Prediction: Neil Doncaster – survives


Neil Doncaster was appointed chief executive of the Scottish Premier League in 2009.  After graduating he worked with a legal firm before joining Norwich City as solicitor and company secretary in 1997.

In 1999 he became operations head at Norwich before becoming chief executive in 2001, a position he held until he resigned following the club’s relegation to League One two months before taking up his position at the SPL.

An articulate and sharp mind saw Doncaster appointed director of both the Football Association and the Football League during his spell at Norwich.  He was an excellent candidate for the vacant SPL position in 2009.

After revelations of activities at Rangers, the SPL board initiated an inquiry into improper player registrations in March with a date of 6 April set for clubs to provide information.  Over six weeks later Doncaster still tells people he does not know if Rangers have a case to answer.

While this is going on, Doncaster has alarmed many football fans with his strong advocacy that if Rangers go into liquidation, a Newco-Rangers should become the first club in Scottish football history to parachute straight into the top division.

In failing to manage the inquiry into Rangers, or to give fans updates ahead of votes on rule changes, Mr Doncaster looks to have lost control of events.  By 9pm tonight he will know that tomorrow is the most important day in his professional life.  What he says and does tomorrow morning will determine the trajectory of his career.

The opportunity to deploy robust crisis management techniques exists but will be deploy them?

Prediction: Neil Doncaster is legally trained and smarter than he’s letting on.  He will act appropriately and will survive.


I urgently need a list of all teams, at all levels, who are resident in the territory of one national association but play in the territory of another, for example, Berwick Rangers, Derry City, San Marino Calcio.  Please email me if you can add to the list, celticquicknews@gmail.com.

I know there are examples in New Zealand-Australia and across many small nations.  If anyone has some time to spare to research it would be appreciated.  Time critical or I would do it myself.

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  1. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    I am gross and perverted


    I’m obsessed ‘n deranged


    I have existed for years


    But very little had changed


    I am the tool of the Government


    And industry too


    For I am destined to rule


    And regulate you



    I may be vile and pernicious


    But you can’t look away


    I make you think I’m delicious


    With the stuff that I say


    I am the best you can get


    Have you guessed me yet?


    I am the slime oozin’ out


    From your TV set



    You will obey me while I lead you


    And eat the garbage that I feed you


    Until the day that we don’t need you


    Don’t got for help…no one will heed you


    Your mind is totally controlled


    It has been stuffed into my mold


    And you will do as you are told


    Until the rights to you are sold



    That’s right, folks..


    Don’t touch that dial



    Well, I am the slime from your video


    Oozin’ along on your livin’room floor



    I am the slime from your video


    Can’t stop the slime, people, lookit me go




  2. ibleedgreenandwhite1 on

    Paul 67



    Your fingers must be a blur at the minute lol



    Keep up the sterling work my friend,,,it is appreciated very much !!!!



    Hail hail

  3. ibleedgreenandwhite1 on




    Do you know something about Minty’s Show on BBC tonight that we dont?????



    Hail hail

  4. Vmhan


    Aye me,over for four days but injured last night so two weeks to recover,the fat cat will be there with the 33rd county bhoys

  5. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    In my opinion Doncaster was sounding out the SPL chairmen and the more he says a newco can enter the SPL the more he softens the blow for decent supporters who want them punished and starting in the lowest league.He has several chairman who support his view and as I said yesterday we are sleep walking towards a newco in the SPL. H.H.

  6. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    SaintLubo on 23 May, 2012 at 13:38 s



    Aye while on the toilet



    HAil HAil

  7. merseycelt lmfao as the big house door slams shut on




    You trying to beat your own record?



    Your last bit is especially intriguing.



    We’re not moving, are we?







  8. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    At least fans of Kilmarnock have a rough idea about howtheir Chairman feels about Newclub; supporters of other SPL clubs are very much in the dark.


    We are well aware the situation is ‘fluid’ and ‘changes every day’, it’s depressing that even in their current extremely shabby state the Horribles still cast such a big shadow over Scottish football.

  9. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    I don think we should just drop into any countries league if the possibility arises.



    I think it is important that we play in a league where FFP is already implemented and where you can stand up in stadiums and get served alcohol at the match. Where the policing is reasonable and all transport costs are included in the price of your ticket. Also value for money is important too as is the quality of football.



    I would suggest the Bundesliga !!!



    Christian Nerlinger can make it happen smooth things over etc.



    HAil Hail


    If Ticketus accept any offered CVA-bearing in mind that they are owed about £27m-and a VA is offered prior to the FTT findings,are HMRC screwed?



    I realise that the big tax case bill has been served,but as it is being challenged,are there moves afoot to have it struck from the debt to which a CVA would refer?



    Only asking,because I have a naturally suspicious mind caused by years of paranoia and bitter experience……

  11. Rangers – survive? The club, after all, is the Keystone. Remove it and the rest will be rendered meaningless.

  12. Paul, have you got Donkey on the line (phone) and playing him like a fiddle?



    RFI’s fae Paul are few and far between so it must b kinda important.


    Glad to see lltfoa67 has already answered.




  13. Dontbrattbakkinanger




    Celtic, St Johnstone, Hibs & Dundee Utd are against a Newclub.



    St Johnstone & Dundee Utd would allow them but with severe sanctions.

  14. !!Bada Bing!! on

    I think Doncaster will tonight be proved in dragging his heels re all things der hun.Will other clubs be afforded the same luxury? Just apply the rules.

  15. Seems a long time since the BBC had a documentary about Murray Park entitled ‘Blue Heaven’.



    Looking forward to Blue HELL at 8.

  16. South Of Tunis on

    Paul 67—–



    Clubs resident in one country but play in another ?



    There are lots.



    It happens in Switzerland [ where UEFA live ]


    An Italian team plays in Switzerland .


    A German team plays in Switzerland .


    A team from Liechenstein plays in Switzerland ..



    Cypriot teams play in Greece

  17. Doncaster’s postion must be made untennable, if he doesn’t resign he should be sacked. He has lied and manipulated the facts to distort the truth and should fall on his sword with immediate effect.

  18. merseycelt lmfao as the big house door slams shut on

    Right I’m off to do some work with the knowledge that we will be playing in the EPL in about 3 to 5 seasons and



    Awe naw



    I could’ve beat you but I decided that 15th position is far more manly and dignified than a near miss desperate 2nd!




  19. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    AsonofDan- so St Johnstone are against them but not against them?;/)

  20. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    I was just trying to reserve it for SOAL ;-) honest guv !!!



    And I agree with you about 15th been cooler than 2nd !!!



    Hail Hail

  21. Thank you for the prompt response to the question about teams playing out-with their national association. I have the wiki page and a few other candidates.

  22. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Donbratbakkinanger. There chant that they are the peepil is in some respectsis right they are the establishment club in Scotland.They also have many supporters in high positions and are not slow to use this influence.Many on CQN think that rules will eventualy secure an honest out come of there situation ie start again in the lower leagues.However,currently normal rules do not apply to them have you ever seen or heard of an administration being conducted the way theres is? I am afraid we are not hearing the full story from Doncaster.There is a concerted effort being made to minimise there punishment and to wipe the slate clean.H.H.

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