The Old Firm probably wouldn't - or at least shouldn't - object to a larger league. As David pointed out their season ticket marketing means that Celtic v Clyde will be no worse attended than Celtic V Gretna or Inverness.bobby s wrote: A move away from playing each team 4 times a season would close the gap - it's football we're playing not world series baseball.
Unfortunately it's the other clubs who will object to losing two home games against the Old Firm. Hibs would get say 30,000 people in over two games to see Celtic and Rangers at Easter Road. Substitute St Johnstone and Partick and you lose maybe 10,000 paying punters. It might give them a better chance of challenging, but the bean counters will have their say.
The quality of football on display was certainly key in rising attendances. It's true that the youth policy and the training ground will help sustain this, but only sustain. I don't see any championship challenge emerging out of this sensible management.lbb wrote:I'm sure, though, Hibs attendances went up in the Mowbray years and the money they gained through sales will surely go to their new training ground. They didn't win the league but they've made progress as a club and it is definitely the way to go for the rest.