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Time to Crown Celtic Champions and get a realistic plan in place for next season

12 May 2020


The time has come for Celtic to be crowned Champions of Scotland. The talking must stop. Enough is enough, votes have been cast, statements have been issued, even a long awaited dossier delivered with little substance, an EGM called, endless debates on radio and we even had a club with no spare cash, who might still have a legacy debt to a face painter talking about paying for an independent enquiry into the powers that be charged with running Scottish football. Thankfully this has been voted against as expected at the EGM held by videoconference today.

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How could an enquiry be independent if one club is paying for it with their own agenda and that agenda is to see the league null and void and they have an unhealthy obsession with trying to compete at all costs with Celtic? This obsession has seen them go bust and come back as a new club and it could happen to the new club if they don’t get a realistic plan in place.

Lets be honest here, Rangers are hurting, they took a gamble on an inexperienced manager in Steven Gerard at great expense and all they have to show for it is a half decent run in Europe and a couple of wins over Celtic, no silverware and no big investment to be able to compete with Celtic.

Scottish football does not have the financial muscle to be included in the same conversation as La Liga, Bundesliga or the EPL when they talk about recommencing this season.

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This weekend I would love nothing more than to have been getting up in the early hours of Sunday morning, boarding a packed red eye flight with like minded Celtic fans and going to see Scott Brown lifting the SPFL trophy high above his head and celebrating 9IAR long into the night in one of Glasgow’s many Irish bars before waking up in a city hotel to the sight of a half eaten fish supper on the locker before nursing my hangover on the way back to Ireland. But that is a no go so where do we go from here?

This season is dead. Players are out of contract at the end of the month. How can the season be completed without players? No fan wants to see the season finish this way but we have to be realistic. People are losing their lives including front line workers.

Personally I don’t want to see football played behind closed doors but I have to be realistic and realise that football in Scotland could resume in late summer and there will most likely be no fans inside stadiums with bans of large people gathering only up for review come September

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We need Celtic crowned champions, we need players contracts sorted, we need to be ready for players coming and going in the transfer window, we need leadership, we need a realistic timetable for the resumption of football not a Boris style ye but no but ye style approach.

Now is the time for real and realistic LEADERSHIP in Scottish football and an end to the mess it is becoming. The MAJORITY vote should rule not the minority who seem to be SHOUTING the loudest.

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Andrew started More than 90 Minutes in 2001. He has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic. One of his essays featured in Celtic Minded 2 and he is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of Celtic AM pre-match events at Malone’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association. 

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