Celtic long term land dividends


As we reported yesterday, Celtic have been busy buying up land around the periphery of the stadium for many years. The club managed to get the deal to buy land behind the Jock Stein Stand done before the mineral seam running below it was discovered. I hear the excavation rights are estimated to be worth £50m to Celtic, who bought the land for £3m in January 2009 with money which had been earmarked to buy Stephen Fletcher. Hibernian thought the Fletcher deal was done but Celtic pulled out at the last minute when the land deal became available due to an emergency cash requirement at the Council, who needed to build schools to educate children arriving in the city from Eastern Europe.

Back then, when I asked why we weren’t signing Fletcher a senior source at the club told me, “We can only spend that £3m once and we need the land for burger vans and stuff.” Before kick-off, fans currently go off-premises to spend their money, cash that could be going to Celtic. Source added, “We’ll be able to buy a Fletcher every year with the catering income we’ll make from this land deal.”

Made sense at the time, makes more sense now.

That £50m is due to arrive in time to get the Co-op off our case and leave a substantial amount available to deal with what could be the first season we ever face Sevco- keeping them in their place.

Good luck to the Celtic fans based in North America ahead of the Féile on the weekend of 17-19 January. Events are based at The Plough & Stars, Philidelphia, include live music, a tour of the An Gorta Mor Memorial, a live Beyond the Waves broadcast and a Q&A with Celtic Youth Coach, Willie McNabb.

Visit ploughbhoyscsc.com for more details, including how to secure accommodation.

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  1. Steinreignedsupreme on

    benjybhoy mul 12:36 on 9 January, 2014



    Good article by GLS there and no surprise at the people who targeted him.



    I thought the Fowler incident was hilarious on the basis that a man with peroxide hair and a earring (both of which could be described as effeminate symbols) was accusing someone else of being homosexual.



    I wonder if Fowler is related to any of the Zombie bloggers?

  2. I'm Neil Lennon (tamrabam) on

    in the midst of his trouble and ire


    the huns debt got higher and higher


    Jack didn’t mind the fuss


    he had a pal with a bus


    but I hear it got lost in a fire




  3. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on




    Paul .. We should NEVER be facing Sevco again .. How sad that the possibility of that has been facilitated in this bitter little country..








  4. Frank Lynch



    I am going out and I will get back to you later but SNP. Whether you hate them or not, has done much better for Scotland, even with limited power, than the right Labour Government ever done in there 13 years. How can any sane person possibly supports a party that creates Lords. Lord this and Lord that. Utterly preposterous!


    You justify that to me

  5. Really disappointed in Paul’s letting the cat out of the bag. Preliminary drillings around Celtic Park have revealed the true extent of this field. Those of us in the know have seen the share price rocket over the past months. Disappointing Paul: never would have happened is you had taken a Masonic oath.

  6. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    11:12 on 9 January, 2014



    Ah, so you’re Frank MacAvennie, then….!!!!!!!!

  7. I know it,s of no concern to most on here but does anyone know what,s happened to Leggoland? He has,nt posted since Dec 16th, his rants always gave me a wee laugh. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  8. johann murdoch on




    Totally agree- the secret of the Ufh has been revealed


    Hearing rumours p67 has been summoned to Rome to explain




  9. leftclick Together we will get justice for the Dam 5 on

    jinkyredstar cuts it back for Neil Lennon


    Its on premier sports at 18:25 celtic park time so K.O must be shortly after.


    Hail Hail

  10. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on

    I’m Neil Lennon (tamrabam)



    You’re on a roll. Could it be one from the burger van that sits atop Celtics vast mineral resources? :-)

  11. Natknow





    12:19 on 9 January, 2014



    Mineral deposits…


    That explains the holes in London road..



    So how do you explain all the ‘holes at AyeBrokes?






    That’s for all the skeletons…

  12. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Were we not advised that Hibs refused to sell Fletcher ?



    now …., in fact , we withdrew from the deal …failed to strengthen or squad and lost the league



    but , hey , CFC and DD will have even more money



    How much will they spend ??



    Will football actually be a priority at CFC again ?

  13. johann murdoch on

    Breaking news


    Celtic plc announce that following revelations about the hidden mineral seAm under Celtic park all season tickets will be now be golden tickets or known as ” wonka” tickets


    No Oompa Loompas were hurt in the making of this message

  14. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy, this is serious!



    MurdochauldandHay, alas, not those minerals.



    johann Murdoch, like it.



    Tojo, absolutely.



    sixtaeseven, good advice.



    TBJ, long term arrangement, no detail on early repayment penalty but would doubt it would be much. Balance offset by cash in bank at year end. Better to retain the facility.



    time for change, that’ll help.



    Garngad to Croy, still green, then.



    Auldheid, ha!



    ArranmoreBhoy, again? Cough.



    BigYinMilan, ‘they’ must have known before now. Surely?

  15. “tomtheleedstim



    10:50 on 9 January, 2014



    where did the burger money go?”





    Or put another way, where did the Saville-oy money go?

  16. Steinreignedsupreme on

    hebcelt 13:33 on 9 January, 2014



    He’s probably working hard on his next contradiction.



    The Legless Loon is like that character from The Fast Show who changes his opinion every couple of seconds.

  17. The Battered Bunnet on



    Not just that, but they never bought all the burger vans either.



    It’s the last straw for me too.




  18. Comedy gold Paul! You’re in a rich vein of form.



    Does this mean that we’re going for Ashley Cole now?



    Will Big Peter write his memoirs – Mine Kampf, from Moonbeams to Mineral Seams.



    Shale, Shale, the Celts are here…..

  19. Steinreignedsupreme on

    ….PFayr supports WeeOscar 13:40 on 9 January, 2014



    “Were we not advised that Hibs refused to sell Fletcher ?”



    What would you have expected Celtic to do, inform the world about the minerals under the stadium?!?!?!

  20. Moonbeams WD. Kano 2000 \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 99.9%. Champions. C’mon Wee Oscar.



    13:26 on 9 January, 2014



    The SNP’s vision of independence involves membership of the EU, sterling for currency, having interest rates fixed by the Bank of England and Brenda as head of state.



    Against that background I think it’s pertinent to ask, independence from what.

  21. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    advise the fans of the truth and break this outrageous cycle of mendacity

  22. Monaghan1900



    11:13 on 9 January, 2014



    Sevcomedians doing what they do:



    “Is There Thousands Of Ignorant Glaswegians Out There?



    If so let us educate them to the allegations made re the GCC and a certain football club. However as I don’t take to public speaking the only idea I can come up with is this……I will be printing out details from the football taxhaven as flyers …plus other interesting facts disclosed tonight…and I will be leaving them all over the city of Glasgow and call on all bears to do the same…hit the pubs, clubs, works, get those flyers out there. If every bear printed out a couple of hundred the allegations will spread …perhaps reaching global proportions .”




    “Had similar thought why don’t you get the guys at McMurdo blog to supply some back up for you. It will need to be written from a neutral point of view.With accurate figures and back up also be careful with the wording from the legal side.Suggest leaving them on buses and railway stations. Handing them out would be v.risky.”







    Using the INTERNET to suggest leaving/handing out flyers around stations and pubs to get a message across on a global scale.




  23. Richie #TeamOscar on

    The SNP are a means to an end. Self determination means just that. Decisions made can be changed by the will of the people, the Scottish people.

  24. Art of War, Ashley Cole! “Shale, shale, the Celts….” Excellent.



    PF, ah! Good. Speak for yourself, though. I’m being serious.

  25. Ernie- I nominate you to be pit-pony for the new mineral works….as you’re always bringing up stuff! ;-)

  26. Yogiy



    11:56 on 9 January, 2014



    A fine story; warms the cockles……………more than a club.







  27. cliftonville celt from belfast praying for Oscar the wee legend on



    12:26 on


    9 January, 2014


    FF: Right Bears consider this. If we lived in a city that represented us all, why is the GCC always Labour controlled? Just by the law of averages some other party (preferably the DUP) would get power to run Glasgow in a proper manner.



    It stinks. We must keep us the pressure on these *****%$.




    Looks like LAD (Loyalists Against Democracy) have taken a foothold among the orcs



    Stupid fleggers

  28. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    The Fletcher saga is a matter of extreme concern ..esp on this blog



    as the administrator i`d have expected you to know that

  29. cliftonville celt from belfast praying for Oscar the wee legend on

    If I have BT sport via Sky can I watch the game on premier sports ?



    Don’t remember seeing the channel for premier sports on sky listings

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