Same direction

It’s easy to see why clubs like Celtic and Hibernian gloat whilst each others city rivals falter. Naturally the rivalry on the pitch exists off the pitch as well.

Some have chastised Celtic and Hibs for their unmasked sniggering at the downfall of their rivals. Rather than condemning the green half of the divide, shouldn’t the criticism be aimed in the direction on those who financially mismanaged these clubs?

Nobody denies the effect that club demise has on football, particularly in Scotland. In reality the downward spiral of these two clubs is merely an addition to a bigger issue within Scottish football.

Amazingly, Hearts have been dodging this bullet for some time. So it has as no surprise that they have finally engaged with inevitability.

Similarly, in Glasgow another club fell from grace only last year. They now rest – reincarnated – in the lower leagues.

Though not openly reported by the media, the fall of Oldco was also in the mix for a long time. By contrast, Hearts never received the same white wash that the now defunct Glasgow club did.

What needs to be remembered is that whilst these clubs may have “suffered”, they also profiteered on the road to failure. Competition money and silverware has crossed the palm of these clubs at the expense of those who functioned within their means.

Despite this latest episode of failure, Scottish football hobbles along like a dying animal. At a time when our national sport awaits a transfusion, a country of young players and passionate supporters hope for better days.

The crops of Scottish football have yielded little of late. “Money is the root of all evil” they say, but its hard to diagnose if our game needs more money or less money to function properly.

Oldco ruined Scottish football by throwing money around. This upset the balance as every other club struggled to keep up.

In doing so, change happened too quickly. Scotland is a small nation and must move ahead with caution, patience and more importantly a plan.

Now is the time to realise that. If it never hit home before then we can only hope it does now.

We supporters have been crying out for change for so long. I predicted an implosion before that change happened and we are certainly in the middle of change but its “destination unknown” unfortunately.

To see a wave of young players spurred on by an influential presence in Scottish football would be a starting point. I have yet to witness a positive influence of power invoke the revolution we need.

On a more positive note, the national team finally have a coach worth backing. Its been a while so I expect improvement on the international front with Gordon Strachan in charge.

He was a influential player for the national side. His opinion of Scottish football is similar to my own and with any luck, he may just be able to influence change beyond the field of play.

So what of the domestic game? Should we assume that league “restructuring” will have the desired effect?

Well, to be honest I’m not optimistic. As far back as Henry McLeish’s involvement I thought there was positive change ahead but now I only see a rehash of the same product, something that has been happening in Scottish football for too long.

Nothing radical has happened. Its practically the same set up.

I often think of smaller nations than Scotland who have a better balance within their domestic game. If that kind of acumen had a presence in Scottish football, we may have made some progress in the last twenty odd years.

Instead we find ourselves in an eternal struggle. Were it not for the small representation of our club football in Europe, Scotland would be totally forgotten.

How do we get out of this mess? Are we doomed to fail?

Perhaps there is worse to come before things get radical. After all, we’ve waited this long haven’t we?

Hail! Hail!


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