TRIBUTE: Rangers’ Charles Green and his Greenisms


In honour of the departing Rangers chief executive Charles Green, we thought we should pay tribute to the man who rebuilt the financially stricken Ibrox side and livened up Scottish football with his rhetoric, his claims, his greenisms.

1. Adidas

While on a tour of North America, Green and commercial director Imran Ahmed claimed that Adidas and Real Madrid parted ways and that a deal with the German giants would be signed within days. And said deal would see Rangers Adidas’ biggest client. Days later Real Madrid and Adidas signed a lucrative deal.

2. Dallas

On the same tour to America, Green and Ahmed, claimed that they were in talks with NFL side Dallas Cowboys with a view to tying up a lucrative commercial partnership. However, SCOTZINE revealed that this was lies as Dallas Cowboys claimed they had never heard from Rangers or Green and that they would not be interested in such a partnership.

3. Oz link

If the false claims of a deal with the Dallas Cowboys wasn’t enough, Green then claimed that h had been in talks with Central Coast Mariners about a partnership which would see Rangers being able to have first dibs on the best players and with Mariners acting as a feeder club for the Ibrox side. He didn’t reckon on being found out by SCOTZINE once again as Mariners rubbished his claims.

4. IPO

On a trip to Qatar, he stopped off in Dubai to speak to Rangers fans in the desert state. Here he proudly announced that Rangers successful IPO which raised £22 million, was the most successful IPO in the UK in 2012. However, he failed to do his homework once again as he forgot to mention that Direct Line’s IPO raised around £800 million.

5. Revenue

Second only to Manchester United and Arsenal. That is what Green claimed Rangers would be with their brand new communications platform, kit sponsor and stadium naming rights deals. He claimed that outwith TV revenue, Rangers would secure £100 million turnover each year. A huge Greenism and that says a lot!

6. Debt free

With little thought for the real victims of Rangers’ scandal, Charles Green peddled the phrase Debt-free time and again. Then news broke that Rangers owed money to a Singaporean based company called Orit Enterprises. No longer are Rangers debt-free as Green claimed the Singaporean company were trying to swindle the Ibrox side. What is it they say about the pot calling the kettle black?

7. Boycott

Rangers fan groups called upon all fans and the club to boycott the Scottish Cup tie with Dundee United at Tannadice. The club duly obliged with Green claiming it was due to the way the Dundee side had treated the Rangers fans previously and their vote against Rangers . Yet within weeks, Green announced that he would be going to the game as it was his responsibility to do so. The players seemed to boycott the match also as they lost 3-0 to United.

8. Voting

Charles Green admitted to trying to buy votes with a certain SPL club in the voting process which saw Rangers blocked entry into the SPL. Green told Rangers fans that he had offered to pay for the shortfall in season ticket sales that were lost if the fans boycotted that club’s games. Always thought bribery was illegal?

9. Deals

After six months of telling fans that the kit deal was just days away from being signed, it was indeed finally signed and that company being Puma. It was also announced that said kit would be sponsored by Blackthorn cider. Green claimed that Puma was one of the top two football brands in the world alongside Adidas. Claiming that Nike was a sports brand. Again he has failed to do his homework or he just likes talking rubbish.

10. THAT Christmas message

No words are needed for this excruciatingly cringeworthy piece.


About Author


Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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