Dunfermline Athletic

Baz Speaks Out as UEFA Block Old Firm Move South

Date: Friday, 12th Apr 2002

Pars midfielder Barry Nicholson has spoken to the press about missing a place in the Scotland squad to face Nigeria. Nicholson insisted that he did not deserve a place since he had played badly against Aberdeen.

"I'm not really that disappointed, to be honest," said Nicholson.

"Berti Vogts came to see us against Aberdeen last weekend and it wasn't one of my better games.

"So there is only really me to blame for not getting picked this time around.

"I have to show a better standard than that but I am in the training squad for the game against Dundee United on April 30.

"He will be there again then and it is up to me to get my head down to try and impress him."



UEFA Cheif Executive Gerhard Aigner and
Real Madrid legend Francisco Gento at the
Champions League trophy handover
ceremony in Glasgow
pic: SNS Group

Meanwhile UEFA chief Gerhard Aigner confirmed the rule that prevents the Old Firm moving to England to join either the Premiership or the Nationwide League.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony for the Champions League trophy in Glasgow, Aigner said that the rule remains unchanged and that clubs could not simple pick and choose which league they wanted to play in.

Aigner's comments will be music to the ears of the many Scottish fans who have signed an petition to get rid of the Old Firm on the internet. Now it seems that if they were to leave Scottish football, or be thrown out of the SPL, they would have nowhere to go.

My own personal view is that SPL TV will eventually be given the go-ahead and that the Old Firm will remain in the SPL for the foreseeable future. But that's just my view, and it's very much anyone's guess as to what might happen at this stage.



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