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A few hours ago we discussed Brendan Rodgers eventually retiring from Celtic through old age. That took a step close to reality today when he signed a contract which commits him to the club until 2021.

Brendan knows that he and Celtic are perfect for each other. He has no interest in returning to England, or leaving for foreign shores. He has made his home in Scotland, at Celtic, the club he loves.

If you think Champions League group stage and an unbeaten 38 game domestic season are the limits of his ambitions, think again. He has been planning for the period up to 2021 since shortly after arriving at the club, keen to build a lasting and memorable legacy.

I’ve reprinted today’s earlier blog below, as it’s pertinent to today’s announcement. And there’s a bit about the Celtic Disabled Supporters’ Association dinner dance………

The earlier blog:

You will have noticed minds elsewhere have recently turned to the most difficult question in Scottish football, how will Celtic’s inextricable domination of Scottish football be stopped? If you have been reading CQN for as long as I’ve been writing it, you’ll know the information you should consult on this question is the financial fundamentals.

Celtic’s domination was assured since well before it was predicted here (in 2004). Our only opponent worthy of the name was indulging in an orgy of irresponsibility. While the eventual outcome was more delightful than any of us dared hope, the consequences for the Scottish title were always going to end up the same way.

Celtic just needed to stave off the desire to join the lemmings, keep to a responsible budget, and their long-term outcome was assured.

But this is not the issue most commentators ponder when considering how Celtic will be clawed back into the pack, all they can see is a manager with the apparent Midas touch. While Brendan is here, the story goes, it’s not even worthwhile discussing Celtic’s domination.

I agree with this point, although I could add that Ronny won two leagues more than comfortably, Neil won three, and when Brendan eventually reties due to old age, we’ll be very capable of recruiting an effective talent.

There’s been a fascinating juxtaposition this week on the subject of Brendan as he secured his first title as Celtic manager. 11 months ago, when Ronny announced he was leaving, Peter Lawwell drew up his targets. Two names were at the top of the list, Brendan, and now-Sunderland manager, Davie Moyes. Both were interviewed and both knew each other was under consideration. I’m pretty sure Celtic were prepared to sign up the first one who would commit.

11 months on and, from 100 miles away, life seems to be disentangling for Davie Moyes. The jocular threat to slap a female reporter is systematic of a man who is losing control. After a promising honeymoon period at Sunderland, his team is destined for relegation, most probably as bottom of the division.

There is a haunting realisation in the North East that, like a struggling swimmer who has bobbed below the waterline a few times, the next time they are under could be a great deal more consequential.  Moyes’ reputation has taken more than a slap.

I remember Davie as a player (splay-footed and unconvincing), and wanted his as Celtic manager when Gordon Strachan resigned. His decade at Everton provides ample evidence of his genuine talent. These are the things my mind turns to when his name is mentioned.

When Brendan hears Davie’s name, what chance he thinks, “There but for the grace of God………”

We’ve got a great manager, but he knows he’s got a great job.

Celtic Disabled Supporters Association
Dinner Dance
Kerrydale Suite, Friday 21 April

The Disabled Supporters Association invite you to addend their annual Dinner Dance later this month.  Tickets are a mere £25 per head, which includes a three course meal, live entertainment from The Foggy Dew, and a Q&A with Jim Craig, Bertie Auld and Tom Boyd.

The trophies will be there for photos and there will be lots of additional entertainment.  All are welcome.

For tickets, contact events@celticdsa.co.uk or 07514-059870 (office hours).

Coolest T-shirt on the planet in remarkable book offer, shipping later this month:

Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. My friends in Celtic ,

     

     

    No cost increase is ever welcomed. Understandable maybe, but unwelcome nevertheless.

     

     

    I totally endorse the ethos of ” A club open and welcome to all ” however I’m not totally comfortable that the following add on may be applicable :- If you have plenty of spare money.

     

     

    I sincerely hope we do not price ordinary fans from Paradise.

     

    For our fans who attend home and away the cost must be astronomical. Their dedication is immense and our club should never forget this.

     

     

    COYBIG . HH to all and especially to those who will make the effort on Grand National Day.

  2. ST price increase expected. Still great value at £56.72 per league game for me and my two sons.

  3. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Good Morning Bhoys from a bright Central Scotland.It was great news yesterday to see Brendan signing a new 4 year contract. I cannot comment on the increase in season ticket prices other than to say if we really want to compete in Europe we have to keep improving our playing squad and this costs money now we can sell players to get the finance ( but most supporters want to keep good players) so the fans end up having to fund the playing squad. H.H.

  4. CQN Coupon:

     

    GFTB – Bradford

     

    Pog – Leeds

     

    LB – Cardiff

     

    TET -Doncaster

     

    Jobo – Forfar

     

    AWATR – Wycombe

     

    BMCUWP – Southend

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  5. JFP

     

     

    At a time when the club is likely to report record profits! There were guys on here talking about the need to spend the profit to reduce the corporate tax burden. Like the Reid co Celtic is no longer a club. Just a means to line pockets of the dividend bonus hunters. How much is enough to improve to the next level with a likely as profitable or even more profitable season next season.

     

     

    It’s just disgusting and despicable and there is no excuse for rodgering the fans financially, even if they are appeased and accepting of taking it up the…

     

     

    MWD

  6. Watching A League game just now and a penalty has been given after consultation with video referee. It took 40 seconds from incident (hand ball in box) and decision. Video ref has 12 different angles to look from. Correct decision reached and Sydney score penalty.

     

    Wellington sub that came on was ex-Celt Michael McGlinchey

  7. Then there are those celebrating a waiting Liston old firm glory hunting wannabe fans! Where will they be in our next downturn of club? Ah that’s right, there won’t be another downturn apparently as 10 in a row and beyond is a done deal.

     

     

    Still I’m sure the Celtic bloggers will be on to the board on this issue. Na wait! Would they want to put at risk their free Celtic TV packages?

     

     

    MWD

  8. Moonbeams, I understand your angst but the reality of life is that Football is a business, and to have a successful team you need a successful business model.

     

    We each have to make an individual decision whether to stay on board or go off & follow the local Junior Football Club.

     

    I can only speak for myself but Following Celtic is a huge part of my life & I’m going nowhere. I do realise an additional 50 quid is not to be sneezed at particularly in households with 2 or 3 Season Books but spare a thought for overseas Supporters, I’m just one of many but I have often spent in the region of £300 to attend a single game.

     

    There is no simple answer but in the end each of us have a choice to make & hopefully we can each make the individual choice without falling out or slagging each other.

  9. MOONBEAMSWD on 7TH APRIL 2017 11:54 AM

     

     

    TD67

     

     

     

     

    I very much doubt you will have to pay the £7 if you pick ticket up. There will likely be a fee attached by the SFA for admin but it won’t be as much as £7.

     

     

     

     

    If it is then talk to your pal Peter.

     

     

     

     

    MWD

     

     

     

     

    I’m looking into this as we speak, and if it is true then I will go through my normal procedures, I.E. the SLO (John Paul) and if I’m not happy with his response then I’ll go over his head and take it from there myself, PL is far from being my pal, but he does listen to Celtic supporters as he is one himself, it’s not an attack on CFC or PL, I find you get no where with that attitude regarding questions that you have for clarity on a subject, took me a while to adopt the diplomatic way of doing things, I’d rather have the bees making honey, than being a fly eating sheet.

     

     

    TD 67

     

     

    Lurking Huns GIRFUYs

  10. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CELTICROLLERCOASTER SUPPORTING @WALKWITHSHAY on 7TH APRIL 2017 10:34 PM

     

     

    ****Wee Shays Green Raffle Army UPDATE****

     

     

     

    Good Evening fholks

     

     

     

    Have you got your tickets yet for Wee Shays Green Raffle Army Prize Draw yet?

     

     

     

    Raffle tickets now available with many incredible prizes. Over 40 prizes to be won!

     

     

     

    More to be announced very soon, but yes on top of the amazing club captains top, we do have a signed Dembele top, yep signed Scotty Sinclair top, Yep signed Scott Brown top, Yep signed Brendan top, Yep signed Kieran top and much more…..

     

     

     

    Tickets priced at £5 each can be bought from one of our many green raffle army sellers or online by contacting us at walkwithshay@yahoo.com

     

     

     

    Andy F will be at CQN corner tomorrow before the game, so you can also grab a few tickets of him. Make sure he sells you a winning ticket mind :-)

     

     

     

    If you want to join the green raffle army as a seller, we are still recruiting, so please join us.

     

     

     

    1,030 tickets now out there with our sellers and/or sold.

     

     

     

    Fantastic response so far, thank you

     

     

     

    HH

     

     

     

    CRC

  11. Really excited to be going to Celtic Park to see us play Kilmarnock. That says it all.

     

     

    For me these are great times to be a Celtic supporter.

  12. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TAURANGABHOY

     

     

    Good to see you back on. I hope the weather hasn’t been too much of a problem for you and yours.

     

     

    Worse,much worse,in Queensland though.

  13. Big CupWinners

     

     

    Almost 50% increase for under 16’s. concession ticket holders up around £50.

     

     

    Corky, my angst is mainly due to the greed at a time when the company/business I said realising its record profit and turnover. Although the eventual profit will hopefully be reduced my signing better players. But there is no need at a time when they are working ways round paying corporation tax that they need to burden the fan base with a financial hit.

     

     

    Question for everyone.

     

     

    How much is enough? Is there no limit before fans become disallusioned and stop excusing these dispicable beings running our club into just another club like every other?

     

     

     

     

    MWD

  14. Thanks to everyone who has ordered our book, In The Heat of Lisbon with the Lisbon inspired Jock Stein t-shirt.

     

     

    You get both of these for just £19.67 at cqnbookstore.com

     

     

    I was talking to someone last week who sells Celtic t-shirts and he was saying that his range of Lisbon t-shirts were all “going like a train.”

     

     

    They are priced at £20 which represents a decent profit for the retailer and his supplier.

     

     

    Our profit on what is in itself a great offer – a book and t-shirt for less than £20, will go to thanking the Celtic squad from 66/67.

     

     

    Ask not what the Lisbon Lions have done for you…

  15. BCW

     

    Not sure about OAPs, kids same as this season.

     

     

    Under 13

     

    Season Tickets start from £50 (as little as £2.63 per game) for 19 home games and £110 for all 21 matches (£5.23 per match).

     

    13-16

     

    Season Tickets start from £105 (just £5.53 per game) for 19 home games and £165 for all 21 matches (just £7.85 per match).

     

    17-18

     

    Season Tickets from £159 (only £8.37 per game) for 19 home games and £219 for all 21 matches (just £10.42 per match).

  16. Burnley

     

     

    They are great times to watch and support Celtic. So why price out or add further financial pressures to a support who are already paying through the nose to just do what they have always enjoyed doing.

     

     

    I know fair pricing is not a concern that bleeps on your corporate radar. Maybe some supporters are just not worthy to enjoy what you are enjoying because financially they have other priorities to meet.

     

     

    Enjoy your prawns!

     

     

    Celtic FC a club like every other.

     

     

    MWD

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    Posted Thursday at 02:33 PM · Report post

     

    On 06/04/2017 at 1:14 AM, Dietspam said:

     

    But that game and tonight’s have been a damp squid.

     

     

     

    Hee hee hee hee.You always get a belter on the Munters site.Very insightful this one.

     

    Damp Squids.who would have thought it?.

  18. Maybe Celtic should have announced the rise in prices first and then followed it up with the news of BR signing a new contract.

     

     

    It might have been better received.

     

     

    Just a thought.

  19. GARY67 on 8TH APRIL 2017 10:47 AM

     

     

    See those two additional games, that carry a premium price, what’s that all about?

     

     

    Are they against a special club or something?

  20. He said there was a widespread view that no “self-respecting” Rangers supporter wore a replica shirt.

     

     

     

    Has to be the Oxymoron of the year.

  21. ERNIE LYNCH on 8TH APRIL 2017 10:57 AM

     

     

    Same as this season. Don’t agree with it but that’s what it is.

     

    Answering BCW’s question, no price increase next season for kids next season.

     

    Kids deals over last few seasons have been very good.

  22. GARY67 on 8TH APRIL 2017 11:02 AM

     

     

    It sticks in the craw that one club has been selected for special treatment.

     

     

    It’s like Celtic are doing all they can to resuscitate a corpse.

     

     

    I’d rather they poured concrete on their grave.

  23. GARY67 on 8TH APRIL 2017 9:10 AM

     

    ST price increase expected. Still great value at £56.72 per league game for me and my two sons.

     

     

     

    It is indeed.Everything is relative.A 50 quid increase over a season is what,a couple of pints ,a packet of fags a week?.The first increase in a good while,but the Zealots are on calling the people who run the club,”Despicable”.

  24. BIG-CUP-WINNERS on

    Gary 67

     

     

    Thanks for reply, that’s what I thought. Just confirmed by checking archives on club website there’s been no increase in ticket price for under 16’s. Think that’s been the case for a few years too.

     

     

    Moonbeam’s were does the “50% increase for under 16’s come into it ?