Celtic Shareholders Latest – Persistence Beaten by Resistance as SFA decide against taking ‘Res 12’ Complaint to CAS

PERSISTENCE BEATS RES12STANCE was the inspirational slogan created to support a group of Celtic shareholders who shone a light on the shady practices at the Scottish FA that allowed Rangers FC to gain a licence to play in European football in 2011-12 season when they should have been disqualified due to having outstanding social taxes.

Stephen McGowan at Scottish Daily Mail has just tweeted the news: “SFA rule Rangers being awarded a Euro licence in 2011/12.

‘Following consideration of the implications …. including legal opinion, it was the board’s unanimous position that this matter should not be referred to CAS. The SFA now considers the matter closed.’”

It has been proven beyond reasonable doubt that this was indeed the situation but in a conspiracy to cover-up the facts these Celtic shareholders were met by obstruction by their own club, the Scottish FA and indeed the Scottish media.

Compare and contrast the recent activities of Tom English at the BBC with his refusal to engage in Resolution 12.

Res 12 campaign appeared in the Tribune de Geneve newspaper and landed on top UEFA Executives’ desks.

For my own part I helped organise the logo, booked newspaper advertisements in the international press and secured coverage for Res12 in Private Eye, plus provided all the meaning editorial support on another Celtic website, that was influential at the time. The clue is that all articles on that site relating to Res12 that have headlines in capital letters were mine.

The strategy of delay and ignore seems to have paid off today. Scottish football is attempting to move on from the controversies that started with the Rangers financial collapse in 2012 and continued right through to the controversy that engulfed Scottish football in recent months as the Rangers tried and failed to Null and Void the league, despite being 13 points behind Celtic when the coronavirus stopped play.

Today Hampden is throwing them a crumb of comfort, just one day after Celtic were named as 9IAR Champions. However the matter might be closed as far as the Scottish FA are concerned but going forward they know that their decisions in awarding European licences will be closely watched. Res12 has succeeded in removing their leeway and that could yet, if a final glorious twist, come back to bite the latest Ibrox club on the backside.

Respect and thanks to the four Res12 Bhoys who led the campaign and to each and every football supporter from Celtic and many other clubs, including Hearts, Aberdeen, Dundee Utd and Hibs who supported the campaign.

Persistence was beaten by Resistance today but there’s that sting in the tail and the Scottish FA know that their actions will be watch closely not only in Scotland but by UEFA.

Winning Captains

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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