The Good,The Bad,And The SPFL/SFA
Two things arrived yesterday,pretty much out of left field,and certainly we didn’t have an inkling of either at the start of the week. The second one concerns Bolingoli,and I’ll get back to him,but the first is the signing of a new striker. Not a new loan striker,not a project either that only the anoraks amongst us have ever heard of,but a fully signed,fully fledged international,young but experienced at the highest level.
Welcome to Paradise,Albian Ajeti. I hope we enjoy the pleasure of each other’s company for a number of years to come. Get yourself settled in during our enforced break,come out firing on all cylinders,show the world what a young hungry and skilled player looks like. You’re in good company,of course,and you’ll never find better fans anywhere,but while we are far from a fickle bunch,we are always on the lookout for a new hero!
Congratulations too to the club for getting this deal over the line after for a while it looked dead in the water. The problem wasn’t at our end,but with West Ham,who were playing silly buggers with the player. Quite rightly,AA dug his heels in. If West Ham want him to leave,and he’s happy to do so while taking a pay cut in the process,they can damn well pony up a settlement first. And another slap on the back for taking cognisance of the rift between the player and club and turning the original loan deal into a permanent one.
All we need now is a left-sided centre back. These don’t grow on trees,as it turns out. We are being strongly linked with the hard as nails Irish international,Shane Duffy,and while he would be a tremendous acquisition-anyone who can tame Katie Price won’t have a problem with the pseudo-hard men up here!-he can’t really be called a left-sided centre back. Sure,he can shoot with his left-he’s scored a couple of times with it-but does he possess the finesse with that foot that is required to pass or tackle with it? To be honest,I’d be more comfortable with him on the left of a two or three man central defence than I would be with any of our current alternatives. I know that certain posters will be screaming-“Accident waiting to happen! No!!!”-but in the absence of any alternatives,his signing will be warmly welcomed.
Even more so if we can get him on a permanent deal for about the same fee as our other two big summer signings. Like as soon as possible.
Which brings me to the second part of this morning‘s discussion. And again,it is the fall-out from Bolingoli’s ridiculous European jaunt last week. I got a text from my big pal in Bicester about 6pm last night,telling me that plans were afoot to punish him and the Aberdeen players who between them have jeopardised the upcoming season-by introducing punishment for an offence that didn’t exist at the time that those offences were committed! Yes,each of them broke Scottish and UK Government directives introduced during this Covid-19 crisis,but there were at the time no regulations from the SPFL/SFA to punish players or clubs who did so.
Now,I’ve no problem with these regulations being brought into force-after all it seems that footballers can’t ALL be trusted to behave as expected by the rest of society. But then,neither can Dominic Cummings,Stanley Johnson,any number of halfwits breathing down your neck in a supermarket queue or getting in your face at a pub,to give but a few examples. But you can’t have broken a law that doesn’t exist. Retrospective law is bad law,and that has always been a universal tenet. Laws and regulations tend to be introduced as a result of infractions which the lawmakers deem to be reprehensible and not to be tolerated in a decent society. Which is as it should be. And as such,it is right that Scottish football makes these infractions a punishable disciplinary offence.
But not after the fact. That is an affront to justice. As is the notion of also punishing the clubs involved. In fact,there are no precedents for the latter whatsoever. Not for off-the-field infractions. Players have gone to jail for off-the-field offences,and no club has been sanctioned as a result. In fact,Duncan Ferguson was jailed for an offence of violent thuggery ON the pitch and his club received no sanction whatsoever from the authorities. This is a pile of nonsense,the likes of which we have come to expect from the incompetents at Hampden,and which in fact we have almost become used to. But that doesn’t mean that it is right,and it certainly doesn’t mean that we should simply accept it.
I expect Aberdeen and Celtic to fight every step of the way any suggestion of a sanction against either club or players,for this is a precedent which must be avoided at all costs. The possible repercussions of accepting it,that it will be the thin end of a bloody big wedge,are too scary to contemplate.
Above article by BMCUWP. Usual rules if you fancy a shot at Article of the Day. Mail it to MAHE.
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Internal server problem at WordPress. If making a comment,might be an idea to c&p it first,at least until they sort it. Or put two bob in the meter. Also,if you get a 404 or 504 etc message,just refresh it and it should clear.
I honestly don’t know why they are taking so long to sort this. Maybe their servers can’t cope with the heat anymore than I can!
Brilliant article BMCUW.
AA is going to be a Celtic superstar.
Feel it in ma watter.
This is the one I want.
Took a huge paycut to come here.
Magical signing. Very happy. ??
Napsters,follow the link…
First race is 1255,so please enter before then.
Predictors,follow the link…
First game is 3pm,so please enter before then.
Albi Ajeti fae Albania to Alba is here to win trophies not money.
Number 10 is here for 10 in a row. ??
I don’t want to put pressure on the guy,we’ve seen too many players fold when they don’t hit the ground running. And while it didn’t happen to BBJ,who knows how his career for us would have turned out if he had been sent off for THAT tackle over at the corner flag v Kilmarnock while he was still going through his initial drought?
But a look at his stats shows a young lad learning his trade,and then when he turned twenty,scoring a goal every other game for Basel,a top team in a league which is far superior to ours. I think,I hope,we have unearthed a diamond here. It’s widely known that I hurl the brickbats at PL when he deserves them,and I’m happy to admit that. But I’m also the first to congratulate him when I feel he deserves it. And he certainly does for this one.
Wotcha doing up so early,ya madman? I’ve at least got an excuse for it. Gimme a second till I think of one. Oh aye. Murder sleeping in a sauna.
You’ve got me confused amigo. Thought I’d lost a day!! Naps link up on a Friday?
(First race tomorrow is 12-55pm)
Oh and I will get the table updated today .
We’ve been putting the Naps table up on a Friday for a while,since a lot of posters were posting their selection the Friday article.
Same with the predictor one. With some Fridays having a game scheduled,some Saturdays having a lunchtime kick off,it makes sense to post both on their own separate article in advance.
My apologies,TWISTS. I didn’t notice the meeting in Ireland. I’ll adjust accordingly.
Yer right! It has been a Friday for weeks. Just realised. I’m all over the place at the minute!
The site issues only seem to be bad at night at my end Bobby. Fine most of the day – then problems in the evening.
You know,now that you mention it,same here!
I’ll try to keep an eye on when it kicks in tonight and let MAHE know,Wordpress are obviously struggling so it makes sense to give them as much info as possible.
Brief interview with AA,who knows he is wearing a magic number and says he is here for the long haul-as part of a front pairing with I Wanna!
Which is good news for the many like me who have one of the I Wanna Be Edouard shirts…
Well said BMCUWs,
The Club should be congratulated, it’s interesting the players we have signed and the players we are being connected with…
a) A step up in quality, international level or there abouts
b) No prospects, players who should be first team ready
c) Players for targetted positions, no punts on “future wingers”, just improving understrength spots
If it continues in this vein, then it could well be the best window we’ve had in a long, long time. Early days of course and we’ve seen this movie before but here’s hoping it’s the vanguard of change.
If this is Nick Hammond’s doing then fair play to the guy.
On the SFA and retospective punishments.
In response to a piece by Mahe in the St Mirren and Rangers testing issues I said…
July 25, 2020 9:34 am,
For me it’s the Football authorities not doing their job, not excepting their responsibilities and once again damaging the game.
That was three weeks ago and now they want to make up for lost time by making up the rules as they go along, then implementing them in their own unique way… the more things change.
So, following on from “the fall-out from Bolingoli’s ridiculous European jaunt”, although our head scratching continues, more specific if not always apposite questions have been raised accross the blogoshere.
Should Celtic have taken the players passports? Of course, you simply can’t take someones passport off them, it’s illegal.
Another misconception, Boli wasn’t on lockdown at the time of his flyte as some have suggested.
Last Friday Lenny stated that some off the squad had been going out and some socialising but in the light of the Aberdeen Covid cases (Bolingoli’s breach being unknown at that time) Celtic may have to put more stringent measures in place for the players (a return to lockdown).
On Monday of course he stated that the players had been told, after the easing of lockdown and before the Aberdeen outbreak that they weren’t allowed to leave Glasgow.
I’m guessing that’s part of the footballers bubble, but neither the authorities or the Clubs seemed to have a grasp of what that bubble was.
Still, Celtic have stated they had sound protocols and procedures in place and were fully compliant, rather than reviewing and updating them in the light of the Bolingoli breach which they have viewed as a maverick gone rogue.
Now different organisations will be expecting different things for their various employees. For instance Celtic football players have a different regime than say Club officials that can wear masks and social distance while doing their job. However, you cannot instigate undue duress on an employee, even football players with their added responsibilities.
Now people were free to travel in line with Government guidelines once the lockdown was eased.
Some organisations seen this as a risk in terms of key or specific employees being exposed.
Yet to simply put blanket restrictions on travel is not acceptable in most cases.
Many organisations then have asked employees if travelling, say over a certain distance, or taking an overnight stay or travelling abroad, to complete a risk assessement. Did Celtic?
That way the organisation know the exact details of the employees plans and can advise on the risks, precautions and any testing protocols to be followed and any isolation or qurantining that must be undertaken.
Now it may be the case and it seems so, that part of the footballers bubble was this resriction on travel. Was that clear to them because footballers have been given special travel rights due to the bubble and testing regime, did Boli know that was only on official Club business? It might be daft question but he’s obviously a daft lad.
It was interesting when Lenny was asked on his presser this week, why had Boli done it? Lenny said he hadn’t asked him and wasn’t interested.
Well I am and Celtic should be, it’s a lesson to be learned, the procedures and protocols need to be reviewed and it cannot be assumed they are robust. The Scottish Government has put Football on a yellow card and the SFA are in full sloping shoulders mode.
Neither Celtic or any other Club can afford a mistake.
Back to your article now that I’ve had a coffee , couple of smokes and realised what day we are on!
Every year I look at the transfer dealings and every year I’m left bewildered as to the clamour for front players whilst the rearguard and engine room seem to take a back seat.
Now there are some gifted analysts on here, who make a helluva better job of analysing the team weaknesses in tactics and systems than a relative simpleton such as myself, ( I refer to football tactics – outside of football I’m actually a genius?), but I don’t need to be Jock Stein to recognise where the improvement priority needs to be .
Are all these forwards brought in with a belief that a bigger sell value will be realised for front players? Moussa sale might suggest so, but then Vic, VVD and KT, would provide evidence that the back and middle can prove equally profitable. So it can’t be that.
Is it the old Jock Stein comment that if they score 2 we will score 3? ( or words to that effect?)
I’m truly bewildered every year at this same problem.
Incidentally I’m not alone in my opinion. Many of my family, nay, ALL of my family share the same concerns.
Duffy? I think he would be a good addition. A minimum of one other is essential though.
On the second part of your leader today. Retrospective punishment.
You’re absolutely bang on.
British law currently states:
“ The rule of law requires that laws must not be retrospective: a person cannot be tried for an offence if the conduct or behaviour was not an offence when the person committed it”
I believe the SG guidelines were simply that. Guidelines. No law had been passed stating it was a criminal offence to carry out the mindless irresponsible act that Boli did. Idiotic and selfish yes. Illegal? I believe not.
There are other forces in play here. I’m led to believe , though no concrete proof as yet, but I’ve contacts who WOULD know if someone left a Scottish airport on a flight, ( you know who they are) that another player from another club left this country on a flight to visit a quarantine on return country fairly recently. It’ll be interesting to see the press reaction should it materialise that it is true.
(I’m not prepared to name player or club at this point because I’ve been asked not to)
I just wonder if it appears in the papers in the next few days if the goalposts will shift.
Interesting days ahead.
Good Morning all
Welcome to Celtic Albian Ajeti, hope you have a mutually productive stay with us. Always helps to have someone you know (Elyounoussi) – as per the French bhoys.
Surely the SPFL would have to get agreement of Clubs to implement any proposed sanctions? They also serve who only stand and wait…
Your usual considered response,old bean-showing much more tolerance than even this paragon of tolerance replying to you!
I brought up the thorny issue on Wednesday of retaining player passports during the season.
“Should we,in fact,not be holding player passports in the company safe for safe-keeping,as I believe used to happen throughout the game in the past,a move designed to prevent the players from turning up at the airport for a European tie without their passports? Seems a bit draconian now,but no-one had any problem with it in the past.”
I agree entirely with you that it is not a desirable route to follow,and certainly would not be tolerated by your average Joe. But your average Joe can effectively book his holidays at any time in the year,while a footballer knows that this is not the case. And also,if there is say an international break for which a certain player has not been selected and it means he has a week of leisure,he need only request that the club give him it back for the duration. That’s what happened in the past when teams held the passports-I need my passport,I’ve been picked for Scotland or I need my passport,I’ve not been picked and the missus and I are off to Paris for a few days.
More to the point,if Boli had asked for his passport last week,that trip would never have happened.
Anyway,it is irrelevant now. The retrospective part must not be allowed to proceed,and any future restrictions must be adhered to. And the club should make it plain that ANY AND EVERY breach is a two week fine.
Thin ice is no place to be fucking about.
Hope yer well,old son. We had the lovely Guinness-guzzler on the other night,a wee bit of reminiscing about previous Belfast hoots,the sadness of missing out on the one in June,and the anticipation of the next one.
And a promise not to try to order cabs to Divis from bloody Sandy Row!
MORNING ALL AND JIM , bobby might have to bring that ulster fry down if pedro keeps spending? aff oot dugwalking before it gets too hot?
Don’t tell me,ffs-I’m a bit unpredictable on secrets. Well,I’m ok with them,it’s the blabbermouths I mention it to that you have to worry about…
I agree that we are light at the back,hence the mention of Duffy. I doubt there will be anymore defenders signed,even as cover elsewhere. As for midfield,it’s not so much that we need improvement in personnel there,more that we need the incumbent basterts to get their finger out!
A centre back,that’s it,and any signings beyond that will only be as replacements if any of the regulars leave or pick up an injury. Not necessarily what is needed,but it ain’t my chequebook.
Morning Bobby, all’s well in Dundee thanks. Hope your job hunting bears fruit soon. Aye, whit are those cab drivers like…??. Look forward to the next one soon as.
See a mention of Michel Bakker from PSG (CB) on CQN. Whether that comes off, we’ll have to wait and see.
Coming along,mucker,thank you. Stage three for one in Bristol,while I’ve now got my CV in an acceptable state,and in PDF and Word formats. Which was not as straightforward as you think. Well,not for a Luddite like me…
Last time I submitted a CV,it was written on a tablet of stone,not on a tablet from Apple!!!
Still my favourite interview joke ever:
Guy gets asked at interview:
“ what would you say was your biggest weakness”
“ I’d say I was too honest. Overly so”
“ I wouldn’t necessarily think being too honest is a weakness?”
“ I don’t give a fuck what you think”
Morning all, I hope you are all well and feeling more optimistic about the fitba ahead….
Twisty – cheers for the laugh! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Oh,believe me,I’ve effed up worse than that in interviews. Put it this way,I’m usually quite good at them,but I have been known to be just a tad overconfident.
And it’s a bit late to go-Ooooops!
Having said that,every move,every situation,good or bad,is a sliding doors moment,so no complaints.
Yo,bud. I passed your suggestion on,so thank you again.
Good Morning. Seeing as you are around, you mentioned the Firestick yesterday- is there a particular model you would recommend, and do you need a specific app to access the platforms you itemised? Appreciate some advice if possible, many thanks.
Re laws having to be specific,this was stated at a disciplinary yesterday brought by the BHA
“It is a fundamental rule of natural justice that a person charged with misconduct should be informed precisely what he is alleged to have done and the law, rules or regulations he has thereby contravened”
The SFA are on to plums here,and they know it.
I’m just about to drive. I’ll be 30 mins. If you’re ok with it- get Bobby to get your mail addy to me and I’ll let you know all you need to know.
Will do, thanks. ??
Bobby, you have my email address – could you pass it on to Twisty please. Many thanks.
Too quick – you are a star!
Didnae take him long,did it? Hot on the heels of his” birther” conspiracy nonsense about Barack Obama…
Morning all and Packy.
Has Peter Lawwell been reading Sentinelcelts? 2 decent required signings that cost a bit of money! And we’ve still got French Eddy! Bravo. A centre back now please 🙂
Mailed ya bud.
Required reading if you don’t want yer baws booted,mate. Not for us,the sycophantic route,always call it straight.
Eff this one up,they have nowhere to hide.
And aye,I know it was tongue in cheek. So was my reply. As if the suits CGAF about the likes of us…
Yes, thin ice indeed, your natural law quote is excellent, as we see many of the “rights” we took for granted many years ago being eroded in our legal system.
However, we are dealing with the SFA and I hate to remind everyone…
 Evidence was given by Alexander Bryson, Head of Registrations at the SFA, who described the registration process. During the course of his evidence he explained that, once a player had been registered with the SFA, he remained registered unless and until his registration was revoked. Accordingly, even if there had been a breach of the SFA registration procedures, such as a breach of SFA Article 12.3, the registration of a player was not treated as being invalid from the outset, and stood unless and until it was revoked.
The slippiest snake in slimeland couldn’t out slither these rogues.
Was up and down like a yoyo last night. Like trying to sleep in Spain without aircon. Very humid in Clydebank toon just now.
Hmmm,good point. Time to go for the nuclear option and call in…
Just shoot the basterts,seems to work.
You know the best cure for insomnia,the only problem is that you waken up forgetting that you’ve slept!
Me, last few nights.
This snooker is painful to watch. never seen Ronnie O’Sullivan play so nervy.
Sign Shane Patrick Michael Duffy fae Derry toon please Celtic. Then we will be good to go for 10 in a row ????
Was thinking the exact same about the Rocket Jim. Selby is an excellent player though. Cannae wait till 2.30. Praying for my local hero Anthony McGill ???
Snooker live on Eurosport
Garry, went down to the pub yesterday afternoon to watch the snooker. A neighbour of mine who used to play in a group came in with an accoustic guitar he had just bought down in Wishaw. Of course he got it out to show us and started a wee sing song! End of snooker!