SFA unsure of own rules


Celtic Quick News readers have assumed SFA rules apply to all clubs, including Rangers.  It is therefore, a surprise to read the BBC report today that the associations lawyers are “unsure” if Articles of Association rule 10.2, which prohibits someone (in this case, Paul Murray) becoming a director of a club if they have previously been a club director “within the five-year period preceding such club having undergone an insolvency event”, which includes administration and liquidation, should it arise.

The SFA are “unsure”.  Heaven help us.

The rules are clear, those who have been directors of Rangers during the past five years are not eligible to be a director of a Scottish club without appeal to the SFA board for discretionary dispensation.  It is preposterous for the association to be unsure on this matter.

If they are asked to consider Paul Murray as a Fit and Proper person, his record as director of Rangers should be examined.  As we explained on Saturday, Murray was director in the spring of 2010 when Rangers were issued with a £24m tax demand plus £12m interest.

Instead of curtailing budget the following season by selling players to mitigate the threat to the club’s survival, the board Murray served on authorised a £4m spend on Nikica Jelavic in August 2010.  If they had taken the responsible long-term view, they could have cut budget, realised significant levels of cash, prepared for the outcome of the tax tribunal and seen off any asset-stripping takeover.

The SFA really need to get a grip of their own rules. They appear intent on pretending Scottish football is not in crisis.

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Former Celtic defender and current Livingston manager, John Hughes, will join me in speaking after the meal.

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  1. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    1. Nacho Novo


    2. Dunfermline, Inverness, St Johnstone


    3. 2003, 2008


    4. Chelsea 2010


    5. 6.2 to Celtic


    6 Sutton


    7 Benfica, Man U , Kopenhagen


    8 Caldwell and Robson


    9 32%


    10. Nakamura

  2. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    I think Tardy Floorboard hasn´t learned his lesson but can you blame him. Poor wee sile … he´ll be wishing he was back at the Herald sitting on Britneys knee.



    Hail Hail

  3. Re-Post from earlier-


    Whilst there appears to be the lull before the storm, a call out to Bhoys and Ghirls in the Swindon and Thames Valley hinterland.



    There is an ‘Evening with John Hartson’ charity supper at Swindon Town FC on Thursday 22nd March 7pm. Supper, comedian and auction all for a fantastic £15.



    All proceeds to the Great Western Hospital Breast Cancer Centre.



    Please contact me for tickets by leaving a post for Paul67, who will forward you my email.







  4. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Can we now safely assume that Celtic can televise matches while CL games are being transmitted. If it is good enough for Everton and Liverpool then it´s good enough for us.



    Hail Hail

  5. Paul



    I am not at all surprised there is uncertainty among those who run our game. You were told, I think by a representative of the SPL, that there would be a board meeting about the admission of Newco to the league. This is plainly wrong as the rules clearly indicate that only the 11 remaining clubs can decide this.



    The latest pronouncement from the SFA suggests a tentative appraoch, probably because we are dealing with Scotland’s second most important institution. However, the rules are not entirely watertight and I would not be surprised if there are attempts to interpret them loosely to the advantage of a certain club.

  6. Interesting tweets from Alex Thomson today he’s been speaking to the SFA, who are claiming RCO didn’t know anything about EBT’s and has no plans to stand down from his role at the SFA….



    They look like they are going to try and brass it out…



    Good luck with that..




  7. From Alex Thomson on twitter



    alex thomson ‏ @alextomo



    Interesting SFA have just accused me of ‘lying’, ‘pig-headedness’ and then put the phone down mid-conversation….

  8. Son of Gabriel on

    how do these people miss natural selection?



    Its almost enough to dis-prove Darwin

  9. BeijingBhoysBrigade on

    Excellent article Paul.



    SFA = amateur hour.



    Either that or they are totally at it!




  10. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    That sounds good as we need to annihilate the SFA as well as Hun FC



    Campbell Ogilvies position at the SFA has never been so secure.



    He has many friends in UEFA but I dont think that will save him….unless he splills the beans



    Hail Hail

  11. Awe Naw – I make it 4 correct with 2 almost right|!



    Thanks for giving it a go!



    Off to work – answers posted when I get there!




  12. An SFA inquiry once found Jim Farry innocent of any wrong doing, until wee Fergus took them to task, and we all know hoe that went.



    They play by their own rules, jobs for the boys, closed shop, we’re right, your wrong!



    Set UEFA on them!

  13. Never under estimate the influence of a funny handshake from a ‘brother’.


    Their oath to protect each others’ interests is unbreakable.




  14. If a group of business people got together and offered Admin FC £40m for the bigotdome would they be forced to sell?

  15. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on 13 March, 2012 at 11:09 said:



    The peepul involved in this dirty business will try to find a way out of this but I can’t see anyway that they can and in the grand tradition of ‘gates and conspiracy theories they will be practicing damage limitation exercises and eventually they will come to a point where one of the gravy trainers will take a hit for the team in the vain hope that this will through the intrepid investigators off the trail of Big Guy.



    Watergate is a great reference point to ScottushFitbawGate!!




  16. googybhoy ♥ Celtic and Integrity on 13 March, 2012 at 11:02 said:




    Great article again, sir. Could you also assure us that the Golf Meal will include Jelly and Ice Cream.






    Current holder of the CQN Trophy( BlantyreKev ) has kindly offered to fill said


    trophy with jelly and ice cream for the winner.




  17. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Alex Thomson wasting his time speaking with Tardy Floorboard as well speaking to Rob Shorthouse



    Hail Hail

  18. I emailed the SPL asking why England are allowed to show televised games in competition to the CL and Scotland are not and was told that if they do show them UEFA could give them less money!

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