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. All very tetchy on CQN this evening so because of that


    I’m out..






    God bless and KTF.

  2. buí = yellow; sallow



    Fear Buí (FAR BWEE) [f′ær biː] = Orangeman




  3. Steinreignedsupreme on

    QF 23:52 on 14 August, 2013



    McCurry is no longer a referee. I have no idea what any of the others do on a full-time basis. Nor do I care.



    As for the question – don’t answer on my behalf and then call me ‘naive ‘.



    I have no idea what the prerequisite is for Collum’s full-time job – but I’d imagine the Orange Lodge don’t feature in any way from anyone involved.



    I judge him as a referee – and he is woeful.

  4. celticrollercoaster on

    Memo for morn



    1) pick up CL tickets and book half day


    2)Half day to be booked next Tuesday to watch the Hoops play Shaktar LagerShandy !



    The Admiral beckons :-)







  5. CRC



    Mibbee a wee day oot fur the return …..creme brûlée day….see if ur wearing ur stripes!




  6. celticrollercoaster on



    00:11 on


    15 August, 2013



    Sounds good.







  7. CRC



    You’ve sent me the email but can’t seem to find how to log in and put my winning scores in…..however it may be down to vast quantities of vin rouge….




  8. Before I go to bed, Celtic being linked with Finnish forward Teemu Pukki who is currently with Schalke.

  9. Twelve Coptic Christan Churches And Two Schools Burnt To The Ground In Egypt Today….



    By The Islamist Supporters Of The Muslim Brotherhood….



    Two Christian Men Beheaded In Sinai In The Last Fortnight….



    Ten-Year Old Daughter Of A Coptic Pastor Targeted And Shot Dead On Sunday….



    As She Returned From Sunday School..








    The Manchurian Candidate….?



    He’s Taking A Break From His Battery Of Autocues….



    And Digging Up Some Turf…..







    And Someone On Here Is Asking If Gollum Is In The Orange Order..!!??

  10. Enjoyed that game tonight, watched with my english amigo, we were both supporting WGS, him being a Boro man etc.



    Some awfull posts on the blog tonight btw.

  11. .






    And His Night Night Timland is Like a CQN Version of The Fosbury Flop..



    Because WeeFra is Errrm Wee..



    He can’t Jump into Bed Like us..So he Developed The WeeFrasury Flop..



    Night Night #1..WeeFra walks up to the Bed..and Stares at it..



    Night Night #2..WeeFra Runs up to the Bed and Stops..and Stares at MrsWeeFra..



    Night Night #3..WeeFra Runs Diagonally to the Bed..Stops..Turns his Back on MrsWeeFra..(And Goes back to CQN)..



    Night Night #4..WeeFra Runs as Fast as His Wee Legs will go Turns his Back and Flops onto the Bed (Full of Duck Down) and Land on His Pillow..(Duck Down)..



    And WeeFra Gently Falls asleep (Dreaming of Sammi Scoring in Kazakhstan)..Unbeknown to WeeFra..



    MrsWeeFra is Having a Similar dream only Sammi is in Strathaven..;-))))



    Summa of StrathavenToffeeCSC

  12. I was kinda dreading the game tonight, but instead I really enjoyed it.



    Scotland looked as good as England, the home of world football.



    And the Wee Man spoke brilliantly after the game, a real leader in our Cameronian times.



    It’s a hard gig being the artist/neurotic, especially if you are trying not to be.



    Wee Gordon is sorted…And we love him.



    There’s many on here who are still wrestling their genius/demon, but it would be a really boring place if they never came back.




  13. rascar capac


    01:09 on 15 August, 2013



    Agreed re GWS. We should have nothing but respect and admiration for Gordon.

  14. GG



    We were born into it, surrounded by it, cradled by it.



    Gordon came as a mature man, who had seen the world, and fell in love anyway.



    We have a beautiful thing goin on…

  15. 3 in a row, last 16 of champs league twice.



    Martin Oneil said get used to life in the slow lane.



    WGS achieved things Martin couldn’t.



    MO also had Henrik.



    When you think how close we came against Milan in the last 16, a Henrik Larsson would have probably tipped it our way.



    I for one thank Gordon strachan for what he done at Celtic, and some should hang their heads in shame for how he was treated at times.



    Shouting abuse for your manager to “gtf” is a disgrace, especially considering all he achieved.



    Further to MO’s life in the slow lane comment, we’ve since been to the last 16 again and on the cusp of 3 in a row again.



    Never really understood that comment, more I think of it and what’s happened since, leads me to the conclusion MO, much as I loved him, was a cheque book manager who was lucky to have Henrik.



    Would he have been as successful as wgs or NL on the same budget? Who knows, but life in the slow lane hasn’t been too shabby.

  16. Morning CQN,



    I am sure there is behind the scenes activity on transfers (I hope) and P67 surely thinks there is. However is it just me or is the silence from TSSM deafening?



    As I said weeks ago, we knew our season would kick off early therefore I though we would have had a viable target list? I know it must be difficult to attract the right type of player to SPHELL BUT!!!???




  17. singapore celt –



    I don’t recall TSSM ever coming out and telling us who we were hoping to sign, or which clubs we were negotiating with, before a deal was struck.



    He was also very silent when he spent 3 days in Amsterdam negotiating the purchase of Derk.



    So what do you want from him, an hourly email or what?

  18. Tom,



    If that’s what it takes then yes :-)



    My points remain, weaker Celtic, no reinforcements to replace the quality we have lost. Yes we have added Derk, IMO this was to add what we already had inclusive of Wanyama, Hooper and Wilson, likewise with Van Dijk, I see him as a direct replacement for Rogne.



    Are saying you are happy with the personnel and we don’t need to strengthen?




  19. singapore celt –



    The email comment might sound cheeky. That wasn’t my intention.



    All I meant was, what do you want him to tell us between actual signings? As I say, it’s not the club’s style to tell the world who they are talking to until a contract is signed.

  20. singapore celt –



    Where did I say we don’t need to strengthen?



    The transfer window has a while to go yet. I believe TSSM is talking to at least one club as we speak.



    And don’t you think Miyoukolo (sp?) is a suitable replacement for Wilson?

  21. singapore celt –



    “also to add, I would like him to give the fans his vision for the season ahead as he did a few years ago visiting CSC’s.”



    But that was thrown back in his face. We were told on CQN it was all about selling season tickets.

  22. Not a problem SC. I wrote my second comment before seeing your reply. I just thought myself it might have sounded cheeky, rathan than from anything you said.