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Hibs fans urged to give bigger backing to buy out

Hibernian fans have been urged to give greater backing to their buy out vehicle, Hibernian Supporters Limited.   So far they have contributed £250,000 and own seven-and-a-half per cent of the shares.  It is hoped that by the end of the year they will have raised £500k.

Rangers ends joint venture with Sports Direct

Rangers is ending its joint venture with Sports Direct having seen off a legal challenge from the chain. Rangers gets just 4p in the pound from merchandise sold from the deal.  Unfortunately, there is a seven year notice period so disentangling from it may not be easy.

Relegation would hit Dundee United hard

Relegation from the Scottish Premier League would hit Dundee United hard, chairman Stephen Thompson has warned.   His family would not go on ploughing in money into the club in the long term.

The club has the 3rd biggest wage bill in the Premier League and has spent £650,000 on transfer fees in the last 18 months which is, of course, a small sum by the standards of the English Premier League. Thompson blames their present plight on poor player recruitment last summer.

Losses down at Hibs

Hibernian have reported losses of £840,000, down on £1.2m the previous year.   The club insists that underlying finances are in good shape with a debt restructuring successfully completed.  A share issue raised additional funds and 19 per cent of shares are now held by supporters.

Scottish league game to be played abroad?

The idea of Premiership games playing league games abroad was knocked on the head by the football authorities after an unfavourable reaction by fans.   It seemed as if globalisation in football did have some limits.

Cost of watching football static

The latest BBC price of football survey finds that the cost of watching football has remained the same or fallen slightly for most fans.   This is against a background of almost zero inflation and recent increases in earnings for many workers, particularly in the private sector.  By going to the survey, you can find comparative data for your own club.

New call for action on Scottish football

Former Scottish first minister Henry McLeish headed a review of the Scottish game in 2010.  He has now called for a new summit on the state of the game after Scotland's failure to qualify for Euro 2016.  Much smaller countries such as Iceland and Northern Ireland succeeded in qualifying.

What is the point of Dundee United?

This might seem an odd question to ask, at least from the viewpoint of the club's fans.   If nothing else they exist to compete with Dundee whose ground is on the same street and overlaps with theirs.

However, the point of this article is that under owner Stephen Thompson everything has been made subservient to a business model at the expense of sporting success.   With a managerial change taking place, just what is the job description?

Celtic turn profit into loss

Celtic have turned a £4m profit into a £11m loss in the year to 30 June.  The explanation is a failure to reach the group stages of the Champions League and a reduction in transfer income.  Revenue fell by over a fifth to £51.1m.

Schoolboy club seek league place

Total Dublin schoolboy side St. Kevin's Boys are considering applying for a place for a senior side in the League of Ireland.   It's a response to being denied a place in the new national under-17 league.  They were told that there were too many Dublin sides already.