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

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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. TheBarcaMole on

    Back in Cebu after my wee (planned) close season sojourn but should be back in Larkhall for a CSC do mid September with a Lisbon Lion or two in attendance, all being well………

     

    Late here, so good night and God Bless……..

     

     

    Regards & Hail Hail

     

    TBM

  2. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on 25 July, 2012 at 15:01 said:

     

     

    What’s their tv income like?

  3. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    GELD kompakt Dauerkarten-Preistabelle für die Bundesligasaison 2010/2011 !!!!

     

     

    KATEGORIE: DAUERKARTEN STEHPLÄTZE

     

     

    1 Bayern München 120 Euro

     

    2 VFL Wolfsburg 132 Euro

     

    3 FC St. Pauli 133 Euro

     

    4 SC Freiburg 140 Euro

     

    5 1. FC Nürnberg 150 Euro

     

    5 1899 Hoffenheim 150 Euro

     

    7 1. FC Kaiserslautern 155 Euro

     

    8 Borussia Mönchengladbach 160 Euro

     

    8 1.FC Köln 160 Euro

     

    8 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 160 Euro

     

    11 Eintracht Frankfurt 165 Euro

     

    12 SV Werder Bremen 170 Euro

     

    13 Hannover 96 175 Euro

     

    14 Borussia Dortmund 176,50 Euro

     

    15 Schalke 04 182 Euro

     

    16 Hamburger SV 188,70 Euro

     

    17 FSV Mainz 05 217,50 Euro

     

    18 VFB Stuttgart bietet in dieser Saison keine Stehplätze an.

     

     

    KATEGORIE: TEUERSTE SITZPLATZKARTE

     

     

    1 FC St. Pauli 530 Euro

     

    2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 540 Euro

     

    3 VFL Wolfsburg 550 Euro

     

    4 Borussia Mönchengladbach 560 Euro

     

    5 1899 Hoffenheim 570 Euro

     

    6 Werder Bremen 600 Euro

     

    6 FC Kaiserslautern 600 Euro

     

    8 Hannover 625 Euro

     

    9 FSV Mainz 05 634,00 Euro

     

    10 VfB Stuttgart 645,00

     

    11 Bayern München 650 Euro

     

    12 SC Freiburg 660 Euro

     

    13 Hamburger SV 727,70 Euro

     

    14 1.FC Nürnberg 729 Euro

     

    15 1.FC Köln 740 Euro

     

    16 Schalke 04 742 Euro

     

    17 Eintracht Frankfurt 764 Euro

     

    18 Borussia Dortmund 847 Euro

     

     

    KATEGORIE: GÜNSTIGSTE SITZPLATZKARTE

     

     

    1 VFB Stuttgart 184 Euro

     

    2 VFL Wolfsburg 198 Euro

     

    3 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 220 Euro

     

    4 1. FC Nürnberg 240 Euro

     

    5 1.FC Kaiserslautern 250 Euro

     

    6 Werder Bremen 260 Euro

     

    7 FC St. Pauli 275 Euro

     

    8 Hamburger SV 276,70 Euro

     

    9 Bayern München 300 Euro

     

    10 Borussia Mönchengladbach 300 Euro

     

    11 1.FC Köln 310 Euro

     

    12 FSV Mainz 05 311 Euro

     

    13 Hannover 96 320 Euro

     

    14 Eintracht Frankfurt 322 Euro

     

    15 1899 Hoffenheim 358 Euro

     

    16 Borussia Dortmund 365,50 Euro

     

    17 SC Freiburg 400 Euro

     

    18 Schalke 04 434 Euro

  4. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    weeminger

     

     

    50 million euro

     

     

    Berlin – Germany’s Bundesliga has posted record earnings from foreign television rights this season and will break the 50-million-euro (72.3 million dollars) mark next season.

     

    Bundesliga matches were watched by 2.25 billion television viewers in 208 countries last season, the German Football League (DFL) said Wednesday.

     

    ‘We are currently the strongest growing league,’ DFL chairman Christian Seifert said.

     

    However, the German league still lags behind England’s Premier League and the Spanish and Italian leagues on earnings from international broadcasting rights.

     

    Seifert said the German league would need more star players if it wanted to attract more international viewers.

     

    ‘It is great for (Germany midfielder Mesut) Oezil that he is playing for Real Madrid but for the Bundesliga it would better if he were playing here,’ he said.

     

    Foreign television rights made up around 11 per cent of the league’s turnover last season. Next season, income from international broadcasting rights will top 50 million euros.

     

    The rights will be newly negotiated for a three-season term from 2011-2012 when Seifert said he expected ‘two digit growth.’

     

    Germany is still a long way behind the Premier League which earns some 300 million euros from foreign TV marketing, around a third of its turnover. Spain has estimated earnings of 150 million euros and Italy between 90 and 100 million.

     

    The DFL Bundesliga package not only includes live coverage but highlight shows, a TV magazine and other material.

     

    Bayern Munich continues to be the Bundesliga’s main attraction. The German champions were in all eight of the most viewed matches last season. The most-watched match was between Hertha Berlin and Bayern which had 10 million viewers in China alone.

  5. Whether or not he knows it, today Paul comes perilously close to posing the question that so far some have thought but have not given voice to.

     

     

    That is. Would football and Scottish society at large benefit from the absence of Celtic and Rangers/

  6. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    C1st- ‘Team of Catfood’ are appearing [possibly] in Brechin this weekend, unsure if it represents rapport prix- qualite.

  7. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    lennon’s passion,

     

    lets try and keep it sensible, say, over the duration of the current administration

  8. The Honest Mistake loves being first on

    quonno on 25 July, 2012 at 15:10 said:

     

     

    That is. Would football and Scottish society at large benefit from the absence of Celtic and Rangers/

     

     

    Which article did you read? The question was more like would Scotland be better with a stronger Celtic and a dead rangers?

     

    Catch up at the back.

     

    The answer IMO is yes and yes.

  9. South Of Tunis on

    Juve season tickets 2012 -2013 .

     

     

    Cheapest Adult ticket is 350 euros .

     

     

    Most expensive Adult ticket is 1090 euros .

     

     

    Cheapest under 16 ticket is 175 euros.

     

    Most expensive under 16 ticket is 545 euros .

     

     

    Cheapest ” disabled ” ticket is 175 euros.

     

    Most expensive ” disabled ” ticket is 545 euros .

     

     

    You have to be a member of the Juve Supporters Association in order to be eligible to buy a season ticket . You have to pay to join the Juve Supporters Association .[an annual thing].

     

     

    A season ticket gets you all home Serie A games , 1 Italian Cup Game and priority in the draw to buy Champions League tickets.

  10. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Starry

     

     

    unless you want to stand and that will cost you about 150€ for the season.

     

     

    Bayern get the other 500€ by selling ….. yep you guessed it …. but for how much longer after the problems at the end of last season

     

     

    Hail Hail

  11. archdeaconsbench on

    RobertTressell on 25 July, 2012 at 13:32 said:

     

    Great post. Celtic are not going to be leaving Scottish football.. I more or less said the same on Saturday after Pauls article and asked him if this was the best he could come up with. Got the usual ‘hun’ abuse of one of the board flunkies but nothing constructive.

  12. Eurochamps67 on

    What if you just want support Celtic?

     

    I don’t want a season ticket for some German team. Huns.

  13. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on 25 July, 2012 at 15:09 said:

     

     

    And there’s the rub.

     

     

    All of the comparisons of ST prices fade into insignificance when you look at the diffirence in media income.

     

     

    As a club we should probably hope for a collapse in the collective Sky deal. I imagine a massive increase in our media income if we could negotiate it alone. Although I suspect we may not see a similarly massive drop in ST prices.

  14. traditionalist88 on

    South of Tunis

     

    ‘A season ticket gets you all home Serie A games , 1 Italian Cup Game and priority in the draw to buy Champions League tickets’

     

     

    I bet these sold like hot cakes when they were in Serie B;)

     

     

    HH

  15. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Melinda Gates is a truly great philanthropist [as of course is her husband!].

     

    Yet for some reason her faith is an issue, which it probably wouldn’t be if say, she were Anglican, or Jedi.

  16. It’s an interesting thought that we could be watching, right reasons or not, the decline of Scottish football.

     

     

    With overall Custodians trying to gamble and offset 3 years in the wilderness for a team inhabiting the husk of an old idea.

     

     

    A team who’s ever present superiority complex was ultimately matched by one man’s vanity. Each desiring to exist at whatever the cost.

     

     

    Fan power will dissipate. And that ole war horse Celtic will be to blame – monopolising the game with their balanced books and relative shrewdness.

     

     

    It should not be long until we are told that it was, in fact, those ‘fivers’ which Fergus kept putting down which brought all this unfortunate business in the first place.

     

     

    The days go by so fast, unless your connected to the Sevco/Newco/Oldco show…

     

     

    What’s that cry I hear?

     

     

    An extension to the close season?

     

     

    What a remarkable idea!

     

     

    I mean everyone’s been put out of sorts by all this Fergus driven mullarkey…

     

     

    Start the season in September…

     

     

    U

  17. Dontbrattbakkinanger on 25 July, 2012 at 15:18 said

     

     

    What faith is she? I’ve never seen it mentioned in the (admittedly few) articles I’ve read about The Gates Foundation.

  18. eddieinkirkmichael on

    LENNYisAwarMACHINE on 25 July, 2012 at 14:12 said:

     

    My brother is also a binman, small world indeed. I live over the road from the Murray’s, they have all unfriended me on Facebook for some unknown reason over the last few months lol

  19. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Weeminger

     

     

    I have always said I have no problems with hos the club is run financially except the bonus reward for failure.

     

     

    I think the 50 quid ST for kids was a give away and I support the increase in price of that particular ticket but not how it was handled. The fact that WE are still advertising them on the official website at 50 quid is EMBARRASSING

     

     

    Fortunately Celtic have a lot of fans that need to keep the faith.

     

     

    Bang for buck is where we fail.

     

     

    There is no glamour friendly lined up against Championship opposition this season so I do not expect any incoming transfers.

     

     

    For a club with our turnover our ambitions are pitiful.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  20. !!Bada Bing!! on

    SSN Fraser Robertson just asked Gordon Banks if he would be keeping an eye on the Olympic football……..

  21. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    I cant even find the stated prices for Celtic ST on the official web site.

     

     

    Can anyone tell me where it is specified. Link please

     

     

    Thanks

     

     

    Hail Hail

  22. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on 25 July, 2012 at 15:15 said:

     

     

    What happened at the end of last season?? I don’t follow football much anywhere except Celtic Park..

  23. South Of Tunis on

    Faith ——-

     

     

    Went to a wedding in Ortigia a few weeks ago . Ceremony was in the fabby Ortigia Duomo . There was @ 30 people inside for the ceremony and @ 250 people outside waiting for the newly weds to emerge —–

     

     

    Stated reason ——- many people ” don’t believe it anymore ” and think their presence would be “hypocritical and insulting ” to those who do believe .

     

     

    Religious belief is dying in Sicily.

  24. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Awe_Naw..,

     

    another quality marketing ploy, if you cant get to the ticket office it will cost you premium rate phone call, innit

  25. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    canamalar

     

     

    the price for a full ST must be specified somewhere on the site surely without having to download a PDF file.

     

     

    That we are still advertising the 50 quid tickets on the official site but charging fathers 129 quid when they turn up at the turnstiles is absolutely expected behaviour from Celtic plc.

     

     

    You need to have a brass neck or a bus load of faith to find that behaviour acceptable luckily we got loads of them.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  26. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    WeeMinger -the one true Faith ;/0

     

    She’s a Roman Catholic from Texas.

  27. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Eurochamps67 on 25 July, 2012 at 15:33 sai

     

     

    Put up the link ya lazy racist bassa

     

     

    HAil Hail

  28. No Bobby Does It Petta on

    A bizzare article Paul.

     

     

    Perhaps there is a cryptic agenda at play, but ultimately it is a pointless notion.

     

     

    England do not want or need us. End of. Everyone just needs to accept that.

     

     

    A league in mainland Europe is categorically not an option due to logistics, and the small matter of rules not permitting it.

     

     

    Any new ‘European’ league structure is years away.

     

     

    We are a Scottish club playing in a Scottish league. Let’s just get on with it.

  29. Paul67,

     

     

    My machine has informed me of your query

     

     

    ‘Whatever our game looks like in the future’

     

     

    I bring excellent news Great timlord. From your present until 2109 Scottish football will remain the laughing stock of the continent you know as Europe.

     

     

    Fortunately for Scottish football, but not quite so fortunate for mainland europe ‘The Big Sink’ enables Scottish football to become the 8th best football nation behind england, Ireland, wales, russia, ukraine, israel and turkey within the remains of Europe.

     

     

    As you may not be aware due to your inferior cranial intellect of 3.2 ‘The Big Sink’ was a catastrophe of biblical proportions, when an earthquake hit directly under FIFA headquarters in Switzerland, whatever that is, devastating the European mainland continent which sank into the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean, North, Baltic and Black Seas forming the new Cosmopolitan Ocean.

     

     

    I can also confirm that the cryogenic Sepp Platini was the first to perish in the event when he attempted to retrieve classified material relating to Platini’s acceptance of millions of potatos in bribes, predominantly from hunverse agents desperate to equal CelticFc’s illustrious 10 Champions, SuperChampions & OnlyForChampions League titles.

     

     

    In sadder news for Scottish football though, by 2114, after the last survivor is plucked from their traumatic survival of bobbing around the planets oceans after being transported globally by gulf streams work begins on the ‘Atlantis’ project. A mammoth task of land reclamation to build a new continent located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

     

     

    By 2135 and the establishment of Atlantis as the new Europe and it’s teams being allowed to play in the tournaments it’s predecessor continent vacated, teams such as Bayern Bru, Outer Milan and Real Balona emerge to dominate and once again force Scottish football back to being a laughing stock.

     

     

    In better news though, by 2140 and the emergence of farcaster technology, a technology that allows an individual to enter a farcaster portal and be immediately transported to a set of co-ordinates, anywhere on the planet, there is a convergence of all world football leagues into one entity. The International Football Association Federation or IFAF as you will come to know it.

     

     

    On the downside of the farcaster technology it can lead to awkward moments if your co-ordinates are incorrect as I found out one day when attending a CelticFc match at New Paradise and was transported onto the lap of a young female who was in my seat.

     

     

    Incidentally, as you may also not be aware IFAF’s first presiding officer is none other than Henrik Larrson, grandson of Henrik Larrson, who was the grandson of Jordan Larsson, son of Henrik Larrson who played for CelticFc.

     

     

    You may also be glad to know that after the formation of IFAF and the World Leagues and the influx of potatos into Scottish Football from Hypnobeam broadcasts Scottish football enters a glorious phase of wellbeing which lasts for nearly 200 plasmaball annual traverses.

     

     

    With that news I must return to my duties Great timlord, My iBrain2 has notified me that hunverse agents are again attempting to subvert the timverse, until we communicate again, inform your descendants not to holiday in Spain, whatever that is, in 2109.

     

     

    To Infinity & backwards!!

     

     

    rotit j

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