Comment on Accountability via Transparency. by upthehoops.

    It's cup final day tomorrow, where a sell out crowd will watch Celtic go for a treble treble, with Hearts all out to stop them and win a trophy of their own. It's a showpiece end to the season and hopefully the weather will also oblige. 

    So you would think that Scotland's biggest selling tabloid might be interested in this. However, a quick glance at their website has the top three football stories as:

    1. Rangers signing a player from Oldham.

    2. Rangers fans buying season tickets in record numbers (even more of a record than last year?).

    3. Why Steve Clarke's first act must be calling up Ryan Jack 


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    Accountability via Transparency.
    Re the VAR debate and goalkeepers coming off their line. Although the new ruling will apply in Scotland next year there will of course be no VAR. That means we can look forward to inconsistency after inconsistency from Scottish Referees, and make no mistake it will influence who wins games and trophies. 

    Accountability via Transparency.
    John Clark 18th June 2019 at 18:23


    One could be forgiven for thinking that a zealousness existed to somehow cleanse Rangers of the stench of liquidation by proving in  a criminal court that the club had simply been victims of a major fraud. How ironic that one of Scotland's best legal minds proved the innocence of the accused while at the same time deeply hurting at the fate which befell the club.

    Meanwhile a Knight of the Realm can operate an illegal tax evasion scheme for years to the benefit of Rangers, and seemingly no-one in the Police, Holyrood, Westminster, or the Scottish Media even cares.  

    Accountability via Transparency.
    Can anyone who knows about such matters explain how a Court can tell Rangers to get on with the agreement with Sports Direct as it stands, but take no action over the period they were in violation of the agreement?

    As an aside there are some on social media saying that Ashley is now about to take out an injunction against Elite Sports.

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    Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond
    John Clark 12 Dec at 12:12


    John, I have stated in previous posts that the Celtic Board have granted the SFA an open door to push at in terms of doing nothing. However the SFA's own Disciplinary Panel have told them they should be going to CAS. If they don't then why have the process in the first place?

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    Ex Ludo 11th December 2019 at 04:09

    A quick Google search reveals not a lot about the Compliance Officer. A petition was raised at the start of the year by the fans of one particular club to have her removed from office. Maybe it succeeded. 


    Something has succeeded. Morelos is now free to do whatever he likes, with the final on Sunday being another case in point. He should already have been offered a two match ban for deliberately raking his studs down an opponents achilles to his injury. 

    I do expect though we will hear from the Compliance Officer sometime soon. Let's not forget that despite what happened at the recent Celtic AGM, the SFA have already charged Rangers over aspects of how they obtained a European Licence in 2011. That charge has never been rescinded, and the SFA's own disciplinary process found a case to answer and now says it should now be handed over to CAS. That part the Celtic Board have never had an issue with. Yet the SFA has now sat on it for an eternity. However their CEO has previously said a decision will be made before Christmas. It won't go to CAS of course because the 5WA would get a public airing if it does, and could well be shot down in flames by CAS. So when we next hear from the Compliance Officer, my money is on a mealy mouthed statement about how the fabled 'senior counsel' advised them against it, and that it is time to 'move on'. The fact they found guilt in the first place will not be mentioned I am sure.  Once that is done and dusted they can join forces with the media to will Rangers on to hopefully take the title. 



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    Highlander 9th December 2019 at 20:51

    Regarding the offside debate, as far as I can see, the chap on the Facebook clip has totally ignored the actual rules in his desperation to justify the award of a seemingly offside goal. Despite his protestations to the contrary, the hands and arms of all players are not considered when determining offside.


    As the host of Radio Clyde said last night to Alex Rae, who nominated it as the Refereeing blunder of the week, "it was such a tight call given the position of Helander that you can surely see how difficult it must have been to make in the blink of an eye?" Rae responded like you would expect a Rangers fan in a pub to respond, not how you might expect a paid pundit to respond, but that's another story. 

    Anyway, I have had my say and everyone else is entitled to have theirs. There are many ways to win a football match, and playing manfully for almost half and hour with ten men is one of them. Also, when your goalkeeper shows himself to be a top player in his position and your opponent's so called star striker does not, it is a major contributory factor. 

    The media anger about it all says everything. God only knows what they will say if Rangers go out of Europe on Thursday, or have they even realised that only Celtic have already qualified, not the O*d F*rm'.


    Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond
    My final point on yesterday's game for those who are interested. A video has appeared on Twitter which clearly shows when the free kick was taken which led to the Celtic goal, the Rangers player Helander ran between Julien and Ajer as the ball was struck and played all the Celtic players onside.  That is all that matters – at the point the kick was taken. Despite this we have journalists like Tom English saying it was a 'yard offside'. Just like they are ignoring Morelos dragging his studs down a Celtic player's achilles. He should receive a retrospective ban for that but won't. He was allowed to foul and dive with impunity yesterday. 

    The media in this country are shameful. I hate to see people losing jobs but they don't half hasten their own demise. However it is good to know so many of them are having a really bad day today. 

    Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond
    bordersdon8th December 2019 at 21:52


    What kind of world would it be if we all had the same view? Personally I am a huge 'fan' of the Lanarkshire Mafia theory.  No matter how honest Refs try to be, the system is broken when there is such an exclusive nature to the grade 1 selection process. It is also hugely broken when over 80% of current grade 1 Refs support Rangers. That suggests there is a huge problem needing to be addressed.