‘DITCH League Cup for the future of the Scotland national team,’ says Celtic icon Peter Grant

CELTIC icon Peter Grant believes league bosses should have scrapped the Premier Sports Cup ahead of the 2022 World Cup campaign.

The former Hoops midfielder has known the demands of his sides at Alloa and Dunfermline and feels the extra competition is putting too much pressure on cash-strapped lower league clubs.

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Grant feels that too many cup competitions kill any chance of progress

Grant thinks Hampden chiefs are keeping pros away from the game because there are too many games for not enough rewards.

Grant told SunSport: “One thing that I have experienced not only at Alloa but also at Dunfermline, particularly during the Covid season, is that we have to cut one of the cups and let it flow and see how it goes. happens.

“Is it worth it? (Having three cup competitions) I don’t think it is.

“Most of the teams that end up in the final are big clubs anyway.

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“By the time the big money comes in, the smaller teams haven’t made any money from it because they’re out of competition and running it at a loss.

“There’s so much going on and we don’t have the finances to support it and you can see that with the salaries some of the full-time clubs are offering in the lower leagues.

“Many of them offer salaries close to part-time.

“That’s why some boys will think they have to go down and take a different route, they were still going to go get jobs, so why not come up with it.

“It’s just my opinion, the decision-making is not up to me.

“If it was up to me, I would have definitely gotten rid of one of the cup competitions by now, that’s for sure.”

Grant reckons even Premiership sides are going to feel the pinch this season.

Potentially, four of last year’s top six are scheduled to play three games a week until November before the World Cup is halted.

Factor in World Cup warm-up camps, and Grant believes player welfare as well as youth development should be a primary concern for those at the top.

Indeed, the former Scottish number 2 believes that the future of the national team is at risk if the calendar continues like this.

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He said: “You look at how it’s going to be this year with the World Cup, everything is coming together.

“Premiership teams are going to play every midweek, if you think about it, with Celtic and Rangers having their races in Europe hopefully, alongside Hearts, Dundee United and Motherwell also having their own races.

“If they manage to do that, they’ll never have a break before the World Cup, so you fit in international games, Challenge Cup games for the championship and below, that’s just too much.

“They fear whipping players and getting the best for them and from them in terms of player care.

“All of this also impacts the leagues below because it means the bigger teams are stretched because younger kids will have to sit on the bench and they won’t have the opportunity to come out and play. learn their way. the game.

Grant (left) believes youngsters will struggle to develop due to stretched squads

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Grant (left) believes youngsters will struggle to develop due to stretched squads

“Before you know it, you’ll have another lost season where they haven’t played any games, which particularly annoys me.

“We don’t hesitate to point to the Scottish national team saying we’re not good enough technically this and the other, it’s impossible to have that if they don’t play games. The players are in delay of years in their development as a result.”

The former Fulham assistant believes those in the lower tier should have as much of a vote as those in the Premiership.

He feels that they are not taken into account when planning these tournaments.

He continued: “I know in the Challenge Cup you get a six and a half thousand pound tab if you’re drawn against one of the Welsh or Northern Irish teams, that’s fine but they don’t surrender. don’t realize that these guys have to organize their work and things like that.

“It’s one of the things I realized when I was at Alloa.

“It was interesting to come in and see what these guys really think about it, even the coaches.

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“People are all talking about Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger etc. but they’re not talking about the guy with a bag of balls with no training facilities

“They have to train on a third of a park with two teams around them, they have to be taken into account.”

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