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  1. I think most Celtic fans would want a more competitive Scottish football. Of course we kind of contradict ourselves when we celebrate 9 in a row or a quadruple treble but football and emotions aren't always logical. I don't know anyone who wouldn't want to see Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibs close the gap and challenge for honours every year. Obviously how we go about closing that gap is where opinions would differ. Everyone looks back on the early 80s as a great time in Scottish football because of how exciting it was and who didn't enjoy seeing St Johnstone, Inverness, Ross County win their first major honours recently?
  2. So because I'm a Celtic fan I'm not allowed to hope that in future, finances are more evenly distributed and not hoovered up by the 2 Glasgow clubs while the rest fight for scraps?
  3. For the EFL/EPL to keep the numbers the same you either bring in Celtic (60k), Rangers (50k), Hearts (20k), Hibs (20k) and Aberdeen (15k) or promote Hartlepool, Sutton, Torquay, Stockport, Wrexham and Halifax who all get crowds of around 2,000 except Wrexham who get maybe 4-5k. Also those attendances for Scottish clubs could increase you would imagine. The Premier League is about to lose its 6 biggest clubs which are the main draw for sponsors and TV channels. The money will drop quickly and so will the quality of player on show as a result. With the lower quality of football and the absence of the big 6, I'd imagine the biggest average attendance would be maybe 50,000 for West Ham or Newcastle. Aside from Aston Villa or Everton I'd be surprised if there is any other club that brings in over 30k on a week to week basis. Aside from the 4 English clubs I mentioned the next best attendance is Leicester with 32k. And again you would imagine this could go down. Whilst I don't think it will happen bringing in 5 Premier League or Championship sized clubs to the set up is surely not a crazy suggestion. These English clubs left behind are in danger and would surely be considering all options at the moment.
  4. I really hope this goes through and they eventually leave their domestic leagues and UEFA altogether. Everyone is all for the Old Firm getting to f**k so why would fans be upset at these soulless entities leaving European football. It will turn the Premier League into a "farmers league" as they like to call everyone else and when Sky and all their sponsors start deserting they will be in the same boat as everyone else. Their income will depend mostly on the number of fans coming through the gates. They can moan but if its good enough for the likes of Olympiacos and Anderlecht then it's good enough for Bournemouth and Burnley. I hope Celtic, Rangers and probably Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibs too tell the Premier League to f**k off if they come calling looking for clubs to make up the numbers. What will attendances in that league look like when the big 6 disappear and they can no longer spend hundreds of millions in a transfer window. It also opens the door for a much more competitive and exciting Champions League and Europa League. I worry with PSG, Bayern, Dortmund and the 3 big Italian clubs still hanging around that this could be a barrier in creating a fairer competition with money and qualification more evenly allocated. With less money floating around the players don't suddenly become worse. It just means talent will be more spread out and the onus is on clubs to develop good young players.
  5. But from a selfish point of view Rangers would also have a much better chance of progressing without these elite franchise clubs. Having a slim chance of getting to a final up against Olympiacos, Anderlecht, Copenhagen, Marseille, Fenerbahce, Benfica, Red Star Belgrade, Basel, Dynamo Kiev, Malmo, Ajax, Spartak Moscow, FCSB, Sparta Prague, Rapid Vienna etc is more preferable to me than getting pumped off Man City, Real Madrid, PSG etc.
  6. Nope from me. Never have wanted it, but at the same time neither Celtic or Rangers will ever bother there arse to fix the huge inequality in Scottish football, so them joining England would be one way of fixing it. But if the Premier League does actually lose these 6 clubs, I would imagine Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibs and a 6th Scottish club (which is anyone's guess as to who) could expect an invite from the English FA sooner rather than later. Bringing in 5 Scottish clubs who could all probably average 30k fans in the Premier League and another who could get upwards of 10k would be a wise move in my opinion. People may laugh but outside of Aston Villa and Everton the rest of the English clubs are not much bigger than Aberdeen on a level playing field in my opinion.
  7. Confirmation (if needed) Stoneyburn are going EoS. Armadale have also applied but don't think they have gone public.
  8. https://mobile.twitter.com/darvelfc/status/1372255265089806336
  9. Following today’s update from the Scottish Government stating that adult contact training/football will not be allowed until 17th May 2021, the management committee of the Scottish Junior FA have decided to end season 2020/2021 and declare all competitions null & void. We can now set our sights on moving forward and hopefully welcoming fans back at some point in the new season. This decision gives us all some clarity and the opportunity to look at starting next season a bit earlier than normal. Further details will be announced in due course. Please continue to follow the Scottish Government guidelines and Stay Safe. Alex McDowall Chief Operating Officer Scottish Junior FA
  10. Yeah you are probably right. I just think tier 6 will eventually be split 3 ways: East, West and North. I don't know if a Dumfries and Galloway league at the same level makes sense in a working pyramid. I also think it could be better for the SOS because it gives ambitious teams a chance to progress if there isn't such a huge step up in quality.
  11. I understand the South of Scotland League is a historic league but it has only been given the status of tier 6 in the last 4 or 5 years when there was a huge hole in the pyramid which is now filled by the WoS. It has always been viewed as a level below the EoS anyway, with clubs using it as a stepping stone. Would there be a big issue with just moving it down a tier without affecting anything else? A league which has always covered such a small area shouldn't be feeding into tier 5 anyway, it doesn't make sense. In practice you are only changing where a promoted team goes which is rare anyway. There is also an argument that it holds team back from progressing. There may be ambitious clubs in the SoS that want to compete at a higher level but the Lowland League is much too big a step up. How can you go from playing Nithsdale Wanderers and Edusport reserves all season to beating a Talbot or a Clydebank in a playoff. There should be an intermediate level for clubs that feel they have outgrown the SoS but are not good enough for the Lowland League.
  12. Both clubs have lost the plot. I was convinced the account had been hacked before I saw Rangers statement haha
  13. East of Scotland FA confirmed on twitter that clubs applying from north of the Tay boundary line would be directed to the Highland League or a feeder to it.
  14. This will be only the second time in 67 years there has been a final without one of the big 5 (Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibs). Good stat.
  15. Cases already on the way down. Hospital admissions and deaths will remain high for 28 days or do after the cases peak but I think the number of cases are the important figures in terms of lockdown restrictions. Hopefully football will be back by March.
  16. Ok my mistake I haven't seen that information. The cases have decreased for the last 2 days (more than previous weekends) so I presumed we were levelled out. I thought cases would start to level off around 14 days after Christmas. I think deaths and hospital admissions will peak a fortnight or a month after cases have peaked. I'm not sure deaths and hospital admissions are as relevant as cases though. A rise in deaths is because of a rise in cases a few weeks earlier.
  17. Why would they not? The season continued through the peak of the virus, fingers crossed by February 6 UK cases will be half of what they are now. The restart may well be pushed back a few weeks but there will still be enough time to finish the season.
  18. Suspended until February 6th. Hopefully by then we have the virus back under control but it seems doubtful atm. The Lothian league can always switch to a single round Robin format and just play everyone once instead of twice like the Tayside league is doing if they have to.
  19. Is it Lothian League juniors who are leaving for the EOS league next season or can you not say?
  20. I suppose if the clubs have senior ambitions then options 1 and 2 are viable but I didn't think that was the case given the likes of Lochee United and Broughty didn't move to the East of Scotland leagues in the first place. It would be harsh on Luncarty if they can be accepted at tier 6.
  21. Speaking out of turn here, but if the Lothian junior clubs do join the East of Scotland league is it not possible that what remains of the East juniors will merge with the North juniors. They could keep it regionalised but have the league winners playoff to determine the overall champion.
  22. Ok thanks. Hopefully all clubs go public with their intentions. I know Musselburgh and Dunbar have been vocal about applying this year but hopefully St Andrews and Edinburgh United are ready this year because they've been working towards it for a while now.
  23. When is the licencing committee meeting? Is it February again or has it been affected by Covid?
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