Controlling The Narrative

I must admit my disappointment that Pedro Caixinha reached for the WATP  epithet to deflect from an opening home league reverse to Hibs. A reverse in which Ryan Jack was dismissed for a headbutt. He could have been sent off for throttling McGeough seconds earlier, but decided to be red carded for a sheep rather than a lamb.

The one-eyed gallery who signed a petition denouncing what they perceive as anti-Rangers refereeing should think again. Should one have expected more decorum from the revolving door directors of Club 1872 and the ubiquitous James Blair? Maybe the latter was prompted to draft something to celebrate a rare visit by the Transvaal Trimphalist, career criminal Dave King. The Cold Shoulder is already in place. Other directors will be feeling the pinch. One would not be surprised if Graeme and his father were somewhat parky.

We are the people!

I digress. I have added bold type for emphasis in the Club Tropicana statement:

” Club 1872 would like to commend the restraint of the Rangers support following a clear attempt by Hibernian manager, Neil Lennon, to incite trouble at yesterday’s game at Ibrox. Rangers and Club 1872 are always keen to remind our supporters of their duty to act as ambassadors for our club but that duty is not one that applies only to Rangers supporters. Mr Lennon has previous for abusing and goading both Rangers staff and supporters. He seems completely unable to control himself at Ibrox. We can only speculate as to why. His actions in the dugout yesterday – where he made various inflammatory gestures to the supporters sitting directly behind the Hibernian dugout – were not becoming of any football manager, never mind one who likes to play the victim when things do not go his way. It is inexplicable that the fourth official chose to take no action against him at the time but, against the backdrop of possibly the worst refereeing performance ever seen at Ibrox, perhaps we should not be surprised. Mr Lennon has been extensively quoted in the media as saying that he “didn’t make a gesture”. If that quote is accurate then he is not only irresponsible but a liar. Had a Rangers supporter reacted to Mr Lennon’s actions yesterday then we would no doubt have been treated to further dramatic headlines about the persecution he has to suffer. Instead we have seen several media commentators make jokes about Lennon’s conduct. It is only because of the good sense of our supporters that they are in a position to do so.Police Scotland categorised this match as high risk due to the behaviour of Hibernian supporters at the Scottish Cup Final in 2016 when Rangers players were attacked on the pitch. Neil Lennon knew that and he knew he had a responsibility to act in an appropriate manner. He shirked that responsibility and reverted to type.
We hope that Police Scotland will speak directly to Mr Lennon over the coming days and at the very least give him a warning over his future conduct at Ibrox. We also expect the SPFL to take action against Mr Lennon over his failed attempt to incite trouble.

Issued by Supporters Voice Limited, a Club 1872 company.”

It’s a one-eyed masterclass. How ‘restrained’ were the Lite supporters who rained down Bovril cartons of urine on the Hibs supporters on their lower tier enclosure?How ‘restrained’ were they in spitting on the Hibs support and throwing coins, lighters and golf balls at them? How ‘restrained’ were they when they threw their rolled tabloid makeshift catheters at them? How ‘restrained’ were they when fifty of their number attacked men, women and children as they queued at the turnstiles?How ‘restrained’ were they when singing that Lennon was a ‘Sad Fenian Bastard?’

As for the ‘worst refereeing performance ever seen at Ibrox’ Club 1872 should be connoisseurs having seen so many matches decided in Lite’s favour by dodgy refereeing decisions. If Ryan Jack wants to play football like a fighting cock one should not be surprised when his headbutts have consequences.

In reference to the ‘dramatic headlines’ there will be less of those as the entire press pack walked out of a Murray Park press conference as they took exception to being filmed. Keith Jackson, our award-wining journalist who is banned from Murray Park and Lennoxtown, summed it up accurately when he wrote:

There is a sinister sub text to all of this. Ask anything too difficult and the club reserves the right to put it up online in order that the support can act as judge and jury. This sort of intimidatory tactic would be right up Jong-un’s street but it does not reflect well at all on those who are making decisions on Rangers behalf. It resulted in a mass walk out of football writers from Caixinha’s pre-match briefing ahead of Saturday’s visit from Hibs and it will most likely happen all over again when the media are ‘welcomed’ back to preview this weekend’s lip smacker of a match up with Hearts.”

As for Police Scotland responding to Hibs supporters, not one of whom was charged with assaulting a Lite player, 1872 conveniently ignored the 200 or so Rangers Lite thugs who invaded the park intent on violence. The Hibs fans were intimidated by the presence of Police Scotland cameras as they filed off their buses and trains for another urine-soaked matchday experience at The Ibrox Pissoir.

There was, on balance, one ‘GIRUY’ gesture by Lennon, as he raised his right arm and cupped his right bicep with his left hand, but this is as nothing to the tsunami of vile bigotry he was forced to endure on the touchline. Everyone saw Lennon being attacked at Tynecastle. Everyone read about two former public schoolboys knocking him unconscious when he was out for an evening with his partner. Then there are those drawn from the Rangers support who were jailed for sending bullets and bombs to Lennon. Some ‘enterprising’ Lite supporters on social media suggested that Lennon should be ambushed on the way home and shot. How ‘restrained’ of them.

Club 1872’s attempt to incite a police response is built on sand. They should take a closer look at the vile sectarian behaviour in their midst before castigating any response to it. It would seem that the headless chickens at Ibrox are not the exclusive preserve of those wearing light blue on the park.

Traynor’s sledgehammer approach to controlling the narrative has piqued the interest of the slippery shouldered Stewart Regan, who makes a habit of taking a vacation or attending a social occasion when real leadership is required. I make no secret of my admiration of the oeuvre of two of my peers, namely James Forrest and Paul Brennan. The latter wrote the following piece on Celtic Quick News:

Yesterday, the SFA’s Professional Game Board met to discuss the SPFL’s request that they hold an inquiry into the goings-on in Scottish football, following The Supreme Court’s ruling last month on the legality of Rangers EBT use. The League, which represents all 42 senior clubs in the game, wants the national association to investigate the most serious governance events in the sport’s history.

You would think the SFA would be obliged to investigate, right?

Instead, the SFA are getting the band back together. They will sit down with Darryl Broadfoot, now the Association’s external PR, to calculate whether they can carry enough media support to get away with doing nothing at all.

Apparently, the SFA would rather solicit backing for inaction than carry out the wishes of their professional league. This is Scottish football in 2017. It is actually happening, right now.

Governance standards are non-negotiable. No national association can ignore the will of its professional clubs, on an issue as serious as governance, without major repercussions. If the acute situation we have witnessed in recent years is not bad enough, this lack of action puts the SFA on the verge of complicity and cover-up.

Some of the recent most senior office-holders of the Association itself are implicated in the scandal, both as administrators and financial beneficiaries. The question before members of the Professional Game Board isn’t just, ‘Do we do the right thing?’, it’s ‘Do we expose some of our friends and colleges to scrutiny? And if so, how far does the contamination spread?’ Those watching from within the game know, once Pandora’s Box is open, the actions of many others could be open to scrutiny. Don’t think evidence presented to Lord Nimmo Smith was not thoroughly rehearsed and approved by ‘the band’ before being put to the SPL Commission.

The SFA will instruct a cover-up in the coming days to protect their cronies, and in doing so will become complicit in the subversion of the level playing field in Scottish football.

The stink goes as high as the recent past-president of the SFA, Campbell Ogilvie, who worked with those on the Professional Game Board, and had administrative responsibility for contracts and licensing at Rangers during their EBT period. He was also a financial beneficiary of an EBT. The SFA will refuse the request of the SPFL to investigate these matters and attempt a cover-up.

When you have prima facie evidence of a governance issue, presented by your own league, involving your own past-president, you are obliged to open up to independent analysis. Failure to “promote and protect ethical standards and good governance” put the Scottish Football Association in breach of their duty as a member association of Uefa.

Fans will not accept anything less; clubs will not accept anything less. The matter will go to Uefa. It will go to government. It will go to media in England and beyond. It will go to court; those turning their heads today will be called to account. It cannot and will not be accepted. It will not go away.

There will be no cover-up to protect the guilty.”

Is it any wonder that a judicial review is required to rid our sport of these corrupt office-bearers. It might be easy to control the tabloids and build a consensus to move on, but sites such as this one, CQN and The Celtic Blog/On Fields of Green, with a collective monthly hit rate of four million, will take them to task.

I reserve the final word for the Rangers supporters who are boycotting The Daily Record due to their decision not to print the previous delusional diatribe from Club 1872. If this boycott is effective it will lead to the death knell of this title. The Celtic support have long abandoned the Record. They get their fix online. If the boycott does not control the narrative at Central Quay our award-winning journalist might have to throw his hat in at Clotted Weir’s Herald Group and write for Chris Jack’s Rangers Fanzine. Jack, who pulls in about £16,000 per annum for his haircut exclusives and his public interest feature on Bruno Alves paying his ‘leccy’ bill, might baulk at Jackson’s eighty large per annum. His empathy with the Lite WhatsApp group who rail against the inflated salaries of Caixinha’s signings might well be borne out from personal experience.

 

Advertisements

The Utmost Good Faith

I have been at pains to point out that the LNS Commission was a stitch-up. In The Missing Article (jj passim) I expounded on the incontrovertible facts. Bill Nimmo Smith went out of his way to assert that there was no question of dishonesty. Bear in mind that the SFA Chief Executive – the odious Stewart Regan with his American history degree – shoehorned himself on to the commission and would have been fully aware of the consequences if the directors of Rangers had been found to have acted dishonestly:

Title Stripping would have been back on the agenda.

How the mendacious registration of 55 players and 25 ancillary staff/directors could be anything other than dishonest truly beggars belief.

Rod McKenzie in his confidential emails, exclusively revealed on this site, presented Rangers case that their directors did not believe that EBT had to be disclosed. However there is no grey area in the SPL rules:

D1.10 A Club participating in an Official Match must ensure that those of its Players Playing in the match are eligible to Play in such match.

D1.11 Any Club Playing an ineligible Player in an Official Match and the Player concerned shall be in breach of the Rules.

D1.13 A Club must, as a condition of Registration and for a Player to be eligible to Play in Official Matches, deliver the executed originals of all Contracts of Service and amendments and/or extensions to Contracts of Service and all other agreements providing for payment, other than for reimbursement of expenses actually incurred, between that Club and Player, to the Secretary, within fourteen days of such Contract of Service or other agreement being entered into, amended and/or, as the case may be, extended.

As one can see this is a binary issue. Fifty-five players transgressed D1.13. This rang alarm bells at the SFA as they knew that D1.11 and D1.10 had also been trangressed. Let me spell this out:

The players of Rangers who won 17 trophies from 1999-2011 were not eligible to participate in Scottish Professional football.

This resulted in the worst lie ever uttered by an SFA executive since Jim Farry subverted Jorge Cadete’s registration.  Sandy Bryson deemed that the players were ‘imperfectly registered but eligible.‘ How on God’s green earth can they be eligible when they were up to their knees in side contracts and EBTs? Let’s take a look at the following article:

Article 12.3… all payments, whether made by the club or otherwise, which are to be made to a player solely relating to his playing activities must be fully recorded within the relevant written agreement with the player prior to submission to the Scottish FA and/or the recognised football body of which his Club is in membership.

This article was used to defend the cheating. Rangers asserted that they paid the money to a trust and what private arrangement the trust entered into with the player was not their concern. However this was found to be disguised remuneration by the Appellate Inner House of The Court of Session and The Supreme Court. So there’s no defence.

However Gerry Moynihan has asserted that the SPFL cannot enforce SPL rules despite the fact that they have the same company number and are merely a rebrand of the SPL, admittedly with a bigger remit. However had they appealed the inordinately lenient fine, the SFA’s article 5.1 would have been relevant. Was it deliberately remiss of Rod McKenzie not to draft a corollary bill for the SPL? Was this another component of the stitch-up?

We are now led to believe that the new SPFL board have addressed this shortfall and that the equivalent of D 1.10 to D 1.13 is now on their statute books. Talk about bolting the stable door after the horse has bolted and is engaging in sexual congress with a brood mare.

Was Andrew Dickson, who is snaking his way up the greasy pole at the SFA, oblivious to article 5.1? There can be little doubt that he would have been aware that he was acting dishonestly and not with the utmost good faith. As Hugh Adam stated in 2002 they knew that they were cheating.

One should also consider the quaint provision which deals with the faith of the register. Clubs can apparently proceed on good faith, specifically the utmost good faith, when disclosing material information apropos player registrations. Surely it follows that failure to disclose side contracts undermines the fidelity of the register, and the faith in it upon which members clubs “should be able to proceed”.

The following quote is from an article by Tony McKelvie:

Curiously, this breach of duty by Rangers FC was not raised by the SPL at the Commission. One can only guess at why. It is though clear that had the commission held that Rangers FC had breached their duty to act in utmost good faith, given the significant and sustained breaches, and the range of sanctions under the SPL rules, a likely outcome would have been “reduction of the contract”: Rangers FC being expelled from the SPL. Perhaps this prospect was simply too much for the SPL to contemplate when preparing its case to the commission.”

He continues:

Given that this fundamental issue was not considered by the SPL Commission, it remains open to the SPL (now SPFL), to review the matter, and its corollary impacts on the legitimacy of its competition during the (many) years in question.”

In summary the stitch-up was more ingenious than we have given them credit for:

1. Change the scope.

2. Do not consider the breach of duty.

3. Spike an appeal as it might invoke SFA Article 5.1

4. Allow Campbell Ogilvie and Sandy Bryson to lead false evidence.

The question remains as to whether Regan and Doncaster can get away with this?Will natural justice prevail? As my exclusive insights from Charles Green point out there was nothing in the final Five Way Agreement that precludes title stripping.

It’s unfortunate for Moynihan and McKenzie that this site has published the latter’s confidential e-mails, and driven a coach through Moynihan’s mendacious statement that the SPFL are in any way bound by the Five Way Agreement. Moynihan’s was counting on us not having access to the drafts. However he was caught out in a blatant lie.

As for buying the history, I quite fancy seven or so Tour De France titles and the official unexpurgated history of The Battle of Stalingrad. Will Mr Moynihan act on my behalf, or was he lying through his back teeth?

Same old solicitors, always cheating.

 

 

Piss Poor at Ibrox

How far would you go to support your team? Would you endure the supporters at The Citadel Of Recidivism revelling in wading in the blood of your ancestors? Would you recoil at The Famine Song and its underlying message of ethnic cleansing? If you are a Hibernian or Celtic fan heading to Ibrox one should be prepared for a more palpable threat. You will literally be pissed on, and spat upon, by the two-headed snakes in the upper tier above you.

Do not take children to this game as they will cower and cling desperately to your legs as they are attacked in the queue for the turnstiles. The Hibs fans had a reception committee waiting for them. A group of circa 50 of The Klan set about them. Had it not been for the speedy intervention of the police the Hibs fans would have been slaughtered. The Klan don’t care if you are women or children. If you are dressed in green you are ‘a fucking taig who needs to be reminded who is boss.’

A Saturday pastime? A pleasant afternoon out with the family? Think again. The support of the pariah club know that at Ibrox they can literally get away with murder. Is that what it will take to arrest these criminals? Criminals like Sandy Chugg of The Sons of Struth and the hardline Union Bears.

Of course none of this will be reported in the odious SMSM. They feed the blue horde with stories about how their new recruits received a haircut and how Pedro WATP Caixinha banned the use of green boots.

However the Hibs Chief Executive, Leeann Dempster, has now been apprised of the situation and is being pressed not to accept any tickets for any games at Ibrox. Would Peter Lawwell be minded not to accept tickets for the next visit of Celtic as he cannot guarantee the safety of his supporters?

Double Standards at Sectarian Speakeasy

Brendan Rodgers’ decision to play Nir Bitton as a Centre Half with Forrest as his number 9, whether real or false, is not working. Should he continue with this experiment Astana will punish Celtic. One can understand Rodgers’ rationale. Sviatchenko is a good stopper but does not have the skill to build attacks from defence. Van Dijk is that kind of player but is now commanding up to £50m in the overheated transfer market that is The English Premiership. Friday evening’s game against Partick Thistle was poor box-office as the hosts showed no ambition whatsoever. It was hardly ‘Firhill for Thrills.’

As for the penalty claim, only in the fevered imagination of Robert Grieve, the hun with a laptop who infamously asked Brendan Rodgers whether he was having a mid-life crisis, could Miles Storey be described as an ‘Ace.’ The Jags journeyman was not in possession of the ball, stuck his leg in, did not touch the ball, and then dived theatrically when Bitton tried to hand him off. It was simulation. Thistle deserved nothing from this game.

I’m not convinced by Ntcham who hit a nice volley which would not have been net bound but for a Brown deflection. Hayes is a shadow of the player that he was at Aberdeen. I was informed that Patrick Roberts, whose genius can unpick teams like Thistle who put ten players behind the ball at home, would sign on Tuesday. I trusted my source. I will be more circumspect in future. I’m no longer convinced that this deal can be done. Celtic will be a much poorer prospect if Hayes is his permanent replacement. Ntcham should not be keeping Armstrong or Rogic out of the starting lineup.

In the final analysis Celtic stretched their unbeaten run in domestic games to 51. Are they awaiting a Van Dijk sell-on premium to source a centre back?

My tip for second place, Hibs, did nothing to undermine my prediction. Lennon sent out a 3-4-3 formation at Ibrox. No-one could ever accuse him of showing Rangers Lite too much respect. Ambrose was commanding at the heart of defence and showed a composure that Celtic clearly lacked on Friday evening. Lennon knew that Alves’ best days are behind him and that the speed of Stokes, Murray and McGeouch would show him up. They also twisted the blood of Ryan Jack who assaulted McGeouch, acting as peacemaker, to get to Stokes.

It was a red card all day long but Caixinha pandered to the one-eyed gallery by stating that they would appeal. Always cheated never defeated seems to be the Poundstretchers’ Mourinho’s mantra. I grew tired of claims that Alves was Ronaldo’s mate. Alves was sent off at Euro 2016 for a head high tackle on Harry Kane. He was only in the team due to an injury to Pepe. As he is a few months shy of his 36th birthday he won’t be Ronaldo’s play mate for much longer, if he ever was in the first place. Alves arrived on a free transfer. He was surplus to the requirements of an average Italian team who only recently gained promotion to Serie A.

Did Jack’s dismissal tip the balance towards Hibs? Probably, but Hibs inventive forward play looked good enough to prevail against any 11 in the Lite squad. Caixinha who is a devout practising Roman Catholic had the audacity to assert in his summing up that ‘We are the people.’ Is that all it takes to excuse a home defeat? Is playing to the deluded bigoted supremacists his get out of jail free card? His ‘people’ on this showing will do well to finish fifth and despite the best efforts of the SFA will win nothing this year. Will they still be ‘the people’ when they call for your head at Xmas, if not before? Another cash injection is now urgently required. Buying Walker for £1m is pie in the sky.

Motherwell and Dundee, who are already shaping up to be the whipping boys of the SPFL, both lost by three goal margins to St. Johnstone and Hamilton respectively. However as Motherwell finished the game with eight players, with three sent off, their reverse was hardly surprising.

There were six sending offs and eighteen goals across the full card of six fixtures. Scottish football may be a corrupt backwater but it does not lack excitement.

The pick of the Championship’s games was Morton’s win against local rivals St. Mirren. I can confirm that The Buddies lifelong fan Chick Young was not present to see Morton prevail with two converted penalties.

Readers of this site will know that I’m an ardent advocate of Junior football. Hats off to Largs Thistle who fashioned a three goal win at Dalry.

The last word goes to Neil Lennon who is apparently going to be reported for the following gestures. Is celebrating goals by opposing teams proscribed at The Sectarian Speakeasy? Was the fenian blood not high enough for their tastes?

 

The Sectarian Speakeasy

 “There are some 
difficult things you have to listen to, regarding your heritage, your family or your background.” 

The aforementioned comment by Neil Lennon refers to the visit of Hibs to Ibrox today. On paper this fixture is the pick of this week’s SPFL card. However the large majority of recidivists in the Rangers Lite support will turn it into a hate-fest. In the Scottish Cup Final of 2016 when these clubs last met, a five goal thriller on the park was overshadowed by 200 or so Rangers thugs who took their hatred for all things Hibernian onto the turf of Hampden. The stupid people in the SMSM ran with Jim Traynor’s spin cycle that the thugs were protecting their players.

It was the least they could do.”

It was of course a lie as the players had left the field unscathed by the time the rioters turned up. The Hibs fans had spilled onto the turf to celebrate their first Scottish Cup win since 1902. The Rangers Lite fans, many of whom are drawn from the criminal classes, could not take it and lashed out with hands and feet. Some enterprising Lite thugs used a corner flag as a weapon. A fully grown man was captured attacking a teenager, who had been felled by another thug’s punch, with a two footed lunge to his head. This thug who has more criminal convictions than tattoos, was sent down for his assault.

However will he be banned from the Sectarian Speakeasy today? Almost certainly not. Had he been fined the thug apologists at The Vanguard Bears would have paid the penalty on his behalf. This online group, whose members are welcome at Ibrox, paid the fines for many of the Rangers thugs. It was open season on Hibs fans. This was 2016 in Scotland.

A year later those who turn up at Ibrox to wade in fenian blood are tolerated. A thug who issued racist tweets to Dembele, and anti Irish pejoratives to Chris Sutton appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court this week. His defence solicitor stated that he would relinquish his season ticket and take a step back from all things Rangers.

This in instructive. There are those who excuse the bigotry as a necessary evil. A pressure valve that allows the hatred to seep out over ninety minutes. This is palpable nonsense. The Sectarian Speakeasy amplifies and reinforces their bigotry. Bigotry that should have no place in any society.

The odious Stewart Regan excuses Police Scotland’s inertia by claiming that they cannot arrest thousands. May I suggest they make a start by arresting Regan for condoning this behaviour and other crimes against Scottish football governance.

Regan fought tooth and nail for this bigot festival. I trust he’s pleased with his handiwork.

A Five Way Omnishambles

The late Paul McConville compared The Five Way Agreement to The Holy Grail. He would have loved to have deconstructed it in his own inimitable fashion. The twists and turns that led to Charles Green signing the final 6th draft can now be exclusively revealed for the first time. I have been liaising with Charles on this topic over the past few days as I wanted to put it to bed once and for all. The following in bold italic typeface is reproduced verbatim:

The whole story of the 5 way agreement is in my book and there are pages of it, starting with meetings at Hampden followed up with 3/4 meetings with Rod Petrie at Hibs , Hampden and Edinburgh Airport hotel. Rod (McKenzie) had been nominated by the SFA and the SPL to try and get me to agree a settlement.The man is a slime bag and Ally McCoist nearly hit him ( the only time he ever supported me). On the Friday the 5 way agreement was signed it was like an episode from the keystone cops.

The meeting started in the morning at the lawyers office I didn’t go until late afternoon early evening. I had two representatives present.I knew that the first few hours would get nowhere and I had huge problems to resolve at the club. When I arrived in reception waiting for the lift to go up to join the meeting Stewart Reagan came out of the lift . He had to leave early to get back to Yorkshire for a special occasion. Incredible really Scottish Football is about to go bust and he has a more pressing appointment in Yorkshire. The final document was signed around 10 pm, I understand SR left a signature page with his lawyer to attach on behalf of the SFA.”

As much as we eagerly anticipate Mr. Green’s books he has given us some scintillating takeaways. McKenzie is a slime bag. In fact I would go so far as to remove the bag. Note how the SFA and SPL are using the same counsel to twist Green’s arm. There can be little doubt that the Conveyancing Consigliere Gerry Moynihan is the man behind the SFA’s inertia and the SPFL faux review.

 
As for Stewart Regan leaving a critical meeting to attend an ‘occasion’  one could not make it up. If his wife had just gone into labour or there had been a death in the family his absence could have been excused. Did he have a pressing engagement at a barbecue at Yorkshire Cricket Club? Or was it just a pretext to save face given that he  could not shoehorn Sevco into the SPL or SFL 1? As for title-stripping, with fifteen titles up for grabs in draft one and draft two, this was no longer on the table. I can also confirm that there was no side agreement or addendum guaranteeing that titles would not be stripped. Charles, prompted by my questions, responded:

Re title stripping! me paying cash to be divided between the other SPL clubs to mitigate their financial hardship was an early proposal from Rod. Andrew Dickson was present at two of the meetings when this was tabled, however he is such a snake. I only ever signed one document the final version in Biggart Bailey offices. There was never any chance of Rangers being shoehorned back into the SPL . The Rangers fans and management were vocal and the other clubs fans were putting their directors under pressure not to waiver. At one meeting an interesting comment was made that if a Director of another SPL club voted to put Rangers out of the league he or she could be in breach of their fiduciary duty knowing it would not be in the best interest of his company.”

Note the suggestion of a lump sum to be distributed to the SPL clubs. Does Rod McKenzie have no shame?

The final point is instructive. Was this the last throw of the dice by Regan and Doncaster to bully the SPL Chairmen into submission? As for Andrew Dickson, who is snaking his way up the greasy pole at the SFA, I cannot envisage a less suitable individual to participate in any governance committee; or the administrative procedures which provided Rangers with a UEFA licence in 2011. Are the SFA not aware that he took over the mantle for tax evasion and registration malfeasance from Campbell Ogilvie? How on God’s green earth can someone as corrupt as Dickson be given a prominent position at the SFA? Does he know where all the bodies are buried and must be kept close? I can think of no other rationale for retaining Dickson whose lies and obfuscation at the First Tier Tribunal are well documented. Dickson engaged in an unlawful tax avoidance scheme. When side letters were issued the avoidance became evasion. Playing Jerry to HMRC’s Tom might be well received on the 6th floor at Hampden, but had Salmond not intervened Dickson might have been prosecuted.

On a final note I take pause to have a look at the campaign to add the wartime titles to the total won by the former club. It’s our old friend Sevcon 1, the squirrel, deployed by the squatters at Auchenhowie. The titles won during the war years were not national titles. They were regional titles. They were won in tandem to the most blatant cheating by referees since the  systemic subversion of the Struth era. Rangers were awarded a penalty in each and every game that was close.  They received more spot kicks than the fourteen converted by Waghorn in his first season in Scottish football. If the refereeing had been as biased in the present day the £250,000 player would have been a contender for the Golden Boot award. This award would have been the perfect riposte to some teenagers who noted that Waghorn’s fundament was bigger than his head. Waghorn will be joining his fellow fire-sale colleague Joe Garner at Ipswich.

 

 

 

 

 

The Silver Bullet

There are a number of issues bubbling under in what passes for Scottish football governance at the moment. Celtic called for a review. The SFA maintained their stony silence. The SPFL read a ludicrous pre-prepared statement by Gerry Moynihan and decided no further action was necessary. It was all done and dusted in forty-eight hours. Neil Doncaster engaged in an interview with Grant Russell and blatantly lied. The latest event is Pargate. The CQN’s inertia on this does not bode well. If they had been told by the Judicial Review Requisitioners to keep their powder dry they would not have passed their information to the SFA Compliance Officer, Tony McGlennan.

A cynic might conclude:

Why would dust present itself to a vacuum cleaner.

Meanwhile the latest innovation by the squatter at Auchenhowie is to counteract the clamour for title stripping with a call to ‘add the titles.’  The titles won by Orange Ordure draft dodgers who claimed that they were members of the cloth. How the denizens of Ibrox can wear poppies truly beggars belief. If anyone ever thought integrity would break out at Ibrox, then think again. These individuals would mug their grandmothers to reinforce their deluded sense of supremacy and to get one over Timmy.

However there is one scenario in Pargate that could prove to be a silver bullet. If several former Dunfermline players have gone on the record to assert that they were told, or worst still bribed, to throw the game at Ibrox then it will be difficult for the SFA to finesse it. No-one expects them to act. If only one player volunteered information, he will be dismissed as a bitter fantasist, as was the case with Hugh Adam when he lifted the lid on Rangers cheating in 2002. Did the SFA intervene when the cheating was presented to them on TV? Of course not. The cheating continued for another nine seasons.

Jimmy Calderwood is a buffoon who fancied himself as a celebrity after overcooking his bloated body in a sun bed. He made not to put too fine a point of it, a total prick of himself. He would tell anyone that would listen that he would be the new Rangers manager. Did anyone actually anticipate Advocaat who bore a striking resemblance to Hitler, being replaced by the Pars answer to Eva Braun? The closest Calderwood got to managing Rangers was on Football Manager.

Yet the scenario of Murray dangling this carrot at Calderwood is not easy to dismiss. Calderwood was already beholden to Murray for his job at Dunfermline. Could he be further compromised by an EBT? Would Murray have him at his beck and call as was the case with The Gallant Pioneer of Tax Evasion, Campbell Ogilvie?

On the 25th May 2003 all Rangers had to do was to beat Dunfermline by more goals than Celtic could score against Kilmarnock. Chick Young, who at that time was pretending to be a St. Mirren fan but had to use Tom Tom satnav to find Love Street, was in his element. BBC Scotland only had one outside broadcast unit and the Hun loving Teuchters who run this Rangers-facing state broadcaster insisted that they set up shop at Ibrox.

Celtic fans were treated to a broadcast from a tin can. The party was at Ibrox, and the mantra was  ” Party Over Here, Fuck You Over There.” (Ice Cube lyric).

Rangers duly won by one more goal than Celtic with ten of their players, two substitutes and their manager all ‘imperfectly registered.’

This game should have resulted in a 3-0 reverse for Rangers but not in the corrupt fiefdom that is Scottish football governance.

Murray was a gambler with the Bank of Rangers’ money, but would Daddy have cut off his allowance if the lucrative Champions League was out with his grubby gift?  We know that Murray was prepared to bribe to get his way, so why not throw a season ticket at a tanning salon, or even better an EBT, Calderwood’s way, to ensure that his players engaged in an exercise in shadow football?

As I watched both games with the Celtic game’s picture being inferior to those that were beamed back from the moon in 1969, it was obvious that Rangers could score at will and would outgun Celtic. They even had the luxury of allowing Dunfermline to score from distance to give the impression that the fix was not in.

Murray must be exposed as a criminal. He must be banned from the game. His accomplice, Calderwood, should also be banned sine die. This is their JFK moment and should the SFA attempt to pin it on the patsy in the book depository I would anticipate some triangulated CQN cross fire from the grassy knoll.