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. Enjoying the virtual party, some great messages from ex and current players and the management team. 🍀

  2. Scaniel – yes. Amazing. I was this thinking that I’m going to go to Derry and hunt him down for a hug. When I’m allowed to get close to people of course

  3. Paddy McCourt spoke at the Greenock Celtic sportsman’s a few years ago.


    He was absolutely brilliant.

  4. Martin O’Neill…………



    Loved ‘im…………………………………



    He brought the pride back.

  5. I posted a link to the e mail from Neil Doncaster to Peter Lawwell and Eric Riley in the small hours and what is reported was said at the AGM when PL asked the question had he seen it.



    My summing up of the position is this.



    Any agreement that requires the custodians of Celtic to subsequently lie to those who have placed the well being of Celtic in their care, simply cannot be agreed to.



    They made a mistake between the rock and the hard place, not so much in accepting, but hiding the fact they had accepted and not trusting that the support would understand why they had to.



    They may think it is too late to come clean now but in my book it is never to late to do the right thing.

  6. It is never too late to do the right thing……. absolutely……just do the right thing. Absolution is there for the asking. It’s never too late.





    As we approach the anniversary of our greatest triumph in Lisbon I have a number of commemorative T shirts and Polo’s to seel.



    These are genuine Fruit of the Loom shirts emblazoned with the “One Night in Lisbon” logos and legends which I had designed a couple of years ago when we held the One Night in Lisbon dinner in the Kerrydale Suite.



    You can see the images here.





    The T shirts are only available in Green and cost £10 while the Polo’s are mostly in green with a very few Black ones available.



    I also have very few white Lisbon 50th Anniversary shirts available in limited sizes.



    The Tshirts are £10 each and the Polo’s £20 with all funds going to the Walk with Shay Legacy Fund and in support of Strathcarron Hiospice in the name of Minx and Hamilton TIM.



    if anyone wants to order a shirt then give me a shout on twitter or facebook and if all else fails via walkwithshay or via e-mail, text, or carrier pigeon.



    Probably the best e-mail address is – I promise to check e-mails but if you don’t get a reply then holler on here (I am partial to a small libation from time to time, am at a sensitive age, and sometimes lose my faculties – but generally come round in the end) and I will get back to you.







  8. Enjoyable afternoon, it was what it was and we made the best of a bad situation so thanks to Celtic and the players who took part



    O’Neill really annoyed me tho, no need to even mention them at all and did it a few times




  9. Well, I enjoyed that. Loved that. Great contributions all around but special thanks to TB for ensuring Scott signed for us.

  10. Enjoyed the virtual party ……………….now for the real thing!



    C’MON THE CELTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    And If I could spell I would be danngeruous …………..


    No herm to singer at end there but is CHARLIE DEVLIN not the best .Anyone got a ling to CHARLIE singing the LISBON LIONS SONG.

  13. BRTH at 4:40. Sent a tweet. First time I’ve tweeted or twittered or whatever so hope you received it.

  14. Park Road 67 on



    I agree there was no need for MON to mention thems, he even called them a great club !

  15. I felt there was no need for MON to mention how strong they were when he was manager of Celtic it was 20 years ago and nothing to do with 9 in a row, pity he didnt mention the dual contarcts and cheating the tax man that allowed them to be strong as they signed players they otherwise couldnt afford.

  16. ………………mibbe he was lookin’ for a job offer……………..if it becomes available.





    Scaniel — got it and replied thanks.



    May have a problem with the anniversary shirt in that size though – but will get back to you.




  18. AULDHEID on 23RD MAY 2020 4:19 PM



    Had another look at the email. There are a number of considerations,



    1, is it authentic?


    2, was it sent to Peter Lawwell in error?


    3, was it intentionally sent to Peter Lawwell for his review?



    If you decide on option 3, then you could ask the following questions,



    1, why did the SPL, a limited company, ask for acceptance of a confidential document from an non board member, as PL was at the time? Why was this done in full view of the other recipients?


    2, did Neil Doncaster deliberately and shrewdly entangle PL in the 5 way by way of compromising him?


    3, or is it the case that PL is actually running the shop after all and has been at the front and centre of this since the beginning?

  19. Thought that was a great we show.



    🏆🍺🏆🍺🏆🍺🏆🍺🏆🍺🏆🍺🏆🍺🏆🍺🏆🍺 – Loading






    Oh oh oh it’s magic you know…..






    D. :)


    ADI_DASSLER on 23RD MAY 2020 5:12 PM



    I have the ONIL T shirts in most sizes – S,M,L, XL, XXL and XXXL – and similarly the green polos though size L is in short supply.



    There are a few black Polos and even fewer white 50th Anniversary ones.



    If you let me know the size you are looking for I will go and check.







  21. celticforever on





    how can i order, receive and pay for the Lisbon t shirts if I don’t


    use twitter or facebook?

  22. !!BADA BING!! on 23RD MAY 2020 4:54 PM


    ‘No need for MON to mention the huns, irrelevant’






    It was at that point I made my excuses and left.

  23. Re Martin and Sevco.



    Sounded to me that he’d recently had lunch with Desond! por cierto

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