One of the most surprising takeaways from the Celtic v PSG game was an overriding sense of schadenfreude in the SMSM. There were those who compared the gap between PSG and Celtic as analagous to the gap between Celtic and their Scottish rivals. There was a palpable sense of ‘how do Celtic like it when the shoe is on the other foot.’
My personal takeaway is that the gap between Celtic and other clubs is not big enough. Prior to the game I abandoned the preview I was writing. I just could not envisage any scenario where Celtic could prevail or emerge with a point. Cavani, Neymar and Mbappe are probably the three most deadly strikers Celtic will face all season. Rabiot at times was unplayable as was his replacement after an hour (62 minutes) in Draxler. Rodgers asserted that his team played like their under-12s and although they did not turn up PSG looked as if they had another gear.
The games between PSG and Bayern Munich will be instructive. Even at this early stage Celtic appear to be in a dogfight with Anderlecht for a Europa Cup berth.
Would Celtic benefit from a strong Rangers Lite as many have suggested? When Celtic won the European Cup in 1967, Lite’s predecessor Rangers were a force to be reckoned with. However Rangers cheated, went bust and its fire sale assets don’t look like challenging Celtic in the short term.
Lite need an injection of capital immediately, with estimates ranging from £3m-£4m, to avoid trading whilst insolvent. ‘Emphasis of matter‘ has become ubiquitous in their audited accounts. King and his cronies have replaced an unfavourable retail deal with no retail deal whatsoever. Sports Direct and Puma are distancing themselves from the career criminal whose day of reckoning is fast approaching. King has stepped down from the board of his criminal corporate enterprise in South Africa to mitigate its exposure to The Cold Shoulder. However he has left Rangers Lite out in the cold. Should he continue as Chairman they will almost certainly go under. How long can the Parks throw good money after bad? If reports that Graeme Park will venture no more than £1m to the current deficit are accurate, then the wheels will come off the Lite charabang.
It’s more likely that Lite will go bust this season than for Celtic to progress to the last 16 of the Champions League.
The stitch-up to create a competitive rival to Celtic is unravelling. Celtic have bigger fish to fry than Bayern, PSG and Anderlecht. They were cheated out of their rightful CL place in 2011 by two of the most corrupt individuals Scottish football has ever seen, namely Campbell Ogilvie and Andrew Dickson. Ogilvie and Dickson were abetted by Petrie, Regan and others including dyed-in-the wool RRM ménage à trois Ballantyne. Ogilvie and Dickson perpetrated a fraud on every tax payer and Scottish football as a whole. Quite incredibly Dickson continues to cast his malevolent spell at Mount Florida.
The Rangers-facing SFA are corrupt from top to bottom. They are refusing to cooperate with an independent inquiry as they are all to a man severely compromised. How they could confer any titles, including the bent 17, to Rangers Lite is unconscionable.
The response by lickspittles Petrie and Milne was coordinated by the SFA. Regan is telling anyone who will listen, with our broadcasters bending to his will, that it’s time to move on. Petrie is asserting that one cannot please all of the supporters all of the time. However he is only appeasing the supporters of Rangers Lite who cling to the LNS findings as much as they cling to their WATP delusion of supremacy.
Lawwell in his letter of 7th September to the SFA points out that so much more information has recently come to light and given that the SFA are prepared to look at the decision which allowed Rangers to participate in UEFA tournaments in 2011/2012, surely they should also consider tax evasion and unfair competitive advantage.
Does anyone doubt that the SFA will conclude that Rangers were imperfectly registered but eligible? Referring this matter to the Compliance Officer is a squirrel. Regan and his bent cabal have been rehearsing their objection handling for six years. They will conclude that there a number of ‘learnings’ that they will use to the benefit of the game.
They will then state that the SFA have acted with integrity at all times with the regularity of Huns chanting We Are The People.
The abuse of EBTs has never been considered by the SFA. Despite lies to the contrary, no evidence on EBTs was led to the LNS Commission. The SFA refused to release documents that could have resulted in an informed debate on unfair competitive advantage.
The SFA chose not to cooperate with LNS. Their decision not to instigate or cooperate in any review is a shocking abnegation of the principles that one would expect from those charged with football’s governance.
Lawwell uses strong words such as ‘disturbing’ and ‘distrust.’ He should go further and state that the SFA are institutionally corrupt.
The SFA are not fit for purpose. I would transfer the running of the Scottish Cup and the International Team to the SPFL. We don’t require two governing bodies to oversee 42 professional football clubs.
The SFA, like the bent titles, should be stripped.