SPFL not uncompetitive outlier, it’s the new norm


BBC 5Live got into a bit of bother yesterday for asking if Paris St Germain’s domestic domination is turning the French league into the SPFL.  PSG (60) are 21 points ahead of second place Monaco (39) in Ligue Un and could win the title next month.  Celtic, of course, are only 6 points clear in the Scottish Premiership and will not win the title until April.

The pertinent point that 5Live were a bit clumsy in making is that PSG, who will win four-in-a-row this year, and Celtic, won will win five-in-a-row, are competing in one horse races.  Karl Heinz Rummenigge made a similar point about Bayern Munich earlier this month (an example 5Live could also have used).  Bayern are 8 points clear and also on their way to four-in-a-row.

Then there’s Juventus, who, like Celtic, hope to win five-in-a-row this season.  Juve had a horrible start to the season but 11 league wins on the bounce have seen them close to within 2 points of Napoli at the top of Serie A.

Basel are 10 clear and on their way to seven-in-a-row in Switzerland, while Red Bull’s money will collect a third consecutive Austrian title for Salzburg this year.

Ajax are not quite there, having only won four of the last five titles, but Dutch football has been shrinking in competitive terms for over 3 decades (Ajax and PSV between them have won all but 3 titles in 31 years).  Anderlecht, who have won three in four in Belgium, are also a little short of complete domination.

England’s different, no one has retained the title since 2009 and it’s not going to happen this year.  Spain have seen a change of winner in the last four years and, with the world’s two biggest clubs, are likely to remain competitive, while Benfica and Porto are still nip and tuck in Portugal.  These three are the outliers of Western European football.

Reality is that three of the ‘big five’ European leagues, and many others, are no longer competitive.  Successful clubs know how to stay ahead of their peers, there are several formulas to help them.  Permanently breaking this domination has never been more difficult.

Scottish football is not an uncompetitive outlier, it’s the new norm.  The same questions being asked about Celtic are also being asked about dominant teams across the Continent.  What football does about it is another story.  Keep your eye on Rummenigge.  He’s ambitious and wants to change things.

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  1. sanctimonious




    adjective UK /ˌsæŋk.tɪˈməʊ.ni.əs/ US /-ˈmoʊ-/



    formal disapproving


    › ​acting as if ​morally ​better than ​others:

  2. So broadfoot thinks fans should punish their own clubs to prove sevco are a tribute act – nice try!





    Legal advice – aye right!





    Matter of opinion – nope!







    The reason they can’t come up with a valid argument against the oc/nc is because there isn’t one.





    Has anyone ever heard a plausible story for them starting in the lowest league or why they weren’t seeded in the Scottish cup. Naw, me neither.





    They’ve had four years to at least fanny something up, but they can’t. Why? Because they know in their hearts they aren’t the same.





    Nice try mr broadfoot, but I don’t have to walk away from my club (est 1888) to prove you wrong.





    All the proof (not opinion) you need is there.





    In my opinion you might be an ebt recipient.



    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/cringe-worthy-sfa-pundits-and-fans-dont-lay-eggs/comment-page-10/#comment-2762371

  3. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    heinous crime surely … even for someone with permanent denial syndrome ?




  4. Weeminger


    You have made good points.


    I have not a clue if he is a Tim or a hun, I have a feeling he is the latter and his dislike for glibby is his overriding motivation.


    His predictions are way off, but as was said earlier, his facts are normally close to the truth, my surprise is that none of his blogs have been pulled when you consider their content.



  5. traditionalist88 on

    Keep your eye on Rummenigge. He’s ambitious and wants to change things.





    Change is a slow, laborious process. TV has skewed the game to an extent most of us couldn’t have imagined.



    Change needs to be soon and involve us. Neither is certain.




  6. Broadfoot should be fired. Surely the member clubs cannot allow a paid lackey to challenge supporters to boycott ?

  7. AULDHEID @ 11:12 AM,



    From last post…



    Thanks for the clarification, it’s difficult to recall these things from memory especially if you have a memory like a sieve, as I stated in an earlier post I stuck a document together so will try to clarify later but I’m sure you are right.



    Hail Hail

  8. OGR









    CF is a potential witness and that will remove what stopped Alex Thomson publishing all that he had from same source in 2013 ie the provenance of the material.









    As I understand it AT is waiting for the court cases to proceed before he does anything for fear of prejudicing the cases.









    That takes me nicely to JJ. He does not have the detail, I corrected him on his CO statement yesterday.









    Much of what he has published on LNS comes from SFM, some bits I could have written myself. :)









    On Res12 he has little detail so fills in the gaps and there are gaps. His filling is not always accurate either.









    The thing is (and it answer Aw Naws point) both Res12 and LNS involve 4 folk currently under indictment hence the caution that JJ ignores with .abandon.









    The one thing that can be said he is reaching a readership that dismisses everything that comes from Timmy.









    So even although he is poor on detail he is panting a broad brush picture that makes it easier to put the detail in.



    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/cringe-worthy-sfa-pundits-and-fans-dont-lay-eggs/comment-page-10/#comment-2762379

  9. Ernie Lynch



    Sevco have taken inspiration from Bill Drummond and The K Foundation, in their ability to burn millions of pounds. :)

  10. traditionalist88 on

    Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on 27th January 2016 12:19 pm






    heinous crime surely … even for someone with permanent denial syndrome ?








    Well you said ‘crime’, which raises it to the same ballpark as what went on at Ibrox… which is clearly outrageous.



    Your heart is in the right place, as they say, but you have the wrong target in your sights..which isn’t a crime btw;)




  11. THE EXILED TIM on 27th January 2016 12:21 pm



    Perhaps because the ‘facts’ are true and they don’t want that in court should they seek some form of redress for his stated opinion.

  12. Ref lead article “Keep your eye on Rummenigge. He’s ambitious and wants to change things.”





    Perhaps he could employ John Fleming and his upright band of officials who do their best to eliminate any outright advantage to one ( particular ) team.



    On that point, he has selected the Man who wrecked the Treble ( S.Mclean ) to handle the Aberdeen away game,do the Celtic Board like having their noses rubbed in it?? I dont. After a blunder !! of that magnitude he should be no where near the top flight.

  13. Broadfoot’s faith in the honesty and integrity of Campbell Ogilvie is touching if misplaced.



    He says he has no evidence to suggest it is not.



    Strange that as Harper MacLeod sent it all to the SFA Compliance Officer in Sept 2014.



    Never mind there are copies.



    If you stand by the river long enough you will see the bodies of your enemy float by.

  14. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Shareholders receiving bogus calls again re someone wanting to buy their shares

  15. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Speaking of SFA articles, article 10 Official Return states:


    Each full member and associate member shall lodge with the secretary not later than 1st June in each year the Official Return……


    Anyone know how a club which didn’t exist on 1st June could have lodged a return by 1st June…..???

  16. The arrogant guff from a nomark like Broadfoot,galvanises us,and fans of other clubs to fight for the truth and nail the Big Lie IMO.

  17. EXCATHEDRA44 on 27TH JANUARY 2016 12:38 PM



    Great news.



    Easy money to be made again following McLean’s bigoted hatred of Celtic.



    Stay tuned for more rock and roll.

  18. Broadfoot typifies everything that’s wrong with Scottish Football, a moron dressed like a dinosaur trying to hold on to a life raft many sizes to small for him, until the whole next is fumigated the game as we know it will remain dead and us just dancing round it’s grave pretending somehow it’s still alive..



    Dismantle the SFA FFS..

  19. Broadfoot, McCrea, Ogilvie, Bryson,Reagan, and the rest of that cabal, are all allergic to the truth and integrity, it’s the most bent corrupt secret society in sport anywhere in the world, and they have the backing of the country’s media.


    It’s a tough nut to crack, and don’t be kidding yourself it’s not, let’s face it, they can do what they want, and are doing just that, laughing at every football fan in Scotland, as someone said “they are answerable to no one” and I’m afraid he/she was right.

  20. glendalystonsils on




    Blatter,Platini and that mob thought the same……and look where they ended up.



    Don’t lose heart. Fight the good fight.

  21. Tony Donnelly




    The media are as much if not more of a problem than the SFA.



    They have been sitting on the anomalies of the LNS Commission in spite of being spoon fed the detail.



    Res12 suffered the same wading through treacle hurdles, a statement I can back up.



    However whilst the upcoming trials delay the truth emerging, when it does Celtic will be in a position to start making statements that actually achieve something as opposed to placating an impatient fan Base.

  22. CHAIRBHOY on 27TH JANUARY 2016 7:13 AM



    Excellent post , Sir.


    Nice to wake up to such a well thought out submission.

  23. traditionalist88 on

    However whilst the upcoming trials delay the truth emerging, when it does Celtic will be in a position to start making statements that actually achieve something as opposed to placating an impatient fan Base.





    A shame some seem hell bent on taking it out on Celtic.




  24. The upcoming trials have NOTHING to do with the illegal registration of players for nigh on a decade, NOTHING.


    Excuse after excuse for the silence from all the clubs, not just our club.


    The only weapon we have is cash, withhold the cash they will do as we say, they will listen to NOTHING else, to think otherwise is deluding yourself.

  25. glendalystonsils on




    yes it’s Scotland, and we need Scotland other clubs and fans at all levels of the game to wipe the smug grins of the cabals faces and bury them.


    Make no mistake, the huns will be back soiling our stadium and our lives next season, but they should have no more power than any other newly promoted side.

  26. Radio5 Live. That bastion of English arrogance. Tossers to a man/woman. If it isn’t the totally overrated EPL it doesn’t count as far as these clowns are concerned, even though not one player playing in it was picked by UEFA in their ‘world’ team, let alone an Enguurlander.


    All this crap station is missing is the arch balloon Adrian Durham.



    It amazes me that any Scottish Club supporter would subscribe to Sky, an organisation that has done more than anything else to cripple our football, given the obscene amounts of money poured into Enguurland. We unfortunately have no choice with the BBC.



    Must vote YES next time.

  27. Son of Gabriel on

    Havent posted in a long time and lurk far less now than I used to, but had to log in to say, very good article with an excellent point.

  28. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Awe Naw



    Sorry I wasn’t aware that anyone had warned folk off reading JJ’s blog and I admit that from time to time I can go for ages without reading it at all.



    In the same way as I can go for weeks without getting the chance to read this one.



    It was by pure chance that I learned that there was a considerable move afoot some time ago to expose JJ and myself as one and the same – which was clearly a pile of tripe.



    Apparently he is not Barcabhoy either.



    I just wish he would stick to the facts and speculated less. The facts on the GSL speak volumes – and do so loudly.

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