Smaller Clubs Have No Chance; BRIAN SCOTT Hears Fears That Chances of Cup Upsets Will Be Hugely Reduced RICH WILL GET RICHER, WITH THE GAP UNBRIDGEABLE
Byline: BRIAN SCOTT
SCOTTISH football was warned yesterday that the move to form a miniature version of the English Premiership here could signal an end to our smaller clubs' hopes of winning even the occasional cup.
The caution was delivered by PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor, who said: 'Our experience suggests that, to some extent, the spice and variety of your football may well be diminished.
'We are used to seeing different clubs winning things in England and in Scotland only last season you had Kilmarnock winning the Scottish Cup.
'But I think the adoption of a Premiership set-up in Scotland would affect the dream factor for a lot of clubs and concentrate success on fewer and fewer of the others.' Taylor went on to outline a scenario in which, despite the aspirations of their closest rivals, the Old Firm could become relatively stronger even than they have been for the better part of 100 years.
'If Scotland follows the pattern in England, you'll find that the vast majority of the monies coming into the game will be geared to the top of the pyramid,' he said.
'While other clubs' income may increase also, it will certainly not do so proportionately. What it amounts to, really, is the rich getting richer with the less rich finding that the gap in making it to the top becomes almost unbridgeable.
'To put it another way, it is liable to increase the monopoly on success of a few big clubs like Rangers. Others may think that it will give them a better chance to compete.
'Who knows, it may even turn out to be the case but just as likely is that the clubs lower down the scale will become almost cut off. …