Dermot’s return to the fray, Kodak moment


A Dermot Desmond interview! Remember him? It’s been a while since we’ve seen or heard from our major shareholder, so I am pleased STV got hold of him. His absence for so many years is not in itself an offence, but there has been no evidence he remains engaged with the club, and that’s not healthy.

His comments on Ronny Deila I agree with. Ronny is here because we think he can improve players and therefore improve the team. The evidence cited by Dermot Desmond (Nir Bitton, Tom Rogic), suggests he’s able to do this. There have been downsides of course. Ronny’s twice fallen in the Champions League to lesser-resourced (although decent) teams.

If we’re going to build a team we need to be patient enough to let the guy get on with the job.

The comments about a British league within 10 years are worth examining at a later date, but for brevity: this is no more than blue-sky thinking.

I agree in principle that technological changes are underway which will undermine the BSkyB business model. This model relies on the pull of English Premier League football to deliver high-value subscription rates from a huge portion of the UK population.

We talked in the summer about the switch to what the Americans call ‘cutting the cord’; moving away from expensive subscription TV to watching feeds streamed from foreign broadcasters, effectively free of charge. This is happening and its impact will only increase.

I know lots of CQNers are already consuming their English football in this manner, it works and it’s practically undetectable (i.e. it really is undetectable). But it’s not easy yet. You need to know what you are doing, and you need decent broadband. Products are improving all the time, as is broadband provision. Soon paying £100 per month for TV, as many do, will be a goodwill option.

Should there be even a modest shift in BSkyB’s ability to generate huge revenue from EPL football, the fallout in the English football bubble (it is a bubble) will be swift and structurally damaging.

Getting to the point. English football has a business model with risks which could bring it down. Technological changes are underway which undermine this model. Lots will happen in the next 10 years.

Let me share one of my favourite graphs………..

Kodak had a great marketing slogan, they called a great image a ‘Kodak moment’, when people would turn to their cameras to capture the memory on Kodak paper. The phrase was turned on its head in recent years when the realisation that Kodak’s entire business model was about to be destroyed by digital cameras.

The moment of realisation became the ultimate ‘Kodak moment’, it now meant a moment when you realise technology is about to wipe you out. Those who were saying this about Kodak 20 years ago were mocked. Some of us already think we’ve seen English football’s Kodak moment.

This is Kodak’s market capitalisation between 1989 and 2012, where was your Kodak moment?
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  1. beatbhoy on 30th September 2015 4:39 pm



    If soembody says “Rangers’ manager Warburton” I know they mean The Rangers and I know it’s a new team. Therefore I’m not getting my knickers in a twist about it.



    Obviously there’s a contextual aspect to it all but as a general rule it doesn’t bother me. I know who they are and what they are.

  2. If I were a professional footballer I’d be salting some of my earnings away.



    The gravy train is heading for the buffers.

  3. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on



    How did you manage to check back on the comments of an individual poster?





    PS I am interested in the mechanics of the action rather than calling you a liar!!!

  4. Well I don’t know how many of you read it , but as far as I’m concerned Desmond is the problem within our club . This guy has sat back and watched a footballing institution go into free fall . Celtic had at least a three year start on Sevco , and should be out of site regards them and the rest . With that advantage , Celtic should have been building a team that would have put up a show in Europe . Instead of whipping boys to the likes of the mighty Malmö , Maribor etc . Now I’m not looking to celtic being champion league winners , but we should at least be qualifying for the last 16 now and again . But we are run by a guy who prefers on the Lynx, or in the paddock to looking after his investment . I may also be wrong but had he a hands on , interested boss , peter lawell wouldn’t be getting all the flack for the decisions made to downsize your club . Tin hat on .

  5. jimtim on 30th September 2015 5:01 pm



    Ultimately your point comes back to speculate to accumulate. They won’t do it.



    We spend what we earn and hope for a bit of good fortune.

  6. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Oldtim Richie 001bhoy corkcelt Acgr possibly slisalandfill and others

  7. Weeminger



    They don’t even call themselves Rangers.






    Even the ‘the’ reminds them that they are a new club, that Rangers 1872-2012 died through their cheating, and that their history died with them, including the titles and cups stolen from us as we paid for the privilege.



    Sevconians want to be called ‘Rangers’. Look at the swivel-eyed reaction from them if it is suggested that they are anything other.



    I’ll never understand why any Celtic supporter would do their bidding, far less allow them to believe that the Big Lie had worked, even on us.



    Never let them forget, never miss an opportunity to remind them. Dead cheats.

  8. The Battered Bunnet on




    No major tricks. Just a quick Google search on the relevant words.



    There’s a wee trick – not necessary in this case – using the Advanced tools to search on a particular site or archive.



    In this case though, regular google does the trick.

  9. beatbhoy on 30th September 2015 5:04 pm



    Yes I know they want to be called “Rangers”, that’s why CG was well advised to call them “The Rangers Internation Football Club”. Nobody was ever going to use that and historically “The Rangers” was only used by their fans, so journos and commentators were never going to use that either.



    I personally tend towards “RIFC” in print or some variation when chatting.



    My main point is that some people seem to think that anybody simply stating “Rangers” and not making it clear which one they’re referring to is hell bent on maintaining the myth, and I don’t think that’s the case.

  10. beatbhoy on 30th September 2015 5:04 pm



    I meant also to add, that I’ve heard enough longing for OF games within the ground to know that when RIFC are promoted, our attendances will increase. That irks me far more than people using “Rangers” incorrectly.

  11. Three Midlands clubs, two from the Premier League and one from the Championship, are all up for sale – history intact, including a European Cup win.



    So far there are no takers for Aston Villa, Wolves or West Brom.



    All three clubs benefit from large Sky revenue and all are located very near each other. The drive from Villa Park to The Hawthorns is about ten minutes.



    The Midlands are failing in English football as London and Manchester dominate. Even with the Sky money there seems little prospect of the Birmingham clubs doing anything of note.



    DD was very rumoured to be interested in Aston Villa a year or so ago and the story I heard suggested there was a Celtic angle.



    If not Villa then why not Wolves? The club’s current owners paid a tenner for it. It is available for a similar sum.



    What the Rangers saga told us is that you can buy history and once it is yours you can do as you please with it. Buy Wolves, ditch its history and re-locate to Glasgow. Merge with Celtic and keep our history. The club can play in Glasgow, the company that runs the club (blah blah blah) can be based in England.



    How could the SFA, Neil Doncaster etc object?



    Sell any unwanted Wolves players to assist in the debt payments they will be carrying.



    Typed under a blue sky.

  12. jimtim on 30th September 2015 5:13 pm



    I don’t think so. It’s risk aversion based on fear of the worst happening.



    I don’t wholly support it but at the same time, I’d rather be where we are than stuck down a big hole due to speculation without accumulation. It’s not worth denying that’s a possibility because it is.

  13. winning captains on 30th September 2015 5:15 pm



    We would hold a membership for the English set-up and one for the Scottish set-up where our reserves could play proper competitive football. Perfect.

  14. Weeminger



    Yes and we could play our home games for a season or two in the Midlands if required and eventually sell that land. Buy a wee Scottsh stadium – or build one – for games like last week v Raith Rovers, those pre-season friendlies etc

  15. Weeminger



    As I said in an earlier post, i don’t believe all Celtic supporters who refer to the new club as ‘Rangers’ are intentionally supporting the Myth of the same club, never mind being hell-bent on doing so.



    But they are giving Sevco and their Zombie followers what they want, intentionally or not, just as they are when they talk about a Sevco ‘return’ next season to the top tier of Scottish football.



    And what they want is an acceptance that they’re the same club, which can only be helped by people calling them ‘Rangers’.



    Whenever I’ve been asked by people less interested in football why I call them Sevco, I take great delight in explaining it to them.



    You’d be amazed at how successful the Big Lie has been away from blogs like this.



    But we know better, and should use this knowledge to make sure the cheats are outed.



    Whether my refusal to call the present team playing out of Ibrox ‘Rangers’ helps or not, the fact remains that is not who they are.

  16. Weeminger



     “I meant also to add, that I’ve heard enough longing for OF games within the ground to know that when RIFC are promoted, our attendances will increase. That irks me far more than people using “Rangers” incorrectly.”






    On that we can agree.

  17. sixtaeseven - Gardez la Foi on

    winning captains



    Let’s not buy Wolves, they are a Championship club.



    Let’s buy one of the Premiership clubs that is in difficulty.



    Let’s not worry about their history, their fans, their role in the community.



    Let’s just wheel and deal.



    No doubt “do-able” in today’s weird financial world, but not for me, I’m afraid, and I hope and pray that my club, the famous Celtic FC , aren’t even contemplating it.

  18. ibleedgreenandwhite1 on

    By referring to the 3 year old club being a huge club with a great history Desmond legitimizes them,also they way he kept mentioning Celtic in the old firm context as in we need each other,was infuriating,,,is this his views or the boards either way they are so out of touch with the fans on this that its beginning to worry me.




  19. my own kodak moment.



    i realized my camera had no film left ……………..




    as we kicked off in Seville.



    stoopidy stoopidy moment

  20. ‘ail, ‘ail, tha cilts ar ‘ere



    Wot tha ‘ell du we cay-ah



    Wot tha ‘ell du we cay-ah, naaaaoooww!



    Jist practisin’ !!

  21. Stupidly I got inquisitive after hearing Dermot had deemed to talk to us through a medium hardly renowned for fairness to Celtic. Once again the ole British League is wheeled out. Spare us this nonsense, they are not interested and if their bubble does burst-which I have my doubts about-they’ll look to the continent to augment their league, not north of the Border.



    What about the real issues facing our club today?



    Never mind, it’s great weather for the golf. He really does treat us with contempt.




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