Horse-trading on Euro league, Premiership leaders consolidate


I’ve never known so many people to be keen to get to a game involving Motherwell as there are for tomorrow’s encounter at Celtic Park. Most of us haven’t been to a game since the marginally entertaining 3-3 Champions League draw last month.

Motherwell head a pack of six clubs all within three points of each other, with bottom of the table Partick Thistle just one point further behind at the bottom of the table. They are still in touch with fifth-placed Newco Rangers, who the Lanarkshire club could overhaul if results go their way this weekend, but the table is starting to look like a top five and bottom seven fight.

Each of the top four clubs, Celtic, Aberdeen, Hearts and St Johnstone, are at home against opposition no higher than 6th place Motherwell, so there’s every chance the leading group will extend their advantage.

You and I have been speaking about a European League since 2004. During that time the remoteness of the possibility has come and gone but it’s back on the agenda, with Copenhagen director, Anders Horsholt talking about the proposed league between Danish, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian, Swedish and Norwegian clubs.

This proposal would be enormously beneficial for all involved, the only thing that’s needed is sufficient will on the part of clubs to make it happen, but even within this group of potential beneficiaries there are sub-interests which could pull focus in different directions.

Celtic’s interests would be best served with access to a European-wide league, replacing domestic weekend leagues. They would be able to compete and grow into one of the world’s biggest clubs in this scenario. The same would be true of the bigger Dutch clubs, less so for the Danish, and even the Belgians.

What we now have for the first time is a consensus that some change needs to happen among the disenfranchised. I’d bite your hand off for a scenario along the lines of what Horsholt discussed, but you have to consider this possibility in context of what’s happening at the moment with the financially elite European clubs.

They too want change. A meritocratic-ally-earned Europe-wide structure replacing domestic leagues falls short of their mooted closed-franchise system, but not by much. And it’s a lot more deliverable.

This is all horse-trading for now, but there’s a lot of money sitting on the table, so change is inevitable.

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  1. Celtic v Flying ?


    A few years ago in the pub with my Celtic supporting mates, they were planning a trip to see the Celts in Europe .


    I wasn’t participating in the travel arrangements discussion.


    Then one if of them asked me why I wasn’t interested in going ?


    I told this motley crew that I was busy with work etc, no time off etc ?


    Each to a man, they didn’t swallow my reasons for not going.


    They then accused me of the following, ” Aye your scared of flying, aren’t ye ya big feartie ?


    ( or words to that effect).


    Being convinced that I was scared of flying, they continued to mock and ridicule me until I could take no more !


    ” Okay ya Muppets, answer me this”


    ” What’s the 1st sign you see when you walk into an airport” ?


    Apart from one of two wrong answers they were stumped !


    Let me enlighten you gentlemen I said,


    ” The 1st sign that you see when you walk into an airport is..,………TERMINAL” !


    F##k that I say, I’ ll get a F##king boat!



  2. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    Good afternoon from a very sunny Albufiera



    Nice meet up with SMB and Mrs SMB at Faro airport.



    Looking for any advice on where to catch the game tomorrow against the Mothers!







  3. I see John Park Head of Football Development has left Celtic.



    Is there a real wind of change blowing through the club?

  4. AULDHEID on 14TH OCTOBER 2016 4:04 PM



    ‘When I feel I am hypocrisy free myself, past present or future, I’ll maybe pass judgement, maybe.’






    And you would be of the same view if we were talking about anyone other than the CEO of Celtic I’m sure.



    As would everyone else who has opined on the subject.

  5. SOUTH OF TUNIS on 14TH OCTOBER 2016 12:28 PM



    HOT SMOKED @ 12.08 . Gianni Rivera was voted The Best Italian Footballer of All Time in media poll thing in 2015 .



    *and yet he shared national team duties with Sandro Mazzolla, sometimes playing only 1 half each. Wonder if Milan politics played a role in this.

  6. ‘GG on 14TH OCTOBER 2016 5:31 AM





    That and the following were red hot on Rossi’s Cafe juke box in Main St Coatbridge then. Del Shannon and Kelly, but a local band whose name escapes me covered it.



    *Kelly was very popular doon Dumbartonshire way, first heard it in the La Scala in Dumbarton, it was the flip side of “Two Kinds of Teardrops”. Another flip side that was popular there around that time was “Distant Drums” B side of “Falling” by Roy Orbison which later gave Jim Reeves his only Number1.



    I had an acquaintance that went to a Del Shannon concert down St Catherine’s way in the late 70s. As usual the audience were calling out requests, one of those, Kelly, made him stop and question them, he said he had never been asked to sing this and would need help to recall the words, which they duly did. That section of the crowd were Bankies, St. Catherine’s back then was a shipyard town.



    One summers evening I was lying on top of my bed listening to Pirate Radio Scotland when the dj read out a request, it was from a girl who lived up Bellsmyre and she wanted to dedicate it to all the girls in 4th year at Notre dame aka Clerkhill in Dumbarton. That song was the B side of “Sloop John B”, “You’re So Good to Me”. Love our B sides down there.

  7. I see John Park has decided to seek employment elsewhere.


    Usually bad news is released late on a Friday.

  8. Don’t like to take issue with Paul67 on anything, but I have a slightly different take on these “proposals”.





    And here’s a wee article on the persistent rumours about Ibrox … and why it’s not exactly crazy to speculate on whether we’d be willing to turn down away tickets …



  9. Brendan has a lot of players to choose from. Too many atm.



    I’m hoping for a Sinc Cigning that will really push us on. ;))

  10. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on




    Cheers, saw Jinky bars on line, but wasn’t sure if it was still open?



    Petec- heading out after breakfast :-)







  11. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on




    If you speak to Cowebhoy he would tell you it is good news :-)







  12. Before we all jump on the bandwagon about John Park…



    We’ll see if he’s replaced and by whom. If he isn’t replaced it would mark a policy shift

  13. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on 14th October 2016 4:56 pm











    If you speak to Cowebhoy he would tell you it is good news :-)


















    I just text him :))))))))

  14. CRC – You are Heroic when it comes to CELTIC.



    You thoroughly deserve a Break, like so many others that do so much Charitable Work because of CQN.




  15. !!Bada Bing!!






    I’m the biggest Ever Conspiracy Theorist.



    If Peter feels his Family is threatened, I would never criticise him for thinking about his own Family first.



    Another Dark Day for Scottish Fitba I reckon.

  16. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Evening Celts



    John Park offski…Good, about time.


    Brendan is the man.




  17. mike in toronto on

    Just a hunch, but I think ICT will get a draw, at least, and may actually take the 3 points this afternoon.

  18. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    ICT v Charity Thieves, should be fun tonight.


    Just got a wee feeling that the honest mistakes will be unleashed, they need them badly.






  19. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    Hows it going reb.


    Hope you are well, im like a kid in a candy shop with all the sevco pain:)


    Their suffering, makes me feel better:)




  20. mike in toronto on 14th October 2016 4:16 pm



    PETEC on 14TH OCTOBER 2016 1:12 PM





    BE BOLD in your Faith that Christ Died to take AWAY EVERY Sin.









    How ya doing pal?



    I wont pretend to understand the Tax Code… it is incomprehensible to the human mind …so, I will stick with something much less esoteric ….. theodicy?



    If God is all good and all powerful, where do the zombies come from? :)








    I have no idea, The Word, AFAIK disnae mention Zombies. There is mention about an apocalypse Howeeeevvvvvaaaaaah…. I’m guessing you would have to go deep in to the text to unearth a Zombie verse. I would not rule Anything out.

  21. A wee word of caution. Before people start posting negative comments about John Park and his departure from Celtic, and end up regretting their comments, he has left for personal and family reasons.



    I’ll leave it at that.

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