Celtic Diary Thursday April 9: A Cry For Help

Celtic Diary Thursday April 9: A Cry For Help

One has to begin to question the basis on what football clubs-or companies -are being run.


With the uncertainty around when the domestic league and cup competitions , the SPFL asked the clubs to consider calling a halt to the season.


Which would mean that positions held at the moment would, as it says in the rules, become the final positions.


Of course, one or two clubs don’t want that. It doesn’t suit them, and so therefore it shouldn’t suit anyone.


Heart of Midlothian currently sit at the bottom of the Premiership, and don’t fancy relegation. If they had put as much effort into winning games as they have into moaning about how unfair everthing is, then they would have probably won the league, and maybe the boat race, Wimbledon and the Grand National as well.


As the BBC reports;


Hearts: Ann Budge says club will not vote for SPFL plan


She said;

“This is a time to pull together to find an equitable solution for all. 

(for Hearts )

If something is right, it is right: if it is wrong, it is wrong. 

( following the rules ? )

“We will continue to lobby for doing the right thing, both for clubs and for Scottish football.” 

( for Hearts )


The report continues….


Hearts will support the members resolution that Rangers will propose to enable prize money to be distributed now without calling the league. 


( ” rangers released a statement, we’ll get to that in a minute. It’s not so much a statement, really, as a panic stricken cry for help )


As it stands, clubs have until 17:00 BST on Friday to vote on whether the lower-league campaigns should be ended, with final places decided on average points per game.


For the resolution to pass, nine Premiership clubs, eight Championship, and 15 in Leagues One and Two combined need to vote in favour. 


We know “rangers “, who need money desperately, and Hearts, who need divine intervention, won’t vote for it. Hamilton, who have a conflict of interest, will probably be the third one club, with Kilmarnock being the fourth.


The SPFL say that would enable them to pay prize money, but Budge has echoed Rangers and Partick Thistle – who would both also be adversely affected – in saying the two matters need not be linked. 


“I do not accept that this resolution needs to be passed in order to release those funds,” she said. 


Well, she wouldn’t, would she ?


“If the Government can change the laws of the land within 24 hours to cope with this crisis, then surely it cannot be impossible for Scottish football’s governing bodies to modify rules to get things done. 


“I firmly believe we must try to find a solution which ensures that no club should be penalised as a consequence of these exceptional circumstances.” 


Er, there is one. It’s in the rules. The clubs signed up to them, and if they don;t like them, they can play in another league. Rules cannot be changed to suit one -or two club.


Not again, anyway.


Perhaps Budge should consider how the rest of the league reacted when “rangers ” replaced Rangers and the authorities tried forst of all to shoehorn them into the Premiership, then the championship and member clubs were forced to deny them, largely because supporters demanded the rules were adhered to.


She may be about to find out that what she wants is at odds with what the wider fan base wants, and the more she keeps repeating her selfish demands, the more she will lose respect and any support she may have.



Hearts aren;t the only ones in trouble, of course, but they are the only ones moaning about it.


“rangers ” aren’t moaning about it, they’re positively screaming, and have even come up with a little soundbite that they hope will catch on and put pressure on the SPFL.





Their statement, as usual badly thought out and presented, should lift the spirits as you read it…


CONSIDERING the current circumstances and increased speculation surrounding the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on Scottish football, we felt it is incumbent that we provide clarity in relation to our position. 


I’ll clarify that bit-“We’re fucked ”


For the avoidance of doubt, Rangers firmly believe that the 2019/20 season is only complete when all 38 games have been played to a finish. 


Ah, good, so we can wait until then ?


Nevertheless, we are conscious of the ongoing financial hardships faced by many clubs within the Scottish game. 


Us. And Hearts.


No business is immune from the impact of Coronavirus and we were proud of our players and senior staff’s voluntary decision to defer their wages to ensure job security for their colleagues at Ibrox. 


Especially us. and Hearts. And Hamilton when our new gaffer tells them they are.


Furthermore, many clubs urgently require financial support to maintain cash flow and allow them to survive this current impasse so they can return to normal business when the current government lockdown is relaxed. 


Normal business at Ibrox involves losing lots of money, and they haven;t got any at the moment to lose.


It is important to recognise that these clubs across all the leagues are now in a financially precarious situation. 


Not as precarious as we are.


As a club, Rangers will immediately propose a member’s resolution which would release prize money to be distributed to all clubs throughout Scotland urgently. 


Us first. Then Hearts.


We believe that this is the priority in the present circumstances. It is vital to show respect for all clubs across the Scottish game, regardless of league position or financial standing. We must work together with a unity of purpose for the betterment of the Scottish game. 


But mostly us. And Hearts.


We are also acutely aware of other issues which are less pressing but, are forming key parts of the football narrative in Scotland. Nothing is more important than protecting the future of every club in Scotland as we are cognisant that this has a direct impact upon people’s livelihoods.


We’ve lost one club over here, we think we got away with that, but if we lose another one, someone might start asking questions.


It is abhorrent that certain clubs could be unfairly relegated if the current SPFL proposals were implemented. We must future proof the Scottish game. 




Any restructure of the SPFL or other solutions to the current impasse must be afforded time to scrutinise in detail and consider all options. The consequences of forcing through change without due care and attention will have severe consequences for the Scottish game. 


One change would be another Ibrox club going to the wall.


Scottish football must work together for the common good of every club, their staff and supporters. 


Us. Hearts, and probably Hamilton.


Any attempts to railroad changes to existing rules or run roughshod over corporate governance will be opposed in the strongest possible terms. We must allow decisions to be made in a rational, fair and balanced manner. 


Fair and rational for us. fuck everyone else. Except Hearts, and probably Hamilton.


In the meantime, we expect clubs to support our member’s resolution which will provide financial support to those who need it most.  


Us. And Hearts.


Effectively, they don;t want to play out the season, but are demanding it is, though they want the money they would earn for finishing second now, even though technically they are not assured of that position.


As soon as Peter Lawwell has finished laughing, he may decide its time to stop allowing basket cases such as “rangers ” and Hearts to stop driving the narrative.


It’s embarrassing.


What concerns me, and should concern others, is that supporters are being told that their clubs are going down the tubes after a short period of inactivity.


One might be tempted to ask what they have done with all the money, and maybe the first job for clubs is to perhaps tighten their belts a wee bit….instead of screaming for help at the first sign of a problem.


What if circumstances dictate that there is no more football this year ?


No one can say for certain there will be.

Throwing money towards badly ran businesses is not going to help.


Indeed, when al of this is over, you may find new owners in the shop around the corner, or even a completely new business taking over the premises.

That’s unavoidable, and football clubs cannot be an exception.

There will always be a demand for the game, and we may see an entirely new set up when it all starts again.

Perhaps those clubs will be better run….


“rangers” can, of course, depend on a minority of their support to tuck themselves fully behind them.


Thats because a significant proportion of them are detached from the reality outlined above.


Such as this chap…








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