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. whitedoghunch on




    many thanks


    Philboy also




    apols if I missed anyone


    Give Chris a hug for me tomorrow

  2. glendalystonsils on

    Gareth McAuley (?) takes swipe at Celtic



    Rangers eye premiership striker



    Walter Smith demands Rangers reaction to stop Celtic 10 in a row



    Kristofer Ajer should prioritise Leicester over Celtic stay



    Newsnow Rangers headlines ? Newsnow Celtic actually . Those Pacific quay piles must really be bothering them today.

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    Neil Lennon & McCartney,


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    Something I have noted in all of these discussions is on how little attention is given to geothermal and tidal energy, especially geothermal, this is a well developed technology, check out Iceland, now as we should expect they are exporting the technology.


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  4. The stories surrounding Edouard, Ajer & Ntcham right now are non-starters.



    I’ve no doubt there is interest in the three players and currently Ntcham is the only one nailed down for the long-term.



    But we still don’t know when the Scottish season will start, when the transfer window will open and how long that window will be.



    There are so many unknowns out there that there will be no business until we know what’s going on.