The Sun Had A Brass Neck Claiming Phil Mac Giolla Bhain’s Exclusive As Their Own.

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Yesterday, Phil Mac Giolla Bhain published his story about how James Dornan had put a motion in front of the Scottish Parliament which was about seeking reform of the SFA.

That it also “supported” the club across the city is the headline for some people, but in fact that was the classic piece of misdirection. They weren’t the point at all.

James sent Phil a heads-up.

Nobody from the sports desks was paying a blind bit of notice to what was happening at Holyrood, and I don’t know that many of their politics desk staff do either considering the dire quality of some of the coverage.

So when The Sun claimed last night that their story on Dornan’s motion was a “breaking story” as though they had the exclusive on it I laughed.

Phil had already published his piece over an hour before.

I know that because I was on that story, did my own version and credited Phil in it. Mine went up just minutes after The Sun’s version. To see that low order tabloid try and claim the story as their own was ridiculous.

What was worse was that they put a pro-Ibrox spin on Dornan’s motion, which although it said it supported the club was very clear that it was focussed on reform.

Perhaps it didn’t dawn on them that, having gotten it from Phil’s piece, that they should at least examine what the point of it was but that would have required some critical thinking.

It is just incredibly ignorant of that rag not to give Phil the credit for breaking the story.

It is arrogant that they think we’re not going to spot that, or maybe they just don’t care.

The paper is so pro-Ibrox that it’s ridiculous; tonight, they’ve got another of their theoretical “if’s, but’s and maybe’s” articles about how the Ibrox club can still get automatic Champions League qualification even if they don’t win the title, but as usual it’s pretty ridiculous.

That title is ridiculous.

Nicking stories from people is pretty rank and they do it to the blogs all the time, but Phil Mac Giolla Bhain has a press card, he’s part of the club so to speak, and if they don’t have respect for that they don’t respect anything.

But Hell, what am I talking about?

This is The Sun. They don’t respect anything.

Their media group lied about the dead and hacked the phones of murdered children. There aren’t enough negative adjectives in the language to adequately describe them.

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  • Captain Swing says:

    That’s what the redtops do. Once The Celtic View got serious in the mid-late 90s and contained in-depth interviews and other useful, well-written features, they were constantly being ripped off – uncredited – by The Hun and the Daily Ranger. When I think of what passes for a football journalist in Scotland I am always reminded of the sketch Hale & Pace did called ‘A Day In The Life of a Tabloid Journalist’, featuring an editor in a Ku Klux Klan costume masturbating under the desk to the completely fabricated salacious stories his hacks bring him…. I think one or both had been the subject of an exposé shortly beforehand!!!

  • Ryan Ellis says:

    You’re talking about the S*n aren’t you? I live in Merseyside and I know people who would rather shit themselves than wipe their arses with the sun. Fuck the Tory fucking rag. (Said my mate, Eddie).

  • sligo123456 says:

    Shower of nonsense that paper. How anyone can have confidence that they are reading the truth in that rag beggars believe. Well done PMGB and youself James.

    • Jim Duffy says:

      Well said Ryan ,the fucking Tory bastards, unfortunately our board at Celtic are also Tory bastards and I wouldn’t put it past them to blame our fans if there was any protest against them ,ie we the board under Pete liewell can do no wrong ,how dare you plebs ,who pay our wages bye the way,protest against us the mighty Celtic board.

  • Stephen Burns says:

    Phil has got them all sussed and Rangers money problems,they are just about hanging on at Ibrokes

  • Mick says:

    Noo, I’m going back a bit but it was the sun or maybe the dr, either way it was total BS ‘reporting’ regarding how some Celtic FC footballers went to Newcastle for their Xmas party and either one of those two had a title for that piece something like…

    Tramps, Drunks and Thieves, Celtic FC Xmas Night of Shame.

    Then complete BS accusations with regards that’s CFC Xmas night out. All fictional events of course.
    Unsure how Our Club dealt with it? Probably nothing from them.
    Although, eventually it was shown to be exactly that; GARBAGE just like their news rags.

    • Clachnacuddin and the Hoops says:

      Neil Lennon thankfully got Five figures of cash for defamation of character awarded in court from these scumbags for that incident Mick…

      They probably published a tiny apology in amongst adverts in some obscure hidden place like Page 37 ot thereabouts –

      Still it was nice to put the scum in their place although the damage was already done in the eyes of their ‘neutral’ readers of whom they must have had a helluva lot more back then…

      I definitely know this is true as I used to meet Lenny for a beer or two from time to time !

  • Bob L says:

    How bad can the press sink in Scotland? Phil broke the story followed by yourself James. They have no shame. Quicker they fold better for all

  • Roonsa says:

    Come on James. You are being a little disingenuous here, are you not? We all know how lowly the MSM rate you guys. Why should the Sun care if they steal a story from you and pass it off as their own?

    If we didn’t know before the phone hacking scandal that these people are lower than a snake’s belly then that attrocity ought to have hammered it home.

    I understand that there will be a level of honour among the Celtic minded blogging community and you are right to defend your friend. I doubt it will cause him too much loss of sleep. The people who buy that rag are too stupid to understand what your problem with them (The Sun) is anyway.

  • John smith says:

    The sun??it sure as shit ain’t shining,,

  • John Copeland says:

    Now you know why most of the Scottish Sun’s sports scoops travel to work on horseback …whoa ,boy !

  • Clachnacuddin and the Hoops says:

    Ah The Scottish Sun for The Scottish Hun…

    A marriage made in Hell If ever there was one –

    Fortunately The Blogs will end them once and for all…


    Just watching Beale getting a doing in The FA Cup on Match of the Day and noticed stripes everywhere (both teams wearing their home kits)…

    It’s being refereed just fine –

    So How come to fcuk Celtic v Hibernian or Hibernian v Celtic cannot be played in both teams home kits as it’s less of a clash – A full jersey v Hoops…

    I’ll tell you the exact reason – Inept officials and their paymasters at The SFA simply cannot stand the sight of too much Green and White – That’s What it is…

    Did anyone else notice how they refereed that game (in England) without any problem…

    What’s gonna be next ? – I guess if Sevco want a blue spray painted pitch they’d be granted it of course given the hatred of too much green by officials and their paymasters at The SFA !

  • Dora says:

    Imagine being a ranger supporter—constant shame/embarrassment to Scottish football…how very dare they, but they don’t care of course!

    Once again—Thank Fk I’m a Tim!!

  • SSMPM says:

    The political one-upmanship in the world of reporters eh.
    J.D. broke it first, it was his news to break. It’s his content and the potential consequences of it and what it brings going forward that counts; not who reported it first. Everyone thereafter followed whether you’re the first blogger or last or the first tabloid or last seems pretty irrelevant.
    How it’s reported and with what spin the content is presented seems more worthy of discussion. Perhaps VAR could have a look to clarify the reporter badge of honour thing. Personally I give the honour to JD. HH

  • Fun time frankie says:

    Coach years ago the sick imported either grass seeds of actual grass ,I can’t remember,but it was called Kentucky blue grass ,that’s how bigoted those servo scum are.

  • Fun time frankie says:

    Last post was to clach

  • Peter says:

    Well said James. Their newspaper isn’t even fit for emergency toilet roll.

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