Politics of the game encroaching on Neil Lennon


It is one thing for football fans and administrators to be embroiled in the politics of the game but it’s no wonder that Neil Lennon tires of such subjects.  His team are top of the SPL and in the knockout stages of the Champions League but he is being distracted by references to his club emanating from the lower leagues.  Maybe he should limit his comments on this subject to those of Walter Smith, “We wish the new Rangers Football Club every good fortune.”  Every “new” club deserves the same courtesy.

Can you imagine the reaction if Neil said the same!

Speaking of which, I see the man who has avoided trying to win friends among other clubs since his arrival in the game last year is now trying to influence people on league reconstruction.  Good luck with that.

We spoke over the weekend about well-run clubs in the SPL (Inverness, St Johnstone, Ross County, Motherwell), where managers come and go but results tend to remain buoyant.  Notably absent from this list was Dundee United, who have underachieved for years, but whose manager, Peter Houston, was today given permission to speak to English Championship side, Blackpool.  Houston has been unable to sprinkle magic dust over Tannadice so, if offered the Blackpool job, I expect him to accept.

United need to ask some fundamental questions should they be forced to replace their manager, like why they have vastly more resources than Motherwell, and appear to be able to produce prodigious young talent, but consistently fail to match the Lanarkshire side the in the league table.  They are a club in need of vision.
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  1. It’s certainly an interesting debate. Green’s suggestions on League reconstruction would still leave his club in the third teir of Scottish football playing the same teams. Bizarre. Was that not why he was walking away?

  2. Paul67 re the leader it is curious re DU underachieveing when the motherwell lumpers seem to do slightly better, then again Motherwell are more suited to the Scottish game that Walter …… introduced, kick them hard and hit the ball long.




  3. Typical of the Scottish media unfortunately.


    I like Neil am tired with their questions on Rangers’ Tribute Act.


    Neil should give them the cold shoulder and they might soon get the message.

  4. WE still have one spare place for the Leeds-Liverpool-Belfast bike ride in aid of Wee Oscar 4 Life.



    The route is 127.5 miles long and will be along the Leeds-Liverpool canal which means that there will be minimal road cycling.


    Leaving Leeds on Friday March 15th and arriving in Liverpool on Sat 16th in time for the overnight ferry to Belfast which arrives about 7am on St Patrick’s day where we shall meet the other 100 or so cyclists and support staff for a bit of a party.


    Anyone interested in joining our band of reprobates drop me a line via Paul67.


    This is the personal challenge you have been thinking about doing and it’s for a fantastic cause. Do it.

  5. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Scudamore “your not wanted here”



    “Despite Rangers supremo Charles Green starting the debate again last week, Scudamore says English rules will prevent any move. He said: “It’s my fourteenth year of answering this question. The answer is still ‘no’. “Our rules say it’s only clubs from England and Wales that can play here and I don’t see that ever changing. Quite a lot of clubs in the world would like to play in the English Premier League. “There have been clubs from other European leagues as well as the Scots who have approached us. “It’s all very flattering but it’s not simply going to happen.””






    This is going down well on the deadco media site:-) Another closed door stays closed. Next up Chuckles?

  6. tomtheleedstim


    12:32 on


    14 January, 2013




    Wheres the nearest place to join the canal for me? I live near Blackpool.



    Just chewing the fat CSC




  7. 14-14-14



    I thought anything above 10 in the top League was not sustainable but the SPL are willing to go to 12 as a compromise.



    Sevco talking out their **** as usual…

  8. Lenny quite right to ignore Albion Rovers questions or any other similar club.



    I see Campbell Ogilvie thinks it’s safe to show his face again with comments on a third division team joining the European League. I wonder when he will pay the loan gained with his EBT back to oldco ; or will he just repay with his efforts eg. on the ECA membership lies about newco=oldco.



    Ogilvie / Peat have been shown to bend every rule in favour of their brothers. Until Ogilvie is gone like Dallas and Peat , Celtic can never have a level playing field in any discussion witting the SFA. Even the discussion on the stadia for euro 2020; Ogilvie proposing Hampden and Murrayfield and not Celtic Park ( assume Ibrox is off the agenda due to level of disrepair).



    Based on Ogilvies tax evasion, administering sectarian policies, bias towards one club his tenure should not be renewed. It should be someone like Turnbull Hutton from Raith Rovers who provided leadership, independence and transparency when Ogilivie and co were pushing newco into the SPL.



    Ogilvie like Peat is a dinosaur and the sooner he goes the better.

  9. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    ASoD, do they ever do anything else. I’ve come off their site as I broke three ribs laughing at another thread.



    The title of the thread is “Frank Lampard”. Now, I assumed this was going to be a total tounge in cheek afair, it wasnt.



    Ooooh ma ribs:-)

  10. Juve’s Champions League form ——



    Juve 1 — Shakhtar 1



    Shakhtar were clearly the better team but didn’t get the victory they deserved.



    Chelsea 2 — Juve 2 .



    Chelsea were the better team but Juve fought hard to get a draw.



    Nordsjaelland 1 ——Juve 1 .



    Juve were dire . Juve missed 15 chances . Their Assistant Manager publicly bemoaned a lack of effort and professionalism.



    Juve 4 —– Nordsjaelland 0



    Easy .



    Juve 3 —– Chelsea 0 .



    Could have been more . Chelsea couldn’t live with Juve’s pace and power .



    Shakhtar 0 —- Juve 1 .



    An already qualified and about to go on holiday looked to be a wee bit lacking in motivation . Juve played well . They deserved to win.

  11. vmhan



    12:35 on 14 January, 2013




    12:32 on


    14 January, 2013




    Wheres the nearest place to join the canal for me? I live near Blackpool.



    Just chewing the fat CSC













    Think they start day two in Wigan.

  12. sixtaeseven - 4 fouls 4 cards & penalty, a day in the life on

    What’s the latest about the “Strops Arena” ?


    Or is that just some more of Chuck’s sunbeams, fumes and looking glasses

  13. A Ceiler Gonof Rust



    Obviously looking for players for their new English Team that they will be putting out.



    Read Green saying they will be in a European League in 5 year and will remove the screens to increase the capacity at the Liquidation Dome. Obviously about to send out more free tickets…

  14. glassford03 – Green’s suggestions on League reconstruction would still leave his club in the third teir of Scottish football playing the same teams. Bizarre. Was that not why he was walking away?



    Oh give over.



    Charlie had just emerged from t’pit and was as black as a minstrel, but there was nowt time for washing – he had to go straight on to his next job as a Hovis delivery boy.



    Pushing his bike up a cobbled hill to the strains of Dvorak, Charlie passed Old Ma Doncaster’s house. “No bread for you, you old witch! We are t’People!”, he muttered. His faithful whippet Traynor growled sympathetically.



    “An’ you hush up an’ all, Traynor, or I’ll sell you t’experiments!”. The fat little dog whimpered, ears flattened against his narrow head.



    “I’ll give them league reconstruction!”, snarled Charlie, his eyes glittering with ominous intent. “Nobody puts one over on Charles C. Green!”.







  15. Patrick Barclay


    London Evening Standard


    14 January 2013



    The reasoning behind Rangers’ threat to leave Scottish football is simple.



    They are in the fourth tier and certainties for promotion, yet their chief executive, Charles Green (above), claims they will suffer from a League reconstruction which would put them in the third tier next season.



    No, I don’t get it either. But let’s not split hairs. Not when there is a chance of Rangers going. Ever since they were demoted with barely feasible debts, they have



    been what PG Wodehouse called “a Scotchman with a grievance”, ie not to be confused with a ray of sunshine. And no one carries a grievance like the supporters of a football club.



    Even my fellow Dundee fans tend not to understand why we had to be punished for serial administration. But we are nowhere near as paranoid as the Rangers family. So please, Mr Green, save our ears and truly go.

  16. I think our friend Mr Green is trying to pull a fast one with his proposal of 3 leagues of 14.



    At the moment he has all but won the 3rd Div.



    With the 12-12-18 model (starting next season):


    So next year they will be playing in the new 3rd teir and will need to finish in the top 4 to enter play-offs to gain a chance of promotion to tier 2.



    With the 14-14-14 model ( not coming in until 2014-15):


    They will play in the current 2nd Division next season and just need to finish to 6 to enter the 2nd teir in 2014-15. No need for play-offs no need for extra transfers to ensure promotion.



    At least I think thats what would happen, can’t get my heads round the maths on a Monday

  17. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on




    Well said Neil Lennon…Their constant chat and ” look at us attitude” is tiring and they’re just trying to cling to our coat tails via a compliant media..Neil is shaking them off… whilst showing the MSM up….Brilliant…




    Watch for Sevco s bitter spin..Sally can speak with impunity but not our Neil…





  18. Scotland’s FIFA international referees for 2013 were recognised at dinner in Glasgow on Saturday night: http://t.co/uKuUgVTv



    Oh my sides are hurting, Willie in the elite, looks like wee Hugh is looking after his brothers

  19. Sevco when you start showing respect to all and stop bullying everyone we may listen to what you have to say but only when you are a full member not associate :)

  20. Once again Green has done exactly what he set out to do, still converse about Newco ! When are we all going to Stop, this siege mentality is reminiscent of Dalglish/Barnes era , where going to like minded pubs to do interviews was loved by the most LOYAL of fans.

  21. This deserves a repost every day for 125 days (may 5th)


    10p a day £12:50, 20p a day £25:00.


    A fantastic gesture I’M IN :)).




    10:48 on


    6 January, 2013


    While its quiet I’ll repost Kitalba’s message from the KANO 125 CFC fundraiser:






    11:15 on


    28 December, 2012


    Kano got sick one night, very sick. If it was not for so many Celtic Supporters, from so many places, then Kano would be an ornament in a sterile hospital room. That is not nice because Kano still breathes and he still thinks and he is still a Celtic Supporter to his very core.



    A lot of money, by a lot of people, was raised to take Kano home. He can’t ever balance the books, but he’d love to.



    None of us gets more than one go on the roundabout of life.



    Celtic is celebrating their 125th Birthday and indelibly stamping it into their history by encouraging all to embrace the simple ethos of the clubs founding… let’s try and help those who just don’t have more than the air that they breathe.



    A lot of Celtic Supporters are doing a lot of different things to raise money for to help those less fortunate than ourselves. To a lot of people that is no big deal.



    I’m determined to help Kano pay back the kindness shown to him by the Celtic Support by supporting my club to help unfortunates. No big deal.



    There are some from here who have said they will help me to help Kano to help Celtic to help others.



    I give up the bevie for 125 days and I give up posting on here for 125 days as of the 1st Jan.. No big deal really, Kano has done both for the best part of four years.



    I ‘m going to put a wee bit aside for each day that I don’t drink or post and forward it to Celtic to hopefully fill a belly that needs a feed or to make an unfortunate hope where only darkness is their dawn.(but maybe I can have St. Pat’s day off so I can share a day with some good Tims)



    I’ve only one life and when I’m gone I soon be forgotten but if I’ve ever managed to feed one hungry person, if only for one day, then my life was worth something.



    No big deal to me or you but the person I fed, he/she will never know where the food came from and they won’t ever be visiting my grave to put some pretty flowers at the base of a head-stone, they’ll be too busy worrying about tomorrow.



    I can live with that and like Kano, once I’m gone, I’ll know that I never changed the world, hardly left a mark, but still I took to Celtic and I did something to try and ease the pain of others… sort of the Celtic way.

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