Martin Bain: Defending The Indefensible
13/04/2011 134 Comments
Anyone else struck by the undignified tone coming from Rangers’ Chief Executive Martin Bain in recent days?
His statement released after the shocking decisions from the SFA disciplinary meeting yesterday included the following:
We are, however, disappointed that our players’ misconduct was, in the opinion of the disciplinary committee, to be of a significantly serious nature and we will study the reasons for this when they are given in writing.”
In response to the sectarianism charges from UEFA, Bain said:
“We do, however, believe that it is absurd to think that only Rangers supporters sing offensive or sectarian songs. That is patently not the case and we are left to conclude that there is a disproportionate focus on Rangers. It has also become clear there are people who have been determined to undermine our Club at any cost and have constantly lobbied UEFA and other organisations to take action against Rangers.”
Tortured logic and simple denial are evident in both quotes. Even when handed a gift that he could not have expected from the SFA (unless he had been informed in advance), Bain tries to boost his credentials as a defender of his club and their fans. He is obviously playing to the cheap seats. Much maligned in the past by many Rangers fans for what they saw as a failure to defend them in the litany of troubles created in their recent European adventures, Bain seems eager to ingratiate himself with the club’s more extreme elements.
That he would want to mend bridges with the FollowFollow crowd is understandable. For a family man who lives just outside Glasgow, knowing what the future is likely to hold must weigh on him terribly. There must be an awful fear that as Chief Executive during most of the period when the EBT scam was in operation, he will be held responsible. There is a better-than-evens chance that he could be the last Chief Executive of The Rangers Football Club plc. Imagine the scorn that will be directed his way when it becomes clear that not only is the tax case a real threat to the existence of the club, but that Bain has participated in downplaying the risks while knowing the full facts. His actions have hampered Rangers fans’ abilities to prepare for the worst case scenario. There are many fans who would never forgive him once the seriousness of the club’s situation becomes widely accepted.
Imagine how they would feel if they thought that his culpability extended beyond merely failing to stop the plan, but if they were to discover that he was also a significant beneficiary of the scheme? Such a conflict of interest would surely tear away any coat of armour Mr. Bain thinks he is building through his newly discovered gruff voice.