3 June 2013
The words can be read only with either mild amusement or a sense of pity.
Which people, exactly?
The people who snigger about a ‘debt-free’ club while the creditors count their losses? Or the people moving into the Scottish Second Division riddled with legal challenges and embarrassment at the latest disastrous Great Leader?
The people with a “rightful place” at the top of Scottish football, just months after being found guilty of withholding player registration information from the governing football bodies over a 10-year period?
Or the people who forced national broadcaster ESPN to apologise live on air for the behaviour of a mob of racists chanting their poison at a live football match?
Any notion of being The People is met with bemused looks across Britain.
The decent, law abiding fans who supported their club through thick and thin should by now have the sense to look past the rabble-rousing PR and ask a few questions before investing in a new Rangers mug never mind a season ticket.
Others will put their hands in their pockets and wait to see how it pans out.
With his pleas Ally McCoist must accept his responsibilities. For a second season the second-highest paid manager in Scottish football is asking the fans to stump up. Does he have absolute faith in those running the club?
He should be up front with those who bought their season books last year and found the money to pay into the Sevco share issue. Those people deserve transparency, not sound bites.
It has the look of an exercise in manipulation designed to get people spending, as though fans can be conditioned like Pavlov’s dogs to salivate when the tribal buzzer is pressed.
Others look on with discomfort at the humiliation. It’s almost painful to watch and the Scottish laughing stock continues. Some dignity here really would not go amiss.
They really are the people.
Whatever sells the tickets.