A saviour? A clown? A reporter’s dream?
Charles Green is certainly a colourful character, but does he have the potential to stir up serious public disorder in Scotland with his provocative behaviour, seemingly all in an attempt to curry favour with the fans and make money?
To the Rangers/Sevco fans he’s a saviour; the man to lead them back to
glory; the man who will defend their “traditions” against the onslaught of bitter hatred and twisted bigotry while bloodthirsty ghouls tear poor Rangers limb from limb in an unprovoked attack. (copyright award-winning Keith Jackson)
No matter what you think of Mr Green, he’s obviously not daft. He’s realised pretty quickly that to get the paying fans onside, all he has to do is play to the gallery and tell them everything they want to hear. David Murray did it, Craig Whyte did it, John Brown did it (for a short while) and now Chuckles is at it.
If the Pope shouted “We Are The People” outside Ibrox and promised a warchest for McCoist, he’d be in with a serious shout of being the next owner. (Ok, maybe anyone but the Pope)
Playing To The Gallery
Let us forget for a moment what Green said about what liquidation would mean for Rangers. (Video Link)
Never mind that, there are tickets to sell…
Easy steps to getting the fans onside:
– State that the only logical explanation for Sevco being accepted into Division 3 (leapfrogging the likes of Spartans and against existing rules) instead of being teleported to the top league in the country – is down to bigotry from the SPL, SFA and member clubs. (nothing to do with rules or what is right, of course)
– Make a beeline for Belfast and allegedly meet Loyalist associates. (Don’t forget to wear the old orange strip).
– Peddle the myth that the club didn’t die. (even though he said it would if a CVA failed)
– Attempt to sue ex-players for daring to find new clubs under TUPE regulations and brand them as traitors and deserters. (Resulting in a deluge of abuse from the fans)
– Threaten every club who dared to vote that rules should be applied (especially Dundee United).
– Make idle threats about leaving Scottish football because the new club is not getting the preferential treatment that the old one was accustomed to.
– Threaten to sue UEFA under sexual discrimination laws… (No I didn’t make that up)
To the Rangers/Sevco fans Charles Green is a hero.
To Celtic fans, and the rest of Scottish football, Charles Green is a clown. (And worth every penny)
To the media, Charles Green is a dream; full of blusterous proclamations and hilarious soundbites.
According to Tom English and Graham Spiers he’s: “An entertainer… Terrific… Manna from heaven… A character”… (as well as a buffoon to be fair.)
But… As entertaining as he is, we must not forget that in very recent history, bombs were sent to a politician, a QC and a football manager. A city Centre was trashed, a Fife football stadium was the target of an arson attack, people have been hounded on the internet and threatened in their homes and workplace and a policeman is lucky to be alive as hundreds (at least) rampaged through Manchester.
There is a proven history of threats and intimidation towards anyone who disagrees with what Rangers/Sevco want. The actions and comments of senior members of the club have often appeared to act as a catalyst to unruly behaviour from it’s fans. Perhaps that is the reason that such actions and comments arise. Perhaps it is thought that an unruly mob may infact be a useful tool to achieve goals for the benefit of the club.
There is, what would for most clubs, be regarded as an undesirable element attached to Rangers/Sevco which needs no excuse to cause trouble.
People are rioting in Belfast because of the amount of minutes a flag is in the air for goodness sake!
Bearing all of that in mind, it therefore cannot be labeled sensationalism to suggest that the siege mentality and climate of false victimisation of a new football club that Charles Green is trying hard to foster – is a dangerous game to be playing in an already delicate environment.
Aided by a media unable or unwilling to confirm the truth, Charles Green is whipping a volatile group into a frenzy that has the potential to boil over into large-scale public disorder should, for example, historic football titles be deemed to have been obtained against the rules of the sport.
This volatile group feel vindicated by the perpetual myths emanating from Jim Traynor, other well-placed and sympathetic journalists and the usual newspapers that Rangers still exist and that they were cruelly “demoted from the SPL” without any other reasons than bitterness and hate.
Is it, therefore, unreasonable to worry that the irresponsible actions of Charles Green to apparently stoke this mob for his own ends – could be a potential disaster in the making for public order and Scottish society?