SFA and SPL subverting due process


Various people have demanded an explanation as to why executives at the SPL and SFA proposed to fast-track disciplinary procedures against Rangers and rubber-stamp access for their successor club into the Scottish Football League First Division.

There are two possible scenarios for this:

Rangers are guilty as sin, everyone knows it, results achieved by illegally registered players will be void and a severe punishment would be due.  If subject to due process, punishment from independent commission could be expulsion from the SFA.  “Powerful forces” at the SFA and SPL tried their best to protect Rangers’ successor club.


Rangers are innocent of the charge.  This was an attempt to impose an inappropriate punishment on their successor club when they were vulnerable.

Neither explanation is satisfactory.

Sir David Murray, who was on the board which authorised remuneration during the period 2000-2011, when the unregistered second contracts were allegedly used, has categorically denied these contracts exist.  Earlier this year The Sun produced a redacted second contract and the BBC documentary into the club claims to have seen dozens of second contracts worth tens of millions of pounds.

Next month we will discover the true situation.  For the record, Celtic, nor any individual at the club, were not involved in any meetings, telephone conversations or emails discussing or promoting this accommodation.  The plan was also not put to the SFA board or the SPL board.

As we have noted before, if Sir David Murray is mistaken on the conduct of the former Rangers board, the toxicity attached to this SFA ‘franchise’ makes it untenable.

On other matters:

Spartak Moscow players Jurado and Romulo were both injured at the weekend and will miss the visit of Celtic next week.

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  1. Bit late now I know but…



    Could the game against Murderwell not have been arranged for the Friday night?!



    Yes – controversial!




  2. ‘Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish says he would be surprised if the Scottish Premier League’s independent commission were to strip the Ibrox club of titles.’ BBC website, today.



    He is probably also surprised that today is Monday.

  3. Rangers: Scottish FA to issue a statement on use of trusts


    The Scottish Football Association is expected to issue a statement regarding Rangers’ use of employee benefit trusts within the next 48 hours.



    The Scottish Premier League’s chief executive Neil Doncaster declined to comment on reports they wanted Rangers to accept the loss of league titles.



    A three-man tribunal has been set-up by the SPL to investigate Rangers’ possible use of EBTs as dual contracts.



    Ibrox chief executive Charles Green has questioned the panel’s independence.



    And former Rangers owner Sir David Murray has denied any undisclosed payments to players and staff were made during his stewardship of the club.



    The tribunal, headed by Lord Nimmo Smith, are investigating the period 2000-2011, years in which Rangers are alleged to have used dual contracts.



    Green is unhappy with the investigation, believing the outcome has already been determined.



    SPL investigation


    •The SPL is investigating how Rangers paid players between 2000 and 2011


    •SPL said in June Rangers had “a prima facie case to answer in respect of [league] rules”


    •Independent commission, chaired by Lord Nimmo Smith, will rule on matter


    •There are 18 available sanctions should the club be found in breach of SPL rules



    “The SPL appoint the jury, set the outcome and set the punishment before the trial,” he said.



    Nimmo Smith then took the unusual step of defending the tribunal’s impartiality after Green’s claims.



    The tribunal is due to convene in November, but Green has already made it clear that Rangers will not attend .



    BBC Scotland requested an interview with both Neil Doncaster and SFA chief executive Stuart Regan on Monday. Doncaster said it would be inappropriate to comment because of the imminent hearing and the SFA’s chief executive was also unavailable but a statement is expected on either Monday or Tuesday.



    Rangers’ use of EBTs are subject to a separate probe from HMRC, with a decision due in October .



    BBC Scotland has seen evidence, which was submitted to the courts, suggesting that 53 Rangers players and staff had side-letters giving undertakings to fund their sub-trusts with cash.



    SFA rules state that all payments made to players in respect of their earnings from football must be declared by their club.



    If found guilty of breaching the SFA’s and the SPL’s rules, one possible sanction is the stripping of league titles won during the period under investigation, a punishment the club have said they would strenuously challenge.

  4. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon


    16:43 on


    24 September, 2012



    Sky/ESPN can only show a fixed amount of games from each ground, they may want to keep some of Motherwells home games for later in the season in case they are involved in table top clashes then(likely?)


    Or maybe they just don’t want the Zombies to get any more enraged.

  5. The Battered Bunnet on

    Dick Byrne will win the quiz single handedly.



    He has the Wee Red Book for every year in Scottish Football since season 1424-25 when the King issued the first football banning order.



    The Embrocation’s hit, “On the Slates, On the Tiles” includes the classic lines:



    “Brissit, brawnis and broken banis,


    Stryf, discorde and waistie wanis,


    Cruikit in eild syn halt withall,


    Thir are the bewties of the fute ball”

  6. The Spirit of Arthur Lee




    By thw way, my tweet on Saturday night was a reference to me and my stupidity, in case you thought otherwise.



    When I thought about it, it wasn’t as clear as I had intended.



    Apologies if it caused you any offence.



    Árd Macha

  7. StumptownBhoy-(ex-SanDiegoBhoy)For_wee_Oscar on

    What Shoot Magazine says exactly about Kelvin:






    Kelvin Wilson (Celtic)



    Wilson was a rock at the back for Celtic against a tough Benfica side. The Hoops’ backline gave away very few chances in the stalemate in Glasgow.”



    Not too bad an assessment.

  8. lionroars67



    The Scottish Football Association is expected to issue a statement regarding Rangers’ use of employee benefit trusts within the next 48 hours.



    you can bet that it’ll be out of office hours when this appears

  9. Stumptown Bhoy



    Why has Shoot abandoned its traditional territory and failed to inform us of Kelvin Wilson’s favourite food and pop groups.



    I am left to guess that it is Fillet Mignon and TaTu respectively :-)

  10. Bump………………………..


    OK bhoys – a heads up for England based Tims.


    After reading about the bike ride from Celtic Park to Belfast in aid of wee Oscar which is being organised by some very goods CQN’rs I have decided to do the same from Leeds.


    Starting from Leeds on Friday March 15th 2013 and (hopefully) ending up in Liverpool on Sat 16th – just in time for the overnight ferry to Belfast.


    Arrival in Belfast will be 6.30am on St Patrick’s day where we should meet up with the lads from Glasgow and hopefully Oscar and his folks to say hello. It should be party time.


    The bike ride will be along the Leeds-Liverpool canal and is 125 miles long approx.


    There will be one overnight at a point approx halfway along the route.


    I will be flying back to Leeds on Monday 18th and will arrange for the bikes to be transported back to Leeds the following week unless it’s goosed and I’ll ditch it.


    If there are any of you who fancy joining in for a great cause and a good craic then let me know. There will be very little road cycling for those who, like me, would be a bit nervy of that. I’m crap on a bike and never cycle so useless eejits are more than welcome.


    There are already a couple of us confirmed but the more the merrier.


    Paul67 has my email address and I would be grateful if he would pass it on to interested parties.


    For those who have wanted a challenge like this for years, now’s the time. All aboard.

  11. “Title stripping is like taking your TV back from a burglar. It is not a punishment. Will SPL punish RFC?”






    Hee hee this made me smile.

  12. charles kickham


    17:08 on


    24 September, 2012



    No questions taken…………………………………

  13. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    I expect the ole photoshop clever cloggers who post on here could create a zombie-subbuteo XI.

  14. Just listening to all the defenders of Andrew Mitchell and his denial of slagging off the polis and calling them plebs. Typical Tory tosser and cronies.


    Deny deny deny….then watch as the axe falls.


    Coming to a blue club not a million miles away.



  15. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Runnin’ an ole zombie-subbuteo XI would involve the use of prodigious quantities of Airfix glue, given the likely loss of limbs and other body parts.

  16. lionroars67 and charles kickham



    If only there were an Olympics opening ceremony to distract the masses at the time of the statement’s release.



    Daryll Broadfoot will be poring over his big dictionary of words that actually say nothing.

  17. Kelvin done well last Wednesday but it was Broonie and Victor in front of them that were the real stars IMO. Perhaps it was the scarey moment he dribbled round 2 Benfica players as last man that won him the praise.

  18. 17:28 on 24 September, 2012



    See Tom English gives Celtic some good press in his column to-day with dynamo Scott Brown and Victor getting special mention but concerned that we are not putting away the chances up front and to think that some CQNrs were always quick to criticize 20 goal-a-season man Anthony Stokes.



    Nice to see Neil Lennon was a guest of the GAA and among the 82,000 fans at the All Ireland final at Croke Park yesterday. Neil himself was on the Armagh underage squad that also played in an All Ireland final. Neil was taken prisoner by a group of victorious Donegal fans and brought to a nearby hostelry. He revealed that the Donegal manager had paid a visit to Lennoxtown some time ago to check out Celtic’s training methods. Last year of course Pat Gilroy the Dublin manager also paid a visit to Neil and finished up as champions.

  19. Just read mc murdos blog.



    Where be it him or his son that writes it, there’s a huge chip on the shoulder.



    I have to smile,since starting work I was forever being told I had a chip on my shoulder.



    It’s so good to watch them squirm in the sceptic pit they created for themselves.hh

  20. £31,918.05 raised on Saturday, that is an amazing amount and a big Thanks to the organisers.



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  21. By the by…that ‘All Green’ strip posted by the good graces of Bourne was superb…a modern version would be great…loved the Minty Green wan during the 85/86 season, even if Judas did wear it…thon Yogi was a beast of a man in his prime…must have been a nightmare to play against, he looked like a great foil for Wallace, Lennox and Chalmers…in the earlier picture of bhoys at Lennoxtown with Rogne, Big V and Hooperman…Gary has a real barrel chest and that is something that seems to make you unbelievably strong: sometimes I’ve done weights with serious powerlifters and they all say that guys with natural barrel chests have brutal power that is virtually impossible to manufacture through weight training. Hooper is very strong. Look at how easily he brushes away guys much taller than him. The one on one shoulder charge with the Helsingborg defender comes to mind, when he dislocated the guys shoulder, with sheer brute core strength- one of the guys that does powerlifting says its something to do with superior lung capacity that adds an explosive power to the base strength; but I don’t know how true that is and to be honest I don’t know the science behind it. The downside to such a physique is the tendency for the propensity to rapidly accumulate weight during inactive spells, which is something, just like Commons ( also deceptively strong), that has affected Hooper in the past.