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1 hour ago, Bertuzzi44 said:

Without opening a huge can a worms, in general, is it safe to say League One = SPL (minus Celtic)?

"In general". Or is the SPL considered stronger?

League One is higher quality on average IMO (ie top table League One sides are better than top table SPL sides excluding Celtic) but don't think it's a big difference either way

Edited by Floortom

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There's a massive difference between the top of the table and bottom in SPL.  For reference League 1 salaries average about 90,000 GBP.

 Take a look at this years player budget.  

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In GBP

Celtic- 717,000

Rangers- 316,000

Aberdeen - 134,000

Hearts- 86,000

Dundee - 61,000

...... 

Everyone else 42,000- 53,000

 

Edited by baulderdash77

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To be fair to the SPL- when Rangers were relegated they had a string of disastrous performance in the Champions League and Europa League.  They lost that 2nd Champions League spot and league revenues really plummeted along with quality.

Its always been a 2 team league with about 3-4 other half decent clubs but that setup stopped working without Rangers and with Hibs getting relegated as well.

 

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53 minutes ago, baulderdash77 said:

There's a massive difference between the top of the table and bottom in SPL.  For reference League 1 salaries average about 90,000 GBP.

 Take a look at this years player budget.  

Edit- the page won't paste.

In GBP

Celtic- 717,000

Rangers- 316,000

Aberdeen - 134,000

Hearts- 86,000

Dundee - 61,000

...... 

Everyone else 42,000- 53,000

 

How does this compare to League One?

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20 hours ago, Floortom said:

Wigan and Blackburn look like they will both be relegated to League One - perfect  landing spot for Aird. A step up from where he's playing now but not a drastic one.

... with a good chance to promote. Either one would be a good move for him.

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35 minutes ago, canta15 said:

I think the point is the players in each league are of similar quality

We share the point. I'm trying to say it's not rare - it's kinda the norm. Most SPL teams have some higher level players, but for some not that many.

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Aird and his agent would have to be idiots to sign with a team intending to use him as a right back and a backup right back at that. Even if the offer were good financially it would be sacrificing his future career for short term gain. He needs to go somewhere where he will get to play his strongest position and at hopefully a higher level than the Scottish Championship. He is 22 and these are key years for him to get established as a professional player and sitting on the bench and occasionally playing out of position are not going to help his career. 

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The next move is hugely important for him. While he has years left he needs to be making an impact at his next club if he is going to improve and play any higher than Scottish lower league. Othwise MLS or arguably CPL will be his best not so distant destinations.

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5 hours ago, BringBackTheBlizzard said:

If he wasn't getting a regular game for Falkirk, League 1 in England would be surprisingly good as his next move.

He can't get into an 11 in the Scotish second division and people this he can just slot into a the starting 11 of a league 1 team....

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9 hours ago, Grizzly said:

Aird and his agent would have to be idiots to sign with a team intending to use him as a right back and a backup right back at that. Even if the offer were good financially it would be sacrificing his future career for short term gain. He needs to go somewhere where he will get to play his strongest position and at hopefully a higher level than the Scottish Championship. He is 22 and these are key years for him to get established as a professional player and sitting on the bench and occasionally playing out of position are not going to help his career. 

What do you think his best position is? With the 3-5-2 he would be playing as a wingback which is where he seems to fit best, and Beitashour is due for replacement in a year or two. He's already bombed out of MLS, the SPL and the Scottish Championship, it's not like he's flush with options and club success at the moment.

I don't think the 'caps would take Aird over Nerwinski right now. Nerwinski is just as athletic, cheaper, better defensively and actually wants to play in Vancouver.

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11 hours ago, Dub Narcotic said:

He'd be a nice pickup for TFC. He's not a great defensive right back but they have very little right now to back up Beitashour.

I was thinking the exact same thing.  When we come under a tough run of matches we usually end up playing a player out of position there (Endoh, Cooper, Edwards or Morrow).  That needs to stop as the season goes on.  Aird was fantastic at RM against Scotland, he isn't a great RB but RWB just may work... similar to Edwards he is incredibly fast, likes to take on players and can cross in a great ball and let's face it TFC controls most matches these days.  I think he could be the answer for when Beitashour isn't available.. or maybe he even wins the spot.  

Edited by Keegan

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9 hours ago, BringBackTheBlizzard said:

If he wasn't getting a regular game for Falkirk, League 1 in England would be surprisingly good as his next move.

 

3 hours ago, canta15 said:

He can't get into an 11 in the Scotish second division and people this he can just slot into a the starting 11 of a league 1 team....

This is assuming his lack of action down the stretch was due to form / ability. I don't buy that. It was likely due to his contract situation.

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