Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Why Craig Whyte Shouldn't Be Criticized

 Rangers chairman Craig Whyte has come under heavy criticism this summer over transfers and not spending enough money. It's about time people look at the bigger picture and lay off the guy. Whyte has come into the club, made us financially sound after a disastrous end to Sir David Murray's tenure where Lloyds bank controlled every single thing we did.

Whyte has came in and tied up three important players to the team on long term contracts, without these contracts Steven Davis and Steven Whittaker could leave for free next year, while Allan McGregor could leave on a bosman in 2 years time. Now all of these are tied up for at least the next 5 years. 

As well as that, thanks to Whyte, Rangers have been able to bring in three players on a permanent basis, as well as signing Kyle Bartley on loan. Lee Wallace came in at £1.5m, Juanma Ortiz and Dorin Goian came in for undisclosed fee's believed to be around £750k, and although to many teams that may not seem like much, but to a Scottish club it is a lot of money, especially to a Scottish club that was in dire need of investment just four months ago.

With the players brought in Rangers have a steady first team line up with some good backup, as well as some exciting youngsters breaking through.

Away from the playing side of thing Whyte has also used his own money to launch, and upgrade, numerous things. He has spent £3m upgrading the stadium, which was in dire need of it.

He has also brought through a number of new merchandise including the founding fathers range which commemorates the four great men who founded this great club, as well as that he has opened up the Rangers utilities which you can read about on this website: http://www.rangersutilities.com/

Craig Whyte has also made £35m investment in catering and cleaning at Ibrox, both on matchdays and non match day events with Azure.

So to say our new owner isn't spending money is ludicrous, the guy has came in and saved Rangers Football Club from effectively going into administration, he is also set to foot the tax-bill that will come from former owner Sir David Murray's mistakes.

So how about everyone just lays off Mr. Whyte, and allows him, Ali Russell, Gordon Smith and Ally McCoist to get on with their jobs.

Written by Mark McDougall

Twitter: @MMcD1873