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We’ve been trailing the Ukraine-Russia Joint League plans, which was due to commence early next year, since they were first mooted in 2012.  Political will, met commercial money, and a football desire to put the merger of two large national leagues into the schedule.

Needless to say, these plans are off the agenda, although it’s easy to look back now and see why the political will was so forthcoming.  Note to Westminster, if you want to indulge in a bit of togetherness, put your shoulder behind building a relevant nationwide sporting infrastructure.

Instead of a Joint League, what the football authorities in Russia, Ukraine and Zurich are left with is a bit of a mess.  Crimean clubs, Sevastopli and Tavriya are midway through a season in the Ukrainian Premier League.  Russian minister for Sport, Vitaly Mutko, said, “From the beginning of next season Sevastopol and Tavria wiil join the Russian Premier League”, which will expand to accommodate them.

He told Russian media he had received assurances from Fifa that they would accommodate the change, adding, “We want a friendly relationship with Ukraine and do not want to disrupt their current championship.  When the season finishes in May we will be back in discussions to formulate the way forward.”

The Russian media report that Ukrainian FA are less interested in maintaining friendly relations with their eastern neighbours and have written to Fifa and Uefa asking them to ban Russian football if they take clubs from the Ukrainian FA without permission.  This claim has not been mentioned in the Ukrainian press, or on the Ukraine FA website – despite this being cited as the source in Russia, so it cannot be verified.

Clubs moving between national associations is a common occurrence, happening every year somewhere in the world, but I’m unaware of it happening without the approval of both FAs.  Notwithstanding that, there is zero chance Uefa or Fifa will block this transfer.  Two member clubs are in a problematic situation, they have a league which wants to take them. Uefa will approve.

Conspiracy theorists everywhere were confounded this morning when one of Europe’s most connected clubs, Bayern Munich, were issued with a partial stadium closure for their home Champions League quarter final against Manchester United, after fans displayed an offensive banner against Arsenal in the last round.  Homophobia was their offence of choice.

Seville – The Celtic Movement:

“After the game I asked a policeman the way to the station and he just pointed ahead…walked on to find myself in Porto Bus area…walked back – asked another Policeman and he pointed other way”.

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  1. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........FC not PLC on

    Wee dayooooot/hootenanny on the cards for May 10.

     

     

    Last game of the season,hopefully a 3pm ko and a trophy award.

     

     

    Anyone who fancies a quiet civilised libation or two look away now!

     

     

    No doubt we’ll end up in The Gallowgate singing songs we shouldnae,but I reckon the Kerrydale Suite after the match will dead-heat with West for the venue of choice.

     

     

    Anyway,I’d be really grateful as always to those who turn up.

     

     

    We are open to all!

  2. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........FC not PLC on

    tinytim

     

     

    12:19 on 24 March, 2014

     

    If the financial fair play rules had been applied over Arsene Wengers last 500 games.

     

     

    I’m sure he would have won much more trophies.

     

     

    He is doing a great job within the financial means of his club.

     

     

    Man U racked with debt.

     

    Man City and Chelski living of a rich benefactor.

     

     

    TT

     

     

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    Man Utd are indeed burdened by debt,but only because of strange accounting rules which allow someone to buy a company then transfer the cost to that company.

     

     

    It is then forced to pay for itself at no cost to the new owner,with tax benefits accordingly.

     

     

    Seems very strange. Try buying a loaf and charging it to The Treasury.

  3. Very Happy Birthday to my big bro Roy Croppie and his beautiful daughter Lucy who spookily share the same Birthday.

     

     

    HH

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........FC not PLC on

    BUNDORAN BHOY

     

     

    You think you have problems?

     

     

    My Dad reckoned he was on a pass till my sister pointed out that my Mum saying-Aye,right!- didnae constitute one!

     

     

    Tunnel construction underway as we speak….

  5. From the last thread……….

     

     

    THE EXILED TIM

     

    12:25 on

     

    24 March, 2014

     

    SuperSutton

     

     

    Aye, and they believe it too, how sad is that ?

     

     

    It’s at time like these that I wish the hilarity would go on for long enough.

     

     

    HH

     

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    THE EXILED TIM

     

    12:26 on

     

    24 March, 2014

     

    A wee observation about Arsen and Pep.

     

     

    Since Arsenal last won a trophy, Pep Guardiola has retired as a player, became a manager, took a year out and won 18 trophies along the way.

     

     

    The best league in the world, dearie me.

     

     

    HH

  6. I spoke to a very good source on Saturday.

     

     

    He told me that in his opinion there is a less that 1% chance that Celtic will play in English football in my lifetime.

     

     

    I’m 50.

     

     

    He also told me that Celtic looked at acquiring Preston North End,that they also considered moving to Dublin,and that they were willing to consider entering English football at Conference league level.

     

     

    He said we have considered and tried every available option ,and the door is firmly closed.

     

     

    He said the model was to find undervalued players,realise their true value and sell them.

     

     

    That ,that model would be our business model for years to come.

     

     

    I could not hold my source in any higher regard.

     

     

    My source is the real deal.

     

     

    To say I was disappointed is an understatement.

     

     

    TT

  7. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........FC not PLC on

    LYMMBHOY

     

     

    Well done on drawing our attention to this,did you forget to send them a card?

     

     

    HAPPY HOOPY BIRTHDAY

     

     

    to

     

     

    Roy and Lucy.

     

     

    Hh

  8. Delighted with The Barca win.

     

     

    Must say I felt Real were the better side,and if it had stayed 11 v 11.

     

     

    Real would most probably have won.

     

    IMHO .

     

     

    TT

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........FC not PLC on

    TINY TIM

     

     

    I agree with every point your source made.

     

     

    Sadly.

     

     

    Anything else is tilting at windmills.

  10. Greenpinata

     

     

     

     

    08:48 on

     

     

    24 March, 2014

     

     

     

     

    tonydonnelly67 @ 07.41 hrs.

     

     

    So your mates think that George Michael could be posting on CQN.

     

     

    *or Charlie Sim

  11. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    Just caught up

     

    Gold Coast Tom

     

    Thoughts & prayers with you and yours at this time.

     

    May you be granted the strength you need.

     

    Y.N.W.A

  12. If we were to join the EPL we would, in a short space of time, become probably the biggest club in Europe.

  13. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPY BIRTHDA

     

    To Roy Croppie and his beautiful daughter Lucy.

     

     

    Lucy Make sure he spends all his money on you today :))))

  14. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Vote yes and we will deliver a UK league

     

     

    Unfortunately

     

     

    Vote yes or No and keep the huns in business is covered by both camps

     

     

    Why promise something you dont need to ?

     

     

    HH

  15. A very Happy Birthday to excellent CQN’er Roy Croppie and to his daughter Lucy too..

     

     

    You share your birthdays with such folks as Steve McQueen, Clyde Barrow(Bonnie and Clyde)Harry Houdini, Nick Lowe and Holgar Czukay, Lara Flynn Boyle and last but not least Mr Alan Sugar…

     

     

    Hip Hip Chin Chin..

  16. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    Many happy returns to ‘Roy’ and Lucy, enjoy your day both of you.

  17. bournesouprecipe on

    Just downloaded a dodgy pirate GPS App for the ole iPhone.

     

     

    Shows you exactly where you arrr.

  18. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........FC not PLC on

    BUNDORAN BHOY

     

     

    My poor put-upon Dad also has to deal with his much-lived wife and two daughters.

     

     

    He gets no help really from his son who effed off to England.

     

     

    I hope you make it on the day,it’s pretty much severely relaxed-as the day goes on-and you and him can compare notes!

  19. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........FC not PLC on

    Oops,total Freudian slip there.

     

     

    My Mum isn’t as old as the previous post suggested!

  20. Thoughts and prayers with GCT, his family and friends at this tough time – God bless you all.

     

     

    It’s ma da’s anniversary this month – it’s said “times a healer”, for some I am sure this is true but not for all.

     

     

    Hail Hail.

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