It was the sort of occasion that stuck its jaw out and demanded to be struck by a cliché.
For observers of Rangers, baffling twists have long been part of the story of the club's protracted decline.
THE Rangers website last night proclaimed: ''Santa is coming.'' It provoked among the weary support suggestions that he would need a big sack to carry the cash to save a beleaguered club.
It would have been pretty unrealistic, when Ally McCoist was offered circa £750,000 as a salary by Rangers a few years back, for him to turn round and say: "No, no, don't be ridiculous. Think of the club. Please make my pay £300,000 instead."
WOULD you become poorer at your work if the boss said he or she was leaving in a few months?