Not so long ago former SFA president George Peat railed against those who peddled innuendo in the game. After expressing his regret about a call he received from a director at a club he refused to name, yesterday, when asked by the Daily Record who he referred to, he said, “I would have thought people would have guessed by now anyway.” The man sounds bitter.
This is an exercise in marking the cards of the 93 (or so) SFA member clubs on whose influence to back. Peat spent many years mixing with delegates from these clubs at international games, cup finals and Association meetings. He will retain leverage which Rod Petrie, the chosen successor as SFA president, would benefit from.
Among the members, there are a few modernising clubs, many disengaged, and dozens who live for their trips to Hampden, when they can pull the levers of power. Petrie wants the top blazer, isolating those provoking change is a clear strategy.
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