Celtic have taken the drastic measure of pulling Scott Brown’s hearing forward to avoid him serving a suspension for the match against Rangers at Ibrox.
But more than it just be ridiculous that teams can now apparently pick and choose when players will be suspended, there’s something more absurd at play.
It’s a sad indictment of the comedy of errors that is the SFA and Scottish football governance.
Firstly, the fact that Ryan Kent’s charge was dealt with so quickly whilst Brown’s wasn’t has left the entire thing hanging open longer than necessary.
When the hearing comes back around on the 26th April, expect moon-howling galore whether he’s found guilty or not. The fact they’ve moved the date suggests Celtic are gearing up for the former.
The idea that it’ll be a month after the fact that Brown faces the music is calamitous and just opens the SFA up to criticism.
Secondly, if a team can bring hearings forward at their will it brings the game into disrepute. Theoretically, Celtic, or any other team, could tactically control peoples suspensions.
It devalues the punishment and makes the governing body look like a laughing stock. There should surely be powers and controls in place to prevent this behaviour.
Celtic are just taking advantage of the rules. It’s the SFA who need to have a serious think about how they govern the game here.
Their authority is continuously undermined and there is a growing lack of respect for how they are going about their business.
And with their handling of incidents like that involving the potential suspension of Scott Brown, it’s no wonder.
Even if it does suggest Celtic are concerned about the threat of Rangers of May 12th.