SFM – The Next Steps


If Blatter held a senior position in the SFA he …

Comment on SFM – The Next Steps by upthehoops.

If Blatter held a senior position in the SFA he would be unimpeachable. Yes?

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SFM – The Next Steps
Any St Jonhstone fans on who listened to Sportsound earlier? A studio debate was taking place over the merits of your team, and their forthcoming European tie. Tom English said there was some merit in the view from St Johnstone fans the media don’t given them enough credit. The rest of the panel took the view that is St Johnstone’s own fault as they are now expected to do well…no I can’t work it out either!

Of course, if the amount of praise a team gets lessens as they become more successful, it goes some way to explaining the gushing coverage Rangers have had recently!

SFM – The Next Steps
Allyjambo says:
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June 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm

The thing is, there can be no doubt they are being lied to over these players, either by King & co, or by the SMSM/Jackson, as these players are not of the calibre/age to win the Championship then kick on for a year or more in the Premiership, as King promised.

As a Celtic fan please forgive me for perhaps overly seeing the world of the media as a comparison in how they report on my club against how they report on Rangers. Fans of other clubs have views on media coverage and we have had many debates about it on here. However, this week the Celtic v Rangers media coverage has been notable in how different it has been. Rangers have received incredibly positive coverage, none of which has been kept in perspective with the actual achievements of their new manager, or the players they are reported to be signing. On the other hand John Collins spent the fixtures launch yesterday having to deal with negative questions about Celtic not being able to afford English Premiership wages, and which players will be leaving the club. I can honestly say if no-one from Celtic ever spoke to anyone from the media again, I wouldn’t care in the slightest.

SFM – The Next Steps
Allyjambo says:
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June 20, 2015 at 12:16 pm

When BP mentioned Jim Craig to me in a phone conversation the other day (I know, a touch of name dropping from AJ here ? ), I thought, this is getting quite serious, BP is really going for it with SFM Radio! Jim Craig, to my mind, has always been worth listening to, even if I didn’t always agree with what he said on the occasions I’ve heard him. Yes, he sees things from a Celtic perspective, but I’d be suspicious of what he said if he didn’t, but he is clearly very intelligent and articulate and thinks before he speaks. My only fear about having Jim Craig as our first ‘big name’ guest would be if he took the ‘party line’ of ‘we need a Rangers’ and other well known lies, but that will be the same for all guests of the show.

In my view much of the ‘we need Rangers stuff’ from former Celtic people is in response to loaded questions from the media. I suspect Lubo Moravcic the other day was the latest to be questioned in this way. I’m sure Jim Craig will not have to answer any loaded questions which in itself will be refreshing.

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Mordecai 17th August 2022 At 05:31


The BBC did provide me with the Information Commissioner’s contact details in the event I wanted to take the matter further and I have indeed done just that! I really can’t see how in the event that a publicly funded organisation has used public money to gain media access to a football club that we don’t have a right to know. If they haven’t done so I believe we also have the right to know given this payment for media access was a known issue last season.

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A few weeks ago, after the BBC published its groveling apology towards Ibrox, I asked under Freedom of Information whether (a) they have paid licence fee money to gain media access at Ibrox, and (b) whether any other Scottish club charges them for media access. They responded basically saying they don’t have to tell me, as journalism is not covered by the FOI act. I find this incredible given that if they have paid for access, they will have used money contributed by all licence fee payers. Also, does paying for access compromise their right to apply the same level of analysis as they do to clubs who don’t charge?

Edit: I see a fans forum online claiming the charge has been ditched ‘quietly’.

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John Clark 6th August 2022 At 23:42

But my deepest scorn is for those in the SMSM who ought, ought as a matter of journalistic duty, as being the very essence of ‘journalism’, to have got right into the stupid, stupid, lie that a football club in Liquidation was somehow still participating in Scottish Football as if it had not died!


For me the most disappointing thing is journalists who we know are not cheerleaders for all things Ibrox, being cowed into submission, I could mention them here, but basic human decency makes me know they have a job, and a family, and an employer who is beholden to all things ‘Rangers’. However, they really need to ask themselves why they ever bothered becoming journalists in the first place, because the ‘seeking the truth others don’t want to hear’ claim really doesn’t hold water! They’ve sold their soul, and they know it!

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Big Pink 6th August 2022 At 09:41

Seems unlikely that Morelos is part owned by anyone else. However there’s only way of testing either theory is if he is transferred, and that seems an ever decreasing outcome given all we have talked about for the last four years is how much he will be offloaded for.
Also, what happens if he runs goes contract down? Would that mean that the 14% would also disappear?
Just doesn’t sound right at all.


You may well be right, however given all that’s come to pass since 2012 I don’t think it can be ruled out either. If it is a breach of the SFA’s registration procedures what confidence would we have the SFA would do anything about it anyway? The absurd LNS investigation springs to mind. Also, the SFA themselves found there was a case to answer regarding the award of a European licence in 2011, then went on to just drop the case!

The tax thieving American businesswoman Leona Helmsley once said “taxes are for the little people”. In the same way, SFA rules are for the little people, who are every other club bar the one playing out of Ibrox. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.

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Wokingcelt 28th July 2022 At 21:13

Taking a step back you have to ask what on earth has gone on here. I am fairly confident that the UK Government will face a public inquiry (or is that enquiry – I can never get that one right!) over Covid loans and procurements made. Not saying that it will put right the wrongs but at least there will be a report. I have zero confidence that any such inquiry will be held in Scotland to account for the untold millions – by my reckoning north of £100m which if scaled up would be north of £1.2bn in UK terms. And all for a football club – totally unconscionable.


The Scottish Government have said an independent inquiry will be held once all the legal processes are complete. The trouble is, how do you guarantee true independence in such a matter in Scotland? Nothing should be more independent than the Police and the legal system yet that is what will be under scrutiny. I doubt the Scottish Government will want any inquiry to say that there is institutional bias towards ‘Rangers’ because that would then lead to so many other questions. I suspect a lot more taxpayers money will be spent on a whitewash, with the real truth emerging in 30 years time. The very fact that so many politicians and media commentators stay silent on what is an absolute scandal tells us all we need to know. If it concerned any other football club there would be outrage. Old attitudes don’t die easily, and are clearly passed down the line. We should be truly thankful that HMRC do not answer to the Scottish Government.

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