Tony Cascarino The Latest Fool To Push The “Celtic For England” Fantasy.

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Tony Cascarino is in the papers today, expressing amongst other things his regret as signing for Celtic. You know what? We regret it as well.

One of the most useless forwards ever to play with the club, the best thing to come out of it was Tom Boyd signing for us in the swap deal. I wouldn’t change that outcome for the world but none of us would sign him again if we could back either.

Cascarino’s comments about the club itself and about the deal which brought him to Parkhead aren’t nearly as nutty as the ones about how our club and the one from Ibrox should move to England. You’d think this was a new concept to see the coverage it’s getting, something ground breaking and original instead of a re-tread of a tired old idea.

We are no closer to any such move than we’ve ever been. Indeed, it’s widely accepted now that it’s a pure pipe dream, but if it’s not this then it’s the idea that we’re on the brink of a European Super League. That idea, in fact, is easier to believe.

UEFA will never let our club join the English league. The English league does not want us. Scottish clubs, who on some level might fancy us not being around so that we can have a different title winner, fear us becoming a League Of Ireland with even less TV money than we get right now, and so they would fight tooth and nail against it as well.

There is a general presumption too that Celtic fans would welcome the move.

But there are more views on this than Heinz has flavours, and more fans are wholeheartedly against it than the press seems to know. Even those who are broadly in favour of it cover a large spectrum of opinion, from those who would welcome in it any circumstances to those who would not do so unless we were invited in as equal partners with a place in the top flight.

I just find the discussion over it tiresome and it’s an easy way for ex-players and those who don’t really understand the mechanics and politics of football at a higher level to get their names in the papers pushing a clapped out concept.

He should have stuck to “I should never have signed for Celtic.” All of us would be in broad agreement with that. This is a little outside of his range.

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  • Bigmick says:

    One of the greatest strikers in our history,and you have the balls to question him?
    Seriously though,I wouldn’t have signed him in his prime (answers on a postcard if anyone knows when that was) for our ghirls team.
    Rafael Sheidt and Marvin Commper at the back and Cascarino up front…what could go wrong?!

  • jrm63 says:

    When Liam Brady was appointed he said he was going to play football on the deck, the Celtic way. His first signing was Tony Cascarino. I could think of no player less suited to that style of play than him. Be fair

  • Duncan says:

    The top Clubs in England would want it as it would inevitably increase the profile and add further investment into what is a money pit of a League.
    But the also rans and relegation fodder would never vote for it.
    It would be akin to turkeys voting for Christmas.

    I believe a European Super League is probably more likely than this ever coming to fruition because like it or not UEFA will soon tire of English Clubs dominating their prize asset.
    Celtic are far more likely to get an invite to that than the current basket of ashes at Ayebrokes.

    • BhilltheTim says:

      The top clubs would want no such thing as it would mean (eventually) more competition for Champions’ League and European slots. The lesser clubs would also not want it as it would mean two fewer places in the EPL for them.

  • Martin says:

    I’d far rather we were involved in improving the game in Scotland than we went to England. An idea that smacks of arrogance and disdain for the fans. If we started actually showing any flare in Europe then maybe we wouldnt get these ideas aired every few months.

    As for Cascarino…. The less we talk about him the more likely we are to forget he ever “played” for us

  • Dolphin Boy says:

    Hi Martin he never did play for us, oh he was out on the pitch wearing the Celtic strip but play for us, never happened.

  • Eldraco says:

    Am sorry, who? , Please explain.

  • BhilltheTim says:

    I agree it won’t happen (turkeys voting for Xmas and all that) but if it did, the bigotry and sectarianism of a faction of Scottish society would be bared before a national (UK), perhaps worldwide, audience and addressed by a media outwith the SMSM who would not be cowed into silence by neddish threats or offers of succulent Lamb. The calls to do something about it would be loud and accompanied by genuine threats of sanctions. It could be the best thing to happen to Scotland in centuries

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    Dud, end of.

  • Eire goCeltic says:

    SEVCO and all their assets should relocate to Terre Anglaise and join the EPI.
    Hopefully, the annoying fans can relocate to their alter Homeland as well. The good ones will stay
    The question is: Can “Decrepit Firm” afford the cost of buying EPL quality players when they can’t afford to buy SPL players?.

  • Peter Campbell says:

    I would hate for Celtic to sell out and move for the riches of England. In fact, I’d probably stop being a supporter, such would be my disappointment. And being a big Scottish independence supporter, I want all of our institutions to ply their trade in Scotland.

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