For others, winning anything is everything. Ofcom


Peter Lawwell’s letter to the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, regarding Sky Television’s “grossly and irresponsibly misleading” sub-titles over Alfredo Morelos words, spoken in Spanish, will hopefully flush out the persons behind the act.

The letter states that the “effect and, [Celtic] believe, purpose of this misrepresentation was to broadcast offensive and incendiary allegations against Celtic Football Club and its supporters.

“Issues of racism and sectarianism are far too important to be manipulated in this way by any broadcaster or third party.”

Sky’s retraction and apology is not sufficient.  We would like to know which members of the media are prepared to broadcast untrue “offensive and incendiary allegations” against the club ourselves as fans.  It would help confirm long-held suspicions of standards in our media.

My cynicism suggests there will be a fall guy, he will say he acted alone and will take all the blame.  For a bung.

None of that will matter come 2pm on Sunday, when we fight for a place in the Scottish Cup quarterfinal.  This is cup football, when we are told, “anything can happen”.  These days, in Scotland, cup competitions have taken on a prominence seldom known in world football.

Apart from Celtic, no one has won a major trophy of any description since Hibs won the Scottish Cup four years ago.  There is a desperation in some places to win a trophy, to look for signs our dominance is slipping.

The same importance is placed on the cups at Celtic.  Brendan Rodgers rested players for a Europa League game ahead of a League Cup tie against Hearts.  Celtic’s dominance has attributed the League and Scottish Cups a status they both struggled to attain in the decades before, when the league was all.  Now, for Celtic, winning everything is our aim, and for the others, winning anything is everything.

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  1. We’re playing some nice football these days. Some very nice football.



    I’d like us to be utilising more of the squad, makes us less reliant on a set 11 or 12.



    This weekend could be a useful opportunity

  2. Wee repost from the arse end of the last article…



    This is all about book sales for sure but there’s some bold statements in there that will rattle a few cages…




    The below is from an article in The S*n…




    Here is a selection of some of the book’s most incredible quotes:




    On Rangers’ use of EBTs:



    “Rangers cheated for years under David Murray. There should be a level playing field in sport and Rangers did not adhere to that by using the EBT scheme to sign players they otherwise would not have been able to bring to the club. That was unfair on the other teams.”



    On the SFA, who fined him £200,000 and banned him from being involved in football for life:



    “They struck me as being completely clueless. They were complete clowns. They had a lot to say about me at the time, but did they say anything about the EBT case?



    On Rangers manager Ally McCoist:



    “Ally McCoist was untested as a manager, but I had no choice but to keep him as it would have cost the club £1 million to break his contract.



    “My hands had been tied by the old board.”



    On Rangers losing to Malmo in a Champions League qualifier in 2011:



    “It was probably the moment when the inexperience of our young manager was most exposed.



    “Had Walter Smith still been in charge and been able to guide us into the Champions League I firmly believe I would still be the owner of Rangers today.”



    On the Rangers directors:



    “I thought the board were a bunch of pompous buffoons and meeting them served no purpose.



    “I decided they were all going to have to go sooner rather than later.”



    On receiving death threats:



    “I was the subject of several death threats, mostly online, people saying they’d happily take a life sentence to do me in. Another threatened to fire bomb the castle.”





    On failing to broker a deal with HMRC over the “big tax case”:



    “From the moment I took over I was confident that we’d either win the case or be able to do a deal with HMRC.



    “At the time of the takeover I didn’t believe there was a single problem facing the club that was insurmountable. In my experience, when it came to dealing with HMRC, there was always a deal to be done. They always wanted to get paid. It didn’t make sense to me.”



    On the likelihood of Rangers going into administration after his takeover:



    “Administration seemed almost inevitable. We looked at the possibility of of putting the club into administration pre-acquisition, or at the time of the takeover.



    “But the outcome of the EBT tax case was within the first month of the takeover. If we put the club into administration and then found we’d won the case that wouldn’t look great.”



    On selling Rangers’ shares in Arsenal:



    “The media said I’d sold shares the club held in Arsenal and kept the proceeds – that was completely untrue.”





    On being frozen out after Rangers went into administration:



    “I thought I was in control of the situation. I genuinely believed we could emerge a debt-free club, that I’d still be at the helm and we could move on.



    “The moment I thought I was in command was precisely the time it all fell apart. Duff and Phelps (the administrators) were acting with HMRC. Suddenly I was an outcast. Duff and Phelps were in charge and they swiftly instructed everybody not to deal with me.”



    On his involvement with Rangers:



    “I’ve never known a deal like it. It seemed that everyone I came into contact with tried to shaft me. Many of them succeeded.”



    On the Rangers players:



    “In the main footballers struck me as mercenaries. They were there for the money, not because they loved the club.



    “They got in at 10.30am, had a run around the pitch, got their free breakfast, their free lunch and then they disappeared. What a life. I used to hear all sorts of things about the players.



    “The club doctor told me a player had picked up a sexually transmitted disease and his performances had seemed to dip as a result.”






    On Rangers and their supporters:



    “I don’t care what happens to Rangers now – but I have a lot of sympathy for the Rangers supporters.



    “Those fans have suffered more than anyone, and through no fault of their own.”



    On being disqualified as a director in the United Kingdom for seven years:



    “I didn’t see the judgement as a big deal. Banning problem directors doesn’t curb their activities.




    On moving to tax haven Costa Rica:



    “My view on tax is that transactions between people should be voluntary, and that goes for the government as well.



    “Tax havens are completely moral as they stop governments from stealing your money. Governments are basically shakedown operations, like the mafia, but with better manners. They are parasites with no morals whatsoever.”

  3. Althougfh a tad elitist. i quite like this:



    `… for Celtic, winning everything is our aim, and for the others, winning anything is everything.`

  4. Maccargo



    Looks a wee bit more revealing than many of the `lifts the lid off ` books.



    `“I thought the board were a bunch of pompous buffoons and meeting them served no purpose.` :-)))

  5. 50 MPH winds forecast on Sunday with 95% chance of rain (that’s normal in Glasgow though). I imagine the SFA will be pleased at this ‘leveller’ and the game is a stick on to go ahead.



    Great statement from the club re Morelosgate, when is the Resolution 12 one coming out?

  6. A match on plastic fantastic in a storm against gritty underdogs will not be one for the purists.



    If it goes ahead, it will be an ugly affair and as a consequence I fear some of the peripheral players will get slated for their performance.



    Just win and move to the next round.

  7. Who’s bunging who? Sky won’t bung the agent, surely? Always the risk that someone in the know spills the beans if you try to cover it up with a bribe. Who ever produced the interview, whoever edited it for broadcast, and whoever laid the subtitles over it are not likely to be wanting to be involved in a cover up with legal implications.

  8. From yesterday …


    EMBRAMIKE on 6TH FEBRUARY 2020 12:41 PM


    Looking at the weather forecast for Sunday and at 2pm k.o. we should expect 55 mph winds.


    How open is the ground and will this become a farce of a game ?


    Don’t know anything about Clyde ground (cover, pitch etc) or how likely the match is to be postponed but seems club are saying possibility of moving to Wednesday instead of Hearts at home if game is off.


    Celtic FC SLO @CelticFCSLO


    Fixture Info: If Sunday’s match was to be postponed the rescheduled date is Wednesday, Feb 12.

  9. The Sky/Morelosgate situation would seem to be quite worthy of coment. The BBC site , however, doesn`t mention it at all . Then again, their headline today really is quite sensational. It reveals that Gerrard believes his team should try hard agains Hamilton Accies. Wow ! Scottish journalism at its best.

  10. We could play Clyde in the afternoon and Hearts in the evening :-). I believe Celtic did play two games in a day once. About a hundred years ago.




    comments from Andrew Dickson regarding Morelos interview



    Luckily Phil copied it before Dickson deleted the tweet



    If anyone does not know anything about the bias of Andrew Dicksons’ hun


    bias should just have a good look at this twitter account



    Heres a couple of his twitter statements to dwell on



    Hun barsteward





  12. HOt Smoked – we used to play 10-21ers for 5 or 6 hours..😂😂😂



    So 2 games in a day is a dawdle






    D. :)

  13. glendalystonsils on

    Hot Smoked



    `“I thought the board were a bunch of pompous buffoons and meeting them served no purpose.` :-))





    More than a few of our fans think that about our board .

  14. “For others winning anything is everything”, never truer than a certain game on the 29 December. Through their celebrations after that win it was clear that rangers players felt they had achieved all their aspirations, fully endorsed by the management’s own reactions. This was a release, they could relax, turn off, the season was over, wasn’t it?



    Bizarrely and unintentionally, the 29 December may turn out to be the game that won us the league.

  15. I reckon Sky will say that Morelos statement is true and he did say it but whoever edited the clip cut out the racist bit in error as he didn’t speak Spanish,



    BBC will say Michael Stewart is not banned but had other media commitments and will be back.



    SFA will charge Celtic with some made up charge of bringing the game into disrepute by digging up Sky.



    Other Media will criticise Celtic for driving Morelos out of Scotland. I saw HITC had an article about Rangers Striker Morelos who was worth upwards of £50 million



    This is not Crystal ball stuff, these issues have happened in the past.



    Sky, Morelos agent, Rangers, Traynor, BBC and SFA are all involved in a conspiracy.

  16. AN DUN on 7TH FEBRUARY 2020 12:33 PM


    Legal action against Sky will put down a real marker.






    True but we should let Ofcom do their bit.

  17. I would guess that Rugby is more affected by high winds than is football. If that is the case, Saturday`s Calcutta Cup could be interesting !!

  18. If Sunday’s game goes ahead as scheduled I fully expect to see us put out our strongest 11. After all, the first team squad spend most days after training discussing how the voting’s been going in the ole CQNPOTY thing. The last thing they’ll want is a rest from the action and the resultant “neel pwa” ;-)

  19. 50-60 MPH gusts on Sunday afternoon with ~30 MPH average winds.



    Don’t think there’s much cover at Broadfoot. Game could well be off.

  20. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    Random stuff ye knew but forgot:



    Joe Miller came on as sub when we lost that game against Clyde in 2006.



    Doesn’t feel right somehow!




  21. Those 2012 posts






    When a company is liquidated its business activities cease to exist. The business of Rangers FC Plc was football. When Rangers FC Plc was wound up, so were the football activities of Rangers FC Plc i.e. the football club and associated merchandising etc. The BBC recognised this fact when they observed that “The Rangers Football Club PLC is a public limited company registered in Scotland (company number: SC004276) and was incorporated on 27 May, 1899. When the current company is officially liquidated, all of its corporate business history will come to an end.”

  22. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on




    Lol – I did tell you you’d forgotten!



    Yes good quiz question – signed for us in 87 and our memories of him will be some great times in 88 and 89…



    ‘Stevens in trouble heres Joe Milllller….’




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