Celtic supportive of SFA plans to be more open on decision making

Celtic have backed Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan's attempts to reform the governing body's decision-making process.

Celtic have backed Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan's attempts to reform the governing body's decision-making process.

Regan aims to bring more urgency and openness to the ruling body after being frustrated by procedures during his probe into referee Dougie McDonald's decision to rescind a penalty he initially awarded to Celtic in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dundee United.

In a statement on Celtic's official website, chairman John Reid said: "We are encouraged by the proposals of the new chief executive, Stewart Regan, to address a series of issues within the SFA and to allow greater transparency and openness in all future decision-making.

"While we would have liked a review to be more independent in nature, Stewart Regan's objectives are to be applauded."

Reid added: "Following events at Tannadice, it was Celtic's absolute right to request clarification on a matter of this nature.

"Indeed, it is widely accepted that this was an incident which deserved some explanation.

"It was also correct that the Scottish Football Association conduct an investigation into events following the resignation of an assistant referee.

"Clearly, as a result of this investigation it is very unfortunate that dishonesty has been proven. This, of course, is a matter for the SFA to deal with.

"We fully understand that there is intense pressure on referees in a high-profile environment. We know too that they carry out a very difficult job.

"We now look forward to the review process being carried out and to the implementation of the appropriate recommendations."

 
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