Ian Maxwell has tonight attempted to defend the exclusions of both Celtic Park and Ibrox from the list of stadiums hosting the Euros in 2028. His comments are a nonsense.
His claim that Hampden is the only iconic stadium of the three is absolute rot as anyone who follows football knows damned well. Celtic Park and Ibrox are vastly better grounds that Hampden.
Both grounds regularly feature on the lists of the most atmospheric stadiums in Europe. Celtic Park frequently competes with Anfield for the top spot in those lists. That is the very definition of iconic. His comments are plainly ridiculous and insulting as well.
Hampden has one thing in its favour and one thing only; it is the home of the SFA and the SFA will put its own selfish interests first, every time. It’s the reason Celtic sees no reason to upgrade our ground to the level required to host a European final; the SFA will never accept any ground being used for that purpose but their own white elephant.
The SFA is a completely self-interested organisation without an ounce of ambition for our game or a shred of backbone. Club grounds up and down England will host games in this competition and there will be plenty of credit to go round … Scotland is restricted to one ground because the SFA has no intention of sharing any of the benefits.
He tries to pass this off by saying that Wales, the Republic of Ireland and the Six Counties are each using one stadium, and that this shows that there is “consistency.” The only consistency here is how much garbage that man talks and has talked since getting the gig.
None of those places can boast three world class stadiums, and that’s the difference and his disingenuous nonsense should be scorned as exactly the garbage it is. The SFA could have proposed three grounds from here and the two club stadiums would have had as good a chance of getting matches as Newcastle (on the list) Everton (on the list) and Aston Villa (on the list.)
They could have promoted the whole game here instead of only themselves.
This is their level, this appalling selfishness, this arrogance that Maxwell thinks he can sell this bag of excrement to us on the grounds of Hampden’s “iconic status.”
What a joke. That man should be nowhere near the pinnacle of our game.