What Is The Plan?
Morning,all. Today sees the debut of THE EXILED TIM as a regular contributor to the articles. He has never been shy when it comes to making a point as a poster. Below,he continues that in a new role.
So what is the plan?
Is it progress in Europe, or is it just keep that wee bit ahead of the cheats and the liars? I wish I knew what the plan was,and it seems that those who run the club really don’t know what the plan is either. We can only go by what we see them doing so I can’t for the life of me see any kind of formulated plan.
Maybes there is one and I just can’t see it.
Who knows,because one thing is for sure the board are not going to tell us either way. I honestly don’t think it’s too much to ask that the support are kept informed of the ongoing strategy for the club-after all the support are the club.
Everyone understands that we are a selling club,we offer young players a platform on which they can show off their talents and if they are good enough they get their move to the more lucrative leagues and the pot of gold that most these days crave. That’s all fine, we know this, thing is this board is money obsessed-the PLC is the most important thing and the football comes a distant second. It’s a sacrifice that we have to pay for the pleasure of having a PLC run the club.
So back to the plan, we buy cheap, develop and hopefully sell for profit. On the face of it it’s a very good plan-if it’s implemented properly. It’s a great money maker for the PLC and the club get the benefit of having the PLC hopefully spend more on the coaching staff and the team-that is the theory anyways, pity that it is not always seen through. Our plan presently seems to be when a player/players are performing at a decent level and clubs down south show interest, the club immediately want to sell. It seems like it’s a case of a bird in the hand, or what if they get injured.
There doesn’t seem to be any thought of what about the next few years. What about CL qualification? Again we are going into the CL games,which are our most important games of the season,kinda unprepared and we leave no or little time for players to bed in for these games. Would it not be more prudent to plan for European football, plan to reach the group stages every year? If we do this,the domestic season will take care of itself. Sure,we can allow players their move down south but not as soon as one decent season. Allow them to flourish in Europe to play European football. Their standing, our standing will both increase and we will be able to command a far higher fee for them when we do eventually sell them, it makes economic sense.
What we are doing make no financial sense whatsoever,it’s so haphazard-it defies any kinda logic whatsoever too.
I am not being down on the club here, but we have just bought our most expensive defender in our history. I for one hope he does well. All in all, including wages, the transfer and fees we will probably have gone £12-13 mill on this fella, all the while grubbing around looking for bargains. That smacks of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing.
A squad also needs continuity. Bringing in too many at any one time may have the effect of upsetting the apple cart, it may have the opposite effect, but surely if we were planning a few years in advance then bringing in three to four each season should be the way to go.
We have a spring clean of the playing staff every so often, that is crazy and there should be no need for that.
We do struggle to attract better quality players to Scotland, the league doesn’t have a great reputation and players and agents talk. They will tell each other that Celtic players are refereed to a different standard than every other player in the league, that you are more likely to be seriously injured in Scotland due to the agricultural nature of the way players are allowed to go about their business. Our players on the other hand are not afforded this. In many ways that helps us when playing in Europe as European referees in the main are honest and fair. We could pay players over the odds to come and play for us, but IMO it would be far cheaper in the long run and even the short term to sort out the double standards that afflicts Scottish referees.
Europe by far is our largest income stream, yet we don’t seem to plan for it year on year. That I find truly incredible. This is a board who idolize money yet they don’t plan for European football? Our esteemed CEO has said more than once that we don’t plan for CL football.
WHY NOT, it’s where the money is! It’s where players want to perform.
Ask any foreign player about Celtic and they will tell you about the European nights-we are famous for them-yet the board don’t plan for CL football. Unbelievable. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad.
Maybes we need to bring in a DoF, a proper DoF,one who has free rein. One who has a budget,who is allowed to set the targets of where the team want to be, one who can take away the rigors of having to juggle the running of the club while bringing in superb sponsorship deals, one who allows the CEO to spend more time bringing in those lucrative sponsorship deals, one who allows the CEO to further the case for our club to be a part of the European stage in the near future, one who allows our CEO to spend more time in ridding the game in Scotland of the cheats and the spivs.
In the short, medium and long term it would be money well spent IMO.
I have to mention this obsession with the ten. All it does is justify the very existence of something that so many are at pains to tell us doesn’t exist any more. They exist alright. They still cheat, they still lie, they still break and bend the rules with the SFA turning a blind eye to everything. What are our board doing about it? Nothing it seems.
They have been given the Silver Bullets that were asked for-obviously in the hope that the bullets wouldn’t be forthcoming. The Res 12 people deserve our utmost thanks for keeping it going in the face of hurdle after hurdle put in their way by all of the powers within the game in Scotland. Nobody wants to know. They are making deals behind everyone’s back, deals like the 5WA, deals that keep the status quo, deals that don’t care about honesty and integrity, deals that only care about fleecing the punter, deals that make sure the tills keep ringing, deals that keep the Old Firm on everyone’s lips, deals that care not for anyone’s health and well being. Bigotry and sectarianism is acceptable as long as the money keeps rolling in.
This is what everyone has signed up for. Is it really acceptable in this day and age that bigotry, sectarianism, cheating, rule breaking are allowed in the pursuit of money? If it is acceptable to you, fine. Carry on funding them. They will happily take your hard earned and laugh at your stupidity while doing it. I’m sure that will offend some people, but sometimes the truth hurts.
Keep funding them and they will keep cheating, it really isn’t rocket science.
If Scotland has any dream of coming out of the dark ages and into the twenty first century, if it has any desire to rid the country of the sectarianism and the hate and the bile, the first thing it needs to do is ban Orange Walks. That would go a long long way to eradicating the hate that currently hangs over the game of football and Scotland in general.
Take care and God bless.
Grateful thanks for this,Keith. Some great stuff which will likely start a healthy debate. If any of our contributors wish to have their thoughts as Article of the Day,we will happily oblige. Mail it to Mahe