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Under the cover of coronavirus, Dave King resigned as chairman of Newco.  Four months ago he said the club needed £10m before the end of the season.  In his farewell statement, released  last night, he noted a hoped-for round of funding “has been put on hold”.  With the postponement of fixtures since last month, the funding requirement could now be as much as £20m.

The statement was unnecessarily wordy, had he got to the point, he would have said ‘The proposed funder has bailed out and so have I.  You’re on your own.’

Claiming he hoped to extend his tenure as chairman until after the coronavirus crisis, but was unable to as South Africa authorities insisted he self-isolate for 14 days, insults the intelligence of even his advocates.  The world is self-isolating at the moment and the rest of us have figured out how to communicate by phone or videoconference.

This football club needs tens of millions to pay the liabilities incurred to get this close to Celtic.  Hopes of selling its player assets for inflated figures have disappeared from their fantasies.  Ex-pats prepared to sink millions into covering previous losses do not exist.

Without Dave King menacing to get his hands on the club within days of Charles Green buying Oldco’s assets, Newco would now be solvent and competitive.  Instead, Green was forced to cut ticket prices and pay Ally McCoist and his squad over the odds in order to keep the fans onside, blowing his business plan apart from the off.

The architect of this clusterstaunch has left the scene, unwilling to be held accountable for what happens next.  Dave, you will be welcome to make the Paradise Windfall draw any time the South African authorities permit you to travel – but I realise you are unlikely to visit Glasgow again.  When the history of our 20-in-a-row, or whatever the sequence becomes, is written, there will be a chapter dedicated to fools like you who made it possible.

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  1. SFTB

     

     

    I agree with most of your post regarding the 3-3 game at Rugby Park, in many ways we were very fortunate to come away with a draw.

     

     

    One thing I would add though was the huge roars of encouragement which the players got from the Celtic support coming onto the park at the beginning of the second half. For me it was a significant factor and I’ve maintained that it was a day when the supporters raised a team from their knees.

  2. Neustadt-Braw on

    in ither news ……

     

     

    Scottish Secretary Alistair Jack says he is self isolating with Corvid-19 symptoms.

     

     

    His predecessor David Mundell says he is unsurprised as the job consists mainly of kissing the Prime Minister’s arse.

     

     

    smiley get well soon thing

     

     

    Braw

  3. Does anyone else get the feeling that Boris and his political chums are half hearted in trying to get enough resources to the NHS and others on the front line of fight against Covid and are still operating their herd immunity approach ?

  4. First: Celtic Park, 1961. SFTB- it was against Kilmarnock, too. Score was 2-2. Always thought we won 2-0, Bobby Carrol & Stevie Chalmers scoring in each half. Didn’t find out the real score till I researched it for the last time CQN did a similar recollection, just before Lisbon 2017. Didn’t play tig, but enjoyed the wee choo-choo train pass behind the Celtic end each time we scored.

     

    Last: Celtic Park

     

    Best: Celtic Park, every time

     

    Worst: Ipox, every time

     

     

    Just back from collecting hay and straw. That should do us for about 5 days. Don’t know what the donkeys will eat though. Roads in D&G just about empty – thankfully.

     

    Back to lurking – Take Care All

  5. HT

     

     

    I agree the support and Neil tried t get things going at half time but the truth was there was a brief flurry of activity and plenty of effort, there was precious little guile and prolonged attack. Killie were coping easily with us. The first goal was won when James Forrest was fouled near their box and Antony Stokes sent a good but very saveable free kick into the net. The 2nd goal was a shot on the turn by Antony Stokes who was just frustrated at the lack of support he was getting from his team mates; he should never have taken it on and the keeper should have saved it easily but thank god he did. The equalising goal was brilliant; a back post towering header from Majstorovic (who was otherwise useless) back into the mix where Charlie Mulgrew showed real desire to get there first.

     

     

    I am glad we were lucky but, even after the game, many of us thought our team were sinking rather than on the rise.

     

     

    They proved us wrong by going on a long winning run after that match but Neil was right; his jacket was on a very shoogly peg then.

     

     

    That game lives in my memory; it shows how quickly fortunes can turn even when you are not playing well. BTW- I was at the opposite end from where all 6 goals were scored so I got a very poor view of them- but I was at the end where Heffernan missed the chance t make it 4:3- still don’t know how he missed.

  6. SFTB

     

     

    I don’t disagree and I know it took some time for us to score our first goal but there was definitely a change in attitude from the players that I believe was as a direct consequence of the support they got.

     

     

    I was the same as you and was at the opposite end from all 6 goals so didn’t get a great view of them. Similarly, I couldn’t believe their miss towards the end.

     

     

    As you say it’s strange how things panned out after that game.

  7. bada

     

     

    I think we were late getting to ground at Forrest so worst of crush over

     

    but went on a bus from EK with no heating on it so freezing all the way home overnight

     

     

    so worst trip

  8. The Battered Bunnet on

    First, Last and Best all Celtic Park. Irrespective of there being grander stadiums in the world, nothing beats the adrenaline high of big result at Celtic Park. No idea who the opposition were for my first match, but I was wearing my boots just in case they needed me, a habit I continued for over 40 years, and only finished with when it became apparent I wasn’t ever going to get a shout – when WGS chose to put on Koki Mizuno in my position I knew the game was finally up.

     

     

    Worst was Easter Road back in the day – the 80s – 5000 folk trying to squeeze down a narrow whin dust path at the back of the terracing, roughcast wall on one side, 80 foot drop on the other.

     

     

    To be fair, I could level similar criticism of virtually any ground at the time. Mental how absurdly unsafe football grounds were permitted to be, and with tragic consequences.

  9. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    JC2 on 29TH MARCH 2020 4:01 PM

     

     

    As we say you got a sausage.??????????????????

  10. BABASONICOS71 on

    FRITZSONG

     

     

    Sorry for tardy reply.

     

    I’m too young to have witnessed Yashin or Ronnie in the flesh so go on old footage & articles. i’m willing to accept our Ronnie was superior but he still wouldn’t make my 11 as Danny’s in there so no more Scots. Even if I could add another Scottish player it would be Jinky, sorry Ronnie. Then there’s Yashin’s black jersey which was a thing of uber coolness. And he wasn’t too bad either.

     

     

    Can’t believe no-one noticed I Ieft my team 1 player short & one of my all time favourites too, the naturally hip Socrates. He oozed class. So my proper 11 would be:

     

     

    Yashin

     

     

    McGrain

     

    Beckenbauer

     

    Maldini

     

     

    Cruyff

     

    Socrates

     

    Zidane

     

    Prosinecki

     

     

    Best

     

    Maradona

     

    Larsson

     

     

    Stay safe fholks 💚🍀

  11. A bit late to this but….

     

     

    First : Celtic Park (Nov 1962 Celtic 0 QS 1)

     

    Last :Celtic Park (Petrov Charity Game)

     

    Best :Celtic Park (European nights, League winning days)

     

    Worst : Broomfield*

     

     

    *I was going to say Brockville, but what saved it was an occasion when we more or less won the league. Our game was off so The old fella and my Uncle Pat took me to see Falkirk beat Aberdeen 1-0 with a George Somebody penalty. The game seemed to last for hours but nice memory of two great people in my life.

  12. Not sure about first, last,best and worst but I remember a trilogy against St Mirren that was special for differing reasons.

     

    The occasion was a Scottish Cup tie. A tight affair at Love Street suggested the team to score first would win. St Mirren scored first.1-0. Almost straight from the KO. Celtic equalised. F.T 1-1;

     

    Replay, Celtic Park, under floodlights. Second half, Celtic 1 St Mirren 3. Celtic fought back to 3-3.

     

    ET St Mirren go ahead again.3-4.

     

    Celtic equalise. FT 4-4.

     

    Second replay. Celtic win 5-2 ( I THINK St Mirren got two). Neily Mochan scored all five goals.

     

     

    This is all from memory so there may well be inaccuracies in the above account ! I will happily accept any corrections.

  13. I wasn’t at the 3-3 game at Kilmarnock, i played golf that morning and watching the game in the club. The thing i remember most about that day is after the game there was a bunch of us, all Celtic minded, carrying out a post mortem. You know what its like. Over in the corner, a sticky bun sat and watched this unfold looking rather smug.

     

     

    About 4 months later, we had finished playing golf and the same chap was sat watching one of their home games on an illegal stream. He was f-ing and blinding at the screen with rage as they were losing, and were in admin and generally falling to pieces.

     

     

    I learned two things that day, 1, never slag Celtic in front of them and 2, life comes at you quickly.

  14. The Bhoys who did the Bike ride –Glasgow to Belfast– for Kano, might be able to recall that that was another ` Day to Remember` . Celtic were a couple of goals behind to Aberdeen, and we were all cold and wet on the Ferry and feeling pretty miserable about the score. I think we ended up winning 4-3. The rain stopped, we alighted and cycled the final few miles into Belfast with hope in our hearts.

     

    If I recall, MWD was the man with the updates !!

  15. Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin says the current football season could be lost if it cannot be restarted by the end of June.

     

     

    Most leagues in Europe are suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, with this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament postponed for another year.

     

     

    Ceferin says seasons could be finished behind closed doors.

     

     

    “If we don’t succeed in restarting, the season will probably be lost,” the Slovenian said.

     

     

    He told Italian newspaper La Repubblica: “There is a plan A, B and C.

     

     

    “The three options are to start again in mid-May, in June or at the end of June.

     

     

    “There is also the possibility of starting again at the beginning of the next [season], starting the following one later. We will see the best solution for leagues and clubs.”

     

     

    As it stands there are nine games to be completed by the majority of Premier League clubs, and up to 12 in the Football League.

     

     

    All football in England is suspended until at least 30 April.

     

     

    Premier League, EFL & PFA say ‘difficult decisions’ to come for clubs

     

    What next for football as cracks begin to appear?

     

    Ceferin says that playing remaining games behind closed doors would have to be an option across Europe.

     

     

    “It’s hard for me to imagine all the matches behind closed doors, but we still don’t know whether we’ll resume, with or without spectators,” he said.

     

     

    “If there was no alternative, it would be better to finish the championships.”

  16. CRC et al,

     

     

    I think the return of the Friday night quiz is a great idea, especially during these challenging times.

     

     

    Although it previously demonstrated just how much I didn’t know, it made long train journeys so much quicker.

     

     

    HH to all.

  17. david17 on 29th March 2020 4:50 pm

     

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    What’s I’ve been reading over the last couple of days, and with the English FA voiding lower leagues, my gut feeling is we aint gonna be happy with what’s decided.

  18. prestonpans bhoys on

    That 3:3 game at Killie sticks in my mind for two reasons, the remarkable come back and secondly the three arseholes in front of threw away their scarfs, only to return after HT. Perhaps they saw a omen😱😵

  19. greenpinata

     

     

    There was one on Sentinal Celts last night, run by Mahe.

     

    Maybe somebody could figure out how to have the quiz on both blogs.

  20. South Of Tunis on

    Covid19 – Italy-@6pm -29 3 20

     

    Cases -97,689

     

    Dead-10,779

     

    756 people died in the 24 hr period between 6pm yesterday and 6pm today.

  21. The Mestalla in Valencia is my favourite stadium, I think its spectacular

     

     

    I have no idea why they would want to leave it

  22. Favourite uncle

     

     

    sorry just saw post

     

     

    it was free on Youtube/facebook from William hill

     

     

    Had Hibs v Huns other day

     

     

    Huns asking when we on winning

     

     

    William Hill spokesman said ” we dont own rights for Ramsden/petrofact

     

    or whatever its called these days”

  23. The Battered Bunnet on

    SoT

     

     

    Hope you and the missus are isolating yourselves splendidly.

     

     

    Gruesome though the numbers from Italy this afternoon are, there is a big positive in the figures.

     

     

    On average with this bastard virus, the poor souls who die were infected 19 days previously.

     

     

    This is day 20 following the lockdown, and the numbers are falling. It looks like the peak was Friday, bang on prediction.

     

     

    Friday 919

     

    Saturday 889

     

    Sunday 756

     

     

    Let’s hope the trend continues over the coming days, although God alone knows what happens then. Open the doors and the virus starts over again. Keep them closed and folk will take matters into their own hands.

     

     

    Perhaps South Korea shows us a different way, but each country needs the test and trace resources to apply it, and that’s no given.

     

     

    Greatly enjoyed the twins from Agrigento giving it laldy on their fiddles, gallus as feck the pair of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_q-Cr4h5yY&feature=youtu.be

     

     

    Take care.

  24. Celtic Mac,

     

     

    Yeah, I forgot all about the quiz on Sentinel Celts. I saw it advertised during the week and meant to tune in.

     

    I hope and trust it went well.

     

     

    A combined quiz would be a great idea. We’re not exactly strangers after all.

     

     

    Cheers and HH.

  25. Just on the idea that the points deduction for entering admin should be waived as part of football’s response to covid 19.

     

     

    While I have sympathy with football clubs that have to do so I feel there still has to be a sporting penalty for shafting your creditors. Clubs that don’t enter admin are entitled to expect that those that do, pay a penalty.

     

     

    Any move towards rescinding this penalty is imo aimed at maintaining next season’s title race aspirations for a certain club.

  26. Bhoyjoebelfast on

    Here’s a few to kill some time:

     

    1)The first ever fully sponsored Premier League match was at Firhill.Celtic were the visitors,there were two sponsors one was Hoover the other a Glasgow store.Name the missing sponsor?

     

    2)Who was the last Lisbon lion to retire from playing?

     

    3)Vic Davidson signed for Celtic for £30,000 in 1979 from which English club?

     

    4)Ten men won the league in ’79 who was sent off?

     

    And a non Celtic question..What was introduced for the first time by trainer Donald Colman in the 1920s at Pittodrie stadium Aberdeen?

  27. An Dun

     

     

    Surely this is why you pay insurance?

     

     

    Apparently Celtic pay a lot of money towards insurance to cover for any such eventuality. It’s not fair on the clubs that do pay for it, if the ones that don’t don’t face any penalties

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