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@581 Airdrie did not "return" - they took over Clydebank, changed the name and moved them to Airdrie, much the same as Livingston did with the much lamented Meadowbank
@565 Being English is no bar to being as mystified as the rest of us as to what's going on! The TV deal in place when OF still existed was extended last season but without gers taking a huge slice, Celtic receiving a smaller slice, other clubs are receiving MORE money not less.
It's useless to compare Scottish football to English one. It'd be better to compare with countries of similar sizes. The big 5 leagues have an advantage mostly because there are hugeloadsa people living in there. 16/18 team top division would be great. I think 30/34 games per season suits fine. Summer fitba would also be a good solution because big leagues aren't active then.
The SPL have less income than before due to loss of sponsors and reduction in TV money. Clubs in the SPL are making huge cuts in wages and staff to be able to survive.Yet they are now happily reducing their income to give more to the league below them.Why would they do that? Something strange going on...
yeah the Glasgow teams could merge Glasgow united lol.
Mr MacGregor and GK.You must be very intelligent men! After all you are claiming to be more knowledgeable than Fifa,eufa, SFA and ASA. You are also more learned and honourable than Lord Nimmo Smith.Somehow I doubt that very much.
@587 Well the two big Tayside teams could merge.... They could take the first part from one team and the other from the other team and be known as Dundee United.... ;0) I reckon you'll see too much tribalism in place for mergers. Perhaps it would be better to get rid of the OF and have fans support their local sides rather than the big bigots....
Can only be a good thing for Scottish football, hope it happens
579 ssoneil is spot on. Bigger leagues are required, although I think a SPL of 14 with an "advancement" league of 16 is the way to go.The authorities seem to be getting caught up with the league structure. This is only half the story, we need to get the feeder network below the leagues sorted.There are still too many clubs in Scotland's top flight & too few fans. Mergers of clubs anyone?
@585 The issue is that they need to have a minimum number of games in a season, but allso they want to limit that as well to a maximum of 38 for the top league, hence the split currently. Currently they could have 3 leagues of 18 plus a feed in from two regional leagues which would give them enough games and development for the future.
SSoneil , Once again common sense comes across. I loved the old league cup set up and your right in saying it would help the european qualifiers get match fit and ready for competition. As for the two leagues business with a feed in. Fantastic idea, not new but I think worthy of further investigation why wont this work, please someone tell me.
@581 Forgot about Gretna, and then Livingston too. Yeah good to see Airdrie back under their own name, they bought Clydebank originally to come back as United.What are the chances we wanted to change to a league structure the Swiss gave up!!I wonder do the young Norwegian players end up playing 10 first team games and then moving to mid table German reserve teams like so many lads up here do?
Also interesting that comments from outwith Scotland that are not childish and irrelevant come from those willing to state their club!! such as post 571 the West Ham fan who posts something positive."Englishview" I fear does not and is here an awful lot without ever contributing a view as such, leave it in the playground would you.Top 10 league and no pyramid as the Juniors don't want us.
https://twitter.com/MelwoodLFC/status/344824890307801088/photo/1Appears that Suarez is leaving to Real. Hip hip hooray
@580 Airdrie have returned. Clydebank went as did Gretna. Perhaps this is the re-adjustment needed to keep more afloat....? Scottish Football shouldn't try to compete with England. It should go its own way. Perhaps a more realistic model would be Sweden or Norway?
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