Celtic Diary Sunday October 27: The Day The Old Firm Returned

Celtic Diary Sunday October 27: The Day The Old Firm Returned

So, late on Friday night, when most of us were still walking on air after a tremendous result against a Lazio side who turned out to be much better than we’d all hoped, Peter Lawwell and his gang of liars, thieves and charlatans announced that there was going to be an AGM on the 27th of November.

On a Friday night, in exactly the same way another Glasgow club releases bad news so as to counter any reaction.

Within that statement was the news that Resoltuion 12, which demands action on the cheating and collusion between the SFA and Rangers to obtain a UEFA licence to compete in the Champions League was to be voted on in the room.

The Celtic Star sums it all up here, in an excellent article under betrayal.

Betrayal

I don’t even want to read it again.

It leaves me with a sickening feeling deep down in the part of my stomach where the sickening feelings occur.

Especially this bit…

As the premier football club in Scotland, Celtic have made a consistent stand, over many years and covering many instances, for fairness and transparency to be at the heart of football governance. The Board of Celtic PLC considers that the best way to ensure that these principles are safeguarded is continued and constructive engagement with the Scottish FA, the SPFL, UEFA and fellow clubs. In respect of this particular issue, the Board engaged with the requisitioning shareholders over a significant period of time. The Board has further engaged, over the same period, with the relevant football authorities, according to their respective responsibilities. The matter currently sits with the Scottish FA.

The Board does not consider it to be in the best interests of the Company to take the steps proposed by the resolution. The Board recommends that you vote against this resolution.

Let’s look a little more closely at this particular piece of prose..

As the premier football club in Scotland, Celtic have made a consistent stand, over many years and covering many instances, for fairness and transparency to be at the heart of football governance. 

I cannot think of a single example.

There has been no demand to investigate the allegations within the requisitioners evidence.

And it is evidence, evidence that was given, on request, to Lawwell.

He called it the smoking gun, and presumably his idea of “fairness and transparency ” is to keep it hidden away from those who would use it to prove that misdemaeanours leading to misgovernance had taken place.

He also said, and the requisitioners are aware of this, because I told them, that he felt the requisitioners had decided to make the issue all about them, a classic case of playing the man in order to deflect from the ball.

I once questioned what Lawwell would like to be his legacy when he left Celtic.

I think we’re on the point of spotting that quite frankly, he gives not a toss.

The Board of Celtic PLC considers that the best way to ensure that these principles are safeguarded is continued and constructive engagement with the Scottish FA, the SPFL, UEFA and fellow clubs. 

Seven years down the line, this policy has delivered the square root of fuck all.

The priniciples he refers to were not safeguarded then, and there is suspicion they are not being safeguarded now. The chairman of one club, incidentally, the predecessor of a club which flouted the rules that have led to where we are today, is now a phariah in the world of finance. His club/company is being encouraged to pretend it is the same club that is currently in liquidation.

According to its accounts, which are the accounts of a company that is delisted on the stock exchange , they are trading whilst insolvent.

The authorities believe that he is a fit and proper person to run a football club.

Pray tell, Peter, at which point do you believe this is ensuring

 ” that these principles are safeguarded is continued and constructive engagement with the Scottish FA, the SPFL, UEFA and fellow clubs. ” 

 

In respect of this particular issue, the Board engaged with the requisitioning shareholders over a significant period of time.

The Board has further engaged, over the same period, with the relevant football authorities, according to their respective responsibilities. The matter currently sits with the Scottish FA. 

That’s because the “board ” do not give a flying fuck about the interests of fans, shareholders or the image of this club.

Quite simply, the dollar is king.

The Old Firm didn’t go away, and for Celtic and it’s current custodians-and I stress the word current here- the Old Firm is seen as the cash cow.

We are indeed two cheeks of the same arse at corporate level.

 

The Board does not consider it to be in the best interests of the Company to take the steps proposed by the resolution. The Board recommends that you vote against this resolution. 

Exactly in whose interest ?

What is it about Resolution 12, and the promotion of fair play, transparency and sporting integrity that the board wants us to ignore, as it is not in their interest ?

What have they done, or been aware of, that they really don’t want us to know about ?

A few questions spring to mind… one in particular.

What sort of Chief Executive allows his company to be denied a high level of income because of fraudulent actions from authorities or individuals, and then has the temerity to ask that his own shareholders condone it ?  

It therefore follows, and not without reason, that Celtic must have been a part of, or at the very least, been aware of this misgovernance from the very start.

At the very least, they have turned a blind eye to it, and one has to question the motives behind that.

 

Have Celtic , at boardroom level, decided that the loss of income from the non existence of  Rangers is needed for them to flourish ?

It appears so, and it appears that the Old Firm have circled the wagons to ensure that it continues to dominate Scottish football.

No ?

Well, ask yourself this, how much of the scandal that Resolution 12 attempts to deal with would have been in the public domain had it not been for the diligence of the requisitioners and others ?

 

And for Celtic to ask it’s shareholders and supporters to ignore it, and pretend nothing has happened is nothing short of disgraceful.

 

For me, and for many others, Celtic has been the one constant in our lives.

Partners come and go, families come and go, we move house, to different cities and even countries.

Jobs and careers change, as we get older our health changes, and so hobbies, interests and circumstances change.

But one thing, at least up until now, has remained the same.

The one thing that we could selfishly call ours was our club.

It stood for what we are, who we are and who we would like to be.

Over the years, our own dreams played out there on the field in front of us.

Whether we were lucky enough to be in the stand, or had to listen to radio stations that filed the air with static, we wanted to be there, we wanted to be a part of it.

And we felt that we were.

 

For me, something slipped a little when I read that statement, something told me that my life long friend had moved on, and become someone else.

 

Someone I was no longer all that keen on.