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Celtic in control as Jelavic looks to England and 25 pt penalty

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The litany of recent disasters to lower league opposition in the Scottish Cup, that is always read out when Celtic face a smaller club, on this occasion only served to underline what a solid performance the team gave against Peterhead.  After a brief alarm 42 seconds into the game Celtic were in complete control and apart from Joe ‘Could’ve been a Contender’ Ledley, looked like they enjoyed their trip to the North East.

Neither Paddy McCourt, Emilio Izaguirre nor Kelvin Wilson were particularly exuberant during the exercise, but they will have benefited from the 90 minutes, just as James Forrest and Gary Hooper will benefit from the rest.

For Celtic, focus is now on Dundee United on Saturday.  Meanwhile, Rangers’ Nikica Jelavic has been giving a similar message to the Croatian media, while speaking about his dream of a move to England and how Rangers may prefer a 25 point penalty and a suspension from Europe to paying a hefty tax bill:

“A transfer to England attracts me very much. I have dreamed about this for years. My aim is to move to a bigger club who play regularly in Europe, I want to shape up.

“The truth is that Rangers struggle with very deep financial problems. They owe 50 million euro in taxes, although there are a few different scenarios as to how this could be resolved.

“If they could get some money from my transfer they could pay-off part of the debts they accumulated through the years. There is also talk of bankruptcy.

“If I move it will be decision of the owners of the club.

“One potential outcome might be a 25 point penalty and one year suspension from Europe, which could be a better outcome than paying 50 million euro in tax.

“The team is focused on training and playing.  We would like to stay together and fight for the title.”

I have to agree, a 25 point penalty, with single season consequences, sounds like a very attractive outcome for Rangers, who are away to St Johnstone at lunchtime on Saturday.

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  1. Sky sports – “The Plus Stock Exchange is also currently conducting an investigation into the circumstances under which Craig Whyte’s seven year disqualification from acting as a director in 2000 were not disclosed at the time of his appointment to the board of Rangers FC on May 6, 2011.”

     

     

    After the announcement to the stock exchange on Monday, the club announced that it is currently considering removing its listing with Plus after May 6, one year to the date that Craig Whyte took over at Ibrox.

     

     

    Chairman Mr Whyte said: “Given the structure of the shareholding in the club, there is very little, if any, tangible benefit for the club to be a listed company.

     

     

    “The fact that the club has a majority shareholder controlling more than 80% means there is very little trading in shares.

     

     

    “In reality, a public listing means more bureaucracy. Rangers does not need to remain a listed company in order for people to buy and sell their individual shares and since becoming chairman I have always questioned what is really being achieved with a public listing.

     

     

    “Whether or not we are a listed company, accounts will still be published and there will still be a shareholders’ AGM. All shareholders would be able to hold the directors to account.”

     

     

    Rangers’ ability to buy and/or sell players in the January transfer window is not affected by the announcement.

     

     

    Scottish Premier League rules state a club will only be subject to a registration embargo if it suffers an “insolvency event”, such as going into administration.

     

     

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    Mair neck than a giraffe!!

     

     

    HH

  2. Che – I’m more of a Tuesday podium sort of guy. (thumbsup)

     

     

     

    Saint Stivs – Is it a blunder?

     

     

    Maybe, only time will tell.

     

     

    Perhaps, though, it would be a bigger blunder to sit back and let the SNP control the agenda.

     

     

    I think David Cameron should have announced an referendum on the day the SNP won a majority in the Scottish Parliament. We could have had the question settled for a generation before Christmas.

     

     

    The one thing that nobody seems to be talking about is that the SNP doesn’t advocate an independent Scotland.

     

     

    The SNP supports “independence in Europe”, i.e. not independence in any meaningful sense at all.

     

     

    As Phil Mac Giolla Bhain wrote previously, Ireland is now effectively a province of the EU. Its government is merely a rubber stamp for the Commission and the European Central Bank. Ireland faces a bleak future since the EU has forced it to accept high interest loans that will impoverish the country for generations to come, in a futile attempt to bail out the Euro, which is doomed anyway.

     

     

    This is the future the SNP is trying to bring about for Scotland: the hope of being a province once again, except this time as part of a much larger political union in which the Scots will have considerably less influence than they do within the UK.

     

     

    The idea of “devolution max” might be a good one though.

     

     

    If the Scottish Government can only spend the taxes it raises in Scotland, without fiscal transfers from England to bail them out, expect a rapid resurgence of old-fashioned Scottish Tory values of thrift, low taxes, and small government.

     

     

    Socialism always fails when it runs out of other people’s money. We’ve seen that happen on a UK-wide level, but apparently Scotland needs to learn the same lesson the hard way. (thumbsup)

  3. CELTIC are considering making a move for Rapid Vienna striker Hamdi Salihi.

     

     

    Manager Neil Lennon confirmed their interest in the Albanian scoring sensation, who was first linked to the club in 2010. Salihi – nicknamed ‘The Bomber’ – has more than filled the void left at the Austrian club since Nikica Jelavic moved to Rangers, scoring 44 goals in under 70 appearances.

     

     

    Lennon has already added Mikael Lustig to his squad in this window, and will this week take a look at Rabiu Ibrahim, a 20-year-old Nigerian midfielder who is a free agent since ending his contract with PSV Eindhoven.

     

     

    But a striker and a central defender are still top of his shopping list. Celtic are waiting to find out if they can beat off the opposition for Maritimo’s Baba Diawara, although the asking price is now over £5million.

     

     

    But 27-year-old Salihi – who is out of contract in the summer, and has so far rejected the offer of a new deal from Rapid – could be the target man to give them the attacking boost the manager believes they need.

     

     

    Lennon said: “He is a player we have known about from the Jelavic days. He might be an option, but I have nothing further to say on that.”

  4. Meant to say earlier – did any of you see Soccer AM on Saturday? I don’t normally watch it now because I’m almost always working of a Saturday morning. They do a “Team Mates” section, and ask a player questions about his squad. Allan McGregor, McGregory to his colleagues, was the selected player. Every 2nd answer was Lee McCulloch – couldn’t even hide it when he was asked who the hardest player in the squad was.

     

     

    “Eh, big Jig (Lee’s affectionate training ground moniker) by far. He pure likes a tackle, likes leavin the fit in and that, know?”

     

     

    Aye, Beram Kayal knows only too well, Allan…

     

     

    HH

     

    Giggs

  5. http://www.incademy.com/courses/How-the-stock-market-works/Suspension/16/1014/10002

     

     

    6. Suspension

     

    Shares in a quoted company can be suspended for two reasons:

     

     

    The company requests suspension

     

    If a company is about to announce news of material significance to investors and it fears that a disorderly market may be created by a leak, it can ask the London Stock Exchange to suspend trading in its shares until after the announcement.

     

     

    The most common reason for this is that the company is about to participate in a bid for, or by, another company. But there could be other reasons – for example if the company has unusually bad news (the MD has just fled to Brazil).

     

     

    The Stock Exchange frowns on long, voluntary suspensions. It takes the view that investors should always be able to sell unwanted stock, even at very bad prices.

     

     

    The Stock Exchange suspends trading

     

    This usually heralds very bad news, although suspension can also be the Exchange’s only effective sanction against a company which persists in breaking its rules.

     

     

    Shares suspended by the Exchange find it hard to return to a full listing. Sometimes the company in question has gone bankrupt. In these circumstances, shareholders just have to grit their teeth and hope something emerges from the gloom.

  6. Awe_Naw

     

     

    Not excited, I just look at it as another humiliation heaped upon them… :)

  7. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Bourne- Its staggering the huns couldn’t dig up a gin soaked masonic accountant to sign off the books as accurate.

  8. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo says:

     

    9 January, 2012 at 13:30

     

     

    Don’t know about PLUS-SX but AIM will sometimes suspend if there are dramatic rises or falls in SP. Not always dodgy though sometime just the demand to buy/sell causing massive changes.

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    JAMES FORREST 1304

     

     

    You clearly have forgotten your ancient mythology.

     

     

    Death by a thousand cuts is child’s play to those fellas.

     

     

    Remember the sword of Damocles,for example?

     

     

    There are LOADS of examples of nasty retribution being visited.

     

     

    Me,I’d go back to your Chinese example.

     

     

    A bit of water torture won’t go amiss.

     

     

    Drag it out,by all means,but I’ll tell you what,bud.

     

     

    A HOSE WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER!

  10. Lhads, just a straight forward question to the financial and legal eagles. Can i look forward to a glass of bubbly on the 31st January? It`s been in the fridge far toooo long.

     

    hh lbb

  11. Mountain_Bhoy is Neil Lennon on

    having been through the nightmare of having a significant investment in a share which was suspended and as a result gaining a very good understanding in this subject, I can assure you all that this is tremendously bad news for ragers.

     

     

     

    Its happening folks, the end is near.. ;)

  12. JinkyvJohnGreig-saysitall on

    Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon says:

     

    9 January, 2012 at 13:22

     

     

    Perversely, I’ve been thinking of buying 1 share in RFC plc for a while now. Just to be able to say you had a small hand in their downfall…

     

     

    I’ll need to think of something else now…

  13. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo says:

     

    9 January, 2012 at 13:39

     

     

    Although I think when it happens in the circumstances I described it’s might not be referred to as suspension, cause it’s very temporary. And usually it’s done so the company in question can get time to release a statement about the rise/fall, and hopefully gives those that aren’t glues to live SP feeds time to react accordingly.

  14. Don’t really know much about this sort of procedure that THEY find themselves in but does this not mean that their stock now has no value as it cannot be traded?

     

     

    Must be many orcs around the country looking at their shares and wondering if they’re any softer than a roll of Andrex as this is all their good for now!

     

     

    HH

     

    /Bishop B

  15. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    A Son of Dan- Sahili’s goal record is good,though not sure about standard of leagues he has played in

     

    Team Apps†(Gls)† 2002–2004 KS Vllaznia Shkodër 54(32) 2004–2005 Panionios Athens 5(0) 2005–2006 KF Tirana 34(28) 2007–2009 SV Ried 81(39) 2009– Rapid Wien 67(36) Total 241(135)‡ National team‡ 2007– Albania 37(9)

  16. James Forrest is Lennon says:

     

    9 January, 2012 at 12:58

     

     

    James ,it will be all over the papers tomorrow.

  17. I just don’t understand how they could go bust with a stadium worth hundreds of millions, and a playing staff worth at least double the tax liability, oh wait a minute that’s just nonsense isn’t it.

     

     

    But seriously though, if they did go into receivership or administration, isn’t it their job to ensure that as many creditors as possible have their debts met. So the Stadium (if they own it should be sold), the players should be sold, the machine that paints the lines on the pitch should be sold etc etc. So how would Newrankers have any players of stadium in which to ply their vile trade?

  18. Only a matter of time before Rangers NewCo springs into life.

     

     

    What will they call it though?

     

     

    The Real Rangers?

     

     

    The Continuity Rangers?

     

     

    Rangers 2: The Legend of Whytey’s Gold?

     

     

    At any rate, a new Rangers deserves a new club motto.

     

     

    I suggest: “From hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.” (thumbsup)

  19. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    philvis returns 1339

     

     

    It’s comments like that which mean that no matter what,you and I will never fall out.

     

     

    A wee disagreement,an ideological discussion,these are incidental.

     

     

    A comment like that?

     

     

    Errrrrm.priceless…….

  20. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Is there any reason we are not looking at the Spanish Striker who is with St.Johnstone and out of contract in the summer he is already used to the SPL and has scored a good few goals for the Saints and I believe he wants a move ? H.H.

  21. LythamBhoy says:

     

    9 January, 2012 at 13:47

     

     

    Because Dave Ellis will buy Ibrox for 1 pound more than the biggest bid that the administrators receive for it and the SFA will sell any players that are left back to RangersNewco

     

     

    Hail Hail

  22. Leading Scots QC ” Rangers have nothing to worry about”

     

     

    by Jack Glass

     

     

    Leading Scots QC Sir Nicholas Fairbairn said today (swaying in an imaginary breeze)” Rangers have in my opinion nothing to worry about. ” Sir Nicholas, a former Solicitor General continued ” I have successfully defended a litany of Mountebanks ,Ne’erdowells ,Footpads and others too odious to mention in my career at the bar for over 50 years and in my considered opinion no right thinking jury would send Whyte to the gallows over this which when all said and done is quite a trivial sum. Sir Nicholas further opined” I know nothing about this case nor do I hold any brief for Whyte and I have no idea who or what Rangers are being a rugger man myself but I can assure you no properly instructed jury could convict this insignificant twerp in a Scottish court.

     

    However another eminent Silk, Sir Tarquin Throbing-Gristle retorted “Fairbairn is talking addled headed rubbish. Whyte is clearly a cad and without a scintilla of a doubt in my mind he will go down for a very long time indeed.

  23. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    philvis. If that’s going to be the newco motto then the newco itself should logically be called Ahab or for sci fi buffs Khan.

  24. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    Either of these names would be apt since both were consumed by their own obsessive hatred.

  25. Anither Toughie fur the Panel..

     

     

    Dae Tattooed Players mak Bettah Strikers, than

     

     

    Non-Tattooed Players?

     

     

    Me?

     

     

    Ah don’t know.

     

     

    But,

     

     

    It is You who hiv bin given the Question.

     

     

    Kojo

  26. Eyes Wide Open on

    Banning the huns from Europe as part of a punishment when they would have done that all by themselves anyway is hardly a punishment at all!

  27. Radio 5 Live will interview Jordan Rhodes at half-time tonight.

     

     

    “Most in-form striker in the country, watched by 8 EPL scouts the other night.”

  28. This is the point where Celtic should push the boat out and make a reasonable signing.

     

    We were here 3 YEARS ago when Murray said it would be really bad if they didn’t sell Boyd.

     

    Look what happened……… WE did not strengthen ……………………. they didn’t sell Boyd and there was an unprecedented run (even in my time of watching Celtic) of honest mistakes.

     

    This is the past repeating itself.

     

    Do the Celtic board have the testicles to drive another nail in the coffin and offer a moral lead on league re-construction TO THE BENEFIT of all clubs while at the same time preventing the newco Rangers rising from the ashes.

     

    Or as some think they will see the ongoing commercial spin offs of the ‘Old Firm’ and simply go along with the rest.

     

    Celtic may have to give up TV cash to prevent the newco simply taking the current Rangers place. The decisions our board make in the coming months could have long lasting effects on our club as the ones currently being experienced across the city.

     

    If they go with the majority lots of Celtic fans, me included, will never be near the Parkhead again. The coin is in the air will it land on heads or tails?

  29. Kojo’s Yankee Bet.

     

     

    Any Wan fae Three..

     

     

    Vardy, El Alagui and The Bomber.

     

     

    But, We wull get at least Wan Winner.

     

     

    Me?

     

     

    Ah fair Fancy.. El Alagui.

     

     

    Howevahhhhh…

     

     

    Ah widnae turn up Ma Toes..

     

    tae the Bomber…or… Jamie, eethur.

     

     

    Kojo

     

    Canny mak up Ma Mind.

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