As a xenophobic homophobe takes charge of Scotland for the first time, does anyone miss former manager Craig Brown singing ‘We’re up to our kness in fenian blood‘ to his lover while in charge of the International team? The frankly ludicrous decisions to appoint Mackay as caretaker manager, and not to dismiss Brown for his hate-fest of bigotry, tells us all we need to know about the SFA. This is the same organisation which exonerated Ryan Jack from throttling Dylan McGeouch and attempting to headbutt Anthony Stokes in a game at Ibrox where Rangers Lite hosted Hibs. The same organisation who rescinded the red card Jack received for throwing a punch at Broadfoot and having a kick at him. The same organisation that has allowed Jack to be selected for the national squad despite him being sent off on four occasions in the past twelve months.
When John Beaton correctly sent Jack off in the Hibs game, and Alan Muir followed suit in the game against Kilmarnock, why were their decisions and the red cards rescinded on appeal?
As Ally McCoist was accustomed to saying, ‘who are these people’ at the allegedly independent Disciplinary Panel. Did they review the video footage, or did they take the word of the fourth official? In the Hibs game, Euan Anderson patrolled the technical area. The SFA handbook is quite clear on the remit of the fourth official. It states:
“After the match, the fourth official must submit a report to the appropriate authorities on any misconduct or other incident that occurred out of the view of the referee and the assistant referees. The fourth official must advise the referee and his assistants of any report being made – He has the authority to inform the referee of irresponsible behaviour by any occupant of the technical area.”
Note that he does not have the remit or authority to advise the referee, during play, on any decision making. Is this why Jack’s sending off was rescinded and knocked down to a yellow card, which was Alan Muir’s original reaction to the Broadfoot contretemps? Did Jack get off on a technicality?
Did Euan Anderson, in his report on the Hibs game, not single out Jack for punishment and not corroborate Beaton’s decision?
Jack is not a hard man. He is a mouthy niggler who goes out of his way to noise up the opposition and cause trouble. Since his contentious Bosman to Glasgow’s second club he has adopted a WATP swagger about him. He is evidently enjoying life in the goldfish bowl where the mere sight of a Lite player causes girls to go weak at the knee and drop their knickers faster than a Victoria’s Secret mannequin during the January Sales.
However the decision to include this lacklustre malcontent in the Scotland squad is a naked attempt by Mackay to curry favour with his SFA paymasters and the rogue board at Ibrox. It’s a sop to a second-rate team. Does Mackay consider himself to be a credible contender for the vacancy at Murray Park?
The decision to send off Jack in the game against Hibs resulted in Club 1872, an organisation controlled by the rogue board and which has been established to do its bidding, writing a missive suggesting that the game be replayed. Was this in any way a factor in the decisions to rescind Jack’s red cards? Was his selection for the Scotland squad by way of an apology to Club 1872? Nothing would surprise me from the corrupt cabal who haunt the corridors of Hampden.
But as we talk about Jack, we are not talking about the disastrous accounts, which has been at the top of Slim Shady’s in-tray since their release at 8 p.m. on a Friday evening. As the Jack narrative does not have the legs to maintain the media’s interest, Traynor decided to fly another kite apropos Derek McInnes. He briefed drunk behind the wheel Jim Delahunt that he would be unveiled as Rangers manager last Wednesday. Traynor’s partner in crime, Stephen Kerr, then briefs Jackson that the fee agreed by Sunderland to release McInnes and his assistant from their contracts was for a quantum of £800,000. He and The Sunday Post, the latter clearly riding on Jackson’s coat tails, were fully aware that McInnes had signed a new improved contract but when they added two and two together they still arrived at £800,000. This squirrel is what passes for award-winning journalism in the lickspittle world of the SMSM.
While on the topic of Rangers Lite lickspittles, it would remiss of me not to acknowledge the sterling work done to deflect attention from more bad news at his beleaguered club by Kenny Macintyre in his ‘Hunland‘ magazine on BBC Radio Scotland.
This is a veritable tour de force of Hunnery. Any mention of tax and Dermot Desmond is bound to get a rise from Kenny Mac’s knuckle-dragging listeners. He would never let the salient facts intrude on a good squirrel. Desmond is not a resident of the UK. He has a tax-efficient contract in the Isle of Man. He pays his taxes in full on any dividends paid by Celtic FC. He did not systemically evade his taxes for a period of twelve years to subvert Scottish football. ‘Hunland‘ will happily run with anything that puts Celtic in a bad light while studiously avoiding reports from The Offshore Game. How on god’s green earth can this rabid Hun be given licence-payers money to run what is in essence a party political broadcast for The Rangers party? Is his commissioning editor up to his knees in it as he signs off on this blue fuck-fest? Do they all don Lite replica tops and fall wanking to the floor after a broadcast? This is a show that is best avoided. It’s a toss-up to decide whether the friendly on Thursday is less appealing than the ‘Hunland‘ magazine.
On a final note both Celtic and Rangers Lite are holding press conferences at 6 p.m. this evening. Are they getting in front of any damning news from a report by the SFSA which will present its findings at a public meeting this evening? Or will Lite bring the house down by announcing Mackay’s appointment?