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Ajax, Fenerbahce, Molde for Celtic

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It’s a return to to seed Ajax, which is a good football draw, although the Ajax fans and Amsterdam police make it an unwelcome tie for other reasons.

Fenerbahce lost their Champions League qualifier to Shakhtar Donetsk before beating Greek club Atromitos in the Europa League play-off round. There were no easy teams in pot three, Fenerbahce are about par for the group.

Molde beat Dinamo Zagreb and Standard Liege, so deserve some respect, they will fear no one in this competition.

Happy with the draw, it could have been a whole lot more difficult but as always, we have to arrive prepared as there are no hiding places in Europe.

GOLFERS!

There’s a chance to win a round of golf for four of you at the magnificent Aberdour course, scene of the annual CQN Open, for £1. Taggsybhoy has provided this opportunity, to raise funds to support the Celtic Foundation’s work. If you want to cheer yourself up after a hard week, read about the Foundation’s work here.

But after you’ve read that, get onto ebay here and enter the raffle. You’re even allowed to win it for a friend, so pile in.

A box full of backpacks, pencils and cups for Malawi just arrived at my office (thank you) ahead of tomorrow’s collection at the Celtic Way before the game. Remember to bring along your old backpacks, pencils and handtowels if you have any.

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  1. Marrakesh Express on

    Bmcuw

     

     

    Good post. Some great comment over the last three days from different perspectives. I’m always drawn to the bigger picture. I’d say our support could be split into four or even five categories.

     

    15-20000 who go to practically any home game….eg Raith rovers wednesday league cup

     

    20k who go to most home games……eg .Motherwell Saturday league game

     

    20k who go to the ‘big’ games….eg .AC Milan in CL or title day.

     

    Another 20 to 60k who must see…..Uefa final in Seville, Huns in a cup final, Leeds in the European cup semi.

     

    My point here is that these numbers outline the club’s potential. I read years ago in the Celtic centenary book that through the the dark days of the 50s and early 60s, every season beginning would see the Celtic support upbeat and hopeful that things were getting better at last. Crowds of 50 and 60k would turn up in August, but by September/October it was down to 25k as realisation hit home that board ambitions were entrenched in mediocrity.

     

    It’s my opinion that PL is a hired accountant who isn’t phased by mediocrity, as long as the club’s in no danger of going the way of Sevco. Not acceptable and how this warrants a huge bonus surely defying business logic. If, and it’s very hypothetical I know, Ashley pumps £20m into Sevco, watch PL find the money to match it.

     

    Too many fans see through the CEO and it’s showing.

  2. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    Up Over Goal

     

     

    Whether you’re right or not I found your post much more interesting than the scrolled dross surrounding it.

     

     

    HH

     

     

     

    Some posters,regardless of the club,company or armchair they support should be aware and perhaps feel conscientious of just how much they post,talk about empty vessels,Paul should make us pay subscription and make it clear the majority of the money goes to sciaf,that should deter a few.

  3. Beamishismypint on

    Hasve I missed something? If Tyler Blackett has a good season, I presume he’ll be offski. The CQN piece says he has the option to sign at end of loan. What guarantees do Celtic have? Will it be Tyler away and Charlie back in team for CL qualifiers 2016?

  4. Dubaibhoy-Ur they still deid? on

    Hypothetical question:

     

     

    If we were looking to sign a Centre Half / Holding Midfielder / Centre Forward for about 1.5m a pop on 10k a week who would the targets be???

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 29th August 2015 9:01 am,

     

     

    Does that mean he agrees wi your opinions?

     

     

    Jooooost asking…

     

     

    —————————————————————————-

     

     

    Not a chance. :-(

     

     

    HH.

  6. What is the Stars on

    Latchford

     

    “Our absentee landlord ensconced in Dublin 4”

     

    Hate to be pedantic, actually I love it but not going to admit that, but The Kaiser Desmondo is a tax exile, try Switzerland, not the much maligned people’s Republic of Dublin 4

  7. SFTB @1:11

     

     

    “Sutton, Thompson and Agathe played in a lost league before they left”

     

     

    More accurately, they played in a team that was cheated out of a league title before they left ( and not for the first time).

     

     

    A look at the Rangers(1872-2012) team that played at Easter Road on Light Grey Sunday shows at least 2 players on EBTs, therefore improperly registered to play. Let’s be kind and ignore all their other matches that season, let’s ignore the fact there were at least 2 of them, and just apply the rules to one of them in that one match. That would be a 3 point deduction then, leaving Celtic, despite a last day defeat at Fir Park, 2 points clear and Champions.

     

     

    Works for me. . . They left as Champions.

  8. What is the Stars on

    South of Tunis

     

    That sounds like a good day out.

     

    What about a taxi to the greyhound racing after the spurs game

  9. My friends in Celtic,

     

     

    I have already stated my opinion that at the end of the day the only people who ultimately let us down on Tuesday were our participants who crossed the line prior to the start of the game. ie The Players.

     

     

    They under-achieved. Full stop.

     

     

    Today our recovery must begin. The players have much to prove, to themselves, to the management team and to the people who pay their wages .

     

     

    Slowly getting over the dejection of midweek and starting to embrace the Europa. It may not have the glamour of the CL, but to us it is now the Holy Grail.

     

     

    HH, COYBIG today.

  10. FAC Campaign News

     

     

     

    Want to report a crime? Pop your evidence in the post…..

     

     

     

    You might not believe it but this is what a FAC member was told when she contacted the Criminal Allegations against the Police department of the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service. Her initial complaint against a serving police officer regarding evidence given in court was made in writing to the Procurator Fiscal in March 2015. Nine week passed without even an acknowledgement far less a receipt. During this time, she tried to make contact with them to find out what was happening and was passed from pillar to post. Eventually she received a response saying that they had investigated her claim and had decided there was not enough evidence to prosecute. All fine you might think, except they had not interviewed her as the complainant or asked to see the evidence she said she had! A phone call to COPFS to query this led to her being told to ‘pop the evidence in the post’. She asked if she should send it recorded delivery and was told ‘if you like’. She began to suspect that they were keen not to proceed with this….

     

    In exasperation she contacted her MSP to ask for his assistance. He contacted the COPFS unit and asked for a meeting to allow her to provide her evidence. He, after a further lengthy delay, received a reply to say no they did not think a meeting would be useful but they were still willing to look at any evidence she might have…

     

    Months passed, during which her MSP contacted the Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland, to indicate his concern about how her allegation was being investigated…..or not investigated. It took two months and two reminders before the bold Frank replied to say, in effect, ‘tell her to pop her evidence in the post’! Now I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I suspect if you were to phone up your local police station to tell them you’d just shot your wife or husband, they would be unlikely to direct you to the post office to buy a padded envelope for the smoking gun.

     

    Now in even more exasperation, she wrote again to the Criminal Allegations against the Police Department of COPFS and outlined in great detail the evidence she had and asked them to tell her as a matter of urgency how they planned to ‘consider this evidence’ as they had now promised twice that they would, in the absence of any mechanism by which they might receive it. She sent it by signed for post and, having received proof of delivery, settled down to wait for the reply….that was on 24 June and, as I write, some 9 and a wee daud weeks later, no reply has been forthcoming.

     

    So, having detailed all of this in a formal complaint to the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service Response and Information Unit (or no response and little information), to which she has received an automated acknowledgement, she has now arranged with her MSP to present herself to her local cop shop and make the allegation direct to House’s Heros (well, till November..) this very week.

     

    We will keep you updated with developments on this intrepid citizen and her determination to report wrong-doing to the proper authorities….despite the obstacles put in her path…by the proper authorities.

     

     

    ps. Did we mention at all that the officer in question has given evidence in quite a few Offensive Behaviour cases…..

  11. One of the problems on here is that extreme posts elicit extreme polar opposite responses. Middle ground posts are largely ignored and the nutters on either side have a ball with their ping pong slagging. At times it makes entertaining theatre but a lot of the time its boring and annoying.

     

    Since the Malmo debacle there has been a sustained personal attack by a few on Peter Lawell, some of the stuff posted has been libelous and disgraceful at least when Kev J wades in he attacks the “Bored” and not a particular employee.

     

    The Celtic Board have adopted a very definite Business Model under which the Club operates, Peter Lawell as CEO oversees its execution. It is “The Business Model” we should be discussing and dissecting and if necessary attacking and not the man who oversees it.

  12. CORKCELT on 29TH AUGUST 2015 10:53 AM

     

    I’ll post to that. Absolutely correct, the Board make the Policy, not PL. although I would say that PL does influence the Policy.

     

    I do not agre with the Club’s Policy but as long as I am able to I will support the Team.

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  13. It seems that the boards disastrous failings are not sparking a change in our so called strategy.

     

     

    We are now lining up to sell VVD but will do so right at the end of the transfer window and be laughingly told all the money will be reinvested in the club. That’s right PLs super duper bonus will be that form of reinvestment.

     

     

    His replacement? A loaner from Man Utd. What dazzling brilliance from PL. this will result at least in an exciting SPFL for us this season. Perhaps we should be grateful?

     

     

    Even funnier is our bid for Ryan Christie. Another midfielder eh! Magic. At least Celtic aren’t pretending they are building a team anymore.

     

     

    The only strategy is money.

     

    The only goal is money

     

    The only desire is money

     

     

    The most ethical club in the world. So ethical that it lets it’s supporters get arrested for nothin, that it illegally passes details of its custo,ears to the police, that it bans innocent sporters, that it excludes supporters for having political views, that it collides with wanton corruption, that it’s forced to pretend it pays the living wage but still employs 3rd parties who pay minimum wage, that it desires the bigotry and racism to return cause it’s about money.

     

     

    Celtics massive underperformance on the field is portrayed as some genius strategy based on moneyball?

     

     

    Moneyball

     

     

    MONEYBALL

     

     

    How’s that working out for us Paul?

     

     

    The most ethical club in the world. What an absolute joke.

     

     

    It’s all the small things too though isn’t it. Wee things like the half time draw prizes being reduced and reduced and reduced. Just to make a bit more money..

     

     

    Abject failure in the CL for two years in a row and what does Ronny say? Success isn’t about winning. No no no Celtic fans. Success is about selling players for lots of money.

     

     

    Money first

     

    Money second

     

    Money last

     

     

    And for all of you turning up today. You are propping up this failed regime. You are making them continue on this disastrous road.

     

     

    The big question is. Are Celtic already dead?

  14. Celtic till i die not the other way about, but spending within reason will not do that to Celtic fc pity we have so many kidda on footballers at the club, seriously its one thing not spending the money its another thing entirety spending it on dross and then the dross getting upset when they are called out for piss poor performances, while pocketing the wages

     

     

    hh

  15. Beatbhoy,

     

     

    If only someone could work out how many games the ebt ,ERS played in.

     

     

    Who has the list again ?

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MARRAKESH EXPRESS

     

     

    Hmmm,are you saying we have a warchest?

     

     

    Bang on the button,as ever. Say hi to Tony in The Brazen later. Hopefully see you on 10/10. I’ll send Masty the details tomorrow.

  17. CQN Coupon for today:

     

    AWATR: Plymouth

     

    BT: Hartlepool

     

    GL2: QPR

     

    Jobo: Aberdeen

     

    LB: Leicester

     

    PF: Middlesbrough

     

    Pog: Hearts

     

    TTT: Walsall

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  18. Corkcelt it is laughable to excuse PL as simply the man who executes a strategy. As CEO it is lawwells job to set the strategy and agree it with the board. It’s his baby.

     

     

    And boy is he handsomely rewarded for that. I mean last year PL got a massive bonus. It was even 100k over what he was contractually entitled for. Wow how’s that for corporate governance?

     

     

    It’s pl who runs the club and is rewarded for this crap. DD agrees cos for him it’s all about the money. He has already told you that he hates the Celtic support and loves the Huns.

  19. Still here, on holiday from Canada.

     

     

    In town, meeting pals, heading for Kerrydale Suite, then to my seat in 412.

     

     

    Happy as a lark.

     

     

    Then I logged on to CQN and read Latchford’s post and I wondered why some folk get up in the morning.

     

     

    But..,,,

     

     

    Then I read KevJ’s post and was reminded that there are good humans among us.

     

     

    Now I don’t think I have ever agreed with any if KevJ’s posts…. but here he was, taking time out from his own troubles to think of TCR.

     

     

    So I am inspired again. Been to 2 games on this trip. first hour against Inverness was quality stuff. First 20 minutes at home to Malmo was outstanding. looking forward to a determined Celtic team today.

     

     

    So i am off to have a good day out. I’ll leave the blog to its own devices.

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    HAMILTONTIM

     

     

    I’m really not sure what to say to that. It’s a disgrace that detailed information about wrongdoing isn’t being investigated,and smacks of a cover-up.

     

     

    That the lady concerned has taken it all the way to the top,with the assistance of her MSP,and STILL had no action,should be of serious concern to everyone.

     

     

    The police acting in this way may ‘only’ impact on football fans at the moment,but who knows where that leads? Given a lead to act with impunity,they could attempt further wrongs. And they will,and no doubt have.

     

     

    And why not? They have no-one to answer to.

  21. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    HAMILTONTIM

     

     

    Btw,a mutual friend related to me the favour you have done him.

     

     

    Well done. As always.

  22. weet weet weet(GBWO) on

    Saint stoves

     

     

     

    Sixty-three players and 24 staff are said to have received payouts.

     

     

    Ex-skipper Barry Ferguson leads the list of players who received vast sums of cash over and above their normal salaries.

     

     

    He pocketed £2.49million, according to figures obtained by BBC Scotland.

     

     

    Former manager Alex McLeish got £1.7million and German keeper Stefan Klos was given £2million.

     

     

    Striker Nacho Novo and Dutch midfielder Ronald De Boer netted £1.2million each.

     

     

    But some of the sums involved were comparatively small. Former defender Steven Smith got just £7500.

     

     

    And Ibrox icon Graeme Souness received £30,000 from the trust in 2001 – 10 years after leaving the club.

     

     

    It’s unclear why a payment was made to Murray’s close friend Souness a decade after his involvement at Ibrox officially ended,

     

     

    EBTs were used by the rich to avoid paying tax.

     

     

    They are the root of HMRC’s Big Tax Case that helped plunge Rangers into crisis and is threatening to destroy the club’s 140-year history.

     

     

    Rangers set up the trusts for 87 players and staff – then paid cash into them in addition to paying wages.

     

     

    Money is then paid out in the form of a tax-free “loan” from the EBT. In practice, the loan is never repaid.

     

     

    The recipients avoid paying the PAYE and National Insurance that millions of ordinary workers stump up at source.

     

     

    From 2001-10, Rangers put £47million into dozens of sub-trusts for players, coaches and staff.

     

     

    Dutch goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus’s agent questioned the scheme when he joined Rangers in 2005.

     

     

    His agent was told by a club representative that using the trust was “in the interests of Ronald as it enables him to receive funds tax-free”. Murray last night insisted to the BBC that he had never received any payment from any trust which involved direct contributions from Rangers.

     

     

    Rangers’ annual accounts from 2001 to 2010 show the Glasgow club invested a total of £47.659million to the Murray Group Remuneration Trust.

     

     

    Separate contributions were made by Rangers’ parent company, Murray International Holdings, of at least £10million.

     

     

    Funds were deposited by Rangers and MIH into the Jersey-based trust, which was then divided into sub-trusts for the benefit of players, coaching staff, directors and other employees in the form of the tax-free loans.

     

     

    A further 24 Murray Group employees benefited from the scheme, currently the subject of a tax tribunal at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

     

     

    If Rangers lose the tribunal, they will be liable to repay the money, with interest, as well as a penalty for tax avoidance.

     

     

    The total bill including penalties could hit £134million, according to administrators now running Rangers.

     

     

    Tax adviser Paul Baxendale-Walker, who brought the EBT scheme to the Murray Group, told the BBC: “The problem as we all know is how Rangers implemented the structure, how they drove the bus.”

     

     

    The SPL launched an investigation into the scheme back in March after allegations by former Ibrox director Hugh Adam that Rangers made undisclosed payments and deliberately excluded then from players’ contracts.

     

     

    Adam, who left Rangers in 2002, said directors were well aware of the double contracts, but were unwilling to challenge Murray.

     

     

    SPL rules state that all payments made to players in respect of their earnings from football must be declared by their club.

     

     

    SPL lawyers Harper Macleod are looking into dealings back to the league’s formation in 1998.

     

     

    In a statement released hours before the BBC’s expose last night, the SPL said: “The investigation into the EBT payments made by Rangers FC is being actively pursued on behalf of the SPL.

     

     

    “All relevant documents, materials and information have been sought from Rangers FC and we look forward to receiving full co-operation from the club and administrators in providing everything that it and they have access to and which is required for the investigation to be completed.”

     

     

    Murray has denied he handed out double contracts during his 23-year spell at Ibrox.

     

     

    He said: “I’ve looked through every year to check my facts and there were no double contracts. Categorically, there were no dual contracts.”

     

     

    Football forums and websites were ablaze with reaction last night to the EBTs revelations.

     

     

    Mark Dingwall, of the Rangers Supporters Trust, was despondent when the Record contacted him last night.

     

     

    He said: “I’m still going over it in my mind, I don’t know what to think right now.”

     

     

    And fans swamped supporters’ websites.

     

     

    One fan calling himself True Blue, said: “What a convoluted mess – just keeps getting uglier day by day.”

     

     

    Lisburn Rangers added: “Murray, Whyte and Duff & Phelps, may you rot in Hell.”

     

     

    Burnistoun comic Robert Florence tweeted a dig at former Rangers striker Nacho Novo, who joined Walter Smith on a fans march on Sunday.

     

     

    He tweeted: “Will @nnovo1010 be giving that EBT cash he took to the Rangers Fighting Fund?”

     

     

    WHO GOT WHAT FROM THE DODGE?

     

     

    Alan Hutton £364,000

     

     

    Hutton made his debut in 2002 and featured in 94 Rangers games, before a £9million move to Spurs.

     

     

    Alex McLeish £1.7million

     

     

    McLeish managed Rangers from 2001-06.

     

     

    Alex Rae £569,000

     

     

    Midfielder who arrived at Ibrox in 2004 and spent two years there. He played 34 games and scored once.

     

     

    Andrei Kanchelskis £145,000

     

     

    Russian winger arrived from Fiorentina in 1998 for £5.5million. Moved four years later to Southampton.

     

     

    Andrew Dickson £33,000

     

     

    Head of football administration at Rangers since 2003. Previously financial controller at Ibrox club.

     

     

    Arthur Numan £510,000

     

     

    Dutch full-back arrived at Rangers from PSV Eindhoven in 1998 for £4.5million. Played 118 times.

     

     

    Barry Ferguson £2.5million

     

     

    Former youth player who became Rangers captain. Played at Ibrox from 1996-2003 and 2005-2009.

     

     

    Bert Konterman £300,000

     

     

    Dutch defender signed by Dick Advocaat for £4.5million in 2000. Played 79 matches for Rangers.

     

     

    Bert Van Lingen £65,000

     

     

    Assistant manager under Dick Advocaat from 1998 to 2002.

     

     

    Billy Dodds £190,000

     

     

    Arrived in a £1.5million deal from Dundee United. Scored 21 goals in four years.

     

     

    Bob Malcolm £125,000

     

     

    Central defender started his career with Rangers in 1997. Played 88 games. Left for Derby County in 2006.

     

     

    Campbell Ogilvie £95,000

     

     

    At club from 1978 to 2005 as general secretary and later a director. Now SFA president.

     

     

    Carlos Cuellar £448,255

     

     

    Spanish centre-half arrived from Osasuna in deal worth £2.37million in 2007. Moved to Aston Villa in 2008.

     

     

    Chris Burke £55,000

     

     

    Started career at Rangers, playing 96 games from 2002 to 2009. Left for Cardiff City.

     

     

    Christian Nerlinger £1.8million

     

     

    German midfielder signed from Borrusia Dortmund in 2001 and left in 2004.

     

     

    Claudio Caniggia £1million

     

     

    Argentinian World Cup finalist signed from Dundee for £1million in 2001. He played 50 timess.

     

     

    Craig Moore £1.1million

     

     

    Australian centre-half played more than 90 games from 1994-1998. Returned in 1999 and stayed until 2005.

     

     

    Dado Prso £1.9million

     

     

    Croatian striker was free transfer in 2004. Scored 50 goals in 108 games. Left for Dinamo Zagreb in 2007.

     

     

    Dan Eggen £68,000

     

     

    Norwegian central defender signed in 2003 from Spanish club Alaves. Did not appear for the first team.

     

     

    Sir David Murray £6.3million

     

     

    Owned club from 1988-2011. They won 15 titles and 26 cups. Sold shares to Craig Whyte for £1.

     

     

    Dick Advocaat £1.5million

     

     

    Rangers manager from 1998-2002. Spent almost £74million to win five trophies, including two titles.

     

     

    Douglas Odam £119,000

     

     

    Finance director for 15 years. Left club in 2003 to take up a role within Sir David Murray’s business empire.

     

     

    Egil Ostenstad £370,000

     

     

    Norwegian forward signed from Blackburn on free transfer in 2003. No goals in his 11 games.

     

     

    Fernando Ricksen £684,225

     

     

    Dutch right-back signed in 2000 from AZ Alkmaar for £3.75million. Scored 13 times in 182 games. Left in 2006.

     

     

    Federico Nieto £24,500

     

     

    Argentine striker joined on loan deal in 2005 from Almagro. Scored once in three matches.

     

     

    Gavin Rae £376,000

     

     

    Midfielder joined Rangers from Dundee in 2004 for a fee of £250,000. Transferred to Cardiff in 2007.

     

     

    George Adams £30,000

     

     

    Ex-player was head of youth development between 2003-2005.

     

     

    Graeme Souness £30,000

     

     

    Player-manager of Rangers from 1986-1991.

     

     

    Gregory Vignal £173,000

     

     

    French defender joined on loan from Liverpool in 2004 and played 43 times. Joined Portsmouth in 2005.

     

     

    Ian McGuinness £25,400

     

     

    Ibrox club doctor was sacked after Paul Le Guen left. Moved on to Newcastle United and then joined Aston Villa.

     

     

    Ian Murray £95,000

     

     

    Midfielder was free transfer from Hibernian in 2006. Played 43 games. Left in 2007.

     

     

    Jan Wouters £285,000

     

     

    Former Dutch midfielder joined as a coach under Dick Advocaat, then Alex McLeish. Left in 2006.

     

     

    Jean-Alain Boumsong £630,000

     

     

    French centre-half joined in 2004 on free transfer. Signed for Newcastle for £8million after just 18 games.

     

     

    Jerome Bonnissel £48,000

     

     

    French left-back arrived in 2003 from Bordeaux. Played three games before joining Fulham.

     

     

    Jesper Christiansen £320,000

     

     

    Danish goalkeeper signed in 2000 as injury cover. Played three times and left in 2004.

     

     

    Joel Le Hir £28,275

     

     

    Paul Le Guen appointed physiotherapist from 2006 to 2007. Now with Le Guen at Oman national team.

     

     

    John Greig £40,000

     

     

    Played for club from 1961-1978. Manage Rangers from 1978 to 1983. Later became a director.

     

     

    John McClelland £225,000

     

     

    Appointed a director in 2000. Was chairman from 2002 to 2004. Resigned as non-executive director last year.

     

     

    Julien Rodriguez £638,000

     

     

    French centre-half signed from Monaco in 2005 for £1million. Played 34 matches then left for Marseille in 2007.

     

     

    Kevin Muscat £1million

     

     

    Australian defender joined from Wolves in 2002 on free transfer. Played 22 games. Joined Millwall in 2003.

     

     

    Kris Boyd £215,000

     

     

    Signed from Kilmarnock in 2006 for £500,000. Scored 101 goals. Joined Middlesbrough in 2010.

     

     

    Libor Sionko £178,000

     

     

    Czech midfielder signed from Austria Vienna in 2006. Played 18 matches. Joined Copenhagen in 2007.

     

     

    Lorenzo Amoruso £639,000

     

     

    Italian defender cost £4m from Fiorentina in 1997. Moved to Blackburn Rovers for £1.4million in 2003.

     

     

    Martin Bain £249,000

     

     

    Chief executive of Rangers from 2005 to 2011. Resigned after David Murray sold club to Craig Whyte for £1.

     

     

    Marvin Andrews £316,025

     

     

    Centre-half from Trinidad and Tobago joined from Livingston in 2004. Played 43 matches, scoring four times.

     

     

    Maurice Ross £120,000

     

     

    Played 78 games for Rangers from 2000 to 2005, before moving to Sheffield Wednesday.

     

     

    Michael Ball £1.4m

     

     

    English left-back signed from Everton in 2001 for £6.5million. Played 55 games. Joined PSV Eindhoven in 2005.

     

     

    Michael Mols £260,000

     

     

    Dutch striker joined Rangers under Dick Advocaat. He arrived in 1999 and spent five years at Ibrox.

     

     

    Mikel Arteta £674,603

     

     

    Spanish midfielder joined in 2002 and played 50 matches, scoring 12 goals. Moved to Everton.

     

     

    Nacho Novo £1.2m

     

     

    Spanish striker joined in 2004 from Dundee for £450,000. Played 178 games in six years, scoring 47 times.

     

     

    Neil McCann £500,000

     

     

    Winger joined from Hearts in 1998 for £2million and played more than 100 games. Now a media pundit for Sky Sports.

     

     

    Nuno Capucho £970,000

     

     

    Portugal winger who arrived in 2003 for £700,000. Featured in 22 games, scoring five goals.

     

     

    Olivier Bernard £224,000

     

     

    French defender arrived on a free transfer in 2005. Played nine times.

     

     

    Paolo Vanoli £592,000

     

     

    Italian left-back joined from Bologna in 2003 and played in 28 matches for Rangers, scoring once.

     

     

    Paul Le Guen £201,250

     

     

    French manager replaced Alex McLeish in 2006. Left in January 2007 after a string of poor results.

     

     

    Pedro Mendes £1million

     

     

    Portuguese midfielder joined in 2008 for £3million. Played 39 games and joined Vitória Guimarães in 2010.

     

     

    Peter Lovenkrands £902,000

     

     

    Danish winger arrived in 2000 from Akademisk Boldklub for £1.3million. Played 129 games and scored 37 times.

     

     

    Robert Reilly £105,000

     

     

    Rangers’ commercial director and helped generate income for the Ibrox club.

     

     

    Ronald De Boer £1.2million

     

     

    Dutch midfielder joined in 2000 under Dick Advocaat. Scored 39 goals in four years for the club.

     

     

    Ronald Waterreus £510,000

     

     

    Dutch goalkeeper joined Rangers in 2004 from Manchester City. Played 49 matches for the Ibrox club.

     

     

    Sasa Papac £319,000

     

     

    Bosnian left-back arrived in 2006 from Austria Vienna for £450,000. Played 161 games. Left in May 2012.

     

     

    Sotirios Kyrgiakos £532,200

     

     

    Greek centre-half signed from Panathinaikos in 2005. Left in 2006. Played 54 matches and scored once.

     

     

    Stefan Klos £2million

     

     

    German international keeper signed in 1999 for £800,000. Played more than 200 times. Left in 2007 to join Bayer Leverkusen.

     

     

    Stephane Wiertelak £28,275

     

     

    French fitness-physiotherapy coach joined Rangers in 2006 under Le Guen. Now works at Rennes.

     

     

    Steven Davis £600,000

     

     

    Northern Ireland midfielder and club captain. Played more than 140 times, scoring 17 goals.

     

     

    Steven Smith £7500

     

     

    Defender came through youth ranks and made debut in 2004. Moved to Norwich then on to US side Portland Timbers.

     

     

    Steven Thompson £485,000

     

     

    Joined from Dundee Utd in 2003 for £200,000. Left in 2006 to join Cardiff City.

     

     

    Tero Penttila £140,000

     

     

    Finnish defender joined in 1999 for £300,000 from Haka Valkeakoski. Left Rangers in 2002 to join HJK Helsinki.

     

     

    Thomas Buffel £1.2million

     

     

    Belgian midfielder joined in 2005 for £2.3million from Feyenoord. Scored 11 goals and left in 2008.

     

     

    Tore Andre Flo £1.3million

     

     

    Norwegian striker joined from Chelsea in 2000 for £12million. Scored 39 times for Rangers. Sold for £6.75million to Sunderland in 2002.

     

     

    Yves Colleau £106,200

     

     

    Former French midfielder served as assistant to Paul Le Guen at Rennes, Lyon and Rangers from 2006 to 2007.

     

     

    Zurab Khizanishvili £405,000

     

     

    Georgian defender joined on a free transfer from Dundee in 2003. Moved to Blackburn Rovers in 2005.

  23. Hamiltontim police Scotland, the Scottish government and the fiscal are covering up a multitude of illegal acts by the police force in Scotland. They have been out of control for some considerable time. houses resignation is only the beginning of a house of cards that is about to topple.

  24. What’s latest on vvd ?

     

     

    Or we going to leave it til final day to sell him so then we have the no time to bring in new players excuse ??

  25. Good morning Celts,

     

     

    I have waited for 14 years to see Celtic come over to my adopted city. I have watched each and every C/L, E/L draw with anticipation, the wait is finally over.

     

     

    Anybody that needs any tips/advice on travel, accommodation, or anything else with regards to their trip to Istanbul, please don’t hesitate to ask.

     

     

    I am going to be in London for a week, from Monday, but on my return to Istanbul I was thinking of paying a visit to the James Joyce Irish centre. It’s located in one of the main tourist areas of Istanbul and would be a great area for anybody to base themselves for their visit.

     

     

    The James Joyce Irish centre, is a 5 story building with 2 big bars, 1 on street level and 1 on the first floor. The whole area is full of bars and hotels. Anybody interested can Google “The James Joyce” Istanbul.

     

     

    If it seems that there is a bit of interest, I can also ask for a couple of bands to be put on.

     

     

    If anybody is booking hotels and is interested in staying in Istanbuls main Bar/restaurant/shopping area, please look for hotels in Taksim or Beyoglu.

     

     

    Please note that this area is on the European side of the city, and that Fener play on the Asian side. So on the night of the football, it would be wise to start making your way over to the stadium by late afternoon.

     

     

    As part of my stag night, I took all the lads to a Fener v Besiktas match….everyone loved it!!

     

     

    I will be keeping a good look out on the site for any questions.

  26. GivehimthemoneyPeterCSC on

    In 1984 I was in tears on the terraces after travelling to Old trafford and seeing Celtic knocked out of Europe by Rapid Vienna (I was 13)..A guy came up to me and said “Don’t worry Son, we will be back next year” Words of wisdom and the last time I cried at a game…(apart from Henrik’s last game!)

     

     

    Time for all the sooks to move on from Wednesdays disappointment back the team and keep the faith!

     

     

    Saying all that, if the height of our ambition is selling VWD (which I think we should do) and replacing them with another loan deal it really is a disgrace

  27. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PROUDBHOY

     

     

    Last day,and caught us all on the hop. The move came totally out of the blue. We had no time to put together a deal,etc,blah blah blah…

     

     

    (Raises raw onion to eye)

  28. Celtic, Celtic thats the team for me,

     

    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,

     

    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,

     

    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the scottish football league

     

     

    They come from bonnie Scotland, they come from county Cork,

     

    They come from dear old Donegal and even from New York,

     

    From every street in Glasgow they proudly make their way,

     

    To a place called dear old paradise and this is what they say.

     

     

    Celtic, Celtic thats the team for me,

     

    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,

     

    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,

     

    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the Scottish football league.

     

     

    There’s Fallon, Young and Gemmell who proudly wear the green,

     

    There’s Clark, McNeill and Kennedy the best there;s ever been,

     

    Jim Johnstone, Murdoch, Chalmers, John Divers and John Hughes,

     

    And sixty thousand Celtic fans who proudly shout the news.

     

     

    Celtic, Celtic thats the team for me,

     

    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,

     

    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,

     

    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the Scottish football league.

  29. I was away on holibags when the last HMRC v Rangers in liquidation next level appeal was going on.

     

     

    was there a ruling ?