Which Way Now For Celtic & Rangers?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. I agree that this is the beginning of the end, although I personally don’t think it will take Gartside although to convince the teams closest to Bolton in size to come on side. The EPL is may be awash with cash but most of the clubs are pulling off a level of financial chicanery that would make Fred Goodwin blush.

    Some of the comments this week have given a few pointers that things will start to move: Bain putting a timescale on things, Lawwell talking about moving through the English league etc.

    As for not standing in their way? I think the SPL clubs would much rather see them stay. If not then there has to be some form of compensation deal put in place. I think Stephen Thompson’s comments proved that the compensation question is now beginning to focus SPL minds on the issue.

    Not a done deal yet but I don’t think it will be too long before it happens. http://bit.ly/ZoJPb

  2. Iain says:

    The thing is, so much of the ‘The SPL would be less well off without them’ is a myth. The TV revenue deal may be £13m a season, but the Old Firm take the lions share of that, with the other 10 clubs taking what they can get, basically. The same too for sponsorship and other commercial opportunities – by virtue of their size, scale and permanent league position the lions share of money goes to the gruesome twosome.

    The other SPL clubs accept this, though, because they feel it’s better than nothing – as evidenced by the panic during the seasons the league was off air while the whole SPL TV debate went back and forth. But ultimately none of them benefit – how many clubs outside of Rangers or Celtic actually spent money on transfers during the summer? There’s no money sloshing about the game even with the ugly sisters involved.

    Removing the Old FIrm from the league would force the rest of the SPL clubs to take a more realistic approach. Yes, the TV money would dry up initially, but BBC Scotland or STV would strike some kind of deal sooner rather than later, and it’s unlikely the clubs would lose out too much in the long run. League restructuring, to increase the size of the SPL and make both the season and the competition more interesting would be required. A fundimental shift in the direction and development of Scottish football would be required if Celtic and Rangers leave – regardless of where they go – and god knows the game up here desperately needs that.

    As for them going to England – good luck to them. We like to delude ourselves that our fans are the best in the world up here but recent away days from both halves of the Old Firm have shown otherwise, and I’m sure Manchester’s finest would welcome another visit or two from the Ibrox Loyal. The clubs may bring a huge national and international fanbase, super stadia and pedigree, but they also bring the sectarian nonsense that has dominated and polluted the Scottish game for too long. Would the Premiership be as tolerant as Scottish authorities have been? Quite honestly, by taking the Old Firm, they’d be doing us all a favour.

  3. I disagree, A revival of the north atlantic league is the way forwards. But a more creative way.
    Just cut down the number of games in the spl to 22 a season from playing eachother just twice a year then use the extra weeks for a west european super league with teams from all the small nations of western europe creating a new league with promotion and relegation.

    This would allow a dual league system to develop where you can have a team in the scottish and west european league.
    This dual system would ensure the old firm could still get eurupean trophy football trophies in domestic football plus matches against bigger sides such as Ajax and PSV.
    The first half of the year would be the scottish then second half the european league, Smaller scottish sides could still qualify to play in this league through a qualification tournament. .

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