CQN TV Saints and Sinners


Our third and final video with Scotland’s top model and TV presenter, Nicole with social media masters’ graduate, Suzie is now available.  We finish with a bit of fun, looking at the Saints and Sinners of Scottish football, including some of the main characters involved in football’s current woes, as well as one or two main characters from the champions.

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  1. •-:¦:-•** -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-• on

    Sugar, sweeteners, low-fat, high fat. As with much in life, moderation is the key.



    It’s also worth bearing in mind that much scientific research these days is sponsored or funded by industry. Take all findings with a pinch of salt (Lo-sodium if you prefer) and try to find out who paid for it.

  2. Excellent piece by Ewing Grahame today:



    Rangers in crisis: SFL to cast judgment on Rangers – and the Scottish game’s authorities


    On Friday morning representatives of the Scottish Football League’s clubs will descend on Hampden in order to save the national game from the people currently charged with running it.


    By Ewing Grahame


    10:30PM BST 12 Jul 2012


    Ostensibly, they will convene to decide whether to allow Charles Green’s reanimated Rangers to join their organisation in the First Division or, which is looking increasingly likely, the bottom tier. There is much at stake.


    At the last count 17 clubs had expressed their intention not to catapult the newco into the First Division.


    That is not an outcome favoured by Stewart Regan and Neil Doncaster, the chief executives of the Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Premier League respectively.


    For weeks now they have attempted, with threats and bribes, to persuade the lower orders to comply with their opinion. Which is that, according to Regan, Scottish football will die “a slow, lingering death” (presumably opposed to a fast, lingering death) if Green’s Sevco Scotland Ltd is forced to begin life in the Third Division.


    One would have expected Regan, as the figurehead of the ultimate governing body, to have remained neutral on this issue.


    Instead, following the SPL’s decision to refuse to allow the oldco’s membership share to be transferred to I-Can’t Believe-It’s Not-Rangers, he opined: “In the event there wasn’t a Rangers, that’s got dire consequences for the game and for Scottish society, generally.


    “The economic impact and social unrest are all things that could result as an impact of having no Rangers. That matter will be considered next week by the Scottish Football League and, hopefully, there’ll be an outcome whereby Rangers will be accepted into Division One of the SFL; which would allow some financial stability for clubs in the country.”


    It could be argued that the possibility of social unrest (a risible claim, at best) should be of little concern to a man who lives in Yorkshire. However, Regan’s statement to the SFL clubs last week, that “we have to put the rule book aside” on the subject of the reborn Rangers was truly breathtaking.


    For a man charged with maintaining the probity of the national game to disregard the Scottish League’s constitution with such contempt was quite staggering.


    His stance would also appear to remove two of the options remaining for the SFA’s independent Appellate Panel. On May 29, at the Court of Session, Lord Glennie upheld Rangers’ appeal against a 12-month transfer embargo, ruling it to be unlawful and returning the issue to the Tribunal.


    Richard Keen, QC, acting for Rangers, argued successfully that the embargo was outwith the powers of the Tribunal, pointing out that a fine, suspension or expulsion from Scottish Football or a ban from entering the Scottish Cup were the sanctions open to them.


    With Regan clearly of the belief that the fabric of society would collapse should Green’s newco suffer suspension or expulsion from the game (and a fine having already been imposed), that would leave only a ban from the tournament Rangers have failed to win in each of their last three attempts.


    Incidentally, the Judicial Panel handed out its punishment on April 23, the Appellate Tribunal upheld their decision on May 16.


    Lord Glennie’s decision came just 36 days after the Judicial Panel delivered their verdict. Since then 45 days have elapsed with no sign of the Appellate Tribunal meeting again.


    Then again, it’s now 25 days since Rod McKenzie, of Harper McLeod, the SPL’s lawyers, deduced that there was “a prima facie case to answer” in respect of improper registration of players. That investigation, too, appears to have been kicked into the long grass.


    Regan and Doncaster, meanwhile, have cobbled together a set of promises in order to persuade SFL clubs to do their bidding and install the club formerly known as Rangers directly into the First Division.


    These incentives include a 16-team top tier with play-offs, a one-off payment of £1 million for First Division broadcasting rights and a merged, restructured body renamed the Scottish Professional Football League.


    In a joint statement by the three ruling bodies on Wednesday announcing this brave new world, it was claimed that these discussions have been taking place for over two years.


    However, only 12 months ago Doncaster and SFL chief executive David Longmuir were telling a Supporters Direct conference at the national stadium that there was no prospect of a 16-team SPL in the foreseeable future because it would cost the game £20 million.


    On Friday, in what is likely to be a long and heated meeting, the choice facing the clubs is effectively between short-term financial pragmatism and that much-maligned concept, sporting integrity.


    Sevco is not a football club. It is an off-the-shelf company which has never been a member of any league or association, cannot provide audited accounts or even details of their backers.


    There also remains the possibility that Rangers’ liquidators, BDO, may seek to annul the transaction which saw the Green party take control of the Light Blues.


    Yet Doncaster, who faces the awkward task of renegotiating the TV deal with Sky after making it clear how woeful the SPL will be without Rangers, is keeping his fingers crossed that greed will prevail.


    The SFL clubs must ensure that it does not. Should they admit Sevco into the First Division Scottish football will become a global laughing stock, its credibility extinguished.


    Green’s newco could cleanse itself of the sins of the fathers by beginning at the bottom. Rangers’ demise also provides a valuable opportunity to restructure the Scottish game. In the happy event that justice is done on Friday, then Regan and Doncaster should have no part to play in that rebuilding.

  3. Dontbrattbakkinanger



    Cheers mate, when a subject comes up that is alarming but that I don’t know anything about, I tend to listen to people like yourself who have the education, experience and authority to speak on the subject.



    I wasn’t telling Stevie that it was mince, I would be a right twat if I did that, but the article he posted takes a pasting on the web, but like I said, who is to say those who are slating it know what they are on about.



    I had a problem with one of my kids when he was younger, really concerning, my neighbour advised me to change my bread brand, I thought he was talking mince, but I had nothing to lose. I changed the brand and the boy calmed down within a week.

  4. Why is there a secret ballot ?



    I would rather all clubs stated their intentions rather than remain silent.

  5. Hector Avocado. Silence is tacit consent. on

    Regan and Doomcaster – Secret Ballot






    McCoist gets to ‘out’ the tribunal.



    F*&*$%$#%$ Scotland Pi%^&&^ me off.

  6. hen1rik:



    If I could I’d bet you a half and a half that the chairmen of the SPL clubs will vote against the Sevco.

  7. passport for mini arrived this morning..



    don’t know if she is more annoyed by the pic or the fact it was dated 12th July..



    at least she is getting away, I await mine…. o))

  8. garcia lorca on

    blantyretim@9.31am re paul67


    I was listening this morning and heard the preamble.The usual line was being pursued,Rangers being demoted etc so I turned it off.


    The BBC is expected to be the quality standard and,in fairness,on most subjects it achieves this,however on this particular matter there is real lazy journalism.Can Scottish football survive without the Old Firm,can it survive without Rangers? All the standard answers emerge and it is more than annoying to listen to the superficiality that is spewed.


    Hopefully today more inquisitive minds will consider the matter and influence events towards a just outcome.Fingers crossed.

  9. Happy birthday Oldtim. Hope you get something nice …



    Looks like Sevco to division one has no chance this morning with 19 clubs already announced they are against it. That’s a comfortable majority. It remains to be seen what the exact outcome is though – I still haven’t heard for definite if any amendments to the motions were submitted.



    I hope SFL clubs are solid in their opposition and send a strong message to Regan and co – this is our decision, respect it.



    I would rather have Sevco assessed properly against the membership criteria, and I think they would fail. But it look like division 3 is the best we will get – unless Spartans or another potential applicant gets involved.

  10. timbhoy in spain on

    Steviebhoy66 on 13 July, 2012 at 09:02 said:



    Thanks for that article Stevie.


    Very interesting.I´m diabetic type 2 & told I have retinopathy.


    I take about 6 sweeteners a day in tea & coffee.No more.


    They´ve just went in the bin.I think you´re actually better off taking a small teaspoon of table sugar.It´s ok in moderation & is about 55 on the Glycemic load table.


    It´s a real problem trying to control blood sugar levels.


    so all you guys on poor/high sugar diets beware & act now & change your diet or by your mid fifties you could end up with Type 2 & believe me it aint funny.

  11. South Of Tunis on

    Bad science and Mumbo Jumbo



    ” When people learn no tools of judgement and merely follow their hopes , the seeds of political manipulation are sown “

  12. If Regan actually said “we have to put the rule book aside” then I think that he has to be put aside, that is shocking.

  13. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    Does the box get opened and votes counted in front of the voters?



    How can we trust the result will be the truth?



    Unbelievable this is even happening,I would rather Celtic played in the League of Ireland regardless of how it all pans out,I’m sure other Scottish clubs would join us.

  14. Whew that’s a relief, haven’t been able to post in a while and couldn’t figure out why.



    Anyway Happy Division 3 day!

  15. NatKnow - "We welcome the paper-chase..." on

    Dharma Bam \o/ stands up for Neil Lennon on 13 July, 2012 at 09:50 said:


    Mark Hately says Aspartame would be like a new signing for Rangers.



    I’ve heard he has a sweet left-peg, but to my taste.

  16. NatKnow - "We welcome the paper-chase..." on

    Aww! That should have said “NOT to my taste”….not even funny now

  17. traditionalist88 on

    Celtic are ready to hold talks with Anthony Stokes over a new contract when they return from their pre-season tour of Germany.



    The 23-year-old has scored 40 goals in 82 appearances for the club since joining from Hibernian in August 2010.



    Stokes netted 21 goals in 47 games last term as Neil Lennon’s men claimed the SPL title.



    And with the Irishman entering the final year of his contract, the Hoops boss is keen for the forward to stay at Celtic Park.



    Lennon told national newspapers: ““I’ve not heard a thing about other clubs being interested. He had a great season last year.



    “He’s still young – still only 23 – even though he’s been around the British game for what seems a lot longer.



    “There is scope for him to improve. He’s a goal scorer and I wouldn’t be in too big a hurry to let him go.



    “He’s in the last year of his contract and that’s something we’ll be looking at over the next few weeks once we get back and talk things through.



    “Every player has his price and Anthony would be no different in that regard. But 21 goals last year speaks for itself.”

  18. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Oldtim – many happy returns auld yin. Any horse tips for today?!



    My money is on no vote today, due to some technicality and they will re-convene next week at the earliest.


    I’m still hacked off thinking about that Scotland Today program from last night with Duffield & McPherson. Absolutely shameful stuff.




  19. Dontbrattbakkinanger on 13 July, 2012 at 09:30 said:




    Kit- ‘Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, Methanol toxicity is! ‘



    – many more people die in the UK [ as you may know Scotland has the highest incidence of MS in the World] of MS than of ‘methanol poisoning’



    So while it is true that many patients with MS live fairly normal lives the bald statement that MS is ‘not a death sentence’ is quite frankly, bollocks.




    Bold statement…. what part of MS kills you?




  20. Tony McKelvie ‏@TonyMcKelvie


    The result of this morning’s vote by SFL Clubs is now known. Statement soon. Stewart Regan is just letting the delegates know how they voted

  21. Grant Russell ‏@STVGrant


    Meeting starts at 11am, for those asking. Plenty chairmen yet to arrive.

  22. Grant Russell ‏@STVGrant


    Via @TyroneSTV, Dundee confirm they will vote at today’s SFL meeting. Airdrie expected to also, so all 30 clubs now to vote. 16 majority.

  23. NatKnow - "We welcome the paper-chase..." on

    hen1rik on 13 July, 2012 at 10:14 said:



    You think Tony’s remark might have been tongue-in -cheek?