Astana, Hedge Funds, Longmuir to Newco


After full time on Saturday Celtic fly east to play Shakhter Karagandy in Kazakhstan, which is five hours ahead of UK time, but fortunately kick off on Tuesday is 9pm local time, 4pm in the UK, so the team will not have to adjust body clocks.  Such a long flight immediately after a game is not without risk, though.

Muscles need to stretch and move freely after exertion.  Players will need an exercise routine for the plane to mitigate the risk of the kind of strain injuries we see so often.  Get a schedule for them to walk up and down the plane every hour.

I expect Celtic will have a scout at the Astana Arena for Friday’s game between Astana and Shakhter Karagandy but it might not be too revealing.  The Shakhter coach and first team squad didn’t even attend the game prior to their last Champions League qualifier against Albanians, Korce.  They were locked away in preparation as the second team were deployed for the league game.

It’s back to the Astana Arena, with its plastic pitch and closable roof, which is 135 miles from Karagandy, for the visit of Celtic, who will be hoping the pitch is a better standard than the one they played on in Sweden last week.  Neil Lennon could perhaps put a call into his former team-mate, Aiden McGeady, who played on the surface for Ireland 11 months ago (Ireland won the World Cup qualifier after being a goal down with a minute of normal time left).

Longmuir to Rangers International

It was a clear five months ago we ran the story, Longmuir and the Newco job, saying “Speculation that Mr Longmuir is taking care of current business until he is ready to move to Newco is becoming hard to ignore”.  Back then CQN suggested that if Longmuir “loses his ability to be a dealmaker” there might not be much he could offer such a high-flying football team.

If the SPFL are surprised, they shouldn’t be. Anything other information Mr Doncaster wants I’ll be happy to help.

The March article linked above also speculates that Newco could go into administration this season, lose players and suffer a points penalty, resulting in relegation. Don’t know how I missed the target so badly with that one……

Charlotte Fakes revelations from last night will have been news to no one here, but they will embarrass more than a few elsewhere.  What the Scottish football authorities must now consider are actions, and guidance and advice to Scottish Football League clubs during the last year.

“Have we actually offered him a job”?  There’s one chief exec who is delivering £500k of comedy value per annum. Here’s a phrase which might come in helpful soon, “It’s too late, we’ve no money, you can’t deliver what we wanted and you’re useless”.

Has anyone suggested that being owned by a Hedge Fund is like a new signing?  Positions are being adopted for the bun fight ahead.  It will not be pretty.

Have you signed up for the 1254125 Great Scottish Run yet?  For serious runners there is a 10k or Half Marathon to choose from, but there are shorter distances, from 1 mile, for the less-athletic and for kids.  With the soul of our game being chased by so many unappealing influences this is a great way to anchor Celtic back where the story started.

Get involved, guidance tips here.

Anyone else who presents a Daily Record transfer story to me as fact is getting a right dirty look.

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  1. bawsman



    the great Desmondo ….none other



    Mcgeady not sold way after lennoxtown opene ..may be well wrong …often am

  2. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    Here son, a wee word in your ear son, now you are going to hear many bad things said about me after I’m gone son, you’ve got to understand son, I was raking it in, I couldn’t let crap like morals get between me and my income son. So I decided that ethics and the good fight was not my forte son, so suck it up boy and if you ever amount to more of a man than I ever was son… then maybe you’ll find the guts, that I couldn’t, to face down corruption son.



    But I was never a coward son, no matter what they say about me son… I was never a coward son; at least I don’t think I was son; well I’ll never know son, because I never once peeked over the parapet to find out one way or the other son.

  3. It’s a very sad day that Celtic supporters care what the media say about us.



    They have had it in for us since our inception.



    The sfa are corrupt, and if they are exposed, no amount of media spin can and will change that fact.

  4. Wouldn’t it be great if cCeltic could wade in and bring sevco and theory sfa cronies down? It would be. But they can’t.



    Besides which sevco are doing a pretty good job of dismantling any chance they had of becoming a force. Their aides de camp at the sfa have proved useless despite the attempts to win them advantage save the damage limitation of nimmo smith and the dubious licenses. But arguably letting them play while they are still a financial mess is putting them back yet further. Season book money, sponsorship and merchandise are being soaked up by the cost of running the club and the fleecing of it by shysters.



    What could Celtic add?

  5. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Apologies if anyone has mentioned this before.



    I see that a number of posters have indicated that ITV4 are televising the away leg in Kazakstan on 20 August.



    I wouldn’t bet my mortgage on this as the Virgin TV GUide is indicating that an episode of Magnum,PI is being shown at that time. This contrasts with the showing of the away fixture against Elfsborg on BBC2 which Virgin displayed on their TV guide more than a week in advance of the game.



    Has anyone here actually seen the tweet that indicated that ITV4 are televising the game?

  6. RT



    object to the re election of the heavily conflicted Ogilvie



    call the integrity of Bryson into question



    make proper comment on the SFA part in the LNS findings



    in general …tackle the obvious corruption and cronyism in the governing body



    re Sevco …leave them to it …they`re doing a grand job

  7. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    And the boy to the father…



    “Dad, why are you telling me this? You had your chance to try to make a difference and you chose not to. So you are weak, you were a hostage to the dollar and an embarrassment to your conscience, go tell it to somebody who gives a toss”.

  8. They’ll not get relegated. The fat plg will walk away and someone who knows more about football (the mini bus driver) will take over what remains of the squad.



    Wish the admin would hurry the neck up….

  9. googybhoy ♥ Celtic


    13:04 on


    14 August, 2013





    Biblical rain………….It WAS Manchester though so probably classed as a squall.

  10. Dearie me.



    From the Kieran Prior thread on sevco media.



    [ Someone let the guys tyres down. Dont want him anywhere near Rangers.


    Plus a Stannah stair lift would ruin the marble staircase ]

  11. oldtim



    let me know where you are meeting tmrw if it is somewhere to my standards I will join you !

  12. My dad’s cousin used to harp on and on, bagging Celtic at every turn.


    And he was a fan!


    No-one wanted to sit next to him at games.


    I often wondered why he went to games.



    Makes you think huh?

  13. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Oldtim 67



    Johann Cruyff said that he would never teach any youngster to trap a ball. He says that it gave an opponent a chance to set himself and make a tackle. Cruyff preferred to take the ball on his thigh knocking it in front of himself or past an opponent for him to run onto. Don’t overrate the ability to trap.

  14. TTT,


    My target is the SFA and corruption. Read the resurion.


    The board do not necessarily have to be a PLC and the stool won’t topple without them though it will topple without either of the other two.


    As I said, it’s pie in the sky to think fans will unite, there was no unity a lot of individuals took similar action there was no organised unity, again, even after they were refused entry the SFA proved themselves corrupt, so nothing has changed. You don’t need to tell me they are complicit in the corruption that is evident IMO and I can’t be like you and just accept it and move on, there is something we can try and I’m trying it.


    You can sit on the side lines and snipe about my motives all you want, I have tempered my approach and do not consider your criticism anything other than petty oneupmanship.

  15. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    And the father to the son…



    “Son you can’t talk to me like that, everything I ever did, I did it for you”.

  16. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    And the father to the son…



    “When did your soul ever put food on the table?”

  17. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    And the son to the father…



    “Dad, what is the point of food without soul?”

  18. tomtheleedstim on

    Forgot to say it has a strong Celtic theme running through the play and a Hun gets knocked out. What’s not to like?

  19. Canamalar


    Once again you misread and attach motives that are not there,in an attempt to justify your position.



    I wish you luck with your resolution, but,I still suspect your true agenda.



    No offence, but I’ll say no more on it……….for now.




  20. ….PFayr


    13:07 on


    14 August, 2013






    I know that there was 3 years between Lennoxtown opening and us picking up £9.5 Million for Aidan. My point was more that by just 1 QUALITY product coming through (every decade even), we will have a system which pays for itself.

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