The billions and structural change


This morning was one of those, ‘why bother?’ times.  The English game, already flooded with cash, is about to get a 70% pay increase.  Our game, already ravaged by the destruction of meritocracy over the last decade, will be ever-more firmly put in its place.

Good for the English.  They are notoriously rubbish at running football clubs but eventually there will be an amount of money which is so great, that they will become successful at it, if not actually ‘good’.  The Premiership’s bounty is historic, the trickle-down to the Football League will be eye-watering by any other measure.  The distribution to grass-roots football to build pitches, fund youth clubs and generally improve the technical proficiency at all levels, will be lavish, even if it is only 2%.

The economic impact at 20 Premier League locations will be significant.  These games are worth tens of millions of pounds to host cities each year, employing hundreds of people from security guards to Bentley salesmen.  On announcing the deal, Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, proclaimed that Burnley were currently economically more significant than Ajax, an astonishing fact.  Before the new deal!

Scottish football can cry in its Magners or we can play with the hand we’ve been dealt.  The first reaction has to be to clearly establish that Scottish football’s exclusion from riches available in the England and Wales’ football league structure is not the fault of the English (or Welsh).  In the last decade the FA Premier League made it clear they didn’t want Celtic and Rangers, but the English and Welsh FAs, or the Football League, have not given any opinion on extending their federation to include Scottish football.

The immediate problem in Scottish football, is those running Scottish football have failed to address creeping structural threats.  Those running our game are, to a significant degree, happy with their club blazer, tickets for Hampden occasions and of a Scot having a one-in-four chance of becoming a vice president of Fifa.

It may appear obvious to you and me that becoming part of the big game next door, allowing our better clubs (and I mean more than just Celtic) to compete for a place in the top league, for many of the rest to enjoy the enormously improved commercial deals available in the Football League, for the community clubs to plug themselves into the bountiful distributed benefits available over the border, and for our cities to benefit from the economic boom available for hosting a Premiership club, is enormously desirable.  Those running our game have not figured this out yet.

So don’t blame the English, our exclusion from the party is a consequence of Scottish football not asking to join the English and Welsh structure.  Until this question is asked, we’ll never know the answer and we will continue to face financial hardship, our towns will not benefit from the indoor facilities being built across Europe, and Bentley salespeople will have more time on their hands.

Scottish football needs a strategy for structural change.  Such a move would benefit the entire game here, and would benefit the Football League.  Every other response of comment on yesterday’s TV deal is just a distraction.

Looking forward to tonight, hope we see Gary and/or Stuart.

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  1. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    roy croppie



    17:48 on 11 February, 2015






    No surprise to me if this is true.





    That Rag is rotten to the core…









    If it is true, we need to take the dr to court for defamation ….simple as that

  2. Am I reading that correctly? Scots spend £220 million on sports packages? Is this verifiable?



    Anyway – the jags tonight – always my second team with the second best strip in Scotland. 4-1 Celtic.

  3. bournesouprecipe on



    Matthews VVD Denayer Izzy


    …………..Brown Biton





  4. Finally escaped and on the way to Glasgow – absolutely astounded and delighted to hear an intelligent person on Clyde SSB – Archie McPherson

  5. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    starry plough



    18:28 on 11 February, 2015



    …as long as LG is stripped ready to come on….!!!!

  6. I for one am rather enjoying Scottish Football at the minute.



    Celtic are developing and nurturing a young (and preportionally Scottish), energetic team under the stewardship of a similarly energetic, enthusiastic manager.



    There are other Scottish teams nipping at our heels. Let’s see if they can sustain the challenge over the remainder of the season.



    Despite the quite breathtaking ineptitude of the suits, with their erchies heavily ensconced in the padded chairs of the “governing bodies”, Scottish clubs are experiencing a regeneration and going about things in their own way. Let the sour faced auld eejits choke on their expense accounts.



    Der hun is deid, a dodo, a laughing stock, humiliated and washed up on the shores of corruption and cheating (poor metaphor intentional, it suits them).



    As for England and their smirking superiority complex, let them to their own devices.


    I work with a bunch of them. Terms such as “Sweaties” pepper their rapier wit still. “Calm down man, I’ts just banter you know.”



    Their shoogly house of cards built on debt will crumble one day. Just like the hun.

  7. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on

    Celtic should ban the DR as well and see how many people buy the rag then. I wouldnae use it to wipe my dog’s @rse never mind my own. Horrible excuse for newspaper.


    Just in to read the blog and noticed Monaghan had been posting from FF and the word Hypocrate had surfaced. This is a new medical device that is carried by NHS ambulances, it has several uses. It is used to transport patients who suffer from the following medical conditions:












    and occasionally Hypochondria



    Apparently doctors now have to take the Hypocratic Oath.



    I’ll get my coat.

  8. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on


  9. The hypotenuse may also be associated with the Celtic triangle, assuming it’s a right- angled one.

  10. Alfie Noakes.



    Thanks for a genuine laugh out loud moment from one of your earlier posts:




    “Mince is mince – even if you dress it up as bolognese sauce”

  11. leftclicktic16:4611February,2015



    The Catalpa Rescue: FULL VERSIONThe 1st person who brought this to my attention was our very own Kitalba





    . Thank you for posting the full versio.will catch it later after oor team diz the biz.:-)


    Hope your good big fella will catch you at the corner soon.







    South of Tunis



    Cheers for the feedback re Maradona DVD.i will get onto Gazzetta over the next few days





  12. BBC Sportsound ‏@BBCSportsound 6s6 seconds ago


    #BBCSportsound on air now; Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay- Steven start for Celtic; team news for Partick Thistle and Celtic coming up….

  13. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on

    67heaven .. challenging the lie ..i am wee oscar / neil lennon.. ipox belongs to the creditors



    18:33 on 11 February, 2015






    Funneeeeeee, lol.

  14. mike in toronto on

    guys on KDS reporting Griffiths has a knock so the team is as suggested by BSR. Looks like an attacking line up.

  15. Celtic Football Club ‏@celticfc 8s9 seconds ago


    CELTIC starting XI: Gordon; Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Mackay-Steven, Johansen, Armstrong; Guidetti (MH)


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  16. Celtic Football Club ‏@celticfc 11s11 seconds ago



    CELTIC starting XI: Gordon; Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Mackay-Steven, Johansen, Armstrong; Guidetti

  17. Celtic Football Club ‏@celticfc 25s25 seconds ago



    Subs: Zaluska, Ambrose, Fisher, Scepovic, Stokes, McGregor, Henderson

  18. CELTIC starting XI: Gordon; Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Mackay-Steven, Johansen, Armstrong; Guidetti

  19. Snake. Your logic is just wrong.



    Independence would not have made a single difference to the telly deal. In fact being part of the Union means that at least some political pressure can be exerted for a fairer deal for scottish football. In an independent Scotland that avenue would not even be available.

  20. No Jamsey or Griff


    John Guidetti will just have to fill his boots tonight :)))))


    Till later all off out tae watch The famous Glasgow Celtic