The winds of change are blowing

The season so far has been a real eye opener, its been bad but possibly in a good way.
Over the last 8 or 9 months there’s been a sequence of poor/nefarious/ridiculous decisions that have plagued the top flight clubs, it’s overseers, and the games lifeblood.


The SPL and the SFA could be accused of losing control of the game through their own decisions such as the Cinch fiasco and the allegedly lost VAR recordings.
Their employees (refereeing officials) are seriously in the dock.


While they are vulnerable we have the prospect of an Independent Regulator being mandated ala English football, and of course the Fan Advisory Boards discussion is already underway.


The biggest club in the land might have found this generations Farry-gate scandal to wield as a big stick, but yet face internal issues galore from a fanbase who feel exploited by the greedy marketing division, feel thrown under the bus by the Transfer Committee, are unhappy at the PLC strategy of hoarding cash,,and are beginning to organize on many fronts.


The second biggest club in the land flies very close to the financial edge having been placed on a watch list, still continually belt out disgusting or actual illegal chants/songs, get much more favorable decisions than the rest put together, and basically need the title this season to get their house in order cashflow wise.


The rest have big issues, I’ve read Livingston with be in serious trouble if relegated, Aberdeen can’t chose a decent manager, Shankland is saving Hearts, Hibs want to ban some away supporters hurting the bottom line, the better informed could add to that list.


It certainly feels like Brendan is two big wins away from shutting the whole charade down,,beating the refs and winning the title would cause major, major, ripples in Scottish football.
He wins his case against Hampden and that’s the end of the old way of doing things aka the Lanarkshire referees association. The fall out would be spectacular, already rumours circle of a Hampden beaks meeting descending into acrimony, their employees may just have pushed too far on this occasion.
Mistrusted SPL beaks, already proven inept or mischievous or both by other clubs apart from Celtic for not following through on their promise for an independent investigation into the Cinch affair, cannot afford a(nother) major scandal on their hands lest reform be demanded. Should R2ngers come 2nd in the league, the SPL are duty bound to make sure their financial house is in order before submitting them as Scottish representatives in Europe, they cannot exaggerate or caress the books.
The SFA face another club (Livvy) going into Administration or even Liquidation, and of course if they are stated to be a new club there’s the double standards aspect, if not there’s the mockery aspect of an actual football clubs death. Can they die up north under current legislation, or are iteration after iteration allowed which also makes a mockery of the beautiful game?


I sense the SPL/SFA, and the clubs, are now caught in the struggle between old world ways and the modern technological age,,the two are incompatible. I take heart in the fact resignations have occurred in places, yesteryear would have decided ‘let them grumble’.
Supporter unhappiness has helped bring about new scouts at Parkhead, and according to one filthy rag a couple of outsiders to take over the refs and VAR.


Two good changes for a start, add onto this,,
Hampden might fall. R2ngers get the audio, ours is deleted? Rubs hands with boyish gleeful exuberance.
A strong desire throughout the fanbase to influence club affairs more, which will be mandated.
A title rival who must balance the books, as in for real.
The New Barrowfield suggests more emphasis on youth production, and the women’s game.


If you stick your finger in the air you will feel the winds of change blowing throughout Scottish football, it’s inevitable, it always was. On the one it’s exasperating it’s dragged its heels this long, on the other hand the old ways death throes will be delicious, and it shall be, I hope, an honour and a privilege to enter this new phase with Tims such as yourself who deserve it much more than I. The matchday going supporter, no matter the team, deserves much better from their passion, and if some change is necessary to facilitate that fact then so be it. As the nation with the busiest turnstiles in Europe per capita, Scottish football approaches the threshold of a better game by the day I believe.
Fan Advisory Boards?
Fighting at Hampden?
Tims more involved?
All music to my ears, and serious signs thst the winds of change, they blow, and blow fast.


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March 19, 2024 11:04 pm

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March 19, 2024 11:22 pm

MAHE, you are a super-optimist. A good trait to have. I really wish that all your musings would come to pass.
Iniquitous IV😊

Prestonpans bhoys
March 19, 2024 11:27 pm

Mahe, a interesting piece, something is definitely a foot. Time for the anonymous CEOand absent landlord ti get actively involved!

March 19, 2024 11:28 pm

My dreams have come true so far 😉
Hail Hail

March 19, 2024 11:44 pm

Prestonpans Bhoys
“something is definitely a foot.”
That’s how I feel.
Hail Hail

March 20, 2024 12:03 am

Brilliant Mahe…a slow, tentative start and you built it! I’d suggest everybody listens to this while they’re reading the article! 😁

March 20, 2024 12:05 am

Prestonpans Bhoy…I’ve got a foot, but I don’t use it as a rule!
It’s fine, I’ll get me coat!! 🤪

Prestonpans bhoys
March 20, 2024 12:27 am


Yellow card for shite jokes, that my domain!

March 20, 2024 1:14 am

Hi Mahe, good article mate.

I sincerely hope Dermot now realises just how much the SFA have been taking the piss out of him and Celtic.

Hopefully it’s action time from Celtic and we blow the SFA cartel wide open.

Winning the league this season is imperative as well.

March 20, 2024 3:56 am


Very interesting article, there is definite signs of a brisk breeze with the resignation of Crawford Allan, yet it is the SFA’s statement that really forecasts a wind of change.

Great discussion on last thread by MiT, McCaff et al in that regard.

Obviously MiT’s insight and him seldom putting a foot wrong in this regard points to business as usual and a ban for Brendan Rodgers.

However McCaff makes a very good point, the timing of Crawford’s resignation is very telling.

Why before this high profile hearing has the SFA issued a statement that is as close to a mea culpa as these guys get.

Still the point is the charge and that was reposted by McCaff…

“Notice of Complaint | Brendan Rodgers, Manager, Celtic FC
Wednesday 6 March 2024
Alleged Party in Breach: Brendan Rodgers, Manager, Celtic FC

Date: Sunday 3 March 2024

Competition: Scottish Premiership

Match: Heart of Midlothian FC v Celtic FC

Disciplinary Rule allegedly breached: Disciplinary Rule 72. No recognised football body, club, official, Team Official or other member of Team Staff, player or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA, shall in an interview, a ‘blog’ on the internet, on a social networking or microblogging site, or in any other manner calculated or likely to lead to publicity (i) criticise the Decision(s) and/or performance(s) of any or all match official(s) in such a way as to indicate bias or incompetence on the part of such match official; or (ii) make remarks about such match official(s) which impinge on his character. For the avoidance of doubt this Rule applies (i) whether reported to the Scottish FA by a match official for Misconduct or otherwise, and (ii) where remarks are brought to the Scottish FA’s attention, or of which the Scottish FA becomes aware, by whatever manner or means. There shall be a presumption that any material published in such manner was published in the name of and/or with the authority of the person or body bearing to have published the material.

Hearing date: Thursday 28 March 2024”

It’s as per, a catch all, going by the letter of the rule R2ngers could have been charged over half a dozen times this season.

The brow beating of Willie Collum and others consistently ignored.

There is also the point EL, BMCUWPS and others make regarding bias, while it is mentioned in the rule, there is no indication that the SFA are charging Brendan Rodgers with this directly, nor did Brendan Rodgers make that allegation.

It’s “incompetence” that seems to be the basis for the charge, as mentioned earlier it’s not a matter of proving whether the Officials in question are competent or not, the crime is “indicating” it.

So guilty as charged mi’lord

Yet Brendan Rodgers was quite specific in his criticism.

He stated the match had been officiated off the field of play and that crucial match decisions had been taken by VAR.

Now the SFA seem to admit things are far from ideal with VAR in their statement on Mr Allan’s departure…

“Crawford’s departure to pursue new opportunities will effect a review of the existing role and remit to reflect the demands placed on it by the introduction and optimisation of VAR.

This will coincide with a planned review of the operational priorities of the department based on the insights to date from VAR implementation, as well as feedback from Category One Match Officials and VAR operators, the Scottish FA’s Professional Game Board, the SPFL’s Competitions Working Group and the Independent Review Panel.”

Of course you could suggest that this doesn’t howl competence, yet it hardly admits incompetence.

However, back to Brendan’s point.

That important match defining decisions were made by VAR.

The Referee had seen the Yang incident and the linesman was in close proximity, the on field decision was a yellow card.

It was a reasonable decision

The “handball” by Tomoki for the penalty was likewise far from a stonewall penalty so not awarding a penalty was a reasonable decision.

Of course, another catch all is that the final decision lies with the match referee who took the decisions, so it is at least nuanced to say that VAR took the decisions.

Yet consider this, VAR should not intervene unless they have seen a clear and obvious error, it is therefore reasonable for a referee to assume that the VAR has spotted an error or oversight and should be questioning their decision.

Yet what is apparent, is that neither of these decisions were clear and obvious errors, by the match officials.

So, it could certainly be argued that the referee on the field took a subjective decision in both cases that were not wrong.

In which case VAR’s interference was (in the land of our old friend) Ultra vires.

VAR’s scope, in a match situation is fundamental and critical to the match officiating, if the VAR official does not understand that scope and do not act within their powers granted, surely this is a case of incompetency.

Aff oot.

Hail Hail

Uber Feenyin
March 20, 2024 3:56 am

Sol Kits,

Re Steve Harley

(I’m just catching up from the day here…)…

It was this that blew my mind. Seeing him, 40 years later, just nailing it perfectly, and still having a laugh. Brilliant, brilliant music. One of the best songs ever.

And this is the best ever version imo.

Uber Feenyin
March 20, 2024 4:15 am

FOA Magill:

Fun fact:

It was never a civil war,in the conventional sense of the term.. just another failed, communist revolution is all.

Another fun fact:

One in every four members of the so-called International Brigade were Jewish.

Mental how easy it is to send the ideologues off their heads with the truth.

Now,bring on the ad hominem attacks…

If God is for us, then who can be against us? CSC. ☘️


Omg,you capitalist wanker 👊👊👊

16 Roads, I will kick your arse when we next meet. 👊👊🤣🤣

I hate that you make me like you you feckin tory bollocks 👊👊👊

Edit: talking of which, can anyone say how the original Danny is doing, the lovely ole MWD ?

One of my favourite Tims.

Uber Feenyin
March 20, 2024 4:23 am

ernie lynch

16 roads
FOA Magill:

‘Fun fact:

It was never a civil war,in the conventional sense of the term.. just another failed, communist revolution is all.

Another fun fact:

One in every four members of the so-called International Brigade were Jewish.’


It was a military coup by fascists, with support from Hitler and Mussolini, against the elected government.

About one in six, not one in four, of the International Brigade were Jewish, a lot of them were from Poland. It’s almost like they knew exactly what was at stake, both for their own people, and the rest of humanity.

Here’s another fun fact. The only country to send more than a handful of volunteers to fight for the fascists was Ireland. I don’t what the religious composition of the Blue Shirts was, but I doubt many of them were Jewish.

March 18, 2024 .


Great post, Ernie.

Please don’t stop.

Uber Feenyin
March 20, 2024 4:29 am

EL – Thank you for the considered response.

Lost in translation – Totally agree,a drunken rabble by most accounts – apparently they were sent to the vineyards,as opposed to the combat zones.

Jimbo67 – You’re not sure if the statement is true,or not yet you are calling for censorship, regardless?


If you care to read back, you’ll clearly see who started this nonsense.

Magill taking his bad form out on me.

Don’t see me complaining,or crying do ye?

I’ll leave you with two words – Terror Rojo.

Educate yerself CSC.

Slan. ☘️



I love ye to bits you know that.
But Mags is calling you out on some bad politics. And to be fair, Mags is usually right. Harsh, but right.

I’ve more respect for Mags than most on all these blogs. I also think you’re a right wing cunt at times 👊👊🤣….but I know you’re a good cunt, which might confuse some folks ….ffs 🤦‍♂️🙄
Ya big bellend. 👊

Uber Feenyin
March 20, 2024 4:38 am


I’m retiring from all this stuff again. It’s not worth the stress. Best to leave it all to the Internet geniuses.

Just popping my nose in.

Love ye all, and all my best to BP, and JimtheTim ffs !!!
And all the rest of ye, and BMCUW, a rare and special man who has time for everyone.

This has been Uber Feenyin aka FFM, reporting from a dark hole in Airdrie, where the waves are wild, and the weather is unpredictable.

Back to you in the studio.

March 20, 2024 6:47 am

Love it Mahe,


San Luis
March 20, 2024 9:12 am

If I’m Celtic, I’d have a 10 year business plan. I’d be streamlining the business. I’d scrap the youth set up entirely- we only serve to lose them to bigger clubs – and have a better scouting network with the aim to bring in one top young talent every season from elsewhere.

As for the girls, it needs to be self financing. If they generate crowds and sponsorship then they live off that accordingly, we should not be investing income from elsewhere ( home mens team gates, CL money etc) to attract female talent and staff. We must however, continue to promote and encourage participation.

I’d reduce the first team squad to 25. No more. and given that we’re now a selling club , offer only 3 year contracts, with an opt/ buyout in year 2.

Lastly, all extra income saved should be spent on upgrading the stadium incrementally over the coming ten years. I’d be aiming for £10m per season. No profits should be returned during this period, but a conditional £20m should remain in an account to cover unforeseens. ..such as COVID type scenarios.

March 20, 2024 9:57 am

Jeeso I have just read for an hour on var and its problems which there are many ,but none that can’t be fixed . Var isn’t the problem fix the gremlins and it will be fine , the problem without a doubt and we as Celtic supporters know only too well is the SFA and the Bitter sectarian goons they put in place to run it . The guy who just packed it in maybe jumped before he was pushed . Him leaving a cushy number should be followed up on . The alleged ex ipox season ticket holder whose name will be in the frame fits the bill to a tee . Whoever gets his job will undoubtedly be one of them . Nothing will get done about the cheating , nothing will change .

March 20, 2024 9:58 am

Good morning all from Alfredos. A real lowdown Glasgow dive.

St tams
March 20, 2024 10:05 am

Mahe, I wasn’t aware that we had actually appointed any new scouts.

St tams
March 20, 2024 10:10 am

You’ll fit right in

March 20, 2024 11:10 am

Morning all!
San Luis…it’s a backward step to consider disbanding the Youth setup. The Youth setup should be primed, for all teams across the country, to develop and fine tune young athletes capable of competing at the highest level. The SFA, the SPFL, most senior clubs and the Scottish Government have all failed in their jurisdiction to ensure we produce World Class fitba players. Variously, investments in cycling, swimming, track and other disciplines have specialised and succeeded. It could be argued that the health of the nation requires good healthy role models to inspire and aspire to be. A lot of kids have grown up not knowing how to play or how to participate in team sports, the number of kids who sit out PE lessons in schools would surprise you.
Football has allowed itself to decline, in recent times I blame Murray for dismantling the Reserve League, and while I understand where you’re coming from we’re not quite at the stage of throwing in the towel. We need a multi-agency approach to rebuild from schools fitba up to Under 20s level. There’s not enough time or space to list our faults and failings here but suffice to say there are so many things which need to be done better. We really need to rip up the manual and start again. I’d also suggest that our fitba overlords are so far up their ain arses that they are incapable of looking further than the end of their noses and reaching out to Associations who have done what we should be doing…Denmark, Belgium and Holland immediately spring to mind.
With regards to Celtic’s Women’s team, I think they are self sufficient. I know that players left last year, as did the manager, because the Club refused to up the ante in terms of investment in salaries and transfers. It would seem they’re cursed with the same recruitment policy as the Big Bhoys!
A final thought; a circular economy of investment in our own country and kids with the finance circulating from top to bottom to hopefully produce top class fitballers who we can then sell to teams outside Scotland is far preferable to giving up on it and investing abroad which is where we’d be headed.
So…I’m sorry, San, but I’m out!

March 20, 2024 11:13 am

That’s the spirit jimtim. Geezo


March 20, 2024 11:13 am

There’s good point made on VideoCelts this morning…Crawford Allan has made known his intent to leave at the end of the season due to the clusterfuck that is VAR. He remains in situ though, until then, presumably appointing the same guys to the same games as he’s done to date. The potential for catastrophe and mayhem is clear!

March 20, 2024 11:16 am

Jimtim and Kev…the way I see it is it depends how serious Celtic are about challenging what’s gone on and how far they’re prepared to go after next week’s hearing.

Big Audio Dynamite
March 20, 2024 11:29 am


Absolutely correct mate.

How much talking has been done about clearing up the game since the Huns rolled over and died? And what changed? They made it easier for them to do it again!

Seems if we are not all holding hands and singing kumbayah now, you will get dug up as some sort of negatron, even though you’re only telling it like it is.

Lost in translation ...
March 20, 2024 11:38 am


You are right — there are lots of issues on the go.

VAR might be the apprentices — pun in their somewhere — taking over and going mental with their new found power.
They have been given new levers and how they have played a tune — to the point that they have shown their hand.

Possibly just a part of an ongoing charade but it provides another data point / dimension to identify their bias.
The more they are allowed to do the more they can’t help themselves and the more obvious their bias becomes.

The stats will not lie.
They are out there.

Sludge MIB / Ludge VAR might learn / become more cute but they have over-reached themselves so far.
That is the future — so far they have just put their pro Govan agenda out there for all to see.

Hopefully the club is grafting in the background to build the best case possible.

Heavy stats work required.
The VAR angle and the MIB response — all events.
Then move onto the MIB element — not just a case of what they did but when they did it.
Penalties — what was the score at the time?
Yellow cards — not just numbers but early vs late.

The story / their agenda is staring us in the face.
Some hard work and their usual defence strategy collapses.
Hopefully DD has kicked a few erases.

Big Audio Dynamite
March 20, 2024 11:53 am

Brendan and Don Robertson have history.

It was Robertson who awarded Ross county a penalty (Which cost us 2 points) after Shalk dived in the box with absolutely no contact from Svietchenko.

That was almost 7 years ago, and Jim Fleming actually phoned Brendan to apologise.

At the time, Brendan insisted that Robertson should be phoning Erik to say sorry!

Don has a long memory!!

March 20, 2024 12:09 pm


If you think Alfredo’s is a dive, thank heavens
you never visited the Carolina Bar in Coatbridge.
Hole in the roof of the ‘toilet’
Think the rain flushed them.
We may be in the urinals but we’re looking up at the stars !

March 20, 2024 12:16 pm

St Tams
Steve Naive
Some of the dives I’ve fallen out of round the world makes Coatbridge look like Beverly Hills. 😂

Big Audio Dynamite
March 20, 2024 12:30 pm

If we are challenging anything on the basis of competence, that suggests they are just bad at their job and it’s the same for everyone
If Celtic (Brendan) aren’t going the whole hogg and claiming we are being treated different to everyone else, what exactly is the point?

March 20, 2024 12:32 pm


You know how this place works. It doesn’t work if posters continue with personal attacks on others. That is particularly wrong when your target doesn’t even comment on here,because the argument has been brought over from another site.

Certain posts deleted. Kindly don’t put me in this position again.

March 20, 2024 12:40 pm

Afternoon all,


As you said, we will soon see how far Celtic are willing to take this !!!!

Brendan ” What are you prepared to do ‘ ?

PL ‘ Anything that doesn’t coz friction ”

Brendan ” Then, what are you prepared to do ” ???

The SFA are not untouchable !!!!!!!!!!


We’ll see …………..


Na me neither 😞😞😞

Bada Bing
March 20, 2024 12:46 pm

Varadkar resigns

March 20, 2024 1:22 pm

Kev . lol point taken ,I used to be a good speller until I went and got old mate .

Bada Bing
March 20, 2024 3:13 pm

Dundee v Sevco 10th April

Cosy corner bhoy
March 20, 2024 3:29 pm

Auldbhoy 67: can you ask your brother to check his mail please.. I’ve lost his phone number😩

16 roads
March 20, 2024 3:29 pm
Bada Bing
March 20, 2024 3:34 pm
Mike in Toronto
March 20, 2024 4:23 pm

took a trial on short notice … spent a week preparing, and it settled 2 minutes before it was supposed to start this morning. Not sure if I am pleased or disappointed.


Been busy, as above, so haven’t followed it too closely…. the resignation seemed (to me at least) to come out of the blue … is it tied to the defeat of proposed constitutional changes, or is there something else at play here (in my experience, when the resignation is sudden like that, there is usually a story about to break …)

Cosy corner bhoy
March 20, 2024 4:31 pm

Auldbhoy67: Ignore my message
Found your brother’s number😀👍

March 20, 2024 4:36 pm


Roger Roger…..

March 20, 2024 4:37 pm

Mike…kinda like Crawford Allan’s!! 🙂

Lost in translation ...
March 20, 2024 5:20 pm

Leftfield question — topical during Lent.

Recently watched the Long Good Friday — brilliant film / Great acting / on the money dialogue.

However the start / intro is a bit rough — well to me anyway.
Who does the shooting when the money is getting counted in the remote farmhouse?
And why / how would it put “Harold” in the frame?

Delivery of the cash — Colin takes an Amex cut / £5K is mentioned.
But getting three of your top guys gunned down would appear to be a bigger issue.
Is their anything in the film that links the two events?

Did Jeff explain it just before his downfall from a bottle of Chateau Neuf de Pape?

Apologies in advance if I have am having a grey moment.
Great film so this loose end is upsetting my equilibrium.

Just Sayin’
March 20, 2024 5:36 pm

General shout out/ out of curiosity-

Anyone attending the HW/EU 40th Anniversary Tommy Burns Supper at Murrayfield on Friday?

400 plus going by all accounts.

L i t

One of the best British movies. The soundtrack is memorable too.
The film Guy Ritchie wished he made.
Support roles for the Casualty guy and a James

Jeff sent Colin to Belfast to deliver money to the IRA on behalf of the corrupt councillor Harris. Three of the IRA’s top men were killed on the same night, after the money was delivered. Shand realises the IRA have come to the conclusion that he sold them out to the security forces and pocketed the missing cash for himself, and are targeting his organisation in revenge.

Lost in translation ...
March 20, 2024 5:52 pm

JS @ 5.36

I read that as well.
Just a case of why then and by whom?

Not sure if the proto FRU or the SAS were shooting first when it was Financial / Economic Republicanism?
1978/79 were wild in the 6 Counties but not that wild — surely …

And also when did the info of this scenario come out in the film?
There are comments about Tony taking his cut — the £5K amount.

Asking in case I had missed something.
The situation with Jeff pointed to a few gaps.
Or possibly that is the depth in the script — hints regarding his mindset not played out in crayon.
His shine towards Victoria pointed to him having a few ideas about life after Harold.

16 roads
March 20, 2024 5:56 pm

FFM @ March 20, 2024 4:29 am


Not right wing,my brother.. just right so far.


Just Sayin’
March 20, 2024 6:02 pm

L i t

The three shot were presumably legitimate targets whether they’d received the cash or not. Their demise a coincidence.

I think the drama is that this was a situation that Harold never authorised and, as a result, had no control of. Unintended consequences undermining everything he was trying to achieve.

Lost in translation ...
March 20, 2024 6:27 pm

Another loose thread …
26 County politics — LV chucking it?
What is the story behind him resigning?

Gossip / hearsay / chit chat / rumours — anything out there?
Is he resigning so that he can make some real money in the private sector?

For the record not a fan — DC aka ShamCam style pretty boy.
Middle class / privately educated / wet fish style technocrat.

Mike in Toronto
March 20, 2024 6:43 pm

Long Good Friday … great film. Hoskins and Helen Mirren were great. Director apprenticed under Ken Loach, so good background

I think Hoskins was maybe even better a few years later in Mona Lisa, by the Irish filmmaker, Neil Jordan, who also did some good stuff.