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    Comment on One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All by ernie.

    BP, on board with all of that. The thing about “rangersness” and “celticness” IMO is that it’s used as shorthand for something that has nothing to do with football. The fact that two teams dominate football supporters in Scotland is just a fact and that’s ok with me.  Even their dominance of the media is understandable but let’s not assume we are all on one side of the sectarian divide or the other, most of us (including I suspect most Celtic fans and maybe trfc fans?) couldn’t care less. 

     

    ernie Also Commented

    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    Reading my last post it looks a bit flippant and I don't mean it that way.  I'm fully aware of the "establishment" predomination of a protestant/masonic nature in Scotland and it's clear that the SFA is one of the last bastions.  However the antidote to a corrupt organisation with outdated sectarian bias is a functioning organisation where absolutely no account of ethnicity, religion, skin colour or political affiliation is taken. Even if you don't share the liberal view on diversity being good for society in general there is the undisputed fact that none of the above has a single thing to do with fitba anyway. Categorising everyone in terms of Rangersness or Celticness is part of the problem and I, for one, don't want any part in it.

     


    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    So let me get this right. There are “good Rangers men”, presumably that means Protestant and probably mason and or orange order. Then there are a few “non rangers” and that presumably means merely Protestant. Then there are “Celtic” men, presumably catholic. As you say UTH how bizarre that we are categorising thus in 2019 especially in fitba.  I’m glad I’m an atheist sheepshagger!

     


    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    Interesting take on fan behaviour from UEFA, the England players, the FA and even apparently Downing Street.  No messing about.  Some pundits and players are suggesting throwing Montenegro out of the competition never mind closing the ground which appears to be taken as a given.  I would think this might be more effective than leaving it to the local police who obviously have no impact.  Compare and contrast with the usual walking away of my club and most of the rest with today's concocted story by the beeb.

     


    Recent Comments by ernie

    Bad Money?
    Edusport. I’m a co-owner having bought a share in 2018. We get to vote on various aspects including player selection (up to a very fine point!) but not the actual team management. The name change was voted by the members. I didn’t vote, happy to be a silent partner ( in a very small way) just to see how it goes. I like the academy approach, for what it’s worth it’s the only way I see Scotland ever competing at a high level country and club. But that’s another discussion! Edit to add, plan has always been SPFL by 2025.


    Accountability via Transparency.
    I agree with the "duopoly" reason for our fitba establishment and the SMSM accommodating the TRFC scams up to a point but I'm also trying hard, whilst reading those wonderful succulent lamb pieces reposted on here from pre 2012, but just can't recall similar articles bemoaning the necessity for competition from Celtic (never mind the Dons etc) during the former Rangers' glory EBT years? Like all with a sense of entitlement they'd be fine with a monopoly, just not the current one.

     


    Accountability via Transparency.
    Good point well made AJ.

    I despair that my own club don't speak out about the whole TRFC entering the league and continuity scams but I also get where the problem lies.  You only have to read the old SMSM stories of succulent lamb highlighted in the last few days on here to gauge the level of hubris and entitlement Scotland's institutions' favoured football club carries with it.  If we think that they see the errors of their ways now that Rangers have gone down the tube and another club prevails then we are ignoring a fundamental of human behaviour: institutional bias, and indeed bigotry, does not get changed by logical thought, rather the inherent hatred and elitism is stoked up by public failure and ridicule.  Hence all the "good as Messi" pish and £10m bids from China.  The SFA and the rest of Scotland's blazers hate what is happening now. The atmosphere is getting toxic and will get worse next season. It will take a brave man to speak out IMO.  

    (I say this as a Dons fan btw and really don't have much truck with Celtic either!  However they appear to have won what they've won based on bigger crowds and Euro money which is galling to the rest of us but that's the way of the world, fair enough.)


    Accountability via Transparency.
    I'd rather see East Kilbride and Cove Rangers (other teams that have worked their way up the system are available) in the SPFL than some reserve team personally.  At the moment the bigger teams hoover up all the talent anyway, giving them SPFL status for their excess squads is just a way to consolidate no one else getting a look in.

     


    Accountability via Transparency.
    Angus1983 3rd May 2019 at 12:02

    The message the SFA are giving McInnes is basically the same one you're getting on SFM: "Suck it up and haud yer wheest".