The Name of the Game Is GREED; SPORTS COMMENT

Daily Mail (London), September 9, 1997 | Go to article overview

The Name of the Game Is GREED; SPORTS COMMENT


Byline: BRIAN SCOTT

SCOTTISH football can sound a lament in the wake of yesterday's revelation that the big clubs really are serious this time about breaking away to play amongst themselves.

It will be farewell, in that event, to the fellowship which has bonded our game since the inception of the Scottish League 107 years ago. The future promises to be all about them and us, the latter being those who hang onto the tails of Celtic and Rangers in the questionable hope of bettering themselves.

As for them - well, they can fiddle about as best they might with some of them possibly sinking into extinction with hardly a tear being shed in their memory.

That clubs of the calibre of Aberdeen, Dundee United, Hearts and Hibs will earn a lot more money from competing in a self-contained and self-oiling Premier League is undeniable. But just watch them spend it and still fail to knock the Old Firm off their shared pedestal.

Greed always was going to take a grip of Scottish football, from the day back in the Eighties in an hotel in the west end of Glasgow when the SFA revealed they were getting into bed with satellite television.

'The money was just too good to turn down,' they explained, with no heed to how the more covetous of their members would come to want a bigger and bigger share.

This breakaway initiative is about nothing more or less than reaching out for what Rupert Murdoch has to offer, although much fancy dressing will be draped around it when the relevant parties come out of the closet at a media conference today. …

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