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. Ron Bacardi


    Condolences for your loss.



    Saint Stivs



    DD is fine and posting regularly on the other channel (SC). He sent me that pic (a cracker) on WhatsApp a couple of days ago .




  2. tell him to pop in and say hello, hello.



    the pests are less these days

  3. Anyone know if we have sell on clause in dembele contract? I thought we got 100 fee up front with sell on included?



    But some people saying no sell on as full fee up front, not sure that’s the case, why would Celtic sell dembele to lyon without sell on clause given his abilities??




  4. DAVID66 on 25TH MAY 2020 8:13 PM


    SAINT STIVS on 25TH MAY 2020 7:22 PM





    translation anyone ?






    that is what i was looking for.

  5. Saint Stivs and anyone that photo on Dalmuir Golf Course



    Is the hole called “The wee drap”?



    DD – if yer lurking Hail Hail amigo we done 9 in a feckin row again yaaaaasss.



    Good to hear you are well my friend.



    D. :)

  6. david66,



    i am notourisly mean about golf.



    but i think thats the 9th hole going on to the ten

  7. If we get a £20 million plus offer for Ajer, I’d take it. I wouldn’t accept Benkovic in part exchange from Leicester, they can pay the going rate or get lost.



    Benkovic has played very little football for two years and should not be our CB replacement for Ajer.

  8. Saint Stivs – is that linesman Mixu put a line on?






    D. :)

  9. St Stivs



    Translation : Billy Mc Neil captain of Celtic and of a Scottish football triumph.

  10. Ron looking back and just saw your sad news, Will pray for your uncle at Mass tomorrow.

  11. DAVID66 on 25TH MAY 2020 8:21 PM


    Saint Stivs and anyone that photo on Dalmuir Golf Course




    Is the hole called “The wee drap”?






    Yes that’s the ‘wee drap’ the 12th, great wee hole.

  12. SAINT STIVS on 25TH MAY 2020 8:06 PM


    I passed your request to D, asking him to pop on and say hello.


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  13. Thanks very much to those who have been in touch with myself and directly with WDH, it will mean a lot to him.


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  14. WDH



    All the very best. I met you once, in a pub on St Vincent St , I think, during one of the CQN Hootenanys.You, PF Ayr and myself stood at the bar together.


    I found you a really genuine. interesting guy and , naturally, excellent company.


    I hope matters improve as soon as they can.



  15. David66,


    the picture of Dalmuir,


    looks to me to be the wee drap which is the 2nd,


    or the 2nd hole,only 2 holes that are so close to the burn


    at that angle

  16. Canamalar


    I saved your 9:17am link to have a look later. This is now that `later` but the video has been removed. Any idea?

  17. G64 – The burn runs down the left side at the 1st



    Definetly the Wee Drap but don’t think it’s 2nd hole as David17 says I think it’s around about the 12th



    I used to play that course and Knightswood regularly on school summer holidays ah those were the days.



    D. :)

  18. prestonpans bhoys on

    Reading DR online and some previous hun called McAuley talks about tainted titles bah bah. Seriously does anyone remember him, I have no idea , from Nord Ireland apparently😱😵

  19. Mike in Toronto on

    I heard that WDH wasn’t feeling well, so just wanted to pop on and post good wishes.



    Ron, juSt saw your sad news. Condolences.