McGregor’s 50th game, Sky’s cabal of bitter losers


Last night’s game at Motherwell was Callum McGregor’s 50th appearance for Celtic and Scotland this season.  At this stage of an unrelenting career, I am continually looking for signs of fatigue.  Instead, Callum marked his half century with a display of industry, speed, insight and a spectacular goal.  On any other occasion, he would be Man of the Match.

But that award had to go to the incomparable Odsonne Edouard.  Odsonne terrifies defenders.  He seems to be able to attract groups of them, before weaving a way though.  The free kick goal, his second in successive games, will rightly make the highlights, but he is now so much more than just a goal scorer for Celtic.

In possession at the edge of the Motherwell box in the second half, when others would shoot, he had the coolness to roll the ball in front of the advancing Olivier Ntcham.  That vision is the sweet spot in football, a rare gift to cherish.  Most would be overcome with tunnel vision.  The finish was disappointing, but the build-up play is more evidence of what a special talent Odsonne is.

We kept a clean sheet thanks to Fraser Forster, but Motherwell were repeatedly gifted space and possession in dangerous areas in the first half.  I like the shape we deployed last night and think it is crucial to the play and results we have seen since the break.  More work is required if we are to avoid a potentially costly error.

Sky held their hands up and issued an apology to Celtic fans for broadcasting an accusation of racism on subtitles, where no such comments were made.  The climb-down happened shortly before kick-off, meaning it had significantly less shelf-life as a news story than their unashamedly predatory video against Celtic fans.

They did not even suggest they would take any meaningful remedial action, it looks like we have been invited to ‘get over it’.  After Kris Boyd going for Leigh Griffiths’ “mental strength”, they have a pattern of predatory behaviour that falls well short of necessary editorial standards.

From the outside, it looks like Sky’s Scottish football coverage is controlled by little more than a cabal of bitter losers.  Only their actions can change this perception.

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  1. Celtic Football Club do the right thing ,Tell Sky that they are no longer going to broadcast live games especially at Celtic Park,also same message to BBC Radio Scotland,I wish it could be possible for Celtic to have BT Sports only showing Live Celtic Football Games

  2. Fair play to Celtic I’m not letting this slip. Sky’s apology is absolutely meaningless if those responsible are not identified and sanctioned.



    Any action (if any) we can take against Sky within the parameters of our contractual obligations should now be implemented.

  3. If as is likely Jabbas dirty hands are on this then the new statement


    might weed out the truth

  4. Hi Paul67! 😃



    From the outside, it looks like Sky’s Scottish football coverage is controlled by little more than a cabal of bitter losers. Only their actions can change this perception.



    I disagree Paul… It is ONLY OUR ACTIONS i.e. not subscribing at all to not just football, but ANY of their products. or cancelling subscriptions, that will elicit any meaningfu change in SKY’s policy. The ONLY language that will be understood by Sky is a reduction in their Income which will be noticed in London. By a meaningful change in SKY’s policy I am thinking a root-and-branch clearout of the whole current Scottish coverage section to be replaced by a fair level-playing-field neutral coverage… Aint gonna happen currently unless we hit SKY in their pockets…



    Hail Hail and God Bless,






    By: Newsroom Staff on 06 Feb, 2020 13:06



    THE statement issued by Sky Television is inadequate. It does not identify the source of the translation or why phrases, which bore no relationship to the words used by Mr Morelos, were introduced into it.



    In view of the substantial issues of public interest involved, Celtic have lodged a complaint with the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, who can seek the necessary answers and adjudicate accordingly.



    For our supporters’ information, Celtic’s communication to Ofcom can be viewed below:



    Dear Sir/Madam



    On behalf of Celtic Football Club, I wish to lodge an official complaint in respect of an interview with the footballer, Alfredo Morelos, which was broadcast on all Sky platforms on Monday 3 February.



    Mr Morelos spoke in Spanish and sub-titles were provided. It is our contention that the presentation of this interview was grossly and irresponsibly misleading due to the wildly inaccurate and tendentious translation which was provided in the sub-titles.



    The effect and, we believe, purpose of this misrepresentation was to broadcast offensive and incendiary allegations against Celtic Football Club and its supporters, by attempting to attribute these – quite unfairly – to Mr Morelos. It is difficult to think of a more irresponsible piece of “sporting journalism”.



    Celtic Football Club has issued a statement on the subject which is attached for your convenience. We understand that the interview is no longer available through Sky Television which is, in itself, recognition of its deficiencies. On the basis of the inaccurate translation, highly damaging and wholly inaccurate stories were briefed to the press.



    I am therefore asking Ofcom to conduct an investigation in order to answer the following questions:



    1 Who was responsible for the inaccurate translation?



    2 What steps were taken by Sky Television to ascertain the accuracy, or otherwise, of the translation provided?



    3 What part did Sky Television play in briefing the story, based on the inaccurate translation, to the wider media?



    We believe this is a matter of substantial public interest for the following reasons:



    1. Issues of racism and sectarianism are far too important to be manipulated in this way by any broadcaster or third party.



    2. The use of mis-translation to convey false meaning is a dangerous form of “fake news” which must be condemned and sanctioned.



    3. Mr Morelos has been seriously misrepresented and is deserving of apology and explanation.



    I look forward to your early response.



    Yours faithfully



    Peter Lawwell


    Chief Executive


    Celtic plc

  6. You pick your fights. Celtic waited. They thought they could walk all over us, they got careless & Celtic struck back.


    I think we should go a step forward & sue them for defamation.


    Well done Celtic & lads a lesson for us all, we need to stick together whatever silly differences that arise between us, there is strength in unity.

  7. Should have ended with us saying no cooperation with Sky for interviews, and ban them for press conferences, until we are satisfied with the outcome.

  8. CelticForever – my gut reaction is that the agent is definitely involved (along with Traynor). It is in his financial interest to get Morelos a move and therefore he needs to portray Morelos as the poor victim to justify why he behaves as he does. No way Morelos did the interview without him being involved.


    The agent is fluent in Spanish and lives between Medellin and the US – so it is possible he took artistic licence to put down in writing what he wanted Morelos to actually say to get maximum sympathy for his client.


    Traynor probably told him that the racist abuse definitely happened and could be backed up if questioned (see Paul’s leader from 2-3 days ago hinting at just that).



    Then again, he is also a lawyer so you would think he’d be bright enough to guess the consequences of fabricating lies.



    Over to Ofcom.

  9. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    TIMALOY29 on 6TH FEBRUARY 2020 1:22 PM



    I know, but I wouldn’t have held them (Liverpool) up as an example afterwards.




  10. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    “wildly inaccurate and tendentious translation”



    Love it




  11. Don’t think Peter Lawwell went far enough with his statement to Ofcom,he should have went the whole way and tell them the Anti Celtic words that come from them and other Media and Radio Stations ,nothing good to say about CelticFC,Personally I blame the Celtic Board over the years with allowing this to go on ,it Should have been dealt with years ago,anyway it’s a start ,and it sends out a message be careful what you say and print,but you know what wouldn’t it be great if we tell Sky that as far as Celtic Football Club is concerned we don’t want you show the live game v Aberdeen next Wednesday

  12. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    TIMBHOY2 on 6TH FEBRUARY 2020 2:03 PM


    that as far as Celtic Football Club is concerned we don’t want you show the live game v Aberdeen next Wednesday





    “Nae bother chief, we’ll show it on Sunday, for that is when it is scheduled…”







  13. Aside from all of this – what happened to the big story that was being hinted at on here a couple of days back? Tragic news, biblical PR disaster, sub-judicial etc.


    Did I miss it?

  14. The Battered Bunnet on

    Yip, I’m with Bada on this one; Traynor is in the cross hairs. Curiously, Sevco might be grateful that Celtic can finally do what they themselves have been unable to – finally get rid of the Hutt.

  15. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    Naughty , Siempre.

  16. Watch for Traynor’s next move – he needs to change the narrative and quick. If this leads back to him he’s toast.

  17. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    Yeah, it’d be a shock if it wasn’t him, ticks all the boxes as far as being ignorant, manipulative and a fat hun go.



    Hope to see it paraded upside down by the Green Brigade on Trophy Day.




  18. So is there a connection between the GB banner and the posts hinting at a major scandal/tragedy/PR issue?

  19. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on








  20. To be absolutely clear, the Celtic board does not have editorial control over what goes on at BBC Sport or Sky Sports.



    There is only so much the club can do to police the actions of third parties. That’s for regulatory bodies and editorial staff of those publications to deal with. Celtic have dealt with this the best they can.



    You can hold the board responsible for the CEO’s pay or transfer deals or the failed hotel development. Those fall under their remit.



    But to hold the Celtic board responsible for what people say on SportsSound or SuperScoreBoard is ridiculous.

  21. Jabba is the voice of the peepul every badly written statement they produce, is his.



    Celtic have taken the matter to a higher level.



    Blaming the ex Sevco free lancers won’t cut the mustard with Offcom

  22. Ernie Lynch – I was asking the same thing earlier, though it’s hard to imagine the Green Brigade putting up something genuinely sympathetic to Morelos regardless of what might be going on, no?


    Someone said that when Steve Clarke complained about the hun singing they put up a banner at Ibrox saying “get well soon steve clarke” so this may have been along those lines.


    Nobody from the Green Brigade post on here?

  23. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    The problem in getting him may be that the buck stops with Sky because it was their content, on their platform and their responsibility to check its accuracy prior to putting it out there.




  24. I see an announcement saying TrumpTurnberry is now a business partners with newco (hospitality, golf days etc).


    That explains their board presence the other night at Turnberry and makes Phil’s blog post today about a clandestine meeting risible. Kidding on he has inside info from their board has long passed its sell by date.



    The problem in getting him may be that the buck stops with Sky because it was their content, on their platform and their responsibility to check its accuracy prior to putting it out there.






    What Celtic want at this stage is an explanation.



    With the agent be thrown under the bus? We’ll see.