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. Valentine's Day on

    Messi and the Papacy……….Malvinas mmm!!!!


















  2. Good evening CHAMPIONS and Flock.



    Sorry been speaking to the mob in St Peters Square. God bless you all.



    Weefra HH

  3. BigYinMilan




    19:39 on 13 March, 2013




    Hope he is not a Racing Club supporter.



    *Merr chance Juve as his parents emigrated tae Argentina fae Turin.

  4. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Great Arsenal goal …… 3-2 bayern agg

  5. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    ten men won the league



    19:48 on 13 March, 2013


    Malaga/Porto for me tonight




    What channel, please

  6. “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred . . . let me sow love. Where there is injury . . . pardon. Where there is doubt . . . faith. Where there is despair . . . hope. Where there is darkness . . . light. Where there is sadness . . . joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled . . . as to console, To be understood . . . as to understand; To be loved . . . as to love, For It is in giving . . . that we receive. It is in pardoning . . . that we are pardoned, It is in dying . . . that we are born to eternal life”.




    “Remember that when you leave this earth you can taken nothing of what you have received, but only what you have a given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage”.




    Saint Francis of Assisi (c. 1181 – 1226)


    Good night all

  7. Singing det……



    Turning the other cheek did not appear to be optional when the founder if Christianity said it.



    Muscular Christianity? No thanks.

  8. He’s really Italian. Italian parents. Lots emigrated to buenos aires before second world war.



    Bet he supports Italy.

  9. Jim White‏@jimw1


    Just noticed everyone’s standing in the Bayern sections. As yet no sign of the bloke from the council with a clipboard

  10. The Pit Bulls will be scampering all over Govan tonight, St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of animals. How sweet it is……….

  11. I notice Bayern (and other CL teams) have a badge on their shirt sleeve with an image the “big cup” and a number relating to how many times they’ve won it. Surely we should do this as it would certainly trump any meaningless to a newco 5 stars!

  12. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    No wonder Wenger gets frustrated…. Some of his players are almost spectators…

  13. Evening all



    Surprised to learn that there has never been a Pope Francis before or a Jesuit. I hope he’s great.








  14. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    19:53 on 13 March, 2013



    Believe it or not, I posted a link to that prayer at this time yesterday in relation to the power of prayer.

  15. Valentine's Day on

    Watching BBC news……. Katya Adler a looker,


    speaking Italian and Spanish….impressive.

  16. Favourite Uncle my apologies as I did not see your post you have the popium.




  17. Macjay1 for Neil Lennon



    Indeedy doody. I am born for greater things. I did get Higher Latin!





  18. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    TheSpainTrain ‏@TheSpainTrain


    BREAKING NEWS!! World class defender spotted at Mallorca !!! …. False alarm it’s just Hutton dressed as lahm

  19. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    20:16 on 13 March, 2013



    Me too.


    Over 60,twice.So there.


    There`ll be celebrations on “the hill” tonight.


    And in St. Ignatius,Riverview,Sydney.

  20. My dear,dear,dear,friend.. The Singing Detective



    Pal.. Ye goat yer wish.



    Did you ever hear o’ a Guy.. by the Name o’



    Ignatius of Loyola?



    Ah know ..that’s a stoopid Question.. As.. Ah am sure that ,ye ken


    that .. fine.



    But.. You Know me..



    Ah always ask a Question… of which.. Ah know the Answer.



    Saves a loata surprises!



    Well.. Francis the Foist ..is a Member of the Society of Jesus..



    The one and the same Bunch.. that.. Ignatius Hid Founded.



    and.. Ignatius ,is revered and honored as… Hivin’ Single- Handedly



    Stoaped the Reformation .. deid in it’s tracks..



    And saved the Roman Catholic Church frum going the wey o’ The Eight Track Tape.



    Yep.. Francis the Foist, wull dae Whit his Revered First Leader ,did.



    Stoap the Rot..



    If Anybuddy Kin Restore the Faith in the Vatican,



    and save oor Church fae Goin’ doon the Pan…



    Ye kin Bet yer Sweet Patootie..



    That a Member of the Society of Jesus…






    Nice Chattin’






  21. Winding up order at pars.



    Owned by old Murray and Salmond pal Masterton.



    Longmuir says reconstruction might not happen.



    Sevco to take pars place in first division?

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