by Striker

THE most traumatic happening in recent soccer circles surely has been the near demise of Glasgow Rangers, after a rather convoluted mish-mash of extended talks, proposed legal goings-on, and the endless battles among those who say that, while they have the good of the club at heart, they still wish to keep a tight hold on their financial interests.

The harsh truth is that while all of these shenanigans are going on, the heart and soul is gradually being torn out of the club, and the way things are going, there may be little left when the in-fighting is over.

I was more than a little surprised to learn that the majority of the Scottish Premier teams voted against Rangers continuing to participate in the top section, and that they should now be demoted to one of the lower divisions.

Such a decision has to be one of the most ludicrous acts of all time, for, while most of the soccer viewers in this country would be in favour of the other Glasgow team, Celtic, the annual battle between the Celts and the ‘Gers was the only highlight from an otherwise pointless season, with them first and second, and the rest nowhere. Surely the Scottish FA could find some other solution to this inane situation, rather than totally destroy an already struggling Premier League, which will happen if Rangers are downed.

Apart from this debacle, over the next few weeks, you will be entertained by the daily transfer news, which will be well covered in all of the sporting pages.

Among the latest hot-press news is the story that the Gunners star striker, Robin Van Persie, is in the throes of leaving the Highbury club, who have already lost the brilliant Fabregas and Nasri, which would leave them about six players short if they wish to challenge for the title this coming season.

Van Persie seems to have the same crib as the other two lost players, that of the lack of silverware won by Arsenal over the last five years, which adds up to nil.

Arsene Wenger is undoubtedly a brilliant manager, but seems to prefer developing players rather than signing the finished article.

Doing this, while not winning any trophies, he still has continually kept the Gunners in the top five-year in and year out.

Could Van Persie be making a major boo-boo here?

Another interesting move has to be the transfer of Manchester United’s striker Park Ji-sung to QPR for a reputed £2m.

Park, over the years has been a great player for Ferguson, but, now at 31, I suppose it is time he moved on.

Newcastle reputedly have completed the signing of Coventry teenage star Gael Birigimana, who hopes to make a big impression for the Magpies in the Premier League.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is determined to succeed this year, and he has signed young Sheffield United star Matt Lowton as the first addition to his plans for the coming season.

Tottenham, still smarting after the loss of Harry Redknapp, are trying to get back on an even keel under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, and they have made a strong bid to sign the Ajax star, Dutch international Jan Vertonghen, and hope to complete the signing in the coming days.

Glasgow Celtic’s Neil Lennon is also on the prowl for players, and hopes to make some new additions to his squad in the coming weeks.

With the season proper now closing in, it has quickly turned into a “making your mind of time” for every single team all over Britain.

With reference to Redknapp, now there’s a brilliant manager on the loose, but I’m  sure that he will only be unemployed for as long as he dictates the outcome.

See you next week for more latest transfer news, and our usual bit of banter!