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    Comment on One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All by ernie.

    BP, on board with all of that. The thing about “rangersness” and “celticness” IMO is that it’s used as shorthand for something that has nothing to do with football. The fact that two teams dominate football supporters in Scotland is just a fact and that’s ok with me.  Even their dominance of the media is understandable but let’s not assume we are all on one side of the sectarian divide or the other, most of us (including I suspect most Celtic fans and maybe trfc fans?) couldn’t care less. 

     

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    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    Reading my last post it looks a bit flippant and I don't mean it that way.  I'm fully aware of the "establishment" predomination of a protestant/masonic nature in Scotland and it's clear that the SFA is one of the last bastions.  However the antidote to a corrupt organisation with outdated sectarian bias is a functioning organisation where absolutely no account of ethnicity, religion, skin colour or political affiliation is taken. Even if you don't share the liberal view on diversity being good for society in general there is the undisputed fact that none of the above has a single thing to do with fitba anyway. Categorising everyone in terms of Rangersness or Celticness is part of the problem and I, for one, don't want any part in it.

     


    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    So let me get this right. There are “good Rangers men”, presumably that means Protestant and probably mason and or orange order. Then there are a few “non rangers” and that presumably means merely Protestant. Then there are “Celtic” men, presumably catholic. As you say UTH how bizarre that we are categorising thus in 2019 especially in fitba.  I’m glad I’m an atheist sheepshagger!

     


    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    Interesting take on fan behaviour from UEFA, the England players, the FA and even apparently Downing Street.  No messing about.  Some pundits and players are suggesting throwing Montenegro out of the competition never mind closing the ground which appears to be taken as a given.  I would think this might be more effective than leaving it to the local police who obviously have no impact.  Compare and contrast with the usual walking away of my club and most of the rest with today's concocted story by the beeb.

     


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    Edusport. I’m a co-owner having bought a share in 2018. We get to vote on various aspects including player selection (up to a very fine point!) but not the actual team management. The name change was voted by the members. I didn’t vote, happy to be a silent partner ( in a very small way) just to see how it goes. I like the academy approach, for what it’s worth it’s the only way I see Scotland ever competing at a high level country and club. But that’s another discussion! Edit to add, plan has always been SPFL by 2025.


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