Hearts are owed £800,000 from Rangers for their purchase of Lee Wallace, while Dundee United and Dunfermline are all owed money from ticket sales. So who can blame Celtic for demanding money upfront from their arch rivals ahead of the Christmas derby game, in fact ALL clubs in the SPL should do likewise. Not because it could cost further job losses at Ibrox, but because it is their money and Rangers should not be paying off their debts or paying their staff with other people’s money.
Rangers are responsible for their own problems, spending money they didn't have to fund title wins and to buy European glory - which never materialised under Walter Smith, Dick Advocaat, Alex McLeish nor Paul Le Guen.
While Whyte 'cobbled together' the money to pay Celtic up front, it seems that there was also a so-called verbal agreement that Celtic do likewise ahead of the March derby.
However, the Daily Record are claiming that the verbal agreement has broken down at a time when Rangers are desperate for cash. A bit like Dunfermline, Inverness Caley, Hearts and Dundee United then? These clubs don't have the luxury of using millions of pounds of bank money, tickets money or revenue from 45,000 season ticket sales to run their clubs - so why should Rangers be given the luxury of being handed money to help alleviate their financial suffering when those four SPL sides are having to look at other ways to raise the funds that Rangers owe them.
In fact the SPL should withhold the TV revenue that is destined for the Rangers bank account to pay the debt they owe to the SPL quartet.
If Celtic are in fact playing hardball and waiting until after the match to pay the £300,000, then they are perfectly entitled to do so. The SPL cannot impose sanctions or force the Parkhead side into stumping up the cash in advance and Rangers would have a bit of a cheek complaining about it, since they owe four SPL clubs plus numerous businesses across the country a significant amount of money.
Celtic fans will stump up the £42 ticket price (no ticket for an SPL game should be more than £30 in my opinion, even for an Old Firm derby game) to celebrate their side's expectant title victory - barring a mass capitulation - but more importantly to support their side beating their greatest rivals.
Rather than chasing or demanding Celtic pay £300,000 up front before the game, maybe Rangers and the administrators should be chasing up Craig Whyte and those directors at Rangers during his tenure for the missing millions and exuberant 'wages and bonuses' they were handed out. Then the players and the staff can safely keep their jobs, and the Ibrox side can pay out the money they owe to others.
So if it means that Rangers have to cull a few players to make ends-meet and pay their remaining staff then so be it.
It certainly makes a mockery of the club's pursuit of Daniel Cousin on a reported £5,000 a week wage. How many non-playing staff would that pay for?
There is only one club at fault, there are only two people at fault for overseeing the financial mismanagement at Rangers Football Club.