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. KK



    Whether they are thick or not, is the point not to have an honest, open and fair governing body.



    Celtic and all the other clubs are getting shafted on a daily basis, Celtic more than most, and we are sitting back feeding them, giving them the power they need to shaft us even more.



    Their hate for us stops them being fair and honest, that has been proven all through our existance, and we are just accepting it, that is not right, never will be right.



    We have a duty to our children, all parents have a duty to their children, to sit at the back of the bus is really not an option.



    I reckon the only thing that will shift the minds of the suits who run the clubs in the country is to take away their money.



    The threat last season shook them to the extent they stood against the huns in the spl or sfl1.



    Just think what it would do if supporters actually withdrew their financial support.



    Apathy has won out, we don’t care any more.




  2. A Stor Mo Chroi


    14:41 on


    14 August, 2013


    ernie lynch:



    ‘In the past… your biggest rival’







    It’s the same club then is it?

  3. Along the lines of something I posted a few days ago.



    I will only believe that THEY are deid when the hearse rolls up and I am offered a cord.

  4. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    ernie lynch:



    It’s the same huns.



    What a pathetic attempt at point scoring.

  5. South Of Tunis on

    Lemmings and suicide ..



    A myth –aided and abetted by Walt Disney ..



    Van Graaf Generator did a choon called Lemmings . I had the misfortune to see them at the Lyceum in early 71 [ on a bill with Genesis / Audience / Patto et al ]



    It was a long night -positively suicidal !

  6. DD and PL will wrap their guts round a thorn bush before even dreaming of rocking the SFA/Sevco boat.

  7. “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.”



    Tell that to Braafheid

  8. A Stor Mo Chroi


    14:48 on


    14 August, 2013


    ernie lynch:



    ‘It’s the same huns.’







    So, other than bigotry and sectarianism, what’s the attraction?



    Sevco are a no mark club. No history, no records, no decent players. Nothing.



    Why the excitement?

  9. South Of Tunis


    14:49 on


    14 August, 2013


    ‘Lemmings and suicide ..



    A myth –aided and abetted by Walt Disney ..’






    A bit like Vikings and those animal horned helmets.



    Supposedly something invented by Wagner.

  10. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    ernie lynch:



    What excitement are you on about, have you ever been to a Celtic v Rangers game?

  11. Summa,



    FYI, the Derby Inn is in Mossend and not Bellshill. Not a dig at you, just a bit of advice as Mossend fholk do not for some reason take too kindly to being mistaken for Bellshill. Paul will probably issue with a yellow card !




  12. Bhoys what board policy are we moaning about today, lack of moral fiber, or their blatant disregard of the aspirations of the overwhelming majority of Tims



    or Bhoys just how obsequious can we be today in relation to our wonderful leaders the PLC? “ Gawd bless em all, fantastic fellas”




  13. A Stor Mo Chroi


    14:56 on


    14 August, 2013



    I’ve been to plenty.



    I won’t be watching Sevco.



    Those who do will be wallowing in bigotry and sectarianism. That’s all the fixture will be about.



    And The Great Desmondo, and the board, are counting the days.

  14. greenjedi



    14:49 on 14 August, 2013



    He’s about to be appointed as Commercial Director? at Sevco, or whatever the title of the job is.



    They aren’t the same club, they my have the same fans, but they are not the same club.

  15. Regarding the CQN predictor,


    I am hopeless on the computer,after you fill in your scores how do you send them to CRC

  16. A Stor Mo Chroi,



    On the question of honesty concerning the zombies. I would rather use the analogy of stopping smoking. If i am honest with myself in the first year or so of stopping, I would still love to pick up a cigarette and have a puff, knowing that it’s bad for my health.



    But if i was truly honest to myself, I would wish to never go near another cigarette EVER!. In time you simply learn to live without them, and your health improves as a consequence.

  17. gordy


    couple of options, but best to click, file, save as, and then name the file.



    Then, just create a new e mail to CRC, and attach file names whatever you named it.



    Or, right click and “send to”

  18. kikinthenakas.



    I’m not sure where we’re going. I’m going into Hospital on Monday and will not be drinking very much, a few G&Ts, Have to watch my diet so may not be eating, although a creme brulee?,(canny do the wee fancy bits on the brulee,) would go down a treat. I’m waiting on BT making the choice of venue..

  19. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    Ernie, I go to a Celtic v Aberdeen game, v Ross County game, v Partick Thistle game, v Rangers game, for one reason only, hopefully, hopefully, to see Celtic win. The baggage of hate and bigotry and sectarianism, well, if you don’t mind I’ll leave that to bigoted hate filled others.



    Did you go to the Rangers games motived by xenophobic hate since by your own words there is no other purpose to the fixture?

  20. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    VDGG -were/are? very popular in Italy.



    They are the Kyle Lafferty of terror-prog.

  21. A Stor Mo Chroi on




    No analogy defines honesty.



    You are either telling the truth or you are lying. To whom… well that is between you and you.

  22. Oldtim



    Okydoky, a nice lunch and a few bottles would go down nicely, see what BT comes up with…hopefully see you tomorrow.




  23. hola,



    there was a link to the shares sale of the 2nd Rangers x 2 million transaction yesterday,



    anyone still got it please.

  24. twists n turns,


    I always thought you were a mineshafter,next thing you will be telling us you don’t like the board/bored (delete as applicable) :-))

  25. Delaneys Dunky – You too mate, good to chat, weird how it takes you back.



    You got your Geography Higher…aye me too…



    ….and i still didnae know where the f*ck KARAGANDY wiz!



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