Governance and the money that has to be found


Money has always been an issue in Scottish football, there is never enough to satisfy demand for what seems to be needed.  Previously, the requirements have been formidable: safe stadiums, but more often they have been less pressing: better players.

The modern training facilities Celtic and many others enjoy would be marvelled by all clubs as recently as 20 years ago.  Then there are playing surfaces.  Look back at old videos and you will see just how poor pitches were and how far many clubs have come.

All-seater stadiums, pitches with artificial lighting, which allow water to drain and remain mostly green throughout the winter, training facilities with dressing rooms within a miles walk of the pitch have cost the game an unimaginable amount of money in a relatively short space of time.

If you were around when the Taylor Report, released in the wake of the Hillsborough Disaster, mandated almost all top-flight clubs to rebuild their stadiums, you will remember the game itself seemed in jeopardy, needing to spend money it never had.

A causal look at any Premiership club’s accounts will convince you that there is no money for Video Assistant Referees (VAR), but like the stadiums, the pitches and the training facilities, money has to be found.  Society is on a trajectory where greater levels of customer service and administrative governance are expected.  What we put up with in the past is no longer tolerable.  Soon, we will not tolerate freezing our bums off for two hours with a roof providing only partial shelter from the elements.

Premiership managers met with referees and the SFA yesterday and agreed that VAR was needed, no chief executives were harmed at the meeting.  This would be one step towards better the governance we all now expect.

Celtic Charity Football Talk, Xavier Centre, Carfin

Saturday 19 January, 8pm

I am joining Tom Boyd and George McCluskey after the game tomorrow night for a question and answer in Carfin.  We are raising money for Vision of a Blind Golfer, to assist George’s son, Barry.

Tickets are £7 each, call Mick on 07827 975271 to book.  See you there.

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  1. Thank you AngelGabriel.



    Wouldn’t have went near that game for betting purposes, but took 14s home win, 10s draw no bet, and 4s Home win/draw – I owe you at least a beer or three :)

  2. Three Wolves player run alongside Leicester centre half as he heads an equalizer from a free kick..


    Defending that would disgrace a pub team

  3. Well done Auchinleck. And at 14/1 that’s the first half of my dream double up. EKFC 12/1 to win up at Inverness…….

  4. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Qlooking at the Leicester game, I reckon that they could recall Benkovic this month.

  5. succulentlambstinks on

    Major incident at Bellgrove station.


    Mega cops, fire brigade and major incident vehicles in attendance

  6. Cheers to a few who pointed out Auchileck at 14/1



    Took them not to get beat £10 @ 4/1



    will pay for food on way back from Celtic park



    I don’t think Benkovic would help them much at this point.


    Their centre half have the physical presence but Puel’s system exposes their weakness to pace.


    Benkovic is also susceptible to the same.


    He is an excellent reader of the game but not ready to lead them yet due to his physical shortcomings.


    If they had a new manager and different system then it would make sense.

  8. From Scotrai Twitter.



    NEW: Sadly, due to a person being struck by a train between Carntyne & High Street, the line is currently closed. This affects all trains via Glasgow Queen St Low Level. (our Helensburgh/Milngavie – Edinburgh, Balloch – Airdrie and Dumbarton Central – Springburn services).

  9. Former Celtic star Paul Lambert has paid out of his own pocket for Ipswich Town fans’ travel to Blackburn Rovers.



    The Ipswich boss has made the fantastic gesture to travelling supporters making the 500-mile round trip to watch their struggling side at Ewood Park.

  10. Put a red shirt on Mc Guire of Leicester,valued at 80 million,and you would be hard pushed to tell the difference between him and Mc Kenna.I would buy Mc Kenna,loan him back for the rest of the season,andbonly have one CH to find in Summer window.Far too many football people rate this boy.Huns have not beat him this season.


    I know the mob will be on shouting rubbish,but when I listen to their comments,over people involved in the game,it will be a cold day in hell.

  11. For the money and availability I would not be too upset if we signed McKenna.



    I have followed his appearances since we were first linked with him.






    He is not foreign and the peoplebshouting for a CH,want a foreign one,for some reason.He is big,strong,powerful presence.A bit like Bobo.Gotto a Euro final with him,but who cares.

  13. succulentlambstinks on

    Bellgrove station now taped off by cops. Seems to me the victim may be under train/on the line here . Paramedic leaving the scene

  14. Human playing at Abroath today, wonder what Hot Smoke will make of him…



    Looking forward to seeing Oli II up front, think he’ll roast the…



    AIR… DRIE… ONIANS…. Doo… Doo… Doo… Do.Doo…



    Must be in good shape for BR to stick him straight in the first team…



    Hail Hail