Celtic happy to wait for McGinn, Sports Direct, Valiant Valur


The exciting shock in last night’s big game saw Icelanders Valur record a 1-0 home win over Rosenborg in the first qualification round of the Champions League.  Whoever wins this tie faces Celtic (caveat acknowledged) in the second round.

There is a long way to go for Valur, Wednesday’s game in Norway will be a major test, but even if Rosenborg emerge, it is encouraging to see them stretched, rather than comfortable winners.  Let’s hope Valur have a famous day in Trondheim.

Sports Direct were back in court against Newco yesterday, with a judge confirming their case had merit and deserved High Court consideration.  A judge would not agree to hear a civil dispute unless steps had been taken by the pursuer to settle the matter out of court.

This raises the obvious question: Why didn’t Sports Direct and Newco just get his sorted out before incurring significant legal costs, not to mention the embarrassment of yet another ‘favourable settlement’?

It is possible that the Newco’s day-to-day management do not have the levers in place to make decisions like this, and that those who are able to make such decisions exist in a fantasy land.  But there is another possibility: one party might want to take this all the way.

Newco have already made it known that delivery of replica shirts will not happen until next month at the earliest.  If Sports Direct are in in for the long haul, that could be very optimistic.  Not that Newco have done or said anything to create ill feeling at Sports Direct.

It is clear Celtic want John McGinn but he will not be crucial to their plans next season.  If the player is happy to wait, Celtic are too.  They can offer him a pre-contract in five and a half months.  Moreover, they can use the £2m they offered Hibs for McGinn to strengthen elsewhere.  An option is being considered.

You would think Hibs would figure where this is heading and accept an offer, but Rod Petrie is still chairman, so don’t expect anything logical to happen.  This one has a 1 January 2019 feel about it.

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  1. WEEBOBBYCOLLINS on 12TH JULY 2018 8:28 PM







    “Your old immobile or infirm [Sevco] Supporter, in his house, with his radio on tonight.





    Feel so sorry for them.





    Some of them have been paying their TV and Radio licences for over 70 years…”










    So, some of these auld huns have been watching TV for over 70 years…what programmes were they






    The Nuremberg Rally.

  2. GreeninbingleyinOslo on




    They were probably just watching the TV for 40 years. Then somebody switched it on for them.

  3. Half time 1-0 to the Sevco



    High balls punted from the back. Midfield weak, Murphy making the wrong decisions. Morelles as bad as ever. Windass posted missing.

  4. 5-0 to the John McGinnless Hibees. Floran Kamberi may end up at Celtic Park, the boy scores goals.

  5. Ray Singh-Carr on

    Apparently Honey G is going to “demand that they perform better”. Well that is all well and good, but what is he going to do about them all being mince? LOL

  6. This hun team is displaying about as much quality as the fake orange tops on show in the stands.

  7. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Does anyone else have a blue box at bottom right on CQN with privacy settings?



    Only site it appears on for me



    Thanks in advance

  8. Ray Singh-Carr on

    Just endured watching Sevco for 90 minutes. Nothing to worry us there. Same ole same old proving that you still can’t polish turds!!

  9. I had a look to see what to do and if you press accept, you will install 100s of companies wanting to use your private information.

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