Celtic accounts show small profit and turnover increase


Celtic’s financial results for season 2015-16 were announced this afternoon. Turnover increased 1.8% to £52m, but operating expenses (before transfer fees, tax, interest, etc.) were up 7.3% to £57.1m

The club made up the shortfall with a gain on player sales of £12.6m. Against this income, Celtic paid £8.8m for player registrations (which will be amortised against the accounts evenly over the period of player contracts).

Pre-tax profit was £0.5m, with cash at 30 June 2016 up to £10,450.

Chief executive, Peter Lawwell, stated in the accounts, “On the pitch, the year did not meet with our expectations”

“Off the pitch the Company returned to profit, mainly as a result of the transfer of certain player registrations during the period leading to a gain on sale of player registrations of £12.6m (2015: £6.8m). This enables us to continue to deliver long term sustainable football success in a very challenging environment.

“For a club like Celtic, operating in a market where television values have fallen significantly behind our neighbours across Europe, qualification for the Group Stages of the UEFA Champions League is of paramount importance. The financial rewards allow for investment in the playing squad and physical assets, but moreover, the prestige of participating in the premier club competition in the world reinforces the reach and importance of the Club to so many people around the world.

“Celtic supporters continue to support the Celtic FC Foundation as it develops into one of the most successful club charitable organisations in the world. That support is not surprising, but it is not taken for granted. I thank everyone involved in the continued success of the Foundation.”

I don’t think there is a direct correlation between not qualifying for the Champions League and player sales, that is correlated with the period remaining on top players’ contracts, but issues around our two years without Champions League football were enormously resolved by the recruit-to-appreciate model.

Tune in next year, when we’ll turnover close to £80m.


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  1. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    ORKCELT on 19TH SEPTEMBER 2016 8:56 PM


    A PLC hiding money, how does that exactly work out. Where does all the hidden money eventually end up.






    Google Enron for starters. Not suggesting that we as a club are doing anything similar , but it is naive to think that plcs all behave and auditors catch all misbehaviour







  2. Alasdair MacLean on

    I had an incident once on a site where a big Dane shouted in my face thst some incident was, “Completely unacceptable”, to which I replied, “Eh, is it no just a wee bit unacceptable?”

  3. Battered I ah end read the detailed accounts yet but the era jungle drums told me the headlines. I generally don’t need much from then. I think the phrase is leapords and spots etc.



    But hey maybe it will be different. Cos. Maybe. Err.



    Naw it won’t will it.



    Peter will get a super duper, extra bonus. Redo,net of boardroom corruption.



    But hey just my er view.



    Good evening.

  4. ..





    30th September….one not to miss. BBC Alba Documentary about Jinky.









    All The Family loved the Preview in Glasgow Tonight Wullie Henderson came and Archie Macpherson did a Q&A with the Family..



    Aggie Won the Woman of the Docu award..【ツ】 Closely followed by Jinky’s Grandson Jack who played Celtics Greatest ever Player..



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  5. Neg These Phil type jargon comments prove nothing. If anyone comes out with detailed info & can prove there is some kind of shenanigans going on re the Finances of Celtic, I will be their most vocal Supporter.


    Yes you might dig out Lawell’s remuneration and scream that it is excessive and many may well agree with you, but that is not hiding money. If you come up with something dodgy in unexplained expenses that is not hiding money, it is stealing it, and if anyone has evidence of that they should tell Lee Wallace he will do the rest.

  6. Summa of Sammi…..yeah I thought Bertie Auld and Willie Henderson were particularly good. Find it amazing how many of that generation were real class….on a personal level.

  7. ..






    ‘Partially Resolved’



    I believe the Term became Popular with Scottish Journalists circa 2012 when a Club were at The: ‘Edge of the Precipice’



    Funny seeing it on a Celtic Blog..






    As they Say..




  8. Alasdair MacLean on




    Looked after by Vogupunter there and back…absolute gentleman.



    The atmosphere was interesting quite a few rockets in the home support to the left….wanting a fight etc…not pleasant at times….County support a bit intimidated I thought.



    “…and if anyone has evidence of that they should tell Lee Wallace he will do the rest.”



    Yi made me lol there. ;)))

  10. I think after last week’s historic gubbin, I think the debate about “No one wanted Celtic from pot 4” has been partially resolved.

  11. acgr @ outlook dot com - Get your FREE the Zadok ringtone on

    For what it’s worth, I’ve not read the accounts either but I’m really upset and angry about them. In fact I’m angry I’ve go so upset about not reading them and posting some made up stuff.



    Get yer roasters here, roasters, roasters, get yer roasters here.




    Ha ah ha, Sorry Neg, just pished myself after reading your last couple there…..Hope all is well in your world.




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    Summa of Sammi…..yeah I thought Bertie Auld and Willie Henderson were particularly good. Find it amazing how many of that generation were real class….on a personal level.






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    The Docu has managed to show how much a Inspiration Jimmy was Not only to His Family but to everyone who ever met Him



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    Shame about the young team record being stopped. Reading posts from Dallas and DD, I’m assuming it was v RC who beat us?



    Al Mac, glad you made it out of mordor safely. Had a tenner on an RC win. Boooooooo



    Have a tenner on a QOS win:_) Yeeeeeees, and auld JJ tells me that ABZ are 7/4 so I’ll probably stick a tenner on that. Might as well try to win some dram tickets token ooto their misery.

  14. The braw Carmylie man…


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    Hebcelt was looking for a lift ….did you see that? Me being whit I am …(wee bit Forfar)


    Mentioned your braw name …fir the City game ..



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    Kissy kissy




  15. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 19th September 2016 7:25 pm






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  17. acgr @ outlook dot com - Get your FREE the Zadok ringtone on

    Braw fella, the soothy is a nice wee bit a stream for the fish strangling, although if the truth be told I tend not to do that these days. They all go back…………………if I catch any………:_)



    I saw Hebcelt’s post but I’m taking the train down for the ManC game and staying in fun city then away to spania. Otherwise he could have jumped on the train and overnighted at acgr towers. Another time.



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    Very worrying, I’m writing a stiff letter tomorrow to sumday

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  21. Hi Paul67


    I’m lad you’re around :)


    what is your opinion on your PL quoted statement today “qualification for the Group Stages of the UEFA Champions League is of paramount importance”?


    without using the word “platitudes”?

  22. People who want to ramble on about politics on a football site,should be immediately banned from doing so.


    A whole fekin day of shit from every known political idealist in Scotland.


    Funny thing is,all the ills you say that were fostered upon us,were done by the Union.You know the one most on here voted to uphold,because we were “Better together”.


    Away and fekin listen to yourselves.

  23. Feck sake the boss is watching….!!!!







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  24. ACGR



    Aye RC stopped our 18 month unbeaten record at Dumbarton today and beat us 0-1.


    I blame Petec. Nice win for Jim McIntyre in his toon.

  25. Turkeybhoy on 19th September 2016 11:55 pm


    Aye we dont need no stinkin politics here in Scotland us Celtic supporters

  26. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    Its a bad day when you cant go to footy, without being verbally abused.


    Bigot dome should be shut down.