Celtic boss rejects calls for summer football

Tony Mowbray has rejected Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith's calls for summer football.

Tony Mowbray has rejected Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith's calls for summer football.

Smith is a long-time advocate of changing the football calendar in Scotland as the possibility of preventing Scottish club's early season struggle in Europe.

"Summer football is not for me," the Celtic boss said. "I'm more of a traditionalist.

"I prefer playing games under floodlights with an atmosphere in the stadium.
"We've been doing it for 120 odd years so I don't see any reason to change.

"I don't think it was a fitness issue the other night, we just played against a very good team.

"Three days earlier we had beaten Tottenham Hotspur, who have aspirations of breaking into the top six in England, with what was basically a reserve side, and we beat the African champions (Al Ahly) 5-0.

"Fundamentally Scottish football is lacking the funds of some of the teams in European football.

"Football is usually about resources.

"We played a Russian team which is awash with money from a league that is awash with money, as are some of the other leagues around Europe, like in England.

"Unfortunately the Scottish game at this moment doesn't attract the sponsorship or the money to bring better quality footballers to help the teams compete better.

"There are not huge revenue streams in the SPL (Scottish Premier League) and people are competing to the best of their ability and to their levels.

"What's the answer? To get better at the things that can make the marginal differences, as we try to do at our club, like recruitment, coaching and sport sciences.

"But good footballers win football matches, that's the brutality of the game."