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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. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    I was scared o the Cybermen in 1966.

     

     

    San Miguel bottled beer in Spain is 5.4% ABV :)))

  2. Auldheid

     

    I only done the bet cos she is right more times than not, it’s looking like this is one of the not’s.

     

    Crakin goal from carrot heed tho.

     

    HH

  3. glendalystonsils on

    MATT STEWART on 14TH OCTOBER 2016 8:39 PM

     

    Hunderbirds

     

     

     

    That tomato causes me issues.

     

     

     

    I don’t want to get any fitter.

     

     

     

    Worry not, Matt. The corn in the corned beef is one of your 5 a day.

  4. Bob Dylan sat in attic dark

     

    He dreamed of Noah and his ark

     

    He watched them boarding two by two

     

    Then realised that sniffing glue

     

    He’d like to be a unicorn

     

    A beast of myth with spiralled horn

     

    A creature whispering in dreams

     

    And then his words, or so it seems

     

    Appeared and made him start to visualize

     

    One day he’d win a Nobel prize.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Matt

  5. ICT’s Manager – who kicked everything in Green for his whole career- gave up the ghost this morning

     

    Check the betting slips!

  6. 50 shades of green on

    It was my birthday on Wednesday and I got a nice wee book or as its called a “Special souvenir magazine “.

     

     

    Its all about the “Banner Bhoys “, It gives a wee profile and life story of the 58 legends who adorn the Lisbon Lion and Jock Stein stands.

     

     

    Now I am not an avid reader as I was a few years ago due to my arms being too short ( long sighted). But think I will enjoy this.

     

     

    So I thought who do I read about first? Do I pick the guys I’ve seen or pick the ones I dont know so much about? Or do I just read about them in order, na no me just open the book and start at a random page , so thats what happened. And guess who I first got to read about.

     

     

    First clue… Joined Celtic on 11TH December 1958. Any takers?

     

     

    Next clue in 5 mins.

  7. Inverness never change their style despite frequently changing coaches they sit in at home against everybody.

     

     

    If they lose a goal they then change it the the second half to nick results, they’ll have a spell on non stop attacking Sevco.

  8. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    I wonder if Bob Dylan

     

    Would like ma sandwich fillin’

     

    He married Isis on the fifth day of May

     

    But he’s still no as famous as Cassius Clay

  9. Jinkyredstar

     

     

    I don’t care what they are called. I care even less what they or their fans think of me. However here in the gorbals we will grind their supremacist dreams into a 4 am nightmare where they have pished the bed and think they have been served champagne.

     

     

    But Forlan this morning was surely for ICT fans…unacceptable.

     

     

    Great goal from Miller mind you.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Matt

  10. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    nice movement from rangers new team p

     

    – poor in the last third but good use of the ample spalce ict are giving them

  11. Lennybhoy,

     

     

    As mentioned I booked 2 tickets for my son for the M G game , but turns out that he was looking for tickets for the M.G. game away and the Barcelona game. My brother got 2 tickets for next week, so you can contact by phone that i shall email to you. I know you want one. T he tickets are for 2 different areas one is for the Lisbon Lions stand forgot where the other is for. KTF

  12. glendalystonsils on

    I don’t recognise this as an ICT team , unrecognisable from the stuffy team we usually play. Either Sevco are very good or ICT are making them look good.

     

     

    Think I’ve just figured it out.

  13. 50 shades of green on

    Clue 3 —–‘ One of only a few players including Billy McN , John Clark and Stevie Chalmers, to play for Celtic in the 50s 60s and 70s

  14. 50 shades of green on

    MOONBEAMSWD ‘STAND UP ON 15 FOR THE GB’ on 14TH OCTOBER 2016 9:19 PM

     

    Is it Guiness 50 shades?

     

     

     

    MWD.

     

     

     

    Guinness it is mate, first time I see you. :-)

  15. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    50 Shades

     

     

    I was going to say the great John Fallon as well but I did a couple of lines of Colmans mustard powder earlier and got nasally distracted.

  16. glendalystonsils on

    If John Hughes was still manager, there would be some of these ICT players leaving tonight wi’ sair baws.

  17. Alasdair MacLean on

    For all their fancy football….Sevco don’t score many goals…..very definite pattern now.

  18. Gave up on ICT game after Millers cracking goal. Standard of football was at least 5 leagues below the Dortmund v Hertha game on other BT Channel.

     

    Standard of supporter at Dortmund at least 5 millenium of evolution ahead of the Orcs at Inverness.