Other Scottish clubs would be better off if Celtic Park and Ibrox didn’t exist


There comes a time during any endeavour when you have to ask, is this worth all the hassle?  News revealed by Phil MacGiollabhain last week and swiftly picked up by the newspapers today that an SFA executive has had his life threatened for what some regard as holding a firm line on application of the game’s rules, are one of these occasions.

This is sport, it is not the struggle against apartheid.  It really, really, isn’t worth putting your life on the line for.

The SFA executive who received the threat has not been named but he will hopefully find a degree of fortitude in the face of such intimidation.  We have called for resignations from the SFA but not under these circumstances.  If the recipient of the threat continues to work as normal they should be commended for their bravery.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to put football back on solid ground but whatever our game looks like in future, it must take on a different face.  Ordinary football fans want their sport back, a sport where honesty and endeavour can be rewarded by success on the field.

That will have consequences for us.  Celtic are far too powerful for any other club in Scotland to genuinely compete.  35 of our 41 clubs figured out they can do without Rangers and 34 of them know they can do without Celtic too.

They should remind Sevco rules are there for a reason and tell Celtic to stop mumbling about finding another league to play in and go do something about it.  I could not be more convinced that every other club in Scotland would be better off if Celtic Park and Ibrox didn’t exist.

Question is, do the rest of the clubs have the balls to do something about it?  Is the ‘Arab Spring in Scottish football’ over, or does it still have another chapter?

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  1. traditionalist88 on

    Paddy Pirlo should definitely be getting more game time, his ability to pick a pass is understated and a welcome sight amidst all the square balls and ‘ball retention’ that goes on in the modern game.




  2. The Pantaloon Duck on

    Sorry, Paul, I’m so caught up in the new banners that I haven’t read the article yet.

  3. Bravo for Paddy McCourt. I’ve long advocated the playmaker role for our Paddy. He can see a pass quicker than any other squad member.

  4. jinkyredstar cuts it back for Neil Lennon on

    Met Old Time before and after the game last night – he is in good form and we are oth now in full build up mode for Aberdour.



    Game was atypical friendly – good and bad points – I stopped reading into them after the ole cracked crest fiasco.



    Also met a guy who was a Historian for Norwich – really nice bloke – he has missed 3 away games in 42 years! – lightweight or what?



    Hail hail

  5. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    How many more clubs would fold without Celtic?



    Not counting the clubs who are gonny fold without the shameless ones,


    of course.

  6. The Pantaloon Duck on

    OK, I’ve read the article – and I agree. I don’t see anything happening about it anytime soon… but then again, there has been some weird stuff going on over the past few weeks and months…

  7. Paul67 – good piece.



    Putting on my neutrals hat this should empower the smaller clubs into realising that collectively they are far stronger together, and in fact without any of the “Old Firm”. They have frankly been bullied, it is time to stand up to the bullies and try and make things happen on their terms, for the good of the whole, if the bullies don’t like it they should be sent somewhere else. Time to take control of their own future’s

  8. traditionalist88 on

    Estadio Nacional(from previous)



    Yep, if Davie Weir can play until hes 52 I think we can utilise Paddy a bit better..the ability is all there.



    And talking of Davie Weir, it appears the Green Brigade may a slight error with their banner which stated to the huns ‘Your grandchildren will be Celtic fans’.



    If the story that Davie and his boy were in attendance last night, the GB banner should now read ‘Your children will be Celtic fans!’




  9. Imatim and so is Neil Lennon on

    2010 Never Again



    Are we moving in to the next phase now Paul?

  10. traditionalist88 on

    ‘News revealed by Phil MacGiollabhain last week and swiftly picked up by the newspapers today…’



    I see what you did there:)



    Thats a couple of times you’ve alluded to the possibility of other clubs giving us a helping hand out the door Paul, I wonder if there is anything behind it or you are ‘thinking out loud’…




  11. Hector Avocado on




    I’m not sure whether your tongue was firmly in cheek in writing that piece.



    Having a giant in your league is not a bad thing. It is just a reflection of the support.



    Don’t forget that.

  12. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Paul 67 –



    “Is the ‘Arab Spring in Scottish football’ over, or does it still have another chapter?”



    More than a singular chapter, I reckon.

  13. In the heat of Lisbon



    Cajones = drawers, as in drawers in a desk, as in drawers in which the SFA hid Celtic players’ registration forms, so yes, quite appropriate.

  14. I hope this article is one that is not hopeful, but based on information known.


    Leaving this corrupt football association would be the best thing for Celtic to flourish. We are always against the odds in Scotland and it wont change, even without sevco in our league. Callum Murray last night being a prime example.

  15. Celtic_First



    Haven’t seen your buddy Swanseabhoy on here for a while, hope he’s doing ok.

  16. Estadio Nacional on

    traditionalist88 11:13



    Paddy McCourt is 28, dont know where the comparisons with that old fella came from but he could settle into the role another older player has, Andrea Pilro…



    Watched our man on tv playing for the north of Ireland a few times in that role and he was outstanding.





  17. Kilbowie Kelt on

    What Paul’s article is saying is self evidently spot on.


    Rangers demise will only strengthen Scottish football.


    So would the removal of Celtic, no matter where we went.


    Suddenly 5 or 6 clubs would the title contenders.


    Could only be good for every other side.



    On the question of the despndency of some Tims to losing warm-up games.



    If I was going to play poker, & it was decided to have a few games first without any money being involved, I would be hoping to make my mistakes & have my ‘bad luck’ in those rounds.


    Winning so-called Friendlies achieves NOTHING.


    A big fat ZILCH.


    I don’t care if Milan take another 4 off Celtic on Saturday.


    The season starts on Wednesday.

  18. Pantaloon Duck, new banners rule!



    Philbhoy, absolutely none!



    RogueLeader, absolutely!!



    JohnBhoy, I don’t think the Portsmouth timings leave an opening.



    traditionalist88, I don’t know any fans of any other Scottish club who want Celtic to remain here. Not one.



    Ask them yourself.



    Hector Avocado, it’s not a bad thing, if you are the giant.



    Steinreignedsupreme, true.

  19. Paddy McCourt has undoubted ability and ,probably more than any other player currently at the club, he has the ability to see a pass.



    However, Pirlo has application, drive and determination that Paddy can only dream of.




  20. Just renewed me and the weans STs.



    Was sickened by the spl/sfa/msm attempts to shoehorn sevcoe into spl whilst airbrushing the cheating of exclub rankers.




    I couldn’t not watch the Hoops.


    Feck the spl/sfa/msm, montheHoops.



    We’ve lost our seats and had to move sections but it’s great to renew.




  21. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    No, not McC.



    They lived in the flat below me. Paul, John, James and another brother whose name escapes me. Two sisters as well.



    Paul and me were both at Glasgow College of Commerce at the same time. He studied and qualified as an accountant, I was kidding on I was clever.I used to go to the games with Paul too. John was more interested in music, singing and playing.



    A lovely family, unfortunately we have lost touch, but if any of the boys (or ghirls!)are posters or lurkers get my home email address from Paul67 and give me a shout.



    I was quite involved with Our lady of Good Counsel, but had a fall out with my PP when I refused to kiss the newly promoted Cardinal Winnings ring!



    Cue loads of smart remarks, no doubt!!!!

  22. That’s a few articles now Paul67 , where you have taken this line about the rest of Scottish football being better off without Celtic as well as Sevco . I could be wrong but it sounds like you are advocating for the other teams to dump us rather than us dumping them , making us more the sinned against rather than the sinner .


    Do you know something we don’t ?


    Hail Hail

  23. For the first time since I bought it I forgot to take my kite on holiday. It’s a red & blue Power Rangers kite. Spooky or what…






  24. My burgeoning relationship with US goal-defense-tender Hope Solo is about to take a major step forward later today when I attend the Girls of Summer’s opening Olympic Soccerball matchup against cheese-eating surrender-monkeys France at the Hampden Stadium, Glascow.



    Of course, should Ms Solo be indisposed for some reason I have Alex Morgan lined up as first runner-up.

  25. celticrollercoaster supporting wee Oscar on

    embramike on 25 July, 2012 at 10:29 said:



    Are you sure Bundoran Bhoy was a(live)?


    Glad you liked the badges though and the Friday night quiz, which is returning shortly!!



    Your next task is to meet more CQNers live or otherwise.



    As an aside, thinking about running the Friday night footie quiz from a pub (just need to find a pub that will put up with all those CQNers!!!) as a one-off gig to raise money for Wee Oscar. Watch this space!!!








    ps Bundoran Bhoy-you’re stooping low mate getting your Uncle Embramike posting on your behalf :-)

  26. KK



    It wasn’t the scoreline last night that bothered me, it was the manner of some of our play.



    I don’t know if you bother reading any of my musings on here but if you have you’ll have seen that I’m usually very positive on almost every aspect of Celtic.



    Our lack of movement, our inability/desire to get the ball into the opposition penalty area early and the lack of numbers when we did get the ball in, caused me concern.



    You’re right though it’s next Wednesday that really matters.

  27. Paul67 – are you suggesting that there might be a route to a bigger league if all the clubs in the land lobby UEFA/FIFA to the effect that it’s in the best interest of football here for us to be playing elsewhere?

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