Rosenborg call for ex-Aruba boss, SFA “must” refer to CAS


Rosenborg went five years without winning the Norwegian title before Kare Ingebrigtsen turned things around.  Under him, they were champions the last three seasons – back on the pertch.  A mere two points off the pace, having scraped a win against Valur, he was sacked, just six days before his former team face Celtic.

It seems harsh.  This is a club burdened by their Champions League history.  Until 2004, when money replaced meritocracy, they held the record for the number of consecutive appearances in the group stage (8).  But they never turned the lights off.  They see clubs from other small nations reach the group stage of the Europa League and, to a lesser extent, the Champions League, and know they could do the same.

If they thought Ingebrigtsen’s team would have beaten Celtic he would still be in a job.  Instead, they have thrown the dice in the hope of giving players an edge.  The new interim boss’s only managerial gig in the last seven years was six weeks in charge of the Aruba national team.  Since then he’s kicked around as a youth coach and been an assistant in Dubai.  It’s a strange one.

Sacking a manager often leads to a short-term boost in results, which is all that is required for European qualification.  Expect this tie to be competitive.  That’s good, I prefer Celtic to play in games with a visible edge, than against unknowns with fire in their belly.  Cool heads will be needed.  On that subject, we’ll discuss Jozo later.

Newco, having successfully argued the SFA should refer the matter of Rangers’ eligibility for Uefa competition in 2011 to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), now request the SFA do not take the matter to CAS.  It’s a kind of Newco logic; any victory in a storm.

They argue this procedural guidance establishes the complaint has no merit, whereas the SFA Judicial Panel Disciplinary Tribunal did not address the complaint, only their competency to examine it.

The Judicial Panel ruled “the Notice of Complaint must be determined by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”  The word “must” has been overlooked by Newco.  The SFA must act accordingly.  Taking the whole thing to Lausanne will make sure we don’t need to go through another round of “Who are these people” type witch-hunts.  I know what you are thinking, Dave King has been making friend with the SFA on a weekly basis for months now, surely they will do his bidding.

I’m not sure Dave’s that clever.

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  1. It always cracks me up this idea that we can’t concentrate on the next round. Chickens counting and all that.



    Professional players will be focused on the Rosenberg challenge and to think that in the briefing Brendan warns against reading CQN for fear of complacency makes me chuckle.



    Bring on the athenians by the score…

  2. Big Wavy



    Ffs it’s hard enough playing against a Park-ed bus and 12 men!!’m



    HH ????





    I’m pretty confident we can handle the Athenians.



    By the score.



    Not too sure about their Spartan neighbours,mind…





    Rapid bit of long division,old bean.



    Philvis-style Thumbs-up!!!

  5. OK,if the Mc Ginn transfer ever comes off,is he eligible to play for us in the qualifiers,or not.Many stories,mucho confusion.



  6. Surely we must get some valuable insight from Celtic hunk Gerry Butler who played well with an understrength team over there……

  7. Turkeybhoy


    No, he won’t be able to make his CL debut until we play Real Madrid away in the group stage.



    Not sure how many guns have been jumped there!

  8. Billy Bhoy



    I’d keep him for the last 16 game against Liverpool.



    Counting chickens til after xmas…..

  9. BT



    In the interests of productivity it’s always Xmas…



    LOL (love not laughs)




  10. mild mannered Pedro delgado on

    Think I read somewhere that aek are unseeded due to not picking up coefficient points during a Euro ban


    MAYBe that means they ha only been playing domestic Competition