Nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide

“I therefore intend to explore measures to mandate greater fan engagement, and in particular measures that will seek to provide for fan consultation on key issues”
Perhaps the most important words ever written about British football almost slipped us all by this week, almost.

 

The above was part of a seven page letter which can be viewed via the link below, sent by Tracy Crouch MP who is heading up an independent review into football governance. Seven pages can be too much at times but some of the snippets cut straight to the bone, address the issues full on, and make this document HUGE in footballing terms.

 

The McLeish report was ignored during a more innocent period, some saw the writing on the wall but the actual events needed to kick-start real action hadn’t taken place. Events such as liquidation hitting one of the nations giants leading to the rule book being flung out the window.
Modernization of the game is needed nowhere more than Bonnie Scotland.

 

At long last a voice with some authority has cottoned onto the fact that unchecked power will usually lead to disaster, Enron and the banking crisis two perfect examples. Before their spectacular collapses, both shunned regulatory oversight , fighting tooth and nail for their independence as it was much more profitable. It’s too late to turn back the clock on the above crises, but football is still there to be saved,,and although it may resist, the lessons of not forcing through regulations are too recent to ignore.
With Barca in financial dire straights, and our rivals self imploding, some of the games premier derbies are truly at risk of disappearing, which might be a case of getting your comeuppance but would surely be a loss for the sport overall.

 

The Superleague proposal may have been a desperate power grab by clubs losing money year on year, but perhaps it’s most important feature was a 70 percent salary cap. That’s almost an admission from the biggest clubs that help is required on the financial front, that things shouldn’t continue as they are. Given this, those at the top of the pyramid should be open to outside assistance aimed at fixing the sports many problems.

 

Opening the game up to the people alongside stringent regulations would offer a level of security most welcome in many sector’s. Not only for owners and shareholders of clubs themselves who should no longer be the subject of wrath when 70 % max of turnover spending caps are introduced, but those who rely on the sport most for livelihood could breathe a huge sigh of relief. Bars, restaurants, takeaways, merchandise sellers and all associated staff in any given town up and down the land were all one catastrophic decision away from losing their most precious business asset, the foot traffic associated with stadium attendance.
While some talked of jelly and ice-cream upon a certain club’s death, many jobs were risked, no laughing matter at all.
Providing ordinary folk continued employment may actually be just about the best thing to emerge from that entire episode. A newfound determination to police the national sport better should have emerged but didn’t.

 

Down south is different however. The recent threat of Superleague was met with real fury and much boycott chatter, which as mentioned usually hurts the common people most, ie the voters.
‘Saving football’ may be the correct thing to do but of course it’s also a vote winner.
Keeping those constituents in long term secure employment should win votes, keeping the tax revenue from the biggest league in the world secure should win votes, and helping football fans have a real say in their clubs affairs should win votes.
There’s more than just the sports affairs on the line here, England would take steps to keep it’s golden goose healthy, and tethered down.

 

If England takes these steps Scotland must follow. The national sport desperately needs restructuring, a strong but fair guiding hand, and must act when the opportunity presents itself. Our southern neighbours can establish the framework, it needs only to be transplanted elsewhere.
It must, there’s no other choice, bar slow death.

 

Should clubs below the border truly get their house in order with tangible buy-in for supporters, the impetus falls fully on the domestic clubs to align or be left behind.
And left behind they would be for many a football fan is seeking what is being proposed in that letter.
The lobbying would be intense from the full spectrum of those involved, with many a vote there to be retained by backing the bill or lost by not.

 

This is an issue every single one of us could get behind, could help push through via every and any means necessary, then together reap the rewards.
An Independent Regulator may just also help make scenes like the yearly George Square trashing and eventual Police baiting, a thing of the past.
Our club of choice has an open goal here, for strongly and vocally backing the adoption off the fresh proposals mentioned could go a long way to help put ourselves at the front of the pack full stop, while offering hope to those disillusioned by the last decades events via a properly run game from this point onwards, scouts honour.
Our rivals might not like the fact they couldn’t run on debt under the new rules, but having gone through one death you would imagine their fans would force the issue.

 

Once these proposals are tabled in Parliament, not one but two leagues better get ready for major change.
Once this genie is out of the bottle, Scottish football will literally have nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide.
By Mahe.

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Maestro Fan

Barkas is truly abysmal. Whoever scoured him should be sacked immediately.

Leggy

Defence very fragile !!!!!

But the 2 fullbacks, can they not see the danger and cover. A couple of new ones definitely needed.

Got to say again, Christie has been Celtic’s best player first half 👏

Partizan

Olivier Ntcham has one key skill that few at Celtic park seem to have. He can receive the ball with his back to opponents, and turn and go past them. Callum McGregor isn’t bad at it, but Ntcham is definitely heads above.
If Ange wants inverted full-backs then why not try Ntcham on the right? Or ask him to teach some of the others how to turn past people.
edit
This is slightly tongue in cheek. But we need full-backs who are comfortable on the ball, and who can turn an opponent.

Billy Bhoy

Well, that was a half of two halves!

We were great for the first 20 mins. Dominated the midfield with Christie, Calmac, Turnbull and Soro linking up well and scored a lovely goal.

However, the second period – oh dear!

Barkas, Welsh, Murray, Taylor, Ralston and Soro all very poor at decision making.

Taylor And Ralston are simply NEVER going to be Celtic class. In defense and attack they are simply not good enough. Their crosses are either floated in or thundered in giving our advancing players no chance.

Not too worried about this game – and I’m expecting a 1-5 here – but we need MUCH better than this!

And Calmacs voice would put you to sleep. Put some emotion into it man!

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Christie 2-3

Abada is a real threat

Craig 76

2-3
Christie gets 1 under the bar

fan

Saltires en Sevilla
The midfield has no real shape.
Soro needs experienced defensive mid as partner.
Still can’t see what McGregor’s role is?
Neat and tidy but little forward creativity and zero defensive ability.
Would prefer 2 defensive mid’s and Turnbull in the 10 role.
Soro has talent but his body positioning needs a lot of work.
Also you can’t press properly with a striker like Ed.
We have to take the money for him and let Ange get the players who fit his system.
Don’t have concerns about Welsh and Murray as they are young and have scope for improvement especially with experience alongside them.
Christie benefitting from having a coach but can’t help feeling he’s looking to interest other clubs.

saltires en Sevilla

Fan

Cheers buddy

2-4 now another pacey counter attack

saltires en Sevilla

Is that Griff being booed?

fan

Both fullbacks are poor.
Soro was lazy getting back on 4th goal.
When Murray came across to cover where was the left fullback to fill space he vacated?
Defensive awareness non existent.

Billy Bhoy

Saltires

Yes, booed every touch

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BB

Cheers I thought it was

Maestro Fan

We’re in bad shape. That high line with that defence will mean a few painful results until Ange-ball kicks in.

fan

Too many of our players are conditioned on receiving pass on back foot.
It’s a lazy entrenched habit.
And also a very negative way to receive a pass and allows opponents time to close us down.
All to reactionary.
We need to work hard in training at receiving the ball in a more positive mindset.
If players can’t shake this habit they are no good in a positive pressing team and need replaced.

saltires en Sevilla

2-5

Craig 76

Thank feck it’s just a friendly

fan

Bitton has to be one of the worst defenders ever.
5-2 as he watches guy steer ball into corner while he stood on his high heels.

Billy Bhoy

Saltires
the booing has died down. Mainly because we haven’t been over the half way line since he came on!

CaltonTongues

What’s the point of playing Bitton?

Friendly or not this is embarrassing.

HH

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BB

I turned volume down tbh

I’m hearing he was cheered too – maybe just an initial reaction

saltires en Sevilla

Oko-flex makes it 6

fan

Ange should use Bitton in training to give our youngsters confidence.
He is a defensive calamity.
When he is not wrong side of opponent he is yards off allowing forwards acres of space and time to pick their shot.

saltires en Sevilla

What’s for dinner mum

CaltonTongues

Urhoghide?

Whoever thought he is a football player needs shot.

Whoever at Celtic thought he was Celtic Class needs his baws booted just like he’s just done to a West Ham player.

HH

Leggy

There may be trouble ahead 🎵🎵🎵

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TnfKmNRfLYU

A thing of beauty

That was a sore one. Didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know though. We need two new full backs and a new centre half. We’ve got one in but it just shows it’s too late. We also learned that there are numerous youngsters there who will not do for back up. Henderson is one of them. Nice footballer but not quick or physical enough to nail down a place, even on the bench.
We have three goalkeepers and they’re all shite. Barkas will get picked because he’s better with his feet.
Christie played well again. Today was a good shop window and he will have impressed. We’ll miss him in this system. Turnbull disappoints me. He is well rated elsewhere but I don’t see enough. And his physicality and fitness needs to improve massively.
We knew we’d take a few hits waiting for ange ball to kick in. This is just the first.

Craig 76

Celtic Celtic (Thats The Team For Me) with lyrics / Rebel Lyrics

A thing of beauty

Btw Griffiths defo got booed. Good. I’d have booed him. Not fit to represent our club.

fan

Any illusions Ange had after midweek will have been well and truly shattered.
Most of our team are not equipped for top class football.
Would rid this squad of Ralston,Boli,Taylor,Bitton,Griffiths,Odsonne,Rogic immediately..
All have a negative effect on the team.
Offer Christie who looks like he is improving under Ange a new contract and if he does not sign get rid also.
Ajeti the jury is out but unless his attitude changes he should be gone
Of the youngsters Welsh ,Murray ,Montgomery ,Robertson ,Henderson and Dembele should stay in the squad.
Too many passive posers for us to be effective in modern football landscape.
We desperately need to learn how to play on the front foot.
Soro has a good engine but positional play and timing need a lot of work.
Shaw and Urgohide have physicality but both are raw.
We need a proper general in the midfield to dictate play and organize.
Our captain is not up to this task.
I think Ange is exactly the coach we need at present for a Herculean task but will our board give him the support and tools required?

fan

Calton Tongues
Only ball he kicked today.
ATOB
Henderson has gone backwards at an alarming rate since Lennon arrived.
He has developed our back foot mentality and unless he improves will be another casualty of the Lawwell era.

ASWGL

Down to earth with a crash (more than a bump)

HH

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Fuxake,that was a sair yin.

No great surprise to anyone who had been warning for bliddy ages about our downsizing,but stillanaw.

Losing six against West Ham? They don’t even score six in training.

Much work to be done,quite clearly. Let’s hope this focuses some minds.

Craig 76

C.A.T.B. Sean South. Barras 21/09/12 / crac1888

fan

On a more positive note was at preseason friendly in Centenary season when Arsenal humped us 5-1.
That season team learne,turned it around and played great football.
Hope today has some parallels.

ASWGL

Bobby left you a draft, might be a bit ‘left field’ i dunno, if you can use it, use it,…. if not no worries.

Craig 76

McCaff if you looking in all the best for your boys tomorrow,hope you’re celebrating by 12 o’clock 🍺😀

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

FAN-A-TIC

I’ve long used the Arsenal game in 1987 as a reason to disregard pre-season. My own personal Get Out Of Jail card.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

ASWGL

Thanks,mate. Expect it Monday or Wednesday.

Star man!

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

ASWGL

Can you do me a favour please,and hold the new background for a few days? If you mail me,I’ll explain-but I think you will guess why right away.

HH

ASWGL

Bobby will do 👍

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

ASWGL

Good lad!

Maestro Fan

Club is an utter shambles. Asset stripped by our late stage capitalist Board. And still the fans reward them. Ah well.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

MAESTROFAN

Horrific what has been allowed to happen. Yet also why we have to trust in AP and Dom. At least it’s a start,we just need to see how it pans out,how much support they get.

Margaret McGill

…….on the topic of wastelands.

Craig 76

Prefer this wasteland

Teenage Wasteland by The Who / TheCenter100

Margaret McGill

I dont need to fight to prove I’m right

Gordon64

Lenny and PLs legacy has to be one of the worst goalies and defence in our history HH

fan

The club seriously needs to invest in video analysis and sports science.
Most of our players lack the basics in simply receiving a pass and positioning.
There are so many bad habits developed last few years that individuals need singular video analysis and positional coaching .
The difference good body positioning makes is huge as it allows for better control and decision making.
The young boy Robertson did well in the second half winning tackles and moving ball.
Most others looked like they were wearing clogs so poor was their control.
I have often said wit JF that a slight more diagonal position when receiving a pass would make him a much more productive player.
Young Murray when he got turned earlier in game by Antonio was because he initially squared up allowing opponent option of either side and when he overpursued to the outside it was easy for Antonio to cut inside.
That is something video analysis can correct.
Celtic should spend some serious money in the right equipment and personnel for sports science department.
Shame that BR took our guy with him and Lennon dismissed the entire concept leaving players uncoached for two and a half years in which time many regressed and with no understanding why developed some really bad habits.

Margaret McGill

Trust me. Baron Wasteland of Thorntonhall is still around and on the take.