If you thought Dundee finally submitting their vote on the future of Scottish football clarified things and was the end of the matter, think again.
It’s still a bit of a mess, so we brought out the big guns on the Totally Scottish Football Show this week to try and get on top of it.
Pat Nevin joined us to talk about a number of things, firstly the motivation of clubs as they cast their votes.
“If you ever hear someone say they’re doing this ‘for the good of the game’ – turn off at that point.
“This is not the time where people do things like that. This is an existential threat for most clubs, so they won’t consider that: they’ll consider what is most likely to give them safety, security, existence.
“They will make decisions based on what’s good for their own individual clubs, and the politicking that’s going on around it, with the clubs that are wanting to get a change to the system, that’s what they want the end game to be. The problem is, there aren’t enough clubs to agree to it, so it will be a shambles for quite some time I think.”
Pat also spoke about the frustration of trying to enact any sort of reform – not just this time – with Celtic and Rangers holding so much power in any vote.
“One of the biggest problems – and it’s always been the case – is that for the big decisions you need an 11-1 vote. The vast majority of the time Celtic and Rangers vote together, and you don’t get anything through.
“On this occasion, it would appear they don’t, but you still need an 11-1. The chances of getting that on any of the proposals for league reconstruction are minimal. They’ve figured out the best way to make money by constructing the league the way it is just now: anyone who comes back now and says “we’ve got a new league construction and it won’t get as many Old Firm games” – you might as well stop the sentence there, because that’s what it’s all about. It was about that before, and it’s about that with bells on now because of the financial state of the clubs.
“It’s not personal: it’s not about Celtic winning the league, or Rangers catching Celtic. The primary focus will be on what helps [the clubs] financially, and that will be focus going forwards.”
And what of talk that there should be an investigation into how the vote has been conducted? Pat isn’t holding his breath?
“I would like to see it. But do I expect to see it? Nah.”
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