Accountability via Transparency.

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Where transparency exists accountability inevitably follows.​


This is an extract from a post on SFM from 2015. The subject was Transparency and Slow Glass.

The message then was that football governance has to catch up in realising that football has to become more transparent in its dealing with supporters and so more accountable to them.
That transparency is already here via social media because of the ability to share, but the light of truth is constrained by Slow Glass.
Slow Glass from a short story by Bob Shaw slows down the light passing through it.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_of_Other_Days
In the story and others, you have Slow Glass of different thickness in terms of the time it takes for the light to emerge.
You have Glass a day thick/long to Glass ten years thick/long and more.

Resolution 12, if measured from the Celtic AGM in 2013 when it was tabled and adjourned, has taken 6 years for the light of truth to emerge, although it could have happened sooner had main stream media removed the dust of PR that slows the light, but light is inexorable and it is emerging at an archive of events since 2011 that can be read at

https://www.res12.uk/ 

It is in two parts.

Part One
relates to events in 2011/12 including a very interesting link between UEFA Licence 2011 and the commissioning of Lord Nimmo Smith to investigate use of EBTs with side letters by Rangers FC where non-disclosure benefited Rangers FC in 2011 AND 2012.


Part Two
concentrates SFA activity (or lack of it) from 2014 to date as result of the adjournment of Resolution 12 in November 2013 that provided shareholders with the authority to seek answers.
The archive has been constructed in chronological sequence to help readers understand better the detail and separate what took place in 2011/12 which is in the past, from the SFA handling of shareholders legitimate enquiries from 2014/15 to date, which remains current and is a mirror of SFA performance in respect of the national football team.
Many narratives will emerge as a result of the transparency, some Celtic related, but a system of governance, that is accountable in some way to supporters as stakeholders in the game, can only benefit the supporters of all clubs and they are encouraged to read through the archive.

As Phil Mac Giolla Bhain has written here in respect of Celtic and the SFA


https://philmacgiollabhain.ie/2019/04/03/resolution-12-information-on-new-website/


accountability has to be the outcome of transparency to wipe the face and soul of Scottish football clean.

How that is achieved will be up to Scottish football supporters everywhere to take forward via their Associations and Trusts, in collaboration with the clubs they support, but it does seem to me, and I know others with more legal experience, that the SFA would find it difficult to resist a challenge to their refusal to engage with people (in this case minority shareholders of member clubs) who are affected by decisions that they make.

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  1.  Jingso.Jimsie 21st May 2019 at 19:25

    "FAW statement"

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    That is a most interesting link, JigsoJimsie, and has cheered me up.

    Not least because four of the charges are (merely)charges of late submission of copies of contract details:

    "and in not submitting a copy of the Employment Contract to the Association, the application for registration did not follow the procedures set by Association for Professional Players",

    Whereas,  in the case of SDM's and Campbell Ogilvie's 'Rangers', copies of contracts may have been submitted in good time , but what was submitted was a tissue of  lies and deceit, no doubt submitted in good time to try to avoid any special look at them if they were late( as if Ogilvie would have bothered)

     If honest Welshmen looking at what Bangor City did saw it as a pretty serious offence, what ought honest Scotsmen to have done with a club that lied and cheated for a decade?

    No doubt about it: expulsion from Scottish football would have been the least of it!

    That that did not happen, and that that cheating club's 'sporting' successes over that decade have not only NOT been expunged from the records but are farcically ascribed to 6-year-old club, tells us that there was and is a cancer in the very vitals of Scottish Football governance.

    Whatever of good and honest work our Football governance bodies may now do does not, cannot, erase the sordid wrongdoing of 6 years ago.

    Only an acknowledgment of the Truth and a stripping of the deceitfully won 'honours' and titles of the Liquidated RFC of 1872 can do that, 

    That and ,of course,a full, independent investigation of the issue referred to as 'Res 12'.

     

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  2. Talking about handshakes , having earlier in the year shaken the hand of the Prime Minister of Australia [ who, much to his own surprise it appears, won the recent election and is Prime Minister for another term]and the hand of the Lady Mayoress of Redlands Council, Queensland, I had the honour today of shaking the hand of the Provost of East Lothian.

    Mrs C and I took a wee run down to North Berwick as we sometimes do. As we sat in the sea-bird centre having an ice-cream, we noticed a guy down below with a gold chain round his neck, and a couple of Polis ,at the harbour. 

    On the way down to the harbour, this guy passed us, and I engaged him in conversation. The gold chain was the chain of office of the Provost. He gave me his card, shook hands, and explained that what was afoot was that the Duke of Buccleuch [aka the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland ]was on a visit, and he had just seen him off on the wee boat trip to the Isle of May, to see the puffins' breeding ground.

    If I can add that while in the wee queue to buy the ice-cream, there was a woman from Auckland behind me, and a man from the Sunshine Coast ( where the hospital that sorted my dislocated shoulder is)

    It's these little serendipities that make life -even at my age- delightful; and make the sheer evil of what has been done in Scottish Football so damaging and distressing.

    Instead of adding to the spice and enjoyment of life by fostering and protecting honest sporting competition, honest sporting rivalry, our football governance people have done the very opposite. 

    Unlike the honest men (and/or women )of the FAW they abandoned principle. 

     

     

     

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  3. Just when you thought your season was over…

    ROLLS BUILDING

    COURT 28

    Before LIONEL PERSEY QC sitting as a Judge of the High Court

    Wednesday 22 May 2019

    At 10:30AM (All Day)

    Application Hearing

    CL-2018-000726

    SDI Retail Services Limited v The Rangers Football Club Limited

    I think Big Mike should consider asking the Court to transfer all of these cases to Edinburgh in order that they be fully reported on. (John Clark, easyjambo and James Doleman:- take a bow.)

    Then again, when I think of some of the decisions that have emanated from Scotland maybe not.

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  4. Stevie Clarke being welcomed with open arms in today’s Herald. The sports section has his photo wearing the SFA tie but the fashion police will be after him as he’s wearing black Oxford shoes with his blue suit. Maybe he’s going to be a rebel after all.

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  5. Ex Ludo 22nd May 2019 at 09:55

    I wonder if the SFA tie-wearing Stevie Clarke is related to Stephen Clarke, Manager, Kilmarnock FC who was at a Disciplinary Hearing on 16th May 2019 following comments about a referee and received a three match suspension, two immediately and one suspended?

    That was a suspension imposed by, um, the SFA.

    Does this mean Scotland's home game against Cyprus on 8th June and away to Belgium on 11th June in the UEFA Euro Qualifiers will be played with the new national team manager in the stands?

    If not will the SFA have to sanction itself for breaching the ban?

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  6. Ex Ludo 22nd May 2019 at 09:55

    '..Stevie Clarke being welcomed with open arms in today’s Herald..'

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    Jist the wan photie? Huh! broken heart

    'The Scotsman' has  the photo of Clarke with Maxwell (what an odd handclasp!) on page 61,another photo of Clarke by himself  spread over pages 62 and 63, and another smaller photo of Clarke at the foot of page 63, and on the back page, centre, another photo of yer man. And lots of column inches of text to go with the photies!

     

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  7. Lugosi @ 1104hrs:

     

    Clarke was in the stand on Sunday 19.05.19 & presumably that was the first match of his two-match ban. The second should, of course, be the Scotland v. Cyprus game on 08.06.19.

     

    This is ripe for an SFA fudge along the lines that the ban only applies to club matches or some such nonsense…

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  8. theredpill 22nd May 2019 at 11:32

    Some sites getting excited about this so I am posting to get the experts advice

    https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/08142409

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    It's nothing to get excited about. The £3 million 2017 settlement agreement between TRFC and SDI sealed its demise.

    This is an extract from RRL's 2017 accounts:

    Going concern

    The company ceased to trade on 20 June 2017. and will remain dormant for the foreseeable future. The directors consider it inappropriate to prepare the financial statements on a going concern basis. Therefore, the directors have prepared these financial statements on a break-up basis as set out under the basis of preparation (note 1.2).

     

    Settlement agreement

    On 21 June 2017 an agreement was reached between the shareholders (being The Rangers Football Club Limited and SDI Retail Services Limited) (and their related parties) and the company in relation to a number of disputes and claims between the parties. This agreement represented full and final settlement and closure of all outstanding claims in existence. These had previously been referred to in the 2016 financial statements.

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  9. easyJambo 17th May 2019 at 18:47

    …In simple terms, Rod Petrie lied to them at the meeting in April….

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    Not the first time that Petrie has lied in his capacity, but usually it is too the somewhat gullible Hibs supporters around about ST renewal time. 

     

    Flywheel

     

     

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  10. I saw the photie of Clarke – in time honoured fashion – holding up the top of his new team for the cameras… but with his name printed on the front of the jersey?

     

    And absolutely!

    Clarke will be touchline for the Cyprus game.

    He was 'improperly' banned as he is now national team manager.  New SFA disciplinary rules apply now to Clarke.

     

    …just as soon as the Hampden diddies make them up…  smiley

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  11. Surely Clarke’s touchline ban would only be applicable to club football/competitions run by the SFA? I think players can represent their countries whilst serving a ban at club level so wouldn’t that be the same for managers/coaches?

     
    Anyway, really pleased with his appointment and he seemed genuinely proud to be the new Scotland manager. With a playoff place guaranteed (despite McLeish but thanks Alex!) and a competent looking guy in charge of things hopefully we’ll qualify for a tournament.

     
    Has it really been 21 years since that happened? Time flies when you’re getting humped.

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  12. The Panel noted that the Huws Gray Alliance League Rule 7 states that any “club to have played an ineligible player in a league fixture will be dealt with by the management committee. If found guilty they will be deducted three points per game and fined a maximum of two hundred pounds per instance.”

    As Bangor City had played ‘Player A’ in 11 (eleven) matches, the Panel decided that Bangor City Football Club should have 33 (thirty-three) points deducted from their Huws Gray Alliance League record for the 2018/2019 season.

    The Panel noted that ‘Player B’ had participated in 11 (eleven) matches, 8 (eight) of which were the same matches as ‘Player A’. The Panel felt that the punishment of a three-point deduction per match for the eight matches that both ‘Player A’ and ‘Player B’ has participated in was sufficient. However, the Panel determined that with the three remaining matches that ‘Player B’ had participated in between October 2018 and December 2019, which ‘Player A’ did not participate in, there should be a 3-point deduction per offence. Hence, the Panel decided that Bangor City should have an additional 9 (nine) points deducted from their Huws Gray Alliance League record for the 2018/2019 season.

    Therefore, the Panel decided that a total of 42 points are to be deducted from Bangor City’s Huws Gray Alliance League record for the 2018/2019 season.
    https://www.faw.cymru/en/news/statement-bangor-city-football-club/?back=/en/news/&pos=3
    The Welsh FA don’t mess about.

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  13. So FIFA has realised that greed is not always able to be satisfied. Their media release dated yesterday (but I first heard a report of it this morning on BBC radio) drips of disappointment:

    "…Additionally, FIFA and Qatar have once again explored the feasibility of Qatar hosting a 48-team tournament by in particular lowering certain key FIFA requirements. A joint analysis, in this respect, concluded that due to the advanced stage of preparations and the need for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact on the host country, more time would be required and a decision could not be taken before the deadline of June. It was therefore decided not to further pursue this option.

    The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will therefore remain as originally planned with 32 teams and no proposal will be submitted at the next FIFA Congress on 5 June."

    Or ,perhaps, fear of many more fatalities among immigrant 82p per-day workers labouring hard to get Quatar prepared even for the 32-country competition has outweighed greed ( and perhaps indicates some regret on the part of some members that Qatar was ever selected as a suitable venue at all)

     

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  14. 'incredibleadamspark 22nd May 2019 at 19:09

     

    Surely Clarke’s touchline ban would only be applicable to club football/competitions run by the SFA? I think players can represent their countries whilst serving a ban at club level so wouldn’t that be the same for managers/coaches?'

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    After boring myself half to death scouring the SFA Handbook & JPP, it appears that bans such as Clarke's required to be served in matches sanctioned by the SFA and other national football associations which are co-signatories to some (unspecified, as far as I read) disciplinary agreement.

     

    UEFA & FIFA aren't, of course, national football associations: therefore such bans aren't enforceable/enforced in games sanctioned by those bodies.    

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  15. Jingso.Jimsie 23rd May 2019 at 10:41

    '..After boring myself half to death scouring the SFA Handbook & JPP,..'

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    I was thrown a  bit by para 5.2 of Annex D [on page 140 of the protocol]  'A suspension imposed upon a member of Team Staff will apply to all football…'.[my bold]

    It took me a while to arrive at the same conclusion as you did, having had to read references and cross references back and forth.

    Clarke's suspension does NOT include international competitions, and there will be no need for the SFA to fall back on their default position: jiggery-pokery with 'rules'!

     

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  16. sickofitall 23rd May 2019 at 21:12

    '..When is the verdict on the sports direct case v rangers due to be published..'

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    The short answer is: whenever the judge delivers his opinion.

    Given that there was  hearing just yesterday, and assuming that that was the conclusion of submissions, the Judge is not likely to deliver his opinion for a while. It could be late next week, or in a couple of weeks or even longer.

    But of course, Parties will know before anything ever appears online, and it's likely that whichever Party wins, he will make sure his PR people let the media know asap!

     

     

     

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  17. 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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  18. Well, we all saw that 'Armageddon' and 'social unrest' didn't happen when Rangers died in 2012.

    'Numerous clubs' didn't die either because of the loss of the blue pound.

    Football carried on in Scotland.

    Arguably, it became a much better place in the SPL.

     

    A lack of crowd trouble, a lack of dodgy singing, a lack of on field violence, much reduced nonsense in the SMSM, more clubs winning trophies, and much, much less controversy involving referees.

     

    I preferred the SPL without a deviant Ibrox club.

     

    I just hope that when TRFC is teetering on the financial edge, everyone – including the diddies at Hampden – remembers that Scottish football is not all about one club. It's been proven.

    And, knowing what we know now, TRFC will not receive the favours as easily as Rangers did either.

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  19. StevieBC 24th May 2019 at 10:53

    '..And, knowing what we know now, TRFC will not receive the favours as easily as Rangers did either.'

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    I fear you may be too optimistic in that regard, StevieBC:

    TRFC Ltd are already favoured by being allowed to claim falsely to be the same club as Rangers FC (IL) ( now called Rangers 2012 ) ,and allowed to trade on that name  and claim the sporting entitlements and achievements. 

    The football club  whose shares were purchased/swapped for shares  put on offer in the Initial Public Offer of Rangers International FC plc were the shares in The Ranger Football Club Ltd and NOT those of the liquidated Rangers FC of 1872( which, in liquidation, had no place in the market!)

    I believe the IPO was fundamentally flawed in that in my opinion it  mislead prospective investors by implying that the company in which they were invited to invest by RIFC plc was the original and genuine Rangers FC founded in 1872.

    The prospectus glides over why it is 'TRFC Ltd ' all of  a sudden, and uses 'Rangers' in two different contexts, and expressions such as  'the assets and business of the club' ,in such way as to imply without positively stating as a fact-(which would have been deliberately untrue) that TRFC Ltd is the same Rangers, bought out of Administration as  going concern ,and that Rangers 2012 (IL) is somehow not the Rangers of 1872.

    It is a brilliantly deceitful use of language, and, although effective, its effectiveness cannot remove the underlying con!

    The SFA that allowed that Prospectus to go unchallenged, the SFA that devised and created the 5-Way Agreement, thirled itself for ever by secret Non Disclosure Agreement to keep schtum about the whole deception.

    And, sadly if not surprisingly, we have no reason to believe that any new Board will have members brave and honest enough to let the truth, the simple truth, be declared: that TRFC Ltd has no title to claim to be the Rangers of 1872, and therefore cannot possibly be allowed to continue to claim to be so.[

    Personally, I dream of the day when some big shareholder of RIFC plc shares raises an action about the Prospectus and how it was written, having believed from the Prospectus that he was actually buying shares in the most successful club in the world, only to find….

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  20. Just heard it reported that the individual cheat known as Lance Armstrong, is unrepentant and wouldn't change anything. (Radio Scotland news item a wee while ago)

    What kind of minds have those sportsmen who 'win' competitions' by cheating?

    What kind of 'sportsmen' run sports clubs on the basis of cheating?

    And what kind of Sports governance body allows a sports club to live on the basis of its cheating? Or has such disregard for the honours genuinely won by one club to be claimed by a club that did not exist when those honours were competed for and won?

    Answers that do not include the word 'corrupt' will NOT be accepted [ unless of course I cheat!broken heart]

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  21. RMcGeddawn 24th May 2019 at 13:56 

    '…Again this will be described as the cost of  good night out.'

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    How many people must have signed that  'x-Way agreement'? 

    The worlds of 'big biz' and politics have nothing to learn from little piddly sports governance bodies when it comes to keeping certain things undisclosed.

     

     

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  22.      To be honest, I expected more of a reaction to how the WFA dealt with the cheating ways of Bangor. It would appear it was an easy path for the WFA to negotiate, as WFA officials were not conflicted in any way, when doing so. 

        Unfortunately in Scotland, when payments to Rangers(I.L.), players were declared, "Unlawful", by the Supreme court, very little was made of the fact that SFA officials, including the president, Campbell Ogilvie,  were themselves in receipt of the very same "Unlawful", payments, secreted to them via shady off-shore swag-bags.

        The very same SFA officials, who were deeply involved in not only deciding the fate of the now deceased club, but were instrumental in granting them an unwarranted death defying Euro license. 

        Could it be argued these "Unlawful",off-shore payments were tantamount to bribery?

        Or would the argument be that the "Unlawful", payments left them susceptible to blackmail?

        Either way, the only thing beyond argument, is the proven fact, that high ranking SFA officials accepted "Unlawful", undeclared payments from an association member club under their so called governance. 

         Even after all these years, it still reeks. I make no apologies for calling those in receipt of unlawful payments, the co-accused.

        Co-accused who operated from a position of trust.  

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  23. StevieBC 24th May 2019 at 10:53
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    Well, we all saw that ‘Armageddon’ and ‘social unrest’ didn’t happen when Rangers died in 2012.

    ‘Numerous clubs’ didn’t die either because of the loss of the blue pound.

    Football carried on in Scotland.

    Arguably, it became a much better place in the SPL.

    A lack of crowd trouble, a lack of dodgy singing, a lack of on field violence, much reduced nonsense in the SMSM, more clubs winning trophies, and much, much less controversy involving referees.

    I preferred the SPL without a deviant Ibrox club.
    …………….
    Happy Days.
    But the lower leagues had to endure a deviant Ibrox club. for a season or more while the SPL had tranquility for a few seasons.
    I wonder if the SFA and the SPFL ever thought for a moment the monster that was created would be so much hassle?

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  24. Corrupt official 24th May 2019 at 20:34
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     To be honest, I expected more of a reaction to how the WFA dealt with the cheating ways of Bangor
    

    ………………..
    To be honest i never expected any SMSM to run comparisons or full page articles on the difference between the WFA’s handling of the situation to the SFA’S handling of the cheating ways of rangers.
    And i got what i expected from the SMSM.
    Move along nothing to see or report here.

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  25. Some Charles Green business today, it seems.

    COURT OF SESSION

     CALLING LIST

     Friday 24th May

    A54/19 Mr Charles Alexander Green AG (1) The Chief Constable of Police Scotland and others.

    Jones Whyte Law

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    No indication of the nature of the business, but it looks as though it was a routine kind of thing, perhaps not requiring counsel's presence, or submissions, or whatever.

    I must really find out what these various entries in the 'rolls' mean!

     

     

     

     

     

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  26. John Clark 24th May 2019 at 22:00

    No indication of the nature of the business, but it looks as though it was a routine kind of thing, perhaps not requiring counsel's presence, or submissions, or whatever.

    I must really find out what these various entries in the 'rolls' mean!

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    From the CoS User Guide

    Callings
    To lodge a case for calling, you need to present the signeted Summons with the Execution of Service included at the back of the Summons, and a calling slip. The calling slip must include the names of the pursuer and defender, the case reference number and the pursuer’s agent’s name. Counter staff will check the service of the Summons, and the details on the calling slip. You will then be advised upon which day the case will call.

    My reading of the above is that Green has already formally lodged his complaint against Police Scotland with the court (the "signeted Summons"), and was assigned a case number. That case called today. I'd imagine that the judge would hear an outline from Green's legal team about what is alleged. The judge would then decide, based of the nature of the claim, how the case should proceed.

    It will be at a very early stage in the court process.

    Case number A51/19, close to that of Green's, was called on 26 March in respect of Imran Ahmad so I suspect that there will be some common ground between the two.

    A51/19 Imran Ahmad AG (First) Iain Livingstone, Chief Constable of Police Scotland &c

    The actions by Clark and Whitehouse against Police Scotland have case numbers A293/16 and A295/16 so again those actions appear to have been coordinated.

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  27. easyJambo 24th May 2019 at 23:28

    '..From the CoS User Guide

    Callings…'

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    Good man yourself, eJ.

    I thought it would be something like that, since only one lawyer was named. 

    I had no previous note of Charles getting into the damages claim area, and couldn't rely on memory!

     

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  28. I see from this link

    https://www.parliament.scot/msps/register-of-interests.aspx

    that Derek Mackay was happy in 2017 to declare he had received 'hospitality' of £2400 paid for by Macklin Enterprise Partnerships Ltd [ an equity investment company] at the 'the remarks by Barak H Obama ' event organised by the [Tom] Hunter Foundation [a charity] 

    It's queer that he has  not declared the hospitality provided in France by folk connected with the sports cheat whose reckless hubris was the real cause of the death of Rangers of 1872, folk who are deeply into a huge development project in west Edinburgh.

    That may be down to the fact that lamb, succulent or otherwise, was not on the menu, and so the whole event was forgettable.

    It would not ever be because of fear that any ministerial decision he might make about how our money is spent might be thought of as having been in consequence of his having been royally wined and dined by those who were looking for our money, or planning consent and such like.

    Wash out your filthy minds, ye who read this!

    But it might be useful if Mackay would now register the fact that he had enjoyed ( no matter that lamb was not on the menu) the hospitality of persons associated with SDM.

    Just to reassure folk .

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  29. John Clark 24th May 2019 at 18:48

    Just heard it reported that the individual cheat known as Lance Armstrong, is unrepentant and wouldn't change anything. (Radio Scotland news item a wee while ago)

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    In the late 1980's and the 90's Rangers were supported by a Scottish owned bank to a level way beyond what any reasonable business case could be made for. In 1994 that same bank did all it could to put Celtic out of business for a fraction of the debt Rangers had. Roll on into the early part of the new millennium and Rangers were cheating the public purse out of tens of millions which went on for a decade. Between the bank money, and the money stolen from the public purse, Rangers enjoyed huge success. It was such a false position, yet they and their fans, and their huge number of media backers have the audacity to laud those days as one of the greatest periods in Rangers history. It was cheating on a scale never seen before in British football, but the right handshake and knowing the age of one’s Granny cleared it all as okay. It is quite incredible when those who appoint themselves as moral guardians of society have to answer to nobody at all, and believe no matter how corrupt they are they they always act with dignity.

    Only in Scotland…the same Scotland we are told by the ruling party is the most equal and welcoming country in the world. Words fail me….

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  30. upthehoops 25th May 2019 at 09:27
    Rangers were cheating the public purse out of tens of millions which went on for a decade. Between the bank money, and the money stolen from the public purse, Rangers enjoyed huge success. It was such a false position, yet they and their fans, and their huge number of media backers have the audacity to laud those days as one of the greatest periods in Rangers history. It was cheating on a scale never seen before in British football,
    ……………………
    From Phil’s latest.
    https://philmacgiollabhain.ie/2019/05/24/sevco-investing-in-roof-development/
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    Is anything down ibrox way done in a straight line?
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    Bill1903 25th May 2019 at 06:35
    Normally cheer for the underdog but today for selfish European reasons I’ll be cheering for Celtic!!
    …………
    Down ibrox way they will be cheering anything but celtic just for selfish reasons.

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  31. Cluster One 25th May 2019 at 10:13

    '…From Phil’s latest…'

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    In the interests of strictest accuracy, I have to make this observation:

    A look at Companies House records shows that: 

    28.07.14  Rangers FC Development Fund Ltd adopted new Articles of Association 

    "Article 2 –Objects of the Company

    2.1     the Company's objects are 

    a) to carry on business to promote a good cause namely the objects and activities of the Youth football programme….. etc etc

    b) any other trade or business which may seem to the company and its directors to be advantageous and to directly or indirectly enhance all or any of the business of the company.

    2.2 Notwithstanding Article 2.1 the Company's objects are unrestricted"

    These Articles appear to allow the (now) Rangers FC Youth Development Company Ltd to do what they like with the money they get via Rangers Pools Ltd! 

    The following might be of some interest.

    31.07.14   Accounts show  Net liabilities   £59,413

                                               Reserves: Deficit  on current a/c £59,413

    Auditor's report says "  ..the company's subsidiary undertaking, Rangers Lotteries Ltd …….has also confirmed to the Company that it will provide such financial support as is required …The company's financial statements therefore continue to be presented on the basis of a going concern.."

    09.07.15  The name of the Company was changed to Rangers Football Club Youth Development Company Ltd.

    31.7.15  Accounts show  Balance Sheet net liabilities  £18,923  

                                                                     Reserves deficit £18,923

    31.07.16  Accounts show: Donations received …………………….       £208,140

                                               Surplus before disbursements ………….      £199,865

                                               Disbursement to The Rangers FC Ltd…..      £161,908

                                               Surplus for financial year          …………    £37,897

    31.07.17  Accounts show   surplus £195,740

                                              disbursement to TRFC Ltd      £180,000

    31.07.18   Accounts show   surplus                                      £321,260

                                               disbursement to TRFC Ltd        £321,260

    It would seem that the money brought in to the Youth Development club goes straight into the common purse and is not in any way ring-fenced  for 'youth development'.

    An 'emotional' appeal to help  'Youth Development' possibly works better than admitting that the club hasn't all the brass it needs to fix the roof and meet all its other commitments.

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  32. One of my neighbours , after today's game –

    " Never hear the end of this . Wish we'd stayed dead . " Wonder who he supports !

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  33. Bill1903 25th May 2019 at 06:35
    32 4 Rate This

    Normally cheer for the underdog but today for selfish European reasons I’ll be cheering for Celtic!!

    Hail hail etc smiley
    …………..
    European football for Aberdeen then

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  34. Now the season is almost over for most clubs, this is when the SMSM have a free hand in speculation just to try and sell a few more copies of their daily rags. Remember and look out for. A spokesperson said. A source close to the action. It's been rumourd. It's been known. And a taxi driver said. Find these and many other examples in articles and you know it is just made up pi** for the most part….. Happy new year….Well it feels like it.sad

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  35. Following my accurate assertion that Clarke would never take on the Scotland job…

     

    Can't help feeling a bit puzzled at CFC's announcement that Lennon "had been offered the job".

    Shirley, the announcement should have been that he had accepted the job permanently?

    And why wasn't the announcement made immediately after the Hearts game last week?

     

    I blame SFM for increasing my cynicism and paranoia!  enlightened

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  36. JJ has taken the appointment of Neil Lennon as permanent manager pretty badly.

    john james‏ @sitonfence 

    I think it’s only right that I offer my resignation. I invite those who have supported our site to cast one vote by way of a comment. If the majority of same accept my resignation I will retire our site and stop writing.

    That what happens when you rely on not so impeccable sources. I wonder if there will be another tearful departure should he give up the blog he loves. #JJEXIT

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  37. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/prosecutors-pay-boohoo-broker-richard-hughes-over-tax-fiasco-zw3wqhpz8
    …………………
    The payment, understood to be one of the largest in its history, came after the collapse of the prosecution of Richard Hughes, founder of Zeus Capital, the broker that advised on the buyout of Rangers FC and the float of fast-fashion retailer Boohoo.
    …………….
    Is there no one in this ibrox saga that has not been in court for one reason or another?
    Wee hat tip for moo as i seen this on his twitter

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  38. Cluster One 26th May 2019 at 11:26

    '…this is when the SMSM have a free hand in speculation just to try and sell a few more copies of their daily rags.'

    ===============

    Someone once remarked [humourously, I hope ] that Scotland will not be free until the last minister is strangled with the last copy of a certain Sunday journal. 

    Believe it or believe it not, a copy of that journal found its way into my home this morning.  (Something to do with photo coverage of yesterday's cup-final, and sending some pages to Australia, among which will be the pages with Oor Wullie and the Broons for the grandweans  to marvel at ).

    As an example, perhaps, of the point you make ,Cluster One, how about this bit of reportage , by one Sean Hamilton:

    The opening sentence is

    " Steven Gerrard admits his phone is ringing off the hook with enquiries about James Tavernier."

    Some paragraphs further on there is this quote from Gerrard

    " There have been calls about Tav, with clubs interested. I'm sure there still are"

    which sort of suggests to me that the opening sentence is a load of guff!

     

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  39. Cluster One 26th May 2019 at 17:46

    '…Is there no one in this ibrox saga that has not been in court for one reason or another.'

    ============================

    I am given to understand that Mr Hughes' lawyers appealed to His Honour Judge Drew to have the charges dismissed , and he ruled in their favour on 15th May 2017. Hughes' damages claim has moved quicker than some others!

    Echoes of the kind of cocked-up prosecution work that we have seen in recent times, with hints of police stupidity or worse in the gathering of evidence, and ,at best ,ineffective/incompetent Crown Office lawyers/prosecutors!

    Lord knows, it's difficult enough to secure convictions even when cases seem to be well -supported by indisputable evidence, properly gathered and assembled and presented, and actually get to trial! 

    To handle basic procedural  matters so badly as to leave a judge with no option but to dismiss charges so that a case doesn't even get to trial is, frankly, unforgiveable.

    [ not that I have an opinion on Mr Hughes : there is nothing to have an opinion on, since no one has charged him with any offence!] 

     

     

     

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  40. We were told that Scottish football needed Rangers 'back in the top flight to make the league competitive. 

    In the 3 years they've been back Celtic have won every trophy 

    In the Armageddon years I think 6 clubs won honours!!

    PS

    Wanted Dundee United to get promoted today but maybe next year. John Beaten was hopeless as the ref today

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  41. StevieBC 26th May 2019 at 16:13

    '..Following my accurate assertion that Clarke would never take on the Scotland job…'

    =============

    Resign! Resign! a la  JJ ( see eJ's post at 16.29 today)broken heartbroken heart

    No, don't! Only kidding: you were expressing your own opinion.

    Whereas JJ ( as I understand from eJ's post) self-confessedly relied on a fact from an unreliable source. ( JJ blocked me years ago!)

     

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  42. Bill1903 26th May 2019 at 23:20

    '..Wanted Dundee United to get promoted today but maybe next year.'

    ==================

    I remained determinedly neutral throughout ,until I remembered that our Chick, Clyde-estuary sailor and bon viveur of such wealth as to consider £90-odd grand as about enough to fund 'a good night out', is a passionate life-long supporter of St Mirren.

    And then I thought: naw, he isnae.( but, fair do's, he did insist that the Al Johnstone  'nod' took place!)

    And I returned to my neutral position.

     

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  43. It's late at night, the blog's not too busy, and I am going to take the liberty of sharing with you a wee poem that at first made me laugh, before becoming reflective.

    It was in the magazine section of Saturday's 'The Scotsman'

    It's by Shug Hanlan, frae Falkirk, and comes from his collection 'The Look-out Man', and is entitled 

    'A Murder Witness'

    " Brady wiz hit across the heid wae a golf club

    or if it wiznae the heid it wiz the tap of the back.

    The upper half of the body, definitely     

    Metal woods, golfers call them, coz the end bit's made of metal no wood.

    A metal wood, swung one handed. 

    The left hand

    there wurnae a great deal of force in it.

    It could have been onaybody. 

    They're aw keen golfers 

    ah ken it's a big hobby in that scheme."

     

     

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  44. Bill 1903
    A point well made. Celtic’s dominance over the last few years may not be directly due to Rangers introduction to the top league, but the experience of the Armageddon years demonstrates that the presence of any one club is not necessary for competitiveness.

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  45. Big Pink 27th May 2019 at 07:12

    "…the experience of the Armageddon years demonstrates that the presence of any one club is not necessary for competitiveness."

    =============

    It also demonstrated that 'competitiveness' is not necessary in order to win sporting honours : a six-year-old club has been credited ( would you credit it?) with the sporting honours of a club that went out of existence and is allowed to advertise itself as being the club that actually competed for those honours.

    And that demonstrates that a readiness to cheat is the default position of the SFA and was not confined to one wretched club.

    The passage of time cannot change the fact that there is a rottenness at the core of Scottish Football.

     

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  46. As it's very quiet:

     

    A dreadful game in Paisley yesterday: poor football from both teams, an idiosyncratic referee & a high wind all contributed.

     

    I wondered what other teams had failed to score with their first four attempts, as United did, in a penalty shoot-out.

     

    The highest-profile match seems to have been the 1986 European Cup Final between Steaua Bucharest & Barcelona which ended 0-0 after 120 minutes. Steaua missed their first two penalties as did Barcelona, then scored their third. Barcelona missed the third, Steaua scored the fourth & Barcelona missed again, the Romanians winning the shoot-out 2-0. All four Barcelona penalties were saved by goalkeeper Duckadam, who had to retire from football a few months later due to a medical condition.

     

    Incidentally, Barcelona won their semi-final that year 5-4 on penalties against Gothenburg!

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  47. Bill1903 26th May 2019 at 23:20

    Wanted Dundee United to get promoted today but maybe next year. John Beaten was hopeless as the ref today

    ……………………………………………

    John Clark 26th May 2019 at 23:47

    I remained determinedly neutral throughout ,until I remembered that our Chick, Clyde-estuary sailor and bon viveur of such wealth as to consider £90-odd grand as about enough to fund 'a good night out', is a passionate life-long supporter of St Mirren.

    And then I thought: naw, he isnae.( but, fair do's, he did insist that the Al Johnstone  'nod' took place!)

    And I returned to my neutral position.

    ……………………………..

    Aye, it's a great tragedy that the bigger club, favourite of so many from the SMSM, did not prevail and allow DUFC to return to the league in which they belong

    And despite them being aided by abject refereeing from, as Bill1903 aptly names him, Beaten – who was unable to find a bent rule by which he could deny St Mirren those defining shoot-out penalties.

    My Old Man 'tears of emotion' are now dried, palpitations subsided.. so thought I'd pop on here to quote a Buddie on our forum – about that refereeing performance.

    "Think what we witnessed yesterday with the referee was the SFA in full corrupt mode.

    Never a penalty
    Perfectly good goal chopped off
    Pawlett should’ve walked
    Connolly should’ve walked
    Nazon never a red

    Anybody see the footage of Doncaster when the cameras were panning the crowd? Not even applauding his play off champions. Devastated. GIRUY!!"

    I know we can all be a wee bit partisan, but my 'objective'crying assessment of the refereeing matched the above. 

    The game was very poorly refereed.

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  48. "The game was very poorly refereed."

    ======

    Well done the SFA!

    I suppose that's what is called 'perfect symmetry'.

     

    On the first day of the season we had poor refereeing wrt our favourite panto villain Morelos.

    Followed by a full season of poor refereeing, 4 penalties, 'missed' red cards, etc…

    Then, a final play-off game at the end of the season…with poor refereeing.

     

    I wonder what initiatives the SFA has in place over the summer break – to help these 'top referees' improve for next season?

    [:tumbleweed blowing across the Hampden steps:]

     

    The SFA

    "Disrespected and Trusted to Cheat."

    angel

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  49. Not exactly Tiny Wharton refereeing from the half way line, but has anyone else noticed what an unfit or lazy sod John Beaton is.

    Ive noticed a couple of times at Tynie this season that he only patrols 30 metres either side of the halfway line.

    Watching the game on TV yesterday, again he seems to be completely averse to going within 30 metres of any goal.

     

    c

     

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  50. Big Pink 27th May 2019 at 07:12 

     

    Bill 1903

    A point well made. Celtic’s dominance over the last few years may not be directly due to Rangers introduction to the top league, but the experience of the Armageddon years demonstrates that the presence of any one club is not necessary for competitiveness.

    ________________________

     

    I read somewhere recently that King (I think) had repeated the desperate nonsense that, should Celtic achieve 10 in a row, it won't count because TRFC (he called them Rangers) were not in the top flight for four of the ten seasons. Now that was always, as I say, nonsense, but how could he stack it up, and no hack point out the stupidity of it, when, with the best team TRFC have ever had (and it improved in each of the years of the club's existence), it still fails to even scratch Celtic's dominance? Where was this challenge going to come from in the first four seasons of Celtic's record attempt even if TRFC had been shoehorned into the top flight?

     

    There's nothing wrong with a club's officials bumming up their club's achievements, no matter how small they might be, though downplaying a rival's achievements could be seen as more than a little unsporting, but when the media let it go unchallenged – repeatedly – then they make themselves even worse than the perpetrator(s) of the nonsense.

     

    The unchallenged (except online) lies and untruths that emanate from Ibrox continue without stopping to take breath.

     

     

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  51. Jingso.Jimsie 27th May 2019 at 11:57
    I wondered what other teams had failed to score with their first four attempts, as United did, in a penalty shoot-out.
    ………………
    I don’t know the answer to that one.But i can name you a team that can get four penalties in a game that had no penalty shoot-out.

    ………….
    Allyjambo 27th May 2019 at 14:16
    I read somewhere recently that King (I think) had repeated the desperate nonsense that, should Celtic achieve 10 in a row, it won’t count because TRFC (he called them Rangers) were not in the top flight for four of the ten seasons.
    …………
    I read somewhere that king stated Take my dough,or it’s ten in a row.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/ClusterOne2/status/1133038800026984453?p=v
    I wonder if he was counting them then? or is he expecting Celtic to get 10 before he parts with his money to stop them getting 14 but believing it’s just ten.

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  52. Just in after an afternoon…

    Anyway, this morning I read John James following up his "David Moyes will be Celtic's next manager" blog with "Back me or sack me." (talking about himself-on comments that he monitors/approves/writes.)

    Last time I looked 194 folk had opined. 193 were right behind him. Most don't know when "whom" is appropriate. Such aligns them with their host.

    However a couple of hundred folk sending you dosh monthly would keep spine from keyboard.

    Now I'm blocked.

    Anybody else?

    My loss.

    This morning

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  53. Bill1903 26th May 2019 at 23:20

    We were told that Scottish football needed Rangers 'back in the top flight to make the league competitive. 

    ==============================

    Those who were saying that are interested only in Rangers being top. They couldn't care less about it being competitive. The only problem they have is it's the wrong team who are winning. They would not care if a bank was biased enough, or stupid enough, to extend Rangers a level of credit there is no business case for. If the same bank made a very real attempt to put Celtic out of business altogether, then so much the better. Neither would they care if Rangers were illegally withholding PAYE in order to fund a better product on the park. They didn't care when all those things were happening in the past, therefore they wouldn't care now.

     

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  54. upthehoops 27th May 2019 at 21:51

    Bill1903 26th May 2019 at 23:20

    We were told that Scottish football needed Rangers 'back in the top flight to make the league competitive. 

    ————-

    and we were told about Armageddon and so on…

    Previously we were not told about the EBT "problem", and hence the RTC blog.

    We are still all mushrooms to the SFA and SMSM.

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  55. macfurgly 27th May 2019 at 23:17

    '..We are still all mushrooms to the SFA and SMSM.'

    ===============

    We may be the mushrooms, macfurgly, but they are the fundaments from which the manure comes, as they persist in maintaining what they know to be a fiction : they , including especially the odious JT, initially reported the truth  that Rangers of 1872 is as dead as Gretna and Third Lanark  and that their timeline ended in 2012!

    And then, brave 'journalists' as they are!, crapped themselves, abandoned truth and went with the lie, all principle and all common sense abandoned out of fear, or personal bias and prejudice, or catatonic shock that the unthinkable had happened.

    When we think of the specious arguments  conjured up in desperation:

    'relegation' rather than 'liquidation';

    'buying the history' ,

    'demotion to the fourth tier'  rather than 'extinction' even when the corpse of Rangers 1872 is lying in the limbo of Liquidation while a new club ponces about ,stealing trophies and honours won a hundred years and more before it even existed.

    and when we remember the Brysonism and the non-disclosure of relevant material to the LNS inquiry , and the absolute shadiness of the UEFA licence award and the bloody-minded refusal by the SFA to open that up to proper investigation…..

    we can only conclude that the game is still a bogey……prate on the SMSM as much as their lying tongues and pens or keyboards allow.

     

     

     

     

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