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. Who knows what tomorrow brings?


    A new CH pairing?


    A new player making his debut?


    Another honest mistake?


    A rampant Celtic making someone happy they played their joker?


    A hat trick for Eddy?


    Less than 12 hours to kick off.

  2. ‘GG



    God Bless MEGA CQN Legend, yer Selfless commentary is much appreciated. I know you are struggling a bit, let a younger GG’ take over the commentary – you just Njoi the scintilating fitba incoming by Celtic. Please for Petes sake.

  3. Delaneys Dunky on



    It was the feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass we attended. The Polish Priest is a passionate Marist Brother.


    Wish you were here. In the Dam.


    Pink Floyd CSC xx

  4. Good morning CQN from a cold Garngad



    Right, bring on the Airdrieonians of Clydebank, naw wait bring on the Bankies from Airdrie, naw wait. Ah feck it bring on our opponents.







    D. :)

  5. Alasdair MacLean on

    Copy and paste below.


    Just noticed the Celtic 17:15 kick off.



    Note how interesting and pleasant the fixtures look when not tainted by the presence of the cheats / liars / frauds of Sevco.




    Auchinleck Talbot 12:15 Ayr



    Aberdeen 15:00 Stenhousemuir



    Dundee 15:00 Queen of Sth



    East Fife 15:00 Morton



    Hibernian 15:00 Elgin



    Inverness CT 15:00 East Kilbride



    Kilmarnock 15:00 Forfar



    Montrose 15:00 Dundee Utd



    Motherwell 15:00 Ross County



    Partick Thistle 15:00 Stranraer



    Raith Rovers 15:00 Dunfermline



    St Johnstone 15:00 Hamilton



    St Mirren 15:00 Alloa



    Celtic 17:15 Airdrieonians

  6. Alasdair MacLean on

    Oh yes, and a good frosty morning to all from Ross and Cromarty.



    I had hoped that Saturday working would have been a thing of the past at my age. Alas!

  7. morning bhoys from a freezing Cheshire,fitba’s back I hope. whats the weather like in deepest Lanarkshire.hh.

  8. Lovely fresh, crisp morning here in the Chilterns…



    See BR getting some unwarranted critisicm on CQN again.



    From fholk who obviously don’t do irony…



    Having a pop at Brendan for attending the refs sum’it, then praising Lenny for his approach… who… was… the… managers… spokesperson.!?



    Having a pop for not speaking out against poor refereeing decisions then remembering the time he spoke up about… poor refereeing decisions.!?



    Either fholk don’t read and listen to what our manager actually says or they don’t understand what he means or they don’t want to understand what has saying.



    He’s well worth listening too…



    …may I point out the Brendan Rodgers made the most insightful, relevant and cutting comments on Scottish referees after the summit…



    …“Referees going full-time is a big one for me, where the money comes from I don’t know, but for me it is one of the areas I would look at, them being professional.



    “If you are refereeing a game at the weekend, and I think they do their best, then you come together on a Monday because it is your job. Then you can analyse and you can look at areas where you were really good in the game, areas where you could be better.



    “Then you are mentored in that situation and can exchange ideas with other referees and then that preparation will give you confidence. When you go into your next games that confidence makes you better. You are better prepared then to deal with pressure and pressurised situations.



    “They are not only officiating here. They are asked to go into European games with high stakes and high pressure. I respect some of the guys have good jobs, but I do think there is a need for that and there is also a need to protect players.



    “If you have refereed a game at the weekend and you have got to get to your work on a Monday and focus on your job ‘til 5pm or 3pm or whenever it is, then your full concentration isn’t on the job [refereeing].



    “These guys are going into high pressure situations and asked to deal with that type of pressure. If you are prepared and working hard at your game then the more you put into it then it gives you confidence. It doesn’t guarantee anything, but you should succeed at a better level.”



    “You can be in a game and watching it, but when you go back and analyse it, it’s never as bad, or as good, as you think at the time,” he said.



    “Sometimes these referees are in the game and make their report, but when they come away after a couple of days and analyse it, things may look different. But under the current structure here, they can’t change it. It’s about looking at the whole process really.



    “I just think there’s some really poor decisions. It’s being consistent. It’s maybe highlighted more now a bit, but it’s about trying to ensure the game doesn’t become reckless.



    “I’ve been saying it since I came here, when Kieran Tierney suffered a bad tackle. The safety of players is the main thing.



    “We all make mistakes, referees, managers, players, every one of us. You have to be able to make mistakes but it’s about not making as many of them. It’s important to have a structure that supports referees.



    “It’s about getting the right decisions for the greater good of the game, other than just protecting referees. It’s a very difficult job, we all recognise that, but it’s about getting consistency. They just need a bit of help, but it’s also about how they can help themselves. Having that professional attitude on a day to day basis would help them improve.”



    For me some very salient and very damning comment by BR. The fact remains the only coherent joined up comment on the PR farce that was Thurday night’s was summit and nothing…



    …what did Steven Gerrard have to say.!? When he first came to work at Ibrox he states referees had been against that Club for years… he then called out a Catholic referee… so where is his comment.!?



    The fact was this Summit on Thursday was another SFA stage managed farce.



    They are the custodians of the governance of Football in Scotland but at every turn we see sloping shoulders from them…



    They talk about the IFAB… well the SFA was a founder member and should be leading by example and being proactive in IFAB initiatives.



    They say it’s down to the SPFL and the Club’s…



    No it is NOT. They govern the game, it’s not up to the Scottish Clubs or their collective body to decide on the rules and regulations and how they should be interpreted and implemented…



    …that’s for the governing body, it’s for the SFA – Period!!



    They must set out an agenda for ALL points raised, they should investigate what is wrong with match officiating in Scotland and put proposals forward to improve it and fund them… They are…



    – Getting refereeing decisions consistent within Scotland and those decisions should be consistent with match officiating throughout Europe



    – Offering better protection to players and clamping down on cheating and gamesmanship – see above



    – Employing, training, mentoring fulltime referees to improve professionalism and consistency, bringing in experts from England and other nations who already run professional set ups and are implementing the latest technology



    – Implementing the latest initiatives and technology – such as var – in a proactive, professional and prompt manner, ensuring the expertise and funding is available to make this happen.



    They intimate they dont have the resources for this, how many people do the SFA employ? What is their turnover? What are their priorities?



    Surely well prepared and resourced match officials and officiating the games in a professional and consistent manner is paramount to the SFA. Money should be spent on that before a penny in expenses is paid on any of their jollies…



    Yet the fact is, as we know, they are not fit for purpose. The organisation needs to be totally rehashed… it’s passing the buck, incompetent, job for the boys culture is way passed it’s sell by date.



    A total reform of the SFA into a proactive, modern, fit for purpose organistation would see 80% of the issues affecting Scottish Football disappear and Scotland’s national sport heading for the 21st Century.



    Hail Hail

  9. Chairbhoy


    You have put more meat on the bones of what BR said, I only saw his comment that he thinks full time refs will help, no supervision accountabilty and scrutiny asked for in the clip I saw.


    I still think they referees are totally biased, you cannot get the variance in decisions depending on who is playing unless that is the case, at present they are safe as houses and they know it.

  10. 50 shades of green on

    Morning Tims….



    Bet there is a few steamers at the game today, 5.15 kick off on a Saturday, ach well I’m only bloody Jealous cause I cant be one of them, I will be there but foo of bovril no bevy ?.



    So how many of the new guys will start, hoping for 2 but hae ma doubts , Burkie boy probably only one the others a wee cameo l8r once the frostbite has killed the mood..




  11. Tick tock. Come on Celtic where are the new players we need? What are you waiting for? No one available – Nonsense. Far too expensive? Again nonsense – just not looking to hard or not willing to spend more than a couple of £Mill imo. Come on prove me wrong

  12. what’s the problem?


    refereeing decisions balance out over the length of a season.


    when you played rangers you got ripped off.


    when you play rangers2012 you get ripped off.


    when you play celtic you rip them off.


    and that my friends is how things balance themselves out in scottish football.


    this is how it has always been.


    and this situation will continue as long as celtic continue to do nothing.

  13. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    £65,000 A week over quarter of a million pounds per month the amount the huns are supposed to be paying Defoe that is how desperate they are to beat Celtic to the title.Meanwhile the hoops faff about looking for loans one question I ask myself is where do the Huns get there money ? I am looking forward to seeing what team Brendan puts out today. H.H.

  14. DESSYBHOY @ 9:14 AM,



    Yes, I think that’s the point, the SMSM are looking for sound bites… often tailored to meet their requirements. It’s worth looking about to see what Brendan actually says, he often speaks at press conferences that are video’d.



    Of course, he speaks often in nuanced tongue, which can be twisted or seen as weak talk, often us West Scots want blood’n snotters, ‘Fraid that doesn’t get you very far these days…



    …well unless your Ally or Stevie or one of there other farouved sons.



    Yet you are right, how to take the bias out!?



    First question. Who wants to? No one apart from Celtic. Of course when his team is competitive with them and he’s on the receiving end, Craig Levein gets upset about it from time to time and calls them out – he did at Dundee United, he has at Hearts but at the end of the day he’s not going to call it for what it is. Favouritism to one Club.



    Change would be hard if there was an “appetite” but in today’s Scotland there is no appetite, so it becomes near impossible.



    The fact is, if you have identified issues and you need to implement a years training in new technology any organisation worth it’s salt is going to combine the latest technology training with the other training and mentoring programs necessary and when implementing VAR, implement the new professional standards.



    The fact remains, partial match officiating is a key element in stopping the ten, so if it’s ever reformed, it won’t be before then.



    The SFA talking about the VAR initiative and hitting it into the SPFL and Clubs court is kicking the red herring down the road…



    Hail Hail

  15. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Chairbhoy 9:01


    “A total reform of the SFA into a proactive, modern, fit for purpose organistation would see 80% of the issues affecting Scottish Football disappear and Scotland’s national sport heading for the 21st Century.”




    Spot on, although I don’t think reform of that organisation is possible. It would need to be totally disbanded and replaced with something new.


    Yes, it’s tragic that Scottish football hasn’t yet entered the 21st century, almost two decades into it!

  16. Celtic, Celtic that’s the team for me,


    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,



    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,



    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the Scottish football league.



    They come from bonnie Scotland, they come from county Cork,



    They come from dear old Donegal and even from New York,



    From every street in Glasgow they proudly make their way,



    To a place called dear old paradise and this is what they say.



    Celtic, Celtic that’s the team for me,


    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,



    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,



    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the Scottish football league.#



    There’s Fallon, Young and Gemmell who proudly wear the green,



    There’s Clark, McNeill and Kennedy the best there’s ever been,



    Jim Johnstone, Murdoch, Chalmers, John Divers and John Hughes,



    And sixty thousand Celtic fans who proudly shout the news.



    Celtic, Celtic that’s the team for me,


    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,



    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,



    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the Scottish football league.

  17. Morning Bhoys looking forward to the match tonight in anticipation of the team Brendan picks personally I think he will stick with the tried & trusted, but it gives the game an extra edge as it gives any new signing there chance in the lime light


    Though I hope we don’t get hit with one game wonders what we need is continuing consistent performances that will put the opposition under pressure from the off. Time to be hard & ruthless W we have the better players lets see them prove it

  18. MAH…



    Good to see you posting, all the best…






    Yes, you are right, the historical nature of the organisation, the people who are involved and the vested interests makes reform nigh on impossible.



    The fact is, some facets of its history the SFA is a “national treasure”. An establishment organisation, one of the first FAs and as I said earlier a founder of the IFAB.



    However I can’t see why this organisation can’t be stripped right back to its base elements and a new organisation, modelled on the English FA put in its place.



    The new organisation could be responsible for…



    The top leagues



    The national team



    Excellence, training and development of all aspects of the professional game – men’s, women’s, reserves and youth development.



    Commercial and sponsorship, TV deals etc…



    Responsibilities for, top class and up to date match officiating and governance.



    The FA website gives a view of what they’re about, although you must take in the Premier league and commercial success to get a full view. It’s not just about window dressing…



    … those initiatives deliver – At national level, women’s football, national academy, U21, U18 etc grassroots football the lot.



    Drag Scottish Football away from the vested interests and blazers.



    Hail Hail

  19. 50 shades of green on



    Celtic, Celtic that’s the team for me,





    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,












    Thanks for replies on previous article about match report farce.



    I am quite sure the stamp on young Ralston ended with a throw-in being given.



    Why would Beaton include a throw-in, in his match report?



    Open goal here Celtic…tap it in.

  21. Gordon 





















  22. Early suggestions are that Burke is to start as centre forward today.



    Which personally I find entirely depressing.



    Our last outing showed that playing a winger as a striker is not the way forward. Factor in a kushy 3 week winter shut down. A sunny trip to Dubai.



    Fast forward 3 weeks, and where do we find our selves??


    In the exact same position…playing wingers as centre forward.



    Can only be thankful that it’s only Airdrie eh .



    Absolute bollocks Celtic



    An EPL club with a soul.


    Time more clubs gave back to the communities who have supported them.


    Well done Crystal Palace.



    In fairness Bayo does not have work permit yet or he would probably have led the line.


    Is Farry working for the government now?