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. spikeysauldman on

    just seen Stevie Wonder sitting at the roadside at the Robroyston slip road on the M80. Told me he’d been down in Greenock and was wondering if his eyesight was playin up, so he went for a test drive.

  2. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Just seen a beach in south of England,on BBC news, mobbed, lockdown is over

  3. A picture that could make me greet




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    Not 25/5/1967 but these Legends sat in my kitchen for 3 afternoons. Billy and Tommy non stop slagged poor Stevie, and he just loved it what banter. I truly am gutted I never set up a video camera was like a dressing room.


    PS Big Billy could eat biscuits for Scotland Green heartFour leaf cloverTrophy



  4. Dominic Cummings is now having a prescription windscreen fitted to his Ford Focus.

  5. Whitedoghunch



    Hope you’re well and I look forward to your posts.














    …☘️……………. ☘️




















    Get well soon!



    Wee prayer said for a quick recovery.




  7. My uncle passed away this morning. A good Celtic man. He was 90, in a care home and was diagnosed with Covid last thursday. I will not be allowed to go to funeral of course.




    A horrible time for all of your family.



    May your uncle rest in peace.



    Prayer said for those who remain.

  9. !!Bada Bing!! on

    An absolute coward,his 2 top medical advisers were seen going into No 10 an hour ago, not doing the presser as they would get grilled over Cummings

  10. No memories of Lisboa ‘67. Was only three and a half. Started following Celtic five years later knowing nothing about its history. Have never looked back since.



    WDH: best wishes. Sent you a text.

  11. TIMBHOY2 on 25TH MAY 2020 6:36 PM



    Celtic have found some great young players over the last decade and along the way we have also signed others who have not made the cut. That is always gonna be the case, not all players can become the next Wanyama, DVD, hooper, ledley, amstrong dembele, foster boric etc. Some of the best we had have not always had an instant impact.



    I dont expect celtic to change tact and start buying established players because the ones that would come into that bracket would likely not improve the first team and would likely not lead to resale value. Buying the best young players gives us the opportunity to watch quality players develop and allows celtic to reinvest in the team.



    Even if neil did not rate a player it would be crazy to tell the world, the player, the agent and potentially the buying clubs etc. that was the case. No good manager is gonna do that.




  12. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    condolences with you and all your uncles loved ones.


    too many

  13. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Can you believe her name was actually Mrs Doyle?🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣☝️

  14. fieldofdrams on

    Saint Stivs



    Billy McNeill, captain of a triumphant Celtic and a triumphant Scottish football

  15. TIMBHOY2 on 25TH MAY 2020 6:36 PM



    With respect you should say its your opinion. & stop telling us…I take it is your mates that you have discussed it with ?.




  16. hows deleneys dunky getting on ?


    anyone in contact with our bhoy.


    saw this and thought of him, well and foxes,



    golf courses could be repurposed as “celtic viewing galleries”, big screens, games on live, loads of distance.



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    get dom to drive me over

  17. Ron. Condolences on the loss of your uncle at this horrible time. Stay safe.


    WDH. Stay strong. Just found some four leafed clover to wish you all the luck in the world. Card in post.