Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond

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Celtic Shareholders who put forward a resolution to the Celtic AGM in 2013 are preparing for the 2019 AGM tomorrow and some of their conclusions are reproduced below. Celtic are planning to vote the current resolution of 2019 down after several years of kicking the can down the road after an agreement to adjourn the 2013 motion was agreed at that AGM.

Given the weight of evidence, and the prevarication that has gone on for this extended period of time, you don’t have to be a student of politics to infer that Celtic are failing their own shareholders over this.

There appears to have been, at best, a failure of SFA governance over this issue. At worst? Well that doesn’t really bear thinking about. That Celtic (and other clubs too) have been in possession of the evidence outlined below but have failed to act on it is a damning indictment of the quality of people running our clubs. Peter Lawwell’s words from 2008 about the integrity of competition seem hollow coming from the same lips as the man who has failed to pursue any kind of sporting integrity over upholding the rules of the game.

Of course we are talking about a fundamental difference in how people see the game. There are those of us who (some say naively) consider that upholding the aspects of fair play and competition are paramount, and those who see the commercial aspects of the game as the foremost consideration. A pragmatist might find a way to accommodate both, but there are apparently no pragmatists in boardrooms all over Scotland – just financial accountants.

It would be unfair to categorise the latter constituency as suffering from some kind of character defect of course. Doesn’t make you a bad person because short term financial gain is your thing.

But it puts you at odds with the paying punters – or at least some of them. As a Celtic fan myself, I’m not so sure that I can take any real joy from my own club’s success if I have come to the conclusion that they themselves are happy with a rigged competition. I am not so sure I can credibly throw stones at anyone who is caught cheating when I see that serious evidence of malpractice is being ignored and hidden under the rug by my own club.

I am sure there are those who feel the same as I do. Are there enough of us? Probably not, but the effect of it all from a personal perspective, is that it disconnects me from the process where common goals and objectives are shared between fans, players and clubs. That’s what clubs are for after all isn’t it?

In short, if the game is rigged, there is no common objective.

And consequently, many of us, deprived of that shared mission, that bond broken, will be forced to re-evaluate their relationship with their clubs.

We all have our own thoughts, but the urge to walk away forever is strong with me.

The Resolution 12 Story

In 2012, Celtic shareholders brought a resolution before the Celtic PLC AGM which asked the Celtic Board to refer certain matters to UEFA because they felt that the Scottish Football Association was compromised, no longer fit for purpose in relation to these matters, at least, and had failed Celtic and all the other football clubs in Scotland and in its duty as a Governing body, and it has separately failed UEFA as the Licensing Authority appointed by UEFA to grant licences to play in European Football in relation to Scottish teams.
The actual wording used was as follows;

“This AGM requests the Board exercise the provision contained in the Procedural Rules Governing the UEFA Club Financial Control Body Article 10 with jurisdiction and investigation responsibilities identified in articles 3 & 11 (Note 1), by referring/bringing to the attention of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), the licensing administration practices of the Scottish Football Association (SFA), requesting the CFCB undertake a review and investigate the SFA’s implementation of UEFA & SFA license compliance requirements, with regard to qualification, administration and granting of licenses to compete in football competitions under both SFA and UEFA jurisdiction, since the implementation of the Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations of 2010.”

The response of the Celtic Board was to argue that this resolution was NOT NECESSARY because the board itself had already recognised that there had been failings within the SFA Licensing process, and they were already in correspondence with the SFA in relation to much the same issue.

The difference between the board and the Resolutioners was that the board wanted to continue corresponding with the SFA rather than refer the matter to UEFA or anyone else, whereas the Resolutioners argued that the SFA were hopelessly compromised, were unfit for purpose, could not of themselves remedy the situation they had created, and so wanted to refer the matter to UEFA as an independent and overseeing body whose rules had been flaunted, broken, ignored and to be frank, completely manipulated as a result of SFA inaction and inactivity.

After much discussion between the board and the Resolutioners, it was reluctantly agreed that the resolution should be adjourned and to allow the SFA to be given the opportunity to demonstrate that they could operate as a proper Governing body should and to answer all and any questions put to them via the Celtic PLC board and , where appropriate, the Resolutioners and ,if necessary, their solicitors.
In the interim period, it has become clear to the Resolutioners that the SFA are not fit for purpose, just as they originally argued, and that they are not, and never could have been, the appropriate body to consider and determine the failings in the licensing system that the Resolutioners had complained of.

This is not merely opinion on the part of the Resolutioners but is the determination and judgement of a formally constituted judicial panel appointed by the SFA itself.
The Resolutioners complain that the SFA have failed, and continue to fail in the following areas;

  • They failed to oversee a fair and robust European Licence application process before and after March 2011 in respect of the appropriate season.
    They had failed to mount any sort of investigation despite being contacted by HMRC from 2006 onwards in relation to the unlawful activities of a member club – they should have had a watching brief and requested regular updates from HMRC directly but didn’t.
  • They failed to properly apply the necessary tests demanded by UEFA in considering licence applications, and subsequently, through their then CEO, sought to justify their licensing process and the grant of certain licences on a number of different contradictory grounds – none of which stood scrutiny.
  • They failed to monitor, update their records or make specific enquiries between 30th March 2011 and Mid May 2011 when the list of application grants was formally intimated to UEFA – and by which time there was widespread public rumour and speculation about the state of the tax affairs of a member club together with specific legal documents which outlined that there was indeed a tax bills due which would have disqualified that club from being granted a UEFA licence – had the rules been applied properly.
  • They failed to grasp the situation between March 2011 and August 2011 when the Sheriff Officers were seen arriving at the same club and had still made no enquiry.
  • They failed to carry out any monitoring duties at all post the grant of the licence, with then CEO Reagan telling Celtic that once a European licence was granted – which it was in April 2011 – all further compliance monitoring and any necessary action was the province of UEFA. This was later contradicted by UEFA themselves.
  • They failed to monitor through the June 30th and September 30th, two key datelines specified with the UEFA regulations, and there exists a damning e-mail from one SFA officer to the offending club which effectively says that he hopes UEFA will be too busy to notice the deficiencies in the latest submissions sent by the SFA to UEFA in respect of the club concerned.

Throughout, the SFA denied that there were any failures in their procedures, that licences had been correctly granted, there had been no breaches of the rules and maintained that their procedures had been audited and approved by UEFA during the period.

According to the official UEFA website, no such Audit actually took place with the same website confirming which Football Associations were in fact audited at the relevant time. There is no mention of any SFA Audit.

The SFA claimed that not only was there nothing wrong with the grant of the licence, but that there was nothing for them to report during the post grant period as it was not their responsibility – and then added that even if something had been wrong, or was later found to be wrong with the grant, they could not report the matter to UEFA and could take no action because they were time barred from doing so.
Post the Craig Whyte Trial, where long held evidence was publicly noted and commented upon, Celtic and the SPFL publicly called for there to be a full independent Legal inquiry into all that had transpired during “the EBT years” and all aspects of how what had occurred, impacted on football Governance in Scotland.

The SFA rejected those calls and instead insisted on their own internal inquiry into the UEFA licence process for 2011/2012 – despite previously insisting that there had never been anything to investigate or report to UEFA who had entrusted them with the administration of their Licensing process.

The SFA wrote to every club in Scotland to say they were undertaking that investigation and later publicly announced that as a result of that investigation they had uncovered sufficient evidence to justify bringing formal charges alleging breaches of both SFA and UEFA rules.

This despite denying for a number of years that there had been any need for an investigation and despite reassuring Celtic that their licensing process was robust, had been conducted properly, and had not resulted in any incorrect grant of a licence.

The SFA appointed a judicial panel to hear those charges, determine whether they had been proven or not and then to hand out an appropriate punishment.

That Judicial panel have ruled that legally they (the SFA appointed panel) and the SFA itself cannot bring, hear, determine and act on those charges, nor consider the activities of the football club concerned in any judicial forum, because apparently the SFA had previously decided and formally entered into a contract which says that the SFA will not, and cannot, administer their normal Governmental and Judicial function (which would normally apply to any other club in Scotland and at any other time in the history of the SFA or UEFA) in relation to the acts concerned and the specific football club in question.
Instead, the Panel ruled that the charges concerned should be considered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport as a matter of contract and law – and could not be considered by an SFA appointed panel.
In other words, it has been judicially determined that the SFA cannot as a matter of law enforce its own rules or those of UEFA in relation to one club, and have signed away their entire right to oversee proper football Governance and the implementation of SFA and UEFA rules in this instance.

Further, that contract must have been known to all the appropriate SFA officers who decided and took part in the inquiry that led to the SFA bringing the disciplinary charges – Stuart Reagan, Andrew MacKinlay and Tony McGlennan – and when the SFA rejected Celtic’s call for a fully independent inquiry.

In effect, those same officers mounted their own internal inquiry and brought proceedings which they knew, or ought reasonably to have known, which would end in a legal dead end.
Such a course of action amounts to professional incompetence on a monumental scale – at best!

Further, subsequent SFA officials, assured the officers of Celtic Football Club that following the decision of the Independent Judicial Panel there was no reason why the SFA would not take the matter to CAS and in turn used the officials of Celtic Football Club to relay that message to the Resolutioners in the knowledge, and with the intention, that Celtic PLC shareholders would rely on those assurances and would act accordingly. Those actions and those assurances should now be the subject of a wholly separate inquiry.

Since those assurances were made to Celtic officials, Solicitors acting on behalf of shareholders have written to the SFA on no less than three occasions requesting clarification on what the SFA is doing, whether or not the decision from the independent tribunal advising that the matter should go to CAS will be implemented, and requesting a proposed timetable when this will happen. All such letters have been ignored or avoided by the SFA.
Subsequently, the current CEO of the SFA has stated that whether or not the matter should go to CAS will only be determined prior to Christmas 2019 – some 18 months after the ruling by the independent judicial panel.
This position is a complete volte face from what the SFA told Celtic officials immediately after the 2018 panel hearing.

The conclusion to all of this can only be that the SFA is not fit for purpose and that the governance of Scottish football is so bad, so broken and so far removed from normal judicial and corporate business practice that it must be looked at by an independent body if the matter is not referred to CAS.

Further, all of this must be made public, must be out in the open and must be properly disclosed otherwise any future investment in any club whether by private individuals, stock market listed entities, banks, loan houses, credit houses or whatever is predicated on the wholly fraudulent notion that the SFA will consistently apply its own rules or those of UEFA.

Celtic, as a respected member of UEFA, should not and cannot, stand back and allow this shambolic governance to continue unchecked and without external examination as to do so would be doing a total disservice to UEFA, and such a course of action would potentially make Celtic a party to the entire shambolic administration we have seen thus far.

The resolutioners have stated consistently since 2012 that SFA governance is not fit for purpose and have requested that this entire matter should be referred to UEFA as the overall governing body for European football and as a footballing authority who has entrusted the SFA to oversee the fair application of its rules in Scotland.

Despite what is now accepted as continued and regular SFA failure, that request has met with obfuscation and resistance.

However persistence beats resistance and no matter what the outcome of the 2019 Celtic AGM this is an issue which will not go away and is worthy of consideration and determination in a more formal legal forum.

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  1. Wottpi @ 16.1

    '..question his lack of knowledge of Scottish football etc.."

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    Without question , wottpi, the SMSM is a tool of propaganda used by,basically, lying bast.rds whose loyalty is not to journalistic truth-telling but to protecting their new club.

     

     

     

  2. wottpi 12th December 2019 at 16:13

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    You are beginning to sound like me regarding the media! 

    Seriously though you make a decent point. Graham Spiers for one was having a go at the new Hearts Manager on Twitter last night. He said

    "I came away from Tynecastle yesterday feeling uneasy and unconvinced by Daniel Stendel’s appointment. He seemed unkempt and unclear on various issues. I really admire Ann Budge – I just hope she’s called this right"

    Yet had Hearts announced say Stuart McCall, Barry Ferguson, Neil McCann or even Ally McCoist as Manager, all total failures to a man, it is hard to believe Spiers or any other Scottish media person would be so negative. Sadly a Rangers connection seems to be all that is required. 

  3. Just listening to the gombeen man on Radio Scotland. How ferociously harsh he was in his comment about there being 'too many rubbishy players at Hearts'

    Let him be aware of the fact that rubbishy or otherwise, those footballers are earning their living honestly.

    There are many 'sports' journalists on the BBC earning their living by propagating a lie. 

    Honest players are to be honoured: dishonest journalists are to be consigned to the 8th circle Dante's 'Inferno'. 

    And metaphorically, are to be spat upon by the rest of us.

     

  4. OK, call me cynical but…

     

    we've seen the PR game played many times before in the media: release bad news when there is a planned, major event which will attract all the attention instead.

     

    So, today being all about the Election results – it would be ideal to quietly slip out some disappointing company financials, or news that a senior figure had left their organisation immediately ' to spend more time with their family', etc.

     

    Likewise – why would you choose to release really good news on a day like today?

     

    The Rangers web site and the SMSM are reporting today that Gerrard has now signed / extended his contract by 2 years, to 2024.

    Yes, over the last week or two there has been PR chat in the media that he could extend.

    So, when he has agreed a new deal you would think the news would be released to attract the maximum, positive exposure for Ibrox – like some day next week?

    Curious.

  5. Coincidence ?

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has signed a new deal with the club that will run until 2024.

    Manager Steven Gerrard believes Rangers are "building something special" after extending his contract until 2024.

  6. PM, yes I did notice that 'coincidence' with Klopp's extension.

    I genuinely think that the rookie Gerrard has done better than expected with The Rangers so far.

    He's never going to get the player budget at Ibrox to match his ambitions though.

    And, IMO, he's going to have to over achieve – like Alex Ferguson did at Aberdeen domestically and in Europe – to be considered a candidate for any of the EPL top jobs.

    Mibbees Gerrard has other ideas…  indecision

  7. Word is our Staunch Loyalist Unionist friends are not happy with the voting procedures and outcome of the General Election in Scotland and Northern Ireland. There's talk of having to involve the Electoral Commission or the SFA or the BBC or somebody.

    Seemingly every time they put a cross in the box Fraser Forster saved it.

  8. Gerrard has signed an extended contract for one reason: more dough (allegedly £10k a week extra). If he was offered a suitable job elsewhere, he'd be offski. His contract to 2024 wouldn't matter a jot to him. His next club (or its lawyers) will deal with that.

    TRFC has offered the extension simply to rebalance & increase/maximise the release fee for Gerrard in said contract. (Longer contract + higher salary = more compo when he goes.) I suspect that, with the Arsenal & Everton jobs falling vacant, TRFC thinks it's a smart & necessary move to protect their investment in Gerrard at this juncture.

  9. Jingso.Jimsie 13th December 2019 at 16:30
    Gerrard has signed an extended contract for one reason: more dough (allegedly £10k a week extra)
    ……………..
    It looks like just another gamble by the ibrox club.
    TRFC has offered the extension simply to rebalance & increase/maximise the release fee for Gerrard in said contract. (Longer contract + higher salary = more compo when he goes.)
    …… The problem lies if no one comes in for him and if things don’t go to plan,(the fans turn on him if no trophies) they are stuck with a manager on a higher wage draining even more cash from the club.The extra revenue that they will generate with an extended run in europe is now gone before they get it. For a club that needs millions to see out the end of the season. it’s madness.

  10. Cluster One 13th December 2019 at 18:34

    Mere bagatelle for the club – it's immortal after all . Just rinse and repeat . The company , on the other hand ………

  11. Lugosi, that awful joke deserves a straight red!  broken heart

     

    The unfunniest joke I've heard today is that an Eton/Oxbridge type from a privileged background,

    who studied classics and dead languages before sliding straight into a political career,

    is somehow the PM – again – of a country which prioritises political correctness, social inclusion and diversity for the general population, in our daily lives.

    Yet our head of government is a member of the 1%.  

    Not terribly representative…  heart

     

  12. StevieBC 13th December 2019 at 19:14

    '..Lugosi, that awful joke deserves a straight red!  broken heart..'

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    Oh, I dunno, StevieBC. I'd put it on a par with the 'nine past Haffey' joke doing the rounds in 1961!broken heart

  13. Jingso.Jimsie 13th December 2019 at 16:30

    '…If he was offered a suitable job elsewhere, he'd be offski. His contract to 2024 wouldn't matter a jot to him……….TRFC thinks it's a smart & necessary move to protect their investment in Gerrard at this juncture.'

    +++++++++++

    There would seem to be a certain mistrustfulness in the minds of folk who try to make money out of a sporting untruth. 

    After all, if one is oneself a liar, one naturally suspects that others may  be liars too.

    And a little circle of paranoid distrust develops, behind the outward show of bonhomie and expressions of shirt-kissing loyalty etc etc. 

    Can your Chairman be trusted? Can your Manager be trusted? if the short answer is 'no' then one is obliged to look after one's own basic interests: get as much out of any walking away from contracts as one can.

    Smile, smile, and be a villain. In Scottish Football, as much as in Politics.

     

     

  14. John Clark 14th December 2019 at 00:14

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    Gerrard signing his new contract simply adds to the media feelgood factor. A casual observer this past week could be forgiven for thinking Rangers are all conquering and Celtic are in the doldrums. 

  15. Cluster One @ 1834 13.12:

    It doesn't really matter to 'Brand Gerrard' if the fans turn on him and/or he doesn't win anything.

    Wherever he goes after TRFC (whenever that is, at the end of his contract or before & to club management or media work), the spin will be that Gerrard over-performed at Ibrox, given the financial constraints & dysfunctionality throughout the club, from the board, down through the players & the fans. As for his salary costs, I suspect TRFC consider that money well-spent, given Gerrard's celebrity & the media interest it generates in Scotland & further afield.

     

  16. I am pretty certain that Gerrard is not the first manager of a Scottish football club to be awarded with an enhanced contract in the immediate aftermath of a lost cup final. The thing is, in all other cases the club showing such largess had just surpassed all expectations by merely reaching the final, regardless of the result – usually, almost always in fact, on a shoestring budget.

    Gerrard has not built his squad on anything like a shoestring budget, and has, in fact, contributed greatly to his club's disastrous financial results and ongoing losses. He may well go on to lift a trophy this season, and he has done very well in Europe, but a big pay rise and contract extension on losing a League Cup (the Wee Cup) final! What on earth is he going to be given if he manages to pull off a Scottish Cup win, or, heaven forbid, win the league?

    Remember the old Rangers? That club with all those trophies! Losing a cup final to Celtic would have been a crime as far as the supporters were concerned and have caused massive wailing and gnashing of teeth had the manager (even one with an apron) been rewarded for his 'progress' so far.

    I know there is a huge gulf between old Rangers and the current lot of a similar name playing out of Ibrox, but this latest episode in spending money they don't have and don't need to spend just highlights that gulf – as well as giving rise to justifiable speculation as to the real reason behind this strange largess. As I say, having just lost a cup final he is not being rewarded for this failure, so there is something else behind it (probably as part of some very risky money making scheme) that is reliant on a manager with far and away the most expensive squad in the league, bar one, making clubs in England believe he can bring them success/survival with a squad far inferior to at least a dozen clubs already above them in the league.

  17. Oh! The rangers v Celtic cup final.

    Putting TRFC first went well. As i said champions don't have to verse anyone when they already are champions.

  18. Re, the SG contract improved contract.
    Ally had a Golden contract and not much was said of it until it came out in court.
    Warburton would have got an improved contractas he did win a cup,(also the England job was his to knock back)wonder if he was on more than Gerrard, as i have not seen SG tipped for the England job.
    Pedro i don’t believe he was there long enough for the ink to dry on his contract( not winning anything tended to see a contract terminated)
    The other intrim managers would have gained a wage increase for the step up.
    All in all the club from ibrox has spent a lot of money on better contracts for their managers over the last couple of years to win one petrofact cup.

  19. According to the TRFC website, eight members of the coaching staff  'renewed' their contracts last week — but no mention of 'extensions'.

    'Steven’s backroom staff, Gary McAllister, Michael Beale, Tom Culshaw, Colin Stewart, Jordan Milsom, Mark Waller, Scott Mason and Graeme Stevenson have also renewed their contracts at the Club…'

    https://rangers.co.uk/news/headlines/steven-gerrard-signs-new-contract/

    The best bit? The cold-shouldered Group Chairman who, by his own admission conducts no business in the UK and has nothing to do with the running of the football club, was integral to Gerrard's acceptance of his extended contract.

    'When Dave King approached me about the possibility of extending my contract with Rangers, it was a very easy decision to make because I’m very happy and feel that we are building something special together at the Club'. 

    <irony>Still, the SFA will be all over that, won't they? They did decide what they were going to do about DCK at their fabled Board Meeting, didn't they? He did say he wouldn't act as a shadow director of the football club, didn't he?</irony>

  20. Jingso.Jimsie 15th December 2019 at 11:28

    '..Still, the SFA will be all over that, won't they?'

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    I appreciate the irony, Jingo.jimsie. broken heart

    I would add that I am ready to believe that men so faithless and unprincipled probably now enjoy being metaphorically shafted by TRFC/RIFC plc, and regard it as a privilege worth selling their rotten souls for, and cannot wait for the next opportunity to be of service.

    And there is a filthy rottenness at the heart of a sports governance body that propagates sporting untruths that destroy the very notion of a sports ethic, based on honest competition and recognition that sporting honours have to be won on the field of play, not assigned in a mucky wee  secret 'legal' agreement made among themselves by grubby , greedy, fearful , and dishonourable men..

  21. J.J it's 'simply the best' confirmation of King being a shadow director: coming from Gerrard, no less.

    The long list of dodgy precedents / bending of the rules by the SFA is guaranteed to come back to bite them.

    It might take an outsider like the SMSM dubbed 'Mad Vlad' to enter Scottish football: someone who will just not take their nonsense – and just might rag doll the SFA through the courts?

    And I'd pay good money to see that…   

  22. John Clark 

     

    I appreciate the irony, Jingo.jimsie. broken heart

    I would add that I am ready to believe that men so faithless and unprincipled probably now enjoy being metaphorically shafted by TRFC/RIFC plc, and regard it as a privilege worth selling their rotten souls for, and cannot wait for the next opportunity to be of service.

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    After reading the above I stumbled on this from the celtic blog.

    This morning the record revealed that in the event Scotland qualifies for Euro 2020 that the sfa intends to blank its own training complex,assembled at enormous expense for sevco's hummel facility.The "booking" has already been made apparently.

     

  23. shug 15th December 2019 at 13:55

    '..After reading the above I stumbled on this..'

    ++++++++++

    From reddit

    https://www.reddit.com/r/euro_2020/comments/eaxed6/scotland_to_use_rangers_hummel_training_centre_as/

    "It’s understood the previous Scotland coaching staff chose Rangers’ training center rather than Oriam.

    It means Scotland won’t even train at their own multi-million-pound training center if they reach their first tournament in 22 years.

    To do that, they must beat Israel at Hampden on March 26, then win the play-off Final away to either Norway or Serbia four days later.

    Ironically, it was former Rangers flop Libor Sionko, now the Czech’s team manager, who revealed the information when he confirmed their preparatory plans for the Finals where they will play two games in Scotland.

    Sionko said: “We went to Scotland twice to look at everything and we had three choices – Rangers, Stirling or Edinburgh.

    “I know Rangers well because of my time in Scotland.

    “But the Rangers Training Centre has already been booked by the Scottish national team and Oriam suited us best as an alternative."

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    Thank you, shug.

    case proved, in spades: anything to slide a few bob to a financially straitened, struggling new club, to which, some people allege, they may already have slid some millions.

    They are incorrigible and unrepentant in their deceitful wickedness. 

     

     

     

  24. shug 15th December 2019 at 13:55 

    John Clark I appreciate the irony, Jingo.jimsie. broken heart I would add that I am ready to believe that men so faithless and unprincipled probably now enjoy being metaphorically shafted by TRFC/RIFC plc, and regard it as a privilege worth selling their rotten souls for, and cannot wait for the next opportunity to be of service.

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    After reading the above I stumbled on this from the celtic blog. This morning the record revealed that in the event Scotland qualifies for Euro 2020 that the sfa intends to blank its own training complex,assembled at enormous expense for sevco's hummel facility.The "booking" has already been made apparently.

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        Shug….Any idea if that has anything to do with the charge held over Minty's Park, by the Sports Scotland grant/loan?

     

  25. To wander a little OT, can I remark that one can live to quite an auld age and still be surprised by daft wee things. 

    Take the expression 'sod's law'. I suppose we have all used it a million times, without giving it any thought. 

    I certainly never thought for a minute that there was an actual Sod's Law. Would you believe I saw it referred to in lengthy Sheriff Court judgment of fairly recent date? I give you the very words used by the Sheriff:

    "[10] It is also important to acknowledge that, as often occurs in unusual or unique 
    circumstances, Sod’s Law contributed to the progress of events and the worst possible 
    outcome…."mail

    ( absolutely for laughs, and perhaps lots of Sheriffs and High Court judges have used it in judgments where a whole lot of things go amiss: and nothing at all to do with those sometimes referred to as 's.ds' in the Saga)

    The quote is from a very lengthy judgment in a bankruptcy/sequestration in which all kinds of parties were at cross purposes, with a hint of possible criminality and more than a hint of really shoddy and careless legal work. It runs to 181 paragraphs over 51 pages!

    https://www.bailii.org/scot/cases/ScotSC/2019/2019SC83.html

     

     

  26. Didn't manage to Tynecastle of Saturday but just saw the highlights.

    Had a few frustrating moments on Sunday however at the youth football with the ref allowing big laddies to push over wee laddies without as much as a word. Some were fair shoulder charges and you can't complain about differences in size that gives the bigger laddie a natural advantage but others were arms extended pushes that the guys realised, as the game when on they could get away with it, without punishment.

    I then see highlights of the Hearts v St J game and Ralston taking a blind-side head shot at Walker in the professional game and all that happens if a yellow. Unbelievable and hardly a good example of skillful play. Like the issues raised above Ralston could easily have  simply 'bumped' Walker. However he goes in with an elbow that wouldn't look out of place in a cage fight.

    I understand that the matter may not be up for review given it was carded at the time. However given all the concern of head injuries and concussion, IMHO that type of incident should be reviewed with the potential for severe punishment to show everyone these matters are not being condoned.

  27. wottpi 16th December 2019 at 11:24

    '…However he goes in with an elbow that wouldn't look out of place in a cage fight.'

    ++++++++++++++

    I remember from a goodly number of years ago an incident during a game in England when a patrolling police constable went onto the pitch to speak to a player who had ,in the constable's  view, committed the kind of assault that, if committed elsewhere, would have got the perpetrator a jail sentence!

    There are some naturally vicious animals out there in 'sport'. The odd criminal prosecution wouldn't go amiss.

     

  28. "Why Lawwell doesn’t want UEFA to take a look and give their verdict can lead to only one conclusion- Celtic have something to hide in this, there is something that they’d rather keep quiet about".

    That sense has been growing with me for some time, but what could it be?


    I've thought about this too and not just with Celtic.

     

    A few years back  I can remember King saying that he had damning evidence about other clubs finances. (I know, I know but even a broken clock is right twice a day)

    So, I've been wondering over the last couple of years, in the absence of any serious criticism from any other club exactly that….what have they got to hide?

     

    HS 

  29. John Clark 16th December 2019 at 12:21

    Good point, however how often do you see the Polis patrolling the side lines these days.

    It does remain the case that Ralston wasn't simply jumping and challenging for the ball and using his arms to gain height etc.

    It was a targeted hit from behind to the head of an opposing player.

    I like seeing a hard and physical challenge as much as anyone but there is no place in the game for the type of behaviour which, as you say, would see you arrested on the street or in the stand.

     

     

     

  30. The Sevco Manager bleating again!

     

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50801777

     

    Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has "no complaints" about Alfredo Morelos' dismissal in the win at Motherwell, but believes referee Don Robertson was "desperate to give out a red card".

     

    No doubt be in hot water…….Doh! I forgot about the 5-way get out of jail free card.

     

    No mention of Morelos' 5 or 6 fouls before he was eventually booked. Read somewhere he committed 14 fouls in the cup final without receiving a booking. While maybe 14 is an exaggeration, the Manager's blue-tinted view of his player is well off the mark.

    I watched their Euro tie the other night and the serial diver dropped to the ground twice in the first 40 seconds. Morelos has talent, it's a shame he resorts to the cheating or cheap shot flykicks at opponents so often.

     

    One less worry for Jack Ross on Friday with the Sevco goal-machine unavailable 

  31. Apparently (well according to the BBC Scotland website) Jeremie Frimpong scored his first Celtic goal on Sunday against Hibs.

    What happened to the one he scored against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on 27/10?

    Lazy, lazy reporting.

  32. IMO, Gerrard betrayed his lack of management experience, re: his response to Morelos' sending off.

    It's one thing standing up for your own player, but quite another when – perhaps inadvertently – supporting unacceptable conduct on the field of play.

    Are we now going to see 10 year old kids in the West of Scotland score a goal for their Primary School team…followed by a rude gesture towards the parents of the opposing team standing on the touchline?  

    …because they saw their hero do it on TV?

    smiley

     

  33. Corrupt official 15th December 2019 at 16:54

     

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    shug 15th December 2019 at 13:55 

    John Clark I appreciate the irony, Jingo.jimsie. broken heart I would add that I am ready to believe that men so faithless and unprincipled probably now enjoy being metaphorically shafted by TRFC/RIFC plc, and regard it as a privilege worth selling their rotten souls for, and cannot wait for the next opportunity to be of service.

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    After reading the above I stumbled on this from the celtic blog. This morning the record revealed that in the event Scotland qualifies for Euro 2020 that the sfa intends to blank its own training complex,assembled at enormous expense for sevco's hummel facility.The "booking" has already been made apparently.

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        Shug….Any idea if that has anything to do with the charge held over Minty's Park, by the Sports Scotland grant/loan?

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    No idea but it was seemingly arranged by the previous management set up Mr Alex EBT Mcleish.

  34. What does a club have to do to stop mindless  morons letting off fireworks at matches? 

    Celtic have been handed a 16.000 euro fine on account of the shit.s in their travelling support. 

    Who are these morons?

    Are they so many and/or so intimidating that they can't be identified and dealt with?

    Who needs fans like that?

  35.    Interesting that the Post Office seems to have approached the claims against them by sub/postmasters/mistresses with the same attitude which the SFA had in dealing with the Liquidation of RFC of 1872:

    From the judgment today :

    "The Post Office disputes the whole basis of the Claimants’ case. Indeed, in its written Opening for the Common Issues trial, the Post Office stated that:

    “[if the Claimants’ case were right] this would have a very serious impact on Post Office and its ability to control its network throughout the UK”

    and

    “If the Claimants were right in the broad thrust of their case, this would represent an existential threat to Post Office’s ability to continue to carry on its business throughout the UK in the way it presently does.”

    In the SFA's case, that translates as " if we carry out our duties properly  and with honesty and integrity RFC of 1872 will be retrospectively expelled for a decade of monumental sports cheating. SevcoScotland will be treated as the brand new club they are. And there will be no secret 5-Way agreement to pervert Scottish Football the way our minds are perverted. But of course, we do not want to act decently and honourably, because the death of 'Rangers' is unthinkable.No matter that they are in Liquidation."

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    p style=”margin-left:36pt; margin-right:0cm”>And it's very like the attitude of that old b of a judge who opined that it is better for innocent men to go to jail rather than that English justice should be questioned! (or words to that absolutely evil effect)

  36. John Clark 16th December 2019 at 17:35

    Now I don't 'get' this need of some folk to throw flares etc onto a football pitch at any time during a football match, far less when the thrower's team has just scored a goal – just how can some daft squib enhance that feeling? – but can somebody please explain to me why there seems to be plenty supporters, of all clubs, inclined to defend such childish actions when they would rightly condemn the throwing of cans, bottles, coins or any other objects?

    Imagine going to the effort of buying a flare (where on earth do you buy a flare?) for the few minutes 'cheap thrill' the dick-head gets. You can bet the little sh*t would tell his mummy where to go if she asked him to run to the shop for a pint of milk! Now that would really be too much like hard work for the type of brain that would throw a flare at a football match.

  37. PM @19.57

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    Aye makes you feel humble and lucky! Hope you enjoyed.

  38. Allyjambo 16th December 2019 at 19:05

    Imagine going to the effort of buying a flare (where on earth do you buy a flare?)

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    Just go onto Ebay and do a search for "smoke bombs". They are dead cheap and well within the means of most teenagers, far less adults.

  39. bect67 16th December 2019 at 16:13
    Lazy, lazy reporting.
    ……………….
    In todays media Jeremie Frimpong the Man City kid.
    And here is me thinking Celtic Had signed him.

  40. Cluster One 16th December 2019 at 22:43

    '..In todays media Jeremie Frimpong the Man City kid.
    And here is me thinking Celtic Had signed him.'

    +++++++++++

    On the one hand there is   Morelos. 

    On the other hand there is Frimpong.

    Who in his right mind would welcome the surly, cheating , unsporting diver ( although admittedly his skills should make that kind of behaviour unnecessary) Morelos into his home ? 

    Whereas even the most evil-minded , 'big lie' propagandist hacks of the SMSM cannot find a word to say against Frimpong-but are choked that such a talented , well-bred, open-hearted youngster should stand as a splendid exemplar of honest brilliance and sportsmanship on the field and off it: and happens to be playing for Celtic, a fact that they would rather gloss over!broken heart

     

  41. Ex Ludo 16th December 2019 at 17:00

    https://twitter.com/thescotsman/status/1206613728684322816?s=21 Slow news day.

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    Saw this is The Sun, and presume it has been widely covered in the MSM – in both Scotland and England.

     

    And my immediate thought was: Gerrard has good PR savvy people behind him.

    We know he wasn't rated as a coach – as recently as 2 years ago – by Liverpool, and was offered an 'Ambassador' role instead.

    Now, we are supposed to believe that the very same people at Liverpool are "informally" discussing Gerrard as a successor to the hugely experienced Klopp…?

    Gerrard has done well at TRFC but hasn't won anything – yet.

     

    But, cleverly, he is subconsciously being positioned alongside Klopp in this PR nonsense. 

    It's a lot more subtle than your typical, Traynor-grade p!sh – and potentially, more acceptable / believable by the masses.

     

    Mibbees Traynor could learn something from Gerrard's PR?

    broken heart

  42. To the technical guys running the site:

     

    Something strange has happened. A good few weeks ago I put up a post.

    The post appeared at the time but yesterday it appeared AGAIN with no prompting from me.

     

    Higgy's Shoes 16th December 2019 at 13:05

    Any clues as to why this has happened?

     

    HS

     

     

  43. Site is in need of a revamp, and over the Christmas period we will be starting the process of making it a bit leaner and more efficient.
    We will also try to cut back on the ads, although with the reduction in subscriptions over that last few years, the £40 or so per month we bring in from ads is equivalent to a good few subs.
    Hopefully the process will be complete by the end of January.

  44. easyJambo 16th December 2019 at 21:40 

     

    Allyjambo 16th December 2019 at 19:05

    Imagine going to the effort of buying a flare (where on earth do you buy a flare?)

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    Just go onto Ebay and do a search for "smoke bombs". They are dead cheap and well within the means of most teenagers, far less adults.

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    I more or less expected that to be the case, EJ, but imagine one of those morons being asked by mummy to go online order the weeks shopping from Tesco, it'd be far too much for the wee sweetie to be bothered with. The thing is, it's not some spur of the moment piece of drunken stupidity where a can or bottle used to be thrown onto the pitch, it's pre-planned a few days ahead which just multiplies the level of stupidity involved. And I still don't understand the pant-wetting thrill that these morons get, though I suspect it raises their true (enter any football club here)ness amongst their equally moronic mates.

    I notice a couple of TDs on my earlier club neutral post on this subject and presume they are from people who either indulge in flare throwing or condone/see nothing wrong with it. Please join the ranks of the moronic mates I refer to or have the guts, at least, to put some counter argument forward, if you can, for the benefit and enlightenment of us old gits on the blog who fail to understand the pant-wetting joy of flare tossers.

  45. I attended the Hearts AGM this morning. As expected most of the questions from the floor to Ann Budge were about Craig Levein's (non) departure and Daniel Stendel's appointment.  She got a few softball questions from the Shareholders Association first up, but she ended up admitting that she should have ditched CL sooner.

    The BBC's Brian McLaughlin has summarised the main points from the AGM fairly accurately.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50826082

    I've also got the Foundation of Hearts AGM to attend this evening.  I'd expect that AB will also be there, assuming that she has returned from an SPFL meeting she was attending this afternoon, in Glasgow, on the topic of "unacceptable conduct".

  46. Just a seasonal reminder for JC of "the Don" in action

    Faculty of Advocates@FacultyScot

    Christmas is in his hands…will D Findlay QC, esq swing the jury and secure an acquittal at Santa on Trial? ⁦@oSYLAo ⁩ #FreeTheNorthPoleOne

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  47. easyJambo 17th December 2019 at 21:

    "..D Findlay QC, esq swing the jury …'

    +++++++++++++++

    Yes, he will.

     

    Faculty of Advocates‏ @FacultyScot 2h2 hours ago

     

    STOP PRESS!!!!! Christmas is saved – Santa is Not Guilty. After a high fives with his lawyer, he’s back on the sleigh. Brilliant end to a brilliant event by the Scottish Young Lawyers’ Association and Faculty’s devils, with near £2000 for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity.pic.twitter.com/SZrHWfIm44

     

  48. It seems that TRFC's finances have had a boost from their latest Europa League success.

    You may recall Dave King statement in the RIFC accounts dated 31 October.

    At the time of preparation, the forecast identified that the Group would require £10.0m by way of debt or equity funding by the end of season 2019/2020 in order to meet its liabilities as they fall due. The first tranche of funding is required from investors in November 2019.  However, the final amount required is dependent on future football performance, European football participation and player trading amongst other factors.

    TRFC's accounts have just been published on the Companies House website

    https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/SC425159/filing-history

    The accounts include a statement by Andrew Dickson dated 4 December indicating that the funding requirement has dropped to £6m.  I can only assume that the change is down to the additional income from the group stage results and progress to the knock out stages of the EL.

    At the time of preparation, the forecast identified that the Company would require a further £6.0m by way of debt or equity funding during season 2019/2020 in order to meet its liabilities as they fall due. The first tranche of funding is required from investors in December 2019. However, the final amount required is dependent on future football performance, European football participation and player trading amongst other factors 

  49. There are also comments about funding in TRFC's "Post Balance Sheet Events"

    Capital contributions

    Subsequent to the year end the Company received additional capital contributions of £7.0m from its parent company.

    Loans

    Subsequent to the year end the Company received additional loans of £5.0m from Laird Investments (Pty) limited.

    The £7m was the debt for equity exchange in September.  The £5m loan facility was also mentioned in the RIFC accounts.  What is missing is last months share issue which should have raised £2.1m in cash from Borita Investments (£1.5m), Club 1872 (£500k) and Douglas Park (£100k) 

  50. easyJambo at 1325hrs:

    Forgive my ignorance of matters financial, but how did RIFC make £7m to give TRFC from a debt for equity swop? The 'debt' part was monies (I assume) that had already been spent from earlier directors' loans & the 'equity' part was for new shares with no further money changing hands. What am I missing?

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    If you need a tea-time giggle, may I suggest you read Neil Cameron's piece in the Herald:

    https://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/18108790.neil-cameron-scottish-fans-deserve-ultimate-snub-alfredo-morelos/

    He shoots; he misses (the point) by a mile!

     

  51. Jingso.Jimsie 18th December 2019 at 16:29

    easyJambo at 1325hrs:

    Forgive my ignorance of matters financial, but how did RIFC make £7m to give TRFC from a debt for equity swop? The 'debt' part was monies (I assume) that had already been spent from earlier directors' loans & the 'equity' part was for new shares with no further money changing hands. What am I missing?

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    You are missing nothing.  The former "loans", already spent by TRFC, were converted to shares in RIFC and re-designated as a capital contribution in TRFC, rather than an inter company debt.  

  52. Jingso.Jimsie 18th December 2019 at 16:29 If you need a tea-time giggle, may I suggest you read Neil Cameron's piece in the Herald: https://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/18108790.neil-cameron-scottish-fans-deserve-ultimate-snub-alfredo-morelos/ He shoots; he misses (the point) by a mile! __________________

    Talk about fans with typewriters! Just skim read it as it's so sickeningly sh*t, but I read enough to know that he writes like a fan chatting in the Louden Tavern. He was, after all, writing about a man who's got off with more kicks (missed and hit home) at opponents than anyone I can recall, yet a booking of the kind many have had previously, that leads to a red card, is given all those column inches. 

    A proper journalist would be writing about how lucky he's been to escape sanction on so many occasions in relatively short time in Scottish football.

  53. easyJambo 18th December 2019 at 13:07
    as they fall due. The first tranche of funding is required from investors in November 2019.
    ………..
    as they fall due. The first tranche of funding is required from investors in December 2019.
    ………….
    Why the delay for a month from investors?

  54. Cluster One 18th December 2019 at 18:53

    Why the delay for a month from investors?

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    Higher than expected revenue from EL results and match day income?

    The cash injection from the November share issue may also have delayed further funding. 

  55. 'easyJambo 18th December 2019 at 17:03

    You are missing nothing.  The former "loans", already spent by TRFC, were converted to shares in RIFC and re-designated as a capital contribution in TRFC, rather than an inter company debt.'  

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    I thank you for your patience. 

    I now understand that it's a 'paper transaction' & there wasn't actually £7m transferred from one entity to another in September/October. 

  56. easyJambo 18th December 2019 at 13:07
    Close leasing ltd has a standard security over the Albion car park and Edmiston house.
    ……………
    https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/sport/football/5080384/rangers-edmiston-house-demolition-glasgow-city-council/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1576659808
    …………………..
    I take it they have to pay the loan off first before this happens.
    ………..
    Stewart Robertson.
    He told Rangers TV: “There are a couple of feasibility projects going on at the moment in terms of bringing Edmiston House back into use, which would be a great facility for the supporters.
    ….
    Oh well.
    Ps. Has Edmiston House not got some listed status?

  57. After reading the above I stumbled on this from the celtic blog. This morning the record revealed that in the event Scotland qualifies for Euro 2020 that the sfa intends to blank its own training complex,assembled at enormous expense for sevco’s hummel facility.The “booking” has already been made apparently.
    ……………..
    easyJambo anything in the accounts show that a payment may have already been made if the “booking” has already been made?

  58. Cluster One 18th December 2019 at 19:34

    easyJambo anything in the accounts show that a payment may have already been made if the “booking” has already been made?

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    No. I wouldn't expect anything either. It can only be a provisional booking should Scotland progress from the play-offs.

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