Celtic prepare for the People’s League Title


A year ago Scottish football was gripped in debate over the audacious plan by Craig Whyte to liquidate Rangers and ask the SPL to parachute a phoenix club into the top flight.  No one had ever previously made such a suggestion but Whyte found common ground with many around the game, who had good reason to adopt his strategy as their own.

I remember St Johnstone manager, Steve Lomas, telling radio listeners, “For financial reasons our club just wants Rangers [sic]back in the league as soon as possible”.  St Johnstone were not alone, every club were forced to recalculate cash-flow projections and discuss consequences.  The same was true in the media.  Journalists, advertising sales people and everyone else working for a commercial media company, to some extent, can relate their job security to interest levels in the Scottish game.

The people had their say.

No to Newco was the rallying call, first at Celtic but then across the Scottish game.  Many Rangers fans (perhaps even most) wanted no part of Whyte’s plan and wanted the phoenix to start at the bottom and work their way up, although for some the outcome was a denial of their God given rights.

It always amuses me when people leave ‘only in Scotland’ comments on CQN.  Football is notoriously corrupt across the globe and has been for most of its existence, but there can be few league titles anywhere decided so democratically.  The people said “no” and denied the generals running our game, some of whom believed some less-competent generals winning control was an “Arab Spring”.  Much to their dismay, they soon found out what Scottish football’s Arab Spring looks like, and it didn’t involve a tin-pot chairman re-writing the rule book.

I have loved every second of this league.  It will go down in my memory along with 1988 (when far fewer of us attended Celtic Park), 2001 and 2008.  When the league title is won, fans of every club who ensured rules were not re-written deserve a moment of satisfaction.


The current CQN server was commissioned in June 2011.  When we approached the annual renewal time last year, like a lot of the media companies mentioned above, I thought, with no Rangers, interest will fade, there’s no point increasing infrastructure.

The traffic peak we endured in May 2012, when the server played its part in some major issues, hasn’t been matched since, but server resources continue to be stressed.  Last week I bought three new servers (we now have three physical and one virtual) and shortly after full time at Tannadice tonight, our man Andrew in Belfast will bring the system down and start the migration process.  We will be offline for a few hours.

After we’re back your existing user accounts will remain active.  The domain name (celticquicknews.co.uk) will point to a new server (IP) address but it can take hours (or days) for each internet service provider to update their records.  As a result, celticquicknews.co.uk might not find the new server immediately.

Once we are live I will let you know the server IP address (a series of numbers you can type into your address bar), which will enable you to get onto CQN before your ISP has updated their records.  Check Twitter (twitter.com/cqn)  or Facebook (CQN-Magazine) for the address.

Let’s hope it goes smoothly…….
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  1. The Ogilvie shareholding was last year’s tweet was it not, just re-tweeted by Phil today for some as yet to be explained reason?

  2. TMWTL (& James Forrrest)




    *****Pedant alert*****




    “Sorry but the word ‘disinterested’ is one that can not be levelled at Hooper or Stokes. ”



    I would hope it could not be leveled at any of the players or employees of our club. I would assume taht we are paying them all and they have a win bonus structure, so they should not be disinterested.



    Surely, uninterested is the word you are looking for.



    And you a published author too James :-)



    Just messin’ lads!

  3. For me our so called negative midfield only applies when Mulgrew is in it. Charlie is a centre half, arguably our best, and should not be played in midfield in SPL games unless we have injuries. Europe, fair enough, but not SPL.


    Our best league performance this season have been when we played 4-3-3, not a defensive formation and often with Commons as one of the middle 3 in front of 2 from Victor/Joe/Broonie/Kayal.


    Our biggest problem has been a lack of pace and a lack of width when attacking. Remove Forrest and we have none. In addition none of our strikers are particularly fast over the first few yards either.

  4. The Battered Bunnet on




    Yip. Given their environmental contraints, Sevco simply cannot trade their way to an investor exit via a cash buy back, are rather unlikely to find new investors to buy out the current lot to the value required, and in any event, need a dollop of dough to get them into the SPL, and another dollop to stay there.



    In the meantime, there is material doubt on their ownership of the assets bought from D&P and subsequently bundled up and resold to the stock market. No property company can touch them until that little issue is sorted, thus blocking off another potential exit.



    I am scratching my head looking for clever ways to get the £15 odd Million cash they need to sustain themselves in the SFL for the coming 2 seasons, plus £20 odd million to exit the placed shares, plus the same or more again to exit the original Sevco backers.



    I suspect, irrespective of how hard I scatch, I will not be able to figure that one out. The logical conclusion then is a property sale and lease back deal, generating the cash to exit the shareholders, but once the issue of ownership has been settled finally.



    In the meantime, they have no option but to live within their means. Or fold.

  5. Paul67



    Celtic might be champions tonight. Are you sure it’s the best time for the server transmutation or whatever you techy ghuys call it?



    Big hail hail to Andrew in Belfast, by the way, an unsung hero of CQN.

  6. 50 shades of green on

    Paul good luck with the old switcharoo, but what about us old yins


    that dont do twitter or facebook.:-[:-[….


    Title winning weekend without cqn awe naw.



    As i said hope all goes well.

  7. http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2013/04/18/sun-executive-editor-who-blamed-domestic-violence-on-a-welfare-culture-in-which-millions-are-paid-to-booze-their-lives-away-in-front-of-the-telly-to-be-charged-under-operation-elveden/




    The msm….then and now. I’m not pushing any agenda. I just found this interesting as the 80’s are much like today. It includes a YouTube video of the opening credits of ‘Spitting Image’ which amply illustrates the ills of our culture today.


    Pity that there is no satire out there on the goggle box these days. The only thing is ‘Have I Got News For You’ which, though very funny, is quite tame and superficial.

  8. Dharma Bam, where do they say old club=new club?



    Celtic_First, we’re going tonight, too late to stop plans now….



    Lennybhoy, aye, I remember him.



    50 shades of green, thanks, we’ll be back soon.

  9. TBB



    The pre contract signing of Cammy Bell and interest in signing Daly, Law etc shows that they will not be living within their means.



    I firmly believe they will not complete next season in Div 2.

  10. voguepunter, it uses pooled resources which sit on top of several actual (physical) servers. The main work will be done on the physical servers but we will run low-resource processes on the virtual.

  11. I just read the article……..oh god, i find techie stuff nightmarish……i just want to click on my CQN bookmark and have it appear…..i’m a technical wimp, and consequently terrified.


    How sad am I?


    : > )

  12. setting free the bears


    I was beginning to think that everybody knew the answer but me.




    Just wait …….100 posts coming from all and sundry letting us


    know how stoopid we ur.

  13. setting free the bears @12:30 “*****Pedant alert*****”



    No need for the warning old bean.



    We know exactly what to expect from you.

  14. Not a thought I harbour often but I hope Murderwell win tonight.



    I hope they lose their other 4 games and Jackie’s United win their next three.











    No problem,bud.



    Constructive criticism is always welcome,and there are few more critical than moi.



    That’s why I rarely discuss the game after a defeat-emotion sometimes gets the better of me!



    A wee diagree

  16. 50 shades of green on

    Some carry on in boston folks.



    One dead one being hunted and public transport suspended.



    Seems as though it was or is 2 brothers from chechnya in russia.



    Hope no one else gets injured or worse.

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