Yesterday’s Scottish Cup draw was the perfect fix for the SFA. As I predicted Rangers Lite were drawn at home against a lower league club viz Falkirk. Those of a Celtic disposition would also be pleased as they also have a home tie against lower league opposition, in this case my team Greenock Morton FC. On my last outing to Celtic Park prior to my enforced exile – due to credible death threats by paramilitaries who formerly engaged in Ireland’s Dirty War and now live in Ayrshire under the protection of Special Branch – I joined 3,000 from Inverclyde in a surreally empty Celtic Park. Only 11,000 of their number chose to turn up for a Sunday lunchtime kickoff and a game played on a lush park in perfect Spring sunshine. Celtic prevailed 3-0.
All is now set fair for Lite’s home draw against Celtic in the Semi-Finals. Rangers Lite are just one game away from a money spinning final. Honest mistakes will abound as the last thing Moribund McRae wants is an unprecedented back to back treble. Presenting Scott Brown with a trophy makes McRae’s skin crawl.
To make it easier for Lite to win this year’s cup, notwithstanding the money-spinner of a semi-final against Celtic, Aberdeen host Kilmarnock with Hearts travelling to Motherwell. Only one of these teams, Motherwell, would prevail against Lite in the final should the new club navigate a passage past the champions.
A money-spinning semi-final and final is perfect for the SFA. By throwing in a home tie against lower league opposition for Celtic the cries of fix will be muted. But not from your humble correspondent who has witnessed more Scottish Cup fixes than he has received in donations this month. Had it not been for JC I would have yielded only £21 for two strong pieces this weekend. If readers are not prepared to support my efforts at the weekend should I revert to a Monday to Friday service and not publish exclusives on weekend days? Are my weekend pieces best ignored?
Sporting integrity has been sacrificed on the altar of the SFA’s commercial imperatives. If Falkirk and Morton were pitted against each other it would be the jewel in the QF crown. However they have been served up as fodder to the Glasgow clubs. Lite have had the easiest ride imaginable to the Semi-Finals. Fraserburgh, Ayr United and Falkirk. Why not just hand them the cup and be done with it? Just like they did when conferring 33 Scottish Cup titles to Charles Green’s basket case of assets.
Ralph Topping who knew how to play the game – keep your head down and avoid controversy – had a foot in both camps of Scottish football governance. He did not spare the horses on the clusterfuck of an omnishambles that’s going down on Hampden’s sixth floor. In an interview in The Times Topping highlighted the loss of patch-up merchants Darryl Broadfoot and Scott Lindsay. Ripping off their plasters has left gaping wounds. Topping warned that if the SFA lost Andrew McKinlay they would be up shit creek with the corpulent blazers searching for a paddle. Within twenty-four hours of The Times hitting the doormats McKinlay was on a canoe to Scottish Golf. He had spent one week as de facto CEO. He was asked to polish a turd. He could do nothing with McRae’s and Petrie’s diarrhoea, which was oozing out from all their orifices.
Gordon Waddell, who gained his foothold in the Laptop Loyal via nepotism, thinks Fraser Wishart should be the next holder of the SFA’s cludgie stick. Wishart informed the players of Rangers that as their employer had gone bust they were free to go, much to the chagrin of Charles Green. Concatenate business and trading assets with my Aunt Fanny for a more accurate take on his basket case of assets.
In sixteen months or so Pathetic Petrie will be measured up for the President’s blazer and the impetus to ‘move-on‘ will carry all before him. If a wet behind the ears Wishart was in place it would be easy for Petrie to bury his leading role in the 5 Way Fix under the sixth floor shag pile. Wishart would have no stomach for disturbing sporting integrity’s shallow grave.
Pathetic Petrie must be taken out prior to McRae passing the baton. The buck stops with the former apropos the fix that gave Rangers a UEFA licence in 2011. Five months have elapsed since the compliance officer was tasked with investigating the matter. However if Rangers made a fraudulent application as seems highly likely will the new club face any sanctions? If nothing else it would behove UEFA to penalise the reconstituted board.
We could have a scenario where the entire Lite board are up on UEFA charges while King is frozen out south of the Limpopo.
It’s just a matter of time before the roof falls in on The Wonga Wastrels.
I digress. A new broom at the SFA won’t make any difference. The blazers who know where the bodies are buried would soon bend the new incumbent to their will. The only solution is to dismantle this self-serving anachronism and hive off its trading assets to the SPFL. What better blueprint for change than Rangers Lite?
Almost six years have elapsed since Peter Lawwell remitted the following missive to Regan:
You will already be well aware of the BBC Scotland programme broadcast on Wednesday 23rd May relating to various events at Rangers, and other media coverage in a similar vein.
The situation at Rangers has clearly attracted a huge level of exposure and comment over a number of months, none of it favourable.
The SFA has already conducted one inquiry, with a subsequent Judicial Panel Hearing and Appeal. The SPL is attempting to investigate issues associated with the Rangers EBT, although I gather is still trying to obtain all the relevant information.
Wednesday evening’s programme and other media articles have now placed the affairs of Rangers in relation to payments to players under even greater scrutiny. The BBC and others now appear to have access to detailed documentary evidence to support the statements made.
If the allegations of “double-contracts” for players are true, and a breach of SFA and/or SPL rules is established, the eligibility of those players to have competed in domestic league and cup competitions will be called into question, in turn, the integrity of the football results achieved by using those players would by necessity also fall into question.
Any wrongdoing then established would have to be subject to fair and proportionate sanctions, including retrospectively, if appropriate.
However, at a higher level, in our opinion this whole affair is causing lasting damage to the reputation and integrity of Scottish football. We have, to date, supported both the SFA and the SPL in their efforts to deal with the situation. We appreciate fully that this has not been an easy task for either body. But the interests of fairness and Scottish football now demand that the SFA act decisively.
The initial inquiry should now be reconvened, or a new independent panel led by a judge or senior lawyer should be formed, to investigate and report upon the Rangers EBT issues and consider whether there has been any further breach of the Association’s rules, including those on disrepute.
The roles of individuals (past and present) subject to the jurisdiction of the Association should also be examined. This should take place as quickly as possible, irrespective of the SPL’s own investigations.
I look forward to hearing from you with confirmation of the SFA’s intentions.
A copy of this letter is being sent to the Chairman of the SPL [Ralph Topping], the Chief Executive of the SFL [David Longmuir] and to Uefa [Gianni Infantino] as these issues may be relevant in the context of Uefa Financial Fair Play, the eligibility of players participating in competitions organised by these bodies, and the wider responsibilities of these organisations to protect the integrity of the game.
The LNS supervisory panel goalposts were moved to avoid the ill-starrred DOS/VSS enterprise which proved Rangers’ guilt. The conclusions reached by Nimmo Smith would make the ruling junta in a Banana Republic blush. Lawwell called it right. All games featuring these illegally registered players should have resulted in 0-3 reverses. Seventeen titles should have been stripped.
When Hugh Adam maintained that Rangers wrongdoing went back to the mid-nineties, Stewart Regan promised to investigate. It was apparent that the SFA President was “heavily conflicted” in the matter of a Rangers investigation and would take no part. Did Ogilvie do the right thing and fall on his sword at this juncture. Of course not. He maintained that there was no wrongdoing. Sir Bribe & Lie had his back and concomitantly had Petrie by the short & curlies.
“UEFA licence Sir David? Consider it done.”
As soon as Sir Bribe & Lie throws his big swinging dick around the SFA drop their pants and bend over like hookers during Fleet Week. Hugh Adam is dismissed as a senile old duffer and in the space of two weeks Regan has had his legs cut off at the knees. Sir Bribe & Lie had hobbled him.
This spectacular failure to act should result in a cri de couer to dismantle this odious organ.
In the final analysis Waddell poses a loaded question:
“What does anyone think Petrie actually stands for when it comes to the greater good of the game? The answer is no one would have the first clue because he refuses to engage. He’s a PR hermit who hates the media and barely acknowledges the existence of supporters.”
A cynic might contend that his are the prefect traits for an organisation steeped in obfuscation and where transparency is taboo. Unless he’s stopped he will ascend the throne in June 2019. At which point Scottish football, not to put too fine a point on it, will be fucked.