Then there were two: Rod Petrie steps forward


Hibernian chairman, Rob Petrie, yesterday told BBC Radio Scotland “Integrity is beyond purchase”.  It’s incredible to think that we live in times where this is actually news.

It’s hard to imagine how anyone would go about arguing with Rod on this matter.  Kilmarnock chairman, Michael Johnston’s recent comment, “The [SPL] clubs are mindful of a sporting integrity aspect but the commercial benefits may outweigh that” offers the alternative view, but the logical conclusion of Petrie’s argument is stark.  If integrity of top clubs can be purchased, what about officials, referees and players with bookmaker friends?

We can assume Hibernian will join Celtic in voting against admitting a Newco directly into the SPL, should such a vote occur.  Five clubs in total are required to block such a proposal.  With Petrie declared against, would Romanov at Hearts vote for Newco?  His previous public pronouncements suggest he would relish the opportunity to take on one of the big Glasgow clubs.

Dundee United and Aberdeen are two other clubs under significant supporter pressure.  Both teams are also keen to change the 11-1 voting rule, which would be possible without a Newco.

Rangers, Kilmarnock, St Johnstone (through manager Steve Lomas) have all declared in favour of admitting a Newco, I expect Motherwell and St Mirren will do the same.  Ross County and Inverness may fancy adding Dundee into next season’s relegation fight instead of Newco but there has been no indication how either club would vote.

The 7th May vote was the best chance of getting Newco provisions voted through.  The more time clubs have to consider the decision the more susceptible they will be to supporter lobby.

I am of the view that SPL chief, Neil Doncaster, will not allow himself to become aware if Rangers have a prima facie case to answer as a result of the SPL inquiry into contractual arrangements until after a vote is taken.  Deadline for clubs to respond to the inquiry passed over five weeks ago. A simple check of submissions against SPL records is all that is required. Even if each clubs issued an all-clear, the inquiry should have reported.

Doncaster perhaps has no idea of the flood that will come his way soon and wash away all of these questions. His opportunity to act before events overtake him is limited.

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  1. Paul67



    Great article Paul,but I took a wrong turn at ‘ prima facie’ junction.

  2. midfield maestro on

    Tommy Burns memory



    Love St ’86, there with PC67, winning league, the players came onto pitch at end, Tommy nothing more than green towel round his waist, walks to centre circle, kneels down & kisses the spot. RIP TB.

  3. Glendalystonsils likes a mr whippy with his lime green jelly on 15 May, 2012 at 11:44 said:



    Neveralone 11.13



    Not quite what I meant. I’ll rephrase;


    I can’t see us ever having a better role model than Tommy. Just my opinion of course





    TB has set the bar very high!




  4. Celtic_First on

    Paul 67



    Flood, is it? And I take it you don’t mean Wee Winsey Willo.

  5. From previous post..



    Wouldn’t like us to go for Jones. His wages would be too high and I’ve read on may blogs that he’s a lazy big beggar.



    I’d rather we went for a you striker like David Biton of Charleroi (he was on loan at Wisła Kraków so Zbyszek might have more info on him).



    He’s Israeli so Kayal could help him settle into life in sunny Scotland!


    From what I’ve seen of him I think he’d score goals for fun in the SPheLl.



    Here’s a clip of the lad – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haJJYsuRJ8I





    /Bishop B

  6. St Martin’s Bhoy on 15 May, 2012 at 10:50 said:



    I was fortunate enough to see Bobby Murdoch play for us and he was my father’s favourite player. My father also died on 15th May (2000). My father had relations named Burns from Baillieston and I remember us meeting Tommy outside Celtic Park one afternoon where a complicated family tree conversation took place. The old man was gutted that him and Tommy were not related. God bless them all.

  7. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Paul67 –



    Timely comments from Petrie. In the bizarre world of the Scottish media (where incubating history is considered normal practice) they have to be reminded of what reality entails.

  8. philvisreturns on

    Re: Neil Doncaster.



    We should have been more wary of him from the start.



    Look at his monstrous visage! He has the sloping brow and cranial bumpage of the career criminal. (thumbsup)

  9. up_over_goal on




    A No from Aberdeen? Heard a rumour their owners may have an interest in the fate of Murray Park.



    Dundee Utd – going by Thompson’s tone on Radio Scotland last week, he sounds like a man hoping his supporters will understand ‘harsh reality’ as he worms his way out of sporting integrity.



    Finally, Hearts. You’d think that Romanov’s eyes would light up at the prospect of sticking it to the Scottish ‘mafia’, but Hearts have said they remain open-minded about the idea of a NewCo in the SPL.



    I make it 9/3 or 8/4.

  10. Voguepunter, you should have taken a left there.



    Billy’s Bhoy, no, need five.



    Celtic_First, no, no’ wee Willo.



    Steinreignedsupreme, aye.



    up_over_goal, yes, too close to call.

  11. Stringer Bell on

    Paul 67



    Can you comment on the increasing speculation that rangers generations of dishonesty, bullying and cheating have made the Baby Jesus cry?



    I need to let my daughter know………

  12. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    It’s time to clean the stables and rid Scottish football of the overpowering stench of corruption once and for all.


    Who is going to be our Hercules?

  13. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    midfield maestro



    My memory of Tommy in that game was moaning at the Celtic fans for the pitch invasion :-)



    HAil Hail

  14. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Len B.,


    he’s too ugly



    BM & TB RIP

  15. midfield maestro on

    Voguepunter, reside here, just moved after 40yrs in sunny Paisley.



    Che, coincidence, just saw the fish man when out a run there, too slow to catch him for yer ‘sole’.

  16. philvisreturns on 15 May, 2012 at 13:15 said:


    Re: Neil Doncaster.



    We should have been more wary of him from the start.



    Look at his monstrous visage! He has the sloping brow and cranial bumpage of the career criminal. (thumbsup)




    Or indeed the visage of an archetypical Hun supporter

  17. Henriks Sombrero on

    Paul – The flood coming Doncasters way – would that be the upcoming BBC documentary ?

  18. garygillespieshamstring on

    Hopefully Aberdeen, of all people, would be concerned about how their support might react to a yes vote. It would also be in their interest to have Dundee in rather than a strong newco as Dundee would be another contender for relegation, and the way Aberdeen have been playing under Granpaw Broon they will need to be careful next season.



    Then of, course, you have up, over goal’s observation as well.



    Surely they must “say no to a NEWCO”>




  19. Jane Lewis ‏ @JaneLewisSport


    Swedish club AIK have released a statement claiming to have signed defender Daniel Majstorovic from #Celtic.






    Couple of SPL chairman think it is utterly wrong what Rfc(IA) are hoping to achieve and privately condemn their behaviour – no apologies/communications from Rfc (IA) to other clubs in Spl they own money too either!

  20. Monaghan1900 on

    philvisreturns on 15 May, 2012 at 13:15 said:


    Re: Neil Doncaster.



    We should have been more wary of him from the start.



    Look at his monstrous visage! He has the sloping brow and cranial bumpage of the career criminal. (thumbsup)




    Are you a disciple of Cesare Lombroso perchance?

  21. Rod Petrie – is certainly his own man. Quite an impressive chairman, even apart from his statement on the former football club from Govan

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