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. celticrollercoaster on

    Meant to say, just watching game again. What a goal from Miller!!!







  2. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Q F




    Your R E teacher has a problem with Celtic and it shows more every game he refs btw!!

  3. celticrollercoaster on

    The Spirit of Arthur Lee


    23:26 on


    14 August, 2013



    C u in 3 weeks :-)







  4. Good night all





    Summa of Sammi….


    Did I mention your an excellent CQNer now :)))))))

  5. Both Brown And Forrest Will Need To Be Rested Against Aberdeen….



    But That Would Be Expecting Common Sense To Prevail…



    The Sheer Idiocy Of Letting Jackson Irvine Go To Kilmarnock…



    At This Point In The Season…



    We Should Have Kept Him In The Squad



    AT LEAST Until After The Kazahk Games.



    And Why Are We Doing The Ayreshire Huns…



    Any Favours …?



    We Are Going To End Up With A Marshmallow Midfield….



    * Joe Ledley With A ‘Niggling’ Appendix Problem….



    He Will Soon Require Complex Surgery,And Then Have A Lengthy Recovery Period..Of Several MONTHS..



    (And Will It Affect His Contract Negos ?)



    * Kayal Was Used Only Sparingly Last Season,Recovering From Career Threatening Injury…



    His Ankle Will Never Fully Recover From The Damage Done…



    And He Has Had To Modify His Game,Giving His Full Focus To Avoiding Another Injury….



    But Inevitably,Someone Will Land A Sore One On The Dodgy Ankle Before Xmas..



    And He’ll Be Out For Months….



    Charlie Is Strictly A CB/LB….



    Twardzik And Rogic Are Projects….





    Forward Thinking..!!??



    Yet Another Fine Mess That PL And The Ginger Helmsman Have Gotten Us Into..








    Oh…Did We Ever Get The ‘Sports Psychologist’ Back….



    From The Ulster GrouseBeaters..?

  6. fanadpatriot


    21:56 on


    14 August, 2013




    I would be surprise if he didn’t,but the little sh- t Strachan would want it on his CV that he beat Engerland.International football crap,jobs for the boys.




    How did you ever come up with a name like”FANANDPATRIOT”.Maybe you are a hun and English.

  7. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Q F



    Ive never called him orange. But he is a wee bit peely wally lookin. <:o)

  8. Turkeybhoy,a few people have made the same mistake,


    but the blog name you are referring to is fanadpatriot

  9. Did some Italian manager no say he was the worse ref he had ever seen in a Euro tie. There’s your answer.


    If you think the Catholic Church would allow someone with anti-catholic (Celtic) sentiment to take his position you are very very naive and have no idea of how catholic schools operate!

  10. Steinreignedsupreme on

    QF 23:20 on 14 August, 2013



    I think it says everything about Scotland that one referee (Willie Collum) is referred to as a RE teacher in a Catholic school almost as often as he is as a match official – like his full-time occupation has any relevance on his lamentable performances on the pitch.



    I have no idea what full-time occupation any other match officials in Scotland have because the media never bring the topic up with other referees.

  11. GOLLUM was the spokesman for the referees when they went to S Regan and threatened to strike if dallas never got his job back.



    He has nailed his colours to the “I will do what I have to do to progress ” mast.



    IMHO morally bankrupt.



  12. gordybhoy64


    23:34 on


    14 August, 2013




    your bet returns £221.12,well done to your bhoy



    He’s off to Spain at the weekend ,so I’ll probably get the £21.12

  13. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Q F



    The Mark Walters carry on was a shameful day in Celtics history. I personally apologized to him when I saw him in the China Cottage in Bothwell years ago.

  14. macanbheatha,


    its a long time since I managed to win even £21.12,so think yourself lucky :-))

  15. qf



    Referring to Collum as an OB is simply the use of a pejorative term which associates him with his paymasters …the ones he’s sold his soul to …no one really thinks he is a member of that organisation


    Collum is an amoral rat who deserves every ounce on opprobrium

  16. Gordybhoy



    My second attempt at calculation wasn’t too bad



    You still interested in the 20 th Sept at Ayr

  17. Stein


    It was very well publicised that one ( mike mccurry I think) was a minister! I think you are being selective.



    Question – do you think the Catholic Church approve of people who could be referred to as orange Bs being raised to his position on the scottish catholic school system? If you do you are naive. End of story.

  18. gordybhoy64


    23:40 on


    14 August, 2013


    Turkeybhoy,a few people have made the same mistake,


    but the blog name you are referring to is fanadpatriot



    Cheers GB.It do your eyes in looking at it though.


    OK,he might just be a hun.

  19. Turkeybhoy


    Hope you spotted the deliberate mistake,let it be a lesson to you .Respect your fellow bloggers HH

  20. PFayr,


    yeah still interested,just need to check thar I have nothing planned at work,


    will find out tomorrow and post a message tomorrow night,


    just as long as you regulars go easy on the new boy :-))

  21. QF,but with McCurry the reference to him being a minister was because


    surely a minister of the cloth wouldn’t be dishonest,and we all know how that panned out

  22. Turkeybhoy


    Honestly ,you do not think i am a Hun,I may have a difference of opinion,but please there are limits.