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Contrast between SPFL and EFL will benefit Scottish clubs

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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. 1 Can you name Celtic’s opposition?

     

     

    Lyon

     

     

     

    2 What was the score at Paradise?

     

     

    1-1

     

     

     

    3 Who was the opposition manager that night?

     

     

    French guy

     

     

    4 Who missed a penalty for Celtic that night?

     

     

    Larson

     

     

    5 What the score in the game in France (remembering to state the opposition score first)?

     

     

    2-1

     

     

     

    6 What other two teams were in our Champions League group?

     

     

    Bayern Munich

  2. 1 Lyon

     

    2. 2 nnil

     

    3 Dont know

     

    4 Was at game bt can’r remember, I’ll guess Henrik

     

    5 2-3

     

    6 Anderlecht & Bayern

  3. Lyon

     

    1-1

     

    Paul le Guen

     

    Alan Tompson

     

    3-0

     

    Bayern Munich.

     

    Club Brugge.

  4. Reading back I don’t see anyone picking up on BRTH post about the Albion Car Park, my understanding was that if you take the parking away then the Club Deck would have to close as it was part of the Planning Permission

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    Answers to Round 2: Celtic in Europe: It was October 2003 and Celtic were on Champions League group duty and up against French opposition at Paradise

     

     

     

    1 Lyon

     

    2 2-0

     

    3 Paul Le Guen

     

    4 Chris Sutton

     

    5 3-2

     

    6 Bayern Munich Anderlecht

  6. Camusbhoy

     

    I’m sure even the SMSM would have picked up on that if it is the case. We’ll soon know.

     

    HH

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    Scores after round 2

     

     

    14 JOBO BALDIE

     

    12 SETTING FREE THE BEARS

     

    10 HAMILTON TIM

     

    10 CORKCELT

     

    6 EMERALDBEE\O/ STILL PROUD TO BE AN INTERNET BAMPOT

     

    6 BADA BING

     

    6 GREENPINATA

     

    6 FRIESDORFER

     

    4 MOONBEAMSWD

  8. Celticrollercoaster supporting The Walk With Shay Legacy Fund on

    Round 3: Picture Round: Name the players that donned the hoops

     

     

    https://postimg.cc/y33VdPR4

     

     

    ( 1 point for each question answered correctly. If you are the first person to answer a question correctly then you get a bonus point. Only your first guess will count)

  9. Round 3:

     

    1. Provan and Lynch

     

    2.

     

    3. Killen

     

    4. McGinn, Brown,

     

    5. Willie McStay, Kennedy,

     

    6. Jackson

  10. Camusbhoy,

     

    maybe they are finally getting round to their floating pitch

     

    and super casino redevelopment.

  11. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Sinclair

     

    Provan

     

    Sneddon

     

    Killen

     

    McGinn

     

    Brown

     

    Aliadiere

     

    Kennedy

     

    McManus

     

    Willie McStay

  12. Lynch & Provan

     

    Slater ( could be Danny crainey though ?)

     

    Ulrik laursen

     

    McGinn, Brown, Crossas

     

    Eric Black & Willie McStay

     

    Darren Jacksom

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    Answers to round 3

     

     

    1 Graeme Sinclair Davie Provan

     

    2 Stuart Slater

     

    3 Chris Killen

     

    4 Niall McGinn Scott Brown Marc Crosas

     

    5 Willie McStay John Kennedy Stephen McManus

     

    6 Darren Jackson

  14. Provan McGarvie

     

    Tom McAdam

     

     

     

    Brown Conroy Mcclusky

     

    Willie Mcstay

     

    Darren Jackson.

  15. Celticrollercoaster supporting The Walk With Shay Legacy Fund on

    And the scores after round 3 and it is so close at the top and at the bottom as well….

     

     

    23 JOBO BALDIE

     

    22 HAMILTON TIM

     

    21 SETTING FREE THE BEARS

     

    16 CORKCELT

     

    15 BADA BING

     

    10 MOONBEAMSWD

     

    9 EMERALDBEE\O/ STILL PROUD TO BE AN INTERNET BAMPOT

     

    8 FRIESDORFER

     

    7 NORRIEM

     

    6 GREENPINATA

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    Start again at 10pm for last 2 rounds….

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