The root of evil vs Sport

“The purpose of business is to kill your competition, the purpose of sport is to revive that competition yearly”
Mark Palios (Former FA Chief Executive)


It’s currently halftime and the former is ahead by three, however having been given a rude awakening Sport is expected to come out strong.
Every decent fan should hope so.


I’ve watched the beautiful game sink lower and lower, team after team fall by the wayside only to be replaced by another living the dream, their direction dictated by foolish owner after foolish owner.
There’s one common denominator.


I’ve yet to see a team reach the pinnacle through it’s owners deep pockets, and include our own club here. I for one am extremely satisfied Dermots wedge isn’t needed, but soo many fans aren’t in that same boat.


The sport originally ‘allowed’ three global giants to emerge, yet all three struggle today. Facing challenges to that model by the obscenely rich, the authorities crumbled and allowed some randoms to be snapped up and propelled to superstardom almost at the stroke of a pen.
Success of the desired level remains outside their grasp.
There’s a lesson there but I assume people with more money than us consider themselves wiser. Their mistake.


Putin’s war in Ukraine has had a few ripple effects, and our beloved game is not immune.
Eddie Howe’s choice of club isn’t looking very wise right about now. Newcastle are the latest institute to fall under intense scrutiny after the Chelski owner/bankroller was turfed out of the game.


Supporters of Scottish football know only too well what unsustainable reaching for the stats can do having witnessed one of the nation’s giants die under a mountain of debt, only for the root of all evil to intercede and demand a respawn.
That there’s any form of Rangers still around today boils down to money pure and simple. The money the game would lose without them and especially the income their world famous rivalry produced.

With clear evidence money (via chasing it or splurging it) harms clubs and the game in general, one would imagine a break even policy would be top of every Chairman’s agenda, but we know that’s not the case.
It should be every supporter’s goal for their club, but we know that’s not the case.


Chelsea fans don’t wish to return to being merely a good team. Having watched their team become the current European and World Club Champions, added to vying for the title almost yearly, they have little desire to take a step back after hitting the big time, despite it being in their best interests.
Across the city there’s clearly no wish to be self sustainable. I’ve often read that club and it’s supporters shall point blank refuse to become the Espanyol of Barcelona, which probably awaits if they did tighten the belt sufficiently.
Faced with the prospect of their flagship product diminishing under regulation, the authorities wash their hands of the issue, turn a blind eye and hope for the best.
Despite it being in their best interest to avoid having to sell another respawn to the football pyramid, surely a very difficult task.


Football needed a wake-up call, and a foreign war has provided one, unlikely bedmates but there you go. When the biggest club in the world lost it’s biggest star because they couldn’t afford to register him, it was time to act.
When FIFA was found corrupt, it was time to act.
When Rangers died it was time to act.
When Bury died for real it was time to act.
It was time, it was time, it was time, yet the sports shot callers didn’t act.
Now they must.


I’ve watched the sport of kings boxing fall of it’s perch as the globes biggest, seen America favourite pastime Baseball suffer hugely due to a fixed World Series then steroid use. The NFL is regularly accused of referee bias, most recently in it’s flagship game with a dubious call that probably cost one team Superbowl glory, despite numerous replay angles and officials on the field.
So it wasn’t that hard for football to emerge at the head of the pack, now truly the world’s game. Yet now we witness the same shenanigans and lack of a moral compass that cost other sports their reputation and statute, behavior more likely to disenfranchise supporters rather than swell numbers.


If it wishes to stay the number one sport, it must get it’s act together, sooner rather than later. Others have fallen by the wayside and the beautiful is certainly not immune to that fall.


But like I said, it’s halftime, or at least that’s how I view things.
The beautiful game can strike back.


Think what you wish of Messer’s Carragher and Neville but they have a popular platform and their views are widely heard. I think they often speak sense and none more so when Garry admits below his opinions of ‘his’ league have broadly shifted now, he no longer sees it as a role model to be imitated by others, but as needing fixed. His opinion current events shall force through the proposed Independent Regulator is music to these ears and hopefully yours.


When (not if) it’s implemented down south the lobbying for similar structures up north must begin in earnest, and from every direction. That means telling the club and your MP, maybe joining groups that aim to drive this crucial legislation through into law. It means not settling for whatever is served up, but taking an active stance for the betterment of the national sport.
A clean and morally acceptable game in England would surely gain more of a foothold up north if not challenged or reacted to.


Break even to gain license,,
Salary Caps,,
Adult beverages at games,,
Season ticket cost restrictions,,
Membership Service,,
More sponsors on the jersey,,
Foreign refs,,
I could go on but nothing should be off the table, not without severe scrutiny of the possible benefits any act could bring.


We all know our own club of choice became the biggest fish in the pond organically, and therefore any prize money is honest and well earned. However it’s a fact the Champions League money can and does skew leagues, many of them.
This in particular needs to be tackled and should the solution require the participating clubs to forgo some of those megabucks and allow them to trickle down then so be it. The ‘big boys’ shall not roll over easily I understand, but c’est la vie, when are they ever happy?


However innovation starts at the very top and that’s one word you never read associated with the two powers that be. For starters that’s one power too many, the SFA and SPL must either merge or be replaced, and what comes next better offer a lot more bang for buck.
The Blazers for the Boys and junkets galore must cease.
The mouths in the trough must be significantly lowered.
And income must be increased via innovation.
An Independent Regulator or body must fix Hampden, and that shall be their biggest battle.


The rags as always shall take a side, apparent or not. Faced with their beloved team forced to break even and thus the green side of the city romping home more often than not one doesn’t need to be Nostradamus to envisage their slant.
Any Regulator shall need thick skin at the minimum, flawless credentials at the maximum, but shall face pushback from the press pack as sure as James Bond gets the girl. I hope they view it as part and parcel of the position and don’t budge an inch, all while calling it straight down the middle armed with a new set of laws alongside giving off the aura of Justice.
A strong foreigner is called for.


Our beloved game is truly in a state of flux, infact the entire globe feels as if it’s in a state of flux right now, but with change comes opportunity, a wise man once said.
Football has changed since I was a boy, has changed since I was a man, but it’s been handed it’s big chance to right itself and truly embrace being the world’s game for generations to come.


For this second half, Sport needs a new gameplan.

By Mahe.

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Noel Skytrot
March 19, 2022 7:14 am

Excellent piece Mahe around the corruption and greed in the game. All football associations and many clubs are as bent as a boomerang factory and as long as the capital rolls in they simply don’t care. Money over morals and decency, money wins every time. Its the same in a societal sense. Greed and materialism usurp everything. Sad, but its the way of the world.

The Gombeen Man
March 19, 2022 7:26 am


There’s an expression in life,

“Never meet your heroes.”

Sport has always been corrupt. So too politics, religion, trade unions just about anything you can think of.

It’s just the way folk are made. Anything goes, if it gets ‘me’ or ‘my tribe’ ahead.

We’ve fought global wars, we’ve enslaved millions, we’ve virtually destroyed the environment. Thousands die daily through poverty.

Remember ‘the war to end all wars?’

It’s all just a fault in the human psyche.

And yet we rationalise, justify and forget all the warnings. Life is just about lurching from one crisis to another.

Trump remember him? Black Lives Matter? What happened to that? No sooner than we are vaccinated and we’re into European conflict.

This constant crisis to crisis is just the way life is. No sooner do you have one thing fixed then something else goes into crisis.

We live in our own personal fantasy world and completely forget that the Old Firm circus was always corrupt.

The Old Firm always guaranteed the enslavement of the marginalised in Scotland. It is the modern day version of the Roman Colosseum. The entitled get to see the unwashed bohemian get put in his place.

The Celtic Support were sold a pup.

A Generation of Domination, was supposed to see the arrival of a new reality. Celtic supporters would get to see their favourites dominate.

Wiser voices tried to prevent the stampede to buy SBs but it turned out that Celtic supporters are just like everybody else.

Sense went out the window. Greed and shortsightedness prevailed and we now look pretty dumb.

The same too with Newcastle, Manchester City, United, Leeds, Chelsea, Barca, Bayern Munich, Italian clubs…

Lessons are never learned. There will be other Ukraines. Arms companies are making a fortune, oil prices are fluctuating, inflation is rising.

There’s numerous bidders for Chelsea. What’s happened to all the debt that bought them the silverware?

What have Amnesty said about the takeover at Newcastle? Contrast that with the UK Government’s statement about investment from Saudi Arabia.

All we do is find our own favourite Aunt Sally. The Refugee, the immigrant, the poor – anything but take responsibility.

What’s our response to sectarian singing at Dundee on Monday night? According to CQN, ‘Sevco started it.’ This is the kind of greetin’ response you get from two weans scrapping in the schoolyard.

The only solution is to see stop pretending that change is around the corner.

It’s not.

We live in a Dreamworld. We form attachments to philosophies, religions, tribes, political parties and football teams.

All in the hope of some security, of making things better. It doesn’t work.

They all scew up. We go into denial, rationalise and do the exact same thing again.

The journey is just to awaken to that.

It’s never going to improve. It’s not fixable, it’s the nature of duality.

It’s You that changes. Not It.

Thanks for the article, Mahe,

Have a good weekend.

The Gombeen Man
March 19, 2022 7:44 am

Irish Olympic gold medal boxer, Kellie Harrington gives a few bars of Grace, a capella on Paddy’s Day.

Actor John C Reilly tunes in with a bit of Raglan Road…

Day 3 of St Patrick’s 4 day Festival.

Dublin is full of Scots rugby fans, great week at Cheltenham, Ange’s lads on later and not a cloud in the sky.

Parkrun first.

Till Later.

big packy
March 19, 2022 7:56 am

MAHE and THE GOMBEEN MAN, great posts, but ill say it again and keep saying it, there is no old firm the glesga rangers are deid ,this is the infamous glesga rainjurs. have a good day all ,3-0 to the famous glasgow celtic,

A thing of beauty
March 19, 2022 8:07 am

Nice sentiments Mahe but you’re a dreamer as I always say. You’re not wrong to say that the game is corrupted by money but everything in life is now a days as TGM states.
Scottish football decided it couldn’t survive without the Huns. So the Celtic support faced a choice. Leave the game behind and all that goes with the game or keep
Supporting the team. I’ve chosen the former and mags McGill has chosen the latter. One thinks the other is thick and one thinks the other is jealous.
You can’t put the genie back in the bottle unfortunately.

The Gombeen Man
March 19, 2022 8:42 am

Packy, ATOB,

Thanks for the responses…


Hopefully things went well yesterday. I bet you were full of pride driving to that interview.


Fingers crossed for Barry.


I tried posting that yesterday…

I’ll maybe saw it in two and try again next week?

Till Later.

Jobo Baldie
March 19, 2022 8:54 am

Good morning friends and Happy Matchday from a sun kissed EK. Gonnie be a relative roaster, so they say. Really looking forward to a sunny, wind free Strathclyde ParkRun!

March 19, 2022 9:21 am

I don’t share your view that we should accept corruption and injustice because that is how we are somehow pre programmed to behave.
The monetisation of just about everything has only happened since the crazy Chicago School economists’ ideas first proposed in the 1930s were implemented by Thatcher and Reagan in the 1980s. Public assets such as utilities, telecoms, now operate solely for profit. Fitba’ has sold its soul and the only beneficiaries really are the elite players and their agents. The sheer volume of cash sloshing around the game is bound to attract criminals. Many officials are easily bought throughout the world. Result, a World Cup in Qatar ffs! The tv rights world wide are sold for billions and organised crime is getting its cut.
Financial Fair Play is the only chance for the game to save itself.
These decisions are made by people who hide behind “commercial confidentiality”, “non disclosure agreements”. We allow it. We cannot be bothered to get involved so we let the sleazebags take over. And we pay our ST money to them.
Our game in Scotland has been used to keep the masses divided, and make a few bob for the clubs’ “guardians”. We buy into our fairytale history, legendary players, bouncing nights at Paradise and the feelgood factor of supporting Celtic.
I’m supporting a corrupt, bent game. Everyone who has a bank account is supporting a bent game. Therefore you’ll all be surprised to hear that I’m gonna continue to support my team by going to as many games as possible, including today’s.

March 19, 2022 9:32 am

Morning all from a beautiful, bright and sunny Royal Burgh of Renfrew!
Thanks to all for the good wishes for my girl and her first Uni interview yesterday.
TGM…I’m watching my beautiful wee baby grow up in front of my eyes to be a beautiful, confident young woman! She’s the quietest of my three, always has been, but has a quiet self-confidence that never fails to surprise me. She attended the interview yesterday because she knew she had to, despite her preference to stay at home during her Uni years she knows the experience will stand her in good stead. I has a wee drive down to Portobello and Musselburgh to revisit my life from 30 years ago, she called me when it was time to pick her up. On the approach to the Uni I saw a young girl in her gym gear waiting at the roadside, she was stood tall in the sunlight with the sun picking out the colours in her hair, i noticed from the distance how beautiful this young woman looked before I realised it was my own daughter. It was a pleasure to take her on that particular journey yesterday, she takes her driving test in a few weeks so that may have been my last chance for such an opportunity.
Thanks again all.

March 19, 2022 9:36 am

Who takes the most out of football?
The biggest single shareholder. – “If you want to throw your money down a drain, then buy a football club”.
Of course there are exceptions, but in the main its like throwing money onto the fire.
The Administrators. – I might argue that they take the most out of football. Blatter verses Abramovich. Lawwell verses Desmond.
The supporters. – I would argue that they take out the most, like emotion, satisfaction or dissatisfaction, attachment, a feeling of belonging, camaraderie, loyalty, the high of your team winning. People make choices, its theirs to make, who are we to take their choices away?

March 19, 2022 9:39 am

Some good points there, thank you.
The cost of the officials versus Dundee Utd was around £5,000. Those officials were notified at the start of this season of the rule change re the sequence that led to Maeda’s goal. The SFA referee supervisor, Crawford Allan ( ‘admitted that Kyogo’s goal versus Hearts was offside” ) brought club representatives to the sixth floor notifying them of same.
Now, regarding the game… they all forgot about the change or they all remembered but then forgot ?
Also, no comment on Sky and their huge influence ?
Carragher… really ?

March 19, 2022 9:41 am

McCaff – The best of luck to your daughter, she too is blessed to have a loving, caring father like your good self.

Bada Bing
March 19, 2022 9:53 am

Chalmersbhoy et al,thanks for the Cheltenham comp,well done Bhoys

Saltires en Sevilla
March 19, 2022 10:18 am

Great stuff Mahe and well done to all with organising horse racing events and charity donations – heartwarming that there are so many caring folk here

Always really interesting posts, chats and contributions folks – all entertaining and informative.

Bawheid – look forward to your item buddy and really always worthwhile from you.

McCaff – lovely sentiments from a loving dad. They really are worth all the effort, and wish you both future success , but mainly happiness

TGM – aye buddy was thinking file size might need trimmed or sliced and diced – much to look forward to

Best thoughts and wishes to everyone with illness or otherwise challenging times – the light will return soon.

Hoping for 3 points today and watchinggame with MrsSeS thanks to Paady’s Maw and kind generosity.

March 19, 2022 10:18 am

Life is flawed & there are a lot of evil Bastards out there,
However the vast vast majority are decent people who get on with their lives & look after their families & do a bit of good in the World.
Sport is flawed & has it’s evil Bastards quota but Sport is also Beautiful and is an essential part of life & brings joy & happiness to millions,
Celtic is flawed and over it’s existence has had its share of bad Bastards but by God it has given the Celtic Diaspora joy, pride, identity & a comradery.
In it’s beginning it lifted a poverty stricken marginalized people,
We are the descendants of those people.

We are not thick or stupid, we are no longer poor or downtrodden, we come from all walks of life, we come from all parts of the World, we are different to each other in many ways but we are united in our love & passion for a Club.

I can only speak for myself, I understand that some former Celtic Supporters feel hurt & disillusioned by events since Liquidation of Huns. Many have walked away & many have expressed their feelings here & on other Blogs like CQN,
I bear no ill will at all to those people, I would love to see them reconciled & back in the fold.

However at this stage I’m fed up with those of them that continuously slag & insult the present Celtic Support,

March 19, 2022 10:27 am

Brilliant CorkCelt!!

March 19, 2022 10:28 am

How can I get your prize to you.

A thing of beauty
March 19, 2022 11:07 am

Just about to head to paradise but it would be remiss of me not to thank Chalmersbhoy for organising the Cheltenham competition. I would also like to thank Jobo from saving me from the wooden spoon. I know nothing about horses except every time I back one it’s next stop is Belgium.
I hope your daughter gets into the uni she wishes. You’ve obviously gave her a great grounding and if she’s lucky she’ll get the one she wants. If not she’ll grow even more by going elsewhere.

March 19, 2022 12:04 pm

Stunning article on current events in Ukraine,and the lasting effects likely to occur.

March 19, 2022 12:06 pm


Surely the time to close that line is summer? Still,at least they waited till we are down to a game a week,and with an international break as well.

March 19, 2022 12:11 pm
Cosy Corner Bhoy
March 19, 2022 12:12 pm

On the way to Paradise literally!
Giving Kerrydale a try- if we get in- so brought plenty dish😀 £5 a pint Guiness!
Thanks to all organisers this week
Well done all especially the winners

Prestonpans bhoys
March 19, 2022 12:23 pm


If you don’t get into the Kerry , then the other pubs around the ground are £1 cheaper👍

March 19, 2022 12:28 pm

John Nicholson in his book ‘Can We Have Our Football Back?’ makes a number of salient observations about the state of the modern game but one that particularly intrigued me was the idea of undercutting commercial broadcasting of the game.

I can’t remember the correct terminology to use but in a nutshell; have UNESCO sign off on football as a sport of cultural and health benefit to humanity at large. Broadcasting of the sport must therefore be free-to-air and subscription-based packages be outlawed.

Clearly this would face obstacles enforcing this around the globe but consider the impact; the Sky and BT model that has dominated the landscape for a generation, wiped out at a stroke with good legislation.

There would be far fewer incentives for tv to be showing games on telly every night of the week and this would encourage armchair fans to get back into the grounds.

Clubs would have to forget tv income and lean towards a community-based budgeting model, with all the social benefits that would entail.

Clubs based in urban centres with larger support bases would still in all likelihood be the most successful but if you cut out tv money you make the playing field that much more level for everyone. The only reason oligarchs and oil-money states get involved in football in the first place is as a PR front because of the exposure the sport gets from the tv packages that are sold around the world to middle-income households. If that model is all of a sudden made illegal there’s a far greater chance of football remaining closer to its roots and being for the benefit of the working class who first popularised the sport rather than the handful of billionaires it props up right now.

‘A dreamer like Mahe’ I expect many readers are thinking and aye, fat chance of any of this happening anytime soon but I hope you would all agree in theory it’s a good place to start!


PS. Diminished power of TV scheduling would see a return to the traditional Saturday 3pm kick offs, a disgrace that this is our first today in nearly two months.

Billy Bhoy
March 19, 2022 12:56 pm

That was a harrowing read about the legacy of war. Thank God I’m now heading off out to the game!

March 19, 2022 12:57 pm

No Karamoko today as he playing for the B team against the B Huns

Cosy Corner Bhoy
March 19, 2022 1:07 pm

In the Crown Creighton. Kerrydale full at 1220😩
Queueing up from 1100 and doesn’t open till 1130
Must be full of Lhads from Ireland as bus park full of overseas buses
Back to drawing board

big packy
March 19, 2022 1:39 pm

COSY CORNER BHOY, jimthetim53 and I are in the louden tavern, plenty room here mate, come and join us, oh but they dont sell guinness,,cant think why,🤩🤩

Margaret McGill
March 19, 2022 1:43 pm

Their grandchildren will be Celtic supporters

big packy
March 19, 2022 1:44 pm

just told jim that drummer from blondie is the worst drummer ive ever heard, cant keep time, cant do a proper drum roll, has to cut corners and do a crushed roll,, FFS wee joan can do a crushed roll,another true story🤩🤩

March 19, 2022 2:13 pm


That was a wonderful piece of writing on being a parent! Not only does it light up the blog, it gives me hope for the world.

Just a quick update on Barry. The situation is still dire and has to be viewed day to day. He has made some progress but the major problems are still there.

Sometimes using the medical profession can end up with you being in worse shape. Sad.


March 19, 2022 2:48 pm
big packy
March 19, 2022 2:51 pm

OK might have been a bit harsh plays a nice semiquaver and triplet,🤩🤩👍

March 19, 2022 3:04 pm

Cheers Bobby! 🙂

March 19, 2022 3:07 pm

I remember sitting in the North Stand on days like this. Blinded by the sun! LOL 🙂

March 19, 2022 3:16 pm

G-Mak with a header from a Jota cross

March 19, 2022 3:20 pm

Upper arm handball? So no penalty then.

March 19, 2022 3:20 pm

Deliberate ‘hand ball’. Although it was the top of his arm.

March 19, 2022 3:24 pm

Go for the hat trick son! 🙂

March 19, 2022 3:24 pm

G-Mak with his 11th one touch goal.

March 19, 2022 3:28 pm

Yellow card all day. Nope.

March 19, 2022 3:30 pm

That ref. Robertson again being a prick! 2 yellows missed.

March 19, 2022 3:31 pm

Maeda with a one touch now!

March 19, 2022 3:32 pm


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