The SFA picked last week to announce that we’ve got a new Compliance Officer. The last one was rumoured to be a member of an Ibrox supporters bus, so nobody at all was in any way sad to see the back of him. Even if the rumours weren’t true, the governing body allows so many things to pass which it never should that you wouldn’t be surprised.
This club of ours knows that the whole thing stinks. We’ve complained about referees and we’ve now complained about the implementation of VAR. How many compliance officers are the SFA going to go through before they realise that there are systemic issues there which cannot be resolved simply by shuffling the pack every once in a while?
The system is chaotic. It is anarchic. Too many reforms are required before anyone on our side of the lines can be convinced that the system works right, and this constant churn shows that it still doesn’t. The SFA is a law unto itself.
This club of ours does things in a measured and professional way. But we inhabit a game which is run by cowards and men best characterised by an extreme lack of vision. This sport needs leadership of a sort that they cannot provide; this has been known to us a long time, and we’ve been very lucky that we’ve stayed good enough to keep ahead of the consequences.
But Celtic has to be concerned by the nature of the SFA operation, and the way that organisation is always in reactive mode. Perhaps it’s better for us in some ways that they are; can you imagine what a pro-active organisation might come up with?
Still, another compliance officer swans into the building, another appointment that few of the clubs vetted far less got a vote on. This is how the governing body works, replacing one faceless nobody with another, without us ever finding out who they are.
Yes, Celtic must be concerned. We all should be.