Within any system of jurisprudence the concept of “moral hazard” must be fully appreciated.
The survival of the Ibrox brand, if not the original club, post-2012 is an example of that danger.
It is self-evident that the people who run the national game in fair Caledonia reckoned that a Rangers, any Rangers, was necessary for the greater good in 2012.
For the people on the 6th floor at Hampden, the idea of a top-flight league without a club playing out of Ibrox was unthinkable.
Consequently, Mr Doncaster and Mr Regan tried their utmost to have Sevco Scotland Limited parachuted into the SPL in the summer of 2012.
Charles of Normandy convinced these world-class chaps that he would run the Ibrox franchise.
You know the rest…
Of course, this only fed the Herrenvolk delusions of the klan and any hint of Ibrox exceptionalism only made their fascist reflex more prominent.
Thus it carries onto the field of play.
The news that Allan McGregor will not face any sanction for lashing out with a kick at Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer was greeted with amoral glee by the klan.
This is the world as The People wish it to be.
Whether or not the three ex-referees shares this worldview matters not a jot.
It is how their non-decision will be interpreted by the klan.
This baffling call comes quickly after the decision to rescind the red card given to Alfredo Morelos for kicking Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna.
Like the Ajer incident it was an off the ball incident, nor was it a Beckamesque childish flick of the boot.
The Colombian had a proper kick at an opponent and referee Kevin Clancy thought it worthy of a red card and sent off the Sevco striker.
Of course, the problem with all of this is that the folks at Hampden have a problematic history when it comes to clubs playing out of Ibrox.
The Jorge Cadete affair cost the late Jim Farry his job in 1999.
It stretches credulity to think that on the ONE occasion when a litigious Celtic chairman went to law on a governance issue he found the ONLY example of the SFA working against Celtic and, ipso facto, assisting Rangers.
I smiled when I read the paperwork on the Cadete case and saw that the next up to give evidence for the SFA was one Sandy Bryson.
The memo said that Mr B was “very nervous” about the prospect being questioned by Celtic’s lawyer.
Fortunately for the man who created the euphemism of “imperfectly registered” to explain away a decade of Ibrox cheating he wasn’t required.
Farry had so completely crumpled under questioning that the SFA didn’t come out for the second half against McCann’s QC.
Indeed the behaviour of the Bunnet makes the current stance of Celtic on Resolution 12 rather baffling.
The Parkhead club has had to be dragged by the requisitioners since 2013 to address the unfair sporting advantage of the tax scams at Ibrox.
Consequently, I do not hold out much hope for Kristoffer Ajer’s stud marked hip…
If delinquent behaviour, whether it be individual or corporate, is not seen to be suitably sanctioned then you should expect to get more of it.