The bigger picture

The last few days have felt like being in a huge online huddle.

The level of support has been overwhelming.

The Celtic family have an understanding of fairness and what is right.

I cannot better Roy Greenslade’s analysis of the Sun’s decision to first commission the serialisation of Downfall and then the decision to pull it.

So I won’t try.

In the midst of all of this it has been very easy to forget  what the book is really about.

Downfall is the story of the biggest ever scandal in British sport.

This story isn’t about me or the Sun, it’s about the behaviour of the establishment club at Edmiston Drive.

There is no precedent for what Rangers did during the first decade of the new millennium.

The book proves that the truth was out there, but many couldn’t handle it.

Over the last 48 hours, Downfall has leapt in the Amazon UK best seller rankings.

At the moment it is number 27.

When the Sun interviewed me it wasn’t even in the top 1000!

The reason the publisher agreed the serialisation with the Sun was the same reason I took the big tax case story to the News of the World in 2010 – to get the truth out to the largest possible readership.

Indeed, that was the same reason I shared my scoop with the Sun on the sheriff officers paying a visit to Ibrox over the wee tax case in August 2011. I simply wanted those snaps to be seen by a mass readership.

It was a commercial decision for the Sun to go for the book and it was the same rationale that made them drop the serialisation.

It wasn’t personal, it was just business.

There are wider issues to this episode, but others are better placed at present to analyse them.

Paul McConville is one of those people.

No one who knows me would recognise the characterisation of Phil Mac Giolla Bháin that appeared in the Sun’s editorial, but that is a job for another day.

In the midst of all of this a book was being printed.

It contains a valuable commodity that should be treasured.

The truth.

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