Co-op awards Celtic the League Cup Final


Really pleased the Scottish Professional Football League have awarded the League Cup Final to Scotland’s largest football stadium, Celtic Park.  We are now hosting the League and Scottish Cup finals, as well as the head of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

So with the Commonwealth and Scottish Cup gigs going to Celtic, why didn’t Newco Rangers get the other final at their 50,000 capacity facility?

Back in the days such certification existed, Ibrox was a Uefa five star venue, whereas Celtic Park was four star, but maintaining those standards takes, well, maintenance, which has not been a priority in some parts.  Celtic Park remains highly functional, and safe.

There is also the hazard of planning an event, even six weeks out, at a venue owned (cough) by a company which does not have bank credit facilities and who are broadcasting financial distress signals like some kind of insolvency Batman call.

These perfectly valid reasons are, of course, a mere distraction from the real reason, the Co-op Bank, which controls Glasgow City Council, is also able to manipulate league football in Scotland and decided to award the final to their partner organisation, while cutting their borrowing rate, by way of compensation.

Issue 19 of CQN Magazine is fresh off the press, 104 pages of great stuff from the CQN community.  10 men won the league, Dam Justice, the Celtic Foundation, and Brogan Rogan outs the difficult questions to Pat Nevin about his Cup Final comments.

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  1. eddieinkirkmichael on

    Big Nan



    06:58 on



    Thanks for that post, rather confirms what I came across on google, his arguments/excuses are selected for the audience. I think you’ll be even more gobsmacked if you ever do get around to reading the actual article.

  2. Dontbrattbakkinanger


    12:10 on


    6 February, 2014


    Old Tim- 4 home games in arow, none of them at 3 o’clock on a Saturday.






    I posted earlier that I’d see you in BBs before the game,didn’t know it was at 12.45pm.


    Received word back from the hospital,that’s another Gggrrrrrr.

  3. Alasdair MacLean on

    Aberdeen will do something along the same lines as Celtic do in the Champions League…..I imagine.

  4. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on

    Alasdair MacLean


    12:21 on


    6 February, 2014


    Aberdeen will do something along the same lines as Celtic do in the Champions League…..I imagine.




    A Bobby Sands banner? ;-)

  5. auldheid



    10:50 on 6 February, 2014





    Whats this about ? Whos asking the questions and what is the subject ?



    Green brigade and the board is it ?



    Sorry iv hardly been on due to work and time difference.




  6. traditionalist88 on

    Alasdair MacLean


    12:21 on


    6 February, 2014


    Aberdeen will do something along the same lines as Celtic do in the Champions League…..I imagine.





    Forget their passports?





    6-1 then:)




  7. I believe there is a meet up after the game in O’Neills, I’ll call in to see everyone that is there but it’s not by a long way my favourite drinking den,it will be a hello and cheerio affair,there are many better drinking holes than O’Neills.

  8. Philbhoy - Free the Dam 5! on

    Alasdair MacLean


    12:21 on


    6 February, 2014


    Aberdeen will do something along the same lines as Celtic do in the Champions League…..I imagine.





    Get pumped?

  9. time for change on

    Can I Have Raspberry On That Champions League Ice Cream




    08:48 on 6 February, 2014




    Morning All



    What are dissecting today? I’m getting more confused by the day about what I will need to wear to CQTEN.



    Can I ask who is going the table/seating arrangements for said soirée ?







    I’m going (good lady agreed in a moment of weakness o go as well)………….got eMail this morning re tickets and name badges………..only guidence I got was no jeans:)




  10. The Spirit of Arthur Lee


    12:24 on


    6 February, 2014


    Alasdair MacLean



    Play without a striker?..



    You couldn’t have said a truer word

  11. TBB



    Thanks. I think I get it.



    Keep the share value in RIFC high as a football ground renting company with a regular source of income.



    Its still fed from the same income pot but clear separation ensures its share is not subject to the vagaries of running the football operations with attendant hassle.



    Does that mean another IPO for the footballing side for a business you say cannot give a return on investment because the cost of doing so will erode their income base?



    Or, in short.



    They’re fecked.



    So why rent such a large stadium?



    Its the attachments…..

  12. GourockEmeraldBhoy on



    11:52 on


    6 February, 2014


    blantyretim is praying for the Knox family


    09:20 on


    6 February, 2014




    Remember Saturday is 12.45 ko…



    Thanks for that reminder.



    Instead of debating about Pat Nevin,we should be debating about these 12.00am to 12.45pm games we are playing, at this moment in time counting the game on Saturday we will have played 12 games in that time zone. Bloody fed up with these times.



    Hear Hear




  13. Blantyretim.



    Thanks for reminding me it’s a 12.45 kick-off. I’d have been sitting in Morrisons in Stirling having a G&T at that time

  14. The Battered Bunnet on




    The football operation has value to those who value it as a football thing, so sell it to them with a suitable set of covenants.



    RIFC plc becomes a property investment, much like any other, but without the continual cash draw.

  15. Proudbhoy



    There was an Open Meeting for all supporters two weeks ago when a number of issues were raised, resulting in questions to Celtic.



    There was a follow up last night when Celtic’s response was circulated then discussed.



    Some issues were put to bed or abeyance others raised new points that will be conveyed back to Celtic.



    Two much to cover hence a heads up to check CST site for details.

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


    12:32 on


    6 February, 2014





    Choice is due to size of group attending. And I don’t mean numbers. :-)






    Is that a coded post.my brain isn’t working to well these days,can you decipher it for my humble brain.


    I take it your going to said booze fest.

  17. TBB



    I think there is going to have to be some cognitive adjustment between the past articially inflated football value and the real value, which will be reflected in a new average crowd size.



    30,000 SBs. 5000 walk ins?

  18. leftclick We are all Neil Lennon on

    skyisalandfill c’mon wee Oscar


    Sean Thornton and is it Judes birthday as well ?


    Hoooooooooooopy birthday Bhoys


    May it seems is the month of Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuve :))