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. Trad88



    Just had a quick look on a Hearts’ forum.



    A mix of bile, directed more at us than CG, and those wishing him all the best.

  2. Tim Tanium@12:19




    “Note that Ronny has very quickly established that Derk and James are very often injured. To be honest that wouldn’t have taken much research. Hope he knows hoe to fix their ailments. I think James’s is down to running style he might have to remould that like a golfer changing his swing. Derk probably is as we were warned – a sick note”




    Not picking on you personally but you are around the 4th poster in recent hours to assert that JF is injury prone and cannot be relied on. The “research”, quick or otherwise. does not back that up.



    I will provide, again, JF’s league and total season appearance stats:-



    2011/12- 29 & 43


    2012/13- 15 & 31


    2013/14- 16 & 27



    You may think there is some support for your theory there but, look closer and you will see that his Euro appearances were 8,9 and 10 (last year) for each of the last 3 seasons. He has been fit for and contributed largely to our Euro campaigns, the most important fixtures we have. Despite being allowed to recover from injury in our less necessary SP league games, he still managed 40% and 42% respectively in these past two seasons.



    In contrast the following had fewer league appearances than JF:-



    Nir Biton


    Derk Boerigter


    Mikel Lustig


    Beram Kayal


    Darnell Fisher


    Liam Henderson



    Amido Balde had fewer total appearances than JF


    Adam Matthews made 4 more appearances than him


    Giorgios made 6 more than him



    On a pro rata basis, our two January signings, Leigh and Stefan, would have made 1 and 7 more appearances than him.




    In addition, JFscored 7goals (3 in Europe) and provided 5 assists.

  3. Just a little over 2 hours to go to kick off. Really looking forward to game. A Brazil/Argentina World Cup Final comes second to a Celtic pre season game in my book. It will be interesting to see if there is any noticeable change in playing style. COYBIG.

  4. Philboy commented on terminally miserable celtic supporters



    “If we lose tonight they will ALL be on the blog. Same as every year.”



    Are you telling me that there are millions of Celtic fans out there who are NOT miserable if/when we lose?

  5. traditionalist88 on



    15:19 on


    3 July, 2014





    Just had a quick look on a Hearts’ forum.



    A mix of bile, directed more at us than CG, and those wishing him all the best.





    A bitter bunch some of them,




  6. Ernie appreciate the quick response, I think if you can get back for a few games this season , think it could be very interesting. If you can make it I’ll take you as my guest to a home game- extending the hand of friendship csc Hail Hail Hebcelt

  7. traditionalist88 on

    Geordie Munro


    15:19 on


    3 July, 2014


    Trad88 @1515



    They have bigger concerns than cg signing for us. :)





    I suppose so, The Petrofac Cup is only weeks away ;)




  8. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    15:23 on


    3 July, 2014


    Philboy commented on terminally miserable celtic supporters



    “If we lose tonight they will ALL be on the blog. Same as every year.”



    Are you telling me that there are millions of Celtic fans out there who are NOT miserable if/when we lose?










    But they`re miserable before we if/when lose.

  9. Hamiltontim.



    Why don’t you come over to Aberdour for a couple of drinks,you’ll be in good company in BT and me,we’ll keep you sober.

  10. Bada Bing



    John Collins would not be at Celtic Park if Peter Lawwell was signing the players.






    They have not mentioned it. I have not even spoke to them about it. The fact there is silence from them means they are gutted. That pleases me.




  11. Corkcelt



    Don’t think I’ll see the game, I don’t have Premier Sports and I’m playing at 6.



    It will be interesting though to see what changes there are to team selection, tactics and playing style.



    Obviously it’s early days for the new management team but I expect we’ll see their ideas manifest themselves in the coming weeks.



    Exciting times on the park.

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on



    15:16 on


    3 July, 2014


    Craig Gordon could get injured in his first training session after he puts pen to paper… Alternatively he could prove to be great business.



    Let’s wait and see before judging him.



    By the same token FF could get injured before season kicks off….


    a wee bit simplistic ? the point beign FF is 100% fit and able.CG is a gamble in not having played for 3 years,and the signal is clear to other clubs now,FF is for sale.Which IMO makes Zaluska No1 GK,and he’s proved in the past he’s not up to it.HH

  13. Celtic Champs Elect



    I was delighted to read your post re how you enjoyed the Seville book. Everyone who has read it thinks pretty much the same as you – there are some wee stories in there that are just so funny!



    It is uplifting and it reminds anyone who needs reminding how wonderful it is being a Celtic supporter – win, lose or draw.



    Anyone wanting a copy of Seville – The Celtic Movement can order at http://www.cqnbookstore.com or alternatively can pop into one of the Celtic stores.

  14. OldTim67



    That wee bandit CaltonTongues has been texting to say he’s going but hadn’t mentioned it!!



    I’ll get back to you as it may be too short a notice as I have my chores to do :-)

  15. Oldtim



    No it’s a UK supplier, I tried to find one there for you, as shipping from here would be rather expensive, it’s the same supplier that WDH linked to.



    It’s a quality wine for a very good price.











    Sadly mi amigo I am off the bevvy for present, but I have noted a few for when I am indulging again.


    Muchas gracious.




  16. Tamrabam



    If we lose tonight they will be on here ripping the new management team and players a new one, prophesying (is that a word?) doom and gloom for the season ahead.



    It is our first pre season friendly.



    More important than the result is the new system, players getting their fitness up and getting to know the management team.



    But the boo boys will be on.



    I hope we win tonight, but if we don’t, it aint the end of my footballing world.

  17. WC



    Can I also say just how much I enjoyed the Seville Story, some fantastic tales from supporters.

  18. Celtic will win 10-0 tonight. 9 Craig Gordon headers and a penalty from our new goalie!




  19. Macjay


    the way i see it my friend in Celtic disagreeing with PL or think player A is not as good as player B is just having an opinion. If that opinion is different from Dermott then its not always bad. DD and PL or anyone else at CP are not infallible



    Fitbas all about opinions, (only I am infallible) :-)




  20. Does anyone know when the decision was made to appoint McDonald as a referee assessor?



    Would this have happened had NL still been manager of Celtic?

  21. I know I was not in favour of the Craig Gordon signing (nothing to do with the corner kick issue) but, if it is a pay-as-you-play deal, my concerns are lessened.



    I am not a regular betting man but I am willing to bet that, despite the aired concerns and predictions of some, We will not exit this current transfer window with just Zaluska & Gordon as our goalkeeping options. Craig Gordon will be fighting Zaluska or Fasan for the no.2 slot while our number 1 will be either Fraser Forster or another goalie yet to be signed.



    I cannot see the expressed fears of PFAyr and HT coming to pass. Craig Gordon will only become our no.1 option if he outperforms Forster or another yet-to-be-transferred-to-Celtic keeper. If he does so, he will have to have been pretty good.



    Welcome to CP, Craig.

  22. !!Bada Bing!! on

    HT- The McDonald story was on here a few months ago,but they might have been biding their time.

  23. Dougie McDonald –



    ” We shall remember him, we shall remember them…”








    Lest We Forget CSC

  24. philbhoy


    you sound like you are getting your excuses in early


    and prophesising about what some other tic fans will do



    you see the thing is philbhoy, in my opinion for what its worth, some folk might not think its the end of the world, some others will, but at the end of the day 99 per cent of fullahs on here are hardcore jungle jims who all want the same thing



    a big shiny European cup at celtic park trophy room



    we just all have different plans about how to win it again (and again, and again) thats the only difference

  25. whitedoghunch on

    TET nae bother



    Oldtim the wine TET pointed you towards was indeed an exceptionally good price.



    getting excited not long now

  26. ***We have a winner SFtB (14:55)***



    Give that man a coconut!



    Jimmy Johnstone 1.57-1.63 m (5 ft 2-4 in auld money)*


    Jimmy McGrory 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)


    Scott Macdonald 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)


    James Forrest 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)


    Danny McGrain 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)



    *Reports differ by 2 inches and we all know 2″ can make a real difference. However, in this case, Jinky is still the best wee man in this Dirty Ol’ Town.

  27. I am probably in a minority here but tonight`s friendly means about as much to me as any pre-season training session. Of course, I will be happier with a victory than a defeat but I will still consider the game as simply another aspect of training. I certainly will not be expecting a brand new Celtic ! Neil`s Celtic was an attacking force and Ronny`s will be ,too. I don`t expect any major difference.




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