No, but yes

Twelve clubs with a squad and a pitch, 11 men each on the day with three subs max, play spread over three quarters of a year, a bunch of refs and a rule book,,viola anything can happen, and usually does.
The basics of our pastime, we are so very used to, we enjoy it so much we annually long for the cycle to begin again.

 

The season started that way, and now at the halfway stage it’s tinker time.
Seriously?
Changing the rules halfway through is so very unsporting,
It’s very Scottish football.

 

5 subs it is then from any of the nine available, the matchday squad now up to a whopping twenty players. Twenty players!
There’s often fewer available once injuries kick in at our giant with it’s B team needing numbers also, obviously the same scenario across the city.

 

I can imagine smaller clubs simply making up the extra numbers with youth which might sound great for a kid to be in the matchday squad however a bench is no substitute for the lower level football where he could be playing and learning his trade.
Earning a first team spot has been diluted, literally. Knowing stories of Chairmen, he probably won’t get a bonus for making the matchday squad, sorry son news rules and all that.

 

Covid is of course at the heart of the issue, but please forgive me for being sceptical. More players offer more options.
More options means more chance you can influence the game in your favour.
No manager would turn that down, but then some clubs did.

 

It’s also very Scottish football to be split on the issue, quarter against as a matter of fact. A small voting block now established, and I think we all know who’s the leader of the pack. This kinda pours scorn on the Covid rationale, and helps me believe finishing positions was the main driver in this vote.
It’s really not important though, what’s done is done, it’s five subs from here on.
I’ll state for the record I’m surprised such an important decision did not require a unanimous vote,,changing rules mid season is no small matter.

 

So based on principle, the silly numbers of extra players now added, the prospect of stoppages then added time getting ridiculous, throw in a dollop of tradition and I must say no, I don’t agree and would not have voted for this change.

 

However,,,

 

When you give it some thought, there are possible benefits from a Celtic perspective.
Ange wanted it, more strings to his bow of course he did. Livingston would much prefer only three fresh problems to nullify, Ange has five ways to change that game now.

 

Why would our title rivals vote against the measure when they also gain an extra two options for victory? To hurt others via less options for victory against them or ,, well it can’t be sporting integrity so what’s the alternative? Traditionalists? It’s an option and Lord knows they love repeating history, but there was no statement to deliver that viewpoint to their support so I must discount it.

 

Let’s face it, we do have options now. Our match day twenty (Jock used to look at 12 men 11 plus a sub now it’s almost double, he would be incredulous) is the finest in the land, we can fill ‘all’ those seats in the dugout (are there enough for this malarkey?) more than likely without dipping into the youth but with true first team ready players.

 

Easing a player into the side just became a lot easier, many a man would have gotten a run out only all three substitutes had been made. Now the manager can actually plan to give a final fifteen to Big Jules for three games in a row before contemplating a half.
Now Kyogo can win us the game and sit back, literally.
The extra two replacements offer many different options, so it’s understandable teams top and bottom envisage a benefit, not a muddle of too many bodies.

 

I can’t refute the fact that witnessing 16 players represents better value than witnessing 14, there’s two extra opportunities for a new hero to emerge, and the viewer has a higher chance of witnessing an impact from the bench later in the game to help stretch the excitement, so there are a few benefits.

 

For once I shall sympathize with the nations sportswriters who face the prospect of rating 32 players out of ten, but then again they’ve another four possible post match interviews available.
As far as I know the hacks aren’t coming down on this decision, therefore they are backing it. I wonder why?
Realized GVB needs as many chances as possible to win? Sounds about right to me.

 

So okay it’s a Yes then also.

 

My final words on the subject, the kitman better get a pay raise.

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CRAIG76

Rarely been so glad to see the back of a player like I was with Viduka. A huge disappointment.

jimthetim53

“Rarely been so glad to see the back of a player like I was with Vodka. A huge disappointment.”

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All the talent in the world,but his attitude sucked.

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Bobby, LOL 🙂 Did you notice something about my C&P ?

The spellchecker changed Viduka to Vodka!

Craig76

Bobby
I agree his attitude was rotten on the plus side him leaving made it possible for Sutton to join so worked out ok for us

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CRAIG76

True. I think we got the best of that deal!

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Big Packy
Thoughts with Joan and yourself today.
YNWA HH

jimthetim53

Old dirty

Sounds like you’re in love Jimthetim53.

Old dirty

Sorry that was puff puff … McCaff changed my name again .

jimthetim53

Old Dirty, I love Love. The thought of it. Keeps us all alive.
Including you!

You know how much I love music. When there is love in it…………..get’s to my soul.

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Puff puff

Awww sweet man .
Keep them coming just having a late lunch and a glass of wine after watching my team , great win today …

Puff puff

Sorry soccer ⚽️ team .
Proud of them today

jimthetim53

Puff puff, I’m getting well into to the wine too!
Love this song. Dedicated to you son!

jimthetim53

Please excuse me, my memory is hellish, but am I right in thinking you are from Canada?

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Puff puff

Thanks for the song man …yes I live not to far from Vancouver jim

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A heroine of mine:

jimthetim53

Puff, were you born in Canada?

Puff puff

Maryhill jim

Puff puff

ASWGL was ma neighbor.

Puff puff

He lived in the posh part with running water 💧.

jimthetim53

You got any kids born in Canada? I guess I’m asking if you feel rooted yet?

Puff puff

I moved from Scotland when I was 18 … living in a few places…Calgary Alberta then the west coast.

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Puff puff

2 bhoys born here on the coast .

Puff puff

Still love Glasgow but and always will .

Puff puff

It sickens me when you meet people from the old country (here) and they slag Glasgow .

Puff puff

https://youtu.be/gp5JCrSXkJY
1967 wasn’t a bad year for music.

jimthetim53

Puff, when I was 17 I worked with a guy of the same age. Jimmy Murphy. He was a hard worker, VG at his job. Everybody loved him. Mary, an almost mother figure to me where I worked, confidentially told me that he was a kid brought up in care. No mother & father to speak of. Back in those young folk in that situation could get a ticket to Australia for about a £ fiver. Travel, accommodation & work on arrival.
sounded like a good deal for Jimmy. So off he went.

I often wonder what happened to him. I have read of horror stories, including Catholic organisations, where their treatment was worse than horrific. Irish folk will understand when I mention The Christian Brothers. There was a film made about their hell hole in St. John’s Newfoundland.

i pray Jimmy came out OK and has had a good life.

Puff puff

I bet he done very well jim … when you’re a traveling emigrant you dig deep …
Me I’m a Gypsy who never felt Scottish but always Glaswegian but in the past few years it changed. The day the huns died was liberating to me as a human being and and I started to feel Scottish and Canadian . Strange but true.

jimthetim53

Sorry Puff, I was busy typing when your posts came up. Good to hear you have two sons born & bred in Canada.
Bear in mind it is one of the most respected countries in the world!

jimthetim53

Puff I don’t think you ever lose a sense of heritage. I would immediately say Scottish but part Irish! A quarter.

jimthetim53

Oliver the bastard’s army.

jimthetim53

Most hated people in history-
Hitler
Oliver Cromwell
Henry 8th
Elizabeth 1
Stalin

jimthetim53

An old Irish teacher told me the worst thing you could say to a person in Ireland was “The curse of Cromwell be upon you”.

Puff puff

Well sayed jim .

jimthetim53

There was me thinking all about love!

jimthetim53

jimthetim53

Watch out for Clem Burke on drums!

Puff puff
Puff puff

The last track won’t play here jim .

Puff puff

Night jim 😴 sleep well buddy .

Puff 👍

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So one of these nights and about twelve o’clock
This old world’s going to reel and rock
Saints will tremble and cry for pain
For the Lord’s gonna come in his heavenly airplane

If God had a name, what would it be?
And would you call it to his face
If you were faced with Him in all His glory?
What would you ask if you had just one question?

And yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us?
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make His way home?

If God had a face, what would it look like?
And would you want to see
If seeing meant that you would have to believe
In things like Heaven and in Jesus and the saints
And all the prophets? And…