Rangers destroyed by SFA


Huge result from the SFA Judicial Panel Tribunal tonight, absolutely enormous, perhaps the biggest decision ever made in Scottish football history.  Rangers have been banned from signing players over 18-years-old, for a period of 12 months and fined £160k.

For months Scottish football has lived under some huge moral questions; would the combined forces of TV contracts, the Bank of Scotland and the formidable Rangers lobby combine to subvert the meritocratic spirit of sport and see rules written to see Rangers kept afloat.

The SFA Judicial Panel Tribunal made these questions moot.  In the event that Rangers fail to agree a CVA with creditors and emerge as a Newco, and IF that Newco is allowed to inherit the SPL share given up by Rangers, the Newco will be unable to sign any players of 18 years or older.

Although the SPL and SFA are able to transfer Rangers league share to a Newco, player employment contracts are with the current company, so players would not be contracted to any new company.  An SPL Newco would need to compete with 16 and 17-year-olds.

Conversely, there is nothing to stop a new football club, Rangers United, for example, sharing Firhill and applying to the Scottish Football League, from signing players of any age.  A new football club like this would inherit no financial or football punishment from Rangers FC.  Anyone aspiring to fill the gap left by Rangers would do well to navigate their plans in this direction.

In fact, scrub that first sentence, this is the biggest decision ever made in Scottish football history, no perhaps about it.

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  1. No departing song must be, as we sang when we played Dundee Utd at Tannadice on the day that they were relegated, “We’ll meet again don’t know where don’t know when” por cierto

  2. Shady



    I have this incredible feeling of emotion and joy it’s almost like being at Rugby Park again!!



    Dick Byrne



    Thank you my friend but I was wrong. At the beginning of my post I said that I expected the SFA or some other to step in and save them. How wrong can a bhoy be!! :-)






    Keep it comin’ buddy….”You can talk about yer big defenders…”

  3. To those who are gloating over the imminent demise of our great rivals, you should be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves.



    As Agent Whyte/White said tonight “We’re Scotland’s biggest club. They should be helping us, not kicking us when we’re down”



    In the spirit of friendship, I would suggest that buckets are passed round on Sunday and all contents given to the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund.the proceeds will go some way towards paying the bill of Duffer & Felts – they deserve every penny they have earned!

  4. You listened to Murray and Craig Whyte


    Talking one big load of sh**e


    Bye Bye rangers


    For every fiver Celtic spend


    We will spend a tenner then


    Bye Bye rangers



    Lovin’ It !

  5. Watching Breaking Bad when the text came in.DVD off.



    The SFA have delivered a stunning punch,the huns are now given the football


    equivelant of a 10second count to pick themselves up of the floor.An appeal is a formality and that verdict will be an indication of whether the SFA have grown a pair.





    Reading back over the weekend blogs today. Your post on Sunday morning was


    very touching. I read it to the wife who thought it was lovely,your parents have raised a good one .HH.

  6. Typical Rangers, always copying. Apparently, they are going to put out an even younger team than Celtic next season (assuming they exist that is). Wooooo!!

  7. I always hate the run up to a game with them. Too nervous, too much baggage and the rampant songbook to look forward to. And no matter how well we are playing, the MIB is always there to dampen the home support. Plus, cos of where I live I won’t walk to the game as normal so end up taking the car.



    This time I can’t wait. Only worry is that they won’t last long enough.



    Also, if anybody is traveling on the M74, the new Rutherglen/Dalmarnock exit brings you up at their end. Maybe best to use the old exit at the big Arnold Clark garage, McDonalds etc.




  8. The game is over. The internet bampots have won!!!



    “Sing and shout about yer no surrenders, but let me give you this wee tip, we’ll be there for the league and cup. Rangers, BYE BYE!!!”

  9. Presumably Sally banned Lafatme before he knew he couldn’t sign any more players.



    It’s a bit of a ‘what happened next’ scenario, is it not?

  10. Interesting comments from Sammy’s agent



    “Gregory Ioannidisþ@LawTop20Reply


    It would not be prudent to name here entities that could potentially be defendants to a claim. It may spoil the element of surprise!



    7m Gregory Ioannidisþ@LawTop20


    Particular importance is attached on the SFA as its role is also to ensure a fair competition with transparency and integrity



    14m Gregory Ioannidisþ@LawTop20


    Such claim would raise important sports law issues. Not so much on jurisdiction but on who caused the loss & who should pay



    17m Gregory Ioannidisþ@LawTop20


    If the loss can be particularised, without being too remote, it is my view that a case could be established & compensation could be claimed.



    18m Gregory Ioannidisþ@LawTop20


    Without exposing the club’s position, it’d be interesting if CFC can particularise its losses as a result of lost titles opportunities



    40m Gregory Ioannidisþ@LawTop20


    The Turkish side have submitted an unprecedented £39m compensation suit against UEFA for unlawful exclusion from the Champions League



    47m Gregory Ioannidisþ@LawTop20


    Make a note of this case: 18 June 2012 – CAS 2011/A/2551 Fenerbahce SK v. UEFA & Turkish Football Federation. I look forward to it”

  11. Finally caught up on reading this.






    keep it lit.





    hamiltontim on 22 April, 2012 at 04:43 said:


    Memories……a bit pished now so will write this and decide at the end whether to post it or not.



    Six months ago this weekend my da passed away. I think about him every day but this anniversary hadn’t meant that much until I spoke to my mum on the phone earlier today.



    It got me thinking because the actual date would be Monday 23rd April, the day and date that many are predicting the final demise of our oldest foes. Will it happen? I don’t think so, not yet anyway. The SPL or the SFA or the Orange Lodge or the Masonic Lodge or some other disreputable shower will step in to save the day.



    Would he have wanted it?



    I’m honestly not sure. He despised everything about them, he hated their bigotry, he hated the fact that when he first went for a job as a mechanic, he was told 2 weeks later that he wouldn’t have been given the job if they’d known that Holyrood was a Catholic school. He loathed the polis who turned up every Sunday morning at 11 O’clock at the pub he bought to ensure that he wasn’t opening until 12.30pm when every other pub in the village was opened at 11. Simply because he barred 40 odd men in the first week when he told them he was a Celtic supporter and a Catholic.



    He was never a bigot but was immensely proud of what he was and in all the time that I knew him never once did I see him bow in opposition to his beliefs and his faith. My maw took pleasure, pride and indignation in regaling the tale of the first July in their first flat as a married couple.



    It was in Calder Street in Govanhill just at the corner of Victoria Road. He first elected to throw eggs at the passing Orange men in the street below quickly followed by the contents of the fruit bowl. At this point my mother pointed out that, financially they weren’t well enough off for him to be throwing breakfast, lunch and tea away. Being a sensible and sensitive chap he replaced the food only to pick up the only two chairs in their possession and attempt to put them oot the windae!



    His faith meant a great deal to him and he was immensely proud of his Scottish heritage. He was apoplectic when my primary school put up a fancy sign which proclaimed at the bottom, ‘Roman Catholic Primary School’. He was so angry that in the middle of the night he sneaked out of the house and dug up the offending notice, leaving the locals to think it actually a sectarian act. Why? Because he wasn’t Roman Catholic, he was a Scottish Catholic.



    He was an emotional guy and was never afraid to show it, something unusual in the west of Scotland.



    I was 10 in 1981 when Johnny Doyle died. I shared a room with my brother and remember being woken by my da, at what seemed like the middle of the night, to be told what had happened. It was the first time I’d seen him cry.



    I was so lucky to spend time with him alone over the last few years. He’d been able to afford to buy a house in France after working more hours and more days than any human I’ve ever known. It was a reward that sadly he never fully had the opportunity to enjoy.



    A few times in the October week holidays, him and I went over together on our own. Now don’t be mistaken, it wasn’t pious or sanctimonious. We didn’t sit and pray for hours on end or spend every minute in church. We got drunk and we talked and we laughed and we argued and we talked and we talked and we talked but most of all I got the opportunity to discover who I was and why I was that way.



    You see, he wasn’t my natural da, because he adopted me.



    I was born in 1971 under circumstances that don’t matter. After 2 years in care, I was chosen. Now there ain’t many who can say that. Most are born and left, under good circumstances or bad, to get on with the cards that their dealt.



    I was followed by an adopted brother and sister all in the early 70′s. Now adoption in those days was frowned upon, there was a stigma attached to it that thankfully has diminished in contemporary society. What made us different was that my sister was Chinese and my brother was Indian. It’s possibly worth pointing out that we were all adopted through St Margaret’s adoption agency (which has sadly been made defunct) and despite the multicultural backgrounds we we were all from Catholic origins.



    Against great hostility from family and friends my ma and da went ahead. This was at a time when racism was far more prevalent than it is today. We were a family with a Scots/Irish father, a Scots/Italian mother and us three!! Oh and by the way we were Catholics anaw!!



    He stood up to this.



    We moved around for various reasons but never through shame or fear.



    I don’t know if I’ve done him justice but to be honest that was never my intention. I only posted it here because I don’t write anywhere else. He loved Celtic, those days in France when I’d be sitting in the sun and he’d shout, “C’mere and watch this son!”


    “What is it da?”


    And I’d troop in to see Jinky battering the ball into the net to win the league at ibrox or Bobby Murdoch making another 60 yard pass or Bertie smiling as he walked off after yet another victory or Big Billy nodding it in at Hampden to put us 1-0 up against the huns in 1969 or Yogi tearing Leeds apart in 1970 or Lennox pass in Di Stefano’s testamonial.



    He passed this on to me and that is why I work and I work to watch Celtic. And that is why I can understand why he loves our club and what we stand for. However, despite his uncertainty, I am sure, I want them to die. We may disagree but in the long run I’m sure he’d agree.



    Sorry for boring the arse off you if you’ve bothered to read this. If you have, all I’d ask is that you close your eyes for a moment and think of your favourite Celtic memory, that would be fitting. He would like that.



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  12. …..rangers BYE! BYE!!!!!!






    guess what song will be in my head all night and tomorrow, errrm later this morning….








    PS – Yo Ho Ho, its off they go….. ;-)

  13. Hamiltontim,



    Looks like your post on early Sunday morning has become the stuff of legend. Great start to a great (so far) week.




  14. bamboo on 24 April, 2012 at 00:38 said:


    ”Interesting comments from Sammy’s agent”



    Maybe if UEFA let us join the EPL we wouldn’t be so likely to sue them.

  15. Ghuys, I cannae sleep with all this racket!


    How am I supposed to march (ehem!) into work in the morn and console all the Hurtin Huns if I’ve not had my 8 hours of rest? :-)

  16. ernie lynch on 24 April, 2012 at 00:20 said:




    Perhaps it’s time for Brothers Regan and Ogilvie to consider their positions.




    Clearly, Bro.Ogilvie should never have been in any position to consider his or any other position. But Regan appears to have under-written the hun death warrant and as such he obviously merits iconic status. Statue outside CP? maybe too soon to say.

  17. Shady



    Bit of me regrets posting it now if I’m honest it’s very revealing and clearly very personal. However, I can’t change it and if it gave an insight into the sort of parents they were then it was worth it mate.

  18. There are going to a lot of very sad Ragers fans after SFA news.


    There are some Ragers fans who deserve our sympathy and I want to be the first to console both of them.

  19. Hamiltontim –


    I would have been proud to know him.


    You should be proud that you did.


    He would have been proud of your words.




  20. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    The timing of the SFA was truly collossol ……… I was sitting watching STV, and there it was…….a moment I will NEVER, EVER forget….gobsmacked, and nearly got lockjaw …………

  21. hamiltontim on 24 April, 2012 at 00:47 said:



    never ever a thing to regret.


    a beautiful heartfelt, wonderful post.



    a tribute to your adoptive parents, and your da must have been the most wonderfully Celtic of men.



    I made a point of searching it out tonight, read several dozen posts over the weekend telling how much it related to them, and i wanted to read it myself.



    Wont say sorry for posting it again, it desreves it, its life.



    Who cares about the huns, your a living example of the best people in life.



    keep it lit.

  22. hamiltontim on 24 April, 2012 at 00:47 said:



    Nah, it was a good post and the type of thing that raises this blog above all the others. You’ve made a lot of people happy with that post and I’m sure that’s made your Da smile looking down. That was until the SFA knocked you off his front page.



    Anyways, bedtime. Enjoy your nightshift (though you were a teacher?)




  23. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    BAM right in the kisser, BAM right in the kisser


    stupid huns

  24. knoxy2000 eating Jelly and Ice Cream and supporting Neil Lennon on 24 April, 2012 at 00:48



    bet a horse at Ayr on Friday, it won .






    you need to keep watching this yin.



    for oscar, keep it lit.

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