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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  1. Well Bojo should I stay alert and obey the government guidelines or use my instincts and go cuddle the grandkids.

  2. BOGNORBHOY at 8:16.


    Thanks for the memories,,,,,hadn’t seen that particular video before. One of the best days of my life*


    *(Mrs S may be lurking)

  3. whitedoghunch on

    BT etc cannot get this phone towring


    Bt mynumbers are in another phone


    Please mail me yours aand I should be able to get you

  4. I firmly believe that Dominic Cummings AND his WIFE, deliberately and purposefully decided to drive to Durham and back because of their arrogance etc.


    In my opinion Cummings and PM Johnson and others who are supporting Cummings are simply USING a FOUR Year old child as an EXCUSE to flaunt Govt Instructions at the time.


    It should be remembered that this isnt Govt “Guide LInes” being breached…at the time it was Govt “INSTRUCTIONS”.



    Cummings and his WIFE should BOTH be charged by the Cops, as other folk have been and Fined.


    Cummings should have resigned or been sacked yesterday…but instead we had PM Johnson NOT answering direct questions at tea time last night from the Media, in defending his Pal Cummings.



    For Cummings to go to Durham and back to London it is approx 10 hours of Driving, and IF he did also drive to some Castle while he was in Durham and back again…that is another 60 miles added to approx 520 Hours….and again IF he returned to Durham from London at another date ( April 19th ?)….That is yet another 520 miles approx ?


    As I say, Cummings AND his wife just decided to go on a wee Jolly and to hell with the consequences, and in the process of being “Found Out”…have now decided to USE a 4 year old Child as an Excuse…that is despicable….how arrogant and how low can you go ?



  5. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Gene- the genie is out the bottle now,pardon the pun,lockdown is over,the only issue is moral compass.If I took the best precautions I could, I know what I would do.

  6. WHITEDOGHUNCH on 25TH MAY 2020 10:12 AM


    A few of us got your number from BT and we sent you texts and voicemails.


    Did you get them and are you able to get calls on number ending 440?


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  7. Happy Big Cup Day to everyone.



    The day that changed Scottish football forever – and the singular biggest honour ever achieved for Scottish football.


    (which still rankles with many Scots for some reason).



    My memory as a 6 year old of it was playing fitba in the street but occasionally coming in to have a look at the telly where my Mum & Dad’s anxious eyes appeared to be glued.



    At the end of the game a neighbour above us in the stair came running down banging on the door with congratulations to my Dad, and picked my Mum up in his arms and swirled her around.



    He was a big Jambo but saw the victory as being a great honour for all of Scotland.



    Enjoy your own memories of this great day folks!

  8. celticforever on

    I see the bank are closed today – as a sign of celebrations for the Big Cup Day




    👍 hope your animals are well ( nearly put “the animals ” there ) 😜

  10. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    I can only conclude they used the information we provided, to assist the SFA in developing their strategy against us and that the company secretary was not as he claimed, playing devils advocate but actively working against us to frustrate, in the hope we would give up.


    As company secretary he was apparently misleading us as shareholders every time he raised the issue of provenance especially when we reminded him on many occasions that provenance was not an issue for the CFCB who had the power to investigate all sources of information.


    The most telling sign was when he became aggressive with me, when I raised the issue of misinformation we had received at previous meetings, when I asked if we could rely on anything we had been told. This was a guy who told us we were all on the same side.


    And, in our final meeting with him and PL, when asked by PL what else can we do? I told him follow through with the resolution and ask the CFCB to investigate. PL balked, and the company secretary came in with his usual drivel about provenance and how “HE” needed to be convinced of the provenance. Note, not the SFA and not UEFA but the company secretary. It was only the company secretary who liased with the SFA on all res12 business. It was the company secretary who was the only party to the meetings who failed to complete agreed actions. And it was the company secretary who failed to meet agreed time constraints.



    So while the discussion regarding a legal challenge against the SFA is all well and good, we need to remember the Celtic company secretary and the executive will be supporting the SFA as they have against Res 12 and this is where our main problem will be. They will be actively working to silence any debate again as they successfully done against the resolution.


    I suggest BRTHs initial idea of getting the opinion of Queens Council to evaluate is any such course of action feasible and as we were warned, that is a very costly exercise.


    As he said, it may be that a favorable queens council opinion is enough to tip the SFA and all football executives opinions on the importance of small shareholders, when we might gain the power to upset their gravy train. However, I suspect to be assured of change the opinion would have to be tested in court since executives are expert as we have seen, in duplicity therefore most likely portray all the signs of change while nothing actually changes.



    So if we look at it using his words then maybe PL was not the final decision maker, maybe it was MN the company secretary ?

  11. GALLAGHER on 25TH MAY 2020 10:33 AM


    ‘Craig Murrays blog has an interesting take on all this Durham business.’







    It’s a silly article.

  12. Craig Murray raises an interesting possibility about the Cummings trip . Its alleged he was at Castle Bernard where the giant pharma company Glaxo-Smith-Cline has its centre of operations. Two days after the government does a vaccine deal with them.

  13. Read it again – Sanofi of France that G-S-K done the vaccine deal with. Not the government !



    The government won’t confirm or deny Cummings presence at Castle Bernard thus raising suspicions that something underhand was going on.

  14. BOGNORBHOY- All fine here.


    Worried about WDH, inter alia.


    If BT or LENNYBHOY are in touch with the hospital, could they inform tha mail department to forward any correspondence for WHITEDOGHUNCH be directed to the Bhoy himself.

  15. garcia lorca on

    On this morning 53 years ago I was pacing Glasgow Airport like a trapped animal because our chartered plane had failed to show and it was beginning to look like we would miss the game.


    In the event we ( Sarsfield Celtic Supporters- Gorbals ) reaches Lisbon just after the first goal was scored.


    The rest is history. I went on the pitch and stood at the 18 yard line with my late Dad and 2 brothers and watched Billy lift the European Cup..


    In the heat of Lisbon…. they came in their thousands….. to see the Bhoys become champions 67.

  16. Garcia Lorca – first of all a nice catchy moniker.



    Secondly, what a great story. 👍



    Hail Hail amigo



    D. :)

  17. Happy “luggy” day all


    As Connairre suggests let us remember firstly those who gave us Celtic and are no longer with us.


    Rejoice Celts


    As Tully says the single biggest achievement by a Scottish team ever.


    Out there on a pinnacle on its own for the rest of time.


    Like log,Celtic forever and scaniel I reflect back on lisbon 3 years ago,the mass,the meal,


    Estadio,pink st,fatima and having the company of some serious tims havin the craic.


    The YNWA on leaving mass was timeless.


    Remembering Stephen(Murdoch auld and hay today) as he enjoyed himself too.



    HH all



    God bless Celtic

  18. Big Jimmy – got your text earlier and yes The Howgait or The Lee as we still call it has a big beer garden. The problem is the Scottish weather. But we will see what happens and of course we can meet up and have a few pints and talk all things Celtic.🍻






    D. :)

  19. whitedoghunch on

    !!Bada Bing!! apols heat in here is mental


    was dragged on to a trolley at 8am to be taken for scan I had 2/3 days ago

  20. WHITEDOGHUNCH on 25TH MAY 2020 11:48 AM


    Just tried calling you, straight to voicemail. Did you receive any of the texts that some of us sent you?


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  21. BAMBOO on 25TH MAY 2020 11:34 AM



    Barnard Castle is a picturesque and historic tourist town and is a popular place for a day out for people in that part of the world. That’s why Cumming and his family were there.



    The idea that some super dooper secret plan was being hatched and required Cumming to be personally present at a manufacturing facility is paranoid, delusional fantasy, but will be lapped up by those who hang on every word that Craig Murray spouts.

  22. AN TEARMANN on 25TH MAY 2020 11:55 AM



    Thanks big man. Have heard so much about that trip 3 years ago and it’s a big regret of mine that I didn’t go – I believe it was spiritual!



    I was at Hampden to see another bit of Celtic History being created that weekend which was beautiful, but I’d rather have been in Lisbon with hindsight.



    Well done to all who organised and attended – a real life memory.



    God Bless The Lisbon Lions – they have provided us with infinite, timeless joy.

  23. PHILBHOY on 25TH MAY 2020 12:22 PM









    You seem a bit grumpy this morning.’






    I’m grumpy every morning.

  24. Whitegoghunch, I am one of those who sent you a text last night, plenty are thinking of you and are trying to help, Hopefully we will all get communications sorted today.


    You are not walking alone my friend.

  25. GARCIA LORCA on 25TH MAY 2020 11:42 AM




    Great that you made the game eventually, love reading stories of how Celtic fans managed it when money was tight.



    I was lucky enough to make it over for the anniversary 3 years ago with some roasters on here…. A special time for all. 🍀🍀

  26. Celtic statement to markets



    RNS Number : 2318N


    Celtic PLC


    18 May 2020



    The information contained within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.



    18 May 2020






    (“Celtic” or the “Club”)



    COVID-19 Trading Update



    Celtic (AIM: CCP) provides the following trading update in light of the recent announcement by the Scottish Premier Football League (the “SPFL”).



    Trading update:



    Since the interim period end at 31 December 2019, and up to 7 March 2020 (last game played by Celtic), the Club has continued to deliver strong football performance including being ranked first in the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership with 80 points (30 games played), are semi-finalists of the Scottish Cup and were Scottish League Cup winners in December 2019. However, the COVID-19 outbreak in Scotland has impacted the Club’s operations and premises. Additionally, since 13 March 2020, mass gatherings including professional football matches have been postponed following action taken by the relevant authorities responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and no football has been played since.



    Following today’s decision from the SPFL, it has been announced that the remaining games of the 2019/2020 Ladbrokes Premiership season will no longer be played and Celtic has therefore been awarded its ninth consecutive Scottish Premiership title, matching an historic milestone only once before achieved by the Club in 1974.



    With the current outlook remaining uncertain due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Board of Celtic is withdrawing current market guidance and will look to provide an update on guidance once more clarity is known. The Club currently expects to publish its full year results in the autumn of 2020.



    Funding and liquidity:



    Whilst today’s decision will have a short-term impact on the finances of the Club, Celtic remains in a strong financial position through its robust balance sheet in terms of player registrations and deferred transfer receivables. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the Board has continued to take the appropriate steps to manage its capital, other expenditure and improve cash flow, to ensure the business continues to be well capitalised and has sufficient liquidity during this period of uncertainty.



    Measures include the Club’s Chief Executive, Manager, Non-executive Directors, first-team squad, executive team, and backroom staff, including Academy and Football Operation executives, volunteering to take significant reductions in salaries as well as making deferrals on a significant proportion of earnings.



    Our fans and team members:



    The Club would like to thank its supporters, players, staff, commercial partners and other stakeholders for their continued support during this uncertain time. Celtic remains focused on ensuring that the safety of all its stakeholders is paramount in the current environment.



    The Club will celebrate the achievement of winning the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership at the appropriate time. In the meantime the Club looks forward to the commencement of season 2020/21; news on the completion of the 2019/20 Scottish Cup; and a lucrative five-year technical kit partnership with Adidas, that will take effect from 1 July 2020, and will initially run until the summer of 2025.







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