Regan on SFA acting without fear


“The Scottish FA has a responsibility to all its members and must implement its rules without fear or favour”.  Stewart Regan, SFA chief executive, 24 April 2012.

What chance the SFA will be able to act without fear now?  I don’t imply they will act without favour, but do you believe SFA panellists can act without fear?  Anyone who participates in Rangers appeal process and upholds their punishment will act despite fear.

This process, one of the most important the SFA has dealt with in years, has been subverted, and that calls for a far greater sanction that any already imposed.

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  1. philvisreturns on

    bankiebhoy1 – I have a feeling Dignity FC may have finally “jumped the shark” in its relationship with the authorities after Super Ally’s premeditated public incitement against the SFA.



    It’s never wise to attack your friends. (thumbsup)

  2. traditionalist88 on

    The whole ‘never interrupt your enemy while they’re making a mistake’ lark is becoming bit cringeworthy.



    They’ve made enough mistakes to have them buried several times over.



    Which one do we want to bury them for? A nice choice to have!



    But lets not allow their ghost club to waltz all over us.




  3. McCoist has done more damage to Rangers than anyone could have.


    Any sympathy from other Scottish clubs has gone.


    Any sympathy from other areas of the UK has gone.


    Any chance of the bidders taking over may also have gone.


    This whole episode has been shameful. If there is another judgement on Rangers it could be an even worse punishment. They could be kicked out of the league or Scottish Cup and nobody will feel sorry for them if they are.


    What an eejit that cheeky, chappy McCoist is.


    Wonder if Neil will tell us on Sunday what the whisper was?




  4. philvisreturns on

    sannabhoy – In times of high demand , the blog reverts to a default ‘safe’ . that means that only certain , trusted , posters are allowed on



    We have a secret handshake and everything. (thumbsup)

  5. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    I think it is the SFA that is in the dock.



    It was Celtic that joyfully participated in last years emergency summit that helped the unnecessary legislation to pass.



    Ogilvie’s position alone has still passed without comment.



    Our Manager has been left high and dry by the CPS twice



    No I think the lack of communication is a worry.



    As is the ST renewal requests without any comment about the future.



    Hail HAil

  6. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    is DD Robert the Bruce in this film I know the ending well ?



    Guess what I want a different ending this time.



    Hail Hail

  7. Police have warned that they will take action against people who make threats to the Scottish FA panel members who handed out punishments to Rangers.



    The three-man panel was targeted after the Ibrox club was handed a 12-month transfer ban for breaching SFA rules.



    Strathclyde Police said it could be a criminal offence to send offensive or threatening messages via social media.



    Strathclyde Police Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said: “There has been a huge amount of media reporting today about the ongoing situation at Rangers Football Club and the decision taken by the Scottish FA’s judicial panel.



    “I can confirm that we are investigating allegations of threats and it would, therefore, be inappropriate for me to comment in detail.



    “However, what is clear is that we are still seeing far too many people using the internet and social media to issue offensive or threatening messages to people. This is totally unacceptable and, in many cases, a criminal offence.”



    Assistant Chief Cononstable Bernard Higgins said people could not use social media to “make threats or offensive comments about people without there being consequences”.



    “The overwhelming majority of people in Scotland are totally appalled by the types of comments that we, sadly, are continuing to see,” he said.



    “They expect the police to take action. My message today is be assured that’s exactly what we will do.”

  8. The Battered Bunnet on

    This Rangers beast will die in a few short weeks time.



    A new chimeric club will be formed.



    What values, what DNA of the old club should the new club be built upon?



    For the life of me, I’m struggling to come up with anything this club represents or embodies that should be resurrected.

  9. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    is that an Old Firm joint sponsorship logo we see on the new “old Firm” strips for next season without the 5 stars ?



    HAil Hail

  10. Kilbowie Kelt on

    voguepunter on 26 April, 2012 at 13:39 said:



    !!Bada Bing!! on 26 April, 2012 at 13:18 said:


    Hateley canny even get The 3 Stooges names in the right order ffs.




    Depends on what order they were standing.





    It was ALWAYS Curly, Larry & Mo.


    Stands to reason, doesn’t it.


    Alphabetical order !


    Same as it is always….CELTIC & Rangers.



    Aw… Hang on a minute !!

  11. Rangers received an official letter from the SFA to attend the hearing following the investigation by Lord Nimmo, on said letter were the three names of the panel, so Rangers as a club and its administrators knew who the panel was before the hearing.



    At the hearing in question Rangers had a representative attend, Mr Andrew Dickson head of administration at Rangers, quite clearly Mr Dickson knew the names of the three man panel



    This is all part of new processes at the SFA which Rangers FC as a club agreed to



    Ally McCoist should be taken to task by the SFA on the three points above, he should also apologise for misleading statements surrounding transparency, economical with the truth is Mr McCoist about who knew the make up of the panel, Ranger’s as a club certainly did



    One can only wonder at the make up of future SFA cases to be heard if Rangers fans and McCoist/ Walter get there way, it seems due to the number of people who need to be told for the purposes’s of transparency hearings will need to be held at Ibroke as it now no individual or even small group of individuals having the authority to speak on behalf of the club, all hearings now to be held in front of the following, season book holders, all the playing staff, all employees, board of directors, i suppose overseas supporter groups can watch via a live TV link……………………..

  12. Philvis , I believe those secret , trusted , members should be outed – who are they to continue with the perks and privileges will the rest of us must suffer ?

  13. Henriks Sombrero on

    There’s no chance of McCoist being brought to task about his comments by the Police. Absolutely none.



    There should be.



    There won’t be.

  14. The Battered Bunnet on

    Awe Naw



    Did you see the disclaimer on the Celtic Under 16 Season Ticket?

  15. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    The Battered Bunnet on 26 April, 2012 at 13:53 said:



    I shake my head as well. I’ve posted ths before. It is a letter to Speirs from 2008.



    Date: 17 Oct 2008



    Dear Mr Spiers



    In reading what Celtic Chairman John Reid said in his statement to the Celtic AGM on the singing of The Famine Song, where he defined who Celtic are and what they stand for, I thought his statement begged the question of Rangers:



    Just exactly who are Rangers and what do they stand for?



    As a Celtic supporter I have my own often biased and cynical views but I was seriously wondering could Rangers come up with a statement about themselves about who they are and what they stand for that would not suffer greatly when compared to Celtic’s?



    I ask because whilst I agree with Dr Reid that we are NOT the same at this point in time, I see that not as something to crow over but as a matter of regret. Perhaps if Rangers could define themselves in the same positive terms, which might mean accepting and stating that past attitudes were mistaken, they might create a more solid foundation to move onwards and upwards from.



    I have taken the time to write to you because I admire the courage and clarity with which you have dealt with the behavioural issue of the worst element in the Ranger’s support and hope that in asking the question you might be prompted to



    a) Make an attempt at defining the ideal answer


    b) Assess just how far short of that ideal Rangers are falling so that the gap can be positively closed.


    c) Publish your views.



    Yours faithfully











    John Reid’s Statement at Celtic AGM 2008



    Why did you decide to speak out about ‘The Famine Song’ and is it important that the club make sure that our supporters protect the integrity of Celtic’s name?


    I spoke out about it because this is a pretty vile song and I don’t think that any reasonable person who has read the words of this song can see it as anything other than a pretty vicious, racist song. It combines racism and sectarianism and goes beyond a lot of other things that we have seen in the past. That’s one of the reasons why I spoke out and I also come from Irish and Scottish descent myself, so that’s the main reason.



    But there is a bigger and wider reason as well and that is, the nature of this club. We are proud of the fact that we have Scottish origins and Irish heritage and we are never going to deny that. We will defend that and that is not a cause for shame, it’s a cause for recognition and celebration. Indeed our very name ‘Celtic’ is about the unity of the Scottish and Irish people. It stands against those who would divide, discriminate and oppose those two entities. And because we start from that basis of the unity of peoples then we have always been open and inclusive as a club.



    That’s why traditionally we have never discriminated. That’s why our board, our shareholders, our footballers and our footballing heroes come from all sorts of different backgrounds, religions, ethnic groups and do so internationally. That’s why I said last year that whatever differences we have when we come into this club we leave them at the door because we believe truly, in a Scotland that is one bit of many cultures and is way beyond now being Scots and Irish. That is our stance, therefore we have to speak out when we see racism or sectarianism being practised and of course, if we are going to do that we have to practise what we preach.



    We have to be careful, from our own point of view and that’s why I am absolutely delighted that our fans in recent years have had accolades from the world football authorities, from the European football authorities and let me say when I point out that there may be a minority who are transgressing our own rules, that they are our own rules. I don’t know any Celtic fans who have been chanting racist slogans or anything of that nature, so I am not comparing like with like here. But I am saying that we have got to be whiter than white and that we have to explain to and educate everybody at this club, including that tiny minority which at away games sometimes leaves us exposed to those who would attempt to say that we are all the same. We aren’t all the same, but we have to make sure that that is evident to everybody. That’s the nature of Celtic Football Club.

  16. Have Rangers ever done any wrong? Have the ever admitted it?


    Will they admit it when they are publicly found to have cheated sport and society for over a decade? Would that just be one man’s actions? Would no one really have benefited from that type of cheating and the club are actually the victims? Will we ever hear their act of contrition? Nah, thought not.

  17. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    wonkyradar on 26 April, 2012 at 13:42 said:



    Do you have a link to the rest statement…????

  18. Celticfirst beat me to it on the cape comments. Ach well.



    Just looked again at the new Rangers strip and realised it doesn’t have 5 stars! I realise this reflects more on me as several people have commented on this however I thought they were joking.



    Expectation management?



    or do they know something we already do?!

  19. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo



    I think the Board (maybe more by the force of events, than by judgement) have been wise to keep their counsel. On the one clear occassion when they intervened, ‘Celtic need no stinkin Rangers’, it was decisive and unambiguous.



    I see no need for Celtic to comment unless & until the ever moving, ever more revealing disclosures reach a point where the danger/opportunity is CLEARLY evident & further RFCIA revelations become irrelevant.



    It is also wise, in this instance, to judge how the ground lies as far as the overall view of Scottish football clubs especially as we are not yet at the end of the sorry affair. A reaction which is Cetic-lite but in line with our thinking would be more powerful than one Celtic-led. Accept this MAY be wishful thinking but we are sailing uncharted waters.



    You are right to flag up the fear Celtic may leave things too late and the Board need to know how the fans would view such a scenario but I think you’d agree it is a difficult assessment they need to make.

  20. The Battered Bunnet on

    Awe Naw




    *Applies to Under-13 Opt-out and Under-13 Special Season Tickets which exclude games against Rangers FC (or a successor to it).

  21. enmac, a bampot stands shoulder to shoulder with Neil Lennon on

    i wish the facecombers would hurry up and die. I’d rather watch celtic v stenhousmuir from now until eternity, than have that institution around any longer. The spots hacks can all cry they have nothing to write about from the back of the dole que. no one will be listening. UEFA/FIFA after this years olympics after team GB get together, might force us into one footballing association. Good. will be the only way to obliterate the SFA and the handshake club that still prevails



    deeply depressing this parochial wee country is

  22. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on 26 April, 2012 at 12:50:



    Patience Grasshopper.



    Good things come to those who wait.

  23. Son of Warsaw on

    What’s the chances of “retaliatory threats” getting reported v McCoist in the MSM ?

  24. does any one find it strange that one of the three panelists apparently is


    a rangers season ticket holder and that the panel voted 2 to 1 for punishment,


    what was anyone connected to rangers doing on the panel in the first place?

  25. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    You know, if I was a Ranker’s fan, I wouldn’t walk away either ……. I would run like the clappers ……….

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