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It’s kicking off in all directions today but keep an eye on the English Football Association proposals to introduce a series of changes to lower league football.  One option on the table is for Premier and Championship sides’ “B teams” to compete in a new structure with League Two and Conference teams.

The FA are eyeing an opportunity to allow the best young English talent, often cosseted in the youth squads of top Premier League teams with little chance of first team action, to be exposed to competitive games.  The proposal includes a geographical split of northern and southern teams.

While the FA Premier League is bust by any known measure, the Football League is in an even worse financial state.  Average income in the lower leagues is remarkably high but the steep pyramid-model, which has clubs chasing huge increases in revenue in the Premier League, leads to excessive over-spend.

With these proposed changes on the table the Scottish FA could do worse than discuss their own game’s future with their English counterparts.  Well run Scottish clubs are hamstrung by their better-funded neighbours cherry-picking their best players for a relative pittance.  Scottish Premiership clubs regularly cannot compete financially for players in England’s fourth tier.

It’s surely time to federate the top Scottish league with the English league structure.

Information slipping out of Switzerland this morning that Manchester City and Paris St Germain are each facing a fine of circa £50m for breaching Financial Fair Play rules is encouraging – if Uefa are able to deliver on the deal.

When you consider financially punishing an entity which owns the oil wealth of a sovereign nation the figure needs to be a big one.  £50m just about hits the mark.

Apparently the Great Sevco Shakedown began this morning when the club’s first every goal scorer, Andy Little, was released.  The news is harsh on the player but the club needs to learn the lesson – income needs to match expenditure.

Imran Ahmed’s court hearing today against Rangers International comes exactly three years after liquidation expert, Craig Whyte, was triumphantly welcomed into Ibrox, an ominous anniversary, for some.

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  1. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    gs

     

     

    Qatar and Etihadwill have a lot of political leverage aroundFIFA.

     

     

    MethinksPlatiniwants Blatters job after Brazil. That will ensure Qatar’s staging of the WC tournament

     

     

    HH

  2. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........Praying for our WEE HERO! on

    COATBRIDGE PAPER BHOY

     

     

    Nor me,bud. Out with the family today,taking them to lunch.

     

     

    I might escape for a pint-tell them I’m out for a smoke!

  3. Happy Birthday Paul67 (and Grandson #3 :-)

     

     

    “With these proposed changes on the table the Scottish FA could do worse than discuss their own game’s future with their English counterparts. Well run Scottish clubs are hamstrung by their better-funded neighbours cherry-picking their best players for a relative pittance……..It’s surely time to federate the top Scottish league with the English league structure.”

     

     

    This has got to be an opportunity to restructure British Football, a feeder system from the English regions, Scotland and Wales to a British Premier League with two top tiers is a must.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  4. markderrybhoy on

    There are surely opportunities for Scottish football in this rejig south of the border. That is not to say that those in place at Hampden will have the gumption to even explore these possibilities.

  5. coatbridge paper bhoy on

    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers ………praying for our wee hero!

     

     

    12:20 on 6 May, 2014

     

    COATBRIDGE PAPER BHOY

     

     

    Nor me,bud. Out with the family today,taking them to lunch.

     

     

    I might escape for a pint-tell them I’m out for a smoke!

     

    Enjoy Bobby, family that is!.

     

     

    Ps, wish I could attend the hootenanny…… Some day ?.

     

    Gb

  6. Coolmore Mafia on

    Wishful thinking guys. They don’t want us. We have to be more proactive partnering countries that might want us – Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, that sort of thing…

  7. Hamiltontim, ha!

     

     

    Tallybhoy, sounds like a plan.

     

     

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S, indeed it is.

     

     

    Gold Coast Tom, that sounds like an excellent plan. Good luck.

     

     

    Chairbhoy, thank you. Best to grandson.

     

     

    Awe_Naw, many thanks.

  8. coatbridge paper bhoy on

    From last thread,

     

    A big Happy BURPDAY to Paul67, hope your day/year is all you and yours could ever wish for.

     

    Gb

  9. time for change on

    Interesting article Paul, indeed something to watch with some interest…what about the proposed Ukraine Russian league situation (especially in the current political climate)?

     

     

    Congrats to retirees…lucky you…at least I can say end of mortgage is in sight then maybe can get some money behind me to enjoy retirement.

     

     

    The Celtic walkway is fantastic…some statement from the club.

     

     

    Renewal done for next season so roll on the transfer shenanigans.

     

     

    HH

  10. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Many happy returns to ole Paul67, or as they say on the Dark Side ‘May the Sith be with you’.

  11. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    Paul67

     

    HOOOOOOOOOOOOOPY BIRTHDAY & thank you for this place

     

     

    FFP

     

    Margaret McGill & Awe Naw are spot on follow the money

  12. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    In the ole HMDT it said hoopsegend Joe Ledley had ‘taken a pay cut’ to sign for Palace.

     

     

    It seemed unlikely to me.

  13. Hoopy Birthday Paul ,

     

     

    A wee announcement as well.

     

     

    The Kano Foundation Golf Day 2014

     

     

    will take place on Friday 12th September 2014 @ Mount Ellen golf course.

     

     

    Entry fee is £50 which will get you a round of golf , some good craic , breakfast roll and tea/coffee as well as a 2 course meal and prizes afterwards (for those good enough , or bad enough to win them).

     

     

    Places are limited . If interested , drop a line to golf@thekanofoundation.com

     

     

    Sanna

  14. Whilst it is tempting to think about joining the English leagues, surely the money concerns that are mentioned in the same breath would encourage prudence and avoidance or would we just run the debt through the roof to compete? The alternative, also rans in a very big pond?

  15. While the wish to play in England is tempting, I still can’t see UEFA sanctioning cross border leagues, especially with the independence referendum coming in Sept

  16. Happy Birthday Paul67

     

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    GCT

     

     

    ‘Ya lazy sod’………………………..long n happy retirement mhate,g’day g’donga.

  17. happy birthday paul hh

     

     

    Gold Coast Tim good luck on your retirement,best wishes mate,take it all in and enjoy yourself

     

     

    Neganon.good article.Tho i smiled as at times we seem to do nowt but talk about the hun.lol

     

    Communication is certainly an area we as a club can improve on.especially with digital media twitter/fb etc

     

    What no membership scheme? in my opinion this is needed so every penny contributed by fans can be rewarded by discounts(just like awenaw was saying in Germany.as well as including those fans you say will drop off

     

    a little suprised as CEO you missed the chance to intro the living wage.I would have

     

     

    hail hail

     

    ps will give it another skim later

     

    well done

  18. traditionalist88 on

    Used the old Wayback Machine yesterday, the below is from an article from Sept 2004:

     

     

    ‘One final thought, we are now working with world business interests who have more commercial muscle than Celtic alone will every have. If Dermot Desmond’s promise that money talks, and financial self interest will see Celtic in the Premiership sooner rather than later, you can see Nike and Coors using some of that legendary manipulative muscle to some good. If Nike can control the Brazilian international team (they control a fixed number of games each season, and lets not get started on the whole Ronaldo World Cup final speculation), they can get their big earning teams into the right league.

     

     

    Over to you Nike, Coors.’

     

     

    There are new factors at play now obviously but this was almost 10 years ago, at what stage do we give it up and focus on improving what we have? Stop giving Sky money to feed the monster down south?

     

     

    A new project for the bampots when Sevco are put to rest maybe…

     

     

    HH

  19. DBBIA-

     

     

    Do you think this restructuring will mean Celtic Nation could have a straighter path to the top tiers of English Football.

     

     

    Wycombe Wanderers managed to stay up by the skin of their teeth – but this restructuring could see them fall out of the main Leagues.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  20. Soz

     

    12:39 on

     

    6 May, 2014

     

    Number 6,

     

    Russia Ukraine?

     

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    Can’t see that being a goer in the current political situation either.

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