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. Next wan – no so good Howevaaaah…..






    I Loved being in the Jungle – I made sure I got as close to the centre as possible and Thankfully I never got pee’d on.



    What a game.

  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    GUTENBERG on 19TH JANUARY 2019 12:44 AM






    Internal strife is sometimes healthy.



    As long as we keep the enemy in our sights.




    Anyway, hope you’re well mate, we’ll get a beer sometime in Glasgow or Sydney.






    Internal strife ? Absolutely right.



    Criticism is Good.



    As long as it`s constructive criticism.



    A beer ? You bet.



    As long as God spares me .


    Just quoted my antecedents.


    For a laugh. :-)

  3. Hun on hun action-Cowdenbeath chief Donald Findlay has accused Rangers kitman Jimmy Bell of being the “driving force” behind their controversial late Scottish Cup call-off.



    The Blue Brazil chairman branded the decision a “shambles” after the tie was frozen out three hours before kick-off following a pitch inspection by local ref Scott Miller.

  4. The Vote didnae go the the way the EU wanted it.



    Lets do the Vote again and again and again.



    There is a song in there Huddle. :))

  5. Macjay


    He’d better spare you. Think my daughter is moving back to Sydney in March. Liked Melbourne but loved Sydney.


    Might see you in Cheers sometime…

  6. The Tower of Babel – The EU Parliament.



    Bad Bad Bad.



    Their architecture is feckin Blatant.



    Westminister is full of corruptible people – most dinnae do the will of the People that elected them.



    Sad – but surprisingly Happy.



    Love the Pope and Love the Queen.



    Pray for Both human beings being in horrific positions, especially now.

  7. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    GUTENBERG on 19TH JANUARY 2019 1:31 AM



    Sydney. Marvellous place for young people .


    Expensive but imho worth it.


    Keep me posted.

  8. A Tory that isnae a Brexiteer at least calling out the DUP as a Protestant Sectarian Party. I still agree with their Abortion policy.



    Whats going on?

  9. Ryan is gonnae OWN that Midfield


    – I dinnae Like anyone getting a tattoo, I know Nothing.



    Everyone makes mistakes, inking yer Body.

  10. Petec


    You probably didn’t see it, it was hardly reported on the networks here.


    Upwards of 200k people participated in the March for Life on the Washington Mall.


    People of every hue and religion from all over the USA, with a large amount of youngsters.


    Many pro life speakers addressed the crowd before the March, including VP Mike Spence and his wife.


    The President, the first to address the March, recorded a message in which he promised that he would veto any bills which weaken the protection for human life.


    Deo Gratias.

  11. Tontine Tim


    You mentioned some time ago that you were in the Knights.


    Once again I express my awe for your work. You make the rest of us inadequate.


    While watching the March for Life on the Mall today, I learned that through charitable work, the Knights have donated 1,000 ultrasound machines to pregnancy centers.


    Once again my flabber is well and truly gasted.


  12. ‘GG



    Thank You – I dinnae ken anything at all.



    I just know my Big Sis is Incredible.



    Fitba is nothing really, Fitba is Magical howevaaaaah.



    Cannae wait to watch the Celts with my Son Today @ the Holy Ground. Not the actual Holy Ground.

  13. SFA have issued invitations to a select group of ex referees and talking heads ho have played or supported Deidco to spend a year training to be a VAR judge.


    Interviews consisting of a handshake and an enquiry into your granny’s age, will be conducted at the Louden Inn.


    Only those able to speak unintelligently will be considered.

  14. Happiness, sheer HAPPINESS.



    Pauls Leaders were Mental when he was saying the nonsense he was spouting about WINNING forever.



    WTF – Just say you can’t be arsed with the blog anymore. Taking the piss out of so many people, IMO.



    I Hope Celtic win the League.

  15. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    ‘GG on 19TH JANUARY 2019 3:09 AM



    I`m afraid that if people knew the actual process involved , then they may have cause to think again.



    We`re not dealing with a piece of unrecognisable indistinguishable piece of ectoplasm .

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    Strangely I think Dermot Desmond is on Brendans side, hence, hence…..Words are Powerful….extremely POWERFUL.

  17. Delaneys Dunky on

    Good morning from freezing Amsterdam.


    Great flight over wi the Gerry Cinnamon Castlemilk possee.


    Peace and Love fae the Dam.



  18. G-Thang I talk a lot about the Polish Priest we went to Mass with @ the Pool Tournie in Kirkcaldy Bro. I was very impressed by his passionate Sermon.