Green: Scottish football effectively is Rangers and Celtic


Charles Green told TalkSport, “Scottish football effectively is Rangers and Celtic. I mean, there are many other clubs but everyone has to acknowledge that that’s a fact.”

No, no, no, no.  No.  This is not a fact, it is not even a credible opinion.  Instead it is deeply insulting to dozens of teams who conduct their business properly year after year. I have to ask, does he want this project to fail? He is effectively saying – Vote for this plan, you are irrelevant, we are all that matters and this suits our purposes.

It was this erroneous attitude which led to predictions of Armageddon this season.  Instead, the long-suffering clubs who have paid their bills, while others put money which should have gone to the tax man towards buying fooballers, are enjoying a rebirth.

Green added, “Scottish football needs Rangers back at the top and Rangers being a vital part of European football. That’s where we’re trying to get them.”

This is a great season for the SPL.  Financially responsible Hibs, who lost the Scottish Cup final to irresponsible Hearts, are top.  Celtic, with their manageable, low, debt, have just beaten Barcelona in the Champions League.  Aberdeen have their best team in years.  Attendances are up for most clubs.

Before adding, “The Old Firm is the world’s biggest derby.  That’s what world football wants, what broadcasters and sponsors wants, to see those games again.  God willing we’ll see that in the years ahead.”

“The Old Firm” is not the world’s biggest derby, it’s not even Glasgow’s biggest derby.  It doesn’t exist anymore.  As for it being “what world football wants”!  Oh dear.  World football has better things to concern itself with, and don’t bring God into it!

The authenticity of the “Rangers Football Club plc” slideshow presentation which appeared last night is not confirmed, but I hope it’s genuine. It is, literally, fantastic. Notions contained therein that provide for “colts” teams and league reconstruction which “could see Rangers progress faster through the domestic league structures” bring it into perfect alignment with the Scottish Football League plans, which earlier this week Charles Green revealed would be presented today.

I also loved the first point on the summary page, “Profitable business model using prudent assumptions”, despite no mention of future costs, or revenues, in the presentation. Nice that they have confirmed revaluations of property assets at £79m, a fraction of the value the assets were disposed for in the summer.

This will not end well.

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  1. Steinreignedsupreme on

    South Of Tunis 14:44 on 14 November, 2012



    “Listen was owned by a pair of Rangers supporting brothers from Bearsden ..”



    That’s right. They were followers of the Huns. I think they were called Mike and Steve (maybe John) – but I used to deal with them many moons ago. Very dry sense of humour. Good fullahs.

  2. Deniabhoy



    I stare at my own record collection with bewilderment.






    As my son says, “Respect.”

  3. Listen bags used to have the legend “cheap ‘n’ nasty” on them. It did not describe any of the stuff I bought out of the Byres Road shop since I have never made a stupid record purchase….well, maybe a few.

  4. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on





  5. Som mes,



    SPAIN – THE WOODEN SPOON IRISH BAR, C/ PARADIS, BARCELONA 08001 (Just off Pl Sant Jaume) (Tel: 605 247 690) (Shows any Celtic game which is broadcast)




  6. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    I think I may have purchased ‘Dinosaur Swamps’ by the Flock from Listen.



    Certainly one to be filed under ‘stupid purchases’.



    Either there or the ‘Pink Panther’ in Carlisle, which was also really good.

  7. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    The staff in Listen were very much into the corporate image thing -stoned roadie stranded hippie mostly.

  8. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    14:37 on 14 November, 2012



    philbhoy – it’s just the beginning!



    13:57 on 14 November, 2012


    South of Tunis



    Thanks for your post!



    Mostly good news by the looks of it but Benfica are a tough team to beat at home, any time.



    Quietly confident we can get sometging if we remain focused.



    Take care.






    To be fair if I was a Benfica fan looking at our recent domestic league performance I would be quietly confident also.






    But our form in Europe has been superb!



    If I was Benfica I would be wary of Lenny’s Lions!



    However, I hope Benfica fancy their chances.



    Bring it on!



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

  9. Looking forward to finding my copy of Charlie Green’s new ” How to win friends and influence people” novel in my stocking this year. Just waiting for his Christmas comment, ” Look Christmas is just Santa, keep Jesus and all the rest of them out of it.”

  10. Clyde Factors on Washington Street was a great place to buy choons – as was a place called Silverdale’s in Finnieston . Obsessives like me used to travel to Dunoon to buy choons from American sailors..[ that and a US military place near Forfar ]



    Taste determined but methinks the best place to buy choons in modern Glasgow was Defunkt / Right Track Records.

  11. Thinking of the spl split, although we will win the league, i dont think


    we will have won it before the split happens, with our run to the CL


    final and all, but it could be an exciting finish for a number of teams


    and their fans.



    An extremely generous offer by The Exiled Tim, hats off to you sir.


    This site never ceases to amaze me with acts of this kind.




  12. deniabhoy



    We have a bit in common.



    I left Troon in 1973 for Edinburgh, spent 5 years in London, a year in Mexico and a year in Italy. That’s where I am now -come back 3/4 times a year



    Hope to be back for Xmas as well. Was over last month for ten days – if our paths should cross I will gladly buy you a drink to celebrate the festivities. The pubs in Troon are nothing to write home about ‘tho!




  13. Philbhoy,



    Totally agree that’s why I specifically related it to our domestic form. I’m much more confident when we include our European ( particularly away ) form. Not a statement I could have made over the past number of years :))



    Hail! Hail!

  14. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    Troon is now home to several “Loyalist” ex terrorists, at least one of whom still has a Fatwa out on him, from his good old boy erstwhile comrades in Norn Iron.

  15. TallyBhoy – my dad’s a regular in Bruce’s Well which normally has quite a few Celts in when games are on. If there are games on over Chritstmas and New Year I suspect that’s where I’ll be (game from Easter Road likely to be live I would think).

  16. SoT where abouts in Maryhill were you from. I am from Maryhill now living in Milngavie ( married a ghirl from here). I rememeber the burgh halls well and also chasing a few derry diddies home on a Friday night. Also drank in the tuppeny hurl and cross keys.


    Maryhill pub was the Kessington.




  17. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    The Exiled Tim- that is very, very generous, well done.



    You’re a credit to the Support.

  18. TheExiledTim.



    Sorry to hear that you won’t make the game in Lisbon.I was looking forward to a few drinks with you and your good lady,maybe another time.


    The Barcelona Game last Wednesday took a lot out of me,although it was my own fault, I neglected to take my medicines and I paid the price for it.


    Very ill The day after the game and the following couple of days after that,at the time I thought I wouldn’t make the Lisbon game,but Today I feel good enough to go and I’ll get better as time goes on.


    The Fault could lie in the Sangria I had,The blame for that I shall put at Andrew67 door,first time I had ever had Sangria,and after the third Jug I could feel myself going

  19. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    old tim- after 3 jugs?



    Ya light weight.



    Sangria is an ole girl’s drink, don’t tell me you’ve become an ole girl drink drunk.

  20. FAO – Cadizzy.



    The One Tun is a real Spurs pub, so if they are playing, the Celtic game won’t be on. If the game is on they do a great Thai curry.



    If it’s not on there, there is now a Sports Bar in Cowcross St with at least 10 big screens – they will put the game on if you ask.



    Good luck!

  21. There was definitely a Virgin Records in Glasgow 1971/72



    I might have bought an Afghan coat from there if memory serves

  22. oldtim67



    after the third Jug I could feel myself going…………………………..



    Yer some mhan for one mhan :>)



    Can’t be helped, I was really looking forward to having a few drinks as well, god willing there will be another time.




  23. DeniaBhoy



    Often go into ‘Bruce’s Well’ for Celtic games when I am over – a good crowd and never any bother.



    Might see you there!




  24. Green Lantern – back in the 70s my folks left Coatbridge for Troon because it was supposed to be a lovely, quiet seaside town and a bit posh into the bargain. St Patricks primary school and Marr College were both highly rated back then and a busload of kids left daily for QMA in Ayr for those that wanted to attend a Catholic high school.


    I blame the introduction of the ferry to/from Belfast for the slide from millionaire’s playground to terrorists’ hideaway :)

  25. TheExiledTim.



    Pressed the wrong button and never finished my post to you, never checked the spelling either.


    I was going to say that that is a very generous offer for anyone to take up,well done.

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