I am passionate about Scottish football. Nothing gave me more pleasure in my callow youth than to play the beautiful game at a decent level. When I was not in exile I would happily venture a fiver to watch Largs Thistle or watch The Undertakers (Port Glasgow Junior FC) at Parklea. Both teams are run by grass roots football enthusiasts.
I guarantee that each player in both teams was watching Scotland come up short against Slovenia. They would be as crestfallen as I am, even though I did not accept for one minute that Scotland would secure six points from their last two group games.
Northern Ireland secured a play-off place in a group that included Germany, The Czech Republic and Norway. With apologies to Northern Ireland I would be hard pressed to name one member of their squad. I would have no problem reciting the Scotland team, particularly household names such as Fletcher and the six Celtic players in the squad.
So why are Northern Ireland progressing? I posit that their FA does not pander to one club and devotes its time to developing young players. The SFA might talk a good game about developing woman’s football, but when it comes to funding development they use the same ears that cannot hear the sectarian chants at Ibrox.
Failure to qualify for a fifth successive World Cup Finals falls squarely at Regan’s door. Will he fall on his sword? Of course not. Accepting responsibility requires integrity; a quality that is conspicuously absent at Hampden.
It’s a simple formula. If one does the square root of fuck all, one should not be surprised when one achieves the square root of fuck all.
England qualified with flying colours. Is there a causal link between their progression and the £100m National Football Centre at Burton? If this is too rich for our blood why does Performance Director Malky Mackay not commandeer Murray Park which was partially funded by The Lottery Commission and The Sports Council? It was sold to both bodies as a facility to be used by the entire sports community. Why is it being used exclusively by Rangers Lite? The Scottish public paid for Murray Park but are excluded from using it. Just another stitch-up by the SFA for the benefit of the SFA Eleven.
However there is one silver lining in the dark clouds over Hampden. Regan was denied an opportunity to gloat at our progression. He was not allowed to assert:
” Look at the great strides we are making. Is it not time to embrace our bright future and move on?”
Move on to a bright future where cheating goes unpunished and Sir Bribe & Lie is rehabilitated in the SMSM for Govan consumption? Forgive me if I demur.
Regan would have milked Scotland’s progression like a dairy maid with Parkinson’s disease. He had the audacity to turn up at Monte Carlo and ride on Celtic’s Champions League coat-tails. He is a self-serving prick with a sinecure. I hope I did not leave anything out.
Whilst on the topic of self-serving pricks like Sir Bribe & Lie and Stewart Regan, it would be remiss of me not to mention the less than lovable rogue that is career criminal Dave King. There is some confusion on what will occur on Thursday at The Court of Session. The matter is slated for two days but I would be inordinately surprised if it’s not all over by the lunch recess of day one.
The Takeover Panel Executive’s petition cites clause 955 to seek enforcement by court order if the court is satisfied that:
1. There is a reasonable likelihood that a person will contravene a rule-based requirement, or
1.1. that a person has contravened a rule-based requirement or a disclosure.
The court may make any order it thinks fit to secure compliance with the requirement.
This is a binary issue. King did not comply. The Court of Session will enforce the TPE edict. There will be no discussions on the merits of King’s spurious appeal. King’s last throw of the dice came up ‘snake eyes.‘
The maximum penalty which can be imposed for contempt of the Court of Session is two years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both.
If King continues to be in contempt of a court order he will be staring down the barrel of extradition and two years inside.
Is it not about time some of the Real Rangers Men were sent down. Paddy Power will not be taking bets that Sir Bribe & Lie will be King’s cellmate.