You know what? The final fixture list isn’t even out yet and I’m already sick of hearing the whinging about it.
Today Football Scotland is having a little moan about how we “should” – as it stands – face five matches away and will probably only have to face three. As it stands, the Ibrox club “should” have five games at home and will only get three.
Oh boo-hoo and how tragic.
We were in this same position last year and some of our websites, this one included, moaned about it and we were told that the script would be flipped this season.
Well, that’s one of those instances where things have “evened themselves out”.
It is not evidence of some conspiracy, unless those involved in it rigged the standings of teams going into the last few weeks … in short, unless we fixed every match to get the league table looking this way there is nothing to see here.
They can cease their bitching.
This presents a “headache” for the league. So we’re told.
There’s no headache here. Apply the damned rules. Pick which two of the games we’re getting at home and which of their two they are playing away. This is what it says in the book.
Unfair? This time last year, when it looked like the squeeze would affect us no-one cared and so I don’t care now.
This will open up a discussion about the split. Good. Let’s have one.
We’re not going to hide from that debate and nor should we. The split it, and has always been, a third-rate idiotic solution to a problem we should never have allowed to be caused.
The split exists because clubs are greedy.
Two teams less in the league and there wouldn’t be an issue. Play everyone four times and we’d have a 44 game league season. So instead we have this bizarre hybrid which has always been absolutely farcical.
It should have been abolished ages ago, but the idea of two less clubs in the league would never get to a vote and the idea of 44 league games is a prospect that frankly horrifies most people.
This is what we’ve got, for better or worse, and the only way to change it is by the clubs getting together and coming up with a different – not necessarily better, but different – system.
In the absence of that, clubs simply have to get on with it.
That’s what we were told last season.
Not a soul was crying the blues on our behalf when it looked like we would get extra away games. We were told to just get on with it … and we did exactly that and we won the league anyway.
The message to Ibrox should be no different.
Their media allies are suddenly shocked to learn that the system we have sometimes throws up unfair outcomes.
Unfair outcomes are what we live with, and we still manage to keep on winning.