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. South Of Tunis on

    ASonOfDan @ 13 33.



    ” I see washing up liquid has been added to the fountain at Trafalgar Square ”



    Where did you see that ?

  2. In response to an earlier tim’s post on the academy



    It’s clear that the clubs strategy has no clear focus on the development of youth players. We have the pick of the best lads in Scotland and invest more money than anybody. But on the other hand, we like to pick up young foreign lads like Wanyama or Crosas and give them a chance.



    Forrest has been the only noticeable graduate to have nailed down a first-team place since McGeady (made his debut in the 03/04 season)



    This is most likely because Lennon was the development team coach before first-team manager. He had worked closely with Forrest and simply brought him with him when stepping up. Other lads don’t have this opportunity.



    Personally, I’m not a massive fan of Forrest as I don’t believe his crossing or shooting are good enough and he often gives the ball away. If he wasn’t one of the coaches favourites, he wouldn’t get a game.



    I think we will continue to see 2 or 3 ex-Celtic youth’s playing against us every week in the SPL.

  3. Delaneys Dunky



    Unless they are brought down, we will for ever sit at the back of the bus.



    As A Stor Mo Chroi is telling the blog, it’s some legacy to hand on to our kids, aye we knew all about their corruption and did nothing about it, cos we didn’t want them to say nasty things about us.




  4. …or did I forget to hit the Enter button?



    Anyway, I was saying that I got the correct answer, but seeing as I cheated to get it, (Google), I wont post it, even though it has been correctly guessed by someone!




  5. Twitter.



    It appears one Paul Murray is still in bed with the old rogues at the old RFC. Murray, Bain & McClelland all directors of newco, Vicast Ltd.

  6. Kev J



    1 Wanyama + 1 Hooper = 1 Kenny Miller (not)


    If you look up the Miller coat of arms ,you will see a big coo’s erse being


    missed by a banjo, keep trying Kev.



    Apologies to any Tim Millers oot there.

  7. .





    13:49 on


    14 August, 2013


    Summa of Sammi



    Kettering Town.






    No Sorry..



    But in a Funny way..You are the Closest Yet..I Think..

  8. Paul 67, not sure if I remember you writing an article on the subject before, but what do you make of the action/inaction of our club when it comes to the corruption that exists within the SFA or thems or the former thems. It has been discussed on here in quite a bit. Just feeling that if we are going to debate it then we should have a proper article to start it off.



    I am of the mindset that we need other clubs to step forward and raise the questions first as we will not then have the nothing to see here Timmy sh*te thrown at us as is usually the case.



    The fact that someone who could potentially be under investigation for misappropriation of funds could be hired by the Sevconian Football Club (SFC) bothers me not a bit, but if he cheated money from the SFL he should be exposed and charged appropriately. I do believe it is the duty of member clubs within the former SFL to pursue this and not CFC. Hopefully Mr. Hutton is all over this.



    Just a thought






  9. Delaneys Dunky on

    Art of War



    Lol, greetings my St. Bams colleague. VD were the lowest. A certain Brian McGinlay learnt how to cheat there. Nice houses on it now :-) Left Aquinas in 82, a certain Mr McKinlay was a good mate :-)

  10. A stor mo chroi.



    If there is such a place, I may set another record,The first CQNer to set foot in the burning fire.

  11. Twitter.



    Vicast Ltd incorporated October 2012 with all the old sweethearts being advised by Levy & McRae. http://t.co/cg2xXAPWXF



    @ImGarry88 Couldn’t possibly comment. Streamlining fitba for RFC, no doubt if Murray gets the gig!



    I’m sure the corrupt Ogilvie came out recently and said its ok if Paul Murray takes over.



    My gut instinct is the spivs get as much cash as possible and then the so called gers man are back in the frame.



    Debt wiped again and spivs walk away in to the sunset.



    Dignity who cares about dignity now as long as the cheats have a team to support.

  12. Blantyretim.



    What watering hole shall we head for tomorrow, I see WDH would like to come but the bar must be to his class.I really don’t want to go down two classes to suit his taste.

  13. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Jonny the Tim



    I cheated too but still got it wrong. I forgot you weren’t supposed to google it. Doh!

  14. A Stor Mo Chroi on




    Is there such a place… as hell? Well mate, I ain’t qualified to answer that, but maybe the huns are as close to the dead to give you a tortured opinion.

  15. summa of sammi….



    14:03 on 14 August, 2013.CQN..We Have a Cheat..Or Someone that knew the Answer….;-)..But we Will Continue..The Third Clue is Sheena Easton..


    Dundee Utd….9 to 5 ……:)

  16. A Stor Mo Chroi



    13:42 on 14 August, 2013



    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.





    On record…… The team formerly known as Rangers will NEVER AGAIN play in the SPL.







    For as long as Celtic are still playing in Scotland, the SFA will ruefully & reluctantly have to accept that they are totally dependent on the one team that gives this country any sort of credibility.


    Even they are not thick enough to bite the only hand that can feed them.


    Without Celtic they are as dead as Sevco.

  17. Oldtim67



    I appreciate what you are alluding to but lemmings do not actual do that suicide thingy of jumping on mass over cliffs. Its a myth.

  18. Summa



    A quick perusal of Google re. shirt sponsors/advertising, makes absolutely (I hate sounding like Fat Sally!) no mention of Bellshill.



    That’s what I get for trying to cheat I suppose.




  19. PFayr



    Just been sent a text that Celtic have a limited number of tickets for sale for Pittodrie on a first come first served basis!

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