“A lucid and sometimes pitiless account of the rise and demise of Rangers FC which never loses sight of those who matter most in Scottish football – any football – the fans. It achieves an uplifting conclusion finally the staggering unlawfulness of the suits who ruined Rangers and the cynicism of those charged with running the game, who ran it into the ground at Ibrox and then ‘did walking away’.” –Alex Thomson, Channel 4 News
‘O’Donnell’s tight prose style brings his writing to life on the page. Tangled Up In Blue promises to be probably the most incendiary books in the history of Scottish sports writing.’ Denzil Meyrick, creator, DCI Daley series.
About the Author
Stephen O’Donnell is an creator and freelance author of football-themed fiction and non-fiction, based in Glasgow. His novels Paradise Road and Scotball were published to critical acclaim. Recently, he has switched to non-fiction, focusing his work on the reasons for the apparent decline of Scottish football in latest years. Stephen is also a contributor to The Blizzard and Nutmeg magazines.
If the wider, football-conscious world is aware of just two things about Scottish football, they’re surely as follows: first of all, that there’s a virulent rivalry in Glasgow between the city’s two great teams, Rangers and Celtic, based on a religious divide; and secondly, that Rangers recently suffered a catastrophic financial collapse, which in the long run led to the club’s insolvency. Split into two separate, but closely linked, sections, Tangled Up in Blue: The Rise and Fall of Rangers FC gives the full account of both of these stories. Stephen O’Donnell explores how Rangers first became associated with hard-line Protestantism, dominating Scottish football for decades without ever knowingly signing a Catholic footballer, until the feted arrival of Maurice Johnston at Ibrox in 1989. He then switches focus to the club’s financial affairs, as Rangers’ unsustainable spending brought the club to the brink of collapse and, despite the hidden benefits of an illegal tax avoidance scheme, resulted in its liquidation.