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. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    My relationship with Celtic is different to King’s.


    I’m a Celtic fan because that’s the way I was


    brought up ..



    Me and my brothers are Celtic fans because our dad was a Rangers (bigot) fan ..



    Work that one out, ya swivel eyed trickster ..



    TradisHUN ..



    The fact Celtic were one of europe’s finest teams in the early 70’s .. Might also have contributed .. :)

  2. glendalystonsils on



    15:18 on


    12 June, 2015



    You are better to cut the grass in the afternoon, once the Foggy Dew has dried up.

  3. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Big Nan 15:28 on 12 June, 2015



    I’d certainly contribute to that.



    A match at Celtic Park is the least the Bhoy deserves.

  4. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    I’d love to hear more about Robert King, and his genuine love for Celtic.

  5. mike in toronto on

    looks like, instead of Italy, looks like we might be going to Ireland for our holiday this fall …. and if so, we will make sure we get over to Paisley to see some family, and to Glasgow to see the bhoys play ….



    am surprised at how happy the idea of seeing Ireland again makes me, as does the idea of bringing KT to see the bhoys at paradise!



    does anyone know the schedule for CL games yet? tried to find the dates online, but couldn’t see them. we are thinking later september/early october. would love for KT to see Celtic Park rocking during a CL game!



    looking forward to my first trip to CQN corner to put some faces to the blog names!



    sitting here feeling like a kid on xmas morning!

  6. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    I just had a look at BDO’s latest report on the liquification of hun MKI. No wonder they’re taking their time about it, their hourly charge out for a company partner £428 / hr.



    That’s even more than what the fat gardener was on.



    Also, very disappointed with hun MKII and their meeting today. They only had a wee box for der fuhrer to stand on. Nothing like this, that gave us so much fun:






    Ha ha, funniest thing is the water butt’s to stop their wee tent blowing away in the wind.




    Huns, high in fat, low in moral fibre.

  7. bournesouprecipe on

    All of King’s promises and all of King’s men, couldn’t put Sevco together again.

  8. South Of Tunis on

    mike in toronto @ 16 33.



    You will find the 2015 / 2016 Champions League Calendar and Dates on UEFA’ s web site.

  9. Dreams of Lisbon


    15:23 on


    12 June, 2015


    HH all,



    Could someone explain to me why the buns don’t want to pay back Ashley’s £5 million loan as quickly as possible. Not really been following this whole loan/EGM thing but cannot for the life of me understand why they wouldn’t want to get rid of him as quickly as they can. Is it just that they are completely skint and cannot pay it back?



    Until the votes are counted you do not know whether or not THEY want to repay the loan.


    My own take on it is that THEIR traditions of HONOUR and DIGNITY to which GSL wishes to return THEM will have ensured that THEY have voted to give Ashley his dosh.

  10. leftclicktic on

    A Ceiler Gonof Rust



    “£428 / hr”.



    £628 if you are an English partner ,

  11. mike in toronto on




    just saw it … dont know how I missed it the first time! a CL game on the 29/30 at Celtic Park would be brilliant!



    Grazie mille

  12. leftclicktic on

    MurdochauldandHay & Wee Oscar




    16:34 on 12 June, 2015




    2mins 30


    “Honour deals,the last thing we want to be doing is paying ashley”


    Between him& others sevco is in the right hands :)))))))))


    Till later all

  13. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Pcumsalford- this is good publicity for Celtic; theCLub media should be following this up.

  14. DBBIA – thank you


    The Pantaloon Duck – wooo, check out those O’s ;-)



    Aff oot to the golf shortly. Beer and wine delayed till 9.

  15. Apparently the honourable Mr. King is a genuine Tim and has travelled to Glasgow for matches. Anybody starts a fundraiser to bring him over and count me in.

  16. Bhoys you are playing with fire. Mr King has just been freed from a long imprisonment.


    Why would he gamble on Police Scotland and their discretionary offensiveness

  17. chicagobhoy1967 on

    “We are the club of the underdog, a beacon for the downtrodden, a place where they will find a welcome.”



    I think it’s so interesting how this man, whose life could not be more removed from Celtic, found so much meaning in the club’s mission and good works that he chose to wear the shirt while interviewed on television. What higher praise?



    My feeling about the club also comes from the ether, although entirely different from Mr. King’s. Watching a football match on my honeymoon in Mexico, I heard this beautiful noise, people cheering for a team that wore green hoops. I saw people cheer in a way that we do not in America. Who are these people, and what makes them feel this way?



    Back home, I researched the club and learned that its history was (in many ways) my own. And then I learned of its social mission and history of welcoming all. Maybe you’ve had this experience, too, discovered someone or something that shares history, substance, mission, belief that form a big part of your identity.



    While I could not claim to feel the way that all of you do, I feel an intellectual and emotional attachment to the club that’s quite different from the teams I have followed in Chicago my whole life.



    It’s been a dream of sorts to visit Celtic Park and, at least for a day, live the experience I’ve known only on television and over the internet. I will bring my son and brother-in-law next year. Looking forward to feeling the noise I found that day in Mexico. HH

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