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Several months have passed...
...since the whole saga began.
You know what I'm talking about of course and certainly, this whole storm has been brewing longer than most readers' children have been alive! I refer of course to the great Scottish Football Scandal.
It is the one story that will never go away, not in my or most other Celtic-minded person heads anyway. We have been drenched in the case of our rivals for quite some time now.
As time has moved on, their financial story has taken more twists and turns than a season of 24 with Jack Bauer. No disrespect of course to the people at 20th Century Fox, I liked the show, but it has been equally as farcical.
We have been led by what we have read and continue to read and it can be stimulating at times, I have to admit. Twitter has kept my receptors steadily entertained for a while now.
Blog's have been updated almost hourly since our rivals hit the skids. The information that passes before my eyes is staggering at times because it has been providing me with more insight to matters than regular media.
Some might say that you read what you believe and these people have said and written such things. But one of the defining characteristics of my own personality is sorting the wheat from the chaff.
There's a lot of sh*t out there, lets not disguise it. However, it takes all the will and effort in the world to dispose of the crap I have to sort through on a daily basis just to find some decent and unbiased information that is actually worth reading.
I say this as a Celtic supporter of course, doing my own piece of blogging! However, it just takes a wee bit of common sense and intelligence to find that bit of honesty in the daily talk.
You can tell when people write with such style because it is evident in the way they present and how much knowledge they possess. So when I hear people speak about a subject such as matters regarding Scottish Football I look for buzz words and certain information, not the usual stereotyped rubbish.
Living in the south it is easy to assume that nobody has a scooby about the game in Scotland. And you would be correct to think that nobody DOES know about Scottish football down south because they don't.
They aren't subjected to Sportscene every week or even STV Sports Centre so I doubt they know what is going on. You may well see Scottish games via ESPN or Sky but nobody in England gives a care or even tune's in.
So I find it remarkable when English pundits have this wealth of knowledge beyond even my understanding of Scottish football. How is it they so well acquainted with the game north of the border that they can sum up its flaws and solutions in one sentence before Super Sunday's kick-off?
Simply explained, they can't.
It is like David Cameron trying to solve famine in Africa during a press conference, prior to heading to Chequers of course, for a weekend break from politics. You cannot solve it because you do not understand enough or even care about.
I hear many opinions about the historical feud with Celtic and Rangers, but people down here do not have a clue, they really don't. Some punter might tell you that he knew Tam or Jock from somewhere in Scotland and he told them about what was what, but in all honesty this guy was probably so far removed from reality that it was all bullsh*t.
The truth is that the good people of the south will never get what goes on in Scotland because they don't give a sh*t about anything other than what they read. They only care about what players they get into their respective clubs (as any fan does) and what their last result was.
Post 'European ban', English club football has never looked back. In the time since their departure from the European game, an opportunity to recreate their structure came along and it was fed money like some kind of machine with TV coverage that everyone could be part of.
So it is easy to understand why when little issues such as Scottish football come up live on TV, it can be dealt with swiftly by Britain's masters of the game (I say that in jest). Some dude who has a newspaper column for a national newspaper or a fashion contract with a Hight Street brand can tell the nation why it has all gone wrong for Jock and Tam.
That kind of opinion does not help Scottish football of course, it only devalues it. With that in mind, it's worth mentioning that as well as an opportunity to reshape the game in Scotland, there is also a chance to show that something can be made of the Scottish game.
I have read much about the demise of Rangers and the proposed meeting of the other SPL clubs. However, there has been little sense out of anyones mouths just yet...except one.
I read a piece this morning on Celtic Quick News, that not only summarised the history of Rangers saga to date, it included a positive approach to the supposed demands of the SPL 10 whilst saving face in the view of world football. I don't think I have ever read as much sense in one article as I read in this one of recent.
Most if not all of us demand justice when dealing with our rivals misgivings and rightly so, but this one article is like a declaration of independence for Scottish football. I do not say this lightly as it is one of the few sensible reads I have seen in the last few weeks.
The garbage out there at the moment is easy to come by, no denials. However, there is an opportunity here for something better.
The bottom line in this article is of course that Rangers cannot escape unpunished or indeed hold a top flight position. This would be the undoing of Scottish football and that cannot be ignored.
If you deny that as the truth then you only go to feed exactly what the English football pundits sum up week-in-week-out. Serve that bullsh*t and you serve Scottish football no respect whatsoever and with it a death sentence.
Last edited by Bhoy Fett; 03-11-2012 at 08:02 PM.
03-11-2012 07:11 PM
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