Dougie Dougie and SFA cover-up


As a consequence of items relating to lies told by former referee Dougie McDonald’s no longer being found by searches through Google’s UK portal, while reaming available on the US portal, a suspicion arose that McDonald has used recent EU ruling to have these items expunged from the search engine.

During a Dundee United-Celtic game in 2010 McDonald awarded Celtic a penalty, then quickly changed his mind.  He lied to Neil Lennon after the game, and to the SFA supervisor about the circumstances which caused him to change his mind.  Celtic Quick News published an excerpt from the supervisor’s report, which was based on information McDonald subsequently admitted was false.

Having admitted to a lie, and under pressure from Celtic, McDonald resigned later in the year, but the greater stench was that of cover-up.  Having set the chain of events in motion, McDonald realised his error and admitted what he did to the SFA on the day of the game.

Having lied, he quickly came clean, but the actions of the SFA were far more serious.  With knowledge of the lie, the SFA were now in ownership of it.  They should have told McDonald to apologise to Neil Lennon and the referee supervisor.  Instead, they publicly reaffirmed the lie.

Even after the cover-up came to light, the SFA continued to close ranks on Celtic, faces were set to stone.  If Celtic didn’t know their place when it came to the dark arts of the SFA, they became acutely aware of it then.  Nothing could ever be the same again.

I have sympathy for McDonald.  He made a mistake but quickly did the right thing.  His name is tarnished largely as a consequence of the actions of his superiors.  If he called Neil Lennon the next day to extend the apology he gave to the SFA, the matter may have ended there and then.  He was not an innocent victim of an SFA cover-up, but he was a kind of victim.

The fight to change the SFA goes on.  Peter Lawwell is now on the board and some of the faces have moved on, but it is not a healthy body.  The vast majority of the 93 member clubs are not conspiratorial in nature and have no ill towards Celtic or any other club, but overhauling the labyrinth of committees, with vested interests which have been decades in the making, will look like pushing water uphill to anyone committed to reform.

Our interests are best served leaving the SFA behind, and we’re not alone in that.

Excitement builds as the 10-in-a-row CQN Charity Golf Day takes place tomorrow in Aberdour, with Frank McGarvey and Len Murray!

This year we are raising money for Glasgow the Caring City and The Cookiejar Foundation. We have two copies of this magnificent canvas, signed by Billy McNeill, one is available to the highest bidder on ebay here.

The other is available for raffle. Every donor to this JustGiving page gets an entry in the raffle. The minimum donation is £1, which we can all afford to participate in, although you can donate as much as you want. Our thanks to @BarryMcGonigle for the image on the canvas and OPG Graphics for creating the work.

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  1. bognorbhoy oscar in my thoughts on

    today the mighty CELTIC return to the fray







  2. bognorbhoy oscar in my thoughts on

    PAUL 67



    could you pass my email addy on to



    The Green Man



    many thanks




  3. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Leftclick, don’t open any mail from my acgr account at the moment. I’ve been hacked and it’s spammed all my contacts.



    Wecome Big Craig. I also couldn’t give a crap about him coming up for a corner in a game v us. He’s a Celtic player now.





  4. oldtim67


    12:18 on


    3 July, 2014





    I’m only going over for a few hours,if you fancy a few hours over there We could meet up on the train,as long as you give me the time you’ll get on the train I’ll get the same train at Falkirk High,A few drinks would do you the world of good,let me know what you think.

  5. Paul67 – “I have sympathy for McDonald”



    Aye right, Sympathy for the Devil mair like.


    He made his bed……….

  6. The linesmans career was ruined, Dougie slithered away and Dallas, lets not let him away with the sectarian reason for his sacking, he basically lied, caused a strike, bought disgrace to the country/SFA yet gets a job with UEFA!!!!!



    THE top man is Ogilvie, I think we use his integrity as a yardstick for the whole lot of thm.

  7. I take it Paul, you mean a new football authority rather than moving to another league, or do you? por cierto

  8. ulysses mcghee - a demographic of one on




    Dark days indeed.



    My abiding memory was Hugh Dallas’s metaphorical sprint to a certain radio station’s studio the next evening to embed the ‘truth’ in the nation’s psyche.



    Such a parcel of rogues in an association – to paraphrase a familiar apron wearer…




  9. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    I’ll let u know.


    plans changing by the hour due to bigot fest taking place in Blantyre Saturday, may just head down to caravan for couple of days to escape the 17th century bigots..

  10. We all know it was Neil Lennons’ fault! :-)



    Good luck to the wee-baw skelpers tomorrow!!

  11. petethebeat



    11:58 on 3 July, 2014





    No car mate, well dont think so. Somewhere central to bars, restaurants etc be handy.



    Im straight on alcatraz, really wanna see it. And folsom

  12. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Jeez – revisiting this is just a painful reminder that Scotland is like some third world backwater at times.


    Can’t believe that senior members of the FA in England would have survived under similar circumstances given all the pro Sevco and anti Celtic shenanigans that are there waiting to be unearthed – like easily mined journalistic nuggets.


    Sad and pathetic…

  13. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Bawsman/Uly – Dallas should have been sacked just for the blatant lies he told on the Snyde phone in that night, but there was no chance of that with the SFA. We had to resort to other methods to get rid of Dallas, although he never truly went away.



    Don’t forget Britney’s shameful performance that night either!




  14. SFA?



    Nest of vipers!



    Sympathy for McDonald?



    Nae chance as far as I’m concerned.




  15. Proudbhoy










    Ideal for cheap SF hotel rooms. Avoid Fishermans Wharf as it very touristy and expensive

  16. Delaneys Dunky on

    Good luck to Craig Gordon. Usual suspects hoping he flops are thankfully in the minority. Hope he scores for Celtic fae a corner. :)

  17. Sadly have had to cancel tomorrow due to work, happy golfing and drinking at Aberdour CQNrs

  18. Proudbhoy



    If you do Alcatraz make sure you have the audio tour. Ex cons and ex prison officers tell their stories.

  19. Previous article–






    Thanks mate, missus is on them.








    12:03 on 3 July, 2014



    Cheers.. All passes onto the boss, eateries be great aswel mate and any bars. Espcially nice local irish bar ..



    Usually have a base when im somewhere to start the nyt or if we just want a quieter night an few songs. Might sound sad but thats what i like. I’ll have to pretend to the missus i never knew about it thou :-)

  20. tommytwiststommyturns on

    If Craig Gordon signs, then I’ll not be happy, but he’ll get my support. The only reason I don’t want him at our club is that I don’t rate him! He always seemed a bit powder puff to me….no offence to any powder puffs on here! :-)



    He was rank against us in the past, although he seemed to improve at Sunderland.




  21. Garngad to Croy on




    Dougie Dougie might have been afforded some sympathy had he not tried to delete his ‘Honest Mistake’ from online History !

  22. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Interesting thought about the google deletions relating to Dougie, Dougie. If people like the Guardian – and our good selves – write articles highlighting the original incident and questioning the deletions – are those new articles then also subject to google deletion or are they then a separate entity that require a different legal judgement.



    Images of huns chasing tails and perpetual insanity if the internet bampots play their cards wisely on this one…

  23. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Delaneys Dunky


    12:43 on


    3 July, 2014


    Good luck to Craig Gordon. Usual suspects hoping he flops are thankfully in the minority. Hope he scores for Celtic fae a corner. :)






    He used to be a hun,but he`s all right now.



    What a magnificent example of the Celtic choir,it`s ethos and that of Jock.

  24. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Garngad to Croy



    Can we be sure it was Dougie who requested the deletion?

  25. LB/GM



    All I’m pointing out is that both Burley and Jackson were signed after Jansen had been appointed, in fact a couple of weeks into his appointment.



    I suspect neither of the three of us know for sure if they were targeted before Wim took over.



    If Gordon is fit then magic.



    My biggest concern is what happens to FF now.

  26. Xavi to leave Barca. On a free?



    Give him £3 million in his hip pocket, 50k a week and wrap him in the Hoops.




  27. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Interesting that this has resurfaced today. Dougie along with Craig Whyte and Jack Irvine have all personally pursued paying google to remove info from Google searches. I wonder where Dougie got the money. Always follow the money. So ST sales are not going to well.



    Steven Craven left to rot.



    That is a scab Peter Lawwell does not want to pick.



    How long is this Board going to continue with this three monkeys strategy ?



    They are ….and I choose my words carefully and with coolness.






    And when the huns return in 12 months they are hoping for an increase in ST sales.



    I hope they are wrong.



    For all of you buying the three monkey stance.



    Where did you park your brain ?



    Shame on you.







  28. Afternoon,



    Paul67, you say “The fight to change the SFA goes on”.


    I’m not so sure.



    Dermott Desmond has been at the club over 20 years, Peter Lawell not far behind.


    In that time the deed club has cheated to an extent that even the most ‘paranoid’ amongst us would believe.


    What have I heard from my club…nada, not a word?



    Ol Dessybhoy and Pedro know a thing or two about the value of a pound/euro, yet we have been cheated out of millions and not a word!



    I do not believe for a second that there is any fight from the PLC to change the SFA, certainly not the changes that we all believe are required, the silence is to loud and has went on for to long for anyone within the boardroom to believe there are serious problems.



    What other business in the world would keep as quite as the PLC if they thought the regulator in charge of fairness operated for the benefit of only one other business?.



    The fight goes on my erchie.




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