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Record correct, SFA prepare to disband Appellate Panel

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This morning’s article in the Daily Record is not a work of fiction.  They reported that SFA chief executive Stewart Regan’s “bid to deliver a broad consensus over the way forward also involved discussions over the appellate tribunal’s transfer embargo on Rangers.”

In short, the SFA discussed changing their rules to disband the Independent Appellate Panel process before instructing Lord Carloway to sit in response to the Court of Session’s rejection of his previous judgement.

With two further Independent Judicial Tribunals still to sit in judgement on the actions of Rangers, for the illegal registration of players and non-payment of social taxes during the EBT era, the SFA will also subvert these rules before ‘Rangers’ are expelled from the Association.

After the meeting Regan left for his summer vacation without instructing Lord Carloway to convene the Appellate Panel.

That’s not all.

The scam to establish an SLP 2 in order to allow the SFA and SPL to co-opt ‘Rangers’ into that league is what the governing bodies have planned for your game.

If rules are changed AFTER a club is found guilty and in receipt of a penalty in order to nullify that penalty the game in this country is broke, ethically and financially.  Having established independent judicial panels to deal with serious rule breaches the SFA cannot do Rangers bidding without removing all judicial oversight.

We’re back to the days of George Peat walking in and out of hearings for the Celtic manager.

Most disturbingly of all, YOU are the cash cow for this outrageous enterprise.  With Rangers gone from the SPL Celtic fans bring all the commercial and television income into the game, and are set to buy more away ground tickets than all other clubs put together.

You are expected to continue to cough up for tickets to Tynecastle, Rugby Park etc, and subscribe to ESPN and Sky Sports – money which will divvied up among SPL 1 and SPL 2 teams, as well as they rest of the Scottish Football League clubs, to compensate for them missing out on a ‘Rangers’ game.

You will also pay more money for those tickets than any other group of fans in the league.  Why don’t you just write a cheque to Kilmarnock, Falkirk or Cowdenbeath today?

This nonsense will not bring another £1 into the game, all it will do is redistribute money from your pocket to clubs who care nothing for you.  Partick Thistle yesterday released a statement on their site, “We believe Scottish football needs to be restructured, financial distribution needs to be fairer for all clubs”.

“Financial distribution needs to be fairer”!  Patrick Thistle get to keep all their ticket sales, commercial and other income.  By “fairer” they mean they want some of your money.  If you agree with them, write them a cheque, but if you disagree, you better figure out what to do next.

Thoughts that some great victory has been achieved are premature.   Prepare for the next instalment.

Our domestic competition is, at best, uninspiring.  This disgusting land-grab for your cash will destroy our ability to compete in Europe, and it’s not just the senior team who will suffer.  The Celtic youth system costs millions to operate each year, don’t fantasise that it will survive intact.

Celtic currently employ 27 Scotland youth internationals.  They are almost single-handedly carrying the future of our national team.  This attempt to bleed your club dry will devastate all areas, with subsequent consequences for the Scotland team.

It’s not often I’ve told you the Daily Record have nailed a story but this one is on the money (your money).  I’m at a loss as to what to do next.

We cannot accept this.

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  1. The bould bhoys….. Tá ár lá anois on 24 June, 2012 at 16:50 said:

     

     

    No bad for him but there’s no room for him on my Schadenfreude Express, too little too late!

  2. Vmhan on 24 June, 2012 at 16:38 said:

     

    I’d like engerlund to go through tonight……

     

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    Hooooops Gordon J et al,

     

    Had to pop off there for a mo,

     

     

    I did mean to add to my earlier comment….. ” cause Italy won’t hammer england, but the Germans will :>)

     

    HH

  3. eddieinkirkmichael on 24 June, 2012 at 15:56 said:

     

     

    Can I suggest people do not read this comment, instead – THINK ABOUT IT!!

     

     

    PS Brilliant eddie

     

     

    H H

  4. Arty on 24 June, 2012 at 16:07 said:

     

     

    Arty, have some faith, the internet bampots haven’t put in the shift they have to watch the bad monster spring to life again.

     

     

    Even their own players, TODAY, have given witness to the death of The Mighty Glasgow Rioters.

     

     

    As NaeClub astutely observed earlier: “I can’t believe it’s not Rangers I’m not playing for”.

     

     

    Or words to that effect.

     

     

    They is gone, totally gone, just have fun with it, enjoy the show.

     

     

    pigalle

  5. timbhoy in spain on 24 June, 2012 at 16:56 said:

     

    oops

     

     

    timbhoy, if you think these are funny you should come live with the wife and I for a while. You’ll need a needle and plenty of side-splitting thread, mind! Appreciate your help, mate!

     

     

    H H

  6. leftclicktic on

    Anyone got Pauls email add

     

    Friend having bother registering on blog.

     

    HAIL HAIL

  7. Apologies in advance to those not interested inmy argument with deliasmith. Please scroll by as this is a lengthy one.

     

     

    deliasmith @ 11.06

     

     

    I win the reciprocity/ lack of reciprocity argument because there is no balance between we keeping our home gate and Inverness or St Johnstone keeping theirs. Our home gate income is – what? 10 times theirs?

     

     

    You can award yourself the win in your own mind. You asked a question which was answered appropriately. Having got the answer, you introduced another dimension- the disparity in home crowd attendance- to justify the redistribution argument rather than your original point. Barcelona and Real draw consistently larger home gates than Valladolid or Ossasuna, Juve and AC draw more than Siena or Chievo, Man U and Liverpool outdraw Wigan and Sunderland. Even in Belgian and Norwegian and Latvian football there are teams which are more successful in attracting crowds. There is no evidence from any of those approaches that a redistribution of income would be accepted by clubs far less achieve anything.

     

     

    I am trying to drag this discussion into the real world. Not trying to score points.

     

     

    A bit bombastic, no? To differentiate your approach thus. It kind of suggests you think your opponents are not in the real world and are just point scoring. The rhetoric is fairly see through and unconvincing. You claim not to indulge in abuse but you are just adopting an indirect (cowardly??- see what I did there??) approach of using nouns rather than adjectives to abuse e.g Your arguments are delusional rather than you are a delusional man.

     

     

     

    That’s right – you don’t go to watch Celtic, you go to watch a game.

     

     

    Of course we do, but it does not change the fact that we want to be able to compete with fair minded opponents who accept us as equals and do not treat us either as unwanted intruders or cash cows. If these circumstances do not apply why should we bound by some historical lock that says we must stay within national boundaries despite other teams (Berwick, The New Saints,Cardiff, Derry City, FC Andorra, Monaco, Busingen, Campionese, Vaduz, Sammarinese, Olympiakos Nicosia, SV Kleinwalsertal, Toronto, & wellington Pheonix plus a whole host of Asian club sides) having been granted a historical window in which to transfer?

     

     

    As for the English league. I’d like to see a single piece of evidence that it’s anything other than a fantasy, a castle in the air. I can adduce a mountain of evidence on the side of the argument that it’s a non-starter.

     

     

    I’d like to see the evidence for such certitude. Anyone can claim certitude that a future will NOT happen. The very fact that it has NOT happened is evidence in itself that it does not exist. It does not advance the argument that it will not exist and it is delusional to say that it cannot exist.

     

    The little I know suggests that we were close to getting an invitation into the English championship during MON’s time. When EPL clubs got wind of this they campaigned against it and scuppered it at that time. The barriers are, admittedly, huge to achieving success. There is self interest from English clubs, there is self interest from international football and their FA’s, and there are barriers from UEFA and FIFA who do not want floodgates to open and an open market created in establishing leagues outwith their structure. Against those barriers, in support of our move to a more lucrative competitive setting (it does not have to be an EPL or English structure) we have the increasing importance of CL football to elite European clubs and we have a financial treadmill that means elite clubs want to break free from subsidising “weaker“clubs. That’s the real world, capitalism with red teeth and claws, which happens when business meets sport and Celtic is now a medium sized big club in a capitalist business/sport structure. I may not like this world and I do not confuse money with merit but neither do I mistake poverty for power. We can accept one or the other. We can fly our flag with the big boys or we can retreat into shared pub football.

     

    I tend not to predict the future because it is a fluid changing event. Science fiction promised me jet packs and off-Earth colonies by the year 2000. The Daily Mail regularly predicts Islamisation of Britain and invasion by 3m gypsies. I continue to be sceptical of their predictions.

     

     

    You have a strong faith that, if we go back to a competitive SPL, such as was seen in the 50s and early 60s before Jock brought us back our standing in the game, that we will enjoy our football and greater European success. My belief is that you will not bring back a golden generation where most boys had their 10,000 hours of football skills training, in streets and fields, before they were 14, nor will you bring back the indentured slavery of pre-Bosman contract systems which helped clubs stay more equal. Those were the important factors operating then. They are unlikely to return anytime soon.

     

    When journos bemoaned Jock’s success with the Lions and pined for a more competitive league, Jock said that two 90 year old men racing each other over 100 yards would be competitive but it would not break any records.

     

    My belief is that Celtic sharing their earned wealth with other less successful Scottish clubs will see us all becoming 90 year old men. Only by breaking away into a more competitive league can we compete against the better clubs and catch up with them if we can access their level of revenue stream.

     

    If you continue to frame the argument on the premise that such change is impossible, because you have a level of imagined certitude on your reading of the future, then there will be no room for debate. You will have pre-set the terms and declared yourself the debate winner because only you know the future rules. I tend to believe the future is fluid and that all bets are on, though odds are stacked against some outcomes. I am for having a tilt at staying at the top table. I do not fancy the role of being football’s equivalent to the Chewin the fat Character, played by Ford Kiernan, Big Jock the Golfer, dispatching largesse with condescension.

  8. Arty, I got you’re post well enough, tbh honest I’m up and down about the shenanigans within Scottish football, if the old team and those that managed them do no receive the full force of the law I’ll be fuming, same goes for this new Green team, they apply to join the league the same as any other club or Scottish footballs screwed, they can’t have football without supporters.

     

    Anyway KTF amigo!

  9. 67heaven

     

     

    Congrats on ur podium fella! Pity the article wasn’t a more upbeat one but worrying times nonetheless!

     

     

    Had such a good day until I logged in! Said a wee prayer at mass in the jesuit monestary in dubrovnik. Truth and justice will always prevail, especially in these testing times! God bless.

     

     

    HH

  10. Paul67 et al

     

     

    It would have been a huge surprise to find out that the Celtic Supporters Association tapped into the Zeitgeist, but even so, if reports on here are accurate, it is still disappointing to discover that they haven’t. The CSA, paradoxically given that Rangers FC is history, continues to see itself as part of the Old Firm. It thinks votes and acts like the Old Firm. In threatening other Scottish Football Clubs, before a vote has even been taken, this decision places Joe O’Rourke and his cohorts alongside both Ali McCoist and Sandy Jardine. We have all discussed the value of bhoycotts ( for that is what it is) on here before, and most, but not all, agree they are, and have been a last resort. I do not believe we are at that stage, or at least not yet. I happen to believe that the struggle that is now going on is between the Scottish footballing public including us, and those currently responsible for football governance in Scotland, namely the SFA, the SFL, and the SPL. The CSA, in its’ ourselves alone mantra, appears oblivious to the changes that are taking place right now, and fails to understand the process of those changes. I said it before, and I will repeat it, this decision is grandstanding of the highest order. And I will guarantee one thing, if ever the Old Firm is revived, and tickets are made available for a match at Ibrox, the Celtic Supporters Association will be, as always, at the front of the queue!

  11. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice HAS prevailed on

    Arty on 24 June, 2012 at 16:07 said:

     

     

    I’ll cheer you up……..I sent your post to your wife’s email…..

     

     

    G

  12. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    I will be supporting the Italians tonight I think it might be a boreing game as England play like robots and at this tournement the Italians havnt been much better.I cannot stand the English attitude in every game even when they were not involved they rabbited on about England and the panel turn the chat to Engerlund every chance they get so come on you boys in blue.H.H.

  13. Steinreignedsupreme on

    leftclicktic on 24 June, 2012 at 16:44:

     

     

    Sorry if posted before

     

    Breaking news from ibrox

     

    “John Greigs statue is trying to walk away

     

     

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    To be fair, the statue is probably more mobile than Greig ever was.

  14. Ray Singh-Carr on

    Campbell Ogilvie truly is the Dr Frankenstein of Scottish Football. Instead of taking an interest in the healthy clubs he shows a morbid fascination in somehow breathing some sort of life into the monstrous corpse of Nowdead FC.

     

    We all know how this story will pan out, I’m just surprised nobody has pointed out the script to that conceited jackass!!

  15. stevenagebhoy on

    There is some very scary shampoo going on over at Rankers Media about Naicontract and Whitcontract jumping the scuppered Sevco boat – one poster wants to stab them and another to kick them in the **** and jump on his (Naicontract’s) head.

     

     

    I had to laugh at this scatalogical gem though;

     

     

    “Posted Today, 03:35 PM

     

    I’ve no interest in Naismith any longer and couldn’t care less where he plays or whether his career flops. He’s a cretin who has turned his back on the Club in its time of need. He will not be remembered fondly in the annuls of Rangers.”

     

     

    Aye ,GIRUYF anus pal. I blame the schools.

  16. Snake Plissken on

    With seemingly more news of impending departures about to hit today or tomorrow it is looking more and more likely that the club formerly know as Rangers will be in more and more trouble.

     

     

    The RTC blog thinks that the deal may not be as done as people are being led to believe with Mr Green.

     

     

    At the moment they have a stadium (which may or may not need some work done it), a guy who claims to be a football manager, a few board members and a playing squad of 1 (Elbows) committed as he is such a poor footballer no one else would take him on.

     

     

    The season is just over a month away and they have to be accepted or placed into a league (undetermined), get a squad of at least 20 players possibly by signing bosmans or somehow paying for players, sell season tickets, raise funds, get sponsors and a whole host of other things just to fulfill playing obligations (including getting a licence which President (Best administrator in the game but signed random pieces of paper without apparently reading what they were) CO will doubtless give them.

     

     

    Can anyone in all honesty see them getting into any league in time for the start of next season?

     

     

    The longer things go on, I certainly cannot. Time is a huge factor in all this and there has to be an SFL vote where 66% of the clubs must agree to a rule change to get them into Division 1. I cannot see this happening.

     

     

    League reconstruction will come but not in time to placate the supporters of Dead Parrot FC nor will they be able to satisfy everyone that they won’t simply go bust again.

     

     

    The diehards of the oldco will return but what about the glory hunters? Will they turn out in their droves to see a team bearing no resemblance to the one they’ve been watching for the last few years AND in a lower division?

     

     

    We know what they are really like and it might turn into a pay at the gate arrangement if indeed they can get everything sorted in time for the Ramsdens Cup which I believe starts in July.

     

     

    With a reduced ST sale which is inevitable in my view what kind of player is going to play for them? Certainly not the kind they became accustomed to through cheating or otherwise.

     

     

    This could take more than a year to fix for them and that is why they will not be in any league in Scotland. It is unworkable in my view from so many standpoints.

  17. Monaghan1900 on

    !!Bada Bing!! on 24 June, 2012 at 16:57 said:

     

    Any death threats for the 2 Stevens with a v yet?

     

     

    Couple of well-wishers from RM:

     

     

    “I was prepared to stand by the players decisions to leave for football;ing reasons but the comments these c***s are coming out with are f***ing sickening, I hope they f***ing burn in hell the pair of them!!

     

     

    F***ing raging!”

     

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    “Pair of f***in arseholes

     

     

    someone will kick your c***s in ya w**kers and jump on your heads, watch your step

     

     

    W**KERS ”

     

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    They seem to be taking it OK.