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Money v Morals, voice of football fans can decide

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Scottish football is posed for the most momentous stand-off in its history.  The battle lines are clear:

Money v Morals, TV money v Season ticket money, Bank of Scotland v Fans

In 12 days the SPL clubs will vote on resolutions which will enable a new club to parachute straight into the SPL following the liquidation of Rangers without having to apply for entry to the Scottish Football league and rise through the pyramid.  Five clubs can block their entry – for a few days anyway.  Six, a majority if one member is liquidated, would be enough to ensure Rangers Newco SPL entry is blocked.

According to the SPL Fan Survey fans would overwhelmingly like to see any Newco football club enter the Scottish Football League, a position supported by a large number of Rangers fans, but the voices of fans are more easily discarded than that of the Bank of Scotland, who a large number of clubs depend upon to keep their own clubs out of administration.

In short, unless clubs can demonstrate to the Bank of Scotland that they will lose more money from disaffected fans by voting for Newco than they will by voting to retain the custom of Rangers fans, with accompanying television and sponsor money, Newco FC will be voted into the SPL.

Celtic will vote against Newco but fans from Hibs, Hearts, Aberdeen, Dundee United, Inverness, St Johnstone, Motherwell and St Mirren have to do more to make their case directly with their clubs.  Irrespective of fan views, I reckon Dunfermline shareholders would rather relegate their own team than Rangers.  Don’t even ask about Kilmarnock.

The Gang of 10 may speak as one.  If they get rid of Rangers they will be able to out-vote Celtic and have a unique opportunity to change voting rights, allowing them to capture long-term money currently going to Celtic.  This, together with overwhelming fan pressure, might be enough to persuade some, but this issue is more complex.

Despite initial opposition to changing the voting rights, Duff and Phelps may vote with the Gang of 10 on voting rights as part of a deal to allow them to sell a place in the SPL.  Yes – trade votes in order to sell a place in the top league.  Sporting integrity dismantled forever.

Since we first raised the alarm on this vote back in October I have been convinced Newco would be ushered into the SPL but the weight of opinion from fans from other clubs is stark.  Over half of respondents to the Survey say they will not attend SPL games if Newco is voted straight into the league.

Even the Bank of Scotland would have to recognise the business sense in siding with the fans if this view is made firmly enough.

Truth is, no one knows which way this one will go, but this is a once in a century opportunity for fans to make a stand.

Bids for the original canvass painting of Neil Lennon by US based artist, Joseph Gormley, has topped £600! Keep an eye on the auction, which ends tomorrow, here.

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  1. Auld Neil Lennon

     

    2 trophies out of 10 competed for and in seven of those competitions it has been against teams that are far beneath us in the terms of financial stability playing staff and players renumeration

     

    Yes I do expect Neil Lennon to have won the majority of these trophies and yes I am not happy after investing £1400 (more than a months salary) in purchasing a season ticket to enjoy same and probably much more on away travel

     

    However I have done this for more years than I care to remember and have went many a season ending up with nothing or little to show for it.But back then we had managers who had the humility to admit they were partly to blame for the lack of success and it wasn’t everybody else’s fault.

     

    I remember a few weeks ago travelling back in the car from Aberdeen after a 1-1 draw ,no contentious refereeing decisions to blame for that one, but the manager still managed to come up with excuses to deflect away from the poor tactics and performance on display. It made me cringe

     

    It is that modus operandi which he is adopting repeatedly that makes me unable to support Neil Lennon with the undying love that is afforded to him in here

     

    And if that strikes you as sacrilegious ………….. Tough titty

  2. There’s an inner thing in every man,

     

    Do you know this thing my friend?

     

    It has withstood the blows of a million years,

     

    And will do so to the end.

     

    God bless the 10

  3. mickbhoy1888

     

     

    I don’t agree with your opinion but you are of course entitled to have it. Why though are you repeating it day after day and several times a day?

     

     

    We all know how you feel now.

  4. lads n lasses

     

    heard via ssb there was trouble by CFC fans at u17 game

     

    is this true ?

     

    if so, anyone know what happened ?

     

    am no happy, if this is the case

     

    who did it ?

  5. Son of Warsaw on

    As I’ve thought for a long long time, Andy Walker is beneath contempt. He has a career on the basis of being a Celtic fan/player. God help us

     

     

    I really hope every Celtic fan ignores this soup taking fraudster till the end of time. His demonisation of Neil Lennon surpasses Dick Gough.

     

     

    One final thing, his staccato irritating voice should be readon alone

  6. MWD

     

    Aye the the pigs might fly when you have something more constructive to say

     

    And this piggy is now flying away to The Vale

     

    Still the cheapest guiness in Glasgow £2:70

     

     

    Sorry MWD am I allowed to advertise on the blog ya vxgxnx

  7. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on

    What happened to freedom of speech?

     

     

    WHY are refs and the SFA above criticism?

     

     

    I never get it.. It’s essentially a dictatorship?

     

     

    You speak up or out and they haul you in for some interrogation and retribution ..

     

     

    Beyond a joke..

     

     

    Being fragile to criticism has in my eyes always been a sign of some guilt..

     

     

    HH..

  8. Right,

     

     

    On the road to Damascus, sorry IKEA, some wonderful soul (Strand 67) heard my plea and now has said sink in his possession.

     

     

    Now my next problem is getting it across. I don’t fear the cost – I fear the amount of transitions a ceramic sink would encounter from Belfast – Coventry – Hamilton.

     

     

    Does anyone know of anyone coming across the water soon? If we could arrange a meet for bringing the sink across I’d happily meet said Angel anywhere and cover their costs plus.

     

     

    I know it’s a terrible ask, rude and impertinent but God, I believe, loves a trier. And God knows I’m trying – just ask my wife.

     

     

    Again massive thanks to Strand 67 who has kept the skinny sink dream alive…

     

     

    U

  9. Aw Naw at 17.08

     

     

    I thought you were Jack Reacher:o)

     

     

    Read every JR book and loved them all.

  10. Jack Reacher absolutely brilliant kinda in the mold of old fashioned heroes John Wayne, Gregory Peck and NEIL FRANCIS LENNON does not take s–t from anyone.

     

     

     

    HH

  11. Just listened to Alex T on Clyde – as the young uns would say – OMG.

     

     

    Pathetic.

     

     

    Journos claiming that ‘running with’ a story about two to three weeks after others have done so is the same as breaking it.

     

     

    Having nothing to say about the shredding of documents at Ibrox – they still haven’t said anything on it.

     

     

    Cringe, cringe, cringe.

     

     

    They have no defence, they are a busted flush like their team.

  12. Bhoys I have a spare ticket for Fir Park on Sunday. It’s for the South stand lower (Celtic end) and is priced at £25.

     

     

    First to ask gets it!!

  13. On shortbread tonight an exclusive panel of Huns was convened in Witch-Finder

     

    General mode to conduct the old ‘Swimming Test’ on Lenny.

     

    Matthew Hopkins and MickyBhoyxxxx would be proud.

     

    #WitchHunt

     

    HH

  14. mickbhoy1888 on 18 April, 2012 at 18:49 said:

     

    Auld Neil Lennon

     

    2 trophies out of 10 competed for and in seven of those competitions it has

     

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    We get it mate, you dont like the manager, now give us a break and stop repeating yourself and boring the arse of the rest of us.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    Mike

  15. Bit late with my comments on this mornings ‘news’ from the daily record:

     

     

    This embra dude who allegedly wants to save rangers from liquidation if no one else will – one assumes that he will be paying the taxes in full, the debts in full and ensuring that the cheating is never ever again repeated.

     

     

    Be nice to have £150 million to urinate against a wall would it not?

     

     

    Or is he full of crap like the rest of them?

     

     

    I know where I’ll be putting my money.

     

     

    Bye bye rangers.

     

     

    Lets hope this keeps dragging on until it’s too late…………

  16. TerryONeill Neil ah love yae on

    Well done Sean great defence of our manager.

     

     

    Sanctimonious walker

     

     

    an “ah like Neil Lennon but” speirs, if you have to say it you dont mean it.

     

     

    Refs make game changing decisions joost no on Sunday walker.

  17. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    HT

     

     

    Is their petrol and telephone charges on the price of that ticket?

  18. Angelus on 18 April, 2012 at 17:04 said:

     

    “Sadly I cant contribute much to the blog …….”

     

     

    That has never stopped me !

  19. Good evening friends.

     

     

    In just over 15 minutes I know that most of you will be cheering on Chelsea however, I’m going to go against the flow and support that Spanish mob. Actually, I can’t wait.

     

     

    And if Messi scores tonight, how many is that this season – did I hear that it’s about 65? Incredible.

     

     

    Jobo

  20. Evening all! Home early fae work and a 1st chance to listen to Snyde.

     

     

    Sean fae Prestwick…. stand up and take a wee round of applause.

     

    2 or 3 times he said we are the champions and put up a good show of support for Neil.

     

     

    However, the earlier `caller’, a self styled Celtic man criticises Neil and then says –

     

    “I read in my Record..”..and goes on to ask a question about Davis.

     

     

    Aye about as much a Celtic man as there is a chance of me and Beyonce hooking up in the Smiddy on Saturday! :-)

     

     

    HH

  21. Memory tells me that the song as I knew it was;

     

     

    BYE BYE BAXTER…….

     

     

    Charlie Tully had a verse all of his own..

     

     

    The day will come,

     

    The day will pass,

     

     

    Paddy T

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