“The Pen is Mightier than the Sword”
Below is an open letter which I have written, addressed to four prominent individuals within the governing bodies of Scottish Football. I urge you all to do something which many people do not do very often nowadays, and send a simple letter. While those in the corridors of power can easily ignore thousands of emails or large scale petitions, letters, and their physical form, are harder to ignore. This is not just for Celtic fans, although this is a Celtic website. It is much, much more important than one club. This is about Scottish Football, and it’s future.
I ask you simply to buy an envelope, address it to “The Scottish Football Association, Sixth Floor, Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY”, put this open letter inside it, signed by yourself at the bottom, and post it off. If not, write your own letter. This is not about the things which divide us club to club, this is about the future of the game we all love.
All you would need to do is copy it into a word processor such as “Microsoft Word” and print it off. For the cost of a stamp and an envelope, have your voices heard. Print off copies for friends and relatives you may know too who may not have access to the internet. We may achieve nothing, but every letter will help.
Letter Begins Below:
Dear Mr S. Regan (SFA), Mr C. Ogilvie (SFA), Mr N. Doncaster (SPL), and Mr J. Ballantyne (SFL),
I write to you not as a supporter of one football club, but as a supporter of Scottish Football.
From our earliest days as children, we are taught how the most fundamental aspects of any sport are fairness and integrity. At present, I, and thousands like me, feel that your plans to allow a “Rangers NewCo” entry into the second tier of Scottish Football (whether this is in Division One of the SFL, or in a new SPL Two) directly contradicts these critical foundations on which sport itself is built.
In 2009, Livingston were rendered insolvent and were on the verge of liquidation, before being saved at the last minute. They were demoted to Division Three as they were deemed to have breached rules regarding insolvency. While Rangers Football Club PLC (1872) have yet to be officially liquidated, a newco is in the process of being set up, and you simply must treat them in the same manner as you would treat any other club. Any move to allow a club into a league other than the lowest division would be totally unprecedented in the Scottish game.
You cannot treat clubs differently dependent on who they are and expect to retain the respect of your average football fan. If you allow a newco Rangers into any league higher than the Third Division of the Scottish Football League, you will have been seen to show favouritism, and this, rather than the death of Rangers, will be what seriously damages the future of our country’s national game.
There are forty one teams in the professional leagues in Scotland other than Rangers, and you cannot be seen to put the future of one club before the future of the rest.
I urge you not to take any reckless decisions which will damage the future of the game in Scotland.
If you do allow a newco back into an upper league, you will forever be remembered as the men who ruined Scottish Football, and you will see the inevitable negative effects of your actions, as attendances plummet, protests gather pace, and our national game becomes a worldwide laughing stock.
Please, do the right thing.
A Scottish Football Fan