Can you imagine offering £5m for the first-choice striker at any team on the Champions League knock out rounds? I’m less concerned about the forthcoming Juventus game, which will take care of itself, but Celtic hope to have three Champions League qualifier rounds in July and August. Many highly sought-after players don’t move until late in the transfer window, so the squad we finish the season with will, for the most part, be the squad we start that qualifiers with.
Asset management has been the mantra on CQN for years but when the value of the asset doesn’t peak above even the short-term value on the field we are better to allow a contract to expire than sell early. In short, I don’t fancy Norwich’s chances of acquiring some under-priced talent, no matter how keen others are to make a deal happen.
Russian sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, told journalists he was working on the CIS League project, which initially sought to combine Russian and Ukrainian leagues, but may also include others. Uefa are thought to be supportive of the deal while Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, sought to under-play it when in Russia this week. The regionalisation of European leagues is the way forward for clubs disenfranchised by powerful TV markets.
Mutko, a former Zenit director, is one of Russia’s ‘colourful’ characters, but he is organised, ambitious and well-connected at Uefa.
Kilmarnock have long endured life with the highest debt-to-turnover ratio in the SPL but they have managed to pay their bills when due, until now. News that a food supplier has taken legal action over a £16k debt is not surprising. These are hard times for many people but when you have not, or cannot, pay a debt, at least be gracious about it. Suggesting your creditor is seeking publicity by raising the action is very poor form.
Ironically, if there is one club in the whole of Europe who would benefit from regionalisation it’s Kilmarnock, who are stuck in an impoverished league with their remarkable infrastructure. If only they had some vision at the top….
Looking forward to the visit of United tonight; the two most skillful teams in Scotland on show.
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