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  1. Lion Rampant

    Nations League

    I mean that one place would be awarded to teams from each league, would make the NL a higher profile tournament and would not really prevent any of the bigger nations from qualifying. I can't see FIFA having too much of an issue with it to be honest. Teams that made the WC in 2018 from League B included Sweden and Denmark and from League C there was Serbia, none of which performed poorly in Russia. Most of the other current League B teams have been to a WC recently and by the time you get to League C then the likliehood is that it would be one of the stronger teams that would qualify anyway. It's not like we'll be sending Gibraltar 😀
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    Nations League

    If UEFA are to get an additional 3 places from the 2026 WC then they *could* use the Nations League to generate 4 teams from Leagues A, B & C to playoff for those 3 additional places. Obviously this would mean teams in League D being shut out of a WC playoff place, but as they are guaranteed a place at the Euros, this may not be an issue overall. Would also mean tweaking actual qualifying to mean group winners and a named number of best runners up qualifying automatically.
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    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    In fairness to Fraser on this occasion, it was reported that he had a tight hamstring. There's no point in even attempting to play a game as he could easily tear it and be out for weeks. It's not inconceivable that he was able to train and play again after a few days of resting it.
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    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Fraser scores.
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    The final World Cup game at Hampden?

    You're right. Found a times article that shows the total yearly cost to the SFA at £800k with £500k of that being for maintenance, the £300k balance being the rent to QP
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    The final World Cup game at Hampden?

    Possibly, but I would expect that when the SFA take ownnership of the stadium then any of the SFA rent that previously went towards the running costs would have to be made up from elsewhere.
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    The final World Cup game at Hampden?

    It's an unbelievable deal, when the option was to pay £300k+ per year in rent for the rest of time then it really is no surprise that they're staying at Hampden. Once the initial payment has been offset in rent that would have been paid, there will be more money available that could be funnelled into grassroots football
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    The final World Cup game at Hampden?

    Ireland managed to get €40m from Aviva for the naming rights to Lansdowne Rd, this was for a ten year period. This was recently extended for a further 5 years, can't seem to find how much the extended deal is worth though. Now, the SFA may not get offers anywhere near this but it shows that if redevelopment of a similar stadium was done for €50-€60m (Stuttgart) and naming rights could raise somewhere in the region of €40m then it makes the prospect of redevelopment slightly more realistic.
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    The final World Cup game at Hampden?

    Definitely, I wouldn't have an issue with this at all. Scotrail and First Bus really need to get their act together. Could be money to be made from them if they approached the SFA and came to some sort of arrangement for this, it can't be too hard to organise.
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    The final World Cup game at Hampden?

    I'm in agreement with you, I've never had an issue getting away from Hampden whether that be using the train, bus or car. As you've said too many folk just pile up to Mount Florida and moan that there are queues. I've lost count of the times that people have moaned about the transport links then been shocked that there are more train stations around. That being said, I think there could be more done in the way of designated busses to ferry people back to the city centre. The council ran shuttle busses from Hampden during the Commonwealth games and set up "games lanes" to allow them to get into and from the city quickly. Using existing bus lanes they could surely do the same again for after games at Hampden.
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    The final World Cup game at Hampden?

    Possibly, but we should be looking into avenues as to how to fund it. Whether this is in the form of more debentures, naming rights, asking the government/council for money or a combination of all of them. Unfortunately I don't think we'll see anything happen with this unless we bid for WC 2030 with England and are successful.
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    The final World Cup game at Hampden?

    The £19m figure that was quoted was just the liability for the debentures that were given out during the South Stand renovation. The SFA won't have to pay any of that out unless they decide to sell Hampden and move elsewhere, which is clearly not likely to happen now.
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    The final World Cup game at Hampden?

    Hopefully, that model looks like the ideal solution to the issues we have at Hampden. What I would like to see is the ends be done in two tiers whereby for games that look like having a reduced attendance, we can just close off the top tiers which will not make the place seem so empty.
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    The final World Cup game at Hampden?

    Thankfully, Ian Maxwell has already ruled out a reduced capacity, pretty much for the reasons that you've noted above.
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    The final World Cup game at Hampden?

    Interesting that the SFA are saying that they will look at what Stuttgart have done to their stadium. Their original set up was similar to Hampden and they brought both ends in as far as i'm aware. Hopefully this is properly looked at and costs investigated.
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