Tomorrow evening four or five Celtic players will represent Scotland in a match of the upmost importance to the SFA. The Association, who employ around 170 people, face a financial cliff edge if they fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Current income does not match expenditure; financial reserves are dwindling, with no certainty ahead. The existing deal with Sky TV ends next summer, while William Hill’s sponsorship of the Scottish Cup has an additional year to run. Qualification for Russian 2018, with the millions it would bring, is a financial necessity.
I’m a Scotland fan and a Gordon Strachan fan, but I’m a Celtic fan first and foremost. It grates that the very same people who rejected the Celtic and SPFL’s call for a review into (among other things) the conduct of their officeholders, now need our players to pay their wages. They want us to feed them, but God forbid you want SFA officeholders to be accountable for actions.
If Regan, Petrie and their cronies know anything about motivating footballers, they will hide their faces from the Celtic players around Hampden.
Maybe I should do the team talk tomorrow.
NEW CQN PODCAST FROM CELTIC PARK ON SATURDAY
Kevin Graham is back with a new CQN Podcast from Saturday. He talks to supporters on the bus on the way to Parkhead, interviews John Paul Taylor outside the ground and captures the atmosphere and action inside the ground before getting some more supporters’ views on the bus home after an eventful afternoon at Celtic Park.
Apologies for a few sweary words in this podcast near the end.