Celtic Diary Monday April 20: Bringing Celtic Into The Debate

BBC whatever it says on his contract Tom English has taken up the sword in the quest for an independent inquiry into the going on at the SPFL.

Despite the majority of clubs voting to end the season, there have been claims of foul play before, during and after the voting.

Some say that the SPFL , and by association, the SFA , are not fit for purpose, and one must welcome the news that our mainstream media have all been on the road to Damascus.

Not only that, the SPFL have actually taken the bait and began to fight back.

Les Gray, the Hamilton chairman , said:

“The silent majority have carried the day,” 

“It’s the clubs that voted ‘no’ that are the noisiest. And I’m looking at what their motives might be.” 

“If you’ve met Neil Doncaster, the idea that he bullied anyone is absolutely hysterical. I feel sorry for him and [SPFL lawyer] Rod [McKenzie] and [SPFL chair] Murdoch [MacLennan] for the way they’ve been treated.

“They’ve remained silent in the face of huge provocation. And I think we really need to take a look at these accusations being thrown around.” 

We are aware that Doncaster acts purely at the behest of the clubs. Mackenzie, one could surmise, checks the rules and legalities to see if he can, and MacLennan hates the huns. the same article, if you recall, said he also doesn;t care that much for Celtic either, something that Celtic have decided isn’t worth pursuing because it’s probably bollocks, and they have decided to go with the flow, having given up perhaps more than anyone else in the league, the chance for an unprecedented fourth consecutive treble, and all the glory, money and place in hostory that goes with it.

The support have also resigned themselves to that, as it is something we have to live with, and it’s nobody’s fault.

 

But, oh, the kerfuffle.

Having ignored the evidence of wrongdoing at the SFA back when Rangers were at it, in an attempt to secure their survival after David Murray raped and pillaged his way through money that wasn’t his, English tweeted…

 

Why do so many Celtic fans on here oppose an independent review of the SPFL behaviour? Why would they not want it? Null and voiding of the league was never, ever gonna happen so what’s the fear here? 

By on here. he refers to Twitter.

By Celtic fans opposing an independent review of the SPFL , frankly I have no idea what he’s on about.

I’d certainly welcome an independent review of the authorities, and I’d go all the way back to George Young and his campaign to keep the Irish tricolour off the roof at Celtic Park.

And I’d include the Farry debacle, the refereeing recruitment and criteria, the Rangers collapse and , of course , Resolution 12 in there as well.

English is among a number of journalists who have all the evidence regarding the corruption or collusion that allowed Rangers to receive a european licence they were not eligible for back in 2011.

What has jolted his cage so much that all of a sudden he is demanding an investigation based entirely on allegations from a club/company that is in serious financial difficulty and , whilst claiming to have evidence of impropriety when in a previous instance the evidence was there but he ignored it ?

 

Are we about to see another campaign to keep another Ibrox entity in the league, thus negating any hard work done by any number of clubs to remain solvent when all they had to do was follow the examples from Ibrox and just ignore any rules about financial fair play ?

 

English then goes on to laughably claim that it is

Utterly grim that so many on here reduce this entire issue to Celtic v Rangers , 

just hours after asking why so many Celtic fans want to oppose an independent review….

 

It’s a mystery.

 

I actually thought that a lot of this narrative stemmed from James Traynor, the former PR consultant to Ibrox, but in fact it turns out that the media don’t need any help whatsoever in constructing their lines of attack.

 

The BBC, forever dismayed that they are banned from Ibrox seem to be doing their best not only to be re-admitted, but to get a nice comfy chair in hospitality with drinks and food thrown in.

 

It’s not only the state broadcaster, others too numerous to mention have picked up the torch in advance of a march on Hampden, but the crucial question, which of course, they will not ask themselves, is why the sudden impulse to investigate the authorities now, when they could have torn them apart all those years ago.

 

That’s easy.

By doing away with the difficult bit of an investigation, the motive, they can , if it goes ahead, blame some poor sod for a menial misdemeanour and announce it’s all better now, without looking behind the calls for change, they can deflect further from the real reasons behind the Ibrox boards meltdown.

 

No one is asking exactly why they are in such a bad mood about the decision to end the season, and surely no one believes the nonsense about them sticking up for smaller clubs, who incidentally mostly voted for the motion.

 

You’ll note that with the media calling for an inquiry, there is little need for any club/company to request one formally, citing the reasons and producing the evidence.

 

Scottish football is indeed becoming a laughing stock, but what is not generally admitted, is that it is the same entity thats causing this one as caused the last one.

 

As one of their support put it, rather eloquently, I thought…

 

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It’s hard to argue with that, but i will as soon as i figure out what he’s actually on about. Ceptic clearly is a reference to Celtic, but after that I’m out of ideas.

 

Alan MacGregor, the aging “rangers ” goalkeeper perhaps put something out there he didn’t intend to, and it was largely ignored by the mainstream, who normally pick up on things like that…

 

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One can only wonder if things are that bad down Ibrox way, they are worried about a repeat of losing their most valued assets for nothing.

Hacks won’t ask those sort of questions, but the enthusiasm for an independent inquiry can only mean that they think that there is something to be gained from it, and one can only surmise about what that could be.

 

They have to find someone to blame for the impending disaster at Ibrox, and it looks like it will be a combination of the authorities and the Covid 19 pandemic.

 

Celtic have maintained silence over the whole debacle, which means, publicly at least, they want nothing to do with it.

If they were to join in the clamour, given their reluctance to pursue Resolution 12, they’d never sell another season book or shirt again.

 

It’s all a bit murky, but what is intriguing is the way the media have leapt in to try to clear the water, yet all they have done is made it even murkier.

 

There is little chance anyone will come out of this with credibility intact, and still no one is trying to uncover the real reason for the Ibrox crusade.

 

What we do know is they are on the brink of collapse, and having been allowed to get away with it once, they will be certain of doing so again.

Shamefully, the media are helping them by deflecting attention away from a few questions that should be asked.

 

The main one concerns the Ibrox interim accounts that should be at the SFA now, as they were due at the end of March.

What was in them, are the club/company in as much trouble as some seem to think, or is it all tickety boo over there, and they do qualify for a European licence next season?

When do first team kit colours have to be registered for next season ? Have they got a supplier yet ?

 

All the time this nonsense is given headlines, it becomes more and more difficult to find a sponsor for next seasons leagues. Granted, that should have been done well befire now, but will it be used as further ammo to hit the SPFL with, adding to the suspicion that the timing of this particular assault has more to do with Ibrox problems than thise in the wider Scottish football sense.

 

then again, what does sense have to do with Scottish football ?

 

An investigation is needed, but not for the reasons English is touting.

The enforced pause in the game should be used to clean out the incompetents, the colluders and the corrupted, and it should be independent, but it should deal with the last twenty years, and not the bits that suit one particular entity.

 

 

Yesterday, we had this…

 

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Ciaran
Caption, “yes officer, we all live together”  
Today….
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bankiebhoy1
1 year ago

Big Sutty’s improvised Anti-SMSM headgear to combat the guff emanating from scoddish hacks…. currantly.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Caption……

Latest Sevco transfer target isn’t the greatest tactician, but he’s got a good engine on him.

BJF
1 year ago

Winner.
Two things I learned in 40 years working 1. If you don’t address and resolve a problem it gets bigger. 2. Tge cover up will bring you more grief than the original issue. SPFL please note, no charge.

Monti
1 year ago

Johnston’s 🙂

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Scottish version.

Cortes
1 year ago

Caption: Drumhead trial for Doncaster

alzyerpal
1 year ago

“We Are Coming” I wonder if he is a Scottish journo? He is definitely Anti Ceptic.

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: Ralph models the latest in spam-filter technology from WordPress. (And good evening everyone).

Whitearra
1 year ago

Caption : “Ground control to Major Tam, there’s a f##king great big thing on the ceiling!”

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Caption……..

Lofty with his Wuhan Covid 19 deflector shield.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Hahaha!

Monti
1 year ago

🙂

Mike
1 year ago

The Scottish Football Association is the governing body and has the ultimate responsibility for the control and development of football in Scotland. Ian Maxwell its chairman has had laryngitis since his appointment and clearly has a stomach problem. The SFA. is the second oldest football association in the world, formed in 1873. You would think that by now, it knew how to govern Scottish football, but no it doesn’t. It is responsible for implementing the laws of the game. Its current President is Rod Petrie, chairman of the licencing committee in 2011-12 and there-in lies the problem. Until he and the Huns depart from Scottish football, nothing major will change. We will never achieve an open and honest game until they leave and take their bigoted, sewer like, superior attitude with them.
The Biased Broadcasting Corporation along with STV. are symptomatic of all that is wrong in Scottish society.

1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Maxwell has always come across as a wee boy to be manipulated by bigger bloated bullies, so don’t expect anything more than a pipsqueak from him, which to be fair, we’re not even getting!

Important to remember than the failing media are backing a cabal of less than 10% of clubs (all failing on the football field and have done for a number of years eg Huns, Hearts, Partick).

They almost completely ignore the 90% who are happy or, at least, understand the big picture.

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

A wee boy with a giant salary.
Scotland has always had an extra hurdle to overcome in society as well as football, its a huge hurdle. Scotland’s shame. Its a silent shame and its firmly embedded in all walks of Scottish life. “What school did you go to son?” if life wasn’t hard enough without that silent extra hard hurdle. We witness it every single year still, marching down every town and city, more even than where it originated, but of course you know all about this, you will have experienced it same as me and most of the folk on the Celtic blogs. To overcome it, first you must acknowledge it before you can take it on. The press, Sky- BBC- STV. keep it under the carpet. I had hoped it would be gone in the modern era, before I shuffled off, now I don’t think it will, its super-glued into the Scottish fabric, swept under the carpet, there, yet hidden.

1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

I’ve not lived in Scotland for 40 years, so I miss out in the nuances of day to day life.

From afar (to quote Slippy 🙂 ) it looks vastly different, although there’s still a long way to go.

1. Overt employment/housing discrimination outlawed.

2. Greater availability to higher education helps to counter bigotry

3. Young people seem less enamoured with the old ways, traditions etc i.e. bigotry

4. The rise of the SNP/civic nationalism is a threat to loyalism/unionism

5. I sense a lot more of “no one likes us we don’t care” (boo hoo, we’re an oppressed minority in our own country) than “We Are The People” (we were the majority who controlled the major levers of church and state).

The journey (to quote the dark side) is in the right direction.

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Yes, I agree with most of that, but the pace is very slow and I am very impatient. But the “Ascendancy” is diminishing and we are on the right pathway. You must also have the courage to tackle it. Is it there yet? who knows, only time will tell.

Sancheto
1 year ago

Caption

Matt Hancock , Health Secretary – can I place an order for 20,000 to be delivered tomorrow. Oh and do you do Any other PPE?

1 year ago

Sevco statement writer tries on his new “words and sense separator”, dictaphone.(patent pending)

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: New from Ronco The Tom English football brain fart filter. Are you from Limerick so completely into rugby but you know rugby debates between farmers and posh boys are garbage and you will earn nothing? This simple gadget allows you to recycle your football brain farts and then Tweet them. Celtic Twitter handle recogniser is an extra £18.88. Sevco translator £16.90. NB Ronco cannot be held responsible for following through.

Cartvale88
1 year ago

Caption

The identity of twitter abuser ‘ we are coming’ is identified as he visits the Ceptic tank

Ah the media, soon they will be unemployed/unemployable as their sales figures tumble into oblivion, a bit like a certain midden in the soothside.

charlie
1 year ago

caption tory mp goes into care home to tell carers not to stress theyl get thur ppe next month

charlie
1 year ago

tory mp sais av nuthin against nhs workers but a fooked if am shoppin wae thum withoot protection

charlie
1 year ago
Reply to  charlie

caption

charlie
1 year ago
Reply to  charlie

aye oan his heid

Rebus67
1 year ago

The duel between Sevco and the SPFL is happening for two reasons. Firstly, they need to galvanise the support behind them for a cause and hence purchase season tickets. When in a hole, blame someone else is a tried and tested strategy….see Trump and Rangers(2012).

Secondly, their interims are so bad there is a strong case for them not qualifying for Europe. They are applying pressure on the SFA/SPFL to approve their application by suggesting that they have an anti Sevco bias. It will take a brave organisation to deny them a European licence. Frankly, neither the SFA nor SPFL fall into that category.

Rebus

rondo52
1 year ago
Reply to  Rebus67

was thinking the same . All their ramblings are to deflect their financial status , whilst the sfa would appear to be hard on them.

SteveNaive
1 year ago

Superb diary, well said.

Bognorbhoy
1 year ago

Ok I’ll try again

Caption …
I go driving in my car …

Or
These new filter fags are shit…

Billk
1 year ago

It was George Graham who was in charge of the SFA when he tried to remove the Tricolour.

Magdalena’s Chestnut Gelding
1 year ago

Caption

Representative of FARE gets ready to take their seat at Ibrox for a European game.

Owen Mullions
1 year ago

Caption: Charlie Saiz pops out for a Chinese takeaway.

StuBhoy
1 year ago

Caption

Stewart Robertson‘s SPFL proposal on PPE for players to finish season deemed incompetent. Sevco ‘statement’ imminent!!

1 year ago

“I’d certainly welcome an independent review of the authorities, and I’d go all the way back to George Young and his campaign to keep the Irish tricolour off the roof at Celtic Park.”

It was bigot George Graham not bluenose George Young:

From the ever excellent Celtic Wiki:

“A clique within the SFA, orchestrated primarily by the secretary, George Graham (a bitter Orangeman and Grandmason), continued to press for Celtic to take down the flag and submit to the SFA’s demands. Celtic had taken legal advice on the matter and were confident about the outcome. However, George Graham was not an easy man to tackle and was described (even by his peers and neutrals) as a ‘bigot’. ”

Bitter orange, mason, clique, bigots, the SFA? Well, I never.

Puggy67
1 year ago
Reply to  Ralph Malph

I’d furlough the spellchecker.

1 year ago
Reply to  Ralph Malph

Have you changed the filter?

Rebus67
1 year ago

Post gone missing. By the time it appears, it will no longer be relevant, if it ever was!

Rebus

1 year ago

Caption: Dyson shows off the new ventilator for NHS.
British engineering at its best

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

……. as long as it’s built in Singapore.

Nas M
1 year ago

Caption – Ralph’s selfie before he goes back to Tom English’s twitter feed for Tuesday’s diary!

Rob O'Keeffe
1 year ago

Just been announced on STV news.With little chance of a vaccine for at least a year,there will be no crowds attending events and no chance of games being played behind closed doors due to the worry that groups would gather in the one place to watch on screen.So,just forget the Huns going all Calamero,it’s 9 In A Row and plenty more because the anti-Septics will be suffering just ever so slightly financially…..Hhappy Dhays.

Rob O'Keeffe
1 year ago

Caption: Ceferin of UEFA shows how he manages to recycle his absolute bs about football coming back soon
P.S.I think it’s Monday but he is already Knob of the Week and probably the season…

Mojo
1 year ago

I’d welcome an independent enquiry, if the SPFL are guilty of wrong doing then heads should roll.

However, if they are squeaky clean then should The Rangers not be cited for bringing the game into disrepute?

If so, given the circumstances I should imagine the most severe punishment should be applied.

If the investigation ends after the completion of the current league season the punishment should roll over into the next campaign.

Points deduction?

The SPFL should make this clear before any enquiry is set up so that they cannot be accused of making it up as they go along.

SteveNaive
1 year ago

Welcome back Rebus.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Caption: A garage….near Pizza Express, Woking.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Recommend people on here watch some David Icke podcasts…..
Very interesting man.

1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

So we want football to get investigated for the interests of one club who has won fuck all and spent all their dosh who say they have damning evidence of skullduggery but have yet to produce one piece of evidence and the media want us to get involved.
Ok I will
Celtic are worthy champions.
Give us our rightful 9 in a row title.It was over as a contest when Accies beat them.
League reconstruction
Fuck out all the top flight clubs who have plastic pitches. If you dont change your pitch to grass you lose your place in the top flight.
Cancel the fuckin stupid league split which makes no sense what so ever.
Each team plays each other home and away simple.
Easy.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Is he a sevco season ticket holder ?

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago

Had the misfortune on saturday to tune into Cowan and Cosgrove when Dave Cormack was being questioned about the lead up to Aberdeen casting their vote. No matter how many times Cormack explained that the doncaster calls all related to questions about the way forward AFTER the vote , and that no pressure was placed on how Aberdeen voted , English kept banging the drum. He definitely has an agenda , and drawing Celtic into this is only part of it.
The Fact that not one news outlet has questioned sevcos ability to pay bills and remain solvent , whether due to the virus or other ‘ reasons’ speaks volumes.
We are going to witness another switcheroo , this time its all down to China.
But with no new money available are they just looking to offload all the current debt ?
They won’t change their ways , they won’t change the model .Time to look up the share price of Jelly And Ice Cream Inc.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago

After deciding to use manufacturers with no experience in making ventilators , Boris likes the look of the McLaren prototype.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago

John James tries on his new conspiracy machine , somewhere in Renton….

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago

After 4 weeks of barbers being closed , home haircuts take some covering up.

Pensionerbhoy
1 year ago

Ralph,

Some extraordinarily insightful reading in both the Diary (I always feel it deserves a capital even when it is a Dairy) and the comments. There is much food for thought and reflection and these days of isolation provide the time and the silence to exercise both. Thank you to one and all.

Caption: “Then, a look of sheer terror appeared in Mr. Park’s eyes when news of the latest accounts filtered through.”

H H

Jullien pilger
1 year ago

Fine tuning cybermen.(cap,,)

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