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Dignified Silence – it is a term bandied about, in a very derogatory way, on RM (and I suspect elsewhere) every time someone feels the club has not reacted when our club or support has in some way been attacked. Whether that attack is real or not, valid or not, or even truthful or not, if the club has not reacted within an hour or so we have poster after poster having a go at the club for not responding. And therein, for me, lies the problem. What should the club react to? When should the club react? How should the club react? And there are a few other questions as well that go hand in hand with these, Does the club act on behalf of the support? Does the Club act on behalf of the Shareholders? Or does the club provide leadership for both.

Now there is no point in me writing about what has happened to us, in some ways it matters not a jot how we got where we are, it has happened. What I believe we must do is take care of the future and to do that we need to set ourselves 2 strategic goals. I would be shocked if there is any Rangers fan who would disagree with me on either of these:

  1. We must never again allow our club to be in the position where we have to suffer an insolvency event.
  2. We must make sure the club returns to at least the position we were in prior to this mess, at the top of the Scottish football tree, or even better.

Now, before I move on let me deal with the subject of revenge.

Yes, I have stated, we are where we are. Having said that, I lay the BLAME for being where we are jointly with ‘Sir’ David Murray, who went from my hero to zero because of the way he dealt with our sale, and the charlatan Craig Whyte. For those two men I sure hope that Karma is the bitch she is meant to be. I believe the law will catch up with the charlatan but I suspect I will have to rely on Karma to deal with Murray.

Along side blame there were those that leapt on our weakness and kicked us, bludgeoned us, and besmirched us, on our way down. To me Football is a sport, but at the top level, many have lost sight of that. At the top level football is a business, and ‘Business is War’. Now I don’t BLAME those who tried to use our fall to strengthen their own position, but that does not mean I forgive them, nor have forgotten how we were treated by them. The full quote, attributed to Kevin O’Leary, but in homage to Sun Tzu, states “

Business is war. I go out there, I want to kill the competitors. I want to make their lives miserable. I want to steal their market share. I want them to fear me and I want everyone on my team thinking we're going to win.” I find little to disagree with in that quote, and yet here I am about to defend ‘Dignified Silence’

Ok, so we are in a war – but one does not go to war ‘Just because!’! One goes to war to achieve something. Now I could witter on all day with examples of war, and relate them to business, but I am going to distil that down to this “War is the projection and protection of power”.

In this Rangers ‘war’ we have taken a hell of a beating. We were badly led and let down by our (supposed) allies. We have had our Dunkirk and had to retreat, all the way to the bottom rung of the professional game. We have retrenched, went through the turmoil of looking for new leadership and now we are looking forward. Now we are looking how we win our war.

So, for those of you still reading, that brings me back to my goals, long term stability and returning to the top of the football tree and once more sitting at the top table.( At least we can do that in Scottish terms, business being business, getting to the top of the world tree, where we belong, will take some sort of shift at the top so we can access the power of TV cash, but before we look to take on those battles we need to first be the football power in Scotland.)

Now I need to digress once more to make sure I am very clear on a few points. To me Rangers are a Football Club. I fully understand that it operates as a Business and I fully understand that it needs to fight to get back to the top. I also embrace the desire for revenge and to hurt those that kicked us while we were forced to retreat. However, what I do not support, what I think will weaken our goals is that the CLUB should have any position, or take any stance on any political (unionist) or religious (protestant) basis. Our ‘war’ is purely in sporting/business terms as it relates to us as a football club nothing more, but nothing less.

To me winning the top league brings power back to the club, it brings revenge against our enemies and it gives us the platform to project our power. The reason we can fight back from our forced retreat is that we do have a huge fan base and it is the fan base that will allow us to project our power. Yes, we need the correct leadership to channel that power, we need to look after our resources and we need to channel our efforts into achieving our ‘victory’ but make no mistake it is our fan base that will make that happen so the club need to look after the fans and provide them with success and a leadership we deserve.

That brings me back to ‘Dignified Silence’ and the questions I posed earlier.

The goals of the club, shareholders and supporters at this point in time are aligned. The further up the tree we go the more valuable the club and to do that the club needs to deliver success, so supporters and shareholders are happy.

When should the club react, and what should the club react to? To me the club should only react to rumours, speculation and critique, whether valid or not, when it is in danger of affecting the clubs return to the top. The club should not be reacting to every blog on the internet, every false rumour, nor every lie in the press. The press would like nothing better than the club to react to every rumour and lie, it gives them more to write about and speculate about and helps them sell papers. If the club reacted to everything written then its message would be lost in the noise. Every utterance, claim and counter claim would just build up to a background of white noise where the actual message gets lost. That is not to say the club should never react, it should and it has when warranted. To me that is ‘Dignified Silence’ – only fighting the battles that need fought and won, and that is determined by your strategy and goals.

In fact this is something our support needs to learn as well. By reciting all the negative stories we often give those rumours and vitriol that is spat at us a platform that is ill deserved. To me it is far better to laugh at them or ignore them than react to them, but unfortunately we have gone from a support that had the ability to do just that to one where we have become as paranoid as those we used to laugh at for having that trait. (Can I also make the point here that if you exclude all external stimuli from your thinking and only get your information from like minded sources – it also becomes very difficult to distinguish the real stuff from the rumour. That is how cults work. So those that only read Rangers information from Rangers sources are someway down the road to becoming brainwashed)

In my opinion the club should only fight those battles that directly affect our return to the top or our long term viability. The club is not there to provide a religious or political platform, it is there to deliver shareholder value and that is achieved through sporting success. As we move back through the leagues so our power grows and our projection of power is consolidated. We should be and will be represented on SFA/SPFL top table and committees as our power grows. As our power grows, we should be looking for a seat at the top table in UEFA and looking to move and project our power beyond our borders.

Winning the top league provides us our revenge, everything else is an unneeded skirmish.

Winning the top league lets everyone know we are back in power, all the other stuff is just small shite. Me, I look forward to the day when I smell that sweetness of revenge. When Ally

:pipe: delivers the SPFL Premier League trophy and the bears unite in one huge party, knowing that all around us, those that kicked at us, those that tried to see us off, that we know that in the pit of their stomachs they realise they had failed!

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Dignified Silence – it is a term bandied about, in a very derogatory way, on RM (and I suspect elsewhere) every time someone feels the club has not reacted when our club or support has in some way been attacked. Whether that attack is real or not, valid or not, or even truthful or not, if the club has not reacted within an hour or so we have poster after poster having a go at the club for not responding. And therein, for me, lies the problem. What should the club react to? When should the club react? How should the club react? And there are a few other questions as well that go hand in hand with these, Does the club act on behalf of the support? Does the Club act on behalf of the Shareholders? Or does the club provide leadership for both.

Now there is no point in me writing about what has happened to us, in some ways it matters not a jot how we got where we are, it has happened. What I believe we must do is take care of the future and to do that we need to set ourselves 2 strategic goals. I would be shocked if there is any Rangers fan who would disagree with me on either of these:

  1. We must never again allow our club to be in the position where we have to suffer an insolvency event.
  2. We must make sure the club returns to at least the position we were in prior to this mess, at the top of the Scottish football tree, or even better.

Now, before I move on let me deal with the subject of revenge.

Yes, I have stated, we are where we are. Having said that, I lay the BLAME for being where we are jointly with ‘Sir’ David Murray, who went from my hero to zero because of the way he dealt with our sale, and the charlatan Craig Whyte. For those two men I sure hope that Karma is the bitch she is meant to be. I believe the law will catch up with the charlatan but I suspect I will have to rely on Karma to deal with Murray.

Along side blame there were those that leapt on our weakness and kicked us, bludgeoned us, and besmirched us, on our way down. To me Football is a sport, but at the top level, many have lost sight of that. At the top level football is a business, and ‘Business is War’. Now I don’t BLAME those who tried to use our fall to strengthen their own position, but that does not mean I forgive them, nor have forgotten how we were treated by them. The full quote, attributed to Kevin O’Leary, but in homage to Sun Tzu, states “

Business is war. I go out there, I want to kill the competitors. I want to make their lives miserable. I want to steal their market share. I want them to fear me and I want everyone on my team thinking we're going to win.” I find little to disagree with in that quote, and yet here I am about to defend ‘Dignified Silence’

Ok, so we are in a war – but one does not go to war ‘Just because!’! One goes to war to achieve something. Now I could witter on all day with examples of war, and relate them to business, but I am going to distil that down to this “War is the projection and protection of power”.

In this Rangers ‘war’ we have taken a hell of a beating. We were badly led and let down by our (supposed) allies. We have had our Dunkirk and had to retreat, all the way to the bottom rung of the professional game. We have retrenched, went through the turmoil of looking for new leadership and now we are looking forward. Now we are looking how we win our war.

So, for those of you still reading, that brings me back to my goals, long term stability and returning to the top of the football tree and once more sitting at the top table.( At least we can do that in Scottish terms, business being business, getting to the top of the world tree, where we belong, will take some sort of shift at the top so we can access the power of TV cash, but before we look to take on those battles we need to first be the football power in Scotland.)

Now I need to digress once more to make sure I am very clear on a few points. To me Rangers are a Football Club. I fully understand that it operates as a Business and I fully understand that it needs to fight to get back to the top. I also embrace the desire for revenge and to hurt those that kicked us while we were forced to retreat. However, what I do not support, what I think will weaken our goals is that the CLUB should have any position, or take any stance on any political (unionist) or religious (protestant) basis. Our ‘war’ is purely in sporting/business terms as it relates to us as a football club nothing more, but nothing less.

To me winning the top league brings power back to the club, it brings revenge against our enemies and it gives us the platform to project our power. The reason we can fight back from our forced retreat is that we do have a huge fan base and it is the fan base that will allow us to project our power. Yes, we need the correct leadership to channel that power, we need to look after our resources and we need to channel our efforts into achieving our ‘victory’ but make no mistake it is our fan base that will make that happen so the club need to look after the fans and provide them with success and a leadership we deserve.

That brings me back to ‘Dignified Silence’ and the questions I posed earlier.

The goals of the club, shareholders and supporters at this point in time are aligned. The further up the tree we go the more valuable the club and to do that the club needs to deliver success, so supporters and shareholders are happy.

When should the club react, and what should the club react to? To me the club should only react to rumours, speculation and critique, whether valid or not, when it is in danger of affecting the clubs return to the top. The club should not be reacting to every blog on the internet, every false rumour, nor every lie in the press. The press would like nothing better than the club to react to every rumour and lie, it gives them more to write about and speculate about and helps them sell papers. If the club reacted to everything written then its message would be lost in the noise. Every utterance, claim and counter claim would just build up to a background of white noise where the actual message gets lost. That is not to say the club should never react, it should and it has when warranted. To me that is ‘Dignified Silence’ – only fighting the battles that need fought and won, and that is determined by your strategy and goals.

In fact this is something our support needs to learn as well. By reciting all the negative stories we often give those rumours and vitriol that is spat at us a platform that is ill deserved. To me it is far better to laugh at them or ignore them than react to them, but unfortunately we have gone from a support that had the ability to do just that to one where we have become as paranoid as those we used to laugh at for having that trait. (Can I also make the point here that if you exclude all external stimuli from your thinking and only get your information from like minded sources – it also becomes very difficult to distinguish the real stuff from the rumour. That is how cults work. So those that only read Rangers information from Rangers sources are someway down the road to becoming brainwashed)

In my opinion the club should only fight those battles that directly affect our return to the top or our long term viability. The club is not there to provide a religious or political platform, it is there to deliver shareholder value and that is achieved through sporting success. As we move back through the leagues so our power grows and our projection of power is consolidated. We should be and will be represented on SFA/SPFL top table and committees as our power grows. As our power grows, we should be looking for a seat at the top table in UEFA and looking to move and project our power beyond our borders.

Winning the top league provides us our revenge, everything else is an unneeded skirmish.

Winning the top league lets everyone know we are back in power, all the other stuff is just small shite. Me, I look forward to the day when I smell that sweetness of revenge. When Ally

:pipe: delivers the SPFL Premier League trophy and the bears unite in one huge party, knowing that all around us, those that kicked at us, those that tried to see us off, that we know that in the pit of their stomachs they realise they had failed!

Think yer clever?

Bet you had a day off from hillwalking to type that shite out

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I agree with some of your points, but you underplay the role of the media and the corrupt cabal who still exploit us. If football was a business why was the term 'sporting integrity' brandished around on the premise that it was integral football be seen to be fair etc etc. If the defence for those mhedia swines and the rest of scottish football is business then we were treated harshly as all business is conducted along the lines of financial exploitation to gain an advantage as opposed to Liewell's corrupt mob claiming only we were guilty of it.

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He wants us not to be Unionist, Loyalist or political and he would surrender to anyone and everyone.

I personally don't think we should mix any of those things with supporting the club. There's no need to.

Away from football be as vocal and active as you want with your politics. Just not at football.

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Why should the club not defend Unionists and Protestants?

The club wouldn't have as rich and successful history if it wasn't for them.

The op might argue otherwise but he'd be wrong.

I can say that confidently as an atheist with no affiliation with any group.

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I personally don't think we should mix any of those things with supporting the club. There's no need to.

Away from football be as vocal and active as you want with your politics. Just not at football.

Rangers have clear links to these things whether you like it or not
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I personally don't think we should mix any of those things with supporting the club. There's no need to.

Away from football be as vocal and active as you want with your politics. Just not at football.

It's a bit late for that, Simon. Not only can we not erase our history - we have no need to.

I'm proud of our clubs heritage.

PS: Be sure to avoid the next forces day at Ibrox - I wouldn't like to witness your discomfort when the clubs alliances are so publicly laid bare.

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It's a bit late for that, Simon. Not only can we not erase our history - we have no need to.

I'm proud of our clubs heritage.

PS: Be sure to avoid the next forces day at Ibrox - I wouldn't like to witness your discomfort when the clubs alliances are so publicly laid bare.

Well said (tu)

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I think you get a hard time from some people BP, quite unfairly a lot of the time. Some of what you have written here is pretty reasonable, but I don't accept your dignified silence contention. We (the club) do need to choose our battles, but for me there are more battles the club need to be involved in than you seem to think there are. There IS a wee coordinated cabal of bigots who are determined to damage the image of the club. I think they are organised and have a strategy and I think we need to have a defensive strategy to deal with them. They try to sow worry and discontent and are pretty effective at it. They also dirty the name of the club and employ language that's designed to promote their twisted, bigoted idea of what Rangers is. Dignified silence won't work against that. This Dirtying of the Rangers name will affect the impression of those that don't know any better of what Rangers is. We have to make sure they do know better and the best way is for the club to discredit these maniacs and show the world what they really are and what their agenda is. Sun Tzu, and more relevantly Machiavelli, also advocated that the best defence involves destroying the enemy's ability to attack...

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I think you get a hard time from some people BP, quite unfairly a lot of the time. Some of what you have written here is pretty reasonable, but I don't accept your dignified silence contention. We (the club) do need to choose our battles, but for me there are more battles the club need to be involved in than you seem to think there are. There IS a wee coordinated cabal of bigots who are determined to damage the image of the club. I think they are organised and have a strategy and I think we need to have a defensive strategy to deal with them. They try to sow worry and discontent and are pretty effective at it. They also dirty the name of the club and employ language that's designed to promote their twisted, bigoted idea of what Rangers is. Dignified silence won't work against that. This Dirtying of the Rangers name will affect the impression of those that don't know any better of what Rangers is. We have to make sure they do know better and the best way is for the club to discredit these maniacs and show the world what they really are and what their agenda is. Sun Tzu, and more relevantly Machiavelli, also advocated that the best defence involves destroying the enemy's ability to attack...

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