The elusive James Traynor targets his former employers



Posted missing for much of his time at Rangers, former journalist James Traynor, stuck his head above the parapet on Saturday to impose a 1984-style blanket ban on his former employers BBC Scotland over their coverage of a leaked document called ‘Football Philosophy’.

Traynor’s time at Rangers, publicly, can be looked upon as a Head of Media masquerading as a blogger – an overpriced one at that. Three blog articles is the sum of Traynor’s time at Rangers since he officially was unveiled by former Rangers chief executive Charles Green at the start of the December 2012.

When his services were secured, Rangers announced that he would be “head of media and oversee the development of all media platforms including Rangers TV, digital, online and print publications” – but has he been worth his bumper wage?

While Traynor was doing his best Houdini disappearing act impression, Rangers have gone through further debacles – Charles Green and Craig Whyte links, the Charles Green racism scandal and Imran Ahmad doing his best impression of an internet bampot. The question must be asked is why has Traynor decided to show himself now?

Is it something personal he has with BBC Scotland and those journalists turned away this afternoon?

In a statement on the official website, Rangers confirmed that the BBC are no longer welcome at Ibrox or Murray Park. Convenient that the ban was imposed on the final day of the season – could it be a token gesture from the new hierarchy to try to show whose boss?

The statement read: “The club asked BBC journalists to leave the stadium ahead of today’s Division Three title party against Berwick Rangers.”

Rangers Director of Communications James Traynor added: “We are aware of our contractual obligations but we also have to be aware of our duty to protect the players, manager and supporters against reporting which lacks logic, balance and fairness.”

Did we read the same articles on the Football Philosophy document? One was a word for word publication of said document, the other a summarised version of the same document. So what lacks logic, balance and fairness?

I have the same sort of stand-offs with my toddler when he doesn’t want to go to bed or when he doesn’t want to eat his greens. He spits the dummy and this is another incident that reminds me of my battles with my toddler son.

All in all it looks as if it is a contest between James Traynor & Rangers versus BBC Scotland to see who can pee the furthest, with today’s act being a last desperate act of someone trying to justify his wage.

Where was Traynor when the STV, BBC and the other media outlets published reports on Green, Ahmad and the links with Whyte? Is he just picking and choosing his fights?

There are questions over many issues at Rangers and none more so than what James Traynor does at Ibrox to justify his bumper pay deal.

As for BBC Scotland they will show their mettle, if they stick to their guns and not kowtow to a clear breach of Scottish Football League rules by Rangers. I wonder what the SFL will do with their prized asset – if anything?


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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