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The SFA will be in the same boat as everyone else - if the game is able to go ahead then it will because they'll be contractually obliged to play it. I'll use "quotes" whenever I want, thanks.

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34 minutes ago, Gordopolis said:

So you think it'd be a good idea to come stumbling out of cold storage and into a game like this? That'd quite possibly be the worst preparation possible for the biggest game the NT have had for over a decade. You could say it'd be the same for the opposition but that's a rather flimsy argument. 

When footy comes back, yes it will have to come back with a bang, straight into money-earning games. I don't think that this should be the one we come back for though.

P.S. stop putting everything in quotes, it makes you sound twice as sarky as usual.

It's not like Israel or Norway/Serbia will have been playing warm up matches and we haven't. Everyone in the same boat.

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51 minutes ago, craigkillie said:

The SFA will be in the same boat as everyone else - if the game is able to go ahead then it will because they'll be contractually obliged to play it. I'll use "quotes" whenever I want, thanks.

"You're welcome"

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23 minutes ago, The Moonster said:

It's not like Israel or Norway/Serbia will have been playing warm up matches and we haven't. Everyone in the same boat.

Yeah I do realise that. But it's a bit of a lottery, isn't it? If we're going to fail in these playoffs I'd rather fail after giving as good an account of ourselves as possible, with our best players fit and sharp. It'd be very shit (and very likely) for us to completely misfire against Israel were it to be be the first game back for our lot.  

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If the games get the go ahead I would imagine there would be 1 or 2 games played behind closed doors and most players would get a half each to reach a bit of sharpness and get up to speed.

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German media reporting the 2 scenarios for playing the playoffs which UEFA will discuss next week.

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The 1st scenario would presumably mean scrapping the 'week of football' to fit 3 fixtures for each side into the international week.

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Whoever decided using 4/5 different date formats in one table was a good idea needs a severe talking to. Took me far too long to figure out what the f**k it was saying.

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German media reporting the 2 scenarios for playing the playoffs which UEFA will discuss next week.

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The 1st scenario would presumably mean scrapping the 'week of football' to fit 3 fixtures for each side into the international week.

 

Three games in a week we would have lorry loads of call offs

 

Would that mean two sets of league games would need to be off

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23 minutes ago, DAVIDB69 said:

 

Three games in a week we would have lorry loads of call offs

 

Would that mean two sets of league games would need to be off

You'd be using the same number of days which are used for international breaks normally, just that rather than having some teams play Wednesday & Sunday, others Thursday & Monday and so on to spread the games around for television coverage, you'd presumably have everyone play Wednesday-Saturday-Tuesday or similar to fit three games per team into the break rather than two, with no impact on club football schedules.

I don't see how they can avoid doing this if they want to both play the Nations League and avoid delaying the World Cup qualifiers, unless they just keep their week of football with teams playing twice shifting fixtures back then finish the outstanding qualifiers in summer 2022 rather than March. However we still don't know what's happening to the club calendar for 21/22 & 22/23 to work around a November/December World Cup either.

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The behind closed doors stuff is going to be weird for us.  It obviously puts us more at a disadvantage for our semi-final (although with some of the moany bitches thatll be in Hampden, maybe our gang of shite actually plays better) but would that level the playing field a little for the potential final?  Is the prospect of going to Belgrade less daunting now?

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The sounds and whimpers of Grant Hanley huffing and puffing, echoing around an empty stadium in Norway as he chases Haland would potentially haunt me for life.

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3 hours ago, forameus said:

The behind closed doors stuff is going to be weird for us.  It obviously puts us more at a disadvantage for our semi-final (although with some of the moany bitches thatll be in Hampden, maybe our gang of shite actually plays better) but would that level the playing field a little for the potential final?  Is the prospect of going to Belgrade less daunting now?

They're already allowing crowds in over in Serbia with Partizan playing Red Star in front of 25k last week so that won't help us there.

 

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46 minutes ago, Pie Of The Month said:

They're already allowing crowds in over in Serbia with Partizan playing Red Star in front of 25k last week so that won't help us there.

 

Well...f**k.

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On 14/06/2020 at 13:01, Dunning1874 said:

You'd be using the same number of days which are used for international breaks normally, just that rather than having some teams play Wednesday & Sunday, others Thursday & Monday and so on to spread the games around for television coverage, you'd presumably have everyone play Wednesday-Saturday-Tuesday or similar to fit three games per team into the break rather than two, with no impact on club football schedules.

I don't see how they can avoid doing this if they want to both play the Nations League and avoid delaying the World Cup qualifiers, unless they just keep their week of football with teams playing twice shifting fixtures back then finish the outstanding qualifiers in summer 2022 rather than March. However we still don't know what's happening to the club calendar for 21/22 & 22/23 to work around a November/December World Cup either.

I think they should have cut the Nations League back to a single match v each opponent - that would have saved them 3 matchdays for a start.

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Just bin the next Nations League and have all the World Cup qualifiers decided in the actual World Cup qualification tournament. 

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5 hours ago, Pie Of The Month said:

They're already allowing crowds in over in Serbia with Partizan playing Red Star in front of 25k last week so that won't help us there.

Serbia can always be relied upon to take a vodka and sauna approach:

 

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Fraser is apparently not going to play for Bournemouth beyond 30th June. Not exactly a great surprise but there is some impressive irony in him apologising in January for not "playing for the the team" and now he's likely offski with 9 games left.

UEFA meeting just now. Should find out some more info on playoffs and NL schedule at the press conference later. WC quali format on the agenda for tomorrow too.

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13 minutes ago, charger29 said:

Fraser is apparently not going to play for Bournemouth beyond 30th June. Not exactly a great surprise but there is some impressive irony in him apologising in January for not "playing for the the team" and now he's likely offski with 9 games left.

UEFA meeting just now. Should find out some more info on playoffs and NL schedule at the press conference later. WC quali format on the agenda for tomorrow too.

Off to The Rangers, then?

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As already discussed, very real prospect of no fans, or very few fans, in Hampden for our home advantage semi, but a full house and 0 TA, or very very few TA, for our potential away final in Serbia or Norway. 

Terrific. 

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