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. Call_of_Juarez on

    It would have been a nice gesture if the money men had put today on the season ticket. But of course they don’t give a toss for the fans.

  2. COJ- the SFA as well mate,selling games to a minor satellite channel,who done Scottish football over a few years ago,and a 5.15 ko

  3. CALL_OF_JUAREZ on 19TH JANUARY 2019 3:33 PM


    It would have been a nice gesture if the money men had put today on the season ticket. But of course they don’t give a toss for the fans.




    The timing of such a gesture would have been immense considering we have just been declared as the 9th best supported team in Europe. A magnificent achievement considering the illustrious leagues we are compared with.


    However I don’t really think it would have changed the attendance too much.




  4. astonished we have not signed a right back – thee priority position and clear weakness in the side. we’ve lost many points this season, incl Champ league games, from failure to stop crosses from right back. I know the window is still open, but I hoped we’d push the boat out and pay extra early to bring in a couple of experienced pros, get them to Dubai and ready for the season start.



    Re: Mikey J leading the line – I think Ajer played center forward for his Norwegian team – I’d play him beside Mikey J while Eduard recovers .



    btw – Celtic game live on ESPN+ for $4.99 per month – they bought the rights to stream Scottish cup games.

  5. GG the KoC is big on pro life and up here its opposed to assisted dying. They have an annual March of Life in Ottawa but they are not political, they’re all about Faith and Family and you are instructed to leave your politics at the door.



    The had a similar rally in the wee town I live in, i was the one that secured a permit for an assembly at the busiest corner in town as well as obtain insurance. We joined up with the Catholic Women’s League to hold the event and had members from other faiths there including Baptists and Christian Reformed.



    Although Canada is statistically a Catholic country, aprox 40% of the population, the Province of Ontario prior to WWII certainly was not and Toronto was once referred to as the Belfast of North America. Mayors, Insurance CEOs and Chiefs of Police had to be members of the ludge, not the craft but the tangerine mob, in fact the conservative party was seen as the political wing of the latter.



    Not so now and in this wee town where I live once referred to as the Alabama of Ontario where 50 year ago there were still walks its gratifying to see any and all religions freely mixing. That’s mixing not micksing lol.

  6. prestonpans bhoys on




    I’m on the HTS and already have the ticket money taken off but I’m not going because of the stupid time of the game. Bloody 120 mile round trip for a Saturday evening kickoff, no thanks be amazed if there are more than 20,000 at it.

  7. A goal for Tony Watt this afternoon.


    Seems to be having a degree of consistency at St Johnstone

  8. CELTIC: Bain; Ralston, Boyata, Benkovic, Izaguirre; Forrest, McGregor, Brown, Christie, Forrest, Sinclair; Burke.


    Subs: Gordon, Bitton, Lustig, Weah, Ajer, Henderson, Johnston

  9. Strong team.



    Hoping for 5 goals +



    More realistically will probably be 3-0



    Would liked to have seen Calvin Millar at left back.

  10. Not much of a report to offer, I`m afraid. Arbroath 5 Celtic Select 3 ( Two pens).


    If Gutman was playing , I cannot say I noticed him.


    Kundai Benyu moved well but flattered to deceive.


    Calvin Millar behaved like the big I am and deserves a rollicking from Damon Duff.


    The No 4, at centre half, looked good.


    The highlight of the day was the appearance of Karamoke Dembele. He cam on for 15 minutes. 5-1 when he started, 5-3 when the game ended. He looked special.


    Arbroath were the better side and they all played well so if Luke was on, he must have played well as well !!



    The pitch, which is 50 miles from Cowdenbeath and on the same side of Scotland, was perfectly playable.