Celtic work remains below-radar


I like the below-radar way Celtic have operated this transfer window.  Mikael Lustig arrived early without much of a murmur and Rabiu Ibrahim’s trial and signing went through with casual understatement, while Jaroslaw Fojut completed a pre-contract agreement before many of us had even reached his Wikipedia page.

Most of the headlines surrounding Celtic have been in connection with English clubs wanting our players, closely followed by public declarations of ‘I’m going nowhere’ from the players in question.

Compare and contrast with the situation over the city.  Almost daily Nikica Jelavic has to deal with a completely different scenario his club have placed him in, today telling STV, “The manager appreciates me and likes me, but I know the club are in a difficult financial situation and if they decided they needed to sell me, I would accept it.”

If you bump into Nikica tell him he’s talking rubbish.  His club were recently bought by a billionaire, they have no financial difficulties and they are reliably informed they are going to win their tax case.  Rangers players telling the media that their club are in a “difficult financial situation” are miles off-message.

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  1. NO BID!!!



    ‘West Ham are yet to make a bid for Nikica Jelavic, despite the npower Championship leaders’ interest in the Rangers striker.



    It had been reported on Wednesday that Rangers have rejected a £7million bid for the Croatian hotshot, but Sportsmail understands that the Hammers have not tabled a concrete offer.’

  2. Ten Men Won The League on

    rangerstaxcase Rangers Tax-Case


    Would Rangers completely invent a story of bid for Jelavic to try to start a bidding war? Would they try it again? #3rdtimelucky?

  3. LeeClayton_ Lee Clayton


    Source says #Jelavic deal now dead and won’t go in again. Repeat, Sam does not value him as highly as #Rangers

  4. LeeClayton_ Lee Clayton




    Respect to @bradley_whufc there has been a bid for Jelavic. I misunderstood my contact who said “story not tue” to 7m bid. Bid 5m + add ons

  5. FF tonight about Murray being at Murray park





    Originally Posted by buster


    He might still have a vested interest.


    CW might well be there because SDM / Muir (Lloyds) asked him to step in and use the experience and brassneck he has acquired over the years.



    That´s not to say SDM wants to come back, more that he and Lloyds wanted to avoid taxbill.





    He would be best advised to stay away there is a few of us who would do time for the mess that b astard has left us in





    enjoyed those – HH

  6. What has Jellylegs ever done?



    Nothing except in the eyes of the slavering scottushhh media….



    Total hype about an very average striker..



    Henrik Golden Boot ring any bells you lurking laptop loyal



    Gies’s peace for heavens sake!!

  7. JimmyQuinnsBits on

    Good Evening Infidels, by the blessings of Allah may you never experience a fatwa… I had one tonight, it wis minging



    wats happenin – any striker gossip?

  8. The thrust of tonight’s snivelling snyde was that Ally’s a great coach, the scouts, accountants and medical staff are pish! At one point someone said that Rangers’ financial difficulty (in order to buy/pay for players) went back eleven years!



    Jelavic is a passport player. Any club facing relegation/financial difficulties will always have players swearing undying loyalty to the club and the ‘….I’ll work for nothing!…’, badge-kissing keech.



    If rangers can ponce Jellybaws onto some schmuk English outfit then Davies, McGregor et al are free to agree with Walty and the laptop loyal that Rangers can’t win the league so I can leave for a better team with a clear conscience.



    Ally’s a mug but even he can use the ‘….sellin’ the club fae under me!’ as a good excuse to get back on a question of sport.

  9. Phil Dowd acting like Scottish ref in justifying wrong call.


    Lies to indicate hands above head when they where at Richards shoulder.

  10. bournesouprecipe on

    Here’s how they try and build the fee



    Nikica Jelavic reveals Manchester United £13 million interest



    by Andy Muirhead



    Just days before the crunch game against Kilmarnock, Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic has claimed Manchester United are interested in signing him in the summer for around £13 million.



    The striker has scored 18 goals this season for Rangers and he has confirmed the reports in the Croatian media.



    Jelavic said: “I know United are interested. My agent has established contact with them but that’s all I know. My agent has mentioned a figure of £13million and I came to Rangers for £4m so it would be a big gain for the club.”



    Despite claiming that he is fully focused on Rangers winning the league on Sunday and that he will only think about the transfer in the summer, why did he feel the need to confirm the interest in the first place? He could have done it on Monday.



    He added: “I would only think of a transfer in the summer. I’m fine here and enjoying every moment. The Rangers fans give me goosebumps – they really love me and I am looking forward to the Kilmarnock game on Sunday. If we win, it will be the first title I have won where I have been one of the key figures. I would call it my first real title.”



    However with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Hernandez, Berbatov and Michael Owen in United’s ranks it will be highly unlikely that Jelavic is signed unless the likes of Owen or Berbatov leaves Old Trafford.



    It will also be a blow to incoming manager Ally McCoist who is trying to keep onto his star players for next season, and a further blow to fans who were buoyed by the recent takeover and plans to keep the likes of Allan McGregor at the club also. News that had helped increase sales of season tickets, with the deadline for renewals this week.

  11. The Huns are skint.


    Anyone with a pulse knows this.


    Agents know this.


    Even D. Provan is upto date on the Huns dire financial plight.



    I’ve an idea that Club Chairmen will have twigged that the Huns might need to offload their penalty taker soon.



    Why then would anyone, ANYONE give the colourful, coves in Govan anything like the funny money being quoted for the Croatian submariner???

  12. Ten Men Won The League on

    Jaimie Redknapp says it was never a penalty, but Liverpool ‘deserved’ it



    WTF, where do they get these people?

  13. The Idiot says:


    25 January, 2012 at 20:34


    FF tonight about Murray being at Murray park



    He would be best advised to stay away there is a few of us who would do time for the mess that b astard has left us in



    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

  14. 10men




    jamie has been in court all day today listening to crap


    so he may as well continue this theme this evening..

  15. Snake. If you actually look at rfc performance over last 3 to 4 years is impressive


    The bank took over, they won 3 titles, their income increased due to Europe and titles, debt dropped, if it was not for the EBT in the early half of decade everything in garden would be quite rosy , they even sold a few players for good money



    Then take Celtic fc. No titles ; managers have asked the board repeativly for a center half and a replacement for John hartson and been ignored as club thought it more important to have zero debt, drop in income due to not having the players to compete in Europe


    Season tickets income down as fans having enough of being taken for a ride. Invested less money in the team than the bank controlled Huns



    Yes thank the lord for the EBT’s





    But lets not take away that our board have been a shambles in last 3-4 years

  16. JimmyQuinnsBits on

    Appropriately enuff, excerpts from “Address to the Deil”



    O Thou! whatever title suit thee-


    Auld Hornie, Satan, Nick, or Clootie,


    Wha in yon cavern grim an’ sootie,


    Clos’d under hatches,


    Spairges about the brunstane cootie,


    To scaud poor wretches!






    When masons’ mystic word an’ grip


    In storms an’ tempests raise you up,


    Some cock or cat your rage maun stop,


    Or, strange to tell!


    The youngest brither ye wad whip


    Aff straught to hell.

  17. Do the ragers have previous for making up porky pies when trying to sell an asset to ANY potential suitor ?



    Surely not !!



    Who would fall for that I ask ? The MSM perhaps ?

  18. Celtic may sign a goalscorer before the transfer deadline expires. then again they might not.



    Any striker signed may or may not meet with my approval.



    Celtic might win the title this season, then again they might not (God forbid but thats sport for you).



    Celtic might win the Treble this season, then again they might not.



    There is only one certain thing about Celtic I can say. Next season we will be here ready to do battle all over again. The huns on the otherhand cannot say the same thing with any certainty.



    If the board of Celtic had engaged in ,allegedly, criminal Tax Evasion, failed to pay bills without the threat of court action and carried out a sectarian signing policy for the major part of its history then I might just understand some of the opprobium heaped upon them. Me, I am just glad they had the wit to run the club in a fiscally sensible, legal manner, because whilst the leagues and cups lost during the downsizing hurt it would be like nothing at all compared to the hurt of knowing that the Celtic I love was on the point of going out of existence.



    I maybe a happyclapper, board apologist, deluded fool or even a sheep, but you know what I can take that over being a supporter of the “what used to be called Celtic”.



    back to lurking again.

  19. Nuclear Bovril and a Half Munched Pie on

    Ten Men Won The League says:


    25 January, 2012 at 20:42


    Jaimie Redknapp says it was never a penalty, but Liverpool ‘deserved’ it



    WTF, where do they get these people?



    From the loins of Harry ‘I told you Dougal, that money was only resting in my account!’ Redknapp

  20. AnonymousJan 25, 2012 12:21 PM


    jelavic is staying with THE RANGERS


    we dont need the money now as the tax case has been settled and rangers are due a tax rebate




    Could someone in mental health care ,please


    take this poor soul in before he does himself


    or Manchester damage.

  21. agree paul, best to do business first then talk about it second, long may that continue






    this transfer window will be, in my opinion, a failure if we dont get a quality (powerful) centre forward in



    4 points can quickly be turned around and there’s a league to be won

  22. JimmyQuinnsBits on




    gaun yersel… stop lurkin an post… you’ve as much right as anybody oan here, and I happen to agree with you



    we can happy clap the gither, thats how applause starts

  23. ASonOfDan says:



    25 January, 2012 at 19:44



    I do not wish to keep on about this (och maybe I do but this bit



    HMRC state that the club owes £2.8m in back taxes and interest, £2.3m of which has reportedly already been frozen on their behalf. Rangers have just launched an appeal against this charge and the reported £1.4m owing in penalties.



    if true and I think it is raises questions about what if anything Rangers declared to the SFA afte the 30th June about the tax item in question.



    The SFA justification for approving the UEFA licences last may is that it was not overdue payable. There are 4 conditions that stop a tax bill being an overdue payable and so a reason to refuse the licence under Annex VIII relating to Article 50 of the unpaid tax rules.



    The first is it has been paid since 31st March and the last two are it is under appeal at the time of granting the licence. According to the above the appeal is recent. That leaves only the second reason and that is HMRC andRangers had come to an agreement in writing to pay. If that took place when Whyte took over in May then the SFA can claim they are covered. There should be a bit of paper covering the SFA.



    However if that agreement to pay is violated it can no longer be a reason to exclude the bill as being an overdue payable . So what was the agreement to pay? Since CW paid £500k up front at the time in May it suggests the balance was due sometime thereafter. If before the 30th June ( 6 weeks or so later) then the failure to pay made it overdue.



    Phil Mac reported that SOs were instructed by HMRC on 2 June to act in respect of the bill. From this we can conclude the balance was due by the end of May. certainly before the end of June. If that is not sufficient an indicator then an assessment of the lead time before SO’s eventually called in August (8th or 10th) suggests that the balance was due before the end of June if HMRC started the process in respect of the balance anytime after the end of June.



    The significance of this is that it was Rangers responsibility to decalre the sdmall tax bill as an overdue payment if it was no longer covered by the agreement Rangers had signed up to. This is a requirement of Article 66 paras 1 and 2 of the UEFA rules.



    It is possible the agreement date for full payment post dated 30 June but not certain. Instead of fobbing off everyone the SFA should ask HMRC if Rangers violated the agreement that allowed the SFA to grant the licence and ask Rangers why they never declared the chnage under article 66.



    The SFA may have been told porkies but they need to be careful that in not clarifying the position they become complicit in behaviour that was designed from the start with that initial instalment to enable or fool, depending on one’s view, the SFA to grant a licence when Rangers had no intention of paying that tax by the due dates.

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