In 2011, former SFA CE Stewart Regan and Celtic’s Peter Lawwell (who was newly elected on the SPFL board at the time) devised the infamous ‘Compliance Officer’ role, after former FM Henry McLeish reviewed our game and recommended such a course of action.
The first one appointed was Vincent Lunny, who was then replaced by Tony McGlennan, before ‘present’ incumbent Clare Whyte got the gig.
With confusion over whether Whyte is still in the role (supposedly having tendered her resignation to quit ‘in the new year’) we have to ask at Ibrox Noise:
Is it time to abolish this idiotic job, this biased job, and this foolish human-error ridden shambles and look to improving the standard of refereeing while implementing VAR?
To the best of our knowledge, Scotland is the only major football association to have a retrospective banning system based on completely subjective citations, ridden with bias and agenda and is the only one without VAR.
And as we revealed to you a while ago, in the past three years, aside Ryan Christie’s symbolic ban (when he was injured) no Celtic player has been retrospectively banned, unlike the 5 (and now likely 6) Rangers players.
The Compliance Officer position is, and has always been, a complete sh*tshow, one in which it appears all three incumbents thus far have had leanings to Celtic.
The system needs abolished, and plain better refs sought – but crucially, VAR is desperately needed.
Sure, the Premier League has VAR and still gets things wrong, but we don’t see this level of idiocy and banning down there, in a much more professionally-run league.
Why Scotland doesn’t have VAR is beyond us, and why we have to rely on some biased individual instead is equally so.
One thing is for sure, the days of the Compliance Officer are coming to an end, and VAR must replace it.
Not to mention better refs.