Crooked Charges by Crooked Cops
9 years ago if someone even began telling how the final chapter of this saga would play out, lets be honest you would think theres nae chance pal sorry.
The fans not there to watch yet pay full whack no worries,,the fella that started it returns to finish it,, an invincible season,,a deadly virus,,secret trips abroad,,a lurking rival steps up from our shadow,,a sinister plot to thwart the mission,,no wonder you wouldn’t believe the fella back than. That reads like the next James Bond movie for f#@k sake!
Yet all true proving the old adage truth is stranger than fiction to be spot on.
Just look at the makeup of the Joint Response Group for a start. This is an unprecedented situation, mostly medical but very much a social issue also, thus it makes sense the makeup of the our COBRA group should have drawn from those sectors, and at the very least be one hundred percent impartial.
No chance at all. Petrie, Doncaster and Maxwell couldn’t but help placing themselves on the group on no grounds other than the could, there’s no other reason for three football men on what should be a broad spectrum of reputable professionals in their various fields.
They stick in the SFA doctor, a chap they all know so very well, to round off the underwhelming quartet giving some semblance of medical input, but make no mistake and semblance of impartiality and professionalism went out the window when they all signed on the dotted line, and whetted their beaks a little bit more as there’s bound to be a nice fee involved for providing their ‘services’.
And to the charges themselves. I would have no issue charging the players for whatever law they breached, none whatsoever, and they will be club punished so no one is walking away with this Scot free, no one at all. But yet what laws have they breached?
Disciplinary Rules 24 & 71 aren’t new, and were in place then of course, but yet they are soo vague as to make the charges head scratching.
Players will be players, aren’t the brightest generally, and young men do silly things, been that way since young men were first created.
But to attempt to intercede in this manner, into their personal lives effectively, policing them under the guise of Covid-19 is staggeringly authoritarian Big Brother like.
There’s always been an element of clubs watching troubled yet gifted stars, but this takes things to a new level, a level none of us want to see the national sport fall to.
The players arent skint, and could mount their own defence, but their mother clubs should take care of business here I believe.
They, after all, are in charge of relaying information or not, plus will have known exactly how the actions of their employees when off duty would effect, if they didnt theres the start of this farcical charge unraveling.
And they can probably afford much better legal representation than your average footballer.
Of course, one of the main reasons the fans were so wrathful yesterday upon announcement was the clear lack of one club who had seen testing protocol fail, and considering that happened while employees of two different teams were on active duty, many perceive the case to be more severe than the others. But yet surprise surprise their favoured club gets another small helping hand in the quest to derail ten. Celtic won’t be hurt much or at all by any Bolingoli ban and club fine, the Dons will certainly feel the non availability of eight regulars, no doubt about it.
Bookies will close bets on those fixtures more than likely, and that stops what should be the third best team in their tracks, helping give the leaders a straight run with less distraction.
At least that’s what my paranoid brain has come up with, after all surely they aren’t the only SPL players that have breached rules.
So all eyes will turn to our club of choice now for a reaction. I’ve concurred with those who see ourselves as an easy touch for UEFA and their disciplinary panels numerous fines, it’s almost every game we get hit with something or other. But when the SFA cronies throw bent charges at our club, not only do we need to be seen acting, the fans demand it. They are already fraught, to sense that cheating is involved (quiet at the back) in attempting to derail the ten would lead to uproar. Infact I dare say that would be too much for many Tims, feeling cheated out of this title.
And with these charges, those seeds were planted.
The charges have taken the shine of an excellent signing, stole some of his thunder, perhaps that was the intention. Send the Tims into the weekend upset and hope the Ibrox mob pile the pressure on. That can work two ways, we can use that pressure against them. We should continue signing what looks like first team ready quality to assault the division showing we mean business, we should hold onto our star player one more year, we should move on THAT player, we should have our legal team shred this bent Hampden mob with their phoney charges, and we should use this as a motivator to help establish a headwind to charge to the summit where we belong.
The ten was never going to be easy. It must be fought for every inch of the way.
Lets beat these crooked charges off the field, and then beat them all on it.
The real fight for the ten has just started.
The above is by Mahe.
Napster’s follow the link pls
Score Prediction link below
Terrific piece,MAHE. Did not pull your punches there.
Nor does The Evil Genius here,btw.
I think we need a bit of perspective here-aye,it’s maybe a bit trite to say that nobody died,but,erm,nobody died. And as Sutton points out,supermarket workers aren’t berated for going to the pub at night,
Come to that,it is notable that while customers in supermarkets and passengers on buses are compelled to wear a mask upon pain of draconian and exponential fines,employees are not! Now,I actually agree with that,after all the employees would otherwise have to wear one for their entire shift,but there,as clear as day,is the double standard laid bare.
And I’m willing to bet that the “COBRA” cabal to which you refer won’t be 100% COVID-compliant either.
All in all,this is a continuing shitshow. And as ever when there is a problem,the involvement of politicians-ever mindful of their public persona and potential votes-can only make things worse. But politicians do have one saving grace,and that is that they don’t actually run Scottish football. That they leave to the truly incompetent. People whose only saving grace,equally,is that they aren’t politicians…
Moral of the story is one that has never changed. Don’t do as I do,do as I say.
BTW,I was using my new laptop yesterday for a change. Thanks to my ever-generous family for that! Takes ages getting used to the keyboard again after using an iPad for so long. But I did notice that I had no access problems whatsoever.
Maybe a coincidence,but probably not.
We need someone like John Paul McBride (MIT) to rip them a new ass____
This is maybe a bit of a hagiographic piece,but it is very well written. Won’t change my opinion of the wee nyaff-that has never changed since I witnessed first hand his histrionics v Broonie.
However,the author misses a major point about someone considered by many to be a pampered and indulged nasty wee piece of work. Neymar played an average of 46 games a season in his first nine years in Brazil and Spain. In France over three seasons,he has barely managed 60% of that. That stat strikes me as proof that what we are witnessing is the equivalent of an aging rock star touring a greatest hits show to fill the stadium,boost back catalogue sales and milk the fans one last time.
Yes,yer aging rock star can still hit the high notes-unless he’s Robert Plant!-but the magic has gone and only memories remain. And frankly,I don’t have memories of Nyaffmar in the same way I do of say Messi,Maradona,both Ronaldos,Cruyff,etc,never mind my real heroes in The Hooooops.
He is a masterpiece of marketing. He can’t be put in the same bracket as those I mention above. A modern-day Beckham,and that’s about it.
Every time I see us in a legal tussle,that man flits through my memory. How terribly convenient his untimely death was,but we shall never know…
Good Morning all.
The alleged football offences contravened are what exactly? Not the “not acting in best intetests”, or: “bringing the game into disrepute “? There needs to have been some defined rules to have been contravened in the first place – and there are not up to now. These are civil matters, not football matters and the concerned parties have been/will be penalised by their clubs and the police (Bolingoli). There cannot be any question of double jeopardy.
Sorry but I am struggling to find any sympathy for Celtic right now. It had the opportunity of a lifetime to begin the fight against the corrupt SFA over Res12 but chose not to do anything because it wasn’t in the “club’s interest to do so”. As Ronald Reagan is reputed to have said, “weakness invites aggression”. Celtic PLC displayed abject cowardice over Res12 and many other aspects of the continuity myth so no-one should not be that surprised when the club’s enemies respond with even more attacks on them. We always knew who the Celtic haters were inside the SFA. It’s the Celtic haters inside the club’s boardroom that supporters should be more concerned about.
Morning all and Packy.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is the greatest snooker player but he is temperamental. He is like a football player who hates playing in a match which is all sideways and back passing. He loves to score. Yesterday he had a few Hit & Hope shots at 100 mph. Where she goes nobody knows type shots. Sometimes it works for him, sometimes against. Mark Selby thought he was being disrespectful, I disagree. Ronnie said he didn’t want to be in a position of losing 40 points because of being snookered. He has a point. Anthony McGill was snookered in the final frame and missed 8 times. Lost 35 points. You could argue those lost points lost him the semi final.
It was a terrific day if your a snooker fan. Unique.
Didn’t see the Bayern, Barca game. But it sounds like an equally thrilling match to watch. I don’t usually watch football outwith Scotland but i would have jumped on to that one if I wasn’t watching the Crucible.
Pour yerself a large one and enjoy…
Cheers Bobby. What was that OG like? LOL 🙂
Superb stuff from Bayern. 8-2 is the type of embarrassing scoreline we can sometimes suffer in Europe, who would have thought the mighty Barca would be at the receiving end?
Lovely touch from Planet Rock after upholding two minutes silence…
I see there’s a game in Ireland tomorrow St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers. With names like that I wouldn’t know which team to support!
Support The Hoooooops,as always!
Bobby, hope you don’t mind if I support Livingston for 90 mins. tomorrow! 🙂
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/s/ken-buchanon-facing-yet-another-tough-opponent-75 Ken Buchanan facing yet another tough opponent at 75
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iTo6A2XhgTo Ken Buchanan
Thanks for that link to the article in The Morning Star. Sadly,it read like an obituary,but it was written with the love and respect that Ken deserves-and earned!
I can give him no greater accolade than that he was my Papa’s favourite boxer. and that’s a man from the previous century,seen them all,and done a bit too. It really is sad that we generally don’t hold our heroes in the regard that they deserve,treating them like yesterday’s papers. Ken and so many others deserve better than to simply drift away.
Having said that,we should all have an article like that. A fantastic bit of writing.
And btw,TWISTSNTURNS is the go to guy for Ken,sure he has a tale or six to lovingly recount.
Worth remembering that Ken didn’t just set opponents up with the long jab,he broke their hearts first by being bloody difficult to hit!
Shved to Mechelen – Loan with option to buy.
Sounds like Neil was tyred of him.
Yes my pal Packy’s nap has won!!! 🙂 (Halfers)
3 Stars for that M
Couldn’t have said that better myself
AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, look ghuys if you want any betting tips just let me know? TWISTY and JNP eat yer heart oot ? ?
Very nice too,7/2. Hope you put the mortgage on it.
Well done Packy, wasn’t even the fav. ! 🙂
Ukraine winger Marian Shved has left Celtic without making a first-team start to join Belgian side KV Mechelen on a season-long loan.
Well that’s another +£2mill in transfer fees + ? in wages PL pissed down the drain. Seriously think about the 1st team ready players we could have bought with the money wasted on projects over the past few seasons. Now I read we are dithering on the loan fee for Shane Duffy yet will quite happily waste +£4 mill in transfer fees and wages on 2 projects – Bayo and Shved who hardly kicked a ball for the club- Business men me arse.
Wingers we have hundreds of them CSC
BOBBY/JIM , cheers ghuys,just been told it came in at 500/1, the drinks are on me?
Good start from The Rocket, I think he will win the final very convincingly, by a large margin.
If you are buying, could I have a pint of whisky please. ??
GARRY, its on its way to dalmuir as we speak, enjoy?
I dunno how many years are left on Duffy’s contract,but he is far from first choice at Brighton. He was replaced for £20m by a guy that was signed only a year earlier for Bristol City for £3m,Webster I think.
Tell them to eff off with the loan,here’s £5m for the deal. Sorted.
Garry, 3-1 at the interval, no surprise there. Wilson looks nervous. Hope O’Sullivan wins but would prefer not see Wilson getting totally destroyed.
I really fear for young Wilson here. Looks very nervous as you say. Ronnie will sniff blood.
Bobby the point i was making is that the PLC willing throw large sums of money at projects who rarely if ever get a run of games in the 1st team. Most have been well below the quality required at Celtic some are sold, rarely do we recoup our costs, some are. released from their contracts. All the same money wasted. We need experienced tough defenders, Duffy falls into that category. In the most important of seasons, for the fans at least, the PLC need to stop playing who blinks first or a championship team will sign him. They are all too willing to splash the cash on players who will never feature in the squad. Get it done Celtic FFS
Good morning folks.
Hope all are well.
Bobby, no that’s not a coincidence. Stick with the laptop.
M6bhoy, you know I can’t stand the board, though on this occasion it’s the fans I feel for. Their special season can’t be there, given no reduction or refund, board that don’t fight or rock boats, not trusted why the big bank balance, their official supporters organisations that would traditionally speak up have been neutralised, and those that own small shareholding’s see their wishes ignored (hence the room booing the PLCs Res12 excuse).
I don’t think they can be blamed for wanting ten, that’s like a month to a flame.
This season should be this boards swan song, will you get behind a new set up?
If I like what I see I suppose I will.
happy birthday to the original holy goalie, mr john fallon ??
The problem we have in signing players is Lawwell.
His metrics which seem to be strictly financial make the decision.
For one often touted as brilliant he frequently gets it wrong.
The large sums we have received for a few gloss over the losses on many.
Even he cannot take credit for the KT fee.as he was a product of youth.
That we have a coach who has no interest in youth probably ends any chance of a repeat.
Our problem as a club stems from this autocrat as we have a hierarchical system and no cohesion amongst our football department.
With Barcelona it was ego that has fueled their demise, with Celtic it will be greed.
Why we should sign Shane Duffy Mr Lawell.
He can also play up front as a target man or at a push as a stand in keeper. Please refer to attached vid. I believe this is the chosen method for Celtic FC scouting players
And mine was in total agreement with you! It’s glaringly obvious to us all that we need a big strong boy at the back,one who takes no shit from opponents nor colleagues either.
So get him signed,put the £5m on the table,stop arguing about a loan deal.
Hoooooooopy birthday to the Lisbon Lion that is John Fallon..have a great day
A treble, sorry about that.
BOBBY, in all my nearly sixty years watching them, celtic never do anything by the book as in transfer dealings, we only got willie wallace in because joe mcbride was injured, the rest is history.H,H,
The Scottish Government has pursued football as a convenient punch bag or distraction because it plays well with the Scottish Cringe curtain-twitchers in our electorate. One idiotic & selfish Celt and 8 unthinking Dons players gave them the welcome distraction so they tell Scottish Football to “sort it or we’ll stop football’.
They never specified the actions to be taken, certainly not in writing, so they have plausible deniability that this is all down to the SFA and SPFL.
Certainly, charging the clubs with an unspecified offence looks like a show trial move. I would expect this to be either dropped or dismissed without sanction once considered. They can then say they followed their procedures and caused some difficulty/anxiety for the 2 clubs but no unjust sanction was issued.
That is, if you discount the inconvenience caused by unjustified match suspensions creating a more difficult competitive situation by causing a more congested fixture list.
Meanwhile some heat on the Care Home Scandal and SQA U-turns is lost via a useful squirrel.
It’s all pretty disgraceful political chicanery.