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.

Plug for a show at the Fringe about a Leeds-based part of the Irish diaspora.
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  1. Macanbeatha



    Quick calc …roughly £20 per treb ….£60 fir quad




    I reckon not a kick in the tail off £150

  2. Unlucky Scotland. Decent showing and a cracking game. 5 goals and a great atmosphere. You can’t ask for much more, other than a Scotland victory.



    Light-hearted highlight for me was the co-commentator after Lampard nearly scored from long range.



    “Lampard did what he always does. He struck the back of the ball.”






    Reminds me of an old joke.



    Man goes for job as a lumberjack. Interviewer asks him a few questions about different types of trees and cuts.



    “One final question,” he says. “That tree over there. Can you tell me which is the front of the tree and which is the back?”



    The man goes over and walks around the tree, looking up and down and scratching his chin pensively. After a few circuits he returns.



    “The far side is the back of the tree,” he says. “The side facing us is the front.”



    “How can you tell?”



    “Well, have you ever known anyone to have a shit at the front of a tree?”

  3. 67 heaven



    i know m8,was told it for years from various uncles and dads palls..but its my country and i like to stand up to controversy and biggots..if my club players are playing i want them to excel and to be combatants and show that they are the best players from their club..if they were to have a choice not to play then the real biggots win!who knows whats down the line for this country..freedom from westminster? and what the future holds for our football and our club..but biggots must be met head on!was only kiddin about the englishy stuff earlier..anyway pitodrie next up..one game at a time ..h.h

  4. She Flies Like A Bird In The Sky





    She Makes Me Laugh,She Makes Me Cry….



    With A Twinkle In Her Eye…



    She Flies Like A Bird In The Sky…



    She Flies Like A Bird And I Wish That She Was Mine…



    She Flies Like A Bird,Oh Me,Oh My I See Her Sigh….



    Now I Know,I Can’t Let MAGGIE Go-o-o





    We Walk Here And We Walk There..



    People Stop And People Stare..



    ‘Cause She Flies Like A Bird In The Sky..



    She Flies Like A Bird And I Wish That She Were Mine…



    She Flies Like A Bird,Oh Me,Oh My I See Her Sigh…



    Now I Know I Can’t Let MAGGIE G-o-o-o





    She Flies Like A Bird In The Sky…



    She Flies Like A Bird And I Wish That She Was Mine…



    She Flies Like A Bird,Oh Me,Oh My I Sigh…



    Now I Know I Can’t Let MAGGIE G-o-o-o






    Oh Yes,She Flies Like A Bird In The Sky…



    She Flies Like A Bird And I Wish That She Were Mine(Oh Yes,I Wish That She Was Mine)…



    She Flies Like A Bird,Oh Me,Oh My I See Her Sigh…



    Now I Know,I Can’t Let MAGGIE…



  5. I for one will be eternally grateful to WGS for what he done for our club.



    I hope he prospers



    Hail Hail

  6. I think WGS is top drawer at his job


    Might not please everyone with his style but knows his stuff and treats the MSM with the contempt they deserve

  7. All the prophets slaughtering Kenny Miller must feel like right tits now.If they dont,they should.

  8. Been out for drinks and curry – didn’t see game or highlights.



    Bet McSa@@er was at fault for a least 2 goals – rooted to the spot?

  9. joe_joe_john_bobby_teddy


    22:41 on


    14 August, 2013


    Charlotte- fake-Bermuda—-



    Hugh rangers fan




    And ?


    Is the stuff being posted genuine or not.


    I think genuine.


    To be fake they would have needed the BBC sound department


    and a budget to boot.


    Meaning serious damage is being done regardless of what the real motives


    may be.


    Long may they continue

  10. ….PFayr


    Tea time tonight in comes the boy


    “Here Da ,Done that wee bet for you”


    Ten mins ago he’s on the phone


    “Right ,What way are we splitting this?”


    My response?


    “Ask your Ma”

  11. suttons volley on

    We never appreciated WGS until he left, fair enough we weren’t great to watch at times but he gave us some great moments as well.



    Good record in Scotland and some of the european nights were amazing.



    Beating Milan, Man Utd, Benfica, Spartak, Shakhtar…







  12. Macanbeatha



    Better than my bhoy …we do a line on a Saturday £10 …split the winnings ..I put the stake up …



    Heads he wins …tails he doesn’t lose :-))

  13. tttt


    sorry my friend but i wont fall out with a tim..stop shouting lager ..i’ve just guzzled the last of my stella..oh in a lovely glass i borrowed..like an ebt,from dunblane hydro on sat..or hilton treetops..gold rim ,fancy peice of glass to swally from..maybe we would love our players not to play international football ever is what fanda is meaning..heh and i agree..cotton wool onesy all day long..but thems aint the rules!..chankin warriot h.h

  14. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Tom Mc L



    Just got ur was it on Celtic T V? about 4ish today. Im sure u heard the penny drap where ever you were.

  15. Just been reading back. What is happening to this blog?



    Also, can’t believe Strachan was being slaughtered for making his CAPTAIN play for 90 minutes.



    We seem to be breeding a new type of football supporter these days, who believes that experienced players must be wrapped in cotton wool lest they get . . . er . . . a sore knee.




  16. As a Scotland fan I was a bit gutted tonight that we couldn’t get a better result despite having started the game with low expectations. Shows how WGS is raising expectation. As a Celtic season ticket holder and a Scotland supporters club member I have to say I prefer the way that bigotry does not seem to enter the equation when I’m watching Scotland. My skin crawls when the head of RE at a Catholic school gets referred to as an Orange B…… by some Celtic fans just because he is a referee. My experience is that similar (either side of the divide) does not routinely happen at Scotland games.


    I am not old enough to remember Celtic players getting abuse at Scotland games in the 60s. It is appalling that it happened. It doesn’t happen now.


    I am old enough to remember going to a glasgow derby on a Celtic bus from castlemilk. A large bunch of bananas was loaded on the bus and the reason was that the Hun had signed a black man called mark Walters. At the game that day bananas were everywhere. It was sickening.


    Are Celtic fans today racist – I M O no. Are Scotland fans bigoted. – IMO no. Am I bigoted for referring to RFC pre 2012 as Huns IMO no.


    My point – there is a time to draw a line under the past because there are loads of skeletons. He who is without sin….. My team Celtic – My country Scotland and I love watching both warts and all!! – Shit,drunk on a school night and it’s past 11.

  17. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Tommy – Stella, my first love! Celtic über alles….!


    Chill out, Fenian!




  18. Re WGS spent some time in his company….loves the Celtic….great guy and very funny…good for us…..just saying like…




  19. celticrollercoaster on



    22:59 on


    14 August, 2013



    You’re know still going on about hotshot SFTB. He would never hurt a fly :-)