Courts, offensive law and a club for the downtrodden


I’m a bit disappointed RIFC were not in a position to advise their shareholders the results of the votes this morning.  Doing so would not have added 10 minutes to proceedings.  My expectation is that the board would win both votes, giving them a resounding platform this weekend to sell tickets for lower league football.  Perhaps there’s more going on than I thought.

You have to wonder what that expensive legal business in London and Edinburgh yesterday was all about?  Many details of Sports Direct’s deal with Newco are public knowledge, and the void of missing details is filled with pretty stark speculation.  It struck me that counsel for Sports Direct noted the chronology of the new board being appointed, the subsequent leaks and that Newco had not denied they were the source of the leak.  All now on record, in court.  Confidentiality is, of course, a condition of the agreement, which could now be argued is in breach.  That would be a source of regret.  For some.

More on Dave King over the weekend.  He can’t help himself.

You have to admire those who work to expose the absurdity of the Offensive Behaviour Act, designed by the SNP government to “equalise” non criminal offenses with criminal offenses.  Unfortunately, the campaigners are wasting their time, the Act is here to stay, anyone in doubt should read the news this morning that 80% of people surveyed support it.  Ask the average person in the street if they support a law against Offensive Behaviour and they’re hardly likely to say ‘no’.  This type of survey is manipulative nonsense.  Police with guns on the streets and politically motivated laws are a by-product of blind populism.  This is an offensive law and I am horrified.

Robert King is one of the Angola 3, who were incarcerated in solitary confinement in the Louisiana town of that name, and who have become causes célèbres for miscarriage of justice campaigners and prison reformers alike.  King spent 30 years in solitary before having his conviction overturned.  If you don’t know about the Angola 3, go find out.

He pitched up on CNN yesterday dressed in distinctive attire (below).

My relationship with Celtic is different to King’s.  I’m a Celtic fan because that’s the way I was brought up, but I’m pretty sure King’s roots don’t reach back to the Emerald Isle.  Chances are, I’d be a Celtic fan whether we were a club with a social mission or not.  For others, for King, the reasons they wear a shirt on TV, buy a season ticket, or simply share in our joy on occasion, are different.

We are the club of the underdog, a beacon for the downtrodden, a place where they will find a welcome.  No one can plan for this, it either survives over the decades or it doesn’t, so it’s worthwhile telling this part of our story now and again, to set ourselves a core target: Remain the most ethical football club in the world.

To deliver on this you and I need to step forward, this is not a job that can be outsourced to the club, it takes all of us.  You can start here by signing up for the Great Scottish Run for the Foundation.  I know at least 30 runners who read this, sign up before I see you in person!

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  1. oldtim67



    Aberdour definitely 24th July, you going?



    Did you get my text about Marspapa coming through next week?



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!





    Not at all. I only needed to knock at the door.

  3. a ceiler gonof rust



    11:11 on 13 June, 2015



    Best of luck to my wee sis who is performing at the Sydney Opera House tonight with her dance company.



    Wish I could have been there to see it.



    Off to slaff some baws round Letham Grange.







    ABCD that is indeed a proud moment, I started a song in the jungle once, but Sydney Opera house that is something. I have friend’s who’s daughter is an Opera singer in London, she has a few bit parts here and there and they are chuffed at her achievements, I shall pass on your sisters achievement to them today, they I can assure you, will be as chuffed for you sister. Them kind of people…Def not the people.. I don’t do them.


    Not in the sense of do… I do them..! more of I don’t do them as in have any… HH


    if you can work that oot yer good..



    Ayrshire is Green and White

  4. Oglach


    11:12 on


    13 June, 2015


    Come on ye Bhoys in Green.



    A ligean ar casúr na Albanach



    Is maith liom é :)))

  5. tallybhoy



    11:22 on 13 June, 2015






    You know the perpetrator of ‘the slab through the Winton’s windae’ incident?!



    It wisnae that Swindon resident by any chance?!







    Tallybhoy you seen the size of those wee skinny arms BMCUW couldn’t lift a corner off a slab. No the perpetrator is still going strong in the Ardrossan area of Garryowen shire…



    Ayrshire is Green and White

  6. mullet and co 2 on

    Ex prisoner who had murder conviction quashed or… A man forced to live in solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit.



    The first sentence is unbelievably how the Daily Record choose to paint the appearance of Robert King in a Celtic shirt on international tv.



    Ex prisoner and murder conviction quashed yes true but I suppose this is the paper that printed James Traynor and described years of cheating as being A ok.

  7. Lennybhoy.



    Yes I took note,Golf on the 24th and Marsapa coming through on the 20th.

  8. a ceiler gonof rust



    Wonderfull place to perform



    Bobby love everything free. But alas snuggled up in bed in a beach cabin on the south Coast





    Lippy sod. I was manhandling scaffolding while you were still struggling to lift a satchel.



    Couldnae do it now,mind!





    Is it not winter down under? Ya madman,ye.

  11. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on



    got a complimentary copy of the ( Glasgow) Herald today…amazing to read it’s bias..



    Martin Williams & Chris Jack… Wow..journalists? Don’t think so…



    Williams slags Ashley for not attending but says King was in London on ” business ”



    What a shower..



    The record upping the spin on celtic top wearing King on news night




  12. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    The Herald is now a rag…shameful biased sports reporting …Sevco News

  13. bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers



    11:54 on 13 June, 2015






    Lippy sod. I was manhandling scaffolding while you were still struggling to lift a satchel.



    Couldnae do it now,mind!




    A satchel….. elsewhere in North Ayrshire barring Largs it was a poly bag…!



    Ayrshire is Green and White





    Poly bag? Luxury!



    Too expensive nowadays,but still free down here.

  15. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on




    Good luck to the sis hope she “breaks a leg’.



    Then again……





    PF AYR



    If The Herald is subject to the same cuts as other parts of its UK parent,I’m not surprised at the quality of its reporting.



    It is absolutely brutal in our area. Example-75% reduction in the photography department. Reporters told to take any necessary photos themselves.

  17. We were reminded earlier this week by the two authors of the following article which first appeared in CQN Magazine back in November 2011. With Celtic getting approval and so becoming the first club in the UK to be able to introduce a safe standing area we thought we’d look again what Mark Diffley & TV Green had to say in in CQN Magazine back in 2011… http://www.cqnmagazine.com/?p=5739



    Recently I was given a copy of the second edition of the Scottish football magazine FREE KICK, which was published in October 1998 and was dedicated to the Tartan Army.



    The BIG interview in this short-lived magazine was with Liam Brady as he looked back on his time as Celtic manager. I was given permission by the author to run parts of this interview in a feature on Brady in CQN Magazine…






    There are plenty of other great features to enjoy on the CQN Magazine site.

  18. Stairheedrammy on

    Interesting to note that the SNPs main response to the criticism around low conviction rates on the OBA was to suggest that it was because they were encouraging use of alternative sentences to avoid giving criminal records, citing an initiative that doesn’t even seem to have started yet.





    The idea of enabling people to avoid a criminal record is a good one. However,how can you educate someone in the error of their ways when they don’t think they have done anything wrong?



    And in other parts of the UK,they wouldn’t have!

  20. Right offski


    Parish duties ,hospital visiting ,speedway and fitba




    Have a great day all

  21. Marrakesh Express on




    That’s it, I was going to say something out of a Dickens novel. I know beards are in fashion but I’ve seen a good that make the wearer look like a paraffin lamp… Keano , Merson, Dailly.

  22. weet weet weet(GBWO) on

    Sunderland face the prospect of having to make a cash offer for top defensive target Virgil van Dijk, rather than using Steven Fletcher in part exchange.



    The Black Cats have been tracking van Dijk for the last year, with the in-demand centre-half again reiterating his desire to leave Celtic this summer in an interview in his native Holland this week.



    Sunderland are expected to confirm by the weekend that Brown has agree a fresh one-year deal with the Black Cats


    On the flip side of the coin, Sunderland striker Fletcher has long been a target for Celtic, ever since coming perilously close to joining the SPL champions during his time at Hibernian.



    With Sunderland considering selling Fletcher this summer as he approaches the final 12 months of his contract, that has prompted speculation that a swap deal would suit all parties.



    Sunderland are indeed thought to have explored that possibility, but it is understood that it would be a problematic transfer to pull off.



    Sporting director Lee Congerton managed to swap flop striker Jozy Altidore for Jermain Defoe in January, but there are thought to be far more hurdles to cross in a similar deal involving Fletcher and van Dijk.



    Instead, Sunderland may have to spend big if they are to beat off interest from the likes of Southampton, Everton and Arsenal for van Dijk.



    Celtic have placed a £10million asking price on van Dijk’s head, despite the 24-year-old’s lack of any Premier League experience.



    It is understood they would accept a smaller figure, but Sunderland still face having to pay out more than £6m.



    Sunderland are in the market for two new central defenders though, even if Wes Brown has agreed a one-year contract extension to remain at the Stadium of Light.



    With Sunderland also interested in re-signing last season’s loanee Sebastian Coates, Brown’s deal raises question marks over Santiago Vergini’s future.



    Sunderland are duty-bound to sign Vergini after he made more than 20 appearances last season on loan, yet the £2million move could be called off if another club makes a move



    However, van Dijk is clearly someone Sunderland admire after the Black Cats made an enquiry last summer and continued to scout him throughout the campaign.



    And after two years at Celtic, the Dutchman has made no secret of his desire to test himself in the Premier League; believing the Scottish side cannot afford to dally over his potential sale this summer.



    “Of course the Champions League millions are important for Celtic, but they cannot dismiss any interest,” he told the press in his homeland this week.



    “If the correct amount is placed on the table, then they will really think about it, yes.



    “If Celtic want to earn money from me, the club must act now.”



    Who’d a thunk it




  23. Celtic are continuing to pursue defender Zouhair Feddal, who is expected to be on the move from current club Parma this summer.



    Feddal has impressed Bhoys boss Ronny Deila, who wants to add to his squad in advance of Celtic’s Champions League qualifying campaign.



    He has already signed one defender in the form of Dedryck Boyata from Manchester City, but may lose Virgil van Dijk, who has asked Celtic to consider any offers submitted for him this summer.



    According to Italian outlet CalcioNews24, Celtic are continuing to chase Feddal ahead of a potential swoop.



    The 26-year-old spent the first half of this season on loan at Palermo before returning to Parma to see out the campaign.



    Feddal ended the campaign with 20 appearances in Serie A to his name, along with one appearance in the Coppa Italia.



    The centre-back has won seven caps at international level with Morocco and could potentially play in the Champions League group stage next term if he joins Celtic.

  24. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on




    I received a letter today informing me that the memorial stones we ordered in memory of CQN members who have passed away – have now been laid



    I took a wee run up and located them to the right and front of Jinkys statue . Took a couple of pics and just sent you an e mail with the pic



    Perhaps you could put the pic on a future article to let everyone see the memorial



    Must say the stadium looks fantastic with the banners around the arena .. Class .

  25. Winning captains



    I remember the 6th October 1993 very well.



    Not only was the 2-1 defeat to St Johnstone Liam Brady’s last match as manager, but it was also my wedding day.



    We honeymooned in Dublin and while we were there, as was Brady, he was the talk of the steemie.



    Never came across him ‘tho.



    Then we got Lou Macari.



    …and Wayne Biggins!




  26. tbj wonderful news. A fitting tribute. Well done to whoever was involved. Some magic people on here, people I have never met but who have touched on my life. All part of the Celtic story. Hail Hail and rest in peace CQN ers. Thank you to those who keep them where they belong. Hail Hail to you.

  27. The hand of God on

    A poll of CQNers on today’s match would be interesting.Who do you want to win Scotland or Ireland.Although my mother hails from the Emerald isle I’m hoping for a Scotland victory today.How do others feel ?

  28. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    nye bevans’ rebel soldier


    12:17 on 13 June, 2015


    Good Afternoon Timland.


    Mhrai Black coming up on Off the ball.






    Mhairi’s da’s Irish and her brothers got a timmy name .. Shocker!!




    Mon The Scotland ..