Bad week for Hampden

It has been although they’ve seen much worse. Those tasked with running the national sport find themselves in the headlines once again, and its never positive with these guys. Plenty spin, deflection and agenda, but you’ll be looking a long time for something good to emerge from Hampdump.


Testing was never going to be easy in an unorganised backwater full of self interest, but with it being so important it was the one thing that must be done by the book, without any favouritism whatsoever, and that really should not need to be stated but should be expected.
Theres also governmental guidelines to take into account, and its speculation on my part but I believe the promise of robust and regular testing would have been at the heart of the decision to allow the league to begin next weekend.
Gov would have trusted the footballing authorities on this one critical point.
They have already been failed.


Its still preseason but protocols have failed, players and an official potentially exposed.
A backlog at the testing centre might well be true as I believe most are in backlogged, but the onus was on the organising clubs to ensure safety, and at the very least the ref could have asked to see all players test results before commencement.
Some people have gambled heavily here, and it may or may not backfire, but gambles were not supposed to be part of the equation at all, and as we all know you won’t be lucky all the time.


The SFA are involved now, have written to the host club for clarification, but will probably wait to see if any players get found positive post game before thinking about what to do.
With the seriousness of the offence, the possibility they may have just screwed the fixture list by getting teams quarantined, plus any potential legal claims for damages, the suits must be seen to be doing the right thing not only by fans but by Gov also.
This one might rumble on for a while, and might get blamed on unclearness of protocol, but it should not be allowed to get swept under carpet.
Gambling with others safety is simply unacceptable.


Then the SPFL board found out just how much trust the 42 clubs have regarding their decisions, zero.
Of course they wont care as they have brass necks, but after the clubs voted to keep voting instead of handing all major virus decisions over to the board one really must ask, are they needed at all?
I agree with clubs voting, despite the last vote turning into a farce, and although we see a lot of self interest the clubs in league 1 and 2 will know better what they need and don’t need than Doncaster and co.
Im glad they said eff off to Hampdump on this one.


And then the excellent report just released by Fanswithoutscarves linked below breaks down the SFA failure regarding the granting of the 2012 Euro licence to the Ibrox mob. Its fantastically detailed, researched, and frankly is a must read.
“ As fans of the game we deserve better for the teams we love. We deserve to be represented as stakeholders in the game both at the Regulator and within our own clubs. We deserve to have protections for our clubs from the excesses of nefarious owners.”
Considering this is put together by general supporters, hence the name, it shows that there are more than a few concerned at the direction the game is heading under the present set-up.
It will remain that way until we see true and proper reform.


As we head into what will be a forever remembered season one way or the other, there is not only history and titles on the line, there’s also public health.
Please stay safe everyone. Wear a mask.
The above is by Mahe.

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July 25, 2020 6:01 am
July 25, 2020 7:54 am


Usual hunnish sense of entitlement,rules don’t apply to us,is always a given with the SFA. No point in abiding by the rules when there are no sanctions likely to be deployed.

If the Scottish game is again put on hold because of their selfishness and stupidity,and because of the eternal acquiescence of the SFA,I hope Celtic sue the arses off them. The forthcoming season has little room for error in the schedule,much less someone throwing a spanner into the works.


July 25, 2020 8:56 am

Tyre repaired. Ten minutes to get it whipped off and sorted. Two hours from the first phone call. Actually,that’s not bad. Last time I called our fleet management company,I ended up getting a tow from a colleague three hours later,dumped the van in a leisure centre car park,phoned the leisure centre to explain in the morning-they were ok about it-and it was finally picked up nearly 36 hours after my original call.

And the bloody garage took nearly a month to sort a slipped engine mounting-which was their fault anyway,from not refitting it properly after replacing a clutch

Which,btw,was only a master cylinder,the robbing basterts.

July 25, 2020 9:18 am

Good Morning Bobby
Little to no chance, imo, that Celtic would sue the SFA. Let’s face it, they haven’t exactly been forthcoming on Res 12.
Glad you’ve got your tyre sorted, bit of a bummer on your last shift. Good luck, I’m sure a man of your talents could get a job on the railways…??

July 25, 2020 9:34 am

Interesting piece Mahe,

This one is a bit of a headscratcher for me, without knowing the processes that are undertaken and the timelines (are they laid down by the government?), it’s hard to say exactly what’s going on.

For me it’s the Football authorities not doing their job, not excepting their responsibilities and once again damaging the game.

At a guess it seems like the St Mirren guys were swabbed and for such a high percentage to be spoiled sounds like the exacting and necessary instructions were not communicated &/or followed.

In the Rangers case it seems like the tests were undertaken and they went ahead as no positive results were reported. Can a referee allow kick-off without ensuring all concerned have a negative test result… they check the studs don’t they?

Football matches start at a certain time, it is crucial that the system ensures swabbing is properly conducted, safely and carefully transported to the test centre and crucial tests are carried out and declared within a timely manner.

If the system is failing already then it’s not fit for purpose. Are they using standard NHS testing for cheapness? Well surly a sickly hospital patient or keyworker should have precedence over a healthy footballer.

What happens when hundreds of games are kicking of on the same day.

Their should be an arangement in place with an organisation that can turn around these tests for the Club quickly or the timelines should be extended.

If the timeline is extended there has to be quaratine between the swabbing and negative test result.


Sorry to hear about your trials and tribulations, hopefully things will start improving pronto…

Hail Hail

July 25, 2020 1:17 pm


Sevco played 2 friendlies that day. In the evening fixture the match vs Motherwell was delayed by 2 hours until the Sevco covid test results were available and the players were free to play.

All the squad had been tested the day before when they returned from France, but in the mid-day match against Dundee United, before the Well game went ahead, the Sevco players were allowed to participate in a match, while the results were as yet , unknown. Their test results arrived back at Ibrox at around 7.30 or 8 pm when the Well match went ahead.

I don’t know if match officials have received clear instructions about proceeding without a valid Covid-free certificate for all participants or whether this is a responsibility that lies with the club itself, bu there is a clear case of Dundee United players having been exposed to a reckless and foreseeable risk by playing against players without a valid current Covid negative test result.

Chuckles Ar La’
July 25, 2020 1:21 pm

You daft cunts are an embarrassment to Celtic.

Covid is a One World government hoax.

July 25, 2020 2:44 pm

Chuckles Ar La’

Welcome to the blog Nobby !

big packy
July 25, 2020 2:56 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, just put jim in a taxi there, he was blootered, we arranged to meet in larkhall, jim just said to me ill see you in the supporters club, ffs i didnt know it was larkhall rangers supporters club? i goes in wth ma sellic tap oan and there is jim sitting there with his oan, i was most surprised with the rangers fans, kept giving us the v for victory sign, which i took it to mean good luck for the ten in a row,,so all rangers fans are not bad, just 99.9 percent of them are? anyway that bhoy can drink, 10 pints of heavy, 5 pints of cider and a bottle of white wine, and he could still stand up unaided?

big packy
July 25, 2020 3:01 pm

forgot to mention it was voguepunters taxi we got to take jim home, ffs he charged us double the price ???

July 25, 2020 3:01 pm

We arent daft bro. Welcome big lad.
Hail Hail

July 25, 2020 3:15 pm

Good afternoon all from the Star Bar.

July 25, 2020 3:32 pm

It wasn’t me, must have been jimtim 🙂

big packy
July 25, 2020 3:35 pm

BRRB, how are you pal, im just worried about my mate jim, thats a lot of alcohol to consume at one sitting??

July 25, 2020 3:35 pm

Jim, how are ya?
Be like a new poster having Bobby about all the time, for a while I guess.
Hail Hail

big packy
July 25, 2020 3:36 pm

JIM, how is the old head?

July 25, 2020 3:37 pm

What’s it like now when you go for a pint?
Sit at tables only, no mingling?
I’m struggling to picture how the bars get along

big packy
July 25, 2020 3:43 pm

MAHE, there was a ghuy on cqn called mahe the madman, any relation??

July 25, 2020 3:43 pm

Mahe, Now that we’re allowed back indoors, it’s not too bad. The social distance is one metre so no sitting close. The bit that annoys me is no sitting at the bar. And it’s table service.

July 25, 2020 3:46 pm

Packy, I’d be ready to head home after 2 pints of heavy and a bottle of white wine!

big packy
July 25, 2020 3:52 pm

HEY i was there got it on my phone ???

big packy
July 25, 2020 3:58 pm

JIM ,just think when we were kids, if someone had said you could get a phone that you carried round with you,, and you could speak to people on it and take photos, and watch tv, you would think they were mad? bring back the red telephone box?

A thing of beauty
July 25, 2020 4:05 pm

I listened to the BBC podcast this morning with Neil MCann, Chris McLaughln (BBC sports reporter), Daryl broadfoot (SFA employee I believe) and David Currie. The focus of the program was the Covid testing, or not as the case may be and the different way that clubs get their testing done.
At least that’s what they said it was. They spoke about the company providing the test for st mirren and how the club had been let down. That is correct. They then mentioned the Huns and I mean mentioned before Currie grabbed the carpet and the other three picked up their brushes and that was it. I could not believe what I was hearing. A team has flagrantly flouts the clear rules laid down by the GOVERNMENT and everyone is just to say nothing. Every time I think nothing else can surprise me about that club and their media lackeys along comes something else that just blows me away.
Incidentally there was no mention of the different types of testing that clubs have in place as that would have involved examining why the club with the second biggest budget see fit not to spend £35000 on their own testing machine but are quite happy to spend 100 times that on a player, not factoring in his wages. This mob are out of control and as ever we just keep our powder dry. I’m heartily sick of our board and their dry powder. How about you do something about this shitshow and earn your money for a change?

July 25, 2020 4:35 pm

Packy, I often wonder what our grandparents would think of all the technology we are used to. I bet they wouldn’t miss Qing up at the post office on a Tuesday morning in the middle of winter with their pension books!

July 25, 2020 4:38 pm

No winners at the Naps so far Packy. It’s all down to you and me 🙂

July 25, 2020 4:40 pm

Aye I know yer man.
Girls leaving for the day. Cleaning time ffs.
The more I read of these tests the more scandalous it becomes.
They might have messed it up for many here.
Be on and off all day.
Hail Hail

July 25, 2020 4:47 pm

Well said

The run to ten masks a thousand sins. How much slack will this board be cut if we fail to reach the 10?
There could be one almighty shitstorm .

The thing is though, if we get the 10, it’ll be as you were, and as we are.

Sickening .

big packy
July 25, 2020 4:48 pm

JIM,ive just dreamt we had a 100/1 winner?

July 25, 2020 4:50 pm

Packy LOL 🙂 Aye it was only a dream. It’s 2/1

??? Celtic plc hun lovin criminals
July 25, 2020 4:51 pm


Welcome to the blog & in the same week Johnny Beattie was buried, fine Glaswegian that he was. In memory of Johnny work this one out.

Line 1 Position 2 Fanny ?

July 25, 2020 4:59 pm

Sad news. One of my favourite ever guitarists has passed away at 73.
Peter Green RIP.

July 25, 2020 5:01 pm

Man of the World

big packy
July 25, 2020 5:06 pm

GARRY, sad news, oh well part 1 and 2 ,and albatross?

July 25, 2020 5:13 pm

Afternoon all, I hope all’s well with everyone…welcome Chuckles, very stylish introduction, it’s a pleasure to make you aquaintence!!
It’s a big night the night…going out for a pint with the missus and the neebors to his golf club!! WooHoo!! Not only but also hitting Shawlands tomorrow afternoon, one of the boys managed to get a table for 6 at 2.30pm for 2 hours!! WooHoo….a cool pint of Peroni here I come!!!
#AfghaniManicallsoutaFannyCSC 🙂 🙂 🙂

July 25, 2020 5:16 pm
big packy
July 25, 2020 5:19 pm

MCAFF, im fecking jealous, any room for me and jim ?

July 25, 2020 5:25 pm

Big Jim Packy and JtT, plenty of room for a couple of wee guys like yerselves…get Voguepunter to get yeez up here for 2.15 ramorra and we’ll get ye the Balcony seats you love so much…..

??? Celtic plc hun lovin criminals
July 25, 2020 5:58 pm

That’s great McCaff a wee session with friends & loved ones, Magic ?

Enjoy the Golf club & your booking tomorrow pal.HH?✌?

July 25, 2020 6:05 pm

Cheers Afghani! Really loking forward to both, after the pub tomorrow heading to my sis’s for a bbq as it’s the bro-in-law’s birthday on Monday! A good wee couple of socials. Working on Monday so got to take it easy though!!

Bada Bing
July 25, 2020 6:12 pm

If Fat Charlie gets injured they have zero strikers

big packy
July 25, 2020 6:12 pm

MCAFF, im in larkhall celtic supporters club at the moment, cant find jim anywhere, will be there by hook or by crook??

July 25, 2020 6:24 pm

JtT & BP

Well done …..up jeez!

July 25, 2020 6:25 pm

My apoligies…jeez should be yeez. :O)

big packy
July 25, 2020 6:30 pm

VOGUEPUNTER ?? hope your ok pal in these difficult times?a lot of taxi drivers i know, have retired or started working for parcel delivery firms.H.H.

July 25, 2020 6:36 pm


I’m good mate, have access code to my wifes purse :O)

??? Celtic plc hun lovin criminals
July 25, 2020 6:36 pm

Fan a tic

If you are out there i haven’t seen you post since the other day.
I would like to apologise to you & the blog for my post which was as subtle as a brick.

Your contributions Fan are very good that is my honest opinion & not that my opinion matters a jot anyway.
I humbly apologise & if it is any consolation i regretted it within a short period & it hasn’t sat well with me since.

Apologies sir ?

big packy
July 25, 2020 6:45 pm


July 25, 2020 6:49 pm

Apparently Tam McManus has it on “ good authority “ Steven Fletcher is heading to Celtic.

Better be a wind up!!

big packy
July 25, 2020 6:52 pm

AFGHAN,you didnt apologise to me the other night when you called me an orange bassa.??? well done by the way, we are all tims on here apart from the ghuy from shotts i ?hope fan comes back on?

Bada Bing
July 25, 2020 7:10 pm

A nothing game,and Gerrard makes a move on Collum at FT….and it starts…

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