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Stewart Gilmour was angry a year ago when Scottish Football League clubs offered Newco Rangers a place in the Third Division, rejecting a proposal to parachute them into the First Division, saying “This is horrific news for St Mirren Football Club. The consequences are terrible, catastrophic even.

“The St Mirren board will meet in the days after that SPL meeting and decide what is the best way forward but we are already looking at major redundancies [no they weren’t].

“Unfortunately, the people in the SFL have not bought into that [proposal to put Newco in the First Division]. I just hope they realise the damage they have done to Scottish football.”

I. Just. Hope. They. Realise. What. Damage. They. Have. Done. To. Scottish. Football.

Few could understand his anger at the time.  Gilmour voted against parachuting Newco into the SPL, perhaps left with little choice by their fans and his fellow directors, so it was bizarre he felt comfortable criticising others for doing exactly what he did.

Nothing has changed.  Gilmour wanted Newco in the second tier of Scottish football a year ago and he wants exactly the same now.  This is the Great Blue Hope.

Newco prophesised the failure of Scottish football without them at the head.  Now, with Gilmour’s assistance, their projections look less foolish.

I make no personal judgement on Gilmour.  If I was an SPL club chairman and Celtic needed me to vote one way to enable their financial survival, I would do it without question.  We are football people and this is how we are wired.  The club of the heart comes first.

It’s too late to salvage Newco.  Invitations to a newly formed second tier are a fantasy, but you can set your watch on a forthcoming media campaign backing the idea.  We shall not be moved.

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  1. charles green

     

    we will see who are the strongest team in scotland next year

     

    when the audited accounts are published

  2. Baku/Black Isle Celt on

    Any truth in the rumour that Stewart Gilmour woke up yesterday to find the severed head of Kirk Broadfoot in his bed?

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PAUL67

     

     

    Please stop this habit of posting a new article as soon as the bell rings at CHEZ HT

     

     

    Well done again,buddy.

     

     

    Ooooops…..

     

     

    Better stop calling people that-worse than calling them Huns!!!

  4. Rangers are not to blame for all that is wrong with Scottish football.

     

     

    They did introduce a higher wage bill than we could sustain and forced many competing clubs into mutually assured destruction via attempting to spend above income to stay competitive for the lesser places.

     

     

    We suffered, through Fergus’s reconstruction, a series of teams, staffed on the cheap with bodies like Holt, Whittle, Andrews etc; with the occasional bling purchase (Gillespie, Slater) to try and keep us sweet with promises of jam tomorrow. Fergus made us live within our means until we had earned enough to re-build the stadium, before we got Van Hoojdonk, Thom & Cadete to try and get back at them. We gave it a good shot but Rogan and O’Neill were no match for Stevens and Butcher and we had to put up with falling just short. Still Fergus held his nerve and did not sanction stupid transfer spending. It was the modest purchase of a Swedish winger from a Dutch club which gave us the final piece of energy to get buy the tiring Murray/Souness/Smith-era Rangers.

     

     

    Rangers, with their absolutely mental Div.3 spend are showing no sign of having learned their lesson. Bringing this toxic brand of over-spending back to the table will destabilise clubs who are beginning to learn that the circle cannot be squared and no matter how much they spend now they cannot compete realistically with a Giant Glasgow club or two (if rangers ever get back to being a giant).

     

     

    Scottish football is unbalanced, formerly by Celtic and Rangers but, now, just by our presence. Dutch football is unbalanced by PSV/Ajax with Feyenoord/Twente and Vitesse enjoying brief competitive periods with them. Portuguese football is unbalanced by Porto and Benfica with Sporting & Braga getting a rare look in.

     

     

    In leagues all over Europe, elite clubs are emerging in small groups. Even in the bigger leagues, the danger of the CL monster clubs rotating championship wins between them is reducing the uncertainty factor.

     

     

    What are the odds of EPL being won by anyone outside Manchester soon? (Abramovich is running out of money to sustain Chelsea at their current inflated level and Liverpool have been so long out of the wilderness that, if they achieve a good season, they will have to sell their best players to cah in)

     

     

    What are the odds of a team outside Barca/Real winning La Liga?

     

     

    What are the odds of someone outwith AC/Inter and Juve winning Serie A?

     

     

    What are the odds outwith Bayern/Dortmund and Schalke for Bundesliga?

     

     

    The frame containing elite clubs is shortening. We are, currently, no better than a 2nd tier club, and probably 3rd tier in the eyes of most of Europe. Sevco are and will be a 5th or 6th tier club, if they survive, for the next 5 years. Their presence or absence will not do the job for us. We will, as always, have to go it alone, to remain as competitive as we can be.

  5. I’m having a problem in seeing the merits in Gilmour (and the Ross County boss) voting against the changes.

     

     

    To my reading and understanding, all clubs except Celtic, would have had much to gain, voting no ensures the only club to gain is Celtic, no problems with this.

  6. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    FAVOURITE UNCLE

     

    12:23 on

     

    16 April, 2013

     

    EL MAESTRO.wee question when are you “off oot”.

     

    true sign of a bhun THEY NEVER GIVE UP.OOOPPPPS NEARLY WROTE THEY NEVER SURRENDER.

  7. KevJungle

     

     

    Because whether you like it or not, Celtic supporters will always support Celtic * the most famous side of the all regularly played in front of 25,000 – and less at CP *.

     

     

    The season ticket fanbase of every club in the world fluctuates over decades, we’ll even have some that want a season ticket next year because the cheating that exists.

     

     

    52,000,42,000, 32,000 – we’ll adapt, and thrive within our means because we are solvent and an exceptionally well run club, considering we play in a proven corrupt system.

     

     

    But then you knew it was corrupt didn’t you CSC.

  8. BMCUW

     

     

    Luck, sheer luck.

     

     

    Planked my bahookie down with a ham piece and chicken noodle cup a soup, clicked on CQN and there it is….0 comments!!!

  9. Paul, On the 15th. March last year you included in your post that day the following snippet:

     

     

    I hear that early last year when Whyte privately revealed he was unable to pull enough funds together to complete the takeover, he was told:

     

    “Why don’t you speak to a company called Ticketus? They are very helpful for this kind of thing.”

     

    Having never worked in the football business, Whyte had never heard of Ticketus. When I heard who this was I laughed and laughed and laughed. I’m still laughing. This is the story that just keeps on giving. My source is not for going on the record, so discretion is the better part of valour on this one, but if Mr Whyte ever gets to the witness box, get yourself a front row seat.”

     

     

    Following recent revelations are we any nearer to the Source of advice to Agent Whyte?

  10. You reap what you sow…

     

     

    Good luck to Gilmour getting Sevco to stump up £1 Million to take the game forward.

  11. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    HAMILTON TIM

     

     

    In “unashamed red meat eater” revelation!

     

     

    Just wait till my niece teaches me to use this phone……

  12. There was a small internet survey done over the last few days and its final results out of 2000 voters were a resounding NO to sevco in higher league.98%Noooooooooo to sevco!!!!!

  13. From last thread,

     

    KevJ, here we have found common ground, less televised football, it was predicted it would ruin football. Now I dont think it has but less live games in Scotland would mean bigger crowds.

     

     

    Bourrnesouprecipe is correct there KevJ, we will flourish because we are properly run by competent men. We have played in front of crowds of over 40, 000 in each home league game this season, we could not boast that in 1988 even. Good point BSR.

     

    Anyway work calls.

     

    Good to meet you at the demo KevJ, you can buy me a pint next time mate.

     

    Better read the article before I go though!

  14. Hamiltontim

     

    12:31 on

     

    16 April, 2013

     

    BMCUW

     

     

    Luck, sheer luck.

     

     

    Planked my bahookie down with a ham piece and chicken noodle cup a soup, clicked on CQN and there it is….0 comments!!!

     

    ==============================================

     

    HT looks suspiciously like a Green n Whyte statement.i,e bull :o)

  15. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on

    HH

     

     

    What is it with Sevco, they never shut up.. ? What about us?

     

     

    This could be another defining week…

     

     

    I loved reading Sam Torrance mentioning the hoops!!

     

     

    JCGE

  16. bournesouprecipe

     

     

    12:30 on 16 April, 2013

     

     

    Because whether you like it or not, Celtic supporters will always support Celtic * the most famous side of the all regularly played in front of 25,000 – and less at CP *.

     

     

    The season ticket fanbase of every club in the world fluctuates over decades, we’ll even have some that want a season ticket next year because the cheating that exists.

     

     

    52,000,42,000, 32,000 – we’ll adapt, and thrive within our means because we are solvent and an exceptionally well run club, considering we play in a proven corrupt system.

     

     

    But then you knew it was corrupt didn’t you CSC.

     

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    As you illustrate – the crowds are falling and so will the quality of player on the pitch which will help the crowds to a lower level. imo

     

     

    The corrupt system that you talk about which is also true but – hey…welcome to the Celtic world were the system will ALWAYS be corrupt against us. That’s why we have to be the absolute best that we can be and that has to start at the top of the club. Sadly…that’s not the case.

     

     

    HH

  17. a have to say i agree with kev jungle if the huns arent parashooted right up the leeges our team are finished. i am embarased these days when i watch the game on my laptop at how many emty seats there are round paradice. we are the champions and beat the barsa but we still cant fill our ground. look at the huns. look how many they get every week. anyone who says we dont need them is a clowns pocket in my book. we cant go another year of naebody in the ground and when all our team leave in the summer where will we be then. the huns are nearly back and have a great xsiting young fit side. with all the game xpeereense they are gettin they will be raring to go. mr mccoist will know the players inside up and wee lennon will be strugglin if he hasnt been found out already by then. i dont think things are all rosy in our driveway and we need to keep the preshur up and make shoor the doush isnt trouserd again. still naebody has explained where the savile money went. no on the park

     

     

    mon the hoops

  18. EmeraldBee\o/ proud to be an internet bampot

     

     

    I think the source might be revealed sometime this week.

     

     

    In other news it appears that Craigy Bhoy also has the man who sold him the club on tape and that these tapes may be released soon.

     

     

    Mort

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