The Day I was on the Scotland U-23 Bench

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Can’t see why Grant Russell was ‘touting for business’ earlier …

Comment on The Day I was on the Scotland U-23 Bench by wottpi.

Can’t see why Grant Russell was ‘touting for business’ earlier on Twitter.

He seems to have found his own story in the tweet below

Grant Russell ‏@STVGrant 4h4 hours ago
Andrew McKinlay of @ScottishFA just told parliament committee they can’t feasibly check if terms of player contracts are illegal.

That is surely enough to revisit the Bryson interpretation, the issue of EBTS, the role of Campbell Ogilvie and why the SFA, having already been embarrassed by the whole affair re registrations, do not appear to have made any progress in ensuring all contracts are legal and above board.

Especially when they seem to have plenty staff resource available to scrutinize diddy team’s registrations and team lines in fine detail so they can hand out disproportionate punishment for genuine administrative errors.

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The Day I was on the Scotland U-23 Bench
I note there was a report the other day that the Premiership (from last season) was in good financial health but that compared to our European cousins Scottish top flight clubs rely heavily on the fans gate money.

Therefore despite the predictions of Armageddon the game has survived due to the loyalty of fans as opposed to highly paid administrators being unable to secure decent TV deals.

The mantra has of course been that Scottish Football needs T’Rangers and their presence in the top league would improve ‘competition’.

So as a little exercise when comparing this weeks Premiership to last year at the same time I note that for the top six
1. Celtic were top with 49 points from 21 games (this season 58 from 20).
2. Aberdeen had 43 from 21 and are currently (37 from 20). Therefore if the Dons win there next two they are at the same point as last year.
3. Hearts are the losers with 40 from 22 compared to (31 from 21) this outing. A win next outing has them 6 points adrift.
4. St Johnstone were 32 from 21 so currently at (28 from 20) they are eeksy peeksy if they win their next match
5. Ross County are not as hot this season were 30 from 20 compared with (23 from 21)
6. Dundee were 29 from 22 so have dropped form a little as they opposed to now being on equal points with Patrick in the 7/8 slot with (22 from 21)

Slotted into this year is of course T’Rangers in the current second position with 39 points from 21 games.

Therefore at this time all that has happened is that T’Rangers have taken points off clubs in the lower reaches of the league and are providing no more competition to Celtic than Aberdeen or Hearts did last year.

Given that they are running at a loss, operating on soft loans, have had limited or no productivity from a lot of  this years signings (Barton-gone, Kranjcar-injured, Senderson-posted missing, Crooks- Loaned out to Scunthorpe, Rossiter-reoccurring injuries) and rumours of O’Halloran and Gilks probably being shown the door and possibly needing to get future cover for the ageing stalwarts Kenny Miller and Clint Hill, where exactly is the money going to come from to not only maintain the current squad but develop it further?

To be fair Warburton getting his fairly average squad to second is to be applauded, although I think in part that is down to a poor showing from Hearts in relation to their performance against teams in the lower half and Aberdeen’s ‘lying down’ in the last encounter with the Ibrox side as opposed to the efforts of the teams currently sitting 5th and downwards.


The Day I was on the Scotland U-23 Bench
I am sure that, like many others, I have found the contributions to SFM on all manner of subjects relating to Scottish Football, T’Rangers, business, finance, the law, the SMSM interesting and enlightening. Every day is a school day.
Yes we have a few zoomers and some posts from left field from time to time but a great deal of the contributions are well written and knowledgeable. 
Some folk have their own particular hobby horses but that’s life. The actions of others either prove or disprove such beliefs and  conspiracy theories.
If something doesn’t look right then we are prepared to say so, or ask questions, seek reasons, justifications and evidence etc, regardless of who is saying it, be that the sainted Phil Mac or even one of our own.
Generally such debates are well mannered and people are allowed to put forward opposing views without any abuse or animosity.
If people get out of hand due to having a bad day or indulging in one to many a glass of red then it is normally the case that folks agree to disagree or an apology is forthcoming.
Yes T’Rangers get it tight but all in all this site is civilized when compared to  many others.
If people wish to go down the ‘Trump’ type route of believing it is big and clever to insult, bully and try to be Billy Big Baws then so be it. That way lies madness and a padded cell along with the likes of Katie Hopkins!! 
More than happy to keep avoiding ‘back of the taxi talk’ and trying to seek the truth via a healthy dose of scepticism and reality.


The Day I was on the Scotland U-23 Bench
Interesting to note the arguments around Bradford Bulls appear to mirror that of T’Rangers.

Comments #1501 and #1504 on the link below could have easily been lifted from any blogs discussing T’Rangers over the years. 

http://www.totalrl.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=292422&page=76


Recent Comments by wottpi

It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
HOMUNCULUSDECEMBER 28, 2017 at 13:48

Indeed. And that was my other thought.
Even if Mark Allen does a good job T”Rangers wouldn’t see any cash for any upcoming talent (internal or bought in)  for a god number of years.
To date a good few lads showing talent have been allowed to leave to keep the lights on.
At present the only prospect they have is McRorie who I think has stepped up and performed well when asked.He certainly has confidence and could develop into a decent centre back playing with the likes of Souttar for Scotland.


It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
I am sure the thought will have crossed other’s minds but will say it anyway.
Celtics ‘free money’ from the VVD  transfer is more than T’Rangers stated  loan requirements to keep the lights on for the next year or two.
Thats the size of the gap between Celtic and the rest of us.


It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
EASYJAMBO
DECEMBER 22, 2017 at 12:56

Lets just call it 14 February for old times sake and serendipity. 21


It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
Statement O’clock but on another matter.

ClydeSSB tweeting Murty appointed until end of the season.


It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
EASYJAMBODECEMBER 22, 2017 at 10:33

Thought that may be the case but was wondering if someone would be trying to get ahead of the game.


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