Having covered a few Scottish football games in my time for Scottish Television I feel I am more than equipped to have my say on the hot debate about life without Glasgow Rangers.
Less than two years ago I was hired by Sports News to cover Rangers v Manchester United at Ibrox, at that time I had a Sony PMW-350 which was and still is a great XDCAM camcorder, I was the talk of the media pack as I was the only person sporting the only PMW-350 at that time.
Scott with Paddy Crerand an ex Celtic player and Manchester United hero.
During the day I was able to involve Scott my son (26) who had an absolute ball being amongst his heroes and seeing Sir Alex Ferguson an ex Rangers player himself.
You get a buzz filming live events and being part of the media but it also brings a great responsibility as your footage has to be edited on the evening then sent down south via some internet server to be played out that evening.
Once again being cutting edge we were the only crew at that press conference that had a Sony 350 and edit with a MacBook Pro on Final Cut.
This brings me back to life without Rangers, there has been a lot of clap trap spoken about Scottish Football recently and the facts are as follows…
1. Will Sky come in with a lesser offer if Rangers are not in the 1st division…YES
2. What will happen if the clubs vote to start Rangers in division three…Sky will offer a pittance to cover Scottish football or will pull out altogether.
3. Raith Rovers a small Scottish team have muted their own TV filming deal…SETANTA… do I need to say more and they could not make it pay WITH RANGERS !
Who wants to watch one sided football where Glasgow Celtic win time after time with no real opposition, can I just add we are in the worst economic double dip recession and people do not have spare cash for pay as you go one sided Scottish football TV matches.
Reality is that for all you have heard about Glasgow Rangers they are the second pillar equal only to Celtic in Scottish football and without them as opposition and the fans gate money both home and away I predict Scottish football will be in deep financial trouble before the end of the 2012 season.
It’s all about showmanship as well as the game of football itself, there was never a better match than to find yourself filming Rangers and Celtic, the buzz was electric, the ground was full of paying customers. Without Sky shoring up the Scottish game it will be not only a farce but will put a good few lesser teams under as well…mark my words.
It has been a sad story no matter who you support but for all those fans who are happy to see Rangers demise be careful what you wish for !
“This comes from someone who does not follow football but can see the obvious if the 30 Scottish football league clubs vote the wrong way next week.”
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