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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. Celticrollercoaster supporting The Walk With Shay Legacy Fund on

    Answers to round 4

     

     

    1 Simon Lynch

     

    2 Paddy McCourt

     

    3 Roddy MacDonald

     

    4 Davie Hay

     

    5 Magnus Hedman

  2. MOONBEAMSWD on 22ND MAY 2020 10:15 PM

     

    You are SFTB

     

     

     

    I claim 50pts

     

     

    ——-

     

     

    Very quick Mr Moombeams!

  3. Celticrollercoaster supporting The Walk With Shay Legacy Fund on

    And the scores after round 4

     

     

    31 SETTING FREE THE BEARS

     

    26 JOBO BALDIE

     

    26 HAMILTON TIM

     

    19 CORKCELT

     

    19 BADA BING

     

    14 MOONBEAMSWD

     

    13 FRIESDORFER

     

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

     

    11 GREENPINATA

     

    7 NORRIEM

     

    3 MAJESTIC HARTSON

  4. Celticrollercoaster supporting The Walk With Shay Legacy Fund on

    Round 5: wHoops am I?

     

    (Up to you when you want to guess, but you have 1 guess only. 5 additional pts to the first person to guess correctly)

     

    1 Born in 1977, I signed for Celtic in 2006 10pts

  5. Pedantry coming right up:)

     

    Round 1 question 4

     

     

    Dimitri Kharine Gold Medal 1988

  6. Celticrollercoaster supporting The Walk With Shay Legacy Fund on

    Round 5: wHoops am I?

     

    (Up to you when you want to guess, but you have 1 guess only. 5 additional pts to the first person to guess correctly)

     

    1 Born in 1977, I signed for Celtic in 2006

     

    2 Playing predominately in midfield, I scored 7 goals for Celtic 7pts

  7. Celticrollercoaster supporting The Walk With Shay Legacy Fund on

    Round 5: wHoops am I?

     

    (Up to you when you want to guess, but you have 1 guess only. 5 additional pts to the first person to guess correctly)

     

    1 Born in 1977, I signed for Celtic in 2006

     

    2 Playing predominately in midfield, I scored 7 goals for Celtic

     

    3 I won a notable free kick which led to the classic Naka free-kick to beat Man U 1-0 in the Champions League. 5pts

  8. Celticrollercoaster supporting The Walk With Shay Legacy Fund on

    Round 5: wHoops am I?

     

    (Up to you when you want to guess, but you have 1 guess only. 5 additional pts to the first person to guess correctly)

     

    1 Born in 1977, I signed for Celtic in 2006

     

    2 Playing predominately in midfield, I scored 7 goals for Celtic

     

    3 I won a notable free kick which led to the classic Naka free-kick to beat Man U 1-0 in the Champions League.

     

    4 Born in the Czech Republic, I played for my country 23 times 2pts

  9. Celticrollercoaster supporting The Walk With Shay Legacy Fund on

    Round 5: wHoops am I?

     

    (Up to you when you want to guess, but you have 1 guess only. 5 additional pts to the first person to guess correctly)

     

    1 Born in 1977, I signed for Celtic in 2006

     

    2 Playing predominately in midfield, I scored 7 goals for Celtic

     

    3 I won a notable free kick which led to the classic Naka free-kick to beat Man U 1-0 in the Champions League.

     

    4 Born in the Czech Republic, I played for my country 23 times

     

    5 Signed from Chelsea, I left Celtic to sign for FC Samara 1pt

  10. Celticrollercoaster supporting The Walk With Shay Legacy Fund on

    We have a clear winner by a Green mile……

     

     

    41 SETTING FREE THE BEARS

     

    26 JOBO BALDIE

     

    26 HAMILTON TIM

     

    19 CORKCELT

     

    19 BADA BING

     

    14 MOONBEAMSWD

     

    13 FRIESDORFER

     

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

     

    11 GREENPINATA

     

    9 NORRIEM

     

    8 MAJESTIC HARTSON

     

     

     

    Congrats SFTB and thank you for everybody that took part.

     

     

    See you all next week

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  11. Thanks again, Marc and well done SFTB. An anagram round, mind you? Whatever next…..

  12. Congrats SFTB.

     

    Many thanks CRC for your time and effort. As always it’s much appreciated.

     

     

    Time for bed.

     

     

    Cheers and HH.

  13. Well done SFTB, are you going for a 9 in the row.

     

    Thanks very much CRC. Great fun.

  14. Great effort SFTB congratulations!

     

     

    CRC, thanks for that all good fun. And thank you for everything else Marc!!!

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