Fran and Anna fail at arbitration. Griffiths irrepressible talent


On hearing the an arbitration panel decided in their favour and against Hearts and Partick Thistle, SPFL chairman, Murdoch McLennan said “I would fully expect all those involved to agree that no stone was left unturned, no allegation left unanswered.”  Chief executive, Neil Doncaster, said it was a “clear, comprehensive and unanimous decision”.

Instead of reflecting on a series of calamitous errors that saw Hearts and Partick bottom of their respective leagues, despite each club having vastly more resources than some who finished clear above them, or on the folly of having their case thrown out of the Court of Session to an arbitration panel, which exposes both clubs to punitive action, Scottish football’s Fran and Anna doubled down on self-righteousness.

Stoking anger is the leadership currency of our era and Thistle’s Jacqui Low got straight to it, “We have every right to be angry.  So let’s use that anger as fuel”.  Without any sense of self-awareness, she added, “Our fate and our success once again lies in our own hands and our hands only”, ignoring that Partick’s fate has floundered in her hands.

Hearts’ Budge said she was not surprised at the outcome, not least of all because her case had no merit whatsoever, but I get the sense that Hell will freeze over before she considers that were it not for her managerial appointments, and choice of belligerence, when Hearts needed to win support for league reconstruction, her club would still be in the Premiership.

The shambolic attack on the SPFL from a small number of clubs this spring was beyond belligerence.  Hearts needed to win support for change.  They behaved as though change was their right and support was unimportant.  They then acted as though the lack of support they received was illegal.

Support was important, they should have actively sought it.  It was not illegal for clubs to vote to end the season and to reject reconstruction in the manner they did.  Hearts and Partick’s actions cost them and others unnecessary legal fees, jeopardised the new season and the bizarre jaunt to the Court of Session leaves them open to disciplinary action.  With leadership like this, no wonder they finished adrift of Hamilton Accies and Arbroath respectively.

Two weeks after Leigh Griffiths was written off (by some) we all marvelled at his cameo against Hibs yesterday; that shuffle!  He is an irrepressible talent and a prodigious goal scorer, with his recent record of absence, he will not attract an offer commensurate with what he provides.  My money is on him scoring the goal that seals the 10.

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  1. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Steven Fletcher after all these years, is looking like a handy option




  2. Go tell the Spartim on

    Norman Stanley Fletcher maybe but Steven



    Not for me, no siree Bob or should that be Bada

  3. I watched an interview of Kevin Thomson and he said Fletcher was easily the best player to come out of Hibs in that era.



    I think he could still do a job in the Scottish Premiership and would be decent back up – Bayo or Fletcher?

  4. Go tell the Spartim on

    Are we seriously advocating a wad of cash on wages for a back up and possibly 4th choice, it’s not our MO



    Some theorizing that this is insurance in case Odsonne does a Dembele on the last day of the window. I don’t think he would, but you are correct that this is not our typical MO.

  6. Some odd guff afoot with regards to the kneeling in support of the BLM campaign.



    I’d like to think most will support the gesture.



    Odd tho’ that Shortie runs with the story that it’s not compulsory – citing Neil Doncaster.



    So the support of this campaign is not compulsory, but the wearing of the poppy would seem mandatory – at least to the point whereby if you arent seen to sport the controversial floral insignia – all hell breaks lose.



    Doesn’t add up for me.

  7. prestonpans bhoys on

    On Toney, media latest:



    McAnthony tweeted: “Look, we have had multiple bids for him from Prem/Champ & one from Scotland.



    Have the Huns offered 10 bob😵😱

  8. …and anither thing………..



    <4 Large for Fat Charlie,…… in instalments……… and including stringent performance clauses that the mis-firing "front-man" will……miss.




  9. MISTERTAXIMAN on 28TH JULY 2020 8:15 PM


    An Tearmann



    No. :-)



    I’d love to end up looking stupid but I fear that Eddie is funding a new striker as well as a new goalie and probably a defender too. The goalie was never going to be FF unless on loan. He earns £60k – £90k a week depending on who to believe, guaranteed for another 2 years. I don’t need to spell out what that meant for Celtic’s prospects of signing him do I? I’m cautiously optimistic about the Athens goalie being a good ‘un.




    Welcome :-)


    Fair point on ff,as a loan arrangement.Eddie is a great player,both have price whether asking or buying.i would love him and want him to stay.


    Covid is bringing change,not only to our balance sheet but to how football is experienced and hopefully new streams of income can come into the club.we are reliant on match day income .how we plan for the short to medium term is important now.Celtic there for future generations is the important thing


    Hope your right so keeper,a solid CL experienced centre half too.i like Patryk so far


    and liked Neil’s idea of playing young k-dem to surge in midfield.


    Hope in the heart,dynamic and moanin and learnin bout it since 1887



    Hail Hail

  10. !!Bada Bing!! on

    GO TELL THE SPARTIM- if you look at the pool players, we brought in late last season, we did try and get it done, i can hopefully see it done again, and Fletcher as opposed to Bayo as an option? HH

  11. I watched a SHEARER documentary other night.



    His praise of Sutton in the Blackburn seasons was quite brilliant

  12. TERRY MCGUINNESS on 28TH JULY 2020 9:53 PM


    All that I fear this season is c19 being used to deny is the 10. I don’t trust the govt, media, or the executive’s who shunned the trophy stripping, or paying back ebt monies. Hail, Hail.



    Of course it’s a fear


    What is fear tho?


    would you take a season behind closed door?


    What is to be my.friend will be done,If numbers. start spiralling movement will be limited.


    It would be good if the testing regime and published results were uploaded weekly online.so we could all see results.


    But I reckon going by Leicester,Luton and Oldham outbreaks will happen,it’s what happens when a spike happens here and how club’s keep it tightly ran.keep the hope in your heart :-)


    Stay safe mate



  13. Neil Lennon & McCartney on

    Now that we have a Greek keeper, it might be an idea to try for a Greek defender too?



    Mikel Arteta does not have Sokratis Papastathopoulos as part of his plans for Arsenal over the remainder of his contract. The news will not have come as a surprise to Sokratis, who has played just one minute of football in all competitions since the lockdown.


    ….his opportunities look likely to be limited with six centre-backs seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order and repurposed left-backs Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac getting more game time in Sokratis’ preferred position.



  14. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    G’day CQN from a lovely sunny 17 degs Melbourne.


    Great for pacing up and down my garden, do a little bit of digging


    pruning etc. keeps me going till the next game.


    Been singing that wee song that was mentioned on the blog to


    myself all day, think it was by Johnny Mac and the Faithful?


    that CTV plays before the games.


    Suppose it’s a bit like prince Cherlie talking to his plants, I sing Celtic


    songs, reckon I’ll get lovely big green apples next year, not sure


    about my orange tree though it’s looking a bit droopy like a Weeping


    William ( sorry Willow ) 8-))


    Meanwhile a drop in Covid infections today 295 after being as high as


    540 hopefully we’re over the peak and the further lockdown restrictions


    won’t happen.


    Most deaths now coming from private aged care homes with shocking


    stories of neglect, filth, and even some poor people not been fed for days.


    This was exposed when the Gov. sent in hospital nurses and even the


    army to try and contain the disease.


    There’s gotta be jail time for those unscrupulous bastas.


    Bring on flag day that’ll cheer me up.


    H.H. Mick

  15. Good morning from well I was going to say dry Garngad but as I type the rain has started.



    I was also going to say MM not seen a post for a few days- hope you are ok and get oan here- but Mick beat me to it, stay safe fella.



    Big Jimmy – you as well get oan here.



    BRRB – was the star bar no open yesterday or did I miss you? Hail Hail John.



    DD – Garry I hope you are well also.



    We should not waste our time on players like Ajeti if they hesitate to come then feck them and move on.






    D :)

  16. Melbourne Mick on

    Good morning David, been on the blog, but probably at odd




    Agree with you about Ajeti.




    Whaur’s ra burds?


    H.H. Mick

  17. NEIL LENNON & MCCARTNEY on 29TH JULY 2020 12:34 AM



    Sokratis is an absolute bombscare. One of the many poor defenders bought by Arsenal in recent years. It’s a categoric no from me and I’ve seen him close up…




  18. Neil Lennon & McCartney on

    BIG WAVY on 29TH JULY 2020 7:30 AM



    I have no idea, but you could well be right ~ best avoided methinks!



    2 July 2018, Arsenal announced that Papastathopoulos has agreed a long-term contract with the club for a reported fee £17.6 million and will wear the number 5 shirt.

  19. MM @ 6:48 am



    `Suppose it’s a bit like prince Cherlie talking to his plants, I sing Celtic songs,`



    Excellent !

  20. Melbourne Mick on




    HE.. He.. maybe sing the The Green Green Grass of home tomorrow


    to my lawn after all as Tom Jones said” It’s Not Unusual ”


    H.H. Mick

  21. Jinkyredstar on

    Mornin all – great to see the bhoys playing again, some encouraging signs.



    Have a great day, one and all.




  22. CONEYBHOY on 29TH JULY 2020 12:11 AM


    If we get Fletcher, does that mean we are out of the running for Willo Flood?






    Now that’s funny!





    HH jg

  23. Good morning, friends, from a bright and sunny but still very windy East Kilbride. Just 4 more sleeps until we get to see the Champions play ;-)

  24. Disappointed to hear Ajeti isn’t sure if he wants to come to Celtic.



    We will wait and see how it pans out. I’d certainly take time to think about it before hitting the emergency Steven Fletcher button.



    We haven’t been linked with any LB’s at the moment. Even the Hickey story has went quiet. Curious.

  25. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    FIFA had a World Football Summit a couple of weeks ago which I haven’t noticed much written or spoken about. This link is a brief summary of the conversation between Gabriele Marcoti and Pierluigi Collina on VAR and technology in football. Their full chat is further accessible. Hope it works.



    Unfortunately, the two didn’t explore my own solution to the teething problems – rip out the wires and throw it all in the bin.








    Moira Gordon? Are you now or have you ever been a Hearts fan? Hahahaha. They’re not laughing with you kiddo, they’re laughing at you.

  26. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    ‘Referee Kevin Clancy says he and other officials are well aware what is at stake this season, as Celtic attempt to secure a record 10 titles in a row’ (The Herald).



    I’m sure they are.

  27. Okay then Celtic..officially ‘seeded’ for all three qualifiers [if they make it that far]


    Time for us to embrace this and DEMAND if not EXPECT to be playing champions league football if not at least the ‘play off’ 2 legged round.


    Anything short of that is a calamity and an under-achievement .


    When you set higher standards you can produce higher results.


    No more excuses about how difficult it is.Truth is the ‘champions’ route we take is actually a heck of a lot easier than the ‘other’ route.We need to start being far more optimistic about this process and also demand a much higher level of performance .


    Save the excuses for the group stages when we really are up against it generally.

  28. NEIL LENNON & MCCARTNEY on 29TH JULY 2020 12:34 AM



    Good shout..


    Infact sometimes the best foreign players at our club have come in two’s.


    Remember the polish pair in the late1980s early 1990s?.


    Of course the swedish duo of Henke and Mjalby.


    Even right now we have a couple of very very good Israelis in our squad.

  29. on 29TH JULY 2020 9:42 AM


    Okay then Celtic..officially ‘seeded’ for all three qualifiers [if they make it that far]



    Time for us to embrace this and DEMAND if not EXPECT to be playing champions league football if not at least the ‘play off’ 2 legged round.






    I don’t think that’s fair without seeing who we are playing. Considering we could be playing 3 one-off away cup ties it’s not as easy as you think.



    Trips to Norway, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Croatia etc. won’t be easy.

  30. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    The only problem with Sokratis (apart from his wages) is that he is pure pish – in my humble opinion of course.

  31. Sokratis has a year left on his deal. We aren’t going to pay Arsenal wages.



    Either they pay him off or send him on loan but pick up 90% of the wages.

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