The Twitter outburst by former St Mirren chairman, Stewart Gilmour against SPFL chief exec, Neil Doncaster’s appointment to the SFA board, called “a bloody disgrace” and “in there as a puppet”, is remarkable on any level.
Despite working inside the game for many years, all Gilmour offered was the kind of Twitter rant any of us could come up with. In short, that the SFA appointed someone they knew, with influence in the game. If you are looking for the specifics behind Gilmour’s objection, you will not find it.
What Gilmour didn’t say was who supposedly was working Doncaster as a puppet.
Decisions made by the SPFL in 2012, when the league decided not to invite Newco Rangers (then Sevco) were not universally popular on the St Mirren board. You heard other echoes of that time last year when Gilmour suggested that one of the Celtic Park backroom team was pulling the strings of Scottish football: “Some of the chairmen that attend the meetings will not take Peter [Lawwell] on. I think he’s got too much power on other clubs.”
We can only guess who Gilmour believes is pulling Neil Doncaster’s strings, but I suggest it is laughable, whoever it is.