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jumpship
27-02-2009, 12:29
- for third time - but Rangers would avoid pitch nightmare


SPL bosses have held secret talks about the nightmare scenario of sending Celtic to Fir Park for a THIRD time this season as the title race goes down to the wire.

Record Sport can reveal the proposal would also see championship rivals Rangers playing Mark McGhee's men at Ibrox three times - and avoid returning to Motherwell's dreaded pitch in the run-in.

The potential fixture farce will almost certainly explode if Well can fend off challenges from Hibs and Hamilton to stay in the top six at the split.

Motherwell edged into sixth place last weekend with a 1-1 draw at home to Celtic on a playing surface which is so badly damaged Record Sport columnist Mark Hateley called for the authorities to shut Fir Park down immediately on health and safety grounds.

If the the current top six of Rangers, Celtic, Hearts, Dundee United, Aberdeen and Motherwell all make the final cut the SPL will have to make drastic changes to the card.

Top-flight bosses Lex Gold and Iain Blair have discussed contingency plans and have drawn up two alternatives - neither of which will go down well with Celtic or their fans.

If the Hoops are not forced to go to Fir Park for a third time they will almost certainly face a third trip to face Hearts, with the Tynecastle men playing Rangers at Ibrox three times.

Ensure That would be necessary to ensure as many top-flight teams as possible play 19 home and 19 away fixtures over the season.

In previous years Rangers have had to go to Aberdeen and Dundee United three times to make up for this anomaly - but Celtic have neverbeenadverselyaffected.

However, that will change this time should Motherwell make the top six.

As is stands, Rangers will have played 16 home games at the split with Celtic on 17.

Celtic would then be due to play two away games at Ibrox and Pittodrie, with three further home clashes against Dundee United, Hearts and Motherwell.

Rangers would face Celtic and Aberdeen at home with away days at Tannadice, Tynecastle and Fir Park.

But that would mean Celtic had 20 home games compared to the Ibrox side's 18, which is why the SPL would intervene by switching two of the games to send Gordon Strachan's men to Fir Park or Tynecastle.

Dundee United could also benefit as they would be in line to be the only team in the top six to play 20 home games and 18 away.

Last night SPL chief Iain Blair confirmed talks have taken place to thrash out a rearranged fixture list.

He told Record Sport: "Yes, we are aware of the potential problems. Our only objective is to come up with the fairest set of fixtures possible."



How the split fixtures would work:

RANGERS
Home: Celtic, Aberdeen, Hearts or Motherwell.
Away: Hearts or Motherwell, Dundee Utd.

CELTIC
Home: Dundee Utd, Hearts or Motherwell.
Away: Hearts or Motherwell, Rangers, Aberdeen.

DUNDEE UTD
Home: Aberdeen, Motherwell, Rangers.
Away: Celtic, Hearts.

jumpship
27-02-2009, 12:29
More old firm loving ..........


If thats the way it *****ing works out, then it should be played like that .

Its getting ridiculous the amount of bending over backward SPL/SFA and media are doing to keep the old firm happy.

Fairplay
27-02-2009, 12:36
I'm not against switching things to try to make it fairer but it should be done according to rules laid down at the start of the season, not done on the back of an envelope midway through the season.

ProfFrink
07-03-2009, 20:59
Dundee moan about never getting the extra home game against United and nothing happens.
Suddenly its affecting the Old Firm and something has to be done.

Here is a solution,
No post split matches in the top 6 to be played at home.
derbies played at nearest "Neutral Venue"
e.g. Old Firm at Hampden, Edinburgh Derby at Murrayfield, United Vs Aberdeen at McDairmid
All other matches played at a suitable half way venue.
e.g. every East Vs West match at Falkirk, Falkirk decamped to Forthbank.
All gate receipts shared.

DundeeEastEnd1877
07-03-2009, 21:03
Dundee moan about never getting the extra home game against United and nothing happens.
Suddenly its affecting the Old Firm and something has to be done.

Here is a solution,
No post split matches in the top 6 to be played at home.
derbies played at nearest "Neutral Venue"
e.g. Old Firm at Hampden, Edinburgh Derby at Murrayfield, United Vs Aberdeen at McDairmid
All other matches played at a suitable half way venue.
e.g. every East Vs West match at Falkirk, Falkirk decamped to Forthbank.
All gate receipts shared.I honestly don't think I've read this much nonsense in a single post, anywhere. My constructive comment is - DON'T DO DRUGS!

michelob (flying snowman)
07-03-2009, 22:15
Dundee moan about never getting the extra home game against United and nothing happens.
Suddenly its affecting the Old Firm and something has to be done.

Here is a solution,
No post split matches in the top 6 to be played at home.
derbies played at nearest "Neutral Venue"
e.g. Old Firm at Hampden, Edinburgh Derby at Murrayfield, United Vs Aberdeen at McDairmid
All other matches played at a suitable half way venue.
e.g. every East Vs West match at Falkirk, Falkirk decamped to Forthbank.
All gate receipts shared.

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DundeeEastEnd1877
07-03-2009, 22:51
If only he'd said United v Aberdeen at Dens Park, it would have made sense.

ProfFrink
08-03-2009, 15:08
Oh and could also reset the points to 0 as well for the top 6 competition and rename it the European spot play-offs.

Had forgotten about Dens for some reason, probably due to its impending demolition and conversion into something much more useful to Dundonians, like a flea market.

It also only works if there is 1 home, 1 away and then the top 6 competition. which is not what we have... Doh.

And no it's not a good solution as neutral venues are **** as woudl be the crowds.

Next up Summer Football....

michelob (flying snowman)
08-03-2009, 15:14
oh And Could Also Reset The Points To 0 As Well For The Top 6 Competition And Rename It The European Spot Play-offs.


And No It's Not A Good Solution As Neutral Venues Are **** As Woudl Be The Crowds.


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