Road to Nowhere
Get outta dodge ?
Good Lord I would love to . When I watch Celtic play in Europe the thought strikes me , in true Jim Bowen style , heres a look at what you could have won !
Refs that arent against the Tims,,,opposition who for the most part want to actually play and are good if not better quality ,,, no songs by opposition fans that are banned ( hopefully ) etc etc .
But its a pipedream isnt it ,, if the club could they would have right ? And besides youre not allowed to just up sticks . Brexit ? Where ? When ? With them ?
Well there has to be will first and foremost . This article claims the club have tried and failed before this attempt. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2009/nov/12/celtic-rangers-premier-league-rejection
Where he gets that info I dont know but I certainly have never read of a serious attempt at upping sticks and even the attempt in the article was initiated by Boltons desire for financial stability . Although the CEO sits on the board of the supposed influential ECA I dont see us using our influence or asking for their help . After all we are the victims of a huge swindle whilst sitting at that table , being there has been no use soo far . Seems unlikely then we would ask for their help in backing our case to move. No, theres no visible moves in getting away .
That leaves us waiting on change, as usual. Boardroom and / or the game in general , surprise surprise.
Could we ? This is tricky. The simple answer is we dont know . No club has ever went to the governing bodies with evidence of corruption from its rival plus the domestic governing set up resulting in fraud and tax evasion. Well none that I am aware of . Thats a hell of a good start of your argument to allowed to leave. Armed with that dossier who knows. One thing though, the Rangers can hardly be allowed to share the path out also if their cheating and protection from the consequences is a huge part of why we wanna go. No , I say they do whatever to eff they want to,,away from us. Forever.
That dvd of the refs mistakes would help enhance your case also surely.
So I think maybe due to extraordinary circumstances?
Getting the case heard would probably be the hardest part as some would go all out to keep their skeletons tucked away in that closet. The Scots at the governing bodies headquarters would use every trick in the book you can bet your bottom dollar.
Is there Precedent? Aye theres many many teams from one country playing in anothers league. Canadian teams play in the Usa league , New Zealand team in Australian league, English in Scotland , Scotland in England .
As far as I can see the most recent involved Russia and Ukraine. They agreed to completely merge , associations , clubs , the lot . This was ended by a war you will probably remember but not completely ended. 3 Ukraine teams played out their season , dissolved , and were reformed as new organisations UNDER THE RUSSIAN FA then accepted into their league as such.
It was all obviously prearranged and those teams in effect died and started again in a new country. That was only 4 years ago so thats pretty recent precedent.
Cant see many Tims going for dying though,,,no star on top of the badge just wouldnt feel right .
But theres a lesson there , where theres a will theres a way . They managed to get their move, on terms we wouldnt like but they got it in the end . Well it seems that way though Ukraine FA are suing all parties concerned at what they see as getting the wrong end of the stick
Where ? The home stadium would have to remain where it is in order to continue to be Glasgow Celtic obviously . And the reality is you can be almost anywhere in Europe within three hours of flight from Scotland . There are not many travel barriers as in getting players there wherever there is. Fly in chartered day before , nice quiet hotel , fly home after game . Standard European away game protocol would apply , only a lot more often but thats doable. Football will work out a deal as far as Brexit is concerned I have little doubt.
As for selecting the league / country well you tell me . All anyone can do is speculate and put forward their league of preference based on whatever .
The potential new home would have to vote us in. They MUST want us.
Could be tricky but then again,,,,
Youve all read that list of tributes to the wonderful atmosphere at Celtic Park, who wouldnt want that ?
Surely adding a giant club to your league gives you more bargaining power with the TV companies ie more money all around ?
The away fans that may visit cities in your homeland have an excellent reputation and dont cause trouble .
Theres more and in essence we would bring a hell of a lot to the table also , if viewed from the correct angle that is.
England ? Go down and beat them at their own game. It would also guarantee the big one of staying in your home stadium. I could well see that being the sticking point for many a potential suitor league never mind Uefa .
The last time it was tried , that time where the Bolton chairman brought it up at a meeting , it flopped . However things could well go different . Join the lower leagues and the Prem clubs dont have a say. We raise the profile of the divisions on the way up. Biggest stadium most would ever play at not to mention crowd.
If the choice was yes but start low and work up I for one would welcome that. Thats 4 years top ffs , blink of an eye . Sure might cause a drop off in tv money for a while but thats the price you pay and can be prepared for. Holland would deffo be out after what that shower of s%#@e Ajax did to us home and away . But wherever we ended up it would be better thats for sure .
When ? if the suits thought they could they would , wouldnt they ? Sure the share price would sky rocket wouldnt it ? I have no idea if they do like the sound of it but based on the fact they were involved before I would say they would be open to moving . I suppose the 10 still hanging there to be fought for will stay any actions . Also we know the club can make a profit in its current climate so there is no rush . The pair that control the club in the main are also older which leads to being less risk averse , unfortunately for those of us who crave action. So not any time soon is the answer unfortunately.
With them ? You just know the minute anything breaks their name will automatically get attached to the endeavour. And the potential host league could well see the dreaded Old Firm as twins in essence , no one without the other scenario . Worst case they are part of the deal . I can actually see the press in Scotland getting behind that one even though the league would be losing its biggest assets . But like I said I want nothing whatsoever to do with them. Switching leagues with them would be forever saying we are joined at the hip. Still we would see fans go to their crumbledome and probably stabbings or more blindings on derby day . Would make it bittersweet . Not for me.
Adoption ? We know any large team could buy a small team somewhere else and “ adopt “ them but its done more for strategic purposes and not desire to cement presence via the host club. THink Man United and Standard Liege. The smaller club gets the benefit of having a larger friend . What we would be looking at is in effect a purchase and rebranding the host club . Thats easy enough and the fella Tan did it at Cardiff .
Again we would be looking at something different , rebranding on a scale not yet done . If I am correct here we would leave a colts in Glasgow at Parkhead but the main team would be the new one for instance down south where the fans are expected to attend that stadium , form a bond and see them as the new “ us “ whilst travelling up the leagues to the top of the Prem ?
Sounds a bit far fetched to me and try selling that to many .
You can see the first question is “Hows that Celtic” and what do you say to that ? And what constitution does the new club have ? More profit ? Charity based ?
No cant see the adoption route being popular enough.
So it seems the answer is no we are not moving of our own accord,,, the suits will wait for change and react to it. Huns go bust maybe ? ( there will be another if needed now death doesnt matter ) Or the Sky/ BT / EPL bubble bursts ? The same bubble thats been bursting for 15 years now ? Keep waiting.
If staying and being one half of the Old Firm will fill the stadium and sell the season books change is the last thing that will happen. Were on the road to nowhere.
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