SPFL should wait until June before calling league


Uefa yesterday signalled a route for top-flight leagues to be ‘called’, ensuring an access route to the Champions and Europa Leagues for qualifying teams.  Their official line – everyone’s official line, including Celtic’s – remains that leagues should be completed where possible, but that outcome remains highly unlikely.

When parties conflict during negotiations or a dispute, one will often have a deadline working against them.  Having taken the null and void outcome off the table, the SPFL have given themselves time, unlike their principle protagonists, who have deadlines looming.

If I was Neil Doncaster, I would wait until the final possible moment before the Premiership is called.  If the SPFL board called the league on Friday, it would be too late to provide prize money to cover April wages, but it is likely several of the league’s cash-impaired clubs will need this money to be released by the middle of next month.

I would be happy to wait until early June, when every theoretical possibility is exhausted.  Do the right thing and be seen to do the right thing.  Make Celtic wait, give football every possible chance, there is no hurry.  If the SPFL waits, their preparedness in providing for the lower leagues and patience over the Premiership will be unimpeachable.

Maybe Budge and Park could apply to the League for a loan?  Just an ideal, to help them through the period without prize money.

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  1. The Battered Bunnet on

    SPFL should start telling member clubs how to survive without income for six months or more…

  2. I’ll find you in the morning sun


    And when the night is new


    I’ll be looking at the moon


    But I’ll be seeing you

  3. Just realised my last post links both the conspiracy theory and the memorable lyrics threads

  4. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    What does that mean for people struggling to renew ST Paul?


    Surely Celtic could offer some kind of credit as it wouldn’t be fare for supporters who have supported the club to loose out in what could be a record breaking season next year ( if it goes ahead at all)

  5. BT- Yesterday, Liverpool suspended ST sales for next season, and will issue refunds for any games not played this season, something a few of us have been asking for. HH

  6. The Dutch league’s statement is interesting as is UEFAs words, they’ve not talking about awarding leagues, they are using words like cancellation and abandon. Hopefully the Dutch call the league and award Ajax and AZ as joint champions.

  7. THE BATTERED BUNNET on 22ND APRIL 2020 12:19 PM


    ‘SPFL should start telling member clubs how to survive without income for six months or more…’






    I’d suggest each club should work out what they have to do to survive if there’s no football at all played next season and prepare plans on that basis.



    It sounds drastic but it’s not improbable.

  8. Extending the season ticket renewal deadline by one month was inadequate. I suspect the Board have done this as a goodwill gesture but also to buy themselves some time. There should be more clarity on what will happen with this seasons games which we cannot attend and also how it will play out next season if its partially behind closed doors

  9. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Is Cancel the new Null and Void ? Shortbread freely throwing about the suggestion that the league is about to be Cancelled . According to Shortbread, all the other (Scottish) leagues have already been cancelled. Definitely smell a Rat.

  10. On the football front. Just read that the Germans are set to announce a resumption of top level games behind closed doors commencing the 9th May,


    On the general Economy, Varadkakar has announced over here that a detailed reopening plan will be announced shortly & from 8th May the Country will reopen on a phased basis.


    He did emphasise that Social Distancing would be the norm for the foreseeable future in everything we do.


    The overall news he gave about the virus & the number of patients fully recovered was quite encouraging.


    The dark spot was that 40% of our Nursing Homes had some level of infection and that is the reason for our relatively high death rate.

  11. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Tell that to the people of Lanarkshire , one things for sure defence lawyers excuses will be out the window as they can’t blame the Bucky

  12. SFTB



    Thanks, very informative reply.




    Let’s hope some good comes from this and the world is a better place to live. HH

  13. The Battered Bunnet on

    Ernie, yip.



    When it was originally announced that football was suspended until 3rd April, I wrote on these very pages “Which year?”



    Given the value of footballers is now zero (less than that for many), and that they will generate zero revenue for an extended period, the clubs are left with just two options: Get rid of them asap; or go bust.



    Informed legal advice describes the notion of clubs using cash from Season Ticket sales absent a season as ‘problematic’, and ‘exposing the Directors to personal liability’. It’s considered ‘unlikely’ that 3rd party credit providers would release funds to clubs in any event.



    The Football Economy has stopped. There’s no revenue, and no near-term prospect of revenue.



    Expect a slew of insolvent reconstructions coming to a league near you soon.

  14. glendalystonsils on

    Fully agree Paul . We may not get the chance to win the league on the park but by biding our time it increases the chances of Sevco slowly sliding into the sunset!




    I was similarly alarmed at the Radio Scotland sports reporter’s item about 45 minutes ago. He was pushing the Aberdeen chairman’s call for some sort of investigation. He obviously supported the idea. He wasn’t simply reporting.



    I wanted to add my hopes that SoT is fine.



    Great to see DBBIA contributing, of course.

  16. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Corkcelt- the rumour here yesterday was that pubs will be closed until December…😡,if you guys are open, I could pay you a visit,and call in to see Pat and Ger in The Friars Walk,for some drinks.

  17. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on




    Orbit can also be a regularly repeating trajectory too. Not always or tied to an orb

  18. CorkCelt



    Where did you read that about the Bundesliga? Had a wee peek and couldn’t see it. Also, didn’t I read somewhere that clubs cannot dip in to the season ticket money? A bit like a lawyer using his client account to pay bills?



    From previous thread, I am not a moon landing faker, pretty sure we landed there. Funny shades or no funny shadows.



    Interesting take on the Coved-19 power grab of sorts from old Edward Snowden. Just the 22 mins of your time.







  19. I once loved a woman, a child I am told


    I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul.

  20. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Neil Doncaster flying solo in the Response Group Broadcasting sub-division brings to mind internal audit days and the suspicion felt by some company owners about finance managers/directors who were reluctant to use their annual holiday entitlement.





    “It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright now. I’m fine with how it all went down.


    One day you’ll be where I am right now, in the revolving door.”



    Tim Fagan

  21. Paul67



    Governments that bury their heads in the sand lead to football authorities that bury their heads in the sand.



    The league is over, and the only thing preventing Title winning nine in a row Celtic and a pay out of all prize money is resentment, and delusion.




  22. I want all you skinheads to get up on your feet


    Put your braces together and your boots on your feet


    And give me some of that old moonstomping

  23. I’m sure been said on here dozens of time – the term “conspiracy theory ” was invented by the CIA and used to discredit people who were exposing their wrong-doings. Its been quite a successful tactic too.


    Now any shining a light on what maybe establishment wrong-doing your then immediately and conveniently you will be branded a ………….conspiracy theorist !



    However we like to keep an open mind and keep questioning. HH

  24. The members



    Same old boring Sunday morning


    Old man’s out washing the car


    Mum’s in the kitchen cooking Sunday dinner


    Her best meal, moaning while it lasts


    Johnny’s upstairs in his bedroom sitting in the dark


    Annoying the neighbours with his punk rock electric guitar

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