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I've not been on for a few days......What sad pathetic wankers got the BRALT locked this time ?

I cant be arsed reading 3 pages of this one to find out.

Ken sheepy was the last to post, so it'll have been him.

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Rage and you lose. :lol:

Michael Gannon: It's time Rangers had a place back at the SPFL top table
MICHAEL reckons it's time Rangers - and Heart and Hibs - once again had a presence in the SPFL board as they deserve their say when it comes to making big decisions in our game.
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THINGS are going to get interesting for the SPFL in the next week or so.

Their agm is usually about as exciting as a wet weekend in Wick. But not this time.

Monday’s meeting could see the place shaken up rather than the yearly re-arranging of the deckchairs.

It’s a big deal Ann Budge has made her move to get involved. It’s a bigger deal Rangers are stepping out of the shadows.

Budge has been a breath of fresh air at Hearts – her wind of change has rid Tynecastle of Mad Vlad’s toxic stench.

Her brand of commonsense would be welcome in a boardroom where it’s been lacking for too long.

But it’s also important for Rangers to have a presence in there. It’s time they came in from the cold.

Stewart Robertson has stuck his hand up for selection just a few weeks after being made Ibrox MD. His club hasn’t been represented at the top table since the nuclear summer of 2012 and have been absent from the new-look set-up following the merging of the leagues.

JS66174217.jpgStewart Robertson (right) is the new MD at Rangers

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In fairness, it’s easy to see why they were AWOL.

You wouldn’t have wanted any of the succession of charlatans at Ibrox over the last three years anywhere near influencing our game.

You wouldn’t have trusted that lot to run a tuck shop for fears they would be munching sweets on the fly.

But while the new regime is not exactly off to a spectacular start, they have began the cleansing process.

It’s time for them to get back in the tent.

Rangers should have a presence when it comes to the big decisions in our game. So should Hearts – and Hibs.

In fact our big five clubs – those three plus Celtic and Aberdeen – should arguably have seats nailed down at the top table.

No matter what divisions they may occupy at present, they are the major pillars of our game. Their fan bases alone give them a combined responsibility to be custodians of our game.

Unfortunately, they have let the country down for too long.

The Rangers meltdown has caused mayhem throughout the game, the mismanagement at Tynecastle resulted in further damage and Hibs only have themselves to blame for their appalling performances on the pitch. It’s not cool to say it but the top flight has been diminished by their absence.

Take three of the top five clubs out of Holland, Portugal, Austria, anywhere, and it would leave the place looking like the morning after an empty at a teenager’s maw’s house.

But they all seem to be clawing their way back at various paces and deserve to be in the gang. More so than some.

At the moment the SPFL board has three reps from the Premiership, two from the Championship and one from the bottom two divisions.

Fair enough? Well, not really.

The clue is really in the league name. The second word’s the giveaway – professional.

It’s a miracle they’ve not been done by the Trades Description Act given half the teams in the game are not actually professional. They’re semi-pro.

They may have lost some influence when the leagues rejoined but the big clubs still missed a trick in the botched restructuring two years ago. There should have been a 20 pro-team set-up and the rest regionalised. As much as we love the small clubs in the bottom divisions, they are not professional sporting bodies.

Not when they are paying guys 50 bucks a week. They have their place in the pecking order and in their communities.

But not at the thick end.

The game needs streamlined and it needs to be led by the big five and the rest of the full-time clubs. If noses need put out of joint in the process, then so be it. Sorry chaps, it’s been fun but off you pop.

Budge could be the one to do it. As usual the voting will be political. The what’s-in-it-for-us brigade will tick the box that suits them best. It’s the way it’s always been.

So will Scottish football vote for a shake-up or more of the same?

Don’t bother, I think we all know the answer to that one.

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Why should a club which has never won anything grander than a 3rd-tier title have any sort of say in anything?

^ ^This is a reply, no better than the pish that the simpleton Gannon wrote.

They are one of 42 clubs in the SPFL so should have a say, but there should be no discrimination between the big clubs like Rangers and Celtic or the smaller ones like Cowdenbeath or Queen of the South who have also won a 3rd-tier title when it comes to decisions that effect all clubs. However don't Rangers still have a year to go before they get a vote?.

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I suppose Michael gammon (whoever he is) has a point about the size of teams and fan bases etc but I don't agree with telling the smaller teams to do one. Far too often the 'larger' teams are more agenda driven and put their own interests first, while the wee/er clubs sometimes can be more pragmatic.

I reckon the budgie will get voted in and Robertson will be told to do one. It seems to have been the same folk shifting between SPL/sflp and SFA for years now, maybe a shake up is needed.

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I suppose Michael gammon (whoever he is) has a point about the size of teams and fan bases etc but I don't agree with telling the smaller teams to do one. Far too often the 'larger' teams are more agenda driven and put their own interests first, while the wee/er clubs sometimes can be more pragmatic.

I reckon the budgie will get voted in and Robertson will be told to do one. It seems to have been the same folk shifting between SPL/sflp and SFA for years now, maybe a shake up is needed.

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Bin Doncaster and bring in the Partick Thistle mascot as CEO would be a start. :lol:

Er same folk shifting between the two governing bodies??. The clubs send their representatives to the meetings, these clubs are the SPFL and make the decisions affecting the league and other issues. The members vote to chose their reps within their leagues 3 for the Premiership, 2 for the Championship and 1 for the lower two leagues.

Ann Budge would need to oust one of either Eric Riley (Celtic FC), Duncan Fraser (Aberdeen FC) and Stephen Thompson (Dundee United FC) who were elected to represent the SPFL Premiership last year.

The only 2 on the SPFL board that are not club connected are Neil Doncaster and Ralph Topping. Both of them have in the past gone against the needs and wishes of the clubs themselves, such as the rebel 10 on voting and Rangers gaining an SPL licence. Both have been criticised for being out of touch with football supporters as well.

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Sorry. I should have clarified "more of a say than anyone else".

There is nothing stopping Rangers from influencing any vote through Eric Drysdale (Raith Rovers FC) and Mike Mulraney (Alloa Athletic FC), they just didn't have a voting right within that league, but the clubs in the Championship will listen rather than ignore them. Rangers in this case already have more say than the 20 clubs in the lower 2 leagues simply because the league in which they play in has one more rep with one more vote, they in turn have less say than the teams in the Premiership because they have 3 reps and 3 votes.

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