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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. Twists n turns.

     

     

    I wish you had another book.

     

     

    The best tipping machine I ever had the pleasure of using,keep me in mind if you ever get another from that guy,I’d pay my bit.

  2. Happy Hoops day!

     

     

    On This Day: In 1903 Celtic wear the Hoops for the first time as they defeat Partick Thistle 2-1 at Parkhead.

  3. twists n turns

     

     

    10:35 on 15 August, 2013

     

    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.

     

     

    …………

     

     

    Puts a whole new meaning to

     

    “You can take a horse to water but you cannot make it drink?

     

     

    Think stopping those two horses drinking may be difficult. Allegedly.

  4. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    oldtim67

     

     

    You should go to the cathedral and take a wee walk around the Garden of Remembrance. I think you’d enjoy it.

  5. oldtim

     

    actually, my luck has been so poor recently, I may just source an up to date copy tonight. Of course you can have it, free of charge. Well I say free, there will be a Bacardi and coke invoiced to you :-)

  6. Oldtim

     

    meantime, I shall send you the Newmarket file, but as it says on the label, this is for Newmarket based trainers only. I have not even opened it this year, your post just reminded me that I had been sent it!!

  7. Oldtim

     

    Its on the Clyde just next to slaters.

     

     

    Tony,as in the golf Tony and the club Tony. Him with the dirty car..

     

     

    He is driving down from Aberdeen today.

  8. As a Virginite, I can confirm BT Sport on Virgin XL from today at no extra cost, I need to sobre up Hick, Hick ;0)

  9. Slabhoy - Duntocher is Green and White on

    Twists n Turns / Googybhoy

     

     

    When you access the file from the email, MS Trustcenter assumes it is a threat and opens it in Protected Mode. When it opens, look at the top line of the Excel sheet and it should have a message along those lines (usually an yellow bar), with a button on the right of the message “Enable Editing”. Click on this and then Save As… and you are good to go…

     

     

    HTH

     

     

    HH

  10. fanadpatriot

     

    23:46 on

     

    14 August, 2013

     

    turkeyhoy

     

    Ha Ha,you cannot even read,not a Hun or English .Ha Ha.Silly Boy.

     

     

     

    Talking about WGS like that,I have no idea what you are mate.Not the same as me thats for sure.

  11. @Pmacgiollabhain The revealing of the two investigators is of course intentional and downright dangerous. No ethics, morals or principals.

  12. .

     

     

    It is with Great Sadness l have to Announce that it seems My External Dogging days are at a End..;-(

     

     

    Got a New Internal Dogging point today..$40..Basically 10 Mins..In and Out so to Speak..

     

     

    Summa

  13. Morning all. Here are the latsest updates of Len’s List.

     

    A few aff the list and a few on but not the numbers I’d thought there’d be given the next round of the CLQ’s, but hey it’s early days still.. :)

     

     

    Anyway here you go!

     

     

     

     

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    Players in:

     

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    Name Age Position Club Price

     

    —-— ——– —-—–

     

    Van Dijk – 22 – Defender – Groningen – £2M

     

    Balde – 22 – Striker – Vitoria S.C. – £1.7M

     

    Mouyokolo – 26 – Midfielder – No club – Free

     

    Boerrigter- 26 – Midfielder – Ajax – £2M

     

     

     

     

     

    Players out:

     

    ———–

     

    Name Club Price

     

    —-—- —–

     

    Rogne – Wigan – Free

     

    Gershon – Waasland – Beveren – Loan deal ended

     

    Murphy – Ipswich – Free

     

    McCourt – No new club – Free

     

    Lassad – No new club – Released

     

    Miku – Getafe – Loan deal ended

     

    Noring – Trelleborgs FF – Loan deal ended

     

    Keating – Brisbane Roar – Free

     

    Wanyama – Southampton – £12.5M

     

    Hooper – Norwich – £5.2M

     

    Wilson – Nottingham Forest – £2.5M

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Rumoured transfer in:

     

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    Keepers

     

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    Name Age Club Source Price

     

    —-— —- —— —–

     

    Westwood – 28 – Sunderland – Various – No fee mentioned

     

    Twardzik – 26 – Released by Aberdeen – Daily Mail – Free

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Defenders

     

    ———

     

    Name Age Club Source Price

     

    —-— —- —— —–

     

    Hutchinson – 22 – Motherwell – Daily Express – No fee mentioned (29/05)

     

    Dja Djedje – 22 – PSG – Daily Sevco – No fee emntioned (02/06)

     

    Dummett – 21 – Newcastle – TheJournal – No fee mentioned (05/06)

     

    Mongongu – 23 – Evian – BBCSport – No fee mentioned(17/06)

     

    Nagatomo – 26 – Inter Milan – Evening Times – £1.5-2M (20/06)

     

    Lowry – 24 – Millwall – Sportsmole – £500K (28/07)

     

    Capuano – 21 – Pescara – Italian press No fee mentioned (08/08)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Midfielders

     

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    Name Age Club Source Price

     

    —-— —- —— —–

     

    Patosi – 20 – Lokeren – Daily Mail – £2M (03/06)

     

    Ljajic – 21 – Fiorentina – BBCSport – No fee mentioned(05/06)

     

    Newton – 21 – Newcastle – The Journal – No fee mentioned(05/06)

     

    Claasen – 23 – Lierse – STVSport – Free (17/06)

     

    Mackay-Steven – 22–Dundee Utd – Various – £1M (05/07)

     

    Bruns – 21 – Heracles Almelo – STVSport – No fee mentioned (11/07)

     

    Tié Bi – 22 – Evian – STVSport – No fee mentioned (11/07)

     

    Lukasik – 22 – Legia Warsaw – STVSport – No fee mentioned (11/07)

     

    Yadin – 26 – Maccabi Haifa – Celticrumours– £700K (11/07)

     

    Malanda – Adje – 18 – Zulte Waregem – Various – No fee mentioned (11/07)

     

    Barbosa – 26 – Braga – Celticrumours – No fee mentioned (12/07)

     

    Kiko – 22 – Barcalona – Celticrumours – Loan deal (18/07)

     

    Ibrahim – 22– Man City – Daily Mail – Loan deal (19/07)

     

    Estigarribia – 25 – Deportivo Maldonado – No fee mentioned (25/07)

     

    Dorrans – 26 – WBA – Birmingham Mail – No fee mentioned (25/07)

     

    Moritz – 26 – Released by Crystal Palace – Daily Star – Free, trial offered (25/07)

     

    Atsu – 21 – Porto – Various – £5M (27/07)

     

    Toivonen – 27 – PSV – Celticrumours – No fee mentioned (27/07)

     

    Fischer – 19 – Ajax – Various – £3M (28/07)

     

    Berg Gudmundsson – 22 – AZ – Celticrumours – No fee mentioned (28/07)

     

    Braithwaite – 22 – Esbjerg – Daily star – No fee mentioned (08/08)

     

    Enoh – 27 – Ajax – Celticrumours – No fee mentioned (15/08)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Strikers

     

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    Name Age Club Source Price

     

    —-— —- —— —–

     

    Deeney – 25–Watford – Sunday Post – No fee mentioned (30/05)

     

    Sagbo – 25 – Evian – Daily Sevco – No fee mentioned (02/06)

     

    Cole – 29– West Ham – Various – Free (13/06)

     

    Goncalves – 22 – Rio Ave – The Scottish Sun – £400K (13/06)

     

    Le Fondre – 26 – Reading – Various – No fee mentioned (14/06)

     

    Tomlin – 24 – Peterbourough – TeamTalk.com – No fee mentioned (06/07)

     

    Janko – 30 – Trabzonspor – Celticrumours – £2M (07/07)

     

    Ardemagni – 26 – Atlanta – Italian press – No fee mentioned (12/07)

     

    Sharp – 27 – Southampton – Various – No feementioned (14/07)

     

    Emnes– 25– Middlesbrough – Celticrumours – No fee mentioned (19/07)

     

    Nikolic– 25– Videoton – Celticrumours – No fee mentioned (19/07)

     

    Hosiner – 24 – Austria Wien – Celticrumours – £4M (19/07)

     

    Pohjanpalo – 18 – Helsinki – Celticrumours – £4M (19/07)

     

    Long – 26 – WBA – Daily Mail – £4.4M (23/07)

     

    Rudnevs – 25 – Hamburg – Various – £4.5M (24/07)

     

    Khelifa – 25 – Evian – Various – No fee mentioned (24/07)

     

    Rhodes – 23 – Blackburn – Daily Express – No fee mentioned (25/07)

     

    Piazon – 19 – Chelsea – Celticrumours – Year long loan (25/07)

     

    Mackie – 27 – QPR – The Sun – No fee mentioned (25/07)

     

    Finnbogason – 24 – Heerenveen – Various – £4-£5M (25/07)

     

    Allagui – 27 – Hertha – Celticrumours – No fee mentioned (25/07)

     

    Bebe – 23 – Released by Man Utd – Celticrumours – Free (25/07)

     

    Machede – 21 – Released by Man Utd – Celticrumours – Free (25/07)

     

    McKay – 24 – ICT – Daily Express – No fee mentioned (27/07)

     

    Griffiths – 22 – Wolves – Daily Mail – No fee mentioned (27/07)

     

    Laurito – 21 – Universidad Catolica – Celtic Journal – £1.8M (27/07)

     

    Guidetti – 21 – Man City – Celtic Journal – £5.3M (27/07)

     

    Camilo – 25 – Vancouver Whitecaps – Celtic Journal – £650K (27/07)

     

    Mboyo – 26 – Gent – Celtic Journal – £4.5M (27/07)

     

    Ibou – 26 – Oud-Heverlee Leuven – Celtic Journal – £1.5M (27/07)

     

    Borges – 25 – AIK Stockholm – Celtic Journal – £1.3M (27/07)

     

    Majeed Waris – 22 – Spartak Moscow – Celtic Journal – £2.2M (27/07)

     

    Wood – 21 – Leicester – Celtic Journal – £1.8M (27/07)

     

    Benkarit – 18 – Borussia Dortmund – Celtic Journal – No fee mentioned (27/07)

     

    Lasogga – 21 – Hertha Berlin – Celticrumours – No fee mentioned (30/07)

     

    Parker – 20 – Mainz – Celticrumours – No fee mentioned (05/08)

     

    Fierro – 19 – Guadalajara – Celticrumours – No fee mentioned (08/08)

     

    Pukki – 23 – Schalka – Celticrumours – No fee mentioned (14/08)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Rumoured transfer out:

     

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    Name Source Price

     

    —-—— —–

     

    Foster – Various– £6M to Southampton/Sunderland/Everton/Benfica

     

    Forrest – Talksport –£5M to Spurs

     

    Ledley – Various – £3M to Cardiff

     

    Ambrose – Various –

     

     

     

     

     

    As always let me know if you’ve heard of anyone that isn’t here.

     

    Anyways aff oot noo, laters!!!!!

     

     

     

    HH

     

    /Bishop B

  14. hen1rik

     

    The DR should be ashamed printing the names of the investigators(but they wont be)

     

     

    Typical dog whistling tactics to put pressure on (IMHO)

  15. For.those defending Margaret McGill,the poster was asked to moderate their language after using a phrase that has no place on this blog,they then decided they didn’t want to be part of the blog and had a parting shot at the blog in general,the poster was in no way hounded from the blog

  16. Anyone know if Hearts are saving the club or company ?

     

     

    Why doesn’t Vladimir just transfer assets to another company wipe debt and buy history.#sameclub

  17. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    malone bhoy

     

     

    10:12 on 15 August, 2013

     

     

    and if you have BT Broadband it is free

  18. 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.

     

     

     

    Interesting guy!

  19. hen1rik

     

     

    If Hearts FC get a CVA they save the club. Rangers fans done nothing and their club died. Hearts fans as tho it pains me to say it have at least done their bit to try and save their club. Still not convinved the Lithuanians won;t favour liquidation and sell off Tynecastle tho.

     

     

    LB

  20. “An away game in a strange and inhospitable town miles from anywhere … and then a long plane journey from Aberdeen for the European challenge.”

     

    A Boom ! Boom ! moment from Gordon_J……and very welcome ,too, on a blog which increasingly features bombastically expressed opinions as though they were facts and in a manner which shouts: If you can`t see this you are an idiot.

     

    Thankfully, those who really do post News and opinions that have not come from the MSSM still outnumber the attention seekers.

     

    JJ

  21. 50 shades of green on

    * operator

     

    10:03 on 15 August, 2013

     

     

    BT Sport on Virgin XL at no extra cost. From to-day.

     

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    brilliant mate never knew that.

     

     

    547 on vm.

  22. Does anyone know if many fans will make it out for the Euro match? I’d heard getting a visa was difficult and time consuming.

  23. Malone Bhoy

     

    11:36 on

     

    15 August, 2013

     

    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.

     

     

    Interesting guy!

     

     

     

    but does he fit our ‘model’ lol

  24. Watching ITV last night, I noticed the panel was an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman. There has to be a joke here somewhere, I thought, and lo and behold, on came Adrian Chiles.

     

     

    Credit to e-Tims