What happened this season? It isn’t really worth remembering, but it’s so long ago, maybe you can’t?
Dundee United were knocked of the Europa League 2nd Qualifying round, by Polish Śląsk Wrocław. Hearts never had a chance against Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League Qualifying Play-off, after being destroyed 5-0 in the first leg with Spurs rarely shifting out of second gear.
Celtic were knocked out of the same competition at the same stage, by Sion, only to be allowed in through the backdoor due to Sion’s unregistered player fiasco. To be fair Celtic performed better than expected at the group stage, with Atlético Madrid, Udinese and Stade Rennais for company, but unfortunately could not advance any further.
Rangers were the most disappointing. After being humbled Malmö FF in the Champions League 3rd Qualifying round, they were thrown a lifeline and parachuted in to the Europa League Play-off round, alongside Hearts and Celtic. Another embarrassing exit to NK Maribor, ended the Scottish champions’ European adventure for the season.
Even though Celtic did proceed to perform admirably against much stronger opposition, had they not been allowed to sneak through the back door due to Sion’s administrative incompetence, every Scottish representative would have been out before September. Has the SPL now become a ‘diddy’ league?
To read the rest of James Donaldson’s article check out Issue One of FITBA coming out the end of this month….