Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"Rangers, Protestantism and Scottish Society" by Harry Reid


The ongoing saga at Rangers Football Club continues to bewilder many. Through the frenzy of company law, tax law, financial charlatans and opportunists, and what sometimes appears to be a vengeful Scottish football 'establishment' seizing its opportunity to slay the giant, there seems to be agreement among the manager, Ally McCoist, and the majority of fans, that Rangers should rebuild from the bottom league of Scottish football regardless of the financial implications.

In all of this, a few pieces of intelligent writing have emerged. This article was sent to me by a few people, having been published on a website I hadn't heard of before. Written by Harry Reid, former editor of The Herald newspaper, it provides an interesting view on the social changes which have left the Church of Scotland on the sidelines with little relevance for today. I think many readers here will find it of interest.

"...Rangers had standards and dignity, a sense of pride and self-belief: they were a decent club representing something resolute - aye ready – in the Scottish character and their supporters were honourable people. They had a strength and self respect that was undoubtedly linked to the better aspects of the Scottish Protestant tradition.

All that has withered away now. It is not just because of the demise of Rangers; there has been a parallel decline in the Church of Scotland. Not so long ago it could legitimately claim to be Scotland’s national church; it could speak to Scotland, and speak for Scotland. Now it can barely raise a whimper on any matter of public significance.."

Click here for article

There are other well-considered articles on the same website.

Someone once told me 'Better to fail with honour, than to succeed by fraud'. All of the problems at Rangers were caused by the company, not the football club. Yet the football club is bearing all of the punishment, and those running the company (so far) have got away with it. But I wonder will the financiers who caused the implosion at Ibrox face appropriate justice, or will they escape in a smokescreen of lawyers and administrators?

To lift the closing comment from this article on the same website, "Salvation is always possible – even for the most lost of causes".