SPFL will move with the herd, isolating angry losers


We received clarity from Uefa on some important issues yesterday and not on others.  Access to the Champions and Europa Leagues next season will be granted only on sporting merit.  This finally nailed hopes of the Null and Void Loyal.  If a league was declared void, its standings and results would not hold, so no sporting merit could be determined.

If Newco want access to the Europa League qualifiers, they need the SPFL to award a winner and second place, despite their protests.  Our old pal Cognitive Dissonance must keep them awake at night.

It is clear from the Uefa statement they have listened and tried to accommodate several scenarios.  Where titles are close, like Italy, where Lazio narrowed the gap on Juventus to a point, Uefa suggest a play-off system could allow chasing teams to make up the difference.  AZ Alkmaar trail Ajax on goal difference but the Dutch league is expected to call a halt to the campaign as early as today.  There are no truly satisfactory closures this season, least of all for Celtic, who will be denied a title winning game.

What we didn’t get was a hard deadline on when teams have to be nominated for European competitions.  After discussions with Uefa, the Italian league extended this season’s Serie A to 2 August, so we know for sure the European draws cannot take place until after that date.

I expect we will see European leagues synchronise their moves; there will be no incentive for any radical undertakings.  Those without rabid losers will be first to call time, the SPFL will move with the herd, as it should.  Then those who called for independent investigations into why the SPFL acted the same way as the rest of Europe will look like the angry losers they are.

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  1. Thank heavens B&Q is open, can get disinfectant to inject the family, and keep us all safe 👍

  2. Greetings from West Wicklow. The Sun is shining, the lakes are shimmering, and Celtic are the Champions !

  3. What CL and Europa competitions? Let’s just crack on and pretend next season will go ahead as normal.

  4. Hi Carpet Crawler !



    Note you state that you’re located “West Wicklow” but wonder how close you might be to Aughrim where I’m now exiled away from Bonnie Scotia ( with Irish wife and kids of course !! )







  5. Charliebhoy



    A good drive away I’d say. Im close to Hollywood, a little place called Valleymount.


    As a Dub I keep meaning to get down to Aughrim and support my third team ( Celtic, Dublin, Wicklow !!)

  6. In previous seasons we’ve started our CL qualifying in mid July.



    Any word on how UEFA propose to deal with these qualification games ?



    Are we looking at a delayed start to the CL group stages next season ?

  7. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Love the Trump jokes.



    And looking forward to four and a half more years of them .




  8. lets all do the huddle on

    i dont know who is more stupid



    trump for suggesting that ingesting disinfectant can help with the virus



    or the idiot journalists who have been phoning up the makers of Dettol and asking them if it is safe to do this



    fekin muppets the lot of them

  9. AD- I think due to the situation, I am hoping there will be no Qualifiers,and there will be more Groups,and we will go straight in.

  10. ” SID on 24TH APRIL 2020 12:15 PM


    What CL and Europa competitions? Let’s just crack on and pretend next season will go ahead as normal.”



    That`s how I see matters as well.





    Which August?

  11. Trump’s latest speech displays the hallmarks of someone completely detached from reality, he might be an unwitting participant of a 2020 version of the MK ultra program. Seems as plausible to me as the alternative.



    All imo obvs




  12. CaddingtonCommon on

    Baca ,


    Just picked up your joke re the Donald. Brilliant and he was called out by a reporter from the Washington Post. The Donald immediately reverted to type and called the reporter a faker. At least I think he said faker.



  13. https://kassiesa.net/uefa/calendar2020.html



    Normally this site is very up to date with information about the Euro competitions, seedings, coefficients etc. It still shows the draw for the 1st and 2nd Champions League Qualifying rounds as 16 and 17th June.



    It would take UEFA to move these dates back 6-8 weeks, to give the SPFL a cats’s chance in hell to complete fixtures behind closed doors and that would depend on the Scottish Government and the players union agreeing to play, neither of which is on the agenda at present within that timescale.



    My first ever game at Celtic Park was Celtic 5 St. Mirren 0 on 7th December 1968.



    Celtic 5 St. Mirren 0 on 7th March 2020 looks like being the last game I will see at Celtic Park for a very long time. 51 years and 3 months of regular (or fairly regular) attendance is an abeyance.

  14. I reckon it’s about 50/50 TBB. I think it will depend if we are hit by a second wave of the virus and if so the severity of the 2nd wave.


    It is dangerous to make assumptions but over here the experts are telling us that the virus has been successfully suppressed in the Community.


    Our problem now is the Nursing & Residential Care Centres and all efforts are now going in that direction,


    There is of course the danger of cross contamination from there back out into the Community but hopefully that can be contained.


    I reckon the UK is about 7/10 days behind us, we are very hopeful that restrictions will start to be lifted May 8th. so in the UK likely a week later.

  15. Celtic have played this perfectly from the outset. As the team with the most to lose there was no point in us alienating neutrals with ‘poor me’ talk. Instead, leaving it to those looking to gain something unfairly has highlighted just how out of steps the 2nd best teams in Edinburgh and Glasgow were.



    We’re now in the lap of the Gods and of scientists. Football rightly takes a back seat for now, but there will come a time we will have to return and that will most likely be towards the Autumn. I don’t see fans getting access until into 2021. Tis of course represents major cashflow problems for every single club in Scotland and Celtic, whilst best able to support, need to start looking at how to maximise the income streams without fans being present.



    One way could be a TV Season ticket at £ 10 per game rate, the other could be asking to retain season ticket deposit revenues in the accounts for up to a year with the likelihood of streamlining the business whilst retaining our top talent from both on and off the field on reduced salaries but with earnings ring fenced for future payment once normality returns.



    A lot of hard decisions will need to be made, but the main thing here is the survival of our fans and our Club.

  16. CORKCELT on 24TH APRIL 2020 1:03 PM



    ‘It is dangerous to make assumptions but over here the experts are telling us that the virus has been successfully suppressed in the Community.’






    Suppressed because of the lockdown.



    The virus is still there and exponential growth will kick in again once the lockdown is ended unless herd immunity has been achieved (which is hardly likely).



    It’s going to be a marathon not a sprint.

  17. THE BATTERED BUNNET on 24TH APRIL 2020 12:44 PM


    ‘Emdy setting odds on whether we’ll be playing football by August?’







    August 2021 will be nearer the mark than August 2020.

  18. Sevco know they are going into Admin or worse.


    Their only motive now is to prevent Celtic from being crowned champions for as long as possible, perhaps even hopeful that the whole of the SFA will collapse and thereby prevent Celtic from ever being awarded the title.


    Their view, if we are going down we will take everyone else with us!!

  19. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on



    Love the Trump jokes.



    And looking forward to four and a half more years of them .







    Four and a half more years, another belter! Keep them coming bhoys!




  20. What is annoying the Huns so much is the fact that all they had to do was keep pace with us after Christmas, just stay level, they didn’t even have to be better than us. This would have given the authorities a real headache in deciding the league and would have given their cries for sporting integrity some credibility…. It would have been difficult for us to claim we deserve the title



    They couldn’t even do that, so it’s business as usual i.e Celtic will be the champions




  21. Yesterday saw the birth of our newest grandson.


    Whille the dark cloud remains, we will see him through my daughters window.


    That being said, all are hail and hearty and when the dark cloud dissapates, he will be the most kissed and hugged baby in history.

  22. If you pray, please pray for the repose of the soul of a wonderful Celtic supporter who passed to his eternal reward yesterday.. Father Michael Clark was a Pallottine Father. A few years after ordination, it was discovered that he had MS. He spent the last thirty five years or more confined to bed. This did not stop him being interested in all things Celtic. By means of TV and radio, he followed his heroes. He learned this love of the bhoys from his father Herbie who was, in his day, a member of the Greenock Celtic Supporters Club.



    Father Michael died on the anniversary of his mother’s death. No doubt, she was waiting for him at gates of the Eternal Paradise. Rest in peace, Father Michael, and

  23. This is what the world has come to………………..








    ‘Improper use of Disinfectants


    Due to recent speculation and social media activity, RB (the makers of Lysol and Dettol) has been asked whether internal administration of disinfectants may be appropriate for investigation or use as a treatment for coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).



    As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route). As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information.



    We have a responsibility in providing consumers with access to accurate, up-to-date information as advised by leading public health experts. For this and other myth-busting facts, please visit Covid-19facts.com.’




  24. UK Government says pubs will allowed to open from next Friday. This is the timescale the government calculates it will take for public houses to replace their stock with Domestos, Dettol, Toilet Duck, Cif, Flash, Mr Muscle and Cillit Bang. They will however be allowed to use their current mixers if still in date. A spokesman for Wetherspoon’s has stated that they will be restocking with cheaper brand British products to enable them to keep their prices lower than any other pubs.

  25. Why Trump is not and was not told he was talking utter crap by his medical people in attendance is beyond me, no job is worth keeping when you need to keep quiet about the rubbish he is spouting.

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