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La Liga president steps into Catalonia debate

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President of La Liga in Spain has stepped into the Catalonian independence referendum debate by saying if Catalonia became independent clubs from that region, notably Barcelona and Espanyol, would have to leave the Spanish league and compete within their new domestic boundaries.

This claim is without foundation as multinational ‘domestic’ leagues are authorised by Uefa, Fifa and the EU, while Spanish clubs are able to compete with foreign clubs in European competition, but this intervention is likely to be one of the more emotive topics in the Catalonian debate.  Would Barcelona fans vote for Catalan independence if it required them to withdraw from the Spanish league and hand back their status as one of the game’s world powers?  Some would, some wouldn’t.

Football is the key cultural touchstone of European nations.  Those who want to preserve the Spanish nation know this.  Excluding Scottish clubs from the England and Wales football market has an enormous commercial impact on top-flight clubs here.  It also means that our key cultural touchstone is Scottish.

Those who want to build a cohesive UK would be more productive by working to end the exclusion of Scottish clubs from the England and Wales league than telling nationalists they would be wrong to hold another referendum.

Popcorn and ginger on hand for the latest Newco Rangers episode.  Flash mobs and EGMs, all destined to further tear the club apart.  As we’ve said here for years, internecine strife is the only thing that can really damage a club. That lot seem to have a infinite supply of the stuff.

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  1. Alasdair MacLean on

    Going to miss the game in Dingwall I’m afraid – will be in New York.

     

    Sorry bhoys, I hope you have a good trip, but the County need the points more!

  2. “Those who want to build a cohesive UK would be more productive by working to end the exclusion of Scottish clubs from the England and Wales league than telling nationalists they would be wrong to hold another referendum.”

     

     

     

    That would require the intervention of politicians to persuade the football authorities. Would love to see it happening, but doubt it will. However if it did happen, the ratcheting in of Scottish teams playing in England would be a factor of influence for the voting population.

  3. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Outside of match days very few posts on here are worth reading, mostly it’s all idle chit chat between mates, juvenile humour, or just plain old self-indulgent drivel. Fine if you like that sort of thing, utterly hopeless if you are actually looking for news about Celtic. Just saying like, not complaining

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    blantyretim is praying for the knox family

     

     

    12:33 on 8 October, 2014

     

    Bmcuw

     

    I’ll private hospital ye…..

     

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    Nae offence intended,bud. As you know.

     

     

    You can only go where you are told-doctor’s orders!

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    ROCKTREEBHOY

     

     

    Best get used to it for a few days.

     

     

    International fortnight.

  6. Paul

     

     

    The sep vote was about oil, soil and royal.

     

     

    Lizzie didn’t purr cos she no longer has to wait for the commonwealth games to return to Glasgow to give her the excuse to visit paradise.

     

     

    The Barca exclusion threat will be used as a stick, just like RBS (et al) job losses were here.

     

     

    If we ever go south it’s cos sky or BT (telecoms company, not private hospital bed blocker!) see profit in it. Not cause Boris and Dave love the footie as much as the union.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  7. rock tree bhoy

     

     

    12:43 on 8 October, 2014

     

    Outside of match days very few posts on here are worth reading, mostly it’s all idle chit chat between mates, juvenile humour, or just plain old self-indulgent drivel. Fine if you like that sort of thing, utterly hopeless if you are actually looking for news about Celtic. Just saying like, not complaining

     

     

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    Mhate, you’re being too hard on yourself. That was a decent post…

     

     

    :-).

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  8. patmcgrathtakesapenalty on

    rock tree bhoy

     

     

    12:43 on 8 October, 2014

     

     

    Outside of match days very few posts on here are worth reading, mostly it’s all idle chit chat between mates, juvenile humour, or just plain old self-indulgent drivel. Fine if you like that sort of thing, utterly hopeless if you are actually looking for news about Celtic. Just saying like, not complaining

     

     

     

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    Sincere thanks for raising the tone of this blog and the level of discussion.

  9. Red flag now at half mast with the news that comrade BT has caught philvisitis and booked into private healthcare.

     

    Devastating news.

  10. smoke and mirrors on

    @MattLindsayET

     

    Sports journalist with the Evening Times in Glasgow. Occasional contributor to The Herald and The Sunday Herald. All views expressed are mine and mine alone.

     

     

     

    Tweets Tweets & replies

     

    Matthew Lindsay @MattLindsayET · 1h 1 hour ago

     

    Ashley is not stupid. He was only ever going to make this move if he knew he had the necessary backing for it to succeed. (5/5).

     

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    Matthew Lindsay @MattLindsayET · 1h 1 hour ago

     

    What do you get? It comes to 51.39%. (4/5).

     

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    Matthew Lindsay @MattLindsayET · 1h 1 hour ago

     

    However, add up the stakes held by Ashley (8.92%), Blue Pitch/Margarita (20.94), Sandy Easdale (5.21), Laxey (16.32). (3/5)

     

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    Matthew Lindsay @MattLindsayET · 1h 1 hour ago

     

    Now, arithmetic (along with English) was never my strong point at school . . . . (2/5)

     

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    Matthew Lindsay @MattLindsayET · 1h 1 hour ago

     

    Mike Ashley needs 51 per cent of Rangers shareholders to back his bid to remove Graham Wallace and Philip Nash at an EGM. (1/5)

     

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    Robert Thomson @robertthomson55 · 2h 2 hours ago

     

    A box of TaylorMade’s for £9.99. Mile Ashley’s not that bad!

     

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    Matthew Lindsay @MattLindsayET · 3h 3 hours ago

     

    The Sons of Struth will also stage “flash mob” protests at Sports Direct stores on Saturday – unless Mike Ashley rips up naming rights deal.

     

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    Matthew Lindsay @MattLindsayET · 3h 3 hours ago

     

    They then plan to boycott the League Cup game with St. Johnstone at Ibrox on Tuesday, October 28.

     

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    Matthew Lindsay @MattLindsayET · 3h 3 hours ago

     

    The Sons of Struth is urging fans to turn up in numbers at “Armed Forces Day” on Saturday week to “show the board what they’re missing”.

     

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    Matthew Lindsay @MattLindsayET · 3h 3 hours ago

     

    In today’s @TheEveningTimes . . . Rangers fans group set to boycott cup game in bid to oust Sandy Easdale from Ibrox.

     

    http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/rangers/rangers-fans-turn-up-heat-on-board-183648n.25536056

  11. m6bhoy

     

     

     

    11:54 on 8 October, 2014

     

     

     

    Well now you’re just exaggerating. If Maradona and various others thought Du Wei was a class act then why should Celtic not try to sign him? We would be the only club in the world that signed players on the basis of where they came from rather than how good they were. We do also sign local players and run an academy but the view seems to be that those produced locally are not all of sufficient standard. I hope Calvin Miller becomes a superstar. But we need to cast our net far and wide too surely?

     

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    It’s a question of balance. I still think there’s a sufficient pool of talent within these shores to provide the base of our squad that could be supplemented by foreign imports. Every year we hear about the next up and coming generation of young superstars who win almost all the domestic youth tournaments they enter yet very few go onto fulfil their early potential in our first team. Granted some go on to have a professional career with other teams but the purpose of our youth system is first and foremost to provide a regular flow of players into the first team squad which it has patently failed to do particularly over the past ten years. As a direct consquence we end up with five loanees in our squad, four of who played in the match against Partizan Belgrade.

     

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    I get what you’re saying. However…When you say “balance” you are talking about a balance of Scottish and foreign players I assume? I infer from that that you believe this balance would improve the performance of the team – what else are we trying to achieve?

     

     

    I’d imagine that those in charge of football operations at Celtic assign roles on the basis of performance/talent rather than where a player comes from. I agree with the idea of “balance” but I apply that to the individual talents of the players – i.e. some are good tacklers, others great runners etc. rathr than where they come from. I can’t see how having a core of Scottish players would make us a better team than selecting the players that show up best in training etc. I’d love to see some of our youths come through to the first team – but only if they’ll improve it.

  12. Looks a lot like Che Guevara on

    Thought Phil Macgiolla bhain had said the Sevco CEO had been sacked and was already on garden leave? EGM to remove a CEO who is on garden leave? The gift that cant stop giving!

  13. See John Hartson like a few ex Celtic Players having a pop at Rony ,well i think all decent supporters for a change send a big message out ,that we are backing Rony and his coaches.shame on them ,feeding a anti Celtic Newspaper.Walker,Sutton, Hartson, have the balls to say who the real culprits are, ie Sundays game Stokes, Commons, who should have scored a few for us , but bad finishing they couldnt , but i suppose its easy to say its all Ronys fault,for god sake what next.and Celtic Football Club let the media away with murder, A lot of thirty pieces of silver need to be barred from Celtic,

  14. jamesgang

     

    12:52 on

     

    8 October, 2014

     

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    At the risk of going over old, well trodden, ground, for me it was ALL about control of your (our) own destiny, that’s what INDEPENDENCE means.

     

     

    Unless Scotland controls its own purse it is not independent.

  15. As mentioned probably ad nauseam, Berwick Rangers and AS Monaco both compete in the leagues of other football association (in Monaco’s case, in the league of another sovereign state). I’m sure there are others. And as the British nations have shown, UEFA membership and national leagues are not dependent on being an independent state.

     

     

    It does sound to me that there is a degree of misinformation going on over Catalonia. Who would have thought it?

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CHE 1257

     

     

    AFAIK it is a private hospital which subs to the NHS.

     

     

    Not the fault of BLANTYRE TIM,who,like most of us,would never dream of such a thing. But can only go where he is told.

     

     

    Ya s..t-stirrer!

  17. so in summary, for the hard of hunnery

     

     

    flashmob sports direct

     

     

    boycott a game

     

     

    turn up for the bigotfest.

     

     

     

    thats a strategic plan right enough.

  18. South Of Tunis on

    Fitba news .

     

     

    Fitba reporter on RAI radio claiming that Rubentus will sell Arturo Vidal to Manchester United for 66 million euros . He also claimed that Rube have said no 3 times to Utd but have now decided to let him go. Stated reason for the change of mind is the claim that Rube dont approveof his lifestyle and think he is a bad influence on the rest of the players .Rube fined him a week s wages last Friday -his crime ? being seen in a disco on Thursday night and being late for training on Friday morning .

  19. Maybe the sons of struth could merge armed forces day with the flash mob proposal, the sight of overweight sevconians abseiling down the braehead building to target Ashleys stores should be enough to frighten anyone, particularly those with a sensitive stomach or nervous disposition.

     

     

    BT

     

    ;-)

  20. Hartson joins his pal Sutton in giving the Record exactly what they want for s few dollars more. These guys are brilliant at going from hero to zero.

     

     

    One thing is for sure. Henrik would never stoop to that level. He has far too much class. Sutton and Hartson have no class.

  21. Che, it would frighten the foundations of the building they are abseiling down.

     

     

    NocounterweightbigenoughCSC

  22. Monsieur Ronny: N’avez-vous pas manger votre chip aujourd’hui Kris

     

     

    Plump Kris: Si, je mange mon chip aujourd’hui Ronny, mais si vous pensez que je vais prolonger mon contrat avec vous, alors vous êtes un fou.

     

     

    Monsieur Ronny: Si vous restez Kris, nous allons vous donner deux chips par jour.

     

     

    Plump Kris: va te faire foutre Ronny.

  23. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CHE

     

     

    Re Sports Direct. My sis reckons you should never venture into a store where you have to wipe yer feet on the way out.

     

     

    Or wash anything you were stupid enough to buy.

     

     

    And that’s before wearing it.

     

     

    She has a point…

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