It appears so.
Dundee finally sneaked their vote into the SPFL, and the three lower leagues were concluded.
Originally a no vote, using company law they withdrew that and registered a yes instead which means that the way is now clear for the authorities, of whom it must be said have done everything by the book, to declare Celtic champions for the ninth succesive season.
For the record, there is no suggestion of underhand tactics of any kind that have made Dundee act in the best interests of over eighty per cent of senior Scottish clubs, and we look forward to their new borrow a player or two when we need it arrangment with Celtic.
There’s also some good news for the town as post Coronavirus work is going to be in short supply, and there’s news of considerable investment heading to the city of discovery….
“Regardless of what the final outcome is of the vote the thing we need most is clarity,”
“The season as it stands has got to be finished; it’s done. I can’t see any way that they can get back by the June 10 deadline and our vote reflected that.
“People are out of contract and won’t even have trained before June 10, so I don’t see a possible way this season will resume on the pitch.
“There are bigger things to worry about at the moment, and the SPFL board have a tough task.
“Clubs are voted for what suits their position, which they are entitled to do. For us the most important thing is being able to plan.
“We want to allow Brian [Rice] to plan for next season, to re-sign players and look at other players. That’s not possible if we don’t know what the budget will be for next season.
Can’t argue with that, some rascal told us that when Maitland told Rice to just gamble on what might happen, the Accies boss accused him of “taking the fucking piss “.
“We try to sign up our players so that we only have around a third of the squad leaving at the end of a season. That is the case this time, with around a third of our team leaving in June.
“That’s why we need a certain degree of certainty.”
Hampden sources have revealed Park, who replaced Dave King as Ibrox chairman last month, has written to MacLennan insisting he clarify his stance on an article in Private Eye.
The satirical magazine claimed MacLennan “hates” Rangers and has a “loathing” for the club and quoted him as saying: “Ah cannae stand the b******s”.
MacLennan, 71, has never publicly addressed the article, which appeared shortly after he took up his post on Hampden’s sixth floor in July 2017.
It’s understood Park wrote to MacLennan earlier this week, in response to a letter from the SPFL’s figurehead on Saturday night that demanded Rangers produce their evidence to justify calls to suspend Neil Doncaster and Rod McKenzie.
The Record clearly didn’t think of asking around their own office if anyone could shed any light on the issue, and it was left to the SPFL to slap the Ibrox man down.
Adidas AG was approved for 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in aid from the German government and banks, and the company will cease dividend payments as it grapples with the fallout from the coronavirus crisis.
The financing package comes in the form of a syndicated revolving loan facility, with 2.4 billion euros in loan commitments coming from German state-owned bank KfW and an additional 600 million euros from a consortium of Adidas’s partner banks, it said in a statement late Tuesday.
As part of the aid, the German sportswear maker said it’s required to stop payouts for the duration of the facility. The company already decided to stop share buybacks while managers forgo some compensation. The banks include UniCredit Spa, Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, HSBC Holdings Plc, Mizuho Bank Ltd. and Standard Chartered Plc. Adidas said it will repay any money used, including interest and fees, as fast as possible.
Adidas moved up the release of first-quarter results to April 27, saying it’s still too early to provide a financial outlook for 2020. After only taking the hit from China into consideration, the company said on March 11 that the coronavirus would cut first-quarter profit by about $500 million. The shares are down 22% for the year.
KfW launched a loan program on March 23 to help companies facing a liquidity shortage. About 2,500 businesses had applied for loans totaling 10.6 billion euros as of April 3.
Not only that, as Desi mond pointed out on our ost recent podcast-on the site now- what if Adidas cannot manufacture any replica kits ?
After all, they are hardly essential goods…
Thats a lot of money that won’t be coming in to Celtic Park.
At least now clubs can begin to plan ahead,each one within its own financial constraints. We have an opportunity to rebuild the game for the good of everyone involved, and it needs to be grasped with both hands.
Alright, it hasnt come about the way we would have wanted it to, but there’s a lot of other things right now that are more important, and that certainly wasn’t something we wanted to happen, so we must adapt and try to make the best of it.
Brave New World ?
Well, with a bit of common sense….
Yesterday, we had this…
caption two minutes efter auld jesse wis telt care homes ur safe