Contrast between SPFL and EFL will benefit Scottish clubs


Earlier this month we discussed the English Football League, where Championship clubs are in particular danger.  Unlike the SPFL there is little leadership from “the centre”.  Clubs and the League hope to complete the season and only yesterday published a plan on what to do in the event that is not possible.

Completing the season will require investment in blanket testing which will cost hard-up clubs millions of pounds, players would need to be taken off furlough (where applicable) weeks before games are played, and there will be zero ticket money generated.

All this helps clubs, fans and everyone else feel better about the sporting integrity of their competitions, but it will only compound the financial crisis afflicting the sport if they undertake the process and, as is very possible, some or all clubs need to isolate due to positive tests.  This could lead to a later curtailment of the league, with unnecessary illness (or worse) and cost.

The contrast with the SPFL is stark.  The Scottish League took medical and legal advice and went on the front foot with a strong recommendation to clubs, which was overwhelmingly supported.  These decisions are horrible and inevitably unfair on someone, but good leadership means you need to make yourself unpopular at times.

What happens with the English Premiership is largely immaterial to Scottish football.  Our more immediate competitors occupy the leagues below.  This is where Scottish clubs have lost most of their talent to.  There will be opportunities for Scottish clubs as a consequence of how the two leagues reacted to the crisis.  Keep your eye on what happens here.

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  2. So are we looking at Celtic moving not the EPL ?


    Or an amalgamation of FtSPFL with EPL 1

  3. Paul67



    I see what your saying there, so we’re signing more young talent from the EPL probably using cross border rules.



    Moussa Dembele CSC

  4. Clubs will go to the wall, hopefully 1 in particular.



    We have to look after our own business first and foremost.



    If we can help along the way then great.



    1 thing that bothers me Paul is if the season gets under way and a club are not going to win the league and says we have 5 or 6 players with symptoms and they are self isolating, will said club then call for null and void??



    Also I hope players will be getting tested by the NHS and not club doctors/professionals as I know 1 club that would bend every rule as they are the most despicable of humanity.



    Ah I feel better now



    D. :)

  5. BRTH


    Thanks for the response. I accept your points, I suppose until I see the evidence I am very much the doubting Thomas. However, I accept a CEO should make it their business to obtain some knowledge or legal advice on how to obtain this.


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

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  7. BRTH/Auldheid



    Celtic FC were not Party to the Five Way Agreement.



    Associations are not, repeat not, democracies.

  8. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Celtic Mac- my opinion only, I think Peter Lawwell drew up the 5 Way Agreement, who else who was involved at that time,would have the brains to do it? Reagan? Doncaster, Green? To say the wealthiest and most powerful Club in the country, never seen it, is insulting to say the least.

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    BOURNESOUPRECIPE, love it every time I’m scrolling and the big shamrock 9 comes into view! Thanks for that!




  10. !!bada bing!!



    Thought I better reply fast before that post gets deleted!


    The problem with that theory is that there are/were more than a few versions of the 5WA, I’m guessing Big Pete would only have need to write the one. And while we do know, now, that the 5WA precedes and supercedes Resolution 12, we do not know which version of it is the final one. Or all the signatories, though Peter Lawwell will not be one of them.

  11. Celtic Mac/Bada Bing



    People and institutions use plausible deniability methods all the time .



    Peter Lawwell could state clearly that he was “not party to” the 5 way agreement or state ” I have never seen the 5 way agreement” and he would not be officially lying but could still be up to his neck in it.



    If Peter made it his business to find out the terms of the 5wa but did not participate in drafting it or being an active party to its terms, his views on Celtic’s attitude and response to these terms wil have been sought.



    He may have been told what the terms of the 5wa agreement were but he can state that “I never saw it”.



    He may not have taken an active part in drafting it but he will have given re-assurances that Celtic would not do anything to obstruct it proceeding and thus he is able to say ” I am not party to it”, meaning he did not draft it nor put his approval officially in writing. A sin of omission, if you like, in that he failed to act on what he had heard because it was never officially put to him and, perhaps, because he agreed with the solution inherent to the 5wa.



    Anyone working in a large organisation will be careful to keep sensitive talks un-minuted, restrict themselves to phone calls and not leave an e-mail trail. Only when you are ready to conclude a formal agreement do you put it in writing. The 5(?) parties to the 5wa had the additional benefit of not having to publish the terms of this agreement for public or customer scrutiny and also had the benefit of an incurious media who never sought to investigate what was going on.

  12. The Battered Bunnet on




    In the way of these things, the agreement would have been co-authored by the legal advisors of each of the parties to reflect the agreement reached. For SPl this would have been Rod McKenzie, then of Harper McLeod. There would have been a firm from each of the other 4 parties.



    Relatedly, whether PL has seen the 5WA or not, because it’s commercially confidential he would have to deny having ever seen it because he was not party to it. He couldn’t go on the record as admitting to a breach of confidence.

  13. setting free the bears



    Celtic FC are not ‘Party’ to the 5WA.


    That much is self-evident.

  14. theBHOYfromU.N.C.L.E on

    Just finished washing-up,going to stop taking those dishwasher tablets as i dont think they are worth it.




    Thanks for the link on the previous article to Tom Minogue’s site re The Magic Circle.




  16. Re5wa



    PL and Celtic new its all conjecture we need evidence.



    IMO i think he knew.


    The four-phase plan will begin as of next week, with a number of measures being relaxed on May 28.



    More outdoor activity including sports; meeting other households and the re-opening of recycling centres are among those being re-introduced at what is being described as ‘Phase 1’.



    But these are entirely dependent on dramatically reducing coronavirus in the country and successfully implementing a “Test and Protect” strategy.



    But what about pubs?



    What about BIG JIMMY……………..That’s more to the point.

  18. Dunfermline Athletic have released all 17 players who were out of contract to “protect the future of the club”.



    The list includes first-team regulars Lee Ashcroft, Danny Devine, Tom Beadling and Paul Paton, with fellow senior pros Ryan Scully, Joe Thomson, Andy Ryan, Callum Smith also freed.



    The rest of the Scottish Championship club’s squad have been on furlough.



    “Unfortunately our club will not be in a position to offer new contracts at this time,” Dunfermline said.



    “As we don’t know when we will be playing games again, we have no other option but to protect the future of the club itself. This has not been an easy decision to make, being aware of the impact this may have.”



    The Fife club finished sixth in the second tier last term.



    Released players: Lee Ashcroft, Tom Beadling, Danny Devine, Paul Paton, Ryan Scully, Joe Thomson, Andy Ryan, Callum Smith, Stuart Morrison, Gregor Jordan, Scott Cusick, Cammy Graham, Lewis Sawers, Josh Robertson, Lewis Crosbie, Craig Burt and Paul Brown.



  19. PL may not have seen THE FWA, i.e. the final version, but it is a reasonable view that he MAY have seen any number of draft versions, including the last one prior to the final version – thus being well aware of the contents. If not, has he performed his fiduciary responsibility to shareholders? If so, likewise? As SFTB mentions, plausible deniability…



  20. 5 million for hagi were is this money coming from reason i ask is because we know that they cheat is there anyone cheking them out?

  21. Ref PL and the 5WA……..



    Most powerful man in Scottish football and CEO of its principal business not knowing….. now that’s a bad look.



    Knowing all about it and being (at best) disingenuous to your shareholders and leading Res12 guys on a merry dance…that moves towards ‘glib and shameless’ for me.



    Ref the (non Res12/5WA) leader above….I live just across the river from Brentford’s shiny new wee stadium. It’s surrounded by luxury flats, developed as part of the process. And their old ground is being sold off.



    I feel a real sympathy for what seems like a really decent ‘proper’ local club on my doorstep. But it’s not hard to imagine how the parlous state that many league 1 clubs will find themselves, may offer some real gems of talent for us.



    HH jg

  22. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    DANSO_1888 on 22ND MAY 2020 4:20 PM



    5 million for hagi were is this money coming from reason i ask is because we know that they cheat is there anyone cheking them out?






    Michael Stewart has already called them out, the answer was Europa League cup money, Douglas Park money and a brand new sports gear contract with the same company that Andy Murray uses and apparently its going to get net them 25 Million over a 5 year period!



    Also, Phil Mac has stopped predicting that they are going to go bust, thats a concern

  23. If they have paid £5million for Hagi then they are bigger fools than I thought.



    Him and Kent are 2 wastes of cash and £12 million that the selling clubs will never see.



    D. :)

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