high-Level stenography on the subject.

However, that is not the case for the people who are tasked with running the national game in Scotland, and they risk reputational damage if it all goes south at Sevco.

I recall the late Turnbull Hutton relating to me that he had sat through a presentation at Hampden where he thought that Mr Stewart Regan would wear out the word ‘transparency’.

Well there appears to be very little transparent about this decision.

It is worth remembering that the same people wanted to parachute New Rangers into the top flight of Scottish football in 2012 and then when they failed they tried to shoehorn Sevco into the league they finished third in this season.

It was, in effect, a blatant statement saying that the entire professional game in Scotland was there to service the Ibrox brand.

The important victory was won in the summer of 2012 and we should not lose sight of that.

Sevco are where they are now because Mr Regan and Mr Doncaster did not prevail.

That said I have a horrible feeling that for some folk who should be neutral that Hibernian and Motherwell are somehow just in the way at the moment.

Ah, all this messy sporting integrity stuff!

The kindest thing I can say about the statement from the SFA apropos the King Fit and Proper issue was that it was vague.

There was, of course, nothing stopping Mr David Cunningham King from alleviating the current cash flow situation at Sevco before today.

However, he seems to have wanted this stamp of approval from the people at Hampden.

Of course, the only thing that matters to the home crowd at Ibrox is that they believe that Mr King has the personal wealth to bankroll their club.

Over the last three years, The People have been on an amoral trajectory where they just need a Sugar Daddy to make it all go away.

It is clear that their financial expectations are high, but their ethical needs less so.

They are triumphalism junkies, and they’ve been strung out too long to be concerned about having a convicted tax criminal in the Blue Room.

If you prefer your schadenfreude Sevco flavoured then this is probably your desired outcome.

With the Fit and Proper test out of the way, The People will now expect major personal investment from Mr King.

For the avoidance of doubt RIFC/TRFC remains a loss making business without a credit line from a bank.

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