Let me say from the outset that as a Rangers fan I have no wish to downplay my club’s pitiful exit of the Europa League at the first hurdle against Luxembourg’s fourth best team. I publicly stated at the time of Pedro Caixinha’s appointment as manager that I feared it would not go well, and so far he has presided over some shocking performances, notably our worst ever home defeat (against who escapes my memory) and now this abject capitulation. We don’t have the luxury at this fragile stage of our rehabilitation of some exotic experiment. We need solid, tangible progress. The ‘Portuguese-James-Bond-who-talks-a-helluva-game’ is vanishingly unlikely to provide this as far as I’m concerned.
However, there is surely a broader theme emerging here. St. Johnstone, managed admirably by Tommy Wright (a credible contender for the Ibrox post in many people’s view) exited tamely against Lithuania’s FC Trakai. Wright made the point that St. Johnstone have one of the smallest budgets of the SPL, but what budget do FC Trakai have?
This recent Scotsman article, covers these issues well:
“It’s been one week since you looked at me, cocked your head to the side and said I’m angry. Five days since you laughed at me…”
When Canadian band Barenaked Ladies released their hit song ‘One Week’ 19 years ago no one could have foreseen that the evocative start would be so relevant in Scottish football.
Within the past week there has been no shortage of anger, plus a great dollop of laughter. A few great dollops if truth be told. Laughter at ourselves, laughter as schadenfreude and laughter because the only other option would be to curl up into a ball and cry.
As does a linked article from 2015 by Craig Anderson of The Terrace Scottish Football Podcast which has demolished my previously strongly held conviction that summer football was the way forward.
Craig Anderson takes the arguments for summer football then puts a hat and a dose of factor 50 on them.
A move to summer football would quite possibly be the biggest change Scottish football has ever undertaken, and it is therefore hugely important that all of the facts are brought to the table to allow people to make an informed decision. If people strongly believe that summer football is the way to go, then it is possible to make it happen. But there are a number of sacrifices which would have to be made along the way, and I’m not sure that it’s a really a price worth paying.
Any suggestions gratefully received etc…