Comment on In Whose Interests by upthehoops.

    Timtim 5th November 2019 at 11:08


    Graham Spiers was challenged by the Bella Caledonia Twitter account regarding the media silence over the Rangers accounts. His reply was pretty much along the lines he was fed up writing about problems at Ibrox and had received a ban from Rangers for doing so. Nonetheless it is quite incredible how Rangers themselves admit £10m is required to see out the season and nobody in the media thinks it is a major story. 

    I can only imagine the coverage were the situations in the two major Glasgow clubs reversed. Does anyone seriously believe Celtic would be spared in the way Rangers are? 

    I can only conclude the media, like Rangers themselves and their fans, and maybe even the SFA and SPFL are pinning everything on a title win and a shot at Champions League riches. 

    This movie is very familiar. None of them can say they weren't warned. 

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    Timtim 11th November 2019 at 00:21

    I believe a certain James Spence did opt to tell the truth ,


    As I recall the words from Jim Spence were along the lines of 'some people would say it is a new club'. So just for offering the opinion that others would might actually have an opinion, he lost his job at the BBC, and I recall him also saying he was threatened with violence in the street. 

    While other hacks all play along with the same club line I do not for one minute believe that is what they all actually think. However they do have jobs and the safety of themselves and their families to consider.

    It's almost like a fascist state where any condemnation of anything in authority, or associated with authority, will be met with the severest of punishments. Make no mistake, 'Rangers' are associated with authority in Scotland. The very fact so many politicians and people in the media wanted the theft of tens of millions in unpaid tax to be overlooked is all the evidence you need. The fact the SFA and the League moved heaven and earth to say they are the same club is pretty damning too. 

    At least the rest of us know where we stand. 

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    I have to say though, despite my natural bias, that Rangers will, in my opinion eventually get a good fee for Morelos. He is pretty talented in my view.


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    Bogs Dollox 9th November at 01:32


    We all see things differently. For me as a Celtic fan what hacks me off is what Celtic achieved on Thursday night is being demeaned by a media insistent on creating equivalence with Rangers.

    On what planet does sitting second in a group separated only by three points, equal qualifying from a group with two games to go? After the next games every team in Rangers group could feasibly be on seven points going into the last fixture. Yet in some cases, for example on BBC news, the Rangers position is given more prominence. The difference would certainly be hugely highlighted were it reversed.

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    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'.


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    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. 

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    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.