Scottish Football Administration in the 21st Century


Smugas says: October 9, 2013 at 2:12 pm I’m in broad agreement …

Comment on Scottish Football Administration in the 21st Century by arabest1.

Smugas says:
October 9, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I’m in broad agreement with your post too Smugas.

Did the directors of the big two fiendishly stitch up the rest? We will never know, but as you suggest this was voted through at some stage, possibly in the muddy waters of reconstruction. My memory of the 90’s was an untouchable Rangers and an incredibly unlucky Celtic…… the latter years of the decade both clubs and their fans had an expectation to sail though a season undefeated, unless it was defeat by the other, thus giving ‘Old Firm’ games a place of monumental importance, a place it did not occupy in previous decades. The importance of these games grew and grew into the 21st century and Scottish football became a circus, with pundits drooling over the ‘special’ atmosphere, and OF cup finals and title deciders became the crucial ingredient of any season…..roared on by the press and hanging on SDM’s every word, the entire enterprise was geared to such sentiments. IMO the absolute nadir of Scottish football was when Celtic and Rangers clobbered Killie and Pars for bragging rights and Champions league cash….. who else really wanted to watch that? Two teams 40 points away from the rest? I heard Chic Young pining for those days at the weekend, when for Chic, everything made sense…for everyone else it was mince! This notion of ‘competition’ spouted by the press pack at the moment is for me, a red herring for fans of all the rest, indeed a fighting chance of 2nd is way better than a dismal 3rd 40 points off the top two.

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One last word on Sportsound, the BBC etc……………………………I miss Bob Crampsey more with each passing show, the BBC certainly do!

Scottish Football Administration in the 21st Century
For me the interesting aspect of Chic’s contribution last night was, much like Keith Jackson on Monday, the involuntary and unmistakable reverting to type. When faced with inconvenient facts Chic merely stated his own position in an ever louder and more aggressive tone… the end of the day he is a very angry bear who takes exception when anyone dares to suggest that the rules which govern us all in and out of football, apply to the Govan club…the same old sense of entitlement that sank the ship last time. At times he sounded desperate as he lashed out forlornly at the fact of history. One other thing he did not mention, at all ever, the E word, he just kept promoting King and Murray…… perhaps Chic considers King is a paragon of social responsibility compared to certain other parties who have their feet under the table. 😉

Scottish Football Administration in the 21st Century
Hartsons Comb says: (15)
October 14, 2013 at 7:37 pm
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The rebel’s claim they have the backing of 28% of the shares


How to confuse a sevconian…ask him if he supports the rebels! 😉

I’ll get my jacket……..

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The Harm Principle
“The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.” JS Mill, On Liberty 1859

I have watched with interest the discussion of the sectarian singing emanating from fans of the Govan club and am often dismayed by some of our posters deploying a quite vulgar interpretation of ‘Freedom of Speech’. ( Sorry to pick on you James, but whilst I value your contribution to the debates on these pages, I feel you are a mile out on this.
The first thing I notice is that ‘freedom of speech’, as far as I can see, is only ever wheeled out to lazily defend something utterly abhorrent. It’s the BNP……. or the KKK…… or the Orange Order whose hateful gathering and utterances are somehow elevated to a ‘right’…the right to be racist, the right to occupy the public sphere with menace and threat……a ‘right’ we must all defend? Such a position functions to throw red meat to bigots everywhere. Not for me. We live in a liberal democracy where all opinions are imbued with a degree of validity….unless it violates the great liberal notion of the Harm Principle. IMO sash-bashery of any sort provides the potential to violate this principle. 15,000 people invading public space and aggressively and triumphantly celebrating the spilling of blood, of a particular ethnic-minority is a clear infringement of other people’s right to go about their business in and around Glasgow (or anywhere else) without feeling intimidated, insulted or worse.
Not with standings Zilch’s interesting discussion of the semantics of the ‘sectarian’ problem in Scotland, it could be said without fear of contradiction the Scotland has had and continues to have issues of a sectarian nature, particularly with regard to football. ( As others have pointed out, this problem is nowhere near as bad as it has been in previous decades. The crafts, guilds and unions which shaped the social contours of industrial Scotland seemed to lend themselves to widespread discriminatory practice leading to some ugly outcomes for Catholics of Irish decent. The extent to which Irish Catholics face discrimination in post-industrial Scotland is very much up for debate, but let’s accept Tom Devine’s assertion that anti Irish sentiment retains a residual presence in pockets of Scottish society………unquestionably in and around the Govan team. In the past 3 years we have seen threats and intimidation dished out to; journalists, judiciary, directors, chairmen, editors, bookshops, stadium announcers, managers, many of these threats requiring the intervention of police and special branch….I would defy anyone to tell me that this behaviour does not violate the harm principle?
For the SFA, or the MSM to simply ignore behaviour that picks and claws at a serious social problem is simply unacceptable……….their position requires a response. Half a dozen Chelsea fans on the tube is universally condemned and the story becomes one of international interest …….10’s of thousands of TRFC fans engage in similar offences and we have the great and the good of the game shrugging their shoulders in pathetic acceptance and the others appearing to defend this disgrace as ‘their right’? If football wants to be taken seriously at any level it must take action to stamp out racism, sexism, homophobia and if you want a Scottish category all of its own Sectarianism. It really is not that difficult, fine of points, closed doors, official removing players from the field of play, and that is off the top of my head! ‘Freedom’ only extends to the next persons freedom, if it violates the next persons freedom it becomes something else………..

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“It is not the Rangers way to threaten individuals on a personal basis and there should be zero tolerance for this.”

…it does however appear to be the ‘Sevco way’……. 😉

Add the latest threats and intimidation to this lot….

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rabtdog says:
February 2, 2015 at 8:21 pm



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Stunning. Sat: Dundee Utd qualify for the League Cup final. Sun: Celtic qualify for the League Cup final. Mon: Celtic’s money deprives Utd of two key
players. That sucks.

It sucks alright Rab, but I can live with this it has never been different. Speaking of things not changing, what I find a little more disturbing is the fact that our key player, Nadir Ciftci will sit out the final for two fairly innocuous incidents over 2 different ties, yet a key player for Celtic, Scott Brown can leave the boot in all over the park for 90 mins and will still lead out his team in the cup final. But thats ok cos Elbows did worser? No Old Firm advantage…..aye right, in any other game red cards would be shown, but the bully boys in the stands must not be left suffering a sense of injustice…social disorder and all that…pathetic wee country sometimes it really is!

A Sanity Clause for Xmas?

A Sanity Clause for Xmas?

The board really should act with dignity and transparency at this difficult time………..will the authorities? I won’t hold my breath!

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