Reflections on Goalposts


Evening all, With all of the land deal discussions going …

Comment on Reflections on Goalposts by LurkPak.

Evening all,

With all of the land deal discussions going on I followed the link to McMurdo’s blog and now feel like I fell down the rabbit hole. I find the polarized view of reality these people have to be quite disturbing.

In the “One Rangers, Not Two” blog, I came across this absurd paragraph-

Now it looks like we could have the nightmare scenario of two Rangers – the SDM Lite version favoured by rebels and with a mandatory seat in the comfy section for Paul Murray – and the club we actually have now, with proper business people in place, wealthy backers and a long-term vision of greatness on a sensible budget.

Have I read this wrong or does the poor deluded chap actually believe the above statement?

Proper business people – No
Wealthy backers – No
Long-term vision of greatness – No (perhaps the personal greatness of having filled ones own pockets)
Sensible budget – LOL

I try to be as objective as possible when it comes to my own team and very recently have begun feeling sympathetic towards the Rangers fans as they are being misled by a new moonbeam almost every day.

However, the phrase fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me comes to mind.

I also tried to read more of McMurdo’s blog but I can’t abide such poorly written fiction. 😀

LurkPak Also Commented

Reflections on Goalposts
Good afternoon all,

Yesterday I spent a short while laughing with my buddy over Lee McCulloch’s hilarious statement regarding the difference in ability between the divisions. A quick visit to wiki and the laughter intensified greatly.

Elbows scored 13 league goals in 5 years playing in the SPL.
Elbows scored 17 in Div 3 and has 11 in ‘League One’ at the moment.

In total in 2012/2013 he scored 26 goals in all competitions, 6 more than his previous 5 years in the SPL.

He wasn’t good enough to play up front in the SPL, but can score for fun in the lower leagues. The figures would seem to indicate the gulf is fairly significant between leagues.

Does he even remember playing in the SPL or have the Spivs bought him a new history as well? 😀

Reflections on Goalposts
My last post seems to have disappeared also, apologies if I caused offence. McCoist’s continuing deceit makes me lose the plot sometimes.

After the little gem of his pay cut still not being finalized played in front of me, I felt a definite shift in my feelings towards the fans themselves. The whole affair reeks of corporate hooliganism and the Spivs should be taken to task rank and file for their blatant abuse of their own fanbase.

An apt quote for Rangers fans from some fun books written by a former Strathclyde Uni lecturer.

“The personal, as everyone’s so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, take it personally. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here – it is slow and cold, and it is theirs, hardware and soft-. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide from under it with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. Get your message across. That way, you stand a better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous marks the difference – the only difference in their eyes – between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it’s just business, it’s politics, it’s the way of the world, it’s a tough life and that it’s nothing personal. Well, fuck them. Make it personal.

Quellcrist Falconer
Things I Should Have Learned by Now, Volume II”
― Richard K. Morgan

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So gutted. Losing to Malmo. Utter disgrace. Very unlikely to even watch future Celtic matches never mind attend. If our ‘top club’ are losing to that then it’s time to quit and play bowls. No effort until The Rangers are back in the league as I’ve always suspected. The Rangers might define Lawwell, they certainly don’t define me and never will.

Spot the difference?
As if the shame of seeing/hearing TRFC fans chanting racist, sectarian abuse in their droves for all to witness (a small minority of almost their ENTIRE away support), the SPFL heaps further shame on all of us by effectively permitting their continued disgraceful behavior.

THIS is the real Armageddon of Scottish football. If severe action is not taken against the club/company/entity these ‘fans’ belong to, then that’s it for me and many more with Scottish football I’m afraid.

No trust, no integrity, no ethics, no morals and no inclination to raise a finger against the blight of our game.

Game over man, game over!

A spectre is haunting Scottish Football
I’m not sure if I can say or ask this, but….

With the recent news that a current investor in TRFC was in the company of the 5th and yet to be detained individual back in 2011, would that raise alarm bells for anyone?

On a different note entirely, here’s a dream…

The top 4 in the championship join the SPFL to make our league more varied and allow some of our smaller teams to grow. (Thank you Hamilton and Inverness for showing the bigger boys how it can be done)

All clubs and the SFA agree a deal with a Turf manufacturer/producer to enable all SPFL clubs to maintain a high level playing surface. (Is this mad? I think fans could be taught to help with some of the work and surely every team would like a nice pitch)

Could advertising space be sold to have billboards etc erected at many of the stadia to block out the views of Mrs Johnson’s living room and the like? Perhaps extra sites for cameras to be mounted could also be added to increase the quality of coverage produced.

Clubs work with each other and travel companies to provide discounts for travel, perhaps a set discount for season ticket holders and away fans benefit from retention of ticket stubs? (Away fans should probably also get a discount, perhaps scaling with the number of away ticket stubs they keep each year, when buying season tickets if they don’t already)

Assistance from government to grant tax breaks to young players in Scotland, perhaps allowing some clubs to pay a smidgen more to hold onto talent another year or two or even attracting young players to Scotland’s top flight rather than England’s second or third. (ha-ha, I really am dreaming here right?)

Whilst I am dreaming, if we could have all of the above right now AND a small group of like minded businessmen to invest in a half dozen of our clubs at the same time. We don’t need sugar daddy mentalists, just solid folk to offer some support to teams who really deserve it. Motherwell spring to mind, possibly because I felt a little sorry for McCall recently. It can’t be easy to finish high in the league several times and still lose your better players every season for buttons.

So, not asking a lot am I? 😛

Harper Macleod and LNS
Blu (sorry i missed your post earlier)

I agree, it’s the buzz at matches fans miss, not the club or the team they are playing. A buzz we used to have for games against Aberdeen, Hearts, Dundee United.


Scientific is being generous! 😀

As with Blu, you point out that it’s the atmosphere that is wanted, not the club.

Everyone misses that kind of buzz and it’s part of why Champions League games are so loved, the atmosphere is unlike anything felt during any league match in a long long time.

Maybe it’s a kind of cognitive dissonance, nobody wants to play them, but that won’t stop many from enjoying it nonetheless.

Consider also the part the media will play in stoking tensions prior to any match between the two sides. Love them or Loathe them, they contribute to the atmosphere of these matches in no small measure and if even half of the column inches given over to this purpose were used to promote other teams and games then perhaps interest in our league would not have dwindled to current levels.

(I’m chatting to a bunch of folk via other online channels at the moment so apologies for taking so long to post this!)

Harper Macleod and LNS

I don’t mind the political inference at all, this site is an education every day as far as I’m concerned. It’s all food for thought. 🙂


I’m not 100% certain, but I think the uptake will be very good for any game between the 2 teams, though many have specifically stated they will not go to Ibrox as they do not want any of their money going into that place so perhaps fewer will attend a match there.

Even though I don’t believe many fans want to play them, I’ve no doubt they will turn up to support Celtic as that’s what fans do. Many will see not turning up at Celtic park as depriving the team of support against what has become in many ways an enemy of the sport itself, both the club and it’s appalling manager. Many will also go to the game for the simple joy of singing zombie songs, which is sad but true. I suspect some also of dreaming of drubbing McCoists team very badly, something many would enjoy regardless of what team he manages.

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