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Can big crowds ever return to Scottish football?

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Jim Spence | 21:53 UK time, Thursday, 29 March 2012

As the debate about change to our top league rages, I found myself nostalgically leafing through old league tables and attendances.

It was a fascinating exercise and left me wondering if we can do anything to return to a time when Scottish top flight football seemed much more competitive.

While by and large the big two of Celtic and Rangers have dominated our game, there was a period when that dominance was much less pronounced.

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A case of what might have been for Rangers

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Jim Spence | 17:36 UK time, Sunday, 25 March 2012

Celtic's Scottish Premier League title win will be well deserved when it comes, but had they shown the spirit earlier in the match at Ibrox that their nine men provided with their late rally, they might have been breaking out the champagne already.

Yesterday, though, Rangers must have wondered what might have been, had they not lost Nikica Jelavic and had they not suffered some significant suspensions and injuries in recent times.

Mostly, though, they must wonder what might have happened had they shown some real mettle and application and not allowed themselves to squander a title-winning lead to Celtic.

Suggestions that Rangers' impoverished state will have helped propel the league flag to the east end of Glasgow can only come from apologists for the Ibrox side.

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Golf course's loss could be Pars' and Jefferies' gain

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Jim Spence | 21:17 UK time, Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Jim Jefferies' powers as a miracle worker are about to be put to the test as new manager of Dunfermline Athletic when he is confirmed in the post on Wednesday.

JJ has eight games to save the Pars from relegation. No pressure there then?

Dunfermline, who parted company with boss Jim McIntyre last weekend, are without a home win this season.

Demotion could prove a financial catastrophe at East End Park.

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Composed Killie deserve Cup success

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Jim Spence | 17:11 UK time, Monday, 19 March 2012

Kilmarnock's Scottish Communities League Cup final win against Celtic was well deserved and a great shot in the arm for the Scottish game.

The honours do not come round often for fans of clubs other than Celtic and Rangers and they have to be joyously treasured when they do.

It gives hope and inspiration in equal measure to all other clubs and their fans, that glory is not beyond their reach.

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