Reflections on Goalposts


I’ve been wondering about what players think about all this …

Comment on Reflections on Goalposts by redlichtie.

I’ve been wondering about what players think about all this and also how to find a way to get over the frustration and anger we feel about the MSM and football authorities.

In England we have The Secret Footballer making comments and giving an insight into what really happens in clubs. Is there a Scottish Secret Footballer willing to give that same insight?

I’m assuming that we must have some professional footballers amongst our lurkers – what do they think and can they anonymously share their and others’ views?

Just what do players feel about what has happened over the past few years? Do they also see some bias in decision-making? Are they also amazed/outraged at the TRFC budget in the lower divisions? Surely this must be detrimental to some of their hopes and dreams of progress and promotion?

I then started musing about the recent demonstration by Brazilian footballers as part of the Common Sense FC with fans also making a similar gesture.–brazilian-players-sit-on-pitch

This protest was aimed at fixture congestion, a demand for more transparency in club finances including the introduction of financial fair play rules and more representation on decision-making bodies such as clubs and federations.

Most of this struck a chord with me.

Is a Common Sense FC approach including players and fans possible in Scotland? Common Sense Scotland?

Scottish Football needs a unified approach to our game in the years ahead.

TSFM Mods – could we offer a Scottish Secret Footballer a place for a regular column?

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Reflections on Goalposts
TSFM says:
January 29, 2014 at 12:46 am
Resin_lab_dog says:
January 29, 2014 at 12:07 am
Have you tried turning it off and on again? 😈

(…sorry… couldn’t resist!)

Note to self, “create ‘ignoring you’ smiley. 👿
Has he actually plugged it in?

Scottish Football (Monitor) may need tae pit a shillin’ in the meter….

Reflections on Goalposts
ecobhoy says:
January 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm
Allyjambo says:
I laughed out loud at that, which can be embarrassing when sitting on one’s own 😀 Which becomes even more embarrassing to be embarrassed when no one else is around 😳
Been there ❗ Done it ❗
Maybe we should design the T-shirt to raise cash for TSFM. I’m sure we have all been in that boat
Caption : “Scottish Football needs a strong Arbroath (struck thru) SFM (inserted)” 😛

Reflections on Goalposts
On the theme of McCoist having now reached his sell by date I was wondering how his departure could be portrayed by the various parties to their own benefit and what the process might be. What might then happen in the aftermath?

With a current scenario where McCoist has done and said enough in any normal company to have earned dismissal I was wondering if one last straw could break the camel’s back? Could complaints about what Michael Stewart alleged McCoist said on the radio be that final straw? Has McCoist brought Rangers and Scottish Football into disrepute? Another dog whistle?

Let’s just say for the sake of argument that is in fact the case or some other pretext arises. A difficult meeting is held with McCoist and cards are put on the table. Resign or be sacked – resistance will lead to something quite messy and reputations will be destroyed. (Charlotte perhaps showed just the tip of a potentially embarrassing iceberg.)

An announcement is then made that McCoist is leaving the club, having left it set fair for promotion but still sorely in need of financial savings to which he is graciously contributing.

McCoist, the hero, selflessly stepping aside (not walking away). Not sacked, head held high, but with bags packed with the cashed in 1p share proceeds. A quid (or 20p) pro quo. Mediadom alongside Souness beckons.

“I’ve made the ultimate sacrifice to save the clumpany I hold dearest. Buy season tickets now to help them get over this hump (RL : told you earlier a camel was involved…).

The Board thus get shot of their one-man unofficial handicapping system and recruit a stop-gap replacement from within the wealth of playing talent assembled by McCoist (I know, stretching things a bit here). The stop-gap agrees to do the manager’s job for experience i.e. no extra pay.

End result all parties reasonably happy at what could have been a pretty bloody denouement.

McCoist then joins SDM, DK, PM, WS, etc in a consortium to save TRFC from administration and buy the clumpany for £1, taking a lease on Ibrokes from RIFC who have transferred the property assets from TRFS in settlement of the huge debt they have run up. All very legal and neat.

Scottish Football needs a much stronger assertion of rules and regulations with fans alive and resistant to another cry of the Armageddon wolf. Oh, and the re-emergence of CW to throw a spanner in the works.

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Competition watchdog to probe Rangers and retailers over replica kits

By Henry Saker-Clark, PA City Reporter

1 hour ago

The UK competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Rangers FC and sportswear retailers over the price of replica football kits.

On Wednesday, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) confirmed it has opened an initial inquiry into potential “anti-competitive behaviour”.

It said it is probing Rangers and Hummel, which manufactures the club’s kit, as well as retailers Greaves Sports and JD Sports.

The investigation process, which is expected to take six months, will look into suspected breaches of competition law, it said.

The regulator said: “At this stage the CMA believes that it has reasonable grounds to suspect one or more breaches of competition law.

Moving On Time?
Re the accounts – page 46 has an interesting entry on a "debt for £2.278M due from a single debtor" . Is this a claim against Big Mike? Someone else? £2.278M is a lot of tat if that is what it relates to….

Hope they are right about it being recoverable.

If it's not recoverable then does their loss for the year go up to £19.74M, almost double the previous year (£11.277M)?

A slightly concerning direction of travel especially in today's pandemic and economic environment.

On the brighter side are they not now the world leaders in the production of confetti? 🙂    

Scottish Football needs a strong Arbroath.

Sweet Little Lies
Time for an SFM petition open to any other stakeholders to join?

"Scottish football supporters have no confidence in the SFA and SPFL."

Scottish Football needs to register dissatisfaction with the football authorities at this critical time.

Sweet Little Lies
Homunculus 19th May 2020 at 10:38

I believe the basic rule with any contract is that if there is an area of dubiety then it should be read to favour the party which did not draw up the agreement.

That could however just be something I got into my head, I have no way of substantiating it whatsoever. 

It might be called contra proferentem.


I’m with you on this Homunculus.

The Competition and Markets Authority might have something to say about that clause too.    (“Report a business behaving unfairly during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak”)

Rangers* will have insurance to cover it anyway. Won’t they?

Scottish Football needs a strong Arbroath.

Sweet Little Lies
Cluster One 18th May 2020 at 23:18

omunculus 18th May 2020 at 19:04
upthehoops 18th May 2020 at 18:51
Celtic and the ibrox club’s terms and conditions.
Celtic. If the club is umable to complete a match fixture to provide a result for the purpouse of the football authorities due to causes beyond the control of the club,and the match fixture is not re-scheduled, the holder will be compensated for any corresponding reduction in services.
The ibrox club. The club cannot eccept any liability for any expense incurred even in the event that the match is cancelled.


C1, I saw and commented on the Rangers* clause some time back. I’m not a lawyer but it didn’t seem to me to be a clear cut statement that there would be no refund if matches were cancelled. What it did say was that they accepted no responsibility for any “expense incurred even in the event that the match was cancelled’.

Does that imply that they DO have responsibility for a partial refund of the season ticket? If not, why not also make that crystal clear in the same clause?

Rangers* only appear to exclude a responsibility to cover an expense incurred. There was no definition of ‘expense’ or ‘expense incurred’ in the passage I saw. Does ‘expense incurred’ include the cost of the ticket? Is the “expense incurred” the costs resultant on the changed match timing or cancellation? Arguable I suspect – any legal precedent?

The Celtic* clause covering this seems fairly clear to me. “If the Club is unable to complete a match fixture to provide a result for the purposes of the football authorities due to causes beyond the control of the Club, and that match fixture is not re-scheduled, the Holder will be compensated for any corresponding reduction in services.” 

For reasons beyond Celtic’s control the matches cannot be completed and are not being re-scheduled = a refund.

Scottish Football needs a strong Arbroath.

Celtic* – joshing, folks… 🙂

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