One does not have to await the 48 hour SPFL review to realise that the fix is in. Different board members – same fix. The pause for dramatic effect is fooling no-one. Rod McKenzie has been well briefed to add a legal balm to the predetermined decision. The LNS decision will be held up as the final word on a minimum of thirteen years of cheating, despite not having the remit to address the systemic cheating in the first place. The tainted evidence of Campbell Ogilvie and The Bryson Fallacy, by any measure the flimsiest of premises, will have the full weight of our shiny new SPFL board behind them. In the parallel universe of Scottish football the LNS Commission trumps the Supreme Court.
The individual that I’m most disappointed with is Ann Budge. One envisaged a fresh set of eyes and a new broom. But as soon as she crossed the threshold of the SPFL offices at Hampden, which are cheek by jowl with the SFA ( or the left and right buttock of the same arse if you prefer) she knew what was expected of her. Sporting Integrity had been bludgeoned to death by the concerted efforts of Doncaster and Regan who had rigged the LNS Commission to give Rangers a mere slap on the wrist. It was being buried in a shallow grave near the car park. Budge was invited to have a kick at the carcass prior to more topsoil being added. She duly obliged.
Budge expects us to move on. To jump in our cars and motor to Gorgie to pay good money to help her rebuild a stand. Will it be called The Ann Budge Stand?
The Green Brigade, who consider themselves to be the beating heart of Celtic, have an opportunity to redeem themselves. They should lead the boycotts of Tynecastle and Pittodrie and shout ‘scabs’ at any Celtic fans attending either venue. Let Budge and Milne know in no uncertain terms that one will not buy in to their bastardised compromises. Hit them in their Key Performance Indicators and watch their eyes bleed.
Peter Lawwell, who will sit down to watch a team without a recognised centre forward at Celtic Park tomorrow evening, has been busy fucking up Izzaguire’s transfer to a team in The Persian Gulf. Lawwell threw a spanner in the works by demanding a higher upfront payment than was initially agreed upon. One can but hope that a compromise can be arrived at.
Does anyone have any confidence in a Celtic appeal of the SPFL decision to the SFA? If CFC don’t step up, they will be complicit in the cover up of 13 years of systemic cheating. As Craig Whyte pointed out, Rangers were still screwing the tax man when he took control in May 2011. They had collectively decided to take their cheating into a new tax year. These individuals have no shame. Those with any sympathy for Barry Ferguson should take a long hard look at his tax bill of north of £1.4m and observe how he will never pay tax on the quantum that he received. Ferguson is an unabashed tax cheat.
If CFC issue a strongly-worded statement asserting that although they disagree with the SPFL decision, they are bound by it, Scottish football is going to hell in a handbasket.
Prior to considering a judicial review one must be careful to avoid the recommendations of the LNS commission. Regan’s subverted commission did not look at the transgressions of a team illegally avoiding their social taxes. The former directors of Rangers Football Club in liquidation should be sued for subverting the Scottish game. They cheated their way to prize money, a bigger slice of broadcasting revenues and CL participation. They gained a pecuniary advantage through deception. They engaged in fraud.
Sue them. It does not matter if BDO disburse damages. The cheating will be laid bare for all to see. The corrupt governance of Doncaster and Regan, aided and abetted by Budge and Milne, will have no place to hide.
A crowdfund should be established this week. There is no time to delay.