A BIG rant
The seeds of Sundays humiliation were sown when Celtic FC PLC were first informed if their business partners use of EBTs. It is well known we spoke to them regarding the issue.
The minute they were deemed tax evasion in a court of law was the time ourselves and the Dons for instance should have formed an alliance to point blank insist at the threat of a lawsuit involving UEFA that they not enter Europe.
We had the opportunity of a New Firm.
One not mired in illegality but actual adherence to the rulebook as a matter fact. Protection from Hampden wouldn’t be needed, or the masons in black.
“Rangers” could have slowly climbed their way back to the tip echelons, humbled and cowed by the New Firm at either the use of Old Firm or the claims of historic titles.
But oh no, money over morals triumphed, at after that board meeting Brother Walfrid along with my buried kin turned in their grave. A Club Like No Other got a big dagger in it’s heart from within.
Which lead to Sunday.
I woke up Sunday at approximately half time and it took time to dawn the game was on. You may just read that and shrug your shoulders but on every level that is an absolute travesty and failure. For a diehard Celt to forget the game just shows how much they’ve disgusted me.
I’ve joined the growing list of friends, mostly expats, who just couldn’t give a f@#k anymore.
This is so very ironic when you think about it. It’s actually the expats who should be desperately clinging onto that team as it’s one of the biggest and easiest lifelines to your past and family etc.
One would imagine it’s the locals who can shrug and say I can go anytime but it’s the opposite. The expats seem to have decided, and who can blame them, that those ‘Old World’ ways such as bigotry, religion and Masons dominating affairs is just a step too far when you can easy avoid it, in the main.
Back from a great time at the beach with the family with not a hint of sectarianism within thousands of miles, yet you’ve to give 90 minutes of your precious time watching ‘honest’ mistake and ‘honest’ mistake? Meanwhile the local sports have mic’d up refs explaining every situation to the interested onlooker.
I mean even the guy with the worst eyesight in Scottish football was proven a true visionary when he predicted our collapse like a ‘house of cards’.
This was publicly predicted,,it’s not football it’s literally sports entertainment World Wide Wrestling style.
No team in Scotland that has forty million in the bank loses a title, unless they want to that is.
And there’s the crunch.
It’s a fix, theres no other way to put it.
Couple for you, couple for me.
Mediocrity are we,,whose lives are pledged to Moustache.
Europe if you’re lucky, but pay up as that waiting list is swelling, didn’t you read our prefered outlets?
I have my own selfish reasons for continuing an interest in that club, that my father held so dear,plus helping establish this blog which has become a source of great pride.
But my next generation has no need of such. There’s no need to get them involved, none at all. Her grandad would have loved to have taken her to Paradise, but he’s gone now.
And if she should find herself involved, emotionally addicted to a fixed game, asking me what’s a fenian or what does go home mean, then I am likely to blame some of the people involved for that corruption, and that I will not forgive.
But until that day, upon my honour, I will not start a war with that club 😉
Ok so I sit down Sunday night having avoided the score and first thing hits me is the team sheet.
Taylor was totally the obvious choice.
Eddy I can just about understand but access after one half, and that should have meant replace at half time.
Christie for Forrest though?
Just look at our entire right hand side for a moment,,no settled right back at all and no settled right winger. We don’t have a solid replacement for an injury prone 29 year old James Forrest, a player we just can’t rely on and just see as a bonus.
Yet there’s no one takes that slot?
What about pacey hungry Klimala getting a shot? What about buying another right winger? What a joke our entire right side has become.
Jackie and Sid.
Telfer and Aiden.
Lustig and Forrest.
Toss two darts.
Well bloody done unofficial Director of Football.
We basically started the game three players down, against the best team in the land.
Laxalt, Eddy,Christie all a waste.
I would be delighted to never, and I mean that, ever see them in the Hoops again.
Why are we keeping an Aberdeen signing ready instead of our own dynamo who passes forward more?
Why okay the loaners now and what will we learn, what will that prove?
Unless we fancy buying one, why no access what we actually own?
Ralston worse than Kenny?
Taylor was an improvement ffs,,a blind man could see he was gonna give it his all if selected.
As for 35/36 year olds, ours was losing his man in dangerous situations whilst theirs was actually bombing forward scoring overhead kicks in our box, even though the tail end of a long hard season,compare and contrast.
The benches, what a difference.
We had maybes, they had real options.
We could have done with Hagi, young, skillful, direct, hungry. Roofe isn’t that much different.
We reacted to our deficiencies while they offered us a different problem to deal with.
Assembled for less money of course.
The coaches,,can’t blame John and won’t. He was up against seasoned operators, and the best tactician in the land called Beale plus the best figurehead in you know who.
I did hear John yelling at Bobby, credit marks, but that team never went out and stamped it’s authority on the game or the opposition, why not?
They didn’t look ready for battle, fully fired up,,why not?
Judging by the amount of inward and backward passes we weren’t under orders to attack attack and win this f@#king game,,why not?
I’m afraid John failed his biggest job interview in my eyes.
Which leads me to the big footy news,,Superleague.
I note the bloggers and Garry Neville’s opinion, an opinion I would point out SHOULD hold exactly the same amount of weight as any football fans, and surprise surprise I don’t agree.
My argument in three words,,
Who’s winning Superleague?
Exactly. You’ve no idea and no one does.
Unlike Italy – Juve
England – Man Shitty
France – PSG
Germany – Bayern
Spain – one of two.
Scotland – one of two.
Most leagues are predictable, Superleague won’t be, not at all, and that very unpredictability will become one of its strongest selling points, it’s something sorely missed by many fans.
One of the reason the sports fans of the globe really really enjoy the Olympics and the World Cup is because they pit the best against the best.
However when you think about it, four yearly cycles severely limits your actual playing time against world class opposition.
Injury, wrong coach, sanctions against your home nation, bad time in personal life,,a once every four years format could easily ‘miss out’ some real talents altogether.
This flawed yet beautiful festivals biggest rival to date has been a season-long side cup campaign called the Champions League.
But that competition has become all to predictable, and helped skew national leagues with it’s prize money.
It’s almost a closed shop, the only way to break in is to spend more than the regulars despite rules publically staying otherwise.
Fans of the eight, nine or ten clubs that have a real chance of lifting that trophy may be happy, as are the CEOs of all entry teams, but interest in this elite cup has peaked for the average fan, just look at the comments on match night.
Yet the idea of the best versus the best all the time seems alien to fans of the beautiful game, and I’ve yet to read a compelling reason why if I’m being honest.
National associations will be hurt,,well bandage up my achy breaky heart.
I’ve seen association after association fail the average fan, from Hillsborough to Suarez, from Tonev to 55.
They dig their own grave.
Fifa, bent as a six pound note, and even Champion of the People Platini eventually succumbed to the rot.
The games current rulers and orgs cannot preach, not one bit.
In Superleague we have for the first time in football, the best against the best, all the time.
This format isnt new, and has proven successful in other sports so why not the beautiful game?
The UFC made major gains into the fight fan market based on a ranking system which stated that the person at the top fight the number two ranked contender and not just flaff around like boxing with it’s numerous belts and step aside money for mandatory challengers.
Formula One operates on a season long campaign of the best drivers against the best, not he who has won the most domestic races sometimes competing against other foreigners in the same boat, and that sport seems to have done well out of it.
No one was yelling thats a disgrace when the top drivers signed up to go against each other permanently.
Snooker,,please forgive me and ‘our’ Jim will correct me but is the current Pot Black format not a rankings based system meaning the top ten or twenty continually play each other?
Again, where was the out cry at simply putting all the best into a league format and letting them battle it out to see who was the greatest?
As far as I can tell, that has massively benefitted that sport.
And then of course we have the American sports, all based on that very same principle. The best baseball, basketball and American football players on the face of the globe all square off against each other full time on a league basis.
There’s exceptions to every rule, but I contest these sports have truly benefited from genuine competition which in turn increases the unpredictability factor football could do with again.
Who shall finish top is far from a given deal, in most anyway.
Many of these sports are providing exactly what it says on the tin, the steps taken to negate domination by the few look to have played their part.
Many are looked down upon by football fans, despite the fact they offer lessons that can easily be learned..
So when the broken, over indulged, hype machine that is modern day football finally gets a serious proposal that will lead to an actual genuine game (remember no one could tell who would be the Superleague Champions) theres predictable outrage with terms like greed and breakaway bandied about, funnily enough the words unpredictable, exciting and groundbreaking receiving no air time.
Why is that, because it would be all of the above.
Right now we are lucky to see the top two teams in the world play each, why is that and surely thats not what football was supposed to be about.
Its the luck of the draw whether the probable top four teams on the planet will meet each other at all, the biggest matchups possible left to mere chance,,how very human ie flawed.
While the Champions League CAN provide genuine clashes of titans, with Superleague its guaranteed.
One reason I would agree with this new creation is the clear potential to raise the bar. English teams still struggle on the continent a lot, finding the differing style and better level of player hard to instantly adjust to. Occasionally a big domestic fixture pushes a European game to the back burner, and the opposite can happen,,just this season Jurgen was ordered by his bosses to play the full strength team in Europe in order to have a much better chance of winning the games prize money despite the fact the game was a dead rubber,and this decision cost Liverpool another injury they could ill afford.
When teams play against that level week after week, they cop on and tend to step up themselves.
The globes elite players rarely clash under the current system, imagine if they are concentrated in one league, continually facing and learning from each other, the potential for improvement is huge.
Football could be taken to a new level.
That opportunity should not be spurned,not for the current closed shop model.
One of the biggest arguments against Superleague is the no relegation system, very similar to the franchise NFL set up. There seems to be a misconception that this will lead to meaningless ties galore, the necessity to garner points to survive being moot.
That misses the point though.
Apart from stating the fact the Yanks are running their sports much better than football has been doing, has anyone realized that the threat of relegation is one of the biggest drivers of dull, defensive play and a safety first approach?
When your position is set in stone, your access to the riches not in the balance, membership is guaranteed, there’s really only one option,,and that’s try to win.
It’s also the more profitable option.
When viewed through the prism of supporter happiness, given the fact at a stroke many professional clubs and by extension their fans face a different reality than the one they have been almost trapped into now, the inevitable changes that arrive may not be viewed as harmful.
The fans of the English top6 teams face a massive upgrade in the quality of visiting player, whilst the fans of the rest start dreaming of glory again, something alien to most since Sky money tilted the scales unfairly.
Everton, West Ham and Leicester fans gain a new burst of life, now they all fancy adding more to titles to the trophy room.
Villa, Leeds and Burnley fans won’t face the perennial relegation battle but can rightfully dream of adding their name to the list of title maybes.
And six Championship teams with their support find themselves at a much bigger table, suddenly in the right place at the right time.
The new look top flight may look and sound less sexier without it’s usual giants, but I would wager it’s more exciting.
Real Madrid Perez tells us 40 percent of kids aren’t interested in football today, and this is an attempt to arrest that slide. That may be true to an extent, but the fact GenerationX prefers to hang out and play online is the biggest reason, not the sports general unpredictability factor being lost.
This new behemoth would truly produce ultra mega stars of a level we thankfully havent seen yet which Perez feels will capture those turning their back.
I admit that side of the business is off putting and it’s only going to get worse, the advertising and sponsorship will also reach never seen before levels to help sell this venture, it’s inevitable but the founders would argue maximizing these revenue streams is part of the new business model.
As I type this current version of Superleague looks to have been derailed through a mixture of media and supporter pressure, it truly isn’t the right time due to Covid imo, but this concept is far from dead and someday some smart chap will assemble the games best under one banner.
Best players + Best teams = Best Games
Hardly rocket salad is it?