Longmuir and the Newco job


Scottish Football League chief executive, David Longmuir, emerged from the shambles that the game’s administrators got themselves into last year with a remarkably solid relationship with the SFL’s member clubs, indeed, he has been singled out for high praise from the Newco-club.

The flow of sentiment reversed after he wrote to member clubs suggesting Celtic and Newco-Rangers enter ‘colt’ clubs in the Third Division.  This bizarre suggestion was justified on the basis that if Celtic and Rangers join another league, while leaving the rest of the leading clubs behind, their colt teams would continue to bring interest and revenue to the game.

Mr Longmuir seems to have missed the fact that in the event any of the above comes to pass, the departure of Celtic and Newco-Rangers would then create an opportunity for colt clubs to be considered.  Their inclusion now is unnecessary, especially when Newco could potentially enter administration next season, lose players, suffer the mandatory 25 point penalty and be relegated into the bottom division with their colt players, who presumably would also suffer administration-related penalties.

Speculation that Mr Longmuir is taking care of current business until he is ready to move to Newco is becoming hard to ignore.  Newco need to get themselves out of the bottom league first, though.  The colts team idea is certain to be rejected, the question will not even reach the SPL or Celtic.  The 12-12-10-10 idea favoured by Newco is looking an increasingly hard sell, with 12-12-18 more likely.  Mr Longmuir better look after the interests of all his member clubs if he wants to hang on long enough to move straight to Newco. If he loses his ability to be a dealmaker I’m not sure what he can offer an aspiring £100m company.

Football is seldom played on a higher plane than we witnessed from the Camp Nou last night.  Barcelona, until recently undisputedly regarded as the best team in the world, were up against it.  With a league win assured their form stuttered and they had to become the first team in Champions League history to overcome a 2-0 first leg defeat.

They delivered, as did their most precocious talent, but there was a hugely important lesson to be learned from the game.

Milan are out of Europe because they made preventable mistakes which Celtic didn’t make, home or away, against Barcelona.  Even at this level, the team which makes fewest preventable mistakes progresses.

Milan and, after Juventus, Celtic, can spend the remainder of the season pondering the value of putting laces through the ball.  Barcelona, of course, are fabulous, but the question remains, can they do it at home against Annan Athletic?  I’m not so sure.
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  1. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    I’ll have two pints of lager and a packet of crisps, please.


    I’ll have some pickled onions,


    And a little bit of cheese, please.


    Thank you.

  2. damm …..you postman with a signed delivery…..arggggghhhhh



    well done philvisreturns(thumbs)



    i have much to learn from the master








    Yer a bloody marvel-but don’t milk it…….

  4. philvisreturns on

    The Spirit of Arthur Lee, jungle jam67, BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS –



    Thank you gentlemen. It was a game of two halves, there are no easy podia on CQN, but it was a great podium for the neutrals and the real winner today was football. (thumbsup)

  5. Stirling Albion should be in the SPL. Record score line last week against East Stirling 9-1.


    That league is too easy for them!




  6. paul67 et al



    daily record =sinking ship= jabba= sevco



    sfl= sinking ship=longmuir= sevco



    what has chuckles promised the others(regan,doncaster,RCO) wealth beyond their dreams at the £100 million casino development



    stupid stupid huns



    cannot wait till chuckles makes off with a bag full of cash leaving the rest to face the orcs







  7. If Longmuir does push through these changes and then takes a job at Sevco then what is the point of Scottish Football?



    Celtic would be as well turning into a Harlem Globetrotters and playing exhibition matches.

  8. philvisreturns on

    leftclicktic – You have no idea how many Wonka Bars I had to buy to get it. (thumbsup)

  9. Barcelona, of course, are fabulous, but the question remains, can they do it at home against Annan Athletic? I’m not so sure.




  10. The Battered Bunnet on

    CEO of the SFL pitching up in a senior position at Sevco?



    Don’t be ridiculous!



    That’d be like the CEO of the SFA taking the Director of Football role at Rangers.

  11. time for change on

    HI there everyone,



    just a quick leap in and back to work.



    Colts proposal absolute nonsense (what’s in it for Celtic – developement squad games in England on a regular basis, next gen, under 20’s league) all set to benefit the new team.



    Qatar development well watching for the knock on effect.



    Last nights dismanteling of AC Milan shows just how well our team performed this year. Great to watch.



    Roll on Saturday and Aberdeen.



    Hail Hail

  12. obonfanti1888


    12:41 on


    13 March, 2013



    Funny thing is, Longmuir probably thinks he’s being really sleekit lol




    :)) that made me smile broadly

  13. philvisreturns on

    jungle jam67 – Apparently Sevco is looking at opening a retail outlet in Glasgow Airport and one on the Shankill Road.



    £100m, here they come. (thumbsup)

  14. Nuclear Bovril and a Half Munched Pie on

    Longmuir putting his BSc in Sleekit Studies from the University of Larkhall to good use.



    Colt?- Bolt!

  15. philvisreturns




    Think of all the money they will take in at the Airport from their fans going to European ga… Oh! That is not going to work right away is it?

  16. Having watched that last night I was so proud of my team for going there and coming within a whisker of a draw.



    I have been struck with the depression down here in Engurlandshire as to the quality gap they see between the EPL and Spain……..tend to agree with them BTW ;-)



    Can you imagine if Tony Watt was a 19 year old English youth playing for an EPL side who had put Barca to the sword?…………….as an aside, in a manner that the 19 year old AC Milan player in identical circumstances couldn’t.




    Don’t let them talk the SPL down so much, we have a decent product……which will get better.

  17. tommytwiststommyturns on

    As some of you might already be aware, our old mate Kano received some devastating news last week. Martin’s dad, Matt Kane passed away while visting family out in Dubai.



    You may have met Matt at the BringingMartinHome race night in 2009 or at the Golf Lounge last year, while Ramie was over on holiday. If you did, then you will remember a lovely gentleman who genuinely appreciated the efforts of Kano’s fellow CQNers and the wider Celtic community.


    Matt’s loss will be sorely felt by his family.



    If anyone would like to pay their respects, then the funeral details are as follows:



    St Brides church, East Kilbride at 6pm on Thursday night.



    Funeral Mass is 10am on Friday morning and then on to Linn Crematorium at 11am.

  18. philvisreturns on

    “Colts” is an inappropriate term for a Sevco youth team.



    How about “donkeys”? (thumbsup)

  19. Paul67,




    I am sure your were taught not to be cruel to those less fortunate than yourself.



    That article is cruel.




  20. On a point of order.



    There were 2 reasons the Reserve league was scrapped in Scotland.



    1. The huns run out of money.



    2. Celtic were going for 10 in a row.




  21. Longmuir: I have a plan, sir.



    Chuckles: Really David? A cunning and subtle one?



    Longmuir: Yes, sir.



    Chuckles: As cunning as a fox who’s just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University?

  22. philvisreturns on

    ASonOfDan – Aye, but think of all the nylon flegs and bunting they’ll sell in NornIron during the marching season.



    Once they monetise that worldwide Sevco support in Glasgow, Belfast, and Pyongyang they’ll be rich, I tell ye. (thumbsup)

  23. philvisreturns





    Maybe that’s what chuckles has offered the 3 blind mice


    Regan Doncaster & RCO


    Executive positions?



    Shop managers in the shankhill ,Glasgow airport and maybe a new store in larkhall


    A promotion up for all IMHO






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