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Rangers FC. is this a wake up call?

February 15, 2012

It is sad what is happening to Rangers FC right now (even if a lot is down to them). Make no mistake this is a seriously big football club.

Football clubs have been looking and finding various ways in which they can sign players so as to get them more money to sign for them. These are normally done to avoid paying tax, finding loopholes in the system. The thing with loopholes is they normally end up being spotted and closed.

Celtic and Rangers are massive clubs (or were) and for them to stay amongst the big clubs of Europe they have to spend to keep up. The thing is Celtic & Rangers don’t make much money. I recently saw somewhere Celtic made £180k last time out, less than Adebayor’s monthly wages..

In Scotland apart from Old Firm Derbies and a few early round Champions League or Europa League matches, most games Celtic or Rangers play are just a nailed on victories.

Celtic currently top the Scottish Premier League with 65 pts and Ranger are seccond with 51 pts and with goals differences of +37 & +36 respectively. Ranger with 10 pts deducted are still 9 pts clear of 3rd placed Motherwell, who have +2 GD.

Therefore all the Ranger administration has now done is make the title in Scotland a breeze for Celtic

In Spain right now a lot of clubs are just keeping their heads above water. Barcelona and Real Madrid are way, way out on their own. Real are currently 18 points clear of 3rd placed Valencia and 26 points clear of 4th placed Levante.

How long will it be before the rest of the Spainish League gets bored with not only Barcelona & Real Madrid winning, but storming it every season. Surely no one can believe that Ronaldo and Messi are that brilliant that they score 50+ goals a season each and score at a rate on one goal a game. Though they are World Class players.

Let’s also not forget how much austerity is going on in Spain and at some stage supporters are going to have to make a choice, if there is no competitive football on offer, then I can only se a drop in support and this will not do Barcelona or Real Madrid any favours. Will Spanish football fans still want to turn up and pay to see their team never have the chance of winning anything or challenging.

I feel there is more competitive football in the Premier League. The very nature of the league makes it exciting and the English way of playing means there are always upsets on the cards.

Football Clubs across Europe should not only adhere to the Financial Fair Play rules even at this early stage, but themselves should be looking to cut back and reduce player earnings that have gotten way out of control. Market forces of course do their work, but gates are going down and costs are rising for the supporter, this for me can only end in disaster.

Football clubs should be looking to make all new contracts for players on a reduced basis of 15% a season for at least two-three years and stop battling it out with each other with crazy transfer fee’s.

Surely if the clubs agree this across the board, it would not only make financial sense, but maybe even eventually bring down the cost of going to football for one of the main players in the game today “The Supporter”

Clubs have been for far too long chasing the dream and spending their way to get there. If everyone does this, it normally only means a quick fix or success and then back to where you were only with huge debts.

More needs to be done a grass-roots level to produce home-grown players and bring them through. Football is not a money-making machine or at least should not be.

Football is the beautiful game and for supporters of the beautiful game. Not so that players can earn silly amounts of money and be dis-connected with the very people who pay their huge salaries.

Just a thought.

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