The SFA and the leagues have suffered a humiliating reversal in court today as Parks of Hamilton won an interim interdict against the arbitration process between the SPFL and the Ibrox club over the cinch deal.
Their argument was that Parks of Hamilton should be included in the process.
The SFA and the SPFL, arguing against what was in their own by-laws, in plain language, argued the opposite.
This is an absolute farce and whilst most of us are pretty clear in believing that this entire thing is an another example of Ibrox playing cynical games there is no doubt that those involving in running Scottish football are capable of disastrous decision making and embarrassing oversights.
Ibrox’s conduct here is a joke, of course.
The arbitration process will now involve their club and a company owned by their chairman, as if those two organisations could be easily separated.
This whole thing makes a mockery of our game and makes it resemble a banana republic.
The arbitration process itself is now a shambles which can only do further damage to the reputation of the leagues.
The cinch deal is probably going to collapse on the back of all this, and I really don’t see any other outcome unless the SFA wins the arbitration case quickly and completely and compels Ibrox to toe the line.
That there also need to be severe sanctions applied to the club for their conduct here goes without saying or there will be anarchy.
Even if all of that happens, this is a wrecking ball moment.
This entire affair has made the governors of football in Scotland look flat-footed and stupid and amateurish.
That one club can threaten the entire foundation of a major commercial contract like this will put off other organisations far into the future, with knock-on effects at every level.
Celtic has remained dead silent on this, but it has to be something we’re watching with grave concern.
This, don’t forget, is the structure Peter Lawwell told a Celtic AGM and the Resolution 12 guys that was working perfectly well and didn’t need reformed.
His judgement on that front has always been highly questionable.
What Scottish football wouldn’t give to have a genuine reformer at the helm instead of the blundering, dithering cowards that we have right now. McKay should be taking note … and planning on stepping up.