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. tooheys new-thanks for reply,it seems some social media Muppets are being jailed for fairly similar offences but a couple of Court cases recently involving NL have not resulted in convictions……HH

  2. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    It really is a hard one.



    On the one hand you have Tory Toffs like Cameron who are so far removed from the average Scot that they’d be as well visiting us in a space craft.



    Then you have Salmond, MacAskill and Sturgeon who lack the intelligence and vision to create a manifesto which would bring real, full independence from the rest of Britain.



    I think that it may well come down to the lesser of two idiots.

  3. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on




    Oh right its all cummin back now!! He played up there abt 4 months ago. Won 5 nil btw.


    Was an awfay cowl day and that sea breeze goes places you widnae want tae know!!




  4. Afternoon all



    Didn’t realise it was also the highly esteemed Corkcelt’s birthday. Happy birthday sir



    So old Pete’s dream vision is burger


    vans from Celtic Park to the Merchant City ( as I believe the Calton is to be


    redesignated) I hope at least some sell salads.



    Jimbo67 and Fred C Dobbs supporting Oscar Knox

  5. normanstreet49 on

    Great article. Just wondering if this seam of minerals is linked to the Shale Gas opportunities or is this the far richer Hail Hail Gas.

  6. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar


    16:23 on


    9 January, 2014



    You could argue that the devolved parliament was the 1st step on the road to independence.



    It’s therefore possible that independence from Westminster is the first step towards freeing ourselves from the other stuff too. One step at a time.

  7. A genuine question without any point scoring.



    I am aware that the favoured currency in an independent Scotland is Sterling. Will interest rates still be set by the BOE, and if so how will we be independent if fiscal policy is still set by London,



    HH, I,msuresomeonementionedspacecraftcsc.

  8. minx1888 praying for Wee Oscar on

    ACGR – Happy Birthday enjoy your dram – just remember they are not like candles you don’t need one for every year :-)



    Corkcelt – hope you are enjoying your special day, Happy Birthday!



    Great fun on the blog today.. politics aside! Zombies are foaming at the mouth Gullible, gullible fools!

  9. Delaneys Dunky on

    Any team news from Turkey?


    Would like to see Amido and Teemu start together as a front two.

  10. eddieinkirkmichael on



    14:24 on



    For someone with such a low IQ he didn’t do to bad once he left football. He runs one of the largest(if not the) private letting agencies in Liverpool. He owns over 200 houses/flats and is reputed to be worth 10’s of £m’s.

  11. HamiltonTim @ 16.23


    That’s a very short term view. The choice is between having the government England chooses or having the government Scotland chooses. If Scotland votes for Salmond post-independence that’s what we get but if we vote No and vote for anyone we’ll get what England gives us.



    I have some concerns about Independence but they are all short-term and selfish. I’m much more concerned about how we’re treated by Westminster in the future. There’s likely to be an immediate campaign to cut the Scottish Parliament’s budget if we vote no. Given how we were treated by Thatcher when oil was booming, thinking how they’ll treat us as the oil starts to run out.



    Our grandkids will never forgive us if we vote No.

  12. Sean Thornton @ 15:27



    Your post made me wonder who, of those who attend MOST games at Celtic Park, has the longest round trip. ACGR and myself have around 200 ( a bit less for ACGR and a bit more for me as I have to go to his place first so I am the leader in the Clubhouse 0:-) )


    So, bhoys, how far do you travel?




  13. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    I’m genuinely undecided and probably won’t make up my mind until much closer the time.



    You’re certainly correct about devolution being the first step but it just seems bizarre to me how Salmond etc can call it independence but still want Lizzie has HoS and sterling as the currency.



    I’d love someone to give a factual account from both perspectives without all the pish and opinion that constantly surrounds the opposing views.

  14. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on




    I believe Sounness had an influence there and his mate McManaman is the brains of the two of them. They started investing together and may still have a partnership.


    I never had a problem with Fowler. Great player. Was a bit rough round the edges and done stupid things but he is just a guy who got lucky. He liked the Huns. No problem with that. His choice. I read a book and Fowler was mentioned. He was well thought of in his local area. If he was in the bookies and won he would give all the old blokes he knew for years the cash for a few pints.


    Seemed a decent enough sort. They can’t all be Tims!




  15. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    No offence but don’t be telling me that my view is short term, it’s not.



    My concerns are certainly long term, what if Salmond achieves his yes vote and is then voted in again.



    I’m looking to the future and how my grandchildren might be asking,



    “Granda, what was a Catholic school?”

  16. There seems to be an upsurge of Independence yes/no posts today. Why is that?


    Currently, 95% of the population of the UK owns 5 % of the wealth. If the Yessers win, that will change to 95 % of the population of Scotland owns 5% of the wealth. I can see why many are uncertain which way to vote 0:-)




  17. Delaneys Dunky on

    Getting very tired of the British Unionists on here, with their negativity and scaremongering. For my grandchildren’s sake, please vote Yes!

  18. eddieinkirkmichael on

    LiviBhoy – God bless wee Oscar


    16:45 on



    I actually met him on holiday in Bali a few years ago, yes he liked the huns but was very knowledgeable about Scottish football in general.



    After our 1st meeting we ran into each other in a restaurant, he was just leaving and took the time to have a quick chat, when he left the waiter came over and said someone had paid for a couple of bottle’s of wine for our table. Never met him again but he seemed a decent enough guy to me.

  19. Delaney’s Dunky



    “Getting very tired of the British Unionists on here, with their negativity and scaremongering. For my grandchildren’s sake, please vote Yes!”



    For goodness sake. There has been 5 pro-SNP or Pro-Independence poster for every No vote poster on CQN. Not only are there more of them, they are the ones who constantly introduce the politics debate leading to replies from ernie lynch and others, but those replying do not instigate the debate that you are tired of. It is almost as if some of the regular Cybernat letter writers that dominate the letter pages of the so-called “hostile to Independence” Scottish media, have been re-deployed to football blogs.



    I am sick of people who lack the imagination, even after they have been told of the reasons, to merely understand, not agree with, the reasons why some of us, well, quite a lot actually, will vote No.



    We have to share this piece of earth with every shade of political opinion. I have no problem acknowledging the right to vote SNP and living alongside those who choose to. I worry more about the tolerance of the McGlashans in the SNP and there ability to understand, far less tolerate, my continuing presence here.



    And as for co-opting your grandchildren’s vote, how do you know that he or she might not be a rampant Tory or born in England? What about other people’s grandkids?

  20. Hamiltontim



    Oh aye: the Tories and Labour Capitalists are exceptionally intelligent : Aye right, thieving and lying to us Scots as has been proved time and time again. Suppose that’s intelligence.

  21. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on




    Like I say Fowler seemed a decent guy to me.


    I would have taken him in a heartbeat in his prime.


    I think he over reacted to the abuse he got but can’t blame anyone for that.




  22. Istanbulcelt Oscar's Green & White Army on

    Jungle Jim


    I used to travel regularly from Inverness in my younger days.



    I’m planning to get a season ticket next season and hope to make maybe 5 or 6 games a season. Maybe more when my son’s old enough to bring along to the football……



    how old is old enough to bring to the football by the way. I’m thinking of waiting till he asks to go. I will make it sound such a great day out that i hope he asks when he’s about 5. He’s 2 now though.

  23. @celticfcnews: Rogic set for loan switch



    I suspect it’s goodbye to Tomas then as once you get farmed out on loan you are gone for good in the vast majority of cases at Celtic. Pity as you could have been a Celtic star IMHO.



    Trying to think how many of our players went out on loan and then became stars with us.

  24. Richie #TeamOscar on

    ….meanwhile, over on FF:



    Just read the background to all of this. It really is headshot stuff. This is cheating on an industrial scale, aided as usual by a compliant Scottish media. Watch about Timbo, here comes Karma.



    ……I think we will have to “watch about” right enough :-)