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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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    NorrieM

     

     

    Nope

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  2. Norrie

     

     

    I got Slater.

     

     

    How cousin forget him, every week I’d turn up expecting today will be the day!

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    Norrie M

     

     

    It is Stephen McManus, check the eyebrows :-)

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  4. Celticrollercoaster supporting The Walk With Shay Legacy Fund on

    Ok onto our new round…..

     

     

    Round 4: Celtic Anagrams: Name the Celtic players, coaches or managers

     

     

    ( 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)

     

     

    1 hymn nil soc   ( Clue: Fringe player whose father played for Celtic in the 70s at left back)

     

     

    2 coma crypt dud   (Clue: Never a dud, more an Irish enigma. Would you sell him?)

     

     

    3 almond daddy orc   ( Clue: He policed at the back in the 70s, and still does today)

     

     

    4 diva yeah   ( Clue: a player and a manager for the Hoops)

     

     

    5  Mashed gunman ( Clue: He kept goals for the Hoops in the early noughties)

  5. 1 hymn nil soc ( Clue: Fringe player whose father played for Celtic in the 70s at left back)

     

     

    simon lynch

     

     

     

     

    2 coma crypt dud (Clue: Never a dud, more an Irish enigma. Would you sell him?)

     

     

     

    paddy mccourt

     

     

     

    3 almond daddy orc ( Clue: He policed at the back in the 70s, and still does today)

     

     

    Roddy McDonald

     

     

     

     

    4 diva yeah ( Clue: a player and a manager for the Hoops)

     

     

    Davie Hay

     

     

     

     

    5 Mashed gunman ( Clue: He kept goals for the Hoops in the early noughties)

     

     

    Magnus Hedman

  6. Ok onto our new round…..

     

     

     

    Round 4: Celtic Anagrams: Name the Celtic players, coaches or managers

     

     

     

    ( 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)

     

     

     

    1 hymn nil soc ( Clue: Fringe player whose father played for Celtic in the 70s at left back)

     

     

     

    2 coma crypt dud (Clue: Never a dud, more an Irish enigma. Would you sell him?)

     

    Paddy McCourt

     

     

    3 almond daddy orc ( Clue: He policed at the back in the 70s, and still does today)

     

     

    Roddy McDoanald

     

    4 diva yeah ( Clue: a player and a manager for the Hoops)

     

     

    Davie Hay

     

    5 Mashed gunman ( Clue: He kept goals for the Hoops in the early noughties) Magnus Hedman

  7. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Simon Lynch

     

    Paddy McCourt

     

    Roddy McDonald

     

    David Hay

     

    Gordon Marshall (I wish he hadn’t played for us)

  8. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Wrong….I still wish he hadn’t, or Hedman, biggest shitebag ive ever seen in goals

  9. JOBO BALDIE on 22ND MAY 2020 10:05 PM

     

     

    A faultless round there by SFTB

     

     

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    Perfect!

  10. Hope we finish with the number round – hashtag 2 from the top Carol dot com ;-)

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    MWD

     

     

    Are you not the techie? :-)

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

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