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. Well done Summa, good to have a laugh in these stressful pre transfer deadline times!!!



    Estadio National after Summa’s dogging from his iphone question was i wrong in thinking you meant El Pedro’s Greatest Movies!!!



    Summa of Sammi…. 10:57



    Aye, one of El Great Pedro’s Greatest moves ;)

  2. The day I became a regular reader of CQN was the day I stopped buying Newspapers.



    Mon The ‘Bampots’.



    I see washing up liquid has been added to the fountain at Trafalgar Square. lol!

  3. Marrakesh Express on



    13:14 on


    14 August, 2013



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



    Its galling to think that if we were the disgraced club, RFC, SFA, Govt and all, would be lining up to bury us. That is sadly what we are up against and when the dust settles (if it ever does) we should never forget what we’ve learned throughout the sorry episode.



    But your correct, all we can do is sit it out and watch the self destruction.

  4. At the risk of tempting fate (or someone coming up instantly with a dozen examples), can anyone recall us ever losing a game on an artificial surface?



    I can’t.

  5. Paul67etal.



    Never had the chance to play on synthetic pitches, and the elfsburg pitch looked bad. But I think making excuses for bad play was all down to a plastic pitch, Celtic were just rotten on the day. by the way, not saying your making excuses, there was a lot on here who blamed the plastic pitch.

  6. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Badly drawn Bhoys and delaney’s dunky



    Thanks Lads. I apologise if I caused a panic. I’m delighted that it’s being shown. :-))

  7. South Of Tunis on

    Glasgow pal, living in London , tells me —-



    ” the sun is oot .


    tapless foot sodjers in kilts and boggin fitwear


    hate Jimmy Hill , he’s a poof “

  8. A Stor Mo Chroi on




    Didn’t anybody ever tell you… you’ll go to hells big fire for being honest.

  9. Strange that those who feel we should say absolutely NOTHING, while the cheats are heading straight onto the rocks, are being mocked as being stupid & in some cases even cowardly.


    The brave warriors who want to fight when the battle is already WON should be quietly ignored.


    They don’t seem to realise that there is no need to fight when your enemies are destroying themselves.



    Maybe they just need to have a fight anyway.


    Like the Scorpion said, ‘I can’t help it. it’s my NATURE !’

  10. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    ‘Get a schedule for them to walk up and down the plane every hour.’



    ..and in between they could play i-Spy

  11. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    Kilbowie Kelt:



    So do you want to go on record and state that the huns will never, ever again, be thankful for an honest mistake by a referee in a game against Celtic.



    Nothing is won yet… nothing.

  12. .



    An Fear Dearg


    13:37 on


    14 August, 2013





    Liverpool – Hitachi?



    Sorry Buddi..








    13:39 on


    14 August, 2013





    Was it Hibs?



    Na Sorry Mate..




  13. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    And the father to the son…



    “Son, if you can’t see that the dollar is God, then I wash my hands of you.”

  14. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    And the son to the father…



    “Thanks dad, that’s the best present you’ve ever given me.”

  15. Delaneys Dunky – (from previous blog)


    My apologies. Us Knightswood bhoys are no good at geography. I blame St. Tams. Will take you up on your kind offer in the future, hopefully :-)




    How very dare you sir! I’m from Knightswood and know me arse from elbow. As for St Tams (the bams) aye ok sh*t school but not as bad as VD (Victoria Drive). I left in ’84…St Tam’s that is! :-)

  16. KK



    I accept that the huns are destroying themselfs, and we should let them get on with it, they are managing fine on their own.



    I can’t accept that the sfa are in the same boat, they need to be brought down for the sake of our kids and their kids.




  17. .



    Jonny the Tim


    13:43 on


    14 August, 2013





    I’m going for Rochdale.



    Dont know why, just sounds right!



    ….or maybe Bury!









    Rochdale Hung the Monkeys..:-(




  18. Delaneys Dunky on

    The Exiled Tim



    Repugnant! Thats the type of scum we have to deal with. May they rot in hell.

  19. .



    !!Bada Bing!!


    13:44 on


    14 August, 2013











    I Refuse to reply to you as You never Quoted me..



    But you are a Mile Oot..




  20. Summa



    I’ve studied harder and now know the correct answer.



    Does it matter that I cheated? :-)

  21. PFayr.



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



    PF.Their like Lemmings,who jump to their deaths of the cliffs in northern Norway, &Sweden.


    They’re doing a grand job,they all seem intent on committing to their own downfall.

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