Ticketus secure their £40m of tickets

None of you will be surprised at today’s opinion from the Court of Session in Edinburgh that Rangers’ deal with Ticketus cannot be set aside, despite some absolutely pitiful reporting to the contrary.  It’s fine to get things wrong every now and then, we all get Duff information on occasion, but please….

It’s worth recording, Ticketus may only have paid £20m + vat but the tickets they own are worth in the region of £40m. High risk investments require a high return.

Rangers’ administrators argued that the deal inhibited their ability to rescue the company but the heroic Blue Knights submitted a bid accommodating Ticketus, undermining the administrators’ argument. If only the Blue Knights were in a position to strike a deal with Craig Whyte they could be regarded as helping the situation instead of being hapless fools.

Next up is HMRC, who have not capitulated and agreed to accept a few pennies in the pound.  They have not agreed to accept anything less than all monies owed.  Soon after that we will hear that no court has been able to set aside Craig Whyte’s security over Ibrox.  The most underappreciated man no longer in Scotland remains the only person with a reasonable chance of phoenix-ing Rangers.

The first 26,000 (approx.) tickets sold to each Rangers game for the next three years are owned by Ticketus.  In the event a phoenix occurs, Rangers will have to revert back to budgets from their glory days of the 1950s – we will soon be told this is a great omen.

If you are going to Ibrox on Sunday, take care and enjoy your visit.  Take photographs of the occasion and send them in, we’ll perhaps use them on a future edition of CQN Magazine.  It may prove to be the end of an era.

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  • The Spirit of Arthur Lee




  • Mort

    Kayal33 (from previous blog)

    From my understanding of these sort of deals, if Rangers don’t sell the required number of season tickets, they have to pay the balance to ticketus up to the purchased amount so lets take this crude example:

    25,000 season tickets bought by Ticketus for £6m (each year)

    If Rangers sell 30,000 season tickets at £300 each, ticketus receive £7.5m, RFC get £1.5m plus all the rest of matchday sales etc.

    If Rangers sell 20,000 season tickets then Ticketus get £6m, RFC get nothing.

    If Rangers sell 15,000 season tickets, Ticketus get £4.5m and Rangers owe them a further £1.5m to make up the original £6m


  • Richie

    I like this sentence in the ruling:

    “Where I disagree is that I do not consider that the Rome Convention deals with proprietary rights at all”

    Should cause apoplexy on FF!


    leftclicktic on 23 March, 2012 at 15:03 said:
    Does this mean the £110k RFF disnae even pay half Duff & Duffers legal costs deary deary me :))))). Wee wullie blue nose will need to bring oot an album now to boost the funds.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~

    I think it means it covers less than half the OTHER SIDE’S legal costs.

    Never mind their own.

    A very strange form of administration indeed.

    They seem hell-bent on increasing rather than reducing liabilities.

    Creditors should be very worried indeed

  • gordybhoy64

    top ten?

  • Kayal33

    Mort on 23 March, 2012 at 15:11 said:

    thanks for that

  • obonfanti1888

    Ticketus don’t do walking away!

    Stupid, skint huns. :-)

  • Aipple

    Ah, the comedy gold continues in earnest.

    Just read through the court order, didn’t see the part about paying the 250k costs, is that correct?

    Duffer & Duffer really are class acts.

  • www.dontshrink.com – Tony

    here’s to a good weekend!


    Bedtime for Bertie,how I’m gonna prepare for an arduous night-shift on the back of that news is anyone’s guess.

    Even if hardly unexpected.

    Superb leader,btw,PAUL67.


  • The Onlooker

    leftclicktic on 23 March, 2012 at 15:03 said:
    Does this mean the £110k RFF disnae even pay half Duff & Duffers legal costs deary deary me :))))). Wee wullie blue nose will need to bring oot an album now to boost the funds.

    If they get the contracts sorted that would be a Double Album.


  • Stefferano del Bhoyo (but you can call me Neil Lennon)

    And in the midst of all that, the new Celtic Taxcase blog is out.

    Best one yet!

  • Auld Neil Lennon heid

    God yer quick on thedraw Paul :) Just posted this on rtc.

    So it will be Newco with Ticketus either pumping in a wee bit more capital to see if a share issue in Newco will generate enough immedaite income to allow a Newco to actually operate.

    Ticketus might be prepared to lower their annual take from SB sales but extend the period over which they will be involved.

    So it will be liquidation, lose all the HMRC debt (and what a legacy that is, and probably titles
    Liquidation will make it easier for the SFA to refuse a licence on both the disrepute charges and on unratifed by AGM accounts grounds.

    The quicker D&P push the liquidiser button the quicker Newco can get on with applying for a licence from the SFA for Newco so that they can then apply to join a league.

    I’m assuming of course that an SFA licence is a bit like a pub licence. That is you can open the pub, but without a licence you cannot sell alcohol in it.

  • gordybhoy64

    are you any further on with your app for a windows phone,
    or do you know if theres a good one available

  • RogueLeader

    Paul67 – as D+P have merely given a temporary reprieve to the £10m operating black hole with the temporary wage cuts, now this deal stands, Rangers in June will have an operating deficit of circa £20m.

    Even if they could agree some sort of pennies in the pound deal and time to pay, how on earth are they going to manage that?

  • Professor Green

    Ssn: lord Hodge refused to grant Ticketus preferential creditor status.

    This is very significant, the blue knights were relying on Ticketus being the preferred creditor in order for them to force through a CVA.

    That will now be HMRC and the chances of them doing a deal are thinner than Craig whyte’s wallet.

    Liquidation looms.


  • SmashingMilkBottles

    Friday Afternoon…….

    Declan is posting
    Ticketus deal stands
    Staring at ticket for Broomloan Rear
    Lager at 5….

    I’m in a glass half full mood

  • Freddiebhoy

    That moment when Craig Whyte put that pen to paper and signed for the Ticketus deal was THE knockout blow for the survival of Ragers FC.

  • Kayal33

    SSN – brian kennedy taking legal advice on what rangers indebtedness to ticketus means

    save yer cash brian, they’re donald ducked

  • ArranmoreBhoyLXV11

    Ho ho ho.. Christmas again

  • ASonOfDan


    Good old Duff&Duffer giving us a right good gee-up before the game on Sunday after the downer of the cup final.

    Sitting here doing ‘Always look on the bright side of life’ on my Fisherprice keyboard and surrounded by my Celtic teddies…

  • kitalba

    Paul67, an honest court in Edinburgh? I for one am surprised. I’m shocked; I’m falling about laughing. From Audi’s to Skoda’s… ah! well, such is life for cheating huns.

  • Paul67

    Richie, surely the sheriff didn’t say that!!!


    Auld Neil Lennon heid, chances of a phoenix just dropped by 30%.

    RogueLeader, yes. The CVA or Liquidise debate is all about history, theirs and everyone else’s, but going forward, there is no debate. Rangers have a huge trading deficit and will need to revert back to the 50s.

  • gordybhoy64

    “We will not wok away”,brilliant

  • Aipple


    Managed to port to Blackberry and Android minus a few features, stuck with Windows at the moment I’m afraid. Not enough hours in the day or dollars in the bank. Thanks for asking though buddy. Hoping a few things come through soon that will enable to get a lil help.

    The iOS one has been great, still ad free as well. Added in Push Notifications that folks seem to like.

    HH buddy.

  • Monaghan1900

    Aipple on 23 March, 2012 at 15:15 said:

    The usual position with expenses is that they are awarded to the successful party. In this case, RFC(IA) will be picking up the tab.


  • Paul67

    ASonOfDan, ha!

    kitalba, well, an honest sheriff, not a jury on this one, fortunately.

  • ASonOfDan

    I said early this morning Ticketus owned an asset not a creditors slip and would not lose the case or be able to push a CVA.

    Thank God for Trinity High School…

  • gordybhoy64

    Aipple,cheers and best of luck with the project

  • ernie lynch

    ‘In the event a phoenix occurs, Rangers will have to revert back to budgets from their glory days of the 1950s – we will soon be told this is a great omen.’


    Not sure that’s correct. If it’s a newco arising from liquidation the ticketus deal is dead.


    ['63] I conclude that the legal nature of the rights which Ticketus has in the Ibrox stadium, the season tickets for that stadium and the proceeds of future sales of the season tickets are purely personal contractual rights.’

    I suspect that somewhere in the background Whytie has in effect assigned the benefit of his floating charge to Ticketus, and that’s their protection.

  • Aipple


    250k? I’m in the wrong job, where’s that dusty old legal book…..

  • SmashingMilkBottles

    Celtictaxcase blog is brilliant! I’m sure Declan is CTC

  • !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000

    A one way Ticketus to Liquidation.

  • Auld Neil Lennon heid

    Mort on 23 March, 2012 at 15:11 said:

    Ticketus will know they cannot get blood out of a stone. More likely that in return for a wee bit more Newco startup capital they will settle with a Newco for a smaller annual take over an extended period. Better that than nothing.
    They will also want a bite of any capital raised by a share issue.

    All ofthis means Rangers, if the continue as Newco, will have to become a football club with a business model a bit like Celtic but hampered by restricted income and smaller gate money.

    Now at least we know why the predicted G.O.D did not happen.but now it might. :)


  • timmy7_noted

    I normally dread games against that horrible mob but as today as worn on I’ve gotten more excited and I’m actually now looking forward to it.Hopefully all going well I’ll be joined by fellow minded Tims in a huge traffic stopping huddle at the corner of Pollokshaws Rd and Allison street at about 3pm on Sunday…………..:-)

  • jungle jam67

    RFC(IA) 0 Ticketus 1

    Next fixture

    RFC(IA) vs HMRC

    Havingapartywhenthehunsdiex csc

  • ernie lynch


    In view of the favourable judgement perhaps you could refer to Lord Hodge by his Christian name.


  • South Of Tunis

    Double bind ! ——–

    “the Agency Agreement contains a mechanism by which Rangers as Ticketus’ Agent is to sell the STA tickets and hold the proceeds in a designated account on behalf of its principal ”

    ” I conclude that the legal nature of the rights which Ticketus has in Ibrox Stadium , the Season Tickets for that stadium and the proceeds of future sales of the season tickets are purely personal contractual rights ”

    Lord Hodge 23 03 2012..

  • ArranmoreBhoyLXV11

    A couple of Sunday leagues must be looking for teams.. Sally should buy tonight’s paper and apply..

  • Auld Neil Lennon heid

    ernie lynch on 23 March, 2012 at 15:25 said:

    I think Ticketus, if indeed part of the BK, consortium will make the contiunuation of the deal in some form a condition of their participation. How else are they going to get their money back?

  • Mort

    Was looking forward to the next installment of the CelticTaxCase but it was a bit of a let down. I was hoping it was a real Rangers fan who was expecting to get some serious information on Celtic but it turns out its just a tim on the wind-up or else a hun out in care in the community for a week. Here it is:


    Here are some of the best parts:

    What is most certainly NOT a red herring is the dubious links between Dermot Desmond, Celtic FC, the Irish state and China.

    Following some intensive detective work into this link my searches, both on google and at the Mitchell Library returned a number of different routes of enquiry. They all however ended up at one destination.


    And so by foot I marched across the flyway on the M8 from the Mitchell Library to Charring Cross and up Bath Street to staunchly stand outside Shanghai Shuffle, take out my iPhone, and tweet for Dermot Desmond to come outside and face the music.

    He then found that Shanghai Shuffle is on the corner of Bath Street and Holland Street and he is away to investigate possible links now to Holland.


  • Moonbeams WD. Kano 1000 \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 100%. Eating Jelly & Ice Cream. Awe Naw…


    Is my understanding of this correct.

    If Rangers are turned into a Big Hoos Blue Smoothy they are then no longer Rangers. At which point a Newco metamorphasises from the Big Hoos Blue Smoothy without the TicketBUS deal therefor TicketBUS lose 24M, HMRC is also dumped. CW owns the lot.


  • leftclicktic

    Just a taster from @CTC surely and I mean surely a wind up!!!!.
    Yes! Shanghai Shuffle, the home of the probable Celtic/China/Ireland/possibly Vatican conspiracy, is on the corner of Bath Street and HOLLAND STREET! Yes. HOLLAND STREET. As in the fatherland of Oranje. The home of our forefathers. The site of the Boyne. The sacred ground where Pope James was banished from the land by William of Orange and his white stallion. The home land of Tulips and the home of Protestantism and Bert Konterman! Yes you read it right… HOLLAND STREET!

    But what does this mean? As of yet I have no idea!…. BUT!!!

    It’s far too big a coincidence to be a coincidence!!!

  • ohits

    Well bhoys thats the end of another days hard graft , its no easy keeping up with all these blogs and tweets , so as they say down ibrokes,

    Chapati,s over its time to call it a day

  • philvisreturns

    Paul67 – Rangers have a huge trading deficit and will need to revert back to the 50s.

    Hey you…get your damn hands off her! (thumbsup)

  • gerry


    Sorry you and the judge are wrong, the jurnos that work in Scotland said the Ticketus deal is near to collapse….

    poor Tom, here’s a tweet from him last week (as Kojo would say, Tom how do you like them appels)
    Tom English ‏ @TomEnglishSport Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Things are looking up for the beleaguered Bears. Next week’s big story confirmed: Ticketus deal collapses.

  • sannabhoy

    Sorry Paul67 , i have to confess to being unfaithful to CQN . I’ve just grabbed a podium on celtictaxcase .

    I reckon , for my penance , i should learn to play “We don’t do walking away” while singing “Simply the Bust” – i blame MWD and his schools analysis from last year .

    Sanna (contrition csc)

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