AGM, Foundation stars, Uefa changes, stadium developments


Celtic’s Annual General Meeting took place at Celtic Park today as the club and shareholders reflected on a year in which the Scottish Premiership trophy was secured for the 10th season in 11.  Chairman, Ian Bankier (70) confirmed his decision to step down as at the end of next month, 11 years after replacing John Reid in the job.  An announcement on his replacement will be made to the stock market before then.

The most illuminating part of the day was Celtic FC Foundation chief exec., Tony Hamilton, explaining the work your Foundation has done in the past year and has planned for the difficult winter months ahead.  The Foundation continues to feed, educate, aid those in need of medical assistance and help those struggling in poverty.  Whatever happens on the park at Celtic, the Foundation is your proudest boast.

Ange Postecoglou pinned his familiar colours to the mast.  If we are to reach the highest levels of European football, we will not do so playing defensively in the Champions League.  It is an admiral conviction and Ange had more than enough affection to carry this or any other room full of Celtic supporters.  Other outcomes are possible.

It was not overtly clear to the room, but much of Celtic’s planning in recent times has been to be in the right place when Uefa change the Champions League in 2024.  Next season’s competition will feature the last of the Group Stages, a status that has occupied our hopes and dreams for so many years.

Instead, an open draw from 36 teams will see participants play four home games and four away, all against different sides.  Getting into this 36 team contest and remaining is a huge objective for the club.

Chief executive, Michael Nicholson spoke to on-going stadium developments.  The new sports bar opened recently in the Jock Stein Stand, which will help fans who travel from distance in particular.  Lots more work is needed here.  We have a fine 20th century stadium but the more Celtic fans travel to great European stadiums and come back with tales of extravagances, like catering facilities you can reach during halftime, handtowels in the toilets throughout the day, merchandise outlets you can spend money at, from the largest seating area at the group, the more we will realise there is work to be done.

Fan liaison chief, John Paul Taylor spoke about the fight he led (although he took no credit for it) against the regime at Glasgow City Council, who planned to impose a 1m parking exclusion zone around Celtic Park on match days.  This would have displaced the nearest drivers to park 1m away, while many would be forced multiples of this distance.

It was a beyond crazy idea that only a local government/Holyrood/Westminster politician could have suggested.

Chief Financial Officer, Chris McKay dived into the numbers, indicating some significant relief that the years without fans were behind us.  He and former chief executive, Peter Lawwell, had a significant influence on the new Uefa Financial Fair Play regulations.  An understated indication of the soft power the club has amassed in the game in recent years.

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    Carlos Alberto and yon goal










    Correction to my earlier Post about BRAZILS Carlos Alberto Goal. Ive watched it again…and it looks like The GREAT PELE takes TWO ( NOT one) little touches using BOTH feet before sliding in THAT PERFECT Pss for Carlos to stick it into the Net.


    PELE …The Greatest EVER Fitba Player imho.


    Sheer Genius….Never to be beaten



  2. Official


    Hart, Ralston, Carter-Vickers (C), Jenz, Bernabei, O’Riley, Hatate, Turnbull, Jota, Haksabanovic, Giakoumakis.

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    St Stivs – thank you for posting Swiss Ramble’s latest.



    Always informative and interesting



    Good team for today



    I assume many on here play guess the team with friends or loved ones?



    We got 9 😊

  4. Cannot argue with the team. Would perhaps have been nice to see Hart rested and Siegrist given a rare start.

  5. Big Jimmy…PELE…the greatest ever is hugely debatable…sum say Maradona….sum say Messi…sum say Ronaldo….sum say Puska….sum say Cruyff…sum even say McGrory….plenty more left off the list….




  6. GREENPINATA on 5TH NOVEMBER 2022 12:33 PM



    Gp-Glasgow City Council is an absolute disgrace. They are letting down their residents big style.



    AT-Is this just a recent judgement Greenpinata?,or one concluded since your unelectable marketing shills became well unelectable.


    Or are you making my point for me that Paul’s ‘regime’ comment is a nod to cqns anonymatti



    GP-Trying to censor any criticism on here is dangerous.



    AT – Do point out where any hint of censorship is taking place? Poster,time your right am criticising Paul67s wee ‘suella’ his licklespit oops little spit by his use of the word regime- amateur,may I point out GCC have their faults,attitude to,and equal pay for those those woman Gp you want football to do something for.Your unelectable marketing concept failed the council not only when in power but future generations,as settlement are still being made



    Gp-Very dangerous.



    ÀT-Make up the idea your being censored and then


    try and augment.


    Yawn,shall we put this in the £half Billion imaginary independence budget pot,I remember,still waiting



    Your objection is a fear of democracy


















    You are

  7. Greenpinata



    You are




    Is me not deleting fully,that’s all,and yes I know it’s at end of old blog too and not updates.

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