Change underway at SFA, Irish Voice launch


Some of the reaction to Peter Lawwell’s promotion to the top table of the bowling club yesterday was thoroughly entertaining, including some from our own side.  As a rule, I’m happy to germinate nonsense which distracts potential opponents from applying logical analysis to their world, so now THE EVIDENCE is all there!!

The SFA badly need higher calibre board members and, despite some generous assessments (from all sides), Celtic’s influence over the Association has been akin to pushing water up a marble staircase.  The only genuine solutions to Scottish football’s problems will be to the benefit of all clubs, not just the main income generator.  This is the challenge Peter Lawwell should set himself.  By delivering well-funded, competitive football for all, he will best look after the interests of Celtic.  Big changes all round are required.

I was accustomed today by a suggestion that Celtic were about to announce debts of over £30m after investing in some underperforming bonds!  Fortunately the story teller is listening to the wrong people and this is complete fantasy.  At least this nonsense keeps people from reading the accounts and asking by our board blow so much cash on amortisation each year instead of buying players.

Shout out to the newly launched Irish Voice newspaper, issue one of which is now out.  Focussed on “Bringing you all the news from the Irish in Scotland” it’s a really impressive read – and it’s free!  Check it out online here and look out for the paper copy.
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  1. Anyone wishing to sponsor Peter Lawwell during his “Sponsored Silence On Any Subject Related To Corruption In Scottish Football Governance Or Celtic Fans Who May Feel Cheated By SFA Corruption”, which he bravely began sometime around the commencement of his contract with Celtic FC and which he hopes to continue throughout his time as a member of the SFA need only buy a season ticket for Parkhead to make a difference by supporting Peter and his revolutionary “3 Monkeys Protest System” which mainly involves seeing no evil, hearing no evil and above all saying nothing about anything controversial which may anger his long-time friends (and now colleagues) at the SFA. Lets wish Peter a peaceful and above-all silent time with his new friends and hope that he never has to strain his delicate vocal cords actually standing up for the many thousands of Celtic fans who, over more than a decade, invested millions of pounds in good faith propping up a corrupt league in the mistaken belief that they were witnessing a sporting contest, while paying Peter’s wages into the bargain.

  2. TBJ Praying for Oscar Knox on

    good evening champions



    Nay fitba this weekend … between the close season.. transfer window and international breaks. . Hmmmpffff

  3. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo



    17:02 on 4 September, 2013



    I think for Scottish football to honestly and truly progress there is a hierarchy of obstacles that needs to be removed from within it.



    1. Masonry……………………….




    Can I take it that you are up for this petition then Awe Naw? Or is it No?




  4. Perhaps we are just too thick to understand how clever the likes of SDM, Angus Grossart, John McLelland, etc are. When they bought the Falkirk bus builder Transbus (with our savings from BoS) they didn’t even need to be in the same continent and worked telepathically!



    This is how it was reported at the time: “It was a Scottish consortium backed by Peter Cummings, the head of corporate banking at the Bank of Scotland that bought Falkirk-based body and chassis business, Transbus for £90m in 2004.



    The Bank of Scotland chipped in with around £70m of debt and equity finance. The deal was led by merchant bank Noble Grossart, put together whilst Grossart was on the Iraq-Syrian border looking at castles left by Christian Crusaders. Pleased with beating off a shortlist of bidders at the eleventh hour, Grossart told The Sunday Herald that he had worked with Murray and Souter “almost telepathically”. He added: “The bottom line is that we had been aware of it (TransBus International) for some time. We had been tracking it, and when we moved, we moved very decisively”.



    Grossart and David Murray, (Rangers football club chairman, Murray enjoyed a close working relationship with Peter Cummings to help his significant metals, mining and property interests reach a personal fortune estimated at £650m in 2006), would own about half of Transbus – renamed Alexander Dennis to reflect its bus-making routes – while Brian Souter and Ann Gloag would be minority shareholders with over 40 per cent.



    Murray’s firm, Wishaw-based Multi Metals had been supplying steel to Transbus while Souter’s Stagecoach had also been customers of the firm. The result was a company with annual sales at the time of £200m and a strong forward order book bought for £40m with the addition of their commitment to invest £50m of working capital into it.”[ENDS]



    Nothing to see here Timmy move along.

  5. forgot to post the Braw words…



    Attended the funeral service of a dear old friend today. Joe Jappy was 92 years old and had enjoyed a lifetime’s association with his beloved Buckie Thistle FC. For many years, he looked after all visitors to Victoria Park, as the ‘boardroom barman’. He must have poured the biggest drams in the history of football. You always got a tumbler filled to the brim, with very little room for a mixer ! When you heard the minister tell everyone that Joe got up at 5/6a.m. every home game to do the home-baking for the boardroom, it makes you realise how much work goes on behind the scenes at every football club, but yet very few people have a clue as to what really


    goes on. And it’s all voluntary ! Thoughts are with his widow Annie and family at this sad time. RIP Joe. Forever in my thoughts.




  6. Acoustamatix – I pay my money to watch Celtic and no other reason. Each one of our titles is all the sweeter because we know it was won despite the obstacles put in our way. In a few short years we will have amassed a number if titles that, as a record, will never be beaten and we’ll have done it in the right way.


    ‘If’ and that being a big ‘if’ we decided to play at Murrayfield, we should be saying thanks but no thanks!


    We have a perfect opportunity to thank our Irish fans by playing in


    the Aviva stadium in Dublin.


    Surely Celtic could ask for permission


    from UEFA,


    I think it would be great for all the


    Celtic family,


    For to long Celtic have taken the Irish


    bhoys for granted, anytime i visit Ireland i see young boys with ELP football strips, and to me its a heart breaking sight,


    So there you go,


    now i will wait to be ridiculed ..



    Happy Celticing




  8. Marrakesh Express on

    Awe naw



    when your back in..


    I’d suggest your not getting the point me and many others make.


    Yes the huns still play at Ibrox.


    Yes they have the exact same support who sing the same songs


    Yes they wear the same strips


    etc etc etc.


    But the club RFC 1872 were liquidated and died, just as Gretna and Thirds did. Those teams didnt have the wherewithal to form a new club and connive a licence. Thats the only difference.


    The very fact Rangers 1872, a corrupt sectarian organisation died, is beyond our wildest dreams. Its as good as it gets.


    I’ll settle for that.



  9. The craziness of the transfer window has given way to the bored frustration and miscellany of the international weekend.



    Fortunately we all have lives away from CQN. N’est pas? I do wonder sometimes……….



    Funny thing I was thinking the other day. I reckon I’ll get to 4 games this season. That involves me buying my ticket at full price, one or both weans tickets and sometimes another full price ticket depending on who goes with me.



    Another £100 (or slightly less) on top of that and I’d have a Season Book. Worth doing next season I think. Just have to persuade P&O, Stena and Easy Jet to knock 25% off their prices too and I might be able to afford to come over more often…….



    Oops forgot to factor in the wife and precious precious family time and all the other stuff I do which is not Celtic related. Damn this grown up responsibility. Another reason I am so annoyed that I willny get a pension until I’m too old to spend it watching the Hoops…..




  10. mighty tim supporting wee Oscar on




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  11. Marrakesh – I would also add that the new club has some very very serious financial and structural constraints (if not downright problems) which i is hard to see being overcome in order to become a genuine force in Scottish football – never mind Europe. They are decades behind us and I only see that chasm growing.



    The best it will get for them is a ‘best of the rest’ tribute act. But think back to the 90’s when we should have been best of the rest, probably did have man for man the second best squad in scotland but were regularly in third, fourth and worse place. Being the supposed big fish makes others play harder against you, they want your scalp, that’s why you have to be so much better to be so far ahead.



    Goosed I tell ye

  12. The old mob we knew as rangers are more or less dead, they are going through the liquidation period at the moment.


    There is a new team in Scotland who play from the same stadium as the old club we knew, wear the same strips, belt out there bile songs but the are not the team we knew, in time (Liquidation could take up to 2/3 years ) they will go away the only way they won’t is if YOU KEEP calling them rangers and keep thinking they are the same team, let the SMSM play along with them we all knew that was a given no surprises there, so in a nut shell legally the name is there, BUT in reality they’re fekin deed.

  13. weeminger @ 18:38



    “Each one of our titles is all the sweeter because we know it was won despite the obstacles put in our way.”



    Heard this argument often enough during the peak of Operation Hun Rescue, where incredibly, there were also people here still dismissing some of us as paranoid when we expressed concern about the “refereeing”, or dismissing the concern itself with the popular, “Score enough goals/ beat them on the park” etc etc.



    This makes light of the very important concern – we are entitled to a level playing field.



    As for the PL to SFA board appointment – it doesn’t inspire me. This appointment tells me that the SFA are now never in danger of being held to account for their crimes of the last 10 years against Scottish football.



    They need to be disbanded completely and a completely new, transparent organization set up imo.



    What happened to John Reid’s words, “What we want is a complete re-structure of the Scottish Football Association”? Sticking PL on one of their boards isn’t going to achieve that. We might be settling for the odd “sweetener” from the SFA to shut up us uppity Tims and our “inferences of innuendo and conspiracy theories”.



    In five years, it will be same old same old, with some of us telling our disbelieving grandchildren in later years that Rangers FC was liquidated.

  14. Chairbhoy




    17:05 on 4 September, 2013



    Greensideup/Greenjedi @ 16;07,



    Not quite, the SFA has three Boards…



    The Main Board



    The Professional Board



    The Non-professional Board



    Ralph Topping was The Professional Boards representitive on the Main Board, he resigned.



    Peter Lawwell was nominated by the Professional Board to become their represetitive on the Main Board.







    Thanks for clarifying the setup re SFA. I still think that this might not be as cut and dry as it seems but I don’t think Ogilvie et al are smart enough to use this against us but you never know. If PL is representing the Professional Board this can only be good for the game in Scotland, maybe he should build his team with guys like Turnbull Hutton.






  15. leftclicktic oscar in our thoughts on

    Just came across this twitter conversation from last night ,


    Sorry if already posted




    Tom English‏@TomEnglishSport21h


    How did all these Twitter folk vent their fury and their conspiracies before social media was invented? Seriously, what did they do?






    Roseanna Cunningham ‏@strathearnrose19h


    @TomEnglishSport: they were formerly referred to as the Green Ink Brigade :-D.





    Jeanette Findlay‏@JeanFind5h


    @strathearnrose @CelticFCSLO That’s right Minister, have a wee laugh at the people you’re harassing daily through your PSS and COPFS puppets

  16. ffm – my main point was that buying my season ticket was nothing to do with the board’s omerta but for the record I don’t recall any of the previous boards being overtly vocal about it. They certainly didn’t bring things to a head with the referees such that they went on strike.

  17. Oh dear…This chappy on FF is seen as a man in the know.



    First Post



    BBC Scotland Report on Deal is Inaccurate


    My understanding is that the main premise of the article, that…….”a deal is close to completion”……… is inaccurate.That this was a proposal, almost certainly coming from the the current board and that as of late last night there was absolutely No Deal.



    The BBC Scotland article came from the man who Media House have often called upon to spread inaccurate information that suits their clients, Chris McLaughlin,….alongside Jim Spence.




    This was followed by the following support from the slaberng Orcs




    Sincerely hope this is true buster.




    I wouldn’t trust a word that came from McLaughlin or the other Rangers hater Spence.




    There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the article was written by Toxic Jack. Absolutely no doubt.





    This was then followed by the offcial confirmation by the club, furious backtracking all round





    In light of the regulatory annoucement….. That agreement was far from close to completion and still isn’t completed.


    The proposal was always there as above.



    My guess that the proposal came from the board is wrong. It would seem as there may have been an unexpected flip.





    oops..these guys have their finger on the pulse!

  18. FFM txt


    How did I know PL new job at Hampden would not inspire you, you where in my treble of posters in to say that and I was bang on with the other two as well, try and relax wait a while and let’s see what pans out, you never know, then again I was right with my treble, so you may be right as well.

  19. weeminger @ 19:07,



    I got that, it wasn’t your main point that got me on a rant, it was the “more sweeter” comment. It maybe seems pernickety of me, but I can’t get that feeling. I still feel anger at the blatant obstacles thrown in front of us to keep us from progressing.



    The mib strike led to some of us believing action was being taken behind the scenes, at last !, but now it looks like Phil and his anon source deserve the credit for this and no one else. This is the only example of any benefits I see to the board remaining silent at this stage: they can get credit for whatever good luck Fate bestowes upon them.

  20. tonydonnelly67



    You were in my list of guaranteed responses (a list of one).



    I’ve little choice but to wait and see. Am expecting nothing. The crimes of the last few years are being being swept further under the carpet. It will all be back to usual in a few years, with that shower more rabid than ever, and the cheating more blatant, simply because no remorse was encouraged, no punishment extracted (that is literal by the way – NO punishment). Instead the reward of a pudgie up to the 3rd division for a brand new hun club – simply because it is a hun club. That’s not progress, that’s evidence that we’re STILL in the midst of the most blatant cheating ever seen in British football.



    Right, things to do – will check for answers later,



    Off oot !

  21. There may be trouble ahead :))



    This is the kind of peace deal that leads to implosion :))




    Rangers confirm peace deal close in boardroom




    By Jim Spence & Chris McLaughlin


    BBC Sport


    Rangers have confirmed that disaffected shareholders have offered to withdraw a request for an extraordinary meeting if four new directors are appointed.


    But the club are demanding that, in return, they will want a vote of confidence passed in the current board.


    “The company confirms that discussions are continuing with the requisitioners,” said a club statement.


    The group of shareholders had originally demanded the removal of chief executive Craig Mather.


    They also wanted finance director Brian Stockbridge and non-executive director Bryan Smart to stand down at the League One leaders.


    “As part of the proposal, the requisitioners have also confirmed that, subject to the above, they are not seeking to remove any of the current directors,” said Rangers’ latest statement.



    Murray and McLelland could be returning to the Ibrox board


    Rangers have confirmed that the four additional non-executive directors being proposed are former Ibrox chairman John McClelland, shareholder and bus tycoon Sandy Easdale, former director Paul Murray and accountant Frank Blin.


    They would join present non-executive directors Ian Hart and Sandy Easdale’s brother, James, with some touting McLelland for a return as chairman.


    “The board considers that any decision on any proposal for the withdrawal of the requisition would be subject to the provision by the requisitioners of a vote of confidence and continued support for the current directors and to all necessary regulatory approvals,” said the statement.


    However, it is understood that the deal is being struck following a stalemate in the power struggle going on within Ibrox.


    Both factions are understood to speak for around 30% each of the club’s shareholders, with neither side entirely confident of winning any vote at what promised to be a stormy EGM.


    The group of shareholders, headed by Clyde Blowers chairman Jim McColl, has been in negotiations with the Ibrox board to achieve a solution that would avoid a gathering that could cost the club £80,000.


    Rangers’ board preferred to have discussions on boardroom changes incorporated into the agenda for the annual meeting, which is to be held in October.

  22. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on

    Embdy been to Stockholm?



    If so, any recommendations re: bars, restaurants, things to see gratefully received.



    Long weekend.