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Longmuir and the Newco job

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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. Kilbowie Kelt on

    Surely not Pope Skola.

     

     

    There will be an objection & years of law suits from Pepsi.

  2. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    SIPSINI.EXCUSE ME PALOMINE BUT I WAS FIRST.TAKE IT YOU DID NOT DO LATIN AT THE MUNGO.

  3. God bless the pope!

     

     

    Ps what’s the chances of Sevco being invited to the Qatar fantasy league??? Hahaha

  4. mighty tim

     

    18:09 on

     

    13 March, 2013

     

     

    Did you get a text from the Vatican LOL

  5. favourite uncle.

     

     

    Apologies:-))

     

     

    I didn’t go to st mungos, my older brother was meant to as he was a dux but that was the year they changed the rules.

     

    He ended up in a class of nutters instead but still prevailed…A director with bt now.

  6. FAVOURITE UNCLE

     

    Yes i know, went with Mighty tims false claim, should be ashamed of himself………..

     

     

    You indeed are the correct claim for the podium claim, im sure the new pope will mention you in his address to the faithful……………………………

  7. johann murdoch on

    sipsini

     

    18:29 on

     

    13 March, 2013

     

    favourite uncle.

     

     

    Apologies:-))

     

     

    I didn’t go to st mungos, my older brother was meant to as he was a dux but that was the year they changed the rules.

     

    He ended up in a class of nutters instead but still prevailed…A director with bt now.

     

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    Can you have a wee word with him.my home broadband is down at home.and has been for 4daysnow..thanks..oh and HH!!

  8. bournesouprecipe

     

    18:30 on

     

    13 March, 2013

     

    BBC2 ……………………….Pope special programme…………..now

     

     

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    BSR.

     

     

    Thanks, nice to watch without the STV throw away lines.

  9. Must be expecting trouble in Rome.

     

     

    I see the army moving in, although they look to be underfunded in the weapons department.

  10. spikeysauldman on

    kinglubo

     

     

    my ultimate pet hate

     

    consider the workrate of barca and compare to hooper especially, stokes, forrest, commons and sammi (sometimes)

     

    the games we’ve lost/drawn in the spl this season have been mainly down to workrate (with shape not helping)

  11. I know who the new Pope is!

     

     

    But I’m sworn to secrecy!

     

     

    Omerta’!

     

     

    HH!!

  12. spikeysauldman on

    anyone think that tha american commenting on bbc news channel sounds like roger the alien from american dad ?

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