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. Estadio Nacional


    07:40 on


    15 August, 2013



    India was a colony.



    Scotland isn’t.

  2. I said yesterday that we were watching Finland v Slovenia



    Pukki v Matavz



    I would rather have Matavz but then he would cost more

  3. Well done Scotland and well done Mr Strachan…..passion, commitment and composure on the ball, very encouraging.



    Broony – played really well.



    Wee James – not great, still think he sometimes lacks confidence on the ball. But to be fair Scotland never really played to his strengths.



    Estadio Nacional: Thanks for the Blantyre Celtic link…..good to see my big nephews photo in it. He is the goalie…..big Paddy.



    KevJ – Its been a long time since I commented on this special blog but still lurk daily. I see your posts have not improved……#brokenrecord.



    Hail Hail.

  4. platolovesthehoops on

    Arthur Lee



    Cheers for the news about BT now being available on Virgin!!



    I’m checking them out now!






    Had a wee look at the latest Charlotte news, but what does this mean? Is this allowed under the ole financial regulations? Is it common practice?



    Or is it yet more dodgy dealings displayed by the Yorkieman and his cohorts which will see nothing being done?

  5. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Well last night at Wembley was another glorious failure that we Scots are so good at.I would much rather watch Celtic struggle as they did against the Swedes but win the tie. H.H.

  6. Kayal33



    Someone taking the piss obviously, why I never trust Wikipedia



    Teemu Pukki (born 29 March 1990) is a Finnish footballer who plays as a forward for the German Bundesliga club Schalke 04 and the Finnish national team. At the weekends he’s a swimming instructor. And he fought in Vietnam and he’s a former Mr Universe and he taught Elvis Presley how to play karate.

  7. platolovesthehoops on

    Well chaps!



    That’s me for the day!!



    Work is a-callin’!!







  8. Tallybhoy


    sorry mate was busy. Hmmm. Try file and save as….and save under a new name then open the one you have just saved. Or, maybe someone more pc savvy could help if that fails.

  9. tomtheleedstim on

    TBB – thanks mate.


    He’s just back from college – three As – he must take after his father (whoever he is!!) hehe


    Sorry for the bragging this morning but I am absolutely buzzing for him.



    He had to take re-sits and has worked like a dog. Studied for 6 hours a day whilst on holiday in Spain last year.


    I’m delighted that his efforts have been rewarded.


    No more from me – over and out.

  10. Enjoyed the game last night, Scotland look much more solid under WGS than they have under previous managers. The goals from set pieces will have annoyed him though – particularly the corner. Free header and no one on the post.



    Thought Broony was excellent although tired in the second half. Forrest had a couple of good runs but didn’t get enough service and wasn’t in the game much.



    Big few days coming up. An away game in a strange and inhospitable town miles from anywhere … and then a long plane journey from Aberdeen for the European challenge.

  11. Fin



    The Blantyre boys come into KSC after their home games.


    I know a few of them..

  12. RobinBhoy


    09:43 on


    15 August, 2013



    Haha. It was his goal stats (or lack of them) I was looking at.

  13. twists n turns



    08:55 on 15 August, 2013





    sounds as though it is protected? Click on file and see if you can unprotect it, or allow edit.




    Mine is the same.

  14. Estadio Nacional on

    The Singing Detective 08:27



    They seem to be doing ok for them selves at least, age old problem of haves and have nots, much like every counnty in the world.





  15. blantyretim…….nice to chat, been a while!!



    They seem like a great bunch of lads…..Paddy really enjoys playing with them.



    If you know Paddy tell him his wee uncle said he is fed up nutmegging him at 5s……in fact don’t, he is a big laddie and might batter me!!

  16. Fin





    I’ll ask the bhoys to point him out.. I don’t like abusing keepers….8-)

  17. blantyretim



    Hard to miss him…..well over 6ft foot, hands like shovels, monster of a lad – must be all the good water in Fairhill!!



    Abusing keepers – Ha….understandable!! :-)



    Hail Hail.

  18. Blantyretim.



    I don’t know where the Cathedral is.



    I’m surprised that you have to go to church before you have a drink with me,do you think you going to church will get me in there.That happened in Barcelona,I wont be talked into going with you for a glass of the priests wine.



    Will you still manage George Square at 2.00 pm, or do you want to meet somewhere else.


    Bless you my son.

  19. Oldtim


    I’ll be there for two..


    Poland was like today a holy day of obligation.


    Barca was barca, I needed to keep you off the drink for at least an hour..8-)



    Tony wants to meet up later too.

  20. Googybhoy


    odd, because CRC sends the file unprotected, so it should open and let you edit it without any need for making changes to it? Looks like you’ll need someone more pc literate.



    I’m starting to think you may have been using a trial version of Excel and the free period has expired. That being the case, you can’t edit files?

  21. B/T.



    What Tony would that be,Are we going to be blessed with SFTBs company.or is this another Tony, too Many Anthony’s on CQN these days.

  22. So just to summarise:



    – Scotland are rubbish


    – England are pretty rubbish too.


    – Both teams made howlers which made it a topsy-turvy game.


    – Scotland will never get to a tournament when they are still relying on players no club wants (Alan Hutton and Webster)


    – England will continue to qualify for tournaments and be rubbish once they get there thanks to seedlings and the few good players who carry the rest


    – Joe Hart really isn’t that good. He’s struggling to be a top 5 keeper in the EPL nevermind the World

  23. Paul67 et al



    Everybody who played at Wembley will have got something positive out of it so it was good to see Scott, Jamesie and later Charlie get some game time. Forrest did not get forward as much as he would have liked, but neither did Baines, so Gordon Strachan did Neil a favour there. Brown did well against a variety of players in midfield and pushed up when he could, good performance. Scotland’s remaining qualifiers could cause a bit of a problem if Celtic are in the Champions League, but I am sure Neil and Gordon will work something out.

  24. Oldtim


    one of you two is leading the other astray…but I can’t figure out who is leading who. If you tell me later you can’t make Ayr races since you’ll be in the Vatican city, I shall know who is playing the leading role.



    If on the other hand BT starts tipping horses on here, I’ll assume it’s you leading him.