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Horse-trading on Euro league, Premiership leaders consolidate

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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. Just back in from a long day down in Newcastle. Tough day cheered up with news of a ticket for tomorrow, very nice. To keep the momentum going a wee win for ICT would be the very thing….

     

    Shall I watch them and turn the sound down?

  2. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    Interesting 22 hours ahead-5th (which is presumably not essential as 3rd and only 3rd has been deemed essential) could match 2nd on points, second could go within a point of the leaders and third could go within 2 points ! who needs lawell’s address ehh?

  3. THETIMREAPER on 14TH OCTOBER 2016 7:06 PM

     

    I text him earlier, he had been driving for three hours…he replied “Great news, Brendan knows what he is doing…”

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  4. Further to my post about Celtic supporters safety (and that of others) at ibrox – are our fan groups expressing concern to the club?

     

     

    are other clubs supporters asking questions?

     

     

    Are trfc fans asking??

     

     

    Being ‘the people’ seems to involve surrendering the notion that the establishment will look after your actual physical safety. Very very odd

  5. I always have a piece of toast wae corned beef and a touch of mustard…when I’m watching Inverness caley. …..pished aff…nae mustard the night…not sure if that will be important unless you love mustard on your corned beef when watching Inverness caley.

     

     

    Just a thought.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Matt

  6. I was under the impression that it was mandatory that managers, or someone from a club spoke to the TV before and after the game, if they don’t they should forfit their fee.

  7. Ivehadtochange….

     

     

    Going to try some chilli sauce…a man has to make a difference. Perhaps with toppling this one domino, Syria will find peace….or possibly a piece ‘n’corned beef albeit wae no mustard.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Matt

     

     

    Hai

  8. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Tried tunnel bear from Espana to watch BT Sports (I am a subscriber) but it dizny work. Works for BBC but not BT???????????

     

     

    What’s happening wi the Stickies?

  9. ANyone watching the ICT game? Was hoping that they would give the pretengers a doing tonight. Tough place to get an away win at the best of times.

  10. Bit of a gutless performance from ICT.Making the Huns look like Barca.How the guy missed the header is beyond me.Sitter.Lets hope the manager gives them a rocket at half time.

  11. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Matt Stewart

     

     

    Best sandwich/roll in the world is corned beef, mustard and tomato wi’ a wee bit of salt (optional)

     

    That’s not just my opinion, it’s a fact ;)

  12. Hunderbirds

     

     

    That tomato causes me issues.

     

     

    I don’t want to get any fitter.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Matt

  13. TET

     

     

    After first 10 minutes TRFC in total command.

     

     

    ICT lucky that has not been turned into more goals.

     

     

    If same pattern in 2nd half say adios to your bet.

     

     

    However v Dundee TRFC 2nd half could not sustain their pressure so a draw possible.

  14. MATT STEWART on 14TH OCTOBER 2016 8:32 PM

     

     

    I’ve got plenty. English, French, Dijon, Wholegrain, French’s American, mustard powder and mustard seeds.

     

     

     

    FAC the Act

     

     

    KTF

  15. Why is Michael Stewart dressed like a …..cyberman…or do I mean a …tit?

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Matt

  16. Inverness giving the Huns an incredible amount of time and space to operate in.

     

     

    Negligible closing-down. Slow tempo.

     

     

    Raise their pressing game, lift the pace and they’ll create another few gilt-edged chances.

     

     

    This Hun team flatters to deceive when it gets all the time in the world to play. When we pressured them they crumbled. They remind me of the Hearts side of last season with marginally more flair.

  17. Sevco scored a cracking goal and were dominant team in first half.

     

    ICT need to up their game massively to get anything out of the game.

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