Prior to plumbing the depths to expound on the latest howler by the SFA I take pause to lift my hat to Celtic who did Scotland proud with a commanding win against Roberto Mancini’s Zenit St. Petersburg last night. The 1-0 scoreline did not flatter the hosts. Mancini set out his team to secure a no score draw. Having squandered several chances McGregor found the roof of the net with an assist from Musonda. The latter impressed against tired legs when coming on from the bench. Zenit will be more expansive at home. This tie is far from over.
A few short miles away at Hampden there was more shame as the white smoke revealed that the SFA’s fourth choice candidate, Alex McLeish EBT (£1.7m), will take the reins of a seconded Celtic team. Regan, who signed a blank piece of paper when excusing himself from the talks that admitted Charles Green’s basket of assets to the SFL, failed in his attempt to entice O’Neil. The SFA then went cap in hand to Smith who rebuffed them, which came as no surprise to readers of this site. Next up was McInnes at a clandestine meeting with McRae on Sunday evening. He evidently turned them down. As McRae was driven down the A9 by his chauffeur/security officer the following morning he reported that his jaunt to the North East had been a wild goose chase. It was time to make an offer to a man who secured seven trophies with his EBT All Stars.
When he won one of two league titles at Easter Road his entire team were being paid by disguised remuneration. Is a tax-evader with a side-letter rendering his EBT unlawful from the get-go an appropriate ambassador for the Scottish National Association? The SFA have failed us yet again. What an embarrassing appointment. McLeish’s tainted titles were all predicated on cheating. If these seven titles, that were initially identified as unsound in the first two drafts of the 5WA, had been rescinded then he would have nothing to show other than one cup win and a slew of relegations in a lacklustre career as a coach.
Word reaches me that McLeish was sent an APN for £901,000 by HMRC. I am led to believe that he negotiated a repayment plan. The salary from the SFA, paid for by the supporters of Scottish Football, will be used to pay off his overdue tax and NI contributions.
Allow me to emphasise this as the SMSM limping up to kiss his arse are unlikely to report it:
A tax-evading cheat who led a team of tax-evading cheats to seven trophies, when caught bang to rights, will have his tax bill paid by the Tartan Army and the supporters that he shafted in the first place.
The message from the SFA is clear. If you cheated at Rangers by evading tax the body charged with Scottish football governance will indemnify your EBT. First Campbell Ogilvie and now McLeish. Who needs a side-letter from Sir Bribe & Lie guaranteeing cover if it all goes pear-shaped when the SFA will siphon off money to pay one’s outstanding tax and N.I. contributions.
So step up Tartan Army. Dig Deep. You would not want the new Scotland manager to be declared bankrupt? One should not be surprised if McLeish flicks a finger at the Tartan Army when a better offer is remitted to his agent. McLeish does not give a flying fuck about the Scotland job. With HMRC breathing down his neck it’s just a means to an end. Will he beat his Zamalek record of only 65 days tenure?
The bankruptcy of ethics and morals at the SFA take one’s breath away. The blazers have outdone themselves. They have set an inordinately low bar. McLeish can barely slither under it.