I read Newco’s statement last night with a meme, “She’s turned the SFA Review Panel against me” buzzing around my head. Jon Flanagan was offered a retrospective two match ban for elbowing Scott Brown in the face. The panel reviewed video involving Jozo Simunovic and Jermaine Defoe and found there to be no case to answer.
The resulting Newco statement referred to Flanagan as “Mr Flanagan”, his court name (yes, he has form), as the club promised to “vigorously defend” their client, sorry, player.
All of this is calculated to inhibit the SFA Review Panel from curtailing future transgressions by Newco players. The club have a dreadful disciplinary record this season, and instead of reflective consideration, they clearly have no intentions of curtailing physical assaults on opponents and would prefer to attack those who hold them to account.
All a bit sinister, but when you have nothing but bluster and indignation in your trophy cabinet, it is better to have a jaked up loon leading the charge.
The hospitality auction for Celtic FC Foundation, courtesy of Intelligent Car Leasing, closes shortly after noon today (Wednesday). You can keep an eye on it here.
On behalf of the many recipients of the work of the Foundation, thank you!