SFA not caring enough. Morton, ooft.


What exactly went wrong at yesterday’s Scottish Cup draw? Plastic balls can break open, that wasn’t the problem. The rule which insists that when a ball breaks open the draw must be started again isn’t the problem either. It’s a perfectly reasonable rule, but the event still can the SFA in a dreadful light.

Imagine for a moment that you had a Cup draw to arrange live on international television. You would surely acquire the materials necessary (8 balls and a bowl), and test their effectiveness (mix the balls, pull them out, open), until you were satisfied the process was robust and not likely to embarrass the organisation.

Appropriate preparations were evidently not followed for the Scottish Cup quarter final draw.

Having got to the stage that the draw went wrong, the TV masses were then treated to the most cringe-worthy pregnant pause, as SFA president, Alan McRae completely failed to communicate, either to the watching TV audience, or to the event broadcaster SKY, why he pulled a ball out of the bowl and instead of announcing the tie, declared the draw invalid.

McRae knew the ball was opened before it was drawn, and that this invalidated the draw, but clearly the glaikit-looking TV presenter had no idea what was going on when McRae halted mid-process, neither did the TV audience. A simple explanation:

“This ball is open. Rules state the draw is invalid. We will need to start again.”

….was surely what any person possessing even remote people-awareness or communication skills would have said?

No explanation was given. We were treated instead to the site of a TV presenter trying in vain to figure out why a cup draw was scratched halfway through.

The role of SFA president requires a degree of communication skills, which Mr McRae was hugely bereft of yesterday.

As for the SFA itself, I went to their official site this morning to check the spelling of McRae’s name, only to find they still list Campbell Ogilvie as president, despite McRae’s appointment 8 months ago.

It beggars belief. They just don’t care enough to get the easy things right.

As for getting Morton at Celtic Park! Ooft.  After Ross County repeating their Hampden trick on us, Morton will fancy the same.

I know many of you have previously supported the fantastic efforts of Bundoran Bhoy. This year he is doing four runs for Solving Kids’ Cancer, in memory of Oscar Knox. His first is the Great Edinburgh (misnomer?) Run in April, the Edinburgh Marathon in May, Glasgow Men’s 10k in June and the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in October.

He has just launched his 2016 fundraising efforts, so you can nip in here and encourage him along.

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  1. TBJ- the boy seriously assaulted going to get bus to the game on Sunday,was probably ‘mistaken identity ‘…….say the polis,obviously……….

  2. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    Sorry..you might have missed my last post.


    Is it just splinter groups represented within the fans you object to?


    What about the splinter groups represented on the board…Do they count?


    Which is it?




  3. time for change on

    Agree with much Paul, even the basic talking to guests ‘welcome back to Scotland Lubo, do you still follow us from afar?’ or to the league sponsors ‘are you enjoying your relationship with Scottish football?’ amateur hour, many people I know didn’t even know who McRae was.



    Sooo glad we didn’t get in the next round The Rangers International FC.




  4. Lawwell could do worse than getting everyone’s favourite agent,to hawk Johansen round the Chinese market,they are throwing ridiculous money about.

  5. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on




    Mistaken identity. .. Police speak for ” honest mistake “

  6. Paul67,



    after my Ross County LC Semi “prediction”, I will definitely keep schtum on this Morton game!!



    As for the Shambolic FA, they really are pathetic. Not got a clue.






  7. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    A series of hammerings a required for all opposition teams..

  8. SIPSINI on 9TH FEBRUARY 2016 12:25 PM









    It’s not gullible Celtic fans or huns in disguise, it’s Celtic fans watching their team being downsized.







    FFS, it’s as plain as the nose on your face, not good to see or read.



    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/backlash-needed-for-highlanders/comment-page-17/#comment-2773153



    To me this is Hunnish, this is the splinter groups favoured word since RD came here, DOWNSIZED. It’s like when you talk to them ITS…your OBSSESED,…..your PARANOID… You mean downsized like when we paid for Lubo?…..Henrik?….. Griffiths? What is this downsized crap? Because that’s what it is, CRAP.

  9. I thought it was a gag that Bomber Broon was an ambassador for Sevco.



    But I now find it’s true, and not the wicked and hilarious psychological residue of too much acid in the 90s.






    The archetypal Hun roaster, getting rolled out to growl his nedisms to the world as the snarling representative of ‘Der Rangers’.



    Such a sweet fit. Good luck with that future stock-market approval…

  10. TBJ- remember the alleged ‘sectarian attack ‘ on a car en route to Hampden last year……

  11. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    I will ask you again.


    Is it just fans you are concerned with….and who they are supposedly influenced by.


    Does your concern stretch to the board….and their influences.


    I mean…Millionaires, Lords, and Freemasons.


    Or havent you got anything to say about that?













    Sorry..you might have missed my last post.





    Is it just splinter groups represented within the fans you object to?





    What about the splinter groups represented on the board…Do they count?





    Which is it?







    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/sfa-not-caring-enough-morton-ooft/#sthash.jnuB7re2.dpuf



    At least the CFC board are there up front and open to anyone’s sling shoots.


    The leaders of your splinter groups hide behind Wee boys,.


    You did ask.

  13. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    Read my last post.


    Where i said…..what about the board and their influences?


    You didnt answer

  14. Tony D…



    So selling our best players is not downsizing?



    I give you … Sutton, Lennon and Hartson, amongst others and their wage bracket, Hunnish!



    I don’t think so , opinionated, like yourself, yes.



    You have yours and I’ll have mine, if the bassas come up and we’re not prepared, I’ll remind you of the fact you found our board up for it, otherwise, of which I hope not, I’ll admit I was wrong….will you?

  15. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    So you object to political Celtic fans.


    But you are fine with…Millionaires, Lords. and Freemasons.


    Your argument has no credibility.


    You want scapegoats.


    You want someone to blame.


    Tell us about these splinter groups then.


    Who are they…Name them.

  16. Paul67,



    Bit rough you blaming the SFA when it’s clear that Lubo was the cause of the technical error.



    Well at least according to STV:


    “Former Celtic player Lubomir Moravcik appeared to be responsible for the technical fault, with footage showing the ball containing Greenock Morton bursting open when he was stirring the balls in the pot.”

  17. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Which version of Norman Bates do we have today, is it the murderous accuser or the contrite and harmless half wit ?


    Och no matter I’m insulated from its brainless rants, it’s the good life.

  18. Sipsini


    If? And when they come up does not bother me one little bit, and you will not need to remind me of anything, same as I won’t to you, your a board hater and a malcontent, we differ, leave it at that, we just go round in circles, I’m sick of telling you all, I’m Celtic, nothing negative, find some one else sipsini to remind, I’v said what I’v said, I don’t need reminding. Feck the Huns they don’t scare me, but you can’t wait till they come up and beat Celtic to remind me? Really? That gonny be your red letter day?

  19. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on 9th February 2016 12:52 pm



    From last. That Celtic are the sole owner of the “Old Firm” trademark is very interesting. Very interesting indeed.

  20. traditionalist88 on

    UK00001524939 THE OLD FIRM 27/01/1993 Dead 33



    UK00002264673 OLD FIRM 20/03/2001 Registered 39


    UK00002264673 THE OLD FIRM 20/03/2001 Registered 39


    UK0002181523A THE OLD FIRM 06/11/1998 Registered 09 12 14 16 18 21 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 32 33 35 36 38 40 41 42


    UK0002181523A OLD FIRM 06/11/1998 Registered 09 12 14 16 18 21 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 32 33 35 36 38 40 41 42


    UK0002181523B OLD FIRM 06/11/1998 Dead 32 33

  21. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    Cmon…lets see your list of splinter groups.


    So i can add them to the historical record.


    You have uncovered something historically significant.


    Publish or be damned:)


    Spill the beans.




  22. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    I am not into politics wither it is nationally or CQN I am a Celtic supporter and enjoy watching my team I understand there will be hard times as well as good times.Now if there were no hard times how would we know when we were in good times ? I have found with politics when you hold a particular point and someone else holds a different point of view no matter how hard you argue or explain why your point of view is the correct one you are most unlikely to change the others point of view.So really it is a wasted effort in most cases. I have already said we Celtic supporters should stick together and Support Ronny it is clear that the MSM are doing there best to get him sacked and we should ask why is this ? In my opinion they will do anything to upset Celtic and by suggesting Stubbsie as his replacement they are trying to upset Hibernian I wonder why that is ? H.H.

  23. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Can’t remember where I seen the claim but sure it was a club source.

  24. traditionalist88 on




    Owner(s) name


    Celtic F.C.Limited and The Rangers Football Club plc


    Celtic Park, Glasgow, G40 3RE, and, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, G51 2XD, Scotland, United Kingdom



    Country of Incorporation


    United Kingdom

  25. Time for change, agree.



    Sipsini, ah, the cynic.



    Token, Tim, there’s a time in a team development cycle when no game is easy……..



    Big Swee, is that a genuine quote?

  26. traditionalist88 on

    Regged in 98 so presumably since one party is undergoing liquidation we are the sole owner




  27. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Caverns, Cauldrons, and Concealed Creatures: A Study of Subterranean Mysteries in History, Folklore, and Myth. Vol 3.



    TD67….There might be something in there about splinter groups.


    Keep Digging:)




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