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. dontbrattbakkinanger



    14:13 on 14 August, 2013Wee Sheena goes out doggin’?She did well to keep that out the paper.


    She did go oot wi Prince furra while…….



  2. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Excellent stuff Paul.



    Silence is the best policy. The Sevco thing is going to get very very messy soon.



    Look at the cast list …..



    Green, White (Whyte?), Traynor, McCoist, Jardine, McMurdo, Dave King, Ahmad, Murray, Murray, Murray, Mather and now Longmuir ?



    This lot running a football club is akin to the cast of “It Ain’t Half Hot Mum” trying to put on a Verdi opera.



    Hail Hail

  3. .



    Bellshill Athletic also have the little known fact of being the first UK side to have a sponsor on their shirt. Original evidence points to Hibernian having this honour but it was Bellshill Athletic who had it in place in 1973–74 season. The photo of the squad with the shirt can be viewed in The Derby Inn, a local bar in Bellshill, which is also the sponsor.




  4. For the record i didn’t “Cheat” i remember reading it somewhere a yr or so ago, hence why i went for a pro football club in my 2nd answer…………………as i thought you’re question was on frof/football clubs.

  5. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Misconceptions about lemmings go back many centuries. In the 1530s, the geographer Zeigler of Strasbourg proposed the theory that the creatures fell out of the sky during stormy weather (also featured in the folklore of the Inupiat/Yupik at Norton Sound), and then died suddenly when the grass grew in spring.



    This description was contradicted by the natural historian Ole Worm, who accepted that lemmings could fall out of the sky, but claimed they had been brought over by the wind rather than created by spontaneous generation. Worm first published dissections of a lemming, which showed they are anatomically similar to most other rodents, and the work of Carl Linnaeus proved they had a natural origin.



    When large numbers of lemmings migrate, some of them will inevitably drown while crossing rivers and lakes, like this one in Norway.Lemmings became the subject of a popular misconception that they commit mass suicide when they migrate. It is not a mass suicide, but the result of their migratory behavior. Driven by strong biological urges, some species of lemmings may migrate in large groups when population density becomes too great. Lemmings can swim and may choose to cross a body of water in search of a new habitat. In such cases, many may drown if the body of water is so wide as to stretch their physical capability to the limit. This fact, combined with the unexplained fluctuations in the population of Norwegian lemmings, gave rise to the misconception



    -lifted from Wiki/EWLM/EWTB



    So in the 1530s it was Ole Worm spreadin’ the misconceptions, and in the 21st Centure ole old Tim is still doin’ it.




  6. Our new show What’s The Story? gets underway tonight at 10pm! Graeme Souness helps kick it off…get your questions in to him now using #WTS



    Get texting boys and ask him about EBT linked to transfers :))

  7. Delaneys Dunky on

    The Exiled Tim



    The good lhady and I, went to see “The Conjuring” last night. Couldnae stop thinking bout the zombies of ibrox. Would exorcism work on they demons?

  8. !!Bada Bing!!,



    From last post…



    Yes if Jeorge had been registered.



    Guess I was getting a bit cryptic but Winning Captains was asking if getting a Striker in has changed a tie.



    Well my point was in the 1996 Scottish Cup semi final we thought it might.



    When he made his debut as a sub amd scored we thought what could have been at Hampden!



    Just saying:-)



    Hail Hail

  9. .



    Burgas Hoops


    14:20 on


    14 August, 2013


    For the record i didn’t “Cheat” i remember reading it somewhere a yr or so ago, hence why i went for a pro football club in my 2nd answer…………………as i thought you’re question was on frof/football clubs.






    A Never called You a Cheat..But l did Say if Embdy got it Right they Would Ken the Answer..



    You Said Bellshill Athletic..Out of the Blue..



    Then said it..’MUST’ be Derby County..? Hmmmm



    When the Sponsors were The Derby Inn..Ha Ha



    EnyWhoooo..You WIN the Prize..



    A Week in My Cave in the Pelleponese Mountains..




  10. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    Kilbowie Kelt:



    I think that I’ll not die before Celtic play Rangers again.



    And for the record, I have no problem with playing against the Rangers, I’m not a bigoted xenophobic in that sense. I think to date I’m the only Celtic Supporter who has the balls to say he looks forward to the next time we hump the huns.



    I wonder what the price of a ticket will be for the next huns game.



    I wonder how many will be disappointed the never got a ticket for the next huns game.



    After all their – indiscretions – were highlighted, prior to the last huns games, home and away, how many tickets went spare?



    You might not be looking forward to the next Rangers (oops! huns, or whatever anybody wishes to call them) game, but I really do think it is coming.



    Celtic… credibility? I don’t think I’ll mention ‘auld firm TV’ or the international ‘auld firm circus’.



    Do you know what I admire and respect the most in this world KK, I respect and admire and love honesty, even when honesty hurts, no matter how badly it hurts either.



    Or I could always make my way down to the beach at Ayr with my bucket and spade and dig a very deep hole, with the tide out of course, and bury me freakin’ head in it.



    Celtic has done the sum total of hee-haw for the integrity of the game, and their glorious bank balance does not change that fact one iota.

  11. In 1973 Leeds’ manager Don Revie, a man with an eye for a gimmick with a commercial application, entered into a deal with a brand new kit manufacturer, Admiral, that would lead to a revolution in kit design with far-reaching effects. Admiral’s proposal was to redesign the club’s kit in such a way that the result could be copyrighted and replicas sold to the general public, with the club receiving a royalty for each replica sold. The new Leeds kit was practically identical to the Umbro version that preceded it with only the Admiral logos to distinguish it.





  12. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon



    Is that true about Palace?! They are my “other” team so am quite interested…

  13. DD- Aye VD -flats, flats, glorious flats….



    Yep I know who you mean.


    Had Pat McGinlay in my class who lived the dream and played for the Hoops. Wiznae the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree tho!


    But he wiz fae Partick hehe!!!!

  14. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Don Revie had a pathological aversion to green [one of the reasons Clough wore the ole green goalis strip].

  15. Sitting here in fuengerolla anybody else here? Haven’t had wifi connection till today. what did Charlotte say yesterday, please.

  16. Twitter starting already with Souness :))



    #WTS Graeme, why did you receive £30,000 in an EBT in 2001, a full ten years after leaving Rangers? Thanks.

  17. Oldtim





    Where are you going tomorrow? Does it include lunch? Is it a “creme brûlée, creme brûlée….we’re the famous Glasgow Celtic and we’re eating creme brûlée” day? Might be persuaded!




  18. Dobbo,,



    Of course it’s true.



    Just like Nottingham Forest was sponsored by a firm of timber merchants. And Woolwich Arsenal by a building society.



    OK, maybe I made some, or all, of this up …

  19. Longmuir has dominated the article heading for two days in a row.


    If he appears on tomorrow’s heading the Daily Record will have him coming to us……


    As a striker?

  20. You Said Bellshill Athletic..Out of the Blue..



    Then said it..’MUST’ be Derby County..? Hmmmm



    When the Sponsors were The Derby Inn..Ha Ha



    EnyWhoooo..You WIN the Prize..



    A Week in My Cave in the Pelleponese Mountains..




    Didn’t see or know the connection to Derby Inn ?



    I’ll eh pass on the week in a cave if you dont mind -)))

  21. A Stor Mo Chroi


    14:27 on


    14 August, 2013




    Why would any Celtic fan relish us playing Sevco, other than reasons of sectarianism and bigotry?



    What else is there to the fixture?

  22. Delaneys Dunky on

    Art of War



    Know what you mean lol. You will know me. Sister was in your class. My moniker gives it away :-)

  23. SPAR in the toon are now using green poly bags with white lettering.



    Just imagining a zombie with his 8 cans of Superlager, bottle of Buckie, 24 packets of Monster Munch, 10 fegs, Mens Health magazine(for the pictures) and a Daily Record struggling up the road after refusing one of their `feenyin bags’. hehehee

  24. Anyone else concerned that we have a few players on international duty tonight for pointless games, a league game on Saturday and a very long journey to central Asia to play a very important ‘European’ champions league qualifier directly aftewards.


    And yabo sucks to Scott Brown – “Leading Scotland out at Wembley will top Celtic v Juventus” No it bloody well doesn’t; only one game would be more important than a Cetic European game and that would be leading out your team to a World cup final. Not much chance of any Celtic player doing that in the near future.


    Hope all the bhoys playing tonight come through injury free.

  25. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    ernie lynch:



    In the past… your biggest rival. A wee bit like Liverpool v Manchester United. Now if you want to bring bigotry and sectarianism into the equation I’m sure you have your own reasons.

  26. Just back from a week in Majorca.


    Fairly missed the old CQN but.


    Watched the Elfsburg & Liverpool games over there.


    Gotta say, I was more impressed by the performance of a shadow team against Liverpool.


    Big Balde was a handful, Zaluska!!! Fantastic, Darnell Fisher superb!!


    Read a few Paul Larkin books …. Magic.


    Anyway , take it I ain’t missed much?aye right!!


    Did not see 1 zombie shirt on holiday, have they went bust yet?

  27. Por Cierto


    I fail to see how getting your main competitor to CL money back as a competitor makes financial sense.



    Their absence totally removes a major risk factor and using the same reasoning as you I come to a different conclusion.


    In fact werer it not for need to qualify it would be a slam dunk year on year.

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