So after 15 years and 121 years respectively, the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League will be wound-up due to the creation of the Scottish Professional Football League. Small objection, I know, but I don’t like the name. It’s cumbersome and, in the case of one member club (Queens) downright inaccurate. They stuck a word in to differentiate the new entity from the historical one, but why ‘Professional’?
I assume the last champions of the Scottish Premier League will retain the trophy, just as Northern Ireland did with the Home International Championship trophy? Or will the brown brogue brigade insist that doesn’t happen? I’m sure St Mirren will be making plans for the now-defunct Scottish Football League, League Cup, or at least they will when someone realises the awarding body is about to cease.
The new financial compensation structure will make a significant difference to half a dozen or so clubs in the second tier of the game but that’s about it. There is no magic wand for Scottish football short of federation with a neighbouring association.
The biggest laugh of the day came from the news that outgoing SFL chief exec, David Longmuir, the man who did more than anyone to prevent the new SPFL getting to this stage, has put himself forward for the new chief executive position.
The word ‘shameless’ seems somewhat inadequate. Make sure the brogues are clean for interview next week, David.
How will that one go? ‘I know, I got it completely wrong. I did my best to stop all of this from coming to fruition, what a laugh. Best thing I can say is, I’m not Neil Doncaster, so how’s about it?’
Better get that CV types, David. Or is my prediction that you were working your way to a position with a lower league club coming to fruition?[calameo code=000390171b241bb2703f4 lang=en page=132 hidelinks=1 width=100% height=500]