Milan Gate Receipts Only Paper Over The Cracks For Rangers

Daniel CameronContributor IFebruary 6, 2009

Glasgow Rangers and David Murray may have banked a few pounds from this weeks "glamour" friendly match against AC Milan, but whatever money is left over after paying what was no doubt a handsome fee to the Italian club for taking part, will only be papering over the cracks.

It is indeed ironic that 45,000 supporters turned up for the match. In recent weeks at Rangers matches, "Murray Must Go" and "We Deserve Better" banners have been festooned on every available rampart; chants questioning Murray's recent stewardship of the club have been loud, and commonplace.

David Murray has publicly humiliated everyone connected with Glasgow Rangers Football Club with his performances both behind and in front of the scenes this January. That 45,000 supporters should then turn out to essentially line his pockets on a cold February evening to watch an ageing 33-year-old underwear model "strutt" his "stuff" for an uninterested Italian side, is nothing short of preposterous.

Perhaps most of them were not Rangers fans at all, but just sad, pathetic individuals, desperate to catch a glimpse of the media myth that is David Beckham. Perhaps they were both, who knows?

What we do know is that the fans who turned up en masse have achieved one thing, and one thing only by doing so:

The continuing presence of their loathed chairman.

The profit from the Milan match will be used to stave off the creditors for a while, at least until the summer, when the club can set about hawking their most saleable assets again. It must be a concern for Murray, however, that seemingly no one wants to buy any of his "most saleable assets".

Only bids for striker Kris Boyd, which was welcomed with open arms, and for midfielder Pedro Mendes, which was not welcomed with open arms, were apparently received.

It's unclear as to why top goalscorer Boyd was to be offloaded to Birmingham City at the drop of a hat, whilst the inconsistent and over hyped Portuguese midfielder was to be so cloyingly sheltered from the grasp of Bolton Wanderers. Only David Murray, who had earlier this month instructed right hand man Martin Bain to advise agent Willie McKay that the entire first team squad was "for sale", can answer that.

Yet for all his detractors and critics, David Murray, who once pledged to spend £10 for every £5 that rivals Celtic spent, still has his friends: mostly in the media.

Just yesterday, former striker Mark Hateley set about his quest to become a former legend by proclaiming it a “masterstroke” that Murray had managed to “keep” all the “star” players at Ibrox.

It certainly wasn't for the want of trying. It was the want of virtually no-one, in actual fact, to purchase any of the “stars” that meant them being retained by the club.

Quite clearly, there was no bid for Mendes, because quite simply, if Bolton had bid for the player, he would have had his bags personally packed by David Murray quicker than the time it takes Kenny Miller to sky a shot into Row Z.

The supporters, you would think, will soon realise all they are doing is aiding and abetting David Murray in merely papering over the cracks.

That 45,000 turn out for a bounce game in aid of a charity—Murray International Holdings—should make that assessment worryingly questionable for anyone connected with the club.

Other than the chairman, of course.