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New mascot causes social media storm

Partick Thistle don't normally get a lot of attention, but their terrifying new mascot has caused a social media storm.    If nothing else, it should put a stop to 'Partick Thistle nil' jokes.  However, if mascots are mainly meant to appeal to younger children, this one doesn't fit the bill.   It would probaby give them nightmares.

Long haul for Rangers

It could take at least five years for Rangers to regain parity with Celtic, a football expert has warned.

The club is currently losing £1m a month.   Dave King has promised to invest £30m, but so far all that has been forthcoming is a £1.5m unsecured loan.

Police raid Sports Direct HQ

Police have visited the headquarters of Sports Direct in Derbyshire as part of an ongoing investigation into takeovers at Rangers.    Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley has a nine per cent stake in Rangers.

Good and bad news in Rangers accounts

The latest accounts from Rangers for the six months to December 31st contain both good and bad news. On the postive side, the operating loss was down by £800,000, largely reflecting the fact that costs were down £1 million.  Revenue was stable at £13m, reflecting the fact that the alienated fans who had decided to stay away had already gone.

What happens to Rangers is key for Scottish football

What happens to Rangers is key to the financial salvation of Scottish football argue insolvency experts Begbies Traynor in their latest report on the state of the game.   A five per cent decline in attendances can largely be attributed to the boycott of Rangers.

Rangers board shore up defences against Ashley

The new directors at Rangers have made loans of £1.5m to the club to keep it afloat while they seek longer-term finance.   This means that they will not have to take the second tranche of a loan of £10m from Mike Ashley which would enable him to appoint directors to the board.

Fan buy out law has its problems

Reference is sometimes made to the British equivalent of the 'California effect' in the United States.  This means that legislation pioneered in California is then adopted by other states or used as a model at a federal level.   Air quality law offers a good example.

The equivalent in the UK is the Scottish Parliament passing laws which might then be adopted elsewhere in the UK.   However, the 'Barnett formula' does ensure that the Scottish Government has more money to play with.

New era at Rangers?

The Dave King consortium has acquired control of Rangers leading to hopes of a new era at the troubled club.  King is an exiled Glaswegian living in South Africa, where he has pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion.  He is generally seen in a favourable light by supporters given the performance of the old board.    He will, however, have to pass a fit and proper person test.

James Easdale gives way to fan pressure

Bus tycoon James Easdale has resigned from the Rangers board in response to fan pressure.   His brother Sandy, who is a bigger shareholder, is chairman of the board.  James Easdale's home in Greenock was targeted by vandals last year who painted graffiti.

Modi wants to buy stake in Rangers

Lalit Modi, the commissioner of cricket in the Indian Premier League, is interested in buying a 26.6 per cent stake in Rangers.   He thinks that the club is currently under valued.   He is targeting the shares held by the Easdale brothers.

Talks are at a very preliminary stage, but some argue that events in his past do not make him a suitable person to be involved in a football club.