Is it time for the Sin Bin?

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A guest blog by former Celtic & Scotland defender, Jim Craig

 

What time is this to come back?”

Dolores McCann (her Mother had been a great fan of foreign films) stood in that classic pose of the wounded woman – up to her full height and chin forward – as she glared at her husband who had just come in the front door. Before he could say a word, she gave him another volley;

 “you left the house at half-past-two for a three o’clock kick-off, it only takes you 20 minutes to get to the ground, a match lasts only one-and-a-half hours plus ten minutes for the break and you’ve just walked back in the door at half-past-seven! So where the hell were you?”.

Wayne McCann (his father liked Westerns) tried to calm her down.

“Dolores, you don’t know what it’s like at football matches nowadays ; it has changed out of all recognition; a match goes on for much longer”.

“In what way?” Dolores asked.

“Well, for a start, the players and even the managers can complain about any decision that is given against them. If that happens, the referee then goes and has a word with firstly, the two assistant referees, then the fourth official and gets their comments before he reflects on the situation. If he is still in any doubt that he made the wrong decision then he can ask the guy upstairs sitting in front of a television screen what he thinks. And, of course, all through this, the managers and players of both teams can chip in with their comments. That all adds a fair bit of time to the match”.

“Aye…but turning up at half-past-seven is still a bit over the top…is it no’?”

“Well, no’ really……you see, nowadays you are not allowed to have a drawn game, so if the match is level at the full-time whistle, there is extra time, which takes a minimum of half-an-hour”.

“The time is still no’ matching up!”

“Aye, mibbe so, if that was the end of the match. But if the match is still level at the end of extra-time, then it goes to a penalty shoot-out. I told you…you are not allowed a drawn game”.

“ A penalty shoot-out disnae take long”.

“That might have been the case at one time but because so many keepers were being accused of moving before the ball was kicked, nowadays they are strapped in to a harness which anchors them in the middle of the goal. They can only move when the foot of the guy who is taking the penalty actually touches the ball. So, after each kick, the keeper has to be put back into the harness and it all starts again. And, of course, you get the complaints from the managers and players that the harness wasnae working properly or that the officials who put the harness on didnae put it on right. That all adds up to the time factor”.

“Did you go to the pub?”

“As God is my judge, Dolores, after the match finished, I came straight here”.

“Who won anyway?”

“That’s a difficult question… there was so much noise and kerfuffle both on the pitch and in the stands, nobody was quite sure what the final score was. And the guy who usually does the announcing had gone home. Somebody said that he had a date. Anyway, if you let me turn on the radio, I’ll hear the score there. And Dolores?”

“Yes”

Wayne walked over to the drinks cabinet and took out a couple of glasses. “I don’t suppose you would fancy a wee drink”


We will leave the smooth-talking Wayne to his attempts to mollify Dolores and reflect on the situation. What you have just read is probably the ultimate scenario for those who wish to tamper with the current rules of football. Do I think that the game needs radical changes like that? No but I do think that some change is necessary and in one specific circumstance.

Now, I was a professional footballer for 9 years and in all that time, I can put my hand on my heart and state with complete conviction that I never pulled any other player’s jersey. Did I try to half him in two with a tackle, yes! But no jersey-pulling. And, of course, I was penalised for the challenge.

Today, though, I feel that there is a lot of body-checking and jersey-pulling going on in every match. Very often the referee lets it go and then you get the ridiculous scenario at a corner kick when all those waiting for the ball to come in are pulling and pushing, with the referee watching it and ignoring it. It is a foul, ref!

When the referee decides that an offence has been committed, then the player will be spoken to first. If he does it again, he will be given a yellow-card. The problem is, though, that the offence might possibly have affected the play in the match, whereas the yellow card does not affect the player’s participation.

If the player is daft enough to do it again, then of course he gets another yellow and will be off. Most, however, are sensible and keep the head, so they go unpunished as far as the current match is concerned. What we have to find is a punishment that affects the match in which the transgression occurred. Which means that we have to consider the sin bin.

This works very well in rugby and gives the referee a means to punish an offence a little more harshly – yet more efficiently – than a yellow card but without having to go for the ultimate, drastic – and for many unpalatable  – option of the red card. I hope it comes in soon.

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  1. With all the recent talk of Alastair Johnston I am struggling as to how he gets such an easy ride.  He was on the board when Rangers were cheating HMRC with an unlawful tax avoidance scheme. He was on the board when Rangers accepted they had a liability to HMRC but then told the SFA something to the contrary when applying for a European licence. Never at any time has Johnston shown the slightest hint of remorse at what Rangers did, never mind apologise. Now he is back on the board at Ibrox showing the same arrogant contempt as he always did. 

    If the SFA and the media really want a clean game then people like Alastair Johnston, Dave King, David Murray and Paul Murray should be told they will never be welcome again. 

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  2. UPTHEHOOPS
    APRIL 21, 2018 at 11:04
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    Mr “Surrender No”, with pseudo masonic references during a TV interview.

    It staggers me him getting the easy ride of which you speak. 

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  3. HomunculusApril 21, 2018 at 12:44 
    UPTHEHOOPSAPRIL 21, 2018 at 11:04==================================Mr “Surrender No”, with pseudo masonic references during a TV interview.It staggers me him getting the easy ride of which you speak.
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    Hardly surprising that the man who could come out with that hardly disguised piece of bigotry, and think it was a clever quip, is also the man who came out with that drivel the other day.

    Strangely enough, while the first had the bears in ecstasy, the second had them apoplectic.

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  4. Celtic riddled with Hibs fifth columnists.
    Brendan Rogers offered the Hibs job when Lennon goes to Arsenal.
    Both teams allowed to wear green boots and play on green grass.

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  5. HOMUNCULUSAPRIL 21, 2018 at 12:44

    Mr “Surrender No”, with pseudo masonic references during a TV interview.
    It staggers me him getting the easy ride of which you speak. 

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    A former colleague I was friendly with was a senior Freemason. He assured me they were a very law abiding, charitable fraternity who knew right from wrong, and helped many in the community, both inside and outside the craft.  Can’t see too many of them approving of tax evasion then! 

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  6. UPTHEHOOPS Rate This
    HOMUNCULUSAPRIL 21, 2018 at 12:44
    Mr “Surrender No”, with pseudo masonic references during a TV interview.It staggers me him getting the easy ride of which you speak. 
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    A former colleague I was friendly with was a senior Freemason. He assured me they were a very law abiding, charitable fraternity who knew right from wrong, and helped many in the community, both inside and outside the craft.  Can’t see too many of them approving of tax evasion then! 

    There is, though, a difference between The Orange Order and the Freemasons. One is not t’other, although they are often regarded as interchangeable, particularly in the West of Scotland and NI

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  7. WOTTPI
    APRIL 21, 2018 at 14:27
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    The better team on the day, with the players that fought for every ball won.

    That is all. 

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  8. “My target is to make the players as rich as possible within the financial constraints of the club. My target is not to give them less money. I’m happy to make them rich.” Arsene Wenger, 2010.

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  9. Chic Young trying his hardest to sound excited about St Mirren accepting the championship title, its obvious when its only your journalism pretence team that the excitment in the voice gives it away. Just like Jabba never did step up to the plate when his beloved Airdrie were liquidated by his present employers.

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  10. It just makes you wonder if it’s worth all the bother they go to, to avoid a title clincher involving a Glasgow Derby game.  It looks like it could well happen anyway.

    A cup semi final like last Sunday had as much potential  trouble around it but it was OK as far as I know.

    Maybe they should just decide the fixtures and let them land as they will.

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  11. jimboApril 21, 2018
    It just makes you wonder if it’s worth all the bother they go to, to avoid a title clincher involving a Glasgow Derby game. It looks like it could well happen anyway.

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    Jimbo. It was never about avoiding a Celtic v TRFC game where the title could be won. That would have been technically impossible. It was all about which 2 teams were wakest and willing to travel to Ibrox to play a 3rd game there in 1 season. I wonder what bribe/sweetener was used to smooth over the decision of Hearts and Killie to give up their home games against TRFC.

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  12. CARFINS FINEST.
    Probably the same bribe/sweeetner that was used when Rangers played the same team away from home on eight separate occasions whilst only playing the same team at home once (Hearts 2008/09)
    For the record the eight times we had to play away for a third time were –
    Dundee (2000/01), Dunfermline (2001/02), Dundee United (2003/04), Aberdeen (2004/05),Hibernian (2006/07), Hibernian (2008/09), Dundee United (2009/10) & St Johnstone (2011/12)
    Don’t remember much fuss made at the time apart from Walter mentioning it once.
    During the same period Celtic played three home games versus the same team on six occasions and played the same team away from home just the once.  

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  13. Jimbo
    What pisses me off is Brendan Rodgers saying it will take something “extraordinary” to lure him away from Celtic.
    Me?
    I would just say, “No”. It’s an easy word to say.
    I’m a black or white guy. Say “no”, without any equivocation, mental reservation, or secret evasion of mind whatever, or feck off. (And yes, I have said those words before).
    It reminds me of McInnes when sevco were after him and he would not commit to Aberdeen.

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  14. FINNMCCOOLAPRIL 22, 2018 at 01:34

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    I think you are being unfair to Brendan Rodgers. He has repeatedly dealt with speculation linking him with a move away from Celtic by stating how happy he is at the club, and that it is his dream job. In my view Rodgers is here to try and get 10 in a row and then he will think about moving on. He has said more than once he will not be at Celtic forever.  However, it would be naive in the extreme to think there are not job offers which would tempt him away now.  Personally i don’t think Arsenal would be one of them.  I think the riches on offer at Man City or Chelsea would, who are both clubs who can enter the bidding for any player in the world, but I doubt Rodgers would be on their radar as first choice. It is also worth remembering Rodgers is a very wealthy man outside of football due to the London property portfolio business he runs with his ex-wife.  Sometimes a Manager and a club are a perfect marriage. Right now I think Rodgers and Celtic are exactly that, but he is a relatively young man and I’m sure he thinks he has unfinished business down south after coming closer to winning the league with Liverpool than any Manager since Kenny Dalglish did it in 1990. Talk of him leaving Celtic now is in my view desperation from a media who are sick at the thought of ten in a row.  Dermot Desmond dangled the carrot the other day and they went for it big style.  However, Desmond didn’t get where he is in life by being an idiot. He played them like a fiddle in my view. 

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  15. AJ – and the poll question was “Should Rangers fans try to buy out Dave King?”

    They are being lined up to bail out King once he is forced to buy a pile of sh….ares.

    That money doesn’t go into the clumpany. Just into King’s pocket.

    Scottish Football needs a strong Arbroath.

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  16. Despite Gordon Waddell’s best efforts at spelling out some home truths for the bears, on a desk not far from him Scott McDermott was typing this sort of nonsense –
    “But where does Allen and the board turn next as they look to compete with a Brendan Rodgers-inspired Celtic and stop 10 in a row?”

    Will he ever learn?

    Forget trying to be the equal of Celtic. You have to walk before you can run.  Forget trying to be the singular club who will stop Celtic’s 10 in a row.

    Read your colleague’s article.

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  17. AllyjamboApril 22, 2018 at 09:07
    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/dave-king-not-answer-rangers-12402442
    Looks like Gordon Waddell at the DR is on the same curve as Alistair Johnston, the one six years behind the rest of us, or, at least, all us non bears. Still, I am sure his late arrival to reality will have all those bears raging.
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    An interesting article from Waddell.

    Ten years ago, yes TEN I wrote to Graham Speirs C/O BBC (so he may not received it as I got no answer) this letter.
    As I recall I never pursued the issue as I realised that the timing in 2008 just wasn’t right. Perhaps it is now.

    Date:  17 Oct 2008
     
    Dear Mr Spiers
     
    In reading what Celtic Chairman John Reid said in his statement to the Celtic AGM on the singing of The Famine Song, where he defined who Celtic are and what they stand for (see in bold below), I thought his statement begged the question of Rangers:
     
    Just exactly who are Rangers and what do they stand for? As a Celtic supporter I have my own often biased and cynical views but I was seriously wondering could Rangers come up with a statement about themselves about who they are and what they stand for that would not suffer greatly when compared to Celtic’s?
     
    I ask because whilst I agree with Dr Reid that we are NOT the same at this point in time, I see that not as something to crow over but as a matter of regret. Perhaps if Rangers could define themselves in the same positive terms, which might mean accepting and stating that past attitudes were mistaken, they might create a more solid foundation to move onwards and upwards from.
     
    I have taken the time to write to you because I admire the courage and clarity with which you have dealt with the behavioural issue of the worst element in the Ranger’s support and hope that in asking the question you might be prompted to
     
    a)   Make an attempt at defining the ideal answer
    b)   Assess just how far short of that ideal Rangers are falling so that the gap can be positively closed.
    c)    Publish your views.
     
    Yours faithfully
     
    Auldheid (real name used)
    The Statement by John Reid follows and should be read in the context of that time although the values expressed still apply.

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  18. John Reid’s Statement at Celtic AGM 2008
     
    Why did you decide to speak out about ‘The Famine Song’ and is it important that the club make sure that our supporters protect the integrity of Celtic’s name?
    I spoke out about it because this is a pretty vile song and I don’t think that any reasonable person who has read the words of this song can see it as anything other than a pretty vicious, racist song. It combines racism and sectarianism and goes beyond a lot of other things that we have seen in the past. That’s one of the reasons why I spoke out and I also come from Irish and Scottish descent myself, so that’s the main reason. But there is a bigger and wider reason as well and that is, the nature of this club. We are proud of the fact that we have Scottish origins and Irish heritage and we are never going to deny that. We will defend that and that is not a cause for shame, it’s a cause for recognition and celebration. Indeed our very name ‘Celtic’ is about the unity of the Scottish and Irish people. It stands against those who would divide, discriminate and oppose those two entities. And because we start from that basis of the unity of peoples then we have always been open and inclusive as a club. That’s why traditionally we have never discriminated. That’s why our board, our shareholders, our footballers and our footballing heroes come from all sorts of different backgrounds, religions, ethnic groups and do so internationally. That’s why I said last year that whatever differences we have when we come into this club we leave them at the door because we believe truly, in a Scotland that is one bit of many cultures and is way beyond now being Scots and Irish. That is our stance, therefore we have to speak out when we see racism or sectarianism being practised and of course, if we are going to do that we have to practise what we preach. We have to be careful, from our own point of view and that’s why I am absolutely delighted that our fans in recent years have had accolades from the world football authorities, from the European football authorities and let me say when I point out that there may be a minority who are transgressing our own rules, that they are our own rules. I don’t know any Celtic fans who have been chanting racist slogans or anything of that nature, so I am not comparing like with like here. But I am saying that we have got to be whiter than white and that we have to explain to and educate everybody at this club, including that tiny minority which at away games sometimes leaves us exposed to those who would attempt to say that we are all the same. We aren’t all the same, but we have to make sure that that is evident to everybody. That’s the nature of Celtic Football Club.
     
     

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  19. jimboApril 20, 2018 at 11:58

    I think yesterday’s performance by Hibs totally supports your point about how the league can become competitive.
    Taking Ntcham as an example: against The Rangers he was superb  but as yesterday showed, the level of competition last weekend was not what Hibs presented yesterday.
    In the run in, had Celtic not opened up a gap that still makes them clear favourites, the finish would be a real nail biter for first place and will be for the other places. 
    What yesterday told me about Celtic and I hope BR, is  Celtic need to have a more physical presence than Scott Brown. They also need an attitude change in the run in.
    That is what competition does, it drives up standards all round.
    It was a very enjoyable game too and hopefully there will be many more like it in competitive terms (but as a Celtic supporter with a more favourable result)

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  20. A bit ironic but if the people who are desperate to ensure 10 in a row does’nt happen they may need to look to the manager who won 1,2 and 3 at the start of the run to put an end to it. Neil Lennon is a better manager than people in this country give him credit for but because of WHO he is the SMSM cannot bear the thought of backing him at any point. The TRFC support may also be compromised if the situation arises where Lenny can stop the 10.
    Another thing. The 9 in a row record does not belong to Rangers FC. Celtic were the first team to reach the milestone. Rangers only equalled an already existing record. The record belongs to Celtic FC.

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  21. Cluster OneApril 22, 2018 at 10:22 5 0
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    I read this week that rangers had ditched Puma.I know,my heart bleeds

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    Had to dump Puma as Hummell were offering £7million more than their illustrious counterparts.

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  22. SLIMJIM
    APRIL 21, 2018 at 22:43
    Probably the same bribe/sweeetner that was used when Rangers played the same team away from home on eight separate occasions whilst only playing the same team at home once (Hearts 2008/09)For the record the eight times we had to play away for a third time were –Dundee (2000/01), Dunfermline (2001/02), Dundee United (2003/04), Aberdeen (2004/05),Hibernian (2006/07), Hibernian (2008/09), Dundee United (2009/10) & St Johnstone (2011/12)Don’t remember much fuss made at the time apart from Walter mentioning it once.During the same period Celtic played three home games versus the same team on six occasions and played the same team away from home just the once.

    Thing is though, it is not about how many home games a team plays against another. (I have access to records back to 1994). It is about trying to get them each to have 19 games home and away. Hearts had to give up a home game this year because Kilmarnock had had to suffer that same fate already recently.
    If you want to worry about who has to be away three times to the same team there are multiple instances of it every year. It is a consequence of the split and there is pretty much nothing that can be done about it. Rangers (old or new) have not been hit any harder than any other team in this regards

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  23. JOHN CLARKAPRIL 22, 2018 at 13:23
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    And the now classic “We Deserve Better”

    Or was it Butter, perhaps they are selling cut rate sandwiches in the stadium.

    Or Batter, maybe their fish is being done in breadcrumbs.

    Got it, Bitter, we deserve bitter.

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  24. Sounds like common sense has broken out between Alex McLeish and Brendan Rodgers on which players will travel with Scotland to the infamous friendlies. 

    Players like Tierney & Forrest who played a huge amount of games will be rested.  Armstrong & Griffiths who have missed a lot of games through injury or being benched will go.

    Seems to be a wee bit of doubt over McGregor who has played 50+ games but is desperate to seal his Scotland career.

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  25. Thanks for sharing Auldheid
    It can be instructive how things written many years ago are seen to be relevant today. 
    I would add you your original piece – it’s about what clubs stand for. But some clubs are known for what they detest, abhor and hate. 
    Oh that we could go back 10 years and know then what we know now. 

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  26. Jimbo,

    Spot on about how a title challenge will come about. It will be from a general levelling up of standards by several teams who chip away at Celtics superiority.

    The best book on sport I have ever read is Moneyball by Michael Lewis. Whilst it’s subject is baseball the number of lessons that fans of all sports can take from it are immense.

    For me something that is overlooked by so many fans and pundits is the normal distribution of numbers. Say a quality striker takes 30% of their chances over a career then some seasons they will likely score 45% and others 15% of the chances offered.  this will interact with personal psychology and confidence either feeding success or reinforcing failure.

    Similar is reversion to the norm – arguably several members of Celtic’s squad had what may prove to be the best season of the careers in 2016/17. In combination they created the invincible run across three competitions. It’s simple logic that this can’t be repeated every season.

    The brilliant and outstanding do drag up the standard of the rest. In any sport/league where a team defines new standards most opposition players and coaches will generally have sufficient professional pride to improve themselves and rise to the challenge.

    A problem for the chasing pack is that Celtic have their own raising of the game to do in Europe. What could keep Celtic dominant domestically is their desire to improve and succeed at a higher level in the Champions League.

    At some point Celtic will be toppled domestically the challenge to the rest is to be able to take the opportunity when it arises.

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  27. SLIMJIM
    APRIL 22, 2018 at 15:06
    SCOTTCI think the recent statement from Hearts went some way to explaining the rational behind how the decision is made.

    Exactly, my point Jim, but your original post inferred that Rangers were somehow being singled out by being made to play the same team three times away more often than anyone else. Technically, you are correct; they had to play the same team away from home  three times on 8 occassions since the split was introduced. However, that is only once more than three other teams and no fewer than five teams have had to play two teams away from home three times in the same season. St Johnstone have had to do that twice! The split introduced so many diffculties that you have to wonder who thought it was a good idea. I’ve not added the data for this year yet.

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  28. SCOTTC
    Personally speaking i find the split has been a decent idea, with teams playing their closest competitors at a crucial part of the season thus providing a additional level of interest and hopefully larger attendances. 
    I wasn’t implying any bias against my team, just putting out some stats that may surprise some on the site.   

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  29. HOMUNCULUSAPRIL 22, 2018 at 13:32

    And the now classic “We Deserve Better”

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    I really don’t understand that thinking.  We all support our clubs and we all want them to do as best as they can but I’m not sure we actually ‘deserve’ anything. We may get angry at the players and directors from time to time (as Rangers fans are right now), but what constitutes ‘deserving’ something? 

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  30. I suppose ‘We deserve better’ is a bit strong.  Not as bad as ‘Where we belong’ but in the same mould.  They could be talking in terms of a return for their money, in which case they might have a point.  As far as their board is concerned, do they deserve better?  

    Expectations might be better terminology.   Even although their expectations are too high it’s better than deserving.

    Every club has expectations – at various levels.

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  31. SLIMJIM
    APRIL 22, 2018 at 18:02

    SCOTTCPersonally speaking i find the split has been a decent idea, with teams playing their closest competitors at a crucial part of the season thus providing a additional level of interest and hopefully larger attendances. I wasn’t implying any bias against my team, just putting out some stats that may surprise some on the site.

    It’s certainly true that there is an additional level of interest with them playing their close rivals at the end of the season. It does make certain games much more interesting but there are always going to be winners and losers with the home/away mix and the 18/19/20 Home/Away games. I have got kind of used to it though and since it will never affect my team, don’t really mind whether it stays or not. 09

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  32. jimboApril 22, 2018 at 19:29I suppose ‘We deserve better’ is a bit strong.  Not as bad as ‘Where we belong’ but in the same mould. 

    I read this as in their case as wishful thinking  that they think “We deserve better” but instaed their endeavours put them  “Were we belong” liquidated and dead
    Roll on mid-day next Sunday .

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  33. Just for fun, on a quiet night, I went back to look at an article I read last year, and was kind of annoyed at. 
    After reading it again, I composed a letter to its author, more as a  wee mental exercise than anything else. 
    But I might just print it out and send it snail mail tomorrow. Bloody annoys me when people fudge!
    Here is what I have written:
    Ms Selina SagayamGibson,Dunn and Crutcher LLPTelephone House,2-4 Temple Avenue,London, EC4 0HB
    Dear Ms Sagayam,
    On July 22 2017, you posted on the “Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation” a contribution entitled “Learnings from some recent Contested Cases before the UK Takeover panel”.
    May I refer you to the section therein headed “Rangers International Football Club plc:Concert Parties, Breach of Rule 9 Mandatory Bid regulations & Compliance Orders”, and within that section to the part headed “ Background Facts”?
    In this summary of the facts, there is a strange hiatus between “the club(Old Rangers) ran into financial difficulty,it entered into administration and in July 2012 in (sic) entered into liquidation” and “ in December 2012 a new company, Rangers International Football Club plc (Rangers) was incorporated in Scotland…….”
    I would like to fill in the gap in your record.
    Rangers Football Club, incorporated in 1899 went, as you say, into Administration . It is most important to emphasise that it was not bought out of Administration, via any kind of CVA or other arrangement to pay its creditors.
    No, as you also correctly say, it went into Liquidation , where, even as I write,it presently languishes under the name of ‘Rangers 2012’ ( its name having been hastily changed just before it was Liquidated )
    The most significant consequence of being liquidated is, for a Scottish professional football club ,loss of membership of a League, which entails loss of membership of the Scottish Football Association.
    That is, the football club ceases to exist as a recognised professional football club entitled to participate in Scottish Professional Football. In other words, it dies the death of Liquidation, as many clubs have done, even in recent times.
    Some of its assets ( excluding, notably, some football players under contract who could legally walk away from their contracts) had been sold by the Administrators to new company , SevcoScotland, in 2012.
    Contrary to the view expressed by many so-called journalists in Scotland, this new company was not a ‘new owner’ of ‘Rangers 1899’.That club was, still is, in Liquidation and was not available for purchase!
    But the new company aspired to found a new football club.
    Now, to obtain membership of the Scottish Football Association a new, would-be professional club, has first to be in membership of a Scottish Professional Football League.
    SevcoScotland , renamed as “The Rangers Football Club Ltd”,duly applied for membership of the then Scottish Premier League(SPL), but was refused membership.
    It then applied for membership of Division 1 of the then Scottish Football League(SFL) , and was denied such membership.
    It was not admitted to membership of Division 2 ,either.
    Finally, in a process described at the time by one most honourable ,now sadly deceased, club Chairman as ‘corrupt’, it was finally admitted into Division 3 of the SFL.
    Back in 2011, a company known as ‘Rangers Football plc’ had been set up ,on 16 November ,company number 437060.
    The shareholders of ‘The Rangers Football Club Ltd ‘ did a deal with the shareholders of “Rangers Football plc”, under which “Rangers Football plc” became the holding company of ‘The Rangers Football Club Ltd’
    “Rangers Football plc” changed its name to ‘Rangers International Football Club’ on 27 November 2012.
    And under that name launched an IPO, in the prospectus of which they claimed to be the Rangers of 1899 vintage!
    A claim which is arrant nonsense, of course, because Rangers of 1899 is in Liquidation.
    So there you have it: a more complete record of facts, so that no one is deceived into believing that the chairman of RIFC plc who , in a precedent-setting move by the Takeover Panel,was taken to the Court of Session and ordered by that Court to comply with the Takeover Panel Appeal Board’s order to make a mandatory offer under Rule 9, is chairman of anything other than the holding company of the 6-year-old ‘The Rangers Football Club Ltd’, and not at all Chairman of a holding company of Rangers of 1899.
    Not that these additional facts have any immediate bearing on the purpose of your article about Rule 9.
    But I just wanted to let you know.
    ( And you will know by now, of course, that the principal member of the RIFC plc ‘concert party’ has indicated that he will obey the Court of Session’s order to make an offer, and has until Thursday of this week to do so)
    Yours sincerely,
    me.
    ( and I’ve just noticed her name-SAGAyam!)

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  34. Level42 will need to instruct the SMSM to copy/paste some World Class Whoppers this week.

    Trying to talk up the current TRFC team is a lost cause.
    So, IMO, attempting to destabilise CFC is all they have left.

    I’m going for;
    Brendan Rodgers “is understood” to be signing for Arsenal – immediately after wrapping up the League title.  [I know.]

    And “it is also understood” that his first signings for the Gooners ‘could’ be; Dembele, Tierney, Roberts.

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