Comment on Celtic’s Questions to Answer by upthehoops.

    Looks like I was right regarding sycophantic media coverage of the Rangers AGM. 

    Celtic really need to get some convicted tax cheating criminals on the board, preferably ones who have also had the financial cold shoulder. They really need to rack up tens of millions in losses over a few years. They really need to get involved in constant court battles with all and sundry along with the huge cost that entails. They really need to tell everyone their squad is worth £100m more than what no other club has ever offered in the first place. They really need to have an association with an entity which owes the public purse and others tens of millions.

    If they did all that, Celtic would receive fantastically positive coverage from the media at their AGM. Well they clearly would, wouldn't they?

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    Celtic’s Questions to Answer
    John Clark 26th November 2019 at 09:08


    In a normal society it probably would be foolish to ban the media from the AGM. However the society we live in is far from normal when it comes to how the media report on football matters. As I said, a history of negative coverage of the Celtic AGM would see this very minor shareholder in Celtic absolutely delighted to see them banned from the AGM.  

    I imagine after their guaranteed sycophantic coverage of today's Rangers AGM they will be thirsting for a huge dose of negativity from the Celtic one.

    It's just the way Scotland is. 

    Celtic’s Questions to Answer
    Corrupt official 26th November 2019 at 01:07

        Unfortunately for the guilty, The Times squirrel had nae legs………….

        Even the useful idiots in the SMSM could hear it's wheel squeaking when they half-heartedly pushed it.


    I wouldn't say it was half hearted in the immediate aftermath of the Times story. Initially the rest of the media went after it like a pack of rabid dogs, until HMRC put their gas at a peep. Worse still, their initial reaction was based on a subjective article which the Times could not stand up.

    Compare that to the media's attitude to Resolution 12. Forget for a moment that the Celtic Board don't seem to want to progress it, as we have often discussed on here. The media were all presented with compelling evidence on this matter some time ago, yet none of them are willing to expose a scandal where others have even gone to the bother of doing all the leg work for them. Whether the Celtic Board want to progress it or not it is a complete dereliction of duty in what the purpose of a free media is for them to ignore it. Why on earth do they not want to call out the SFA, Rangers, and even the Celtic Board on this? Surely Scottish football would be a far better place if governance levels were enhanced to prevent a repeat event?

    So, on to the Celtic AGM tomorrow. Right now we don't know how the Celtic Board will respond to what will be tough, pressing questions from the floor. They are not stupid people so they may well have something up their sleeve – time will tell. However, the media will be in the room and if past reporting is anything to go by the Requisitioners will be ridiculed, rather than having their case explored. Add that to any other sh*t stirring they can conjure up to get their negative headlines. 

    I have never understood why the media are allowed into the Celtic AGM, unless there is a need for listed companies to allow it. I would not allow them near it. There will be plenty of people there to relay proceedings to Celtic fans via social media. Allowing the mainstream media in is akin to inviting the neighbours into your home, only for them to publicly trash you to the rest of the street the next day. 

    Celtic’s Questions to Answer
    StevieBC 25th November 2019 at 11:33


    And according to Level42 – I mean the DR – one of the key points at the AGM will be King's comments on the recent 'allegations' that HMRC blundered with tax bills.


    Will King be foolish enough to antagonise HMRC? They rarely speak out in public but felt moved to go very public in their debunking of the shameful nonsense the Times printed.  Or would King be quite happy to have some digs given that he knows there are several slavering lap dogs writing for the chip wrappers who are willing to repeat anything he says without challenge? 

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    Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond
    wottpi 12th December 2019 at 16:13


    You are beginning to sound like me regarding the media! 

    Seriously though you make a decent point. Graham Spiers for one was having a go at the new Hearts Manager on Twitter last night. He said

    "I came away from Tynecastle yesterday feeling uneasy and unconvinced by Daniel Stendel’s appointment. He seemed unkempt and unclear on various issues. I really admire Ann Budge – I just hope she’s called this right"

    Yet had Hearts announced say Stuart McCall, Barry Ferguson, Neil McCann or even Ally McCoist as Manager, all total failures to a man, it is hard to believe Spiers or any other Scottish media person would be so negative. Sadly a Rangers connection seems to be all that is required. 

    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?

    Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond
    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. 



    Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond
    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.