Rangers have refused to comment on rumours that former Daily Record associate editor of sport, is to join the club as their new head of marketing and PR.
Following his final column for the Daily Record being published on Monday (3 December) internet rumours of Traynor’s move to the club began to circulate within hours of its publication. Scottish football website, Scotzine, reported on Tuesday that a source had informed them that “Traynor is set to start at Ibrox in the next few weeks”.
Traynor’s last ever Daily Record column is much like a game of two halves. Part one sees Traynor describe his role at the newspaper as “never a job. More of an absolute joy,” before reflecting on some of his fondest sporting memories, proclaiming “it’s been a pleasure,” but then ominously adds “until recently”.
At this point the mood turns, with Traynor accusing Scottish football of trying to “tear itself apart” in the wake of the Rangers crisis.
He continues: “Actually, for the last couple of years some of the most bilious types have been allowed to emerge from the shadows and spew invective that sadly became regarded as fact, even though what they were saying and writing wasn’t even close to being definitive.”
Traynor then goes on to attack the “anonymous bloggers” who “became experts” overnight claiming that “Rangers would be done for cheating the tax man,” something which has since turned out not to be the case.
Bloggers are not the only ones to fall foul of Traynor as he writes that “some fellow journalists” still cannot accept that the club did not cheat the tax man, explaining that “one journalist declared it to be “a government conspiracy” when he heard the ruling in Rangers’ favour”.
His tirade continued claiming “the rabid desire to help bring down Rangers” was “widespread” asking “Just when did they [certain members of the press and bloggers] become consumed by such eye-popping rage?” adding that Scottish football has “quickly became dominated mostly by incoherent imbeciles fuelled by all that hatred”.
In the column Tranyor says the “awful and completely inaccurate pieces” and the “Despicable, pathetic little creatures craving some kind of recognition but lacking in conscience and morality,” had made it impossible for him to continue, writing “my conscience won’t allow me to stay in our profession”.
With news of a possible move to Ibrox, the tone of Traynor’s last column has raised eyebrows online if he was indeed eyeing a position with the club and speaking to Charles Green about taking payment as an employee.