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  1. 15 minutes ago, Gascoigne8 said:

    Maybe in the 90s doc but you have to admit we are an SPFL level team 

    We could hold our own against top championship Sides and mid table EPl teams.We would attract  considerable inward investment in such a set up and get better players in .


    I believe we are beginning to see the beginning of the end of the all powerful hold of National Associations.They do not fit in the new economic model for  new competitive markets which will be driven by media giants.

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  2. 13 minutes ago, TheFamousPigeon said:

     I wish we could leave it.


    As the really big  European clubs look to breakaway and they will,clubs like Rangers wth a good pedigree and massive support will be approached about paticipating in other league formats far more lucrative and inviting than what we have at the moment.It is only a matter of time before we leave the Scottish domestic set up behind.Some  prominent English Champioship clubs,recognise that their current set up in terms of attracting Media money is not providing the kind of return they want.An invitation to a British Super league does not seem a pipe dream to me,not at all.National Associations  will only be involved at lower levels as the big clubs will out muscle them.It is the direction of flow and ironically this corona virus could be the spur to move it on up the agenda,

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  3. 56 minutes ago, bluenoz said:

    Rangers can confirm that First Team players, Manager, coaches and Executive Directors have volunteered to take a salary deferral for the next three months. Senior players and staff were keen to ensure that no Rangers employee suffered financial hardship during this crisis.

    Applauded,well done.

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  4. Kevin McKenna: Why money-grabbing celtic make me ashamed to be a fan



    I am one of those persistent lefties who become puce-faced fascists in matters concerning my chosen football club. It’s pathetic, really. You spend the week proclaiming the virtues of caring socialism and abjuring the ruthlessness of the free market and then Saturday comes. That’s when you turn into the lovechild of Margaret Thatcher and Augusto Pinochet.

    There are no limits to your avarice in seeking an advantage for your team; your fury is terrible to behold when one of your own has under-performed. They must be jettisoned immediately and never be allowed to wear your shirt again. You are impervious to the possibility that his wife and children might be sitting in close proximity. It’s their fault too.

    Where your closest rivals are concerned it’s not sufficient merely to gain the victory and collect the points: they must be humiliated and ground into the dust. In these games too, any questionable decision by the referee must be treated as a war crime.

    You seek out a weak player among your opponents and set about the task of undermining him at every opportunity. Very few aspects of his life are considered out of bounds: his relationships are exposed; his physical appearance and body shape are cruelly caricatured and any known personal habits are portrayed as hopeless addictions.

    In normal life this kind of behaviour would render you unsuitable to be in charge of small children and very probably the subject of a social work inquiry. But this is football and football has always played by its own rules. It has evolved its own moral eco-structure. Irony and perspective flee; hypocrisy and petulance reside.

    When you’re a celtic supporter like me you can sometimes add sanctimony to this unholy mix. Owing to the origins of my club, which was established to lift our Irish forbears out of poverty we ascribe to it the virtues of Mother Theresa. We are on the right side (that is to say the Left) of the world’s political struggles and scour the planet seeking oppressed minorities with whom to make common cause.

    At Parkhead during lulls in the action I become an amateur vexillologist trying to identify the flags of downtrodden states and small African republics and am filled with the glowing certainty of the righteous. I patronise my friends who support the ‘wee teams’ by telling them that we are bound by a higher moral code.

    I insult their intelligence by claiming underdog status even as we use our economic muscle to hoover up their home-grown talent in our quest to win every major prize (ten and counting) on offer.

    I still give this club my support even when it seems there are more Tories in the boardroom than the 1922 committee. Until recently, this board resisted paying the Living Wage to its lowest-paid employees. It refuses to tolerate any trade union activity.

    celtic has a few very rich employees who routinely earn more than £1m a year. At the other end of the wage structure they have many non-playing employees who are paid as little as the board think they can get away with. This week it chose to exploit the UK Government’s coronavirus bail-out scheme which will pay grants covering up to 80% of the salary of workers if companies keep them on their payroll.

    The scheme is primarily intended to help small and vulnerable firms survive without having to make their workers redundant. I doubt very much if it was intended to be used by cash-rich sporting giants like several in the English Premiership, the richest football franchise in the world. Like celtic, they too feel they must dip their beaks in the state’s largesse at a time of economic crisis.

    It would be difficult for celtic to impose arbitrarily a wage cut upon their highest paid players, but I’d like to think that some of the millionaires on their payroll might volunteer to accept a modest levy to guarantee the jobs and wages of the non-playing staff.

    celtic’s last set of annual results showed they had nearly £40m to play with, excluding £25m from the sale of Kieran Tierney. They have just concluded the richest sponsorship deal in Scottish sports history which won’t be far off £50m. celtic can afford not to take advantage of the Government wages scheme and leave it for much more deserving caus

    I understand too that it might seem unfair to be singling out celtic. I’d like to know, for instance, how many of those working in our richest financial institutions – those whom we bailed out in 2008 to save the economy – will forgo their massive bonuses in order to guarantee the wages of their most financially vulnerable employees.

    And the decision by senior executives of the Scottish Rugby Union merely to ‘defer’ part of their ridiculously huge salaries is also astonishing. Rugby is a minority sport in Scotland and over the last decade or so, in a very small pool, Scotland have not been very good at it. But I’m a celtic supporter and I’m simply examining the conduct of my own club.

    In matters of finance celtic always insist they must deliver their fiduciary duty to shareholders, a phrase that has become so synonymous with its directors that I expect it soon to be nailed above the entrance and translated into Latin.

    celtic is the richest, most successful and best-supported sporting organisation in the country. It exerts an influence on Scottish culture that goes well beyond football. The club itself ceaselessly proclaims it’s ‘more than just a football club’. It’s meant to convey a sense that they really are bound by higher values than mere profit, but they really aren’t.

    celtic borrowed the slogan from Barcelona who showed last week that they really are more than just a football club when their first team squad volunteered to make significant cuts in their salaries to protect the jobs and wages of non-playing staff.

    The decisions celtic and other rich sporting organisations make and the attitudes they adopt at times like this matter. People look to them seeking signs of humanity and good leadership. Coronavirus is asking us all to be the best versions of ourselves. This applies to the capricious,grasping world of football too.


     from The Herald

  5. "We are confident that football can restart in the months to come — with conditions that will be dictated by public authorities," the letter from UEFA, the ECA and EL stated, “and believe that any decision of abandoning domestic competitions is, at this stage, premature and not justified.”

    Competitions, including UEFA's Champions League and Europa League, were put on hold last month as the COVID-19 outbreak spread across Europe. UEFA working groups have been working on plans to resume competitions.

    “Their work is now focusing on scenarios encompassing the months of July and August, including the possibility that the UEFA competitions restart after the completion of domestic leagues,” read the letter sent to leagues, clubs and national associations. "A joint management of calendars is strictly required as the conclusion of the current season must be coordinated with the start of the new one, which may be partly impacted because of the overstretch.


    USA Today.

  6. EUFA have warned nations NOT to halt their seasons and insist abandonment places entry to European competition under threat.

    The football governing body issued a letter to member associations on Thursday after Belgium became the first to declare an end to their 2019/20 season.

    That move crowned Club Brugge title winners and also handed a Champions League qualifying spot to runners-up Gent but UEFA have urged against "premature termination".

    They are "confident" football can resume in the coming months and are exploring a return to action in July and August, dependent on how the coronavirus pandemic plays out.

    If the SPFL were to follow Belgium's lead, celtic would be declared title winners and earn a place in Champions League qualifying, while Rangers, Motherwell and Aberdeen occupy Europa League qualifying places.


    Daily Record

  7. We will never  bow,scrape or get on  our knees to anybody or any institution,political,sporting or otherwise  and never will ,it is not part of our  social or cultural heritage .


    I ,like all other Rangers supporters . will protect and foster those proud  ideals for as long as I live.



  8. Doncaster...Liewells regular travel companion ...will dae as he is telt.


    I note that the  Republican Tricolour Brighade were out of the traps in indecent haste to grasp the UK Government's offer of the Queens shilling for their employees.


    They could have used the reputed £30 million they have banked,so the Red Tops  and the mhanks keep telling us...or is that part of  Desmond's cash float to keep other aspects of his business operations afloat.

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  9. You would think by now he would have learned to keep his mouth shut as he constantly gets it wrong.


    He spectacularly did so with his last  attack on Morelos' behaviour  when the tables were turned on him about kicking a fellow professional on the head.


    He  talks about judgement and common sense ,two attributes he is completely  lacking.But he will get some dosh from Trinity Mirror  for this latest bit of pointless  drivel and like Sutton he thinks he is giving his pal Lennon a bit of moral support.

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