Only one viable club in the Scottish game


An angry meltdown by Hibernian, many of their fans and lots of independent (cough) observers that the SPFL did not allocate them 50% of Sunday’s League Cup Final tickets all seems a bit demeaning to the League this morning.  500 unsold tickets were returned, it is unclear if it will be possible to sell them to Celtic fans while maintaining crowd segregation.

Can we once and for all agree that Celtic are the lifeblood of Scottish football?  They are the team who compete in and win most finals, they are followed by more fans than anyone else, they bring the game more money in ticket sales, as well as TV and commercial deals than anyone. They also keep Scottish journalism in business.

Celtic are run well.  They live within their means and pay their bills.  They do not duck and dive in the courts over contractual disputes, when they commit to something, it happens.  They do not need to over-promise on ticket sales, even when things go wrong, they meet contractual obligations and move on.

God love St Johnstone, who have achieved enormously well as the second most successful Scottish team over the last decade (three times more trophies than anyone else), but there is only one viable club in the modern Scottish game, everyone else, every last one of them, is making up the numbers.

This is not an endorsement that we will easily beat Ross County tonight, or win on Sunday.  It’s football, even Celtic cannot win them all.  Aberdeen are right to cut their stadium ambitions, Hibs have no choice but to send unsold tickets back, Newco have so little wriggle room you see what they are always at court.  Celtic are on their own, the rest live of our existence.

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  1. Not sure I would place too much faith in the likes of Deloitte to forecast the future of Scottish football, as Aberdeen, Hibs, Hearts et al have done, but given that they must have some expertise re numbers somewhere in the their ranks I would have asked them to examine the prospects of a future absent the Old Firm model, as in a League without Celtic and any form of Rangers. I would have asked them to factor in a geographic factor, something Auldheid has advocated over the years. As things are there are no clubs in the top league from Ayrshire, Fife or Stirlingshire, and none from anywhere in the South. I would have asked them to look at a league of 16-18 clubs, representing all areas, or centres if you like, eg Ayr, Falkirk, Dunfermline, Dumfries, Stirling etc, hell I’d even throw in the Isle of Skye. Might be a wasted exercise I know, but if not, I wouldn’t be building a 15,000 stadium in Aberdeen, I’d be looking at being the top club in a newly formed Scottish Football League.

  2. Weather forecast for Dingwall is fine. Dry, calm and mild. Ideal conditions. Someone is overdue a drubbing and it might be RC tonight.

  3. ST TAMS on 15TH DECEMBER 2021 5:59 PM


    Another departure from the club.


    “Oliver Morgan head of sports science has left to join Leicester City.


    That’s another job for Ange to do along with his managing and scouting role.”



    He’s head of the Academy Sports Science ST TAMS.



    ANTON McELHONE is the Head of Sports Science at the club, por cierto

  4. How about Tam Rogic as the false number nine, he does seem to be able to get into good scoring positions?


    Need a regig of the midfield mind.

  5. Big question tonight- has St Tams ever said anything positive? Never mind some thing positive about Celtic?




  6. Looking forward to the game, tricky fixture, hopefully Ross County have a go, then we get a football match, that’s entertainment🍀

  7. @Celtic line up v Ross Cty ……



    Hart, Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Scales, Bitton, McGregor, Turnbull, Juranovic Montgomery, Abada,



    Subs: Bain, Welsh, Taylor, Rogic, Shaw, Henderson, Moffat

  8. Celtic: Hart, Ralston, Starfelt, Carter-Vickers, Juranovic, Scales, Bitton, McGregor, Turnbull, Montgomery, Abada.



    Subs: Bain, Taylor, Welsh, Shaw, Rogic, Henderson, Moffat.

  9. Weaker again for this game with Rogic dropping to the bench. Any win will do. If we concede, I think we’ll drop points.

  10. Is that 442, happy to see Scales at Left back, this team are physical and will fire high balls in when they get a chance, I thought Juranovic should great pace when played in front of Ralston at the weekend looking forward to seeing how it works out tonight.

  11. lets all do the huddle on

    If we concede, I think we’ll drop points.




    nice positive post



    i agree with every word, but you have missed a ‘7’ after ‘concede’ to make me agree with the sentiment

  12. Scales left back Montgomery left wide man


    Ralston right back Juranovic in front of him



    Maybe im wrong

  13. park>the>bus>long>ball>goal on

    LAFAN on 15TH DECEMBER 2021 6:43 PM


    Tough fixture ahead.




    Not a night for tippy tappy sleep inducing malarky.


    Park the bus blootir it goal. Simple.


    Or we might be handed our arses!


    In Ange we trust.

  14. park>the>bus>long>ball>goal on

    As for the health discussion earlier.



    “The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.” ~ George Orwell



    Paranoid my erse CSC

  15. We’ve a side tonight consisting of two left backs, two right backs and Bitton in midfield with Turnbull upfront.



    I don’t see us scoring goals. Hopefully I’m wrong and I’ll be the on here later to admit that. We’re in trouble tonight though and I don’t see the point in ignoring that.

  16. AM — hope he improves his game from last week.


    He shows a lot of promise going forward from LB.



    Totally honking playing out on the left last Thursday.


    Hopefully he has his game head on tonight — big ask.



    Plus NB needs to up his game.


    When he has to chase the game or the ball he looks well of the pace.



    Hope we turn up and put on a show.

  17. AN DUN



    Oh ye of little faith……………………



    C’MON THE CELTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. I see the cheating hun bas*ard who refereed our game on Sunday get’s to support his own team tonight.



    In every sense of the word.

  19. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on 15th December 2021 4:56 pm




    “Jan wantaways” ??????




    Is he one of GvB’s back room staff or a Dutch midfielder?




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