Embarrassing celebrations and a Supreme Court date

To witness the wild scenes of jubilation at Celtic Park yesterday at the final whistle by The People told a tale of greater significance than the score line.

This was Chris Sutton at his abrasive, amusing and avuncular best:

This was indeed a victory for the Espanyol of Glasgow.

Merely to avoid a defeat at the hands of the biggest club in the country was an achievement worthy of joyous celebration.

However, here is the reality:

What yesterday showed that if Celtic are seriously off form then the best that Sevco can hope for appears to be a draw.

Having achieved that temporary parity the final whistle was the signal for unbridled jubilation.

Of course, The People cannot experience joy without remembering their favourite Fascist and imagining the blood of the Irish Untermenschen lapping up around their quintessentially British knees.

As usual, the dignified shills in the Press Box at Celtic Park did not adequately report on the Alt Right karaoke in the away end.

If you find yourself self-censoring hate speech then you’re already failing as a journalist and a human being.

For the avoidance of doubt, the honest officiating errors were also appeared to be within kultural norms.

Apparently, in Fair Caledonia, these are not even fouls.

I spoke to two SPFL footballers last night and both aid they were baffled by the decision by the referee at the end of the match when Leigh Griffiths was through on goal.

For the week that’s in it, we are now entering the end chapter of an interesting story.

It is SEVEN years since I was able to bring this piece to you.

I recall the deluge of abuse from The People into the back of this site at the time.

Their objective was clearly to frighten me from doing any more of this journalism stuff.

Dear reader, that was SEVEN years ago.

I think it is fair to say that The People failed on that one.

Now, this Wednesday and Thursday the UK Supreme Court will sit at Parliament Square in London.

They will consider the appeal of Rangers’ liquidators BDO against the judgment handed down by the Court of Session in November 2015.

That ruling in Edinburgh stated that of course, the EBT “loans” were taxable.

Last week the very helpful source close to the  Supreme Court laid out the likely reporting schedule which I duly passed on to my Twitter following.

If you’re not on the social media platform then here it is:

My source reckoned that it would be amazing is the judgement was handed down in May.

June is unlikely but possible.

July is possible but only an outside chance.

August and September are vacation months.

Therefore a judgement is unlikely in those months as it is not normal practice.

A judgement is much more likely in months October, November and December.

The Big Tax Case was the fatal pathogen that made old Rangers terminally ill and untouchable.

With that potential tax liability out in the public domain, it was impossible that a serious buyer would be interested in Rangers.

However, this chap was.

For that reason, I’m happy with the role I played in getting the accurate arithmetic of the case out there.

Once the News of The World (Scottish edition) ran with my piece then I knew there was a “don’t buy this club” sign over Ibrox.

It was job done for the Fenian in Donegal.

Exactly a year later Alastair Johnston gave his famous nod of the head at the stadium that John Brown played for.

You ma recall the spat on Radio Scotland between James Traynor and Chick Young about the possibility of Rangers “going bust”.

It made for delicious listening.

The actual story of what happened at Rangers during the EBT years IS worthy of serious and ongoing journalistic scrutiny.

I spoke with one award-winning English journalist with an interest in this case.

He wrote to me and said:

“If the Court of Session ruling is upheld then I cannot think of a greater sporting scandal in UK – let alone football.”

I agree with that analysis.

Now for a public service announcement.

As of tomorrow lunchtime, I will be away from this digital space for at least the rest of the week.

The reason is that I have a manuscript to finish.

There is a saying that books are never finished rather they are abandoned.

That means that writer is exhausted by the process and they simply drop the project at some point before the natural finish.

Therefore, this end phase is particularly important.

One final word from me this week is to extend a míle buíochas to the crew upstairs in Murray’s yesterday on O’Connell Street.

Especially the two elegant Dublin ladies at my table and Stephanie from Shotts.

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