“Stewart Regan is a gutless fraud. Stewart Regan sits at the helm of the most corrupt football association in Europe. He is an ignorant man, a man of little character, a man of no discernible skill whatsoever. His existence is pointless. He is a joke.”
James Forrest – The Celtic Blog
Prior to my focus on the corrupt cabal that run Scottish football, there was a swing of two points to Rangers Lite relative to Celtic at the weekend. Two goalkeepers were instrumental in that swing. Craig Gordon, a great stopper not noted for being comfortable with the ball at his feet, gifted St. Johnstone a point that their play did not warrant. As for Scott Fox of Ross County, what on earth was he thinking when gifting Rangers Lite a goal? Lite were abject yesterday. Ross County made them look better than they are. If Fox played for Celtic, and on yesterday’s evidence he is a million miles away, Rodgers (who can be ruthless) would banish him to the reserves. One wonders if Gordon will face the same fate.
As for BT Sport why do they need two failed managers in Butcher and McCoist to lead the cheer for Lite? Ally McCoist looked like he had been at an all night party the night before and had not been home. Was he out partying with Pena?
Colour me surprised but these inept coaches turned pundits believe Primark Pedro should be given more time. Many Celtic fans share this belief as Caixinha is comedy gold. When one thinks of Primark the image of a Robin Reliant towing a caravan comes to mind.
Craig Sutton took cack-handed Caixinha to task on his assertion that he had the best squad in Scottish Football. Sutton inquired as to which member of the Celtic squad would not get a place in his team? However Primark’s belief is as ephemeral as the belief that the liquidated Rangers continue to this day.
Sutton made the point from the home dressing room that Primark Pedro had an inferior record to that of Paul Le Guen. However I was left with the impression of how far BT Sport will go to get closer to the action? Will they ask their pundits to join the players in the team bath and provide an exclusive on who had beans on toast as their pre-match meal? Or perhaps conduct interviews through glory holes as the players have a dump? Did BT Sport miss a trick when not signing up Richard Gough who is a past master of stall architecture?
The current bitter crop of Lite supporters were up to their fishermen’s waders in Fenian blood. Has BT Sport given up the ghost on silencing the most odious supporters in British football? Will the SNP introduce ‘Strict Liability’ and make Rangers responsible for these fans? It would be relatively easy to sell tickets exclusively to season ticket holders and ban them from Ibrox should they offend away from home. Maybe Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland – a man who incredibly has lived in Somerset and Bath since 1991 – can agitate for change from his vantage point south of the border. Campbell should have his own entry in the Urban Dictionary under H for Hypocrite.
I digress. I have never hidden my admiration for the work done by James Forrest and Paul Brennan. One would like to venture on the Rangers Lite boards for a balanced view of events, but balance and their supporters’ recidivism are at opposite ends of their sectarian spectrum.
The CSA Posse that met up with Doncaster and Regan included the inimitable Mr. Brennan. He solicited a number of takeaways, including one that I have referred to in jj passim:
They were also asked about the new club issue. Rod McKenzie said they were same club because ultimately they (the SPFL) wrote the rules. They were dismissive about even debating the issues ‘We’d never agree’ and treated it as a debating point rather than a fundamental belief of many fans. When asked for a description that could be written down and would stand up in court, they talked about it being “a feel” an “emotional attachment”. When pointed out this “feeling” would not stand up in court, RM responded – ‘Anyway this is not really relevant to the discussion.’
Which is germane to my assertion that one of the most striking aspects of the corruption in Scottish football governance is the decision to confer Rangers’ historical titles to Charles Green’s basket of assets under the umbrella of Sevco Scotland Ltd. Asserting that it’s their rules and their continuation construct just does not wash. The sole shareholder of Sevco Scotland, Charles Green with his two £1 shares, has had his perspective – that he did not buy Rangers per se and that Rangers had no legal personality – articulated by his counsel in the Inner House of The Court of Session. Rod McKenzie’s assertion may have weight in the SPFL trade association, but would have no traction in a court of law. On 19 July 2013 at an Upper Tier Tax Trbunal hearing in Edinburgh, the judge Colin Bishop stated:
“Before coming to the detail of the case it is worth making a preliminary observation. I have referred to the strong feelings of many football supporters. Perhaps because of such feelings, professional football clubs are often regarded as having a special status. In some respects that may be the correct view; but it should nevertheless not be overlooked that a modern professional football club is not a ‘club’, in the sense of an unincorporated association of members who join together in pursuit of a common purpose, but a commercial enterprise whose function is to generate profits for its shareholders. From that perspective it has no special status, and there is no reason why its tax affairs should not be as open to scrutiny as those of any other profit-making organisation. The players, too, have no greater right to conceal their tax affairs from public scrutiny than any other taxpayer. The fact that they are in the public eye is irrelevant. Any application for privacy, anonymity or redaction of detail must therefore be supported by the same type and quality of evidence as would be required of another taxpayer, and will be granted only for the same reasons.”
This commercial enterprise, Rangers Plc renamed after CVA failure as Rangers 2012 Ltd, is being liquidated. One cannot continue a commercial enterprise after liquidation, unless all creditors are repaid and it is ‘sisted’ from liquidation. Even Dave King was aware of this important point. However with the price of sisting coming in at circa £168.6m it’s a non-starter.
McKenzie’s spurious assertions must be shot down in a Judicial Review.
Stripping titles from a club that no longer exists would, in my opinion, have little attraction. UEFA balked at punishing Rangers as they no longer exist. However Ballantyne’s, Longmuir’s, Regan’s and Doncaster’s artifice, with McKenzie and Moynihan holding their coats, has been exposed. They are grubby little men who believe that Scottish football is a Punch & Judy show. They are the puppet masters who ensure that Punch is never arrested for his domestic abuse of Judy.
Should one accord Doncaster and McKenzie a modicum of respect for having the cojones to front their fallacious assertions to the CSA? Probably. However one cannot accord the same respect to Stewart Regan, who is crawling around like a gecko in his well appointed Hampden office, with its high desk to accommodate his requirement for extra leg room.
The Supreme Court Ruling was final. Title-stripping has been on the agenda for two months. Regan is in hiding. He will turn up next Monday evening at Hampden surrounded by the most stupid football fans one is ever likely to encounter – the so-called Tartan Army – who specialise in supporting mediocrity. How much bang will they get for their £20-£30 buck against the minnows of Malta? Even Rangers Lite, a team that cannot beat the fourth best team in Luxembourg, would put six past this team. A good Junior’s team would prevail against Malta. What a waste of money as everyone knows that the National team won’t qualify for the World Cup finals yet again under the stewardship of Regan. Everyone also knows that results against Malta would count for nought in the unlikely event that Scotland was runners-up.
James Forrest reports that Celtic have made a formal written request for a review of the LNS recommendations. The SFA can curry favour with their SMSM lapdogs, particularly the BBC in Scotland, but it won’t change the fact that a member club, backed by other SPFL clubs is demanding a review.
Regan reacted to Celtic’s first call for a review with rhetoric which claimed that they had an agenda. Regan hoped to build a consensus that Celtic were the agitators in an off the field Old Firm drama.
Regan is a dangerous bastard who will do anything to stop a review of his corruption.
However if he dismisses a formal request for a review, Celtic will escalate the matter to The Court of Arbitration in Lausanne.
Regan would then not have the scope to subvert the inquiry as he did in the LNS whitewash. It’s high time that his failures in Scottish International Football and his bent stewardship of The Scottish Cup was taken to task.
He has failed in all the key performance indicators of his remit at the SFA. He has been active and complicit in corruption. He has sold the Scottish game to bookmakers to earn a bonus.
Don’t let the degree in American history fool you. Regan is cut from the same cloth as the career criminal Dave King.