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Structure and change in professional football: An Old Firm's search for a new market

Citation
Morrow S (2013) Structure and change in professional football: An Old Firm's search for a new market. Soccer and Society, 14 (4), pp. 462-484. https://doi.org/10.1080/14660970.2012.753531

Abstract
Football in Scotland is dominated by two clubs, Celtic and Rangers. For more than a decade these clubs have been regularly linked with a move out of Scottish football, usually to a league organized in its much larger neighbour, England, or to some form of pan-European league. The discussion of possible structural change within the European football field has been stimulated by adjustments to its financial arrangements. Many of these changes have had a particularly marked impact on clubs in smaller countries within that field such as Scotland. Moreover, the political union, that is the UK, provides a distinct context within which to consider issues of football policy and structural change. Within this context, this paper seeks to use institutional theory to explain the behaviour of Celtic and Rangers in seeking to change the logics of the European football field and to describe responses thereto from other actors in the Scottish part of the field.

Keywords
; Soccer Social aspects; Soccer Management

Journal
Soccer and Society: Volume 14, Issue 4

StatusPublished
Author(s)Morrow, Stephen
Publication date31/12/2013
Publication date online31/01/2013
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/12347
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN1466-0970
eISSN1743-9590
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