John Clark Meets “The SFA”

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Tayred 16th February 2016 at 8:45 am #  P.S. Chris Sutton is …

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tayred 16th February 2016 at 8:45 am #  P.S. Chris Sutton is an awful commentator.
. . . and an even worse pundit!

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John Clark Meets “The SFA”
tayred 16th February 2016 at 8:45 am
Willie Collum’s name is splashed all over the back pages this morning for his utterly appalling performance in last night’s ICT v Aberdeen clash.  Even the mild, measured Richard Gordon had an out-of-character rant at him on BBC Sportsound.
(Now for an opporchancity of some whataboutery.) In the latter days of RFC, Collum was the man in the middle at an Old Firm game at Celtic Park.  He awarded the visitors a penalty despite having his back to the action in question.  The Celtic team and fans thought this was an absolute diabolical and unjust decision.  The only comment appearing in the rags next day was of the usual Celtic paranoia.  Contrast that with the current furore over the Inverness penalty award.  We are talking about the same sports hacks who saw both incidents and how they/their editors have chosen to report/ignore the two events.  However, as Homunculus reminds us, the “honest mistakes” even themselves out over the course of each season.  Now I can rest contented!

John Clark Meets “The SFA”
zerotolerance1903 9th February 2016 at 3:45 pm
Re Kieran Prior, I’m not all convinced that the average bear is going to like the cut of his jib.  Maybe that’s why little seems to have happened with him since his 2013 investment‘religion-and-the-city-go-hand-in-hand’/
 Today the Daily Record informs its readers that “Prior, a childhood Rangers fan, owns around 2.5 per cent of the club and has invested £1million in the last 12 months.”  This bold statement of young Prior’s footballing affiliation has caused much hilarity on the Celtic message-boards.  They wonder how a young lad from a devout Catholic family in rural west of Ireland forsook all others to follow, follow the Ibrox giants – particularly when there was no access to Scottish television and, dare I say it, no other bluenoses in that neck of the woods.
Why do the rags feel the need to portray every chancer arriving in Edmiston Drive as a staunch Rangers fan, man and boy?  We had Union Jackson telling the nation that the MBB’s dreams came true when he bought over his boyhood heroes.  The rags also informed us that Dave King was lifted over the turnstiles by his father from an early age.  Of course, that did not tie in with King’s own earlier account of his policeman father wanting nothing to do with the anti-social behaviour and violence of football fans.

John Clark Meets “The SFA”
There is quite a telling article in the current issue of the web magazine ‘Scottish Review’ by Kenneth Roy, a former BBC Scotland correspondent, regarding the Herald sackings.
Roy recalls his own experience when BBC Scotland made a token apology to RFC following his covert recording of an interview with its then manager, Willie Waddell.  He ends his piece with, “But I hope it (BBC Scotland) would be more protective of its journalists than the Herald, which regards a simple message of support for a beleaguered colleague as a sacking offence.”  I wonder if Roy is aware of the treatment meted out to Jim Spense by the beaks at Pacific Quay?

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Sorry, the Sunday Mail extract I posted (above) omitted the Mark Allen article – now attached 

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Homunculus December 24, 2017 at 12:15
Does anyone else suspect that  Mr Allen may see his future elsewhere.
It looks as if there is a whispering campaign against Allen within the Blue Room.  The Sunday Mail article (attached) suggests Mark is getting his retaliation in first before he becomes the next club official to ‘resign’.  Even the Herald feels the need to give its tuppenceworth on his role in this latest saga.  I wonder who has suddenly turned the spotlight on the esteemed Director of Football?

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Does impecuniosity trump concomitant?

” Given the circumstances put forward by the respondent in support of his supposed impecuniosity they are of no significance. His impecuniosity is entirely self-generated….the Trusts have been willing to provide money for the purchase of Rangers shares when the respondent wished them to do so. Now, suddenly, when the respondent does not wish to comply with the terms of Rule 9 the Trusts no longer are willing to provide any money. “

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WOTTPI Dec 20th 2017 at 16.56
As an aside it is obvious Lord Bannatyne wants things off his desk before the festive break.
If indeed His Lordship promulgates his judgment on Friday 22nd then I for one would be highly suspicious of the baffling delay in doing so.  Lord Bannatyne was required to make a comparatively simple ruling on whether he “may” or “must” decide.  It is not as if he was tasked with safeguarding the constitution of the realm.  Even sending a felon to the gallows would not entail the length of time this matter has sat on his desk.
With the recent flurry of activity down Ibrox way, I wonder if Lord Bannatyne has deliberately waited until certain moves have been completed so that any ‘cold shoulder’ process against King becomes superfluous.  Time and truth will tell.

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Sour grapes or just some mischief making?  I heard on Radio Scotland’s sports slot this morning that Chris Jack is reporting there’s more to the McInnes appointment saga than meets the eye.  Apparently, progress talks even got as far as Derek selecting the Ibrox side for the Ross County game on Saturday.  Has the Concomitant King instructed his PR guru to stir the pot? 

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