In a bid to present itself as something it was clearly not, the Soviet Union would whitewash certain aspects of their society by claiming a number of things.
One big whopper was the 'no crime' theory. When that nation dissolved and the files were made available of what really went on, the big lie was shattered.
There are some in that part of the world who still cling on to 'the good old days' and kid on that everything was 'perfect'.
Sound familiar? Especially in a footballing context? It should do.
After all, how can you avoid it? Like the charity clipboard squads aggressively seeking your cash on the High Street, no matter how hard you try, there is no escape.
As this blog site has mentioned many times over, in June 2012, the club known as Rangers which had been formed in 1872 had been liquidated.
It's name in the Scottish Premier League had been erased and replaced with the title of Club 12 which would be changed upon a different club being invited to the top flight (that team of course being Dundee who had finished 2nd in the division below).
The club that had been liquidated was no longer a member of the league it once played in, or the football association it once belonged to.
That seemed clear cut at the time.
As the man who would go on to found the new club that King is now in charge of, Charles Green, said in June 2012:
"For a man [Dave King] who is the second largest shareholder in the Club...to go out publicly and recommend that the creditors vote down the CVA it seems to me quite unbelievable because what we're doing in that is saying the history, the tradition, everything that is great about this Club, is swept aside."
This new club even accepted their shiny just-off-the-shelf status themselves. As this from their official Twitter page ahead of the Challenge Cup tie against Brechin which would begin the 2012/13 season:
Yet a myth began to take root which saw Green himself change tack and promote. The Rangers new club that sprung from the ashes of Rangers old club which had been liquidated, was still that club.
Confused? Maybe that's the general idea from the group of revisionists that have appeared to ram this propaganda down out throats in order to make everyone 'believe' this fiction.
"We never died".
"it's the same club".
"Those trophy wins from before 2012 are ours".
That last line of reasoning (sic) is very interesting.
Because in winning those trophies, the old club got itself into a large amount of debt in order to buy players and retain them for the purpose of winning those honours.
Ergo, if those trophies are yours, then so too are the debts.
This is normally the point where the 'discussion' takes on a more 'rabid' nature from the defence.
"It was the company's debts, not the club's".
Ah yes. Well let me direct you to what the BBC said in 2012:
"The Rangers Football Club PLC is a public limited company registered in Scotland (company number: SC004276) and was incorporated on 27 May, 1899. When the current company is officially liquidated, all of its corporate business history will come to an end. When this happened to Airdrieonians in 2002, all of the trophies, titles and records associated with the club were discontinued and a new club, Airdrie United FC, took over. Airdrieonians' official history ended in 2002, then Airdrie United's took over."
You may remember they were liquidated in 2002 and erased from the SFL. A new club, Airdrie United, was made to stand for election with other non-league clubs (something Rangers newco managed to get out of) and lost out to Gretna (who themselves would one day go bust).
The new Airdrie venture then did something truly disgusting, and made them Scotland's version of Bedfordshire franchise MK Dons (who tried to hijack Wimbledon's history as their own), by aggressively taking over SFL member Clydebank (themselves in a spot of financial bother) and assuming their place in the league.
Those who had often wondered what would have happened had Hearts owner Wallace Mercer had been successful in taking over Hibs and merging them into his own club, now had their answer with Airdrie/Clydebank.
Speaking of Hearts.....
As we know, the Edinburgh side slipped into administration in June 2013 and it was touch and go for the best part of the following 12 months as to whether or not they would be liquidated.
The fate that befell Rangers in 2012 was avoided by Hearts, largely due to the supporters rallying round to set up a foundation designed to place the club into fan ownership instead of waiting for some mythical sugar daddy to ride in and save the day with empty promises of moonbeams, floating pitches and casinos.
As former Hearts captain Dave McPherson said at the time that liquidation had been avoided:
"It would have been disastrous if liquidation was to happen. It’s great the history has been kept intact. I was fearing it was heading for liquidation, I think everyone had that in the back of their mind without having to think about it too much."
A new club, had one been formed post-liquidation, would have been just that.
Any Hearts fan who would say after such an event, "remember when we won the cup in...." would undoubtedly have checked himself and reflect upon the fact that the particular club he was referring to was no more.
Yet a same club myth persists with regard to Rangers. Like Hearts, when that club went into administration, it made an effort to try and come out of it.
In Hearts' case, the Edinburgh side were successful in doing so and had this document to prove it:
Had they done so, liquidation would not have happened and this new club v same club debate would not be taking place. In fact it shouldn't be taking place at all given what happened.
Hearts came out of administration. Rangers didn't.
Hearts avoided liquidation, Rangers didn't.
Hearts were not told to go and start over in the fourth tier of league football. Newco Rangers were.
Hearts were not stripped of their league membership. Rangers were with newco only being given 'affiliate member' status at the beginning of their existence.
And Hearts did not have European qualification (had they done so by league finish or Scottish Cup win) closed off to them for three years.
Rangers newco, even though a domestic membership upgrade would eventually be obtained, would have to present three years worth of accounts to Uefa before being allowed to play in European competition if they qualified.
As an SFA spokesman told The Scotsman newspaper in July 2013:
"Rangers can’t compete in Europe for three seasons. That is due to their failure to obtain a default on the Uefa European licence, which came about due to their inability to produce financial statements. Assuming the club will now produce accounts on time, then the three-year period which began last summer should conclude in 2015. The fact that they are full members of the SPFL is irrelevant."
Those creditors who lost out when Rangers went bust in 2012 may be getting some form of numeration from the administrators who oversaw the final days of that club, but must be wondering why the entity that plays at Ibrox today which is now calling itself the same club that owes them money, have not settled up themselves.
There were consequences when Rangers went bust. North Glasgow College for example were owed £11,041.80 from the liquidated club. During the Rangers' period of administration prior to going bust, the College had to make redundancies.
Had that bill been settled in good time, might that scenario have been avoided? Who knows, but its a scenario that should have happened instead of the one that was eventually played out.
Indeed, given the 'same club' boasts, shouldn't this 'same club' do the honourable thing of settling up either in full or by way of a new CVA plan? After all, Dave King told us earlier this year of his warchest that is "north of £20million".
Instead we have a case of 'wanting your cake and eating it'. The trophies won by the old club are happily claimed but as for that old club's debts, it seems many down Ibrox way are content to let someone else pick up the tab.
Some creditors have been paid back but the vast majority look like getting short-changed.
If the 'same club' tag is to be valid, settling with the below by the aforementioned means would seal that deal....
A K Ray, Ross Hall Hospital, Glasgow £150
ADI UK, Preston £7620
AS St Etienne, France £252,212.39
ASL, East Sussex £2514
Acies Group, Edinburgh £2340
Adrian Coll, Balloch £1600
Alan Duncan, Glasgow £1400
Alexander West Property, Glasgow £2807
Alison Walker TV, Bearsden £600
Alliance Video, Surrey £204
Aon Limited, London £14,151
Arena Imaging, Derby £336
Argyll and Bute Council £406.80
Arsenal Football Club £136,560
Astra Hygiene Supplies, Dumbarton £61.27
Audi Stirling £396.05
Azure Support Services, Macclesfield £523,949.71
Azzurri Scotland, Burnley £34.63
BTWShiells, Belfast £2917.39
Barr Environmental Limited, Cummnock £264
Base Soccer Agency, London £52,560
Bauer Radio Ltd (Radio Clyde) £702
Beyard Services, Beith £5559.60
Bhutta’s Newsagents, Glasgow £567.45
Big Think Agency, Glasgow £14,265.60
Blooms UK Limited, Glasgow £70
Brabners, Manchester £12,999
Brentwood Estates, Manchester £42,963.06
Brian Proudfoot, Glasgow £2,802
British Gas £1,562.42
Business Cost Consultants, Glasgow £6,240.60
Business Stream, Edinburgh £9,727.22
CNP Professional, Cheshire £719.96
CRE8, Gloucester £68,406.70
Cairn Financial, London £4,127.60
Cairns & Scott Caterhire, Glasgow £762
Cameron Presentations, Glasgow £8,795.99
Campbell Medical Supplies, Paisley £3,386.73
Camtec, Herts £552
Canniesburn Taxis, Bearsden £269.69
Capital Solutions, Edinburgh £11,423.40
Capito Ltd, Livingston £1,049.69
Carberry’s Coaches, Portadown Co Armagh £1,200
Carnival Chaos Production, Edinburgh £672
Carol Govan, Glasgow £600
Cask Productions, Glasgow £1,980
Cask Sports, Glasgow £2,919.60
Catercare Scotland, Stewarton £420
Charlton Chauffeur Drive, Glasgow £792
Chelsea FC £238,345.43
Childcare Vouchers, London £1,143.74
Chilli It, Chester £416.52
Chris Clarke, Kilmarnock £150
Christine Siebelt, Milngavie £1,100
Citrus Office Solutions, Lancashire £4,304.24
City Electrical Factors, Glasgow £215.40
Clyde Productions, Glasgow £180
Coca Cola £10,133.91
Colin Suggett, Sunderland £741.80
Collstream Limited, Derby £5,779.37
Collyer Bristow, London £40,691.22
Colours Agency Glasgow £1,980
Computer Links, Livingston £2,146.32
Computershare Investor Service, Bristol, £23,855.03
Craig Services & Access East Sussex £900
Culture & Sport Glasgow £10,338.96
Daily Record & Sunday Mail £312
DealBureau Commercial Finance, Southend £10,000
Decco Limited, Glasgow £174.72
Dell Computer Corporation, Berkshire £272.85
Direct Medical Imaging, Lancashire £230
Disclosure Scotland £372
Dominique S Byrne, Nuffield Hospital, Glasgow £160
Dr David A S Marshall, Bridge of Weir £160
Dundas & Wilson, Edinburgh £24,027.84
Eagle Consulting, Inverness £40
Eagle Couriers, Bathgate £96.60
Eden Springs, Blantyre £644.64
Edinburgh Audi £5,197.08
Electrical Was te Recycling, County
Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Stirling £9,000
Events Audio Visual, Clydebank £300
Exchequer Corporate Finance , Surrey £4,000
Executive Hire, Harlow £1,060
FES FM, Stirling £80,874.93
FL Memo, London £116.86
FX Signs, Glasgow £15,546.56
G Media Mangement, Cheltenham £995
G4S, Surrey £295,036.24
GTG Training, Glasgow £396
Gareth Neil Design, Glasgow £3,200
Gerry McGeoch, Glasgow £150
Glasgow Audi £1,041.62
Glasgow City Council £5,000
Glasgow City Council (Council Tax) £2,008.21
Glasgow Leading Attractions (The Willow Tea Rooms) £1,525
Glasgow Taxis £TBC
Glencairn Crystal Studio, East Kilbide £354
Gordon McKay, Blackridge £150
HOBS Reprographics, Glasgow £270.15
HSS Hire Service £67.10
Hamilton Brothers, Bishopton £115.56
Hay McKerron Associates, Milngavie £3,600
Hepscott Water Systems, Morpeth £1,190.28
Hrvoje Bojanic Beethoveova, Zagreb, Croatia £2,898.42
Hutchesons Eductational Trust, Glasgow £550
ILC Media, Preston £2,040
IMG Media, Chiswick £180
Impact Signs, Cumbernauld £9,482.79
Integrated Cleaning Management, Hampshire £3,329.19
Iris Chorus Application Software, Devon £5,973.60
Iris Ticketing, Devon £37,210.42
Iron Mountain, Livingston £1,271.16
JCM Business Consulting, Paisley £2,745
JJB Sports £19,390.59
James Gordon (Engineers), Galston £1,437.68
Jewson, Glasgow £930.60
Joe Lennon Picture Framing, Bearsden £840
John Deere, Gloucester £41,191.59
K7X, Ayr, £240
Kalamazoo Secure Solutions, Birmingham £4,017
Keith Hawley, Glasgow £2,600
Kevin Cameron Radio Service, Paisley £600
Kube Networks, Glasgow £7,672.08
L & S Litho, Glasgow £17,035.04
Lothian Power Clean, Larkhall £194.34
LSK Supplies, Glasgow £178.58
Lawrie Furnishings, Paisley £607.20
Limelight Networks , Arizona £2,333.49
Link Seating Limited, Worcestershire £606.98
Loomis UK, Nottingham £2,248.08
Louis Grace Electrical, Glasgow £1,087.84
Lyco Direct Limited , Milton Keynes £2,381.27
MSM Solicitors, Paisley £420
MacGregor Industrial Supplies, Inverness £106.76
Mackinnon Partners, Gourock £200
Manchester City FC £328,248.71
Manea Florin Bucharest £37,500
Mar Hall, Bishopton £5,511.90
Marsh Ltd UK, Norwich £779.10
Martin Dawes, Warrington £654.74
Media House, Glasgow £19,200
MediaCom, Edinburgh £11,544.42
Menzies Hotels, Derbyshire £257.40
Michael Douglas, Glasgow £100
Milngavie Mini Market £413.29
Modular Property Holdings, Glasgow £20,930.22
Motif Promotional Clothing, Glasgow £27.29
Murray Group Holdings, Edinburgh £278,964.30
Nairn Brown (Glasgow) £1,492.50
National Car Rental, Leicester £162.52
Navyblue Design Group, Edinburgh £6,960
Newline Products, Glasgow £7,001
Newsquest (Herald & Times £1,500
Nexo S.A., France £1,799.37
Nicola Young, Glasgow £3,500
Noble Grossart, Edinburgh £18,612
Nordic Scouting, Oslo £20,000
North Glasgow College £11,041.80
OHSS, Edinburgh £234
OfficeFurnitureOnline.co.uk, Dumfires £338.40
Ooyala, California £733.92
Opal Telecom £169.72
Orebro SK £150,000
Oxford Hotels & Inns (Carnoustie) £3,709.96
PR Newswire Europe £300
PTS - Plumbing Trade Supplies, Leicester £30.42
Paramed, Howwood £1,050
Parklands Country Club, Glasgow £500
Parks of Hamilton £7,256
Paton Plant, York £1,450.16
Perform Group, Middlesex £346,097.43
Pineapple Aroundshot, Co Durham £2,316.96
Pineapple Photographic, Co Durham £5,875
Ping Network Solutions, Glasgow £4,020.25
Plum Films, Edinburgh £3,000
Posh Deli, Glasgow £260
Postage by Phone, Essex £510.80
Premier Cash Registers, Glasgow £12,600
Prime Commercial Properties
Management, London £10,805.53
Professional Pre-Season Tours (Libero), Glasgow £60,000
Quick Shift Tyre Service, Glasgow £48
R.F.Brown, Hamilton £1,681.44
RBS WorldPay, Cambridge £180.66
RS Components Limited, Northants £204.95
Rangers Lotteries Ltd, Glasgow £105.80
Reed Business Information, Surrey £2,764.80
Renfrewshire Council HQ £108
Restore Scotland, Paisley £579.74
Rigby Taylor Limited, Bolton £10,762.16
Rodgers Sercurity Systems, Glasgow £342.50
Ross Hall Hospital, Glasgow £770.50
Ross Promotional, Glasgow £1,022.88
Royal Mail £3,262.54
SDL Group, Glasgow £1,350
SG World, Cheshire £577.56
SIR Teknologi, West Sussex £TBC
SK Rapid, Austria £1,011,763.44
STRI, West Yorkshire £17.28
Saffery Champness, Glasgow £31,028.01
Scot-West Business Forms, Glasgow £749.60
Scotprint, Haddington £7,514
Scotrae Productions, Greenock £17,058.94
Scottish Ambulance Service £8,438.40
Scottish Hydro Electric £62,527.30
Scottish Power £302.44
Search Promotional Merchandise, Buckinghamshire £6,240
Shanks Waste Management, Southampton £122.58
Sharon Agnew, Glasgow £460
Shawfield Timber, Glasgow, £786.24
Shell UK £7,637.94
Shields Land Rover, Glasgow £246.75
Shred-it Glasgow £444
Sign Plus, Dunfermline £2,473.22
Signature Industries, London £1,507.90
Simplewaste Solutions, Clydebank £17,626.26
Sinclair Pharmacy, Glasgow £1,909.79
Slater Menswear , Glasgow £688.31
Solutions.tv, Glasgow £2,652
Sound Acoustic Productions, Glasgow £12,000
Souters Irrigation Services, Cumbernauld £456
Spike Multiedia, Giffnock £5,312.50
Sporting iD, Tyne and Wear £144.70
Sportopps.com, Belfast £150
Sports Alliance, Bury £2,006.65
Sports Revolution, London £5,034.52
Stellar Football, London £72,000
Stirling Fire Protection £1,149.30
Stockline Plastics, Glasgow £258
Strathclyde Police £51,882
Striking Imagery, Cumbernauld £113.51
Stuart MacMorran, Clydebank £422.50
Summit Asset Management, Surrey £70,555.88
Susan Thomson Your Sonsie Face, Glasgow £40
Tabs FM, London, £1,980
Tellcomm Limited, West Midlands £6,435.89
The Arco Group, Hull £443.43
The Brite Bulb, Bishopbriggs £3,209.64
The Burnbrae, Bearsden £1,403.88
The Business & Property Bureau, Bearsden £7,376
The Business Incentives Group, Glasgow £1,893.60
The City of Edinburgh Council £90
The Fees Company, Edinburgh £118.16
The Financial Times £3,480
The Scottish Football League £3,859.92
The Premier Property Group, Edinburgh £103,210.96
Thistle International Freight, Paisley £128.42
Thistle Storage Equipment, Cumbernauld £140.40
Thomas Cook Sport, Manchester £129,216.56
Ticket Team, Netherlands £873.36
Ticketline Network, Manchester £11,668.67
Trade UK (Screwfix) £77.01
Trident Trust Company, Jersey £40,689.90
UK Fast, Manchester £689.78
US Citta di Palermo, Italy £205,513.04
University of the West of Scotland £135
Voicescape, Manchester £786.84
William Henderson, Glasgow £275
Yuill & Kyle Solicitors, Glasgow £1,486.80
Celtic FC £40,337
Dundee United FC £65,981.49
Dunfermline Athletic FC £83,370.13
Heart of Midlothian FC £800,000
Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC £39,805
HM Revenue & Customs £14,372,042
Ticketus, London £26,700,000
Debenture Holders (various) £7,736,000
Season Ticket Holders (various) £TBC
Employees Various £TBC