Wigan first to drop in football’s great structural change


Wigan Athletic yesterday were the first to fall into administration in the world’s most financially vulnerable league, the English Championship.  They were mid-table and on a winning streak, so if they can find the money to complete their remaining games, there is a chance they will avoid relegation, despite the points deduction.

With former owner, Dave Whelan, still alive and still rich, they are probably better placed to recover from this than most in the Championship, but I doubt Dave is prepared to cover years of contracted losses to fill the bank accounts of players.

If the great structural change in football that Celtic fans have been waiting on for decades does not happen in the months to come, it never will.

Most players in the English Football League have had their wages deferred, while some have been furloughed.  Taxes have also been deferred, so the crunch lies ahead.

I am not a Mike Ashley fan but the manner in which he trolled yesterday Newco was spectacular.  Sports Direct’s Facebook page announced Newco strips would be available exclusively from the retailer they continually believe they were rid of.  The club statement that followed was an excruciating attempt to confirm nothing while not contradicting a word of the Sports Direct statement.

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  1. The hand of God on

    Majestic Hartson…hopefully will see you on board soon ..if I zoom past you stop me for a 1 metre + chat….have you moved from Ayr ?

  2. Good morning, friends, from a dry (at last!) bright and breezy East Kilbride.

  3. The Hand of God:



    ` a fair percentage`



    The % will be the only thing fair` about them !

  4. The Hand of God, yeah most likely we did know each other I was a New Scheme Bhoy, lived next door to Frank MacDougall’s Aunt. Lost touch with most of the guys in recent years

  5. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    02/08/2020: Hamilton Accies (H) KO: 4.30pm


    09/08/2020: Kilmarnock (A) KO: 4.30pm


    12/08/2020: St. Mirren (A) KO: 6pm


    15/08/2020: Aberdeen (H)


    22/08/2020: Dundee United (A) KO: 5.30pm


    29/08/2020: Motherwell (H)


    12/09/2020: Ross County (A)


    19/09/2020: Livingston (H)


    26/09/2020: Hibernian (H)


    02/10/2020: St. Johnstone (A) KO: 7.45pm


    17/10/2020: Rangers (H)


    24/10/2020: Aberdeen (A)


    31/10/2020: St. Mirren (H)


    06/11/2020: Motherwell (A) KO: 7.45pm


    21/11/2020: Hibernian (A)

  6. Hrvatski Jim on

    Camusbhoy and Hand of God



    I was in the same year and team as Frank McAvennie at primary and secondary. I lived in Ashgill Road in the section right in front of the school playing fields.



    I played briefly with Frank McDougall for St. Agnes’ Boys Guild. This was the nadir of my football career. I was not up to fitness and managed 2 own goals in one half. I was too embarrassed to go back even if they would have had me.



    Other notables around the time I was at secondary were Tony Higgins and Tommy Sermanni.



    Augie, Augie, Augie


    Oi, Oi Oi

  7. theBHOYfromU.N.C.L.E on

    Sevco at Aberdeen first game………….fix is in from the outset.

  8. Celtic’s run-in to the first game against Sevco is kind. We could be rolling into that game with 30 points out of a possible 30.

  9. The fixtures are ok. Sevco is the last match of the first quarter, that’s what Lenny wanted.



    However, we play Aberdeen, Hibs, Livi, Motherwell and Sevco at Celtic Park in the first quarter. If they’re closed door games or partial attendance then our home advantage in our toughest league games will not be at its maximum.



    Overall, I’m happy. I see a good chance to start off the season with a classic Lennon wins run.

  10. Hand Of God P.I. :)



    Good man! That was well worked out, and I’m not even sure how you did it…



    I am currently staying in Hamilton but think I will be moving back down to Ayr to be closer to the kids.



    I’ll give you a shout if I see you.

  11. An Dun,



    On the other hand, the absence of old codgers standing in the south stand food queue complaining loudly could be an advantage for us :)



    Big pitch, beautiful surface, fitter professionals and a motivation for 10IAR? I expect us to hit teams for 6….

  12. Big Wavy



    Yeah, I think it’s good for us. We should be aiming for maximum points up to Halloween. It’s a big ask when you throw in the European games but if we could do that then I think we’ll have taken a big step to the ten.

  13. Hebcelt


    Your wish seems to have come true at 2.52, 2.54 and 3.03.



    Hail! Hail!

  14. Happy enough with that start although, as Champions, I thought we would be kicking off the season on the Saturday. I take An Dun’s point about playing all 5 other (provisional) top 6 teams at home in the first quarter…….good thing or bad??? Aaccchhh……just steamroll them Bhoys!

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