Former Celtic player Davie Provan thinks Celtic should be ‘looking in the mirror’ when it comes to complaints about the Scottish FA disciplinary process, writing in his Scottish Sun column today.
It was reported by The Daily Mail last week that changes are on the way to the compliance officer system as early as this summer after the governing body after statements made by both the Hoops and Rangers about the farcical decisions coming out of Hampden recently.
Provan though seems to think the clubs have to get their own house in order first and foremost, before complaining about disciplinary problems.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “You could be forgiven for thinking Craig Whyte, not Clare, is running the disciplinary system.
“The shambles has seen the Old Firm go to war with Hampden over inconsistencies. But both clubs should be looking in the mirror.
“Ryan Christie deserved punishment for grabbing Alfredo Morelos’s privates, while the Colombian and Ryan Kent’s hand gestures at the same game were inflammatory.
“And shouldn’t Gers be asking Morelos why he was still throwing himself at Rugby Park having been sent off against Celtic for the same thing?”
Provan has it mixed up though, it’s far from just Celtic or our rivals who have issues with the SFA right now.
The Daily Mail report clearly states there is now ‘widespread’ dissatisfaction up and down the Scottish Premiership. Hardly indicative of the club ‘going to war’ for no good reason.
In the same Scottish Sun column, Provan even sticks up for Inverness Caledonian Thistle after the bizarre James Keatings ‘dive’ incident that has been splashed across back pages recently.
This is not a Celtic issue or a ‘Celtic and Rangers’ issue. This is one that needs to be tackled by all clubs in Scotland as the current processes aren’t fit for purpose and need urgently reviewed or changed prior to the new season.
It would be great if our most prominent pundits also got on board with that view rather than taking cheap shots at players and clubs.