A spectre is haunting Scottish Football


Redlichtie says: November 28, 2014 at 8:14 pm Yes, my initial …

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redlichtie says:

November 28, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Yes, my initial thoughts on seeing the BBC clip was that he shouldn’t be taking any shortcuts through police basements escorted by Texas Rangers.

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A spectre is haunting Scottish Football
Just a passing thought spurred by comments a couple of days ago about the League Cup Semis.

If Version 2 go bust sometime in January and a fire sale of “assets” follows, what effect does this have on the fairness of the Semis? Celtic then have a walkover game against a team of teenagers and elderly Tier 4 Pros, whatever can be scraped together by whoever is caretaker – in effect a bye into the final, while Aberdeen and Dundee United have to fight it out regardless.

If I were the owner of either club, I’d be asking for absolute cast iron assurances from the SPFL administration that they have done everything in their power to ascertain that Wee Pretendy Rangers have the financial wherewithal to survive at least that long and put a reasonably competitive team on the pitch. If not then I’d want to see the beaten quarter-finalists take their place.

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How does one report a perceived offence under the Insolvency Act?

Let’s say I became aware of someone taking up the post of Director, or having a substantial influence on, a successor company bearing an almost identical name (let’s call it “newco”)and involved in the same trade as a company which has gone into liquidation (let’s call it “oldco”) when that person was a Director of the oldco right up to the point of liquidation.

There have been many posts on here stating that this cannot be done without the leave of a court. How does a concerned citizen then report this. Who is the enforcing authority?

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It’s the club that has to have the Nomad.

Does it? Is a Nomad a speciality position coach or a physiotherapist?

I thought it was a public limited company listed on the AIM market that had to have a Nomad.

Silly me!

I obviously know nothing and have been getting my club and company as confused as Neil Doncaster does.

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If the coronation in absentia goes ahead tomorrow the Blue Brazil fans have a great opportunity on Saturday –

“Who’s your Nomad, who’s your Nomad,
Who’s your Nomad, Mr King?
Ye havnae got one, ye havnae got one,
Yer not an FPP, Mr King!”

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All the talk of King (and if he does so much jetting could he come and jet the moss off my drive?) and FPP tests, AIM rules etc has ensured that a statement today by the world’s second greatest football administrator, Mr Doncaster, seems to have passed us by without comment. So I will make one.

Here’s the great Neil in the Herald on the subject of summer football, just opposite an interview with ‘well’s Alan Burrows where he (Burrows) makes encouraging noises on this subject:

“Summer football is seen as an impractical suggestion because of the length of the Premiership season, to need to avoid a clash with World Cup and European finals every two years and the desperate shortage of available dates because of Uefa’s insistence that top flight domestic games are not held on the same midweek nights as Champions Leagues (sic) ties.”

So let’s just think for a moment about these points in turn.

Length of the season – If there are twelve clubs in the league, fixtures will occupy the same number of weeks whether played over summer or winter. Summer football would mean fewer fixtures disrupted by bad weather, frozen or waterlogged pitches.

Clash with World and European Championships – well Neil we have to qualify first. How long ago did we last do that? If we do qualify there can be a work around, other Northern European nations seem to manage. Maybe it’s time we imported some administrators from there, at least they may have a “can-do” attitude.

Clash with Champions League ties – just tell me how many Champions League matches are played in May and June? Even by April and May it’s the quarters and semis, surely that leaves as many midweeks free as unavailable. Once again less need for re-arranged fixtures, so less need for midweek games anyway.

I wonder if Mr Doncaster has ever sat in the South Stand at Pittodrie in December or January, shivering through a 15 minute half-time (I don’t remember voting for that one either). It must be nice to sit in the Director’s box in your sheepskin coat and go down to the Board Room for tea and a sandwich halftime. In exchange for his salary, expenses and hospitality at the expense of the paying spectator, all he can come up with are pilot schemes for alcohol and standing, even then admitting that won’t make much difference. Sorry, isn’t he the man who is employed to make a difference?

The arguments for summer football are well known so I won’t repeat them here but what chance have we got with attitudes like his?

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upthehoops says:

February 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm
Looks like Stuart Armstrong and Gary MacKay Steven will both be Celtic players tonight. There will be arguments about weakening the opposition, but at least the money stays in Scotland.

Obviously the Parkhead bench must be getting cold again.

Meanwhile according to Auntie Beeb “Rangers are hopeful of concluding loan deals for four Newcastle players before the midnight transfer deadline in Scotland. Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic, Kevin Mbabu and Remie Streete are the players involved. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has recently agreed to lend Rangers £10m.

And half a team by the sound of it…”

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