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. Fantasma is Neil Lennon on 26 April, 2012 at 15:24 said:



    It made me feel dirty, my flounce lasted a couple of weeks, then a bit of lurking, finally a post or two.

  2. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    Sir David Murray is the real asset stripper of Rangers FC.



    His unmistakable work that I am all too familiar with



    Hail Hail

  3. pedrocaravanachio67 on 26 April, 2012 at 15:03 said:


    This blog seems to be a chat room for a certain wee group of posters. On more than 2 occasions i have asked for a wee bit of info / help re items that have been posted previously and never received 1 response.


    I’m sure Paul never intended it to be this way. My contributions as little as they may be will cease and I will go back to lurking for info both on here and RTC.


    HH PC67



    dont worry about it dude, i’ve been a member since pretty much the beginning and rarely get much of a response…………..but its the only place to be for the truth IMHO


    have you been called a hun yet?….this seems to be the initial response by some posters on here….some kind of hunbdar initiating process i think. i’ll happily call you one if you want……..i remember having to ask for that request i was gettin lonely


    anyway stick with it and let the cliques take care of themselves (some usually fallout after a while and others start up).





    CQN ” three chords and the truth” CSC

  4. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    Am gonny ask Paul67 to red card you for that!



    I’ll need to clean up the mess now.




  5. traditionalist88 on




    If you can repeat that little trick on FF, wait a bit longer before adding the second bit and take a screen shot that would be much appreciated;)




  6. ive been here almost 2 years (lurker for much longer)


    no one even bothered to call me a hun yet.


    dont get too upset

  7. pedrocaravanachio67 on 26 April, 2012 at 14:19 said:



    did you get home from school in the huff?



    too many huns on here today…there are you all


    feeling initiated now.






    our greatest enemy will soon be reduced to an amoeba.


    lets party.

  8. Ten Men Won The League on 26 April, 2012 at 15:15 said:


    Huns 7/2 to win at Paradise on Sunday



    I can’t think of such a price for the away team in a Glasgow derby in circa 20 years?




    The Glasgow Derby at ipox when they banned us (imagine that lot banning anyone) sure the Tic were 7/2 that day.

  9. I will be disappointed if the ‘tri colour’ away strip turn out to be a hoax. It is outstanding and would be provide a massive income boast for the club through worldwide sales. It is a huge improvement on what we have had to endure recently – dayglo bumble bee monstrosities that would a five year old would be embarrassed wearing as pajamas. Speaking of pajamas what about the tartan biscuit tin ‘international strip’ ? I understand they couldn’t give that away.


    New home kit is a classic – black socks look good. A definite ‘euro cool’ about the whole ensemble.


    A major plus being the Tennents logo not being allowed to overpower the top. Does anyone know if this means that the usual limited number of sponsor free shirts will no longer be sold?

  10. pedro…i meant to put a smiley in there (just so you take it as a joke)…unless you did have a bad day at school then…and it doesnt work…anyway



    in keith lemon style….



    lets dance

  11. RalphWaldoEllison-is Neil Lennon Season 2011-12 on

    jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on 26 April, 2012 at 14:51 said:



    A guy called Dickson was in the room. Dont know if he was on the panel tho.





    Very good that.


    By the end of the hearing he did feel sick though.






  12. pedroc67



    This blog can be surprising.



    I’ve posted what I’ve thought (IMO) insightful, challenging pieces confident of illiciting discussion, even praise. Result? Nowt!


    I’ve posted throw away seemingly slight remarks. Result? Praise, ridicule and a challenge to meet outside The Big Tree. Paul67 has even ‘shared me’, whatever that means.



    In summary if your ego is sensitive lurk. Otherwise keep going.




  13. Doc is Neil Lennon on 26 April, 2012 at 15:15 said:



    “I actually don’t think Newco will be ready for next season, in any division … I’m beginning to think the plan was always to kill them off totally.”



    You could be right; and time will surely tell.



    But it could just be a simple case of nobody’s interested in buying der Hun.



    It could be the case that the constantly upbeat (though now apparently increasingly desperate) comments from Duff & Duffer have been no more than a part of a sales pitch.



    A sales pitch which has exposed the total lack of commercial interest in what we have long known to be a truly toxic commodity.



    That said, I’d imagine Murray should have been aware of that; though perhaps not (so much) Whyte …






    TICK follows TOCK follows TICK follows TOCK …

  14. pedrocaravanachio67 on 26 April, 2012 at 15:03 said:


    Don’t worry about it there is a old pals group but no harm in that.You usually get a response better in the evening.

  15. iki on 26 April, 2012 at 15:29 said:


    Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning! on 26 April, 2012 at 15:21 said:


    “Naebuddy bothers wi ma posts either!”



    Good point, well made.




    RUBBIJ as usual.

  16. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    me thinks Desmondo , Lord Reid etc. know this too and that´s why they are not talking to us. Too busy trading horses.


    HAil HAil

  17. Glendalystonsils likes a mr whippy with his lime green jelly on

    Liking the new strip. Nothing too fancy and a few more hoops in it. Quite 1967 ish.

  18. danso_1888 on 26 April, 2012 at 15:28 said:



    Heart failure averted, you barsteward.



    Hail! Hail!

  19. Has anybody seen the 5 stars on the new shame strip ,you will need good eyesight.


    Me thinks they are getting the Orcs ready for titles getting stripped so no stars, well certainly not 5


    ps any word on the Tricolour strip for us was it a hoax, It would be a money maker.



  20. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    Three responses!



    I’m on a roll now!




  21. St Mirren Official‏@saintmirrenfcReply



    The SPL fixtures for Season 2012-2013 will be announced on June 18th.



    tick, tock, tick, tock……….

  22. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    A wee reminder



    SFA allowed three people outside of Hampden to become fall guys


    By Mark Hateley on Apr 26, 12 07:05 AM in


    ERIC DRYSDALE, Gary Allan and Alistair Murning. Or as I prefer to call them – Moe, Larry and Curly.



    The SFA’s “Three Stooges” who decided this week, in their wisdom, to hammer Rangers and threaten their existence by imposing a transfer ban on them.



    A ruling that endangers the bidding process for one of Scotland’s biggest clubs, which finds itself engulfed in a financial crisis. So much for the SFA servicing the Scottish game, eh?



    What I want to know is, what qualifications do Drysdale, Allan and Murning have to sit on a judicial panel and dish out sanctions?



    Do they have any sort of background at the top level of football?



    These men have just had a major say on the future of the Scottish game. They’ve been asked to rule on one of the biggest decisions in the last 50 years.



    Who do they think they are – and how did they get into this position of power?



    Ally McCoist came out and said this SFA ban could kill Rangers. How can a judgment like that be put in the hands of three individuals who don’t even work for the SFA?



    Any decision should surely come from the governing body. It should be people within the game, who understand the ramifications of the punishments they’re handing out and understand the intracacies of how Rangers and Scottish football work in tandem.



    Clearly, none of them have given a thought to the effect it would have on the game’s future in Scotland.



    I’m astonished the SFA get other people in to make their decisions.



    I’m absolutely stunned by that.



    If you want to run a successful business or organisation, I accept you will have independent consultants who advise you on some matters. But when you have monumental decisions to make, which could be detrimental to the game you’re trying to improve, surely it has to come from within Hampden or Lloyds bank?



    You’d think the SFA would have at least three men working for them with the knowledge and qualifications to make judgments like that.



    People aware of the structure of Scottish football wouldn’t have imposed these sanctions on Rangers. Lloyds turnaround specialists Mike Mc Gill and Donald Muir would have been ideal candidates they understood Rangers problems and were sympathetic towards them



    And it disturbs me when I hear that it’s lawyers, QCs and journalists who are part of these judicial panels. That’s incredible. What judging abilitie sdo these people have. We’re talking about football business here, which is run completely differently to any other. These people don’t know the game. The panel should have consisted of three senior Scottish referees these men judge football related activities every day of their lives.



    I just can’t understand it. Since Stewart Regan was appointed chief executive at Hampden, he’s been banging on about getting their house in order. But this typifies what everyone is battling against. This ruling has taken the SFA back two decades to the time before Sir David Murray invested heavily in world class football stars like myself.



    They’ve made a balls-up of a relatively simple decision. Of course, Rangers and Craig Whyte deserved to be punished. But the timing of it – and the failure to recognise the repercussions which would follow – is staggering.



    They’ve opened up a huge can of worms and I’m not sure they’re aware of the backlash that should follow.



    I’ve heard Murning’s last involvement on an SFA panel was ruling on a red-card appeal by an Albion Rovers player.



    He managed to rescind the sending off from a game against Brechin. Now, I’m sorry, but how can he go from making decisions on a Second Division game to ruling on the potential future of Rangers FC? It’s unbelievable.



    That’s what the Three Stooges did.



    After all, it was announced on the day the club’s administrators wanted to name a preferred bidder and that process has now stalled as a result.



    But nothing surprises me about the SFA any more. They talk of taking the game forward. Well, God help us. We deserve better.



    Everything Regan has said since he took the job has been about improving the game. But this decision, if it means killing off Rangers, will completely knock the stuffing out of Scottish football.



    After everything they’ve been working on in the last few years, they’ve managed to score another own goal. They take two steps forward then 10 back with some of their decisions.



    Ally was right in demanding to know who was on the panel. Drysdale, Allan and Murning must be accountable, surely?



    They’re supposed to be anonymous – but that’s why the SFA should have made the decision themselves, instead of getting others to do it for them.



    This type of thing just wouldn’t happen in England. You have to ask, what are we getting from the SFA, what are clubs paying for?



    If they can’t make a ruling on the biggest story to hit Scottish football what chance do we have? They are the game’s governing body.



    I would like to think Regan and Co will back down after an appeal and once it is publicised exactly how much indebted the SFA president is with reagrds his EBT. They should be big enough to hold their hands up and admit their mistake.



    Because if they think they can attract sponsors for their tournaments, when they’re making decisions which could liquidate one of their top clubs, they’re having a laugh.



    Already, Rangers fans are planning to boycott some of the SFA’s big commercial partners. These deals are huge earners for them.



    And if they under-estimate fan power, they’ll be in an even bigger mess than they currently find themselves in.

  23. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on 26 April, 2012 at 15:43 said:


    A wee reminder




    Reading this shite once is enough for me but if you’ve not read it be prepared for blood boiling moment

  24. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    I worked in the newspaper industry in the 60’s and 70’s and the guest footballers who had a column very rarely had anything to do with the story under their byline.



    They used to phone in on the Friday to find out what they were supposed to be saying.



    I still think these columns, like Hately’s, is a platform for the DR to print what it feels.



    The “name” won’t give a monkeys what’s being printed in return for , err, money.



    Don’y buy it or visit their websites.

  25. I’ve emailed Alex Thomson to see if he will ask the SFA if UEFA will deal with the huns appeal now.

  26. I see the old establishment are bringing the reinforcements out today, couple of weeks ago it was Dallas and co and now it’s Sir Walter.



    Geez peace Walter the Celtic fans won’t listen to a man who doesn’t condone attacks on our manager.

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