Speaking in an article in today’s Herald, SFA chief Alan MacRae expresses his dismay at Celtic’s wonderful, unbeaten, treble winning season, hoping it’s never to be repeated.
Trying to hide his bitterness behind the ‘need more competition’ guise, MacRae’s comments wouldn’t look out of place in a Sevco fanzine.
“It’s difficult for the other clubs to compete with Celtic because at the moment they are flying high”, said MacRae.
That, in itself, is a fairly obvious observation from one of the high heid yins at Hampden but as he peered ahead to next season, McRae suggested he would like to see Celtic brought back down to earth.
That will be easier said than done, of course. Like a Colossus of London Road, Celtic are standing head and shoulders above them all and, under Rodgers’ managerial nous, the club’s tyrannical rule over the Scottish scene would make some of the world’s most strident dictatorships look like a series of fairly timorous regimes.
It’s a major ask, of course, and McRae certainly wouldn’t be losing sleep if he saw Celtic knocked out of next season’s Bet Fred Cup in the last eight. His observations on Celtic’s dominance may have been delivered with a wry grin but the message was clear.
“They had fantastic achievement to come through both cups and the league being undefeated, especially on the 50th anniversary of the Lisbon Lions and it’s quite amazing that it happened,” said McRae. “They have done it once, hopefully it won’t happen again next season because we’ve got to have challengers. They know you need to have people challenging, otherwise it will get very boring and dreary.”
This from the man who’s supposed to be impartial in his position of President.
MacRae follows in the footsteps of previous bitter SFA chiefs, Farry, Ogilvie, Smith and Graham before them, none of whom hid their animosity towards Celtic.
Instead of thanking Celtic for lighting up the Scottish game with a fantastic brand of football, providing the nucleus of yesterday’s Scotland team, including the goalscorer, and representing Scotland on the European stage, all to the benefit of the dinosaurs on Hampden’s sixth floor, he chooses to let his club allegiances poison his mind.
And while MacRae and his cronies might find Celtic’s domestic dominance hard to swallow, the focus is now turning full circle back on the governing body itself.
While they try to deflect attention of their own corruptness onto Craig Whyte and demean the achievements of the champions, their own positions are under scrutiny after they turned a blind eye to the cheating of former establishment club Rangers(IL).
The term ‘fit and proper’ has been bandied about a lot this week, in respect of Craig Whyte and Dave King, when in fact it should have been ‘fit for purpose’, the very question asked about the SFA.