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. I would hope that the Celtic Supporters let the club know…that DD views are not acceptable.


    Who the flying feck does he think he is.


    It’s an outrageous insult to Celtic supporters, who have had to put up with their cheating and rancid sectarianism year after year.


    It beggers belief.


    Who gave him the right to misrepresent Celtic supporters.





  2. Thought I would watch the B.M. Glad v City game – only to find another ‘Dick’ spouting on TV…………….



    Robbie Savage!

  3. bournesouprecipe on 30th September 2015 7:48 pm



    Hear Hear,I suggested as much 10 mins ago.



    He is totally out of touch.

  4. Good to see our prime minister offering Millions of taxpsyers money to build a Prison in Jamaica…..Now thats Better Together…..Forget about Helpibg the poor disabled homeless in the UK, lets build a prison in Jamaica….Works for Dave…Jeezo…People on CQN voted to remain Part of This Insanity…..and on DD…it aint Personal, Its Strictly Business…( Mario Puzzo)…

  5. Given Desmond’s business record and his ‘position’ at CP,he has given the huns more gravitas to his comments,more than Whyte,Green or King.Maybe that is his thinking…..

  6. DD would undoubtedly love to see a British league, he’d make a huge profit selling his shareholding in our football club.



    Besides that, Desmond doesn’t give two hoots about Celtic FC. It’s obvious everytime he opens his mouth.



    His comments today were insulting and ignorant.

  7. Good evening friends.



    Wee shout out for Jungle Jim Hot Smoked – if you’re lurking, email reply just sent re LMS5

  8. The CQN celebrations/disection starts / ends in Thursday and ends / starts around Friday . Ish…



    depending on result

  9. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Any explanation from the DD praetorian guard



    Oh how they condescended and abused some on here for having the temerity to question DD




    Come on …you know who you are …

  10. Alasdair



    I see wiki supports that bud.



    Just seems an odd wiki researched reference to call it the ” busy route from Falkirk to Thurso.”



    perhaps it’s just me though.




  11. Haven’t heard or read Desmond’s latest interview but if he thinks any good can come from his giving any support to the deid team, he needs his heid looked. No Celtic supporter would want to have to put up with that sectarian rabble. They died. Let them stay that way forever and a day.

  12. Right Dermot


    I’ll be in Barbados from 12Oct for a week, meet at your place or mine


    And I’ll tell you exactly how both I and all the Celtic fans I know feel at about the liquidated mob, and your comments


    Your comments have me seriously questioning why I buy a season ticket, I never, get it never want anything ever again involving anything playing out of that black hole


    Would like to tell you to your face, so if your about when Im over let me know

  13. I dealt with a businessman who’s son was a schoolmate of Desmond’s son, and he told me that Desmond’s son was a Celtic fan and a few times brought his school mates over to Celtic Park. But apparently the main Celtic fan in the family was Desmond’s daughter. In an interview a few years back Desmond did say jokingly that he couldn’t sell his stake in Celtic because if he did his family would disown him.


    Desmond is a totally driven man who is enormously rich but like many rich people everything he does operates to a maximum profit. I think he does have an affection for Celtic in a remote kind of way but lives in a parallel universe from the rest of the Celtic Support.

  14. Praecepta,




    I’d just like him to wheeesht.



    When did it become necessary to have a co-commentator?



    Gimmy Archie, Arthur or even jock Broon any day of the week.








    Harte saves pen

  15. I’m on the home ticket scheme and an ST holder, but haven’t had any paper tickets through for the EL yet, should I be worried?

  16. Cowiebhoy,




    You’re not really upset are you?



    You just needed to shoe horn in yer holiday destination :))

  17. Captain Beefheart on

    If Dermot loves the huns so much, why doesn’t he invite some to live with him in his own hoose. Think of it as brain cell migration.

  18. West End of East End on

    Stairheedrammy – I’m in the HTS and for the lower tiers we use our season book. I THINK paper tickets are only given out if the upper tiers are closed…

  19. lubo of the lamp on

    BGX – 7:52 pm



    “Good to see our prime minister offering Millions of taxpsyers money to build a Prison in Jamaica…..Now thats Better Together…..Forget about Helpibg the poor disabled homeless in the UK”



    You may have a point but pray tell what are the SNP doing to help the poor, disabled and homeless in Scotland? And do you think freezing council tax for the past 8 years has had a positive impact on council’s ability to provide for the very people most in need that you mentioned? The Scottish government could also raise/lower income tax by 3p in the pound if they so wished, and redistribute money from the wealthiest to the poor, disabled, homeless… but choose not too.



    So ask not what the “Better Together” are providing for the most vulnerable – ask what are the SNP Government, who have an overwhelming majority to do whatever they wish – if they so wish – doing for them.

  20. stairheedrammy,



    Season books are activated if you’re not one that has to be moved neebs





  21. The fecking cheek of DD trying to associate Celtic with the cheating bigots from hell.


    How representative are his views.


    He needs told in no uncertain terms what Celtic supporters think of that mob.


    It’s beyond belief that he is allowed to lie on their behalf.





  22. Not long back from 5s.



    I didn’t make any comment earlier regarding DD’s statements because I hadn’t seen them personally. Having now read them I’m absolutely scunnered but not in the least surprised.



    If we’re honest it’s not the first time Dermot has referred to ‘Rangers’ in such a fawning manner. Remember his remark about them being a great club with a fantastic history?



    At the risk of a cyber battering can I point out that it’s largely because of DD’s missing in action performance and the plc structure, which he controls, that the Celtic Trust actually exist.



    The Living Wage and highlighting supporters issues are only a small part of our purpose.



    The main issue as shareholders is to hold the major shareholders to account for the manner in which they run our club.

  23. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    The Green Man



    DD doesn’t give a monkeys toss for the opinions of CFC fans



    Were peasants whose opinion is irrelevant



    One can only hope his latest utterances cause some to wake up to the reality of CFC plc

  24. DD spouting the usual guff.



    British League, Rangers great club, great fans…blah feckin blah…



    Totally divorced from reality.



    Looking forward to Paul’s next article!