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    Comment on Does Money Indeed Ruin Football? by StevieBC.

    From ET last week;

    "6th March

    Alex McLeish: Allan McGregor won't take the huff with Scotland over his SFA rap

    By Stewart Fisher

    ALEX McLeish will confidently name Allan McGregor in his Scotland squad next week – putting an end to fears that the Rangers goalkeeper could take his recent brush with the SFA’s disciplinary department out on the national team…

    "Are there any concerns about Allan?" said the Scotland manager. "No, I don’t think so. The SFA are the governing body and we are all part of it but no, I don’t think so. That would be like me back in the day going up for one of my disciplinary hearings and shouting ‘Jock, Mr Stein – that’s it, I’m not playing for Scotland any more’. That won’t be an issue with Allan, he is bigger than that.” …

    Then 5 days later, from the ET today;

    "Rangers keeper Allan McGregor steps down from Scotland duty

    … [he] has announced his retirement from Scotland duty…"

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    Good to see the Scotland manager has his finger on the pulse WRT his team…

    enlightened 

    StevieBC Also Commented

    Does Money Indeed Ruin Football?
    Not to exonerate any of the Neanderthals who have thrown objects / punches whilst posing as normal footy fans, but…

     

    When we have in Scottish football;

    • thoroughly corrupt administrators
    • a convicted criminal club chairman 
    • inherently biased referees
    • a totally biased, untruthful SMSM
    • a club pretending to be a liquidated, massively cheating club
    • police and assorted match stewards simply turning a blind eye to dodgy, offensive singing

    etc.

    Rather than query why a few neds throw bottles, flares or approach players on the park, the questions should be;

     

    Why should anyone expect decent, upstanding citizens to support such a reprehensible sporting set up?

    And further: why should they buy tickets for their kids and expose them to the total shambles that is Scottish football?

     

    Absolutely no point in focusing on those who tarnish Scottish football at the stadiums – if there is no focus on those who tarnish Scottish football from their positions at the SFA / SPFL.

     


    Does Money Indeed Ruin Football?
    "BREAKING" from the DR, so must be true…

    "Alfredo Morelos signs another new Rangers deal as he hails 'special' club

    The Colombian striker has put to pen on a new contract extension that will keep him at Ibrox until 2023…"

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    And this is a first: well played Level42!

    No really.

    Grab control of the narrative and stop the social media ridicule.

    A good news story for the bears just before a tricky game against Hibs tonight, and Aberdeen in the cup next week.

     

    Doesn't matter if Morelos has signed an extension or not.

    And why would he if he wants an EPL move?

    He might have agreed something else though?

    Creates positive headlines. 

    When do ST's go on sale at Ibrox again?

     

    And in the meantime TRFC can still hawk Morelos around any clubs with money.

    Level42 can still generate p!sh headlines in the SMSM with 'scouting stories' and interest in Morelos from all the big clubs.

    But, King can publicly shout:

    "We don't want to sell Morelos…honest.  He has a new contract…honest."

     

    So, good effort there Traynor.

    cheeky

     
    [Suppose an intrepid journalist could ask the SFA if a new contract has indeed been lodged with their relevant department? Well, we all know that any / all player contracts copies MUST be lodged at Hampden, and that the SFA is really, really strict about this…]


    Does Money Indeed Ruin Football?
    The DR is latterly picking up on social media chatter on Collum not refereeing TRFC games.

     

    At first glance it looks a bit like journalism.

    But no questions / opinions, and absolutely no follow up questioning of the SFA today.

    [The piece does quote the SFA CEO – from back in December!]

     

    And as per, nobody at the DR wants to take 'credit' for this puff piece;

    "By Record Sports Online"


    Recent Comments by StevieBC

    Accountability via Transparency.
    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.


    Accountability via Transparency.
    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


    Accountability via Transparency.
    Feel a bit flat at Clarke's decision to join the SFA.

     

    However, fingers crossed he's also a Trojan Horse, and will become the 'SFA CEO & President' in due course – to shake the blazers out of their permanent slumber… indecision

     

    Good luck Steve Clarke.

     

     


    Accountability via Transparency.
    According to the SMSM the SFA has put all its eggs in the one basket, I.e. Steve Clarke.

    It has been curious the last week or so that players, pundits have been quoted as saying how good he would be for Scotland.

    But, of course, nothing from Clarke himself.

     

    Clarke might have very good personal / family reasons for taking the Scotland job now – and the SFA would be extremely lucky.

     

    But, on purely managerial abilities, he's got far too much potential at club level.  If he's 'ruthlessly ambitious' like another SPL manager who left Scotland recently, Clarke would only be using the SFA as leverage for a better deal elsewhere.

    …or am I being too cynical…?


    Accountability via Transparency.
    Well, since it's the last league game for top 6 SPL teams…

     

    After a week of ridiculous, over the top 'celebrations' by assorted TRFC players / pundits – and with complementary, fawning support from a compliant SMSM – for merely 'winning 3 points’…

     

    How will they all react IF Killie gives Steve Clarke a tremendous send off with a home win today – and secure their highest league position for several decades?

    crying