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. Just read there that Ronny said, Jozo & Armstrong are available for selection for to-morrow. I imagine it would probably be bench for Armstrong but good news all the same.

  2. lennon’s passion



    Good point, could well be, but it aint here. Last week the Chancellor announces investment in China of £3m quid to promote grass roots football there. Who is he kidding?



    So frustrated with DD and his continual linking us with the cash strapped shambles in the south-side. We don’t want them.




  3. Corkcelt,



    I think it’ll be Jozo on the bench too.



    Wouldn’t surprise me if he wasn’t though. Ronny chucked him in the deep ish end in Amsterdam but Imo the two centre halfs have played no bad in last 3 games.




  4. Winning Captains,



    I hope thinking such as you described is being considered by the Board. Even if the epl model does crash, we would still be supported by fans. We also know how to live within a budget.




  5. DD has been on the golf course that long….that he is shocked to learn that its 2015.


    I think his golf cart-time machine is faulty.


    Never Never Land





  6. I take it Mr Desmond done more than one interview today?



    The lengthy one on Stv posted before midday today had no mention of rangers.




    hmmmmm csc

  7. Jason Denayer playing we’ll for Galatasary in the CL today, they are one up but getting an pummeling




    DD lives in a timewarp.


    I wish he could understand…that Rangers are deid.


    The man is an embarrassment to Celtic fans.




  9. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Who is that clown interviewing DD?


    “It brings more competition to the league.”????


    You’re supposed to ask questions not state personal views. Twit!

  10. The Green Man



    I agree. He’s talking about ‘Rangers deserving’ to play in a British League. I hope he enjoys it when they come calling and wrecking next year.

  11. I wish DD would just keep his mouth shut.



    His Old Firmism perfectly illustrates what he feels for our club and our support.



    He’s a wealthy man.



    Could he not just gift his shareholding to a trust of Celtic supporters who actually care about the club.



    Seriously depressed about his latest ill thought out urine.






    I’ll see Hebcelt, Oldtim and the other troops at the BV the Moria about 1630







    IMO He is playing the bigot card for next season…old firm poison.


    He should be ashamed of himself.


    Ive said it many times…if DD loves sevco that much…he should feck off to ipox, and give us peace from his nonsense.




  13. Captain Beefheart on

    Frustrating comments from the Tache. Why is he going on about a first division club?



    Usual arrogant crap about ‘best’ fans.



    Why are our CL preparations almost always a shambles? That is what I want him to discuss.



    I actually respect Dermot for a number of reasons and do believe he has an affection towards Celtic but I wish that he would stop harping on about England. Which English side should be screwed so that we can sail on in?



    Utter drivel.

  14. Just proves that DD knows feck all about Celtic supporters.


    Old firm agenda.


    He and his lackeys should be chased.


    They haven’t got the best interests of Celtic at heart,….its all about the bigot money.


    DD has not even got the honesty to tell it like it is.


    He is a Hun apologist.





  15. Must agree with what you bhoys are saying about DD. I can’t understand why our custodians seem to tow the party line regarding all things sevco. Kadok moment Harry Bratbak scoring against St Johnstone to stop the died club’s 10 in a row bid and embracing my son with tears of relief rolling down my face. I also think that was the moment he found out what being a Celtic supporter means.




  16. And didn’t DD comments suit the BBC agenda lovely.


    Well done.


    Ridiculous….someone should tell him to feck off.


    The Huns will be loving DD.


    Shocking bs he talks.


    He should be disowned.





  17. Oh well, thanks for that Desmond, I’ll be fighting off huns in work tomorrow spouting your pish.



    Btw, why is Joanna lumley flashing up on my screen? I’m not that old:(



    Acgr, have you hacked my account? :)

  18. Captain Beefheart on

    A little thing but DD mentioned ‘Rangers and Celtic’ in a Guardian quote.



    Celtic first DD. Celtic only DD.



    His comments about England are an embarrassment. We can’t beat Maribor or Malmo but we should replace some mob from England? We aren’t needed there.

  19. Selecting our back 4 , is a bit of a lottery.



    Any news on Jozo Simo ?? I know he returned to training on Monday, but will he be risked.



    If it was up to me I’d go with the following :




    Lustig. Boyata. Jozo Simo. Tierney




    Although some mileage in,



    Jancko. Lustig. Jozo Simo. Tierney

  20. I don’t know any Celtic supporter who would talk about the Huns, the way DD does.


    Praising the biggest cheats and bigots world football has ever seen.


    What fecking planet is he on.


    He needs told.





  21. Bookies offering 16/1 Berget for first goal tonight.



    Have they never seen this man go!!!???:)

  22. SIPSINI on 30TH SEPTEMBER 2015 7:02 PM


    Oh well, thanks for that Desmond, I’ll be fighting off huns in work tomorrow spouting your pish.







    Btw, why is Joanna lumley flashing up on my screen? I’m not that old:(



    As I have often posted. People like DD and PL should try out the old workplace banter on days like to morrow.



    Time for him to cash in his chips and go.







    Acgr, have you hacked my account? :)



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  23. Just read D.Desmond’s comments on BBC website. Cringing at how many times he mentioned Rangers, to say what he said about their fans is astonishing. We have,rightly so, mocked King for always talking about Celtic, well Mr Desmond has returned the compliment and then some.


    Some really good posts this afternoon about lack of debate etc on here.


    My own thoughts on the blog are, if I wanted to read a sanitised version of Celtic events I would buy Pravda/ Celtic View.


    Sadly that’s what this is becoming like. I would say the vast vast majority on here have our clubs best interests at heart. Let them be heard. If that means someone feels the need to criticise the club then so be it. I come on here to read good and bad and hopefully pick up on things that lazy journalism doesn’t.


    Things like dressing room bust ups etc. Magic, just can’t get enough. Why would anyone want it suppressed. It shouldn’t just be those in the know that get to find out. All Celtic fans are equal.

  24. THE GREEN MAN on 30TH SEPTEMBER 2015 7:07 PM


    I don’t know any Celtic supporter who would talk about the Huns, the way DD does.





    Praising the biggest cheats and bigots world football has ever seen.





    What fecking planet is he on.



    Be fair. He is after all a a high profile inhabitant of an environment where things like wheeling dealing and aggressive tax avoidance are considered the norm.





    He needs told.












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  25. Whoever said DD has an affection for Celtic is probably right but that’s all. He’s certainly not a fan.



    I’d say he only ever considers the business. Has the business missed a big city rivalry. I think it probably has.



    There’s probably some model somewhere that shows business wise we’re the best fans in Britain.



    Caveat everything he says in terms of the bottom line.

  26. I see the guy who lived at the side of the A9 in a merc estate and tent has finally been evicted.


    STV bizarrely report this as “on the busy Falkirk to Thurso route”.



    I can’t help but think that his non compliance finally became to much for the SNP Stazi.

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