Liquidation stalks corridors and the odd marble staircase


Did you notice a degree of synchronicity in yesterday’s statements by Hearts and Newco?

Newco: “It is abhorrent that certain clubs could be unfairly relegated if the current SPFL proposals were implemented.”
Hearts: “no Club should be penalised as a consequence of these exceptional circumstances”.

Newco: “[We propose] a member’s resolution which would release prize money to be distributed to all clubs throughout Scotland”.
Hearts: “we will be supporting the Members Resolution being put forward by Rangers [sic].

The SPFL proposal, to finish and call the season for the bottom three divisions now, and for the Premiership as soon as it is clear it cannot be finished, is the only possible way forward for Scottish football, and even then, it might not be enough.

Let’s be clear about the decision facing clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two.  They are currently in lockdown, players and other staff furloughed, government dues are deferred, so cash burn is low.  “Prize money” would be handy, but only if you can do the right thing with it.

If these leagues are not called now, but have to finish their seasons after lockdown eases in order that no club is “unfairly relegated”, their cash burn situation changes significantly.  With zero prospect of paying spectators for the early months after lockdown, clubs would need to re-employ players and coaches for the 10-12 weeks minimum it will take to undergo an element of preseason and complete the remaining matches.

That’s the best part of 3 months with zero income and normal outgoings.  “Prize money” that could be used to cope with what is inevitably going to be a difficult new season, will be burned trying to finish this season.  It will not be enough money for any club to offset the increase in costs when furlough is ended.

In order to finish this season, the number of games played next season would have to be curtailed.  Next season’s TV deal is significantly higher than the current one.

The choice becomes having more games under this season’s low value TV deal, while burning your “prize money” on games without spectators, or maintaining a high value TV contract, while keeping your “prize money” to offset the lack of gate receipts for the opening months of the season.  The latter option might be viable for some, the former is a recipe for bankruptcy for most.

And yes, the “prize money” quote must have taken some mental gymnastics at Newco, you cannot have prizes until you know the outcome.  They want the money but don’t want ANY outcome.

I see the benefit in not calling the Premiership now.  Let’s see what transpires between Belgium and Uefa – and we would all like to see Celtic become champions and Hearts relegated on the field.  Celtic are hoping these things happen in August, but I doubt it.

Uefa will eventually issue guidance and all leagues will declare their champions.  The new season will start behind closed doors, but with Champions League and domestic TV cash flowing.  Some solidarity cash will trickle down, giving some a fighting chance.

As for how SPFL clubs will vote?  I am far from confident they have the collective insight to see a path through the next few months.  They will need the Wisdom of Solomon, and if any of them had that quality, they would not be in football.  Liquidation stalks the corridors, even the odd marble staircase!

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    Congratulations on your new found wealth, don’t spend it all in the one shop.



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  2. Shuggiebhoy67 on



    Good Post!


    Canamalar,atheists dont blame god for not intervening,the clue is in “atheist”,non belief in a god?


    BT as far as “Good Friday”and “Easter Monday” are a “moveable feast,you`ll find that code for a Pagan Festival thats been hijacked for Christian expediency.


    No offence intended ;0)



  3. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    this hasn’t increased in 30 years or more

  4. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on




    You have just rocked my believe !


    No offence taken 8-)

  5. Livingston FC confirm they are on board with SPFL resolution. May be proved wrong but SPFL wouldn’t put forward a resolution without consulting member clubs as to how they would vote, surely. Fully expect the resolution to pass.

  6. SHUGGY,



    Of course the christians adopted this, and christmas. Why should the pagans have all the fun.

  7. !!Bada Bing!! on

    The Scottish FA has unanimously agreed to extend the suspension at all levels of the game from professional to recreational until at least 10 June.



    They had initially suspended all football until April 30.

  8. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    You deliberately miss the point, one of the main supporting arguments is if God does exist why does it let all the bad things happen, then go on to list tragedies and atrocities that could be explained by free will or an evil force. The thing about believing in God is acceptance that free will and evil must also be considered when looking at events that appear explainable from the deity perspective.

  9. SAINT STIVS on 9TH APRIL 2020 5:29 PM




    Thats one of my auld Burds waiting for me outside the Shop.


    1982…I was a Fit, handsome young 26 year old back then..still ( Trying) to kick a ball.



  10. prestonpans bhoys on

    Adi @ 4:40



    Cheers for the heads up, credit done in two minutes👍👍👍

  11. DAVID17 on 9TH APRIL 2020 5:34 PM




    According to The Budgie at Hertz…she has spoken to ALL the other SPL Clubs and the Championship Clubs by phone.


    she shes that she expects the SPL proposals to fail and not get the 75% etc ?


    she did admitted that she had NOT spoken to clubs below the Championship…..Yet.



  12. thought you would like them.



    my uncle hughie used to eat something from the oyster bar everytime we went to celtic park, used to make me boak.

  13. How do Sevco make a statement against proposals from FtSPFL




    The Sevco CEO is on FtSPFL committee, along with the Hamilton CEO,


    That’s Hamilton whom the Sevco chairman holds shares in ??


    Oh and I do not trust Doncaster



    Well worth a watching what is going on here, something to the detriment of Celtic will be hidden somewhere in the game plan

  14. BIG JIMMY on 9TH APRIL 2020 5:51 PM



    Budge didn’t say she had spoken to ALL clubs. She said based on some discussions she expected the resolution to fail.



    Livi have already stated their position and we know Celtic will vote for. Huns and Hearts both against.



    Motherwell – Burrows is CEO and on SPFL Board, seen as a progressive. Expect to pass.


    Aberdeen – based on Cormack comments, expect to pass.


    St Johnstone – on a sticky wicket financially, expect to pass.


    Ross County – will stay up and benefit, expect to pass.


    St Mirren – will stay up and benefit, expect to pass.


    Hamilton – Les Gray on SPFL Board, has stated season will not be null and void. Will stay up. Expect to pass.



    Kilmarnock and Hibs have both furlough all staff and players. Expect to pass but wouldn’t trust either.

  15. I think Lawwell is quite relaxed about the vote tomorrow. We’re in a strong position on the field and off it. If we can restart games a few weeks down the line then great. If we need to wait a few weeks or even months before the spfl come up with a plan then fine.



    We can wait. Others can not.

  16. During this self isolation Ive been watching a lot of TV.


    A couple of days ago I happened to catch ” Strike it Lucky” with Michael Barrymore as the host, from the 1990’s I guess ?


    There were an English couple on this particular show, in their late 30’s or early 40’s .,and they were Boyfriend and Girlfriend.


    HIS Name was….Rodney GROWCOCK !


    Barrymore was in stitches and asked his Girl friend IF she intended to marry the Guy and become Mrs GrowCock ?


    I think I would have changed my name by Deed Poll long before I reached this Guys age.



  17. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    It will be a shame for the lower league clubs if the SPFL proposal fails to achieve the number of votes required. I can see it being the harbinger of the end for more than a few. Typical nastiness from Sevco and Hearts.



    If the proposal fails and the season carries on, I think SPFL could pay the equivalent of 12th prize to Premiership teams and 10th prize in each of the other leagues as a help to everyone.








    The 75p postage on this morning’s notice is repayable to the Government and will be deducted from your next three bank credits.






    Moveable feasts is it? Show me the last time Good Friday fell on a Thursday?






    When you deliver Big Jimmy’s messages, can you hide his keyboard? My eyes need a rest.

  18. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Ron- Celtic should continue with a straight bat,all effort to be made to complete the season.





    Just scroll on by if my Posts annoy you in any way…..Simples.

  20. CaddingtonCommon on

    What has happened to this site all of a sudden with this tsunami of adverts?




  21. QUONNO



    My old man is 85 and his wee mate across road 89 later this month


    His wee mate is as good as an uncle known him for > 50 years my whole existence



    Not once did either of them crack they got an increase at 80


    Need to go round and catch them in their smokers club


    (one cigar every day after lunch )and ask for am increase in my pocket money.



    Thanks for heads up.




    Was on my old laptop a wee while ago and it was a nightmare.



    No problems on my we yins!

  23. “MPs can claim £10,000 for additional office costs incurred as a result of the coronavirus, Parliament’s expenses authority has said.


    The money can be used to buy additional equipment such as laptops and printers for staff having to work from home.


    This comes on top of the £26,000 MPs can claim to cover office costs.


    The extra funds – first reported in The Times – will be available until March 2021 and come with a relaxation of the rules on evidence of purchases.”



    How many staff does the average MP employ? How many of them don’t own a laptop and a printer?


    Work it out – a very good laptop and printer will cost you no more than £500.



    This is a scandalous waste of money and every MP should be disowning it.


    This is a racket.


    I cannot understand anybody defending it unless they are an MP up to their neck in the trough.

  24. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

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    I started using it last week and now use it solely for CQN, I use an iPhone

  25. HIS Name was….Rodney GROWCOCK !





    Barrymore was in stitches and asked his Girl friend IF she intended to marry the Guy and become Mrs GrowCock ?





    I think I would have changed my name by Deed Poll long before I reached this Guys age.











    i know rodney is a stupid name



    he would be berrt as a richard

  26. Did Sevco ever get a kit manufacturer?



    I haven’t heard anything, so I’m assuming not.



    Come the end of June will it just be shirts v skins?

  27. I’m clapping for everyone tonight!



    NHS,shop staff, bin men, delivery drivers,social workers, transport workers, the lot!



    Sorry if I missed anyone!



    And gladly!