The Scotsman today report Police Scotland “released 17 pages of almost entirely redacted correspondence between it, the SPFL and the Scottish Government” around Newco’s planned league win celebrations.
The police initially decided not to release any related documents but was forced to comply after a review. What looked like a complete cover-up, not just looks like a sloppy cover-up, but for who’s benefit?
ITV’s Peter Smith reports that after an earlier Freedom of Information request, the Scottish Government said it “has zero record of communication …. via meetings, email, text, messenger or minuted calls” regarding these plans. Police Scotland redacted the name of the Scottish Government official(s) involved in these discussions.
Why are 17 pages “almost entirely redacted” if not to provide cover to the Scottish Government’s incredible version of events? They tried to stop you seeing anything, then the redacted as much as possible to hide her fingerprints. But still, flags and all that. You are being taken for granted. Hell will freeze over before Nicola Sturgeon turns on Newco the way she has grandstanded on Celtic.
Motherwell made an incredible gesture yesterday – a free season ticket next season for everyone who bought one this season. Amid all the plaudits they have rightfully received, some context is useful.
During the current financial year, Motherwell received a single transaction amounting to 75% of their normal annual income. In Celtic terms, that would amount to £55m. Right now, the Lanarkshire club have more money in the bank than at any time in their chequered financial history. In that respect, they are alone in Scotland; few across Europe will be in such rude health. Indeed, that extraordinary transaction would almost cover the next two season’s ticket money.
Celtic paid for it, of course, with the purchase of David Turnbull, good business for both clubs. Good for Motherwell, but you know we can’t do anything like this, right? There’s a league title to be won, the sole focus.