When the bigger clubs do it, it’s ‘pillage’; when the smaller clubs do it, it’s ‘developing the game, bringing through potential.’ Equally, when the Old Firm sign someone and they fail to make an impact that’s their fault. When they sign someone and they become a better player, the credit should go the club from which he was signed. And so on.John Meffen wrote: I support Falkirk, we [like others] have had good players plundered from us, but we have [almost] stolen players from the 'shire, stenhousemuir, whoever, when it felt right.
He’s a tosser. I had an email conversation with him a couple of months ago after one of his ‘all refs are corrupt thatcher’ rants (except of course the ex-refs employed by The Sun for their expert analysis). I ended up telling him that the only honourable thing to do (ha!) was to resign from reporting on Scottish football as it was clearly a stinking cesspit of corruption and undeserving the extensive coverage The Sun gives it. He hasn’t bothered. I take it even Sun journalists have mortgages to pay.
Really? It was that popular.scottish wrote:There wasn't a vote. It didn't get that far.
I agree. In hindsight, we should maybe have used the Heysel ban to suggest some kind of change then. We still had a strong league ourselves and the English were in need of something new, hence the creation of the Premiership. The chance is gone.scottish wrote: I'll say it again. The only time the English Premiership will seriously consider the OF is if the TV money has dried up and crowds are falling. In other words when joining the Premiership is no longer worth the candle.
There is some merit in that idea. I posted on another forum a while back that perhaps the only option was for Rangers to grab Scottish football by the scruff of the neck and insist on certain standards. Rangers tried to go through the system, particularly under Advocaat, and found the authorities unresponsive to new ideas. And let’s not kid ourselves. If, by some miracle, Rangers did try and take the lead, can you imagine the red-faced munchkins at Pittodrie, or Hearts and Hibs happily going along with it? I can’t. Yes, the Old Firm are a clique but then are there are lots of cliques in Scottish football. Until everyone agrees on a way forward then we’ll be having this conversation every year.the hibLOG wrote:How's about if the Old Firm took a lead if they are so worried about the perilous state of Scottish football? Then presumably the SFA and SPL would follow like the obedient wee pets they are.