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Today, the Daily Record give a remarkable admission on how they report goings-on at Rangers.  Allegations have long been made that some in the old media replaced journalistic analysis with note-taking at the foot of PR agents.  The Record not only admitted this practice, they made a headline story out of it.

Apparently, when asked by the Record about Rangers’ owner Craig Whyte’s wealth, “PR gurus” said, “Describe him as a billionaire”.  At that moment, the legend of the Motherwell born Billionaire took life.  The claim was never interrogated by those present.

Under this cover, Whyte breezed into Ibrox without any of the analysis outside the Celtic online community of where his funding came from, and pitched Rangers onto the path they are now on.

At Celtic we get proper financial information on what’s going on at our club – on time, but we have been fed hoary old tat like “Where did all the Seville/Aiden money go” as though there was any doubt on where our money goes (mostly on wages, before you ask).  Feeding distrust in a club causes harm, but what causes more harm, distrust or utterly ignoring potentially damaging facts about a club?

It wasn’t quite a Mea Cupla from the Record today, in fact, I’m not sure they realise the admission confirms their role in the whole matter, but they also put in print today what has previously scarcely been mentioned outside the Celtic online community, more on this later.  Welcome to the ‘news’.

For the ‘record’, the CQN community were first to describe Mr Whyte as a Thousandaire.  What, still too high?  Mea Cupla!

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  1. just listening to the Celtic Underground podcast (a bit behind the curve they are talking about football).

     

    They pointed out something remarkable, we now have:

     

     

    Swedens right-back, Wales right-back, Koreas right-back, Mexicos right-back, plus Mark Wilson who really should be Scotlands right-back!

  2. kevinlasvegas

     

     

    Brazil practically ignored it when his sidekick brought it up this morning. An ignorant baffoon!!

     

     

    Although they did interview Warnock about his prior interest in Jellyfish. The bold Neil’s reply…

     

     

    “We watched him 2 or 3 times and to be honest, he was terrible!”

  3. “Their debt could then be in the £75m region with liquidation a stark reality.

     

    But many now fear—-

     

     

    Rangers could be tipped over the abyss and into some kind of insolvency even before their Judgment Day over the tax case.

     

     

    Throttle them,kill,stamp,choke them.

     

     

    Die B******s Die

  4. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    I’m really Enjoying listening to AC/DC’s Hells Bells this morning,the slower album version.

     

     

    ForWhomTheBellTollscsc

  5. The Good Ship Celtica. on

    Paul,

     

     

    The first thing that popped into my head reading that admission on the last article was, “Did you not check? At the time or since?”

     

     

    Was Jackson not the “wealth off the radar” tub-thumper.

     

     

    I honestly don’t know how they can take a wage.

     

     

    TGSC,

     

    Sailing on….

  6. Disappointing hamiltontim. I missed that this morning, gray is sick and keyes is trying to let him down slowly, pair on condesending nuggets, Talksport should never have touched them after the sky incident. another striker today? russell or guy from betis??? no one of the 1st team will be sold, we on for the treble with no debt makes no sense unless someone wants out. I inc. sammy in that.

     

     

    KLV

  7. Lots more to come yet I suspect…I mean we have still to hear how much they owe on their “same day loan” statement and their Capital One credit card?

  8. ST

     

     

    Aw big man gie yersel peace and crack a smile.

     

     

    In so many ways these are good days to be a Bhoy :-))

  9. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Lennon N Mcmjallby – on the wireless to day some ole German jazz pianist has brought out an album of AC/DC covers.

     

     

    Maks nae sense tae me, and it maks nae sense tae Mo.

  10. SydneyTim at 10:13

     

     

    But! How can we sell Aiden for 10m then pay 5m off our debt( info From those accurate accounts) and a CEO who says ” all money brought in transfers would be reinvested in the team” wages or transfers fees. Not repaying debts

     

     

    How do you know it was that £10m that went on debt repayment? Could the £10m not have been used to purchase players and wages for others, with season ticket money going to debt repayments?

     

     

    Celtic are a well run club and that is down to the custodians employed. You should thank your lucky stars that we aren’t in the same position as Rangers.

     

     

    Mort

  11. mhaddog Is Mise Niall Lennon on

    Also to those who said that we were talking too much about Rangers on this blog. Today is the vindication of why we were right to do so. If we hadn’t and RTC and PMG didn’t do what they had done, The Daily Ranger would not have printed that story.

  12. Hamilton yes happy with their demise

     

    But we should not forget our boards decisions which gave the Huns 3 titles

     

    I do believe this has been a great transfer window

     

    Strengthening when we need to

     

    This was overlooked for 4 years

  13. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    What’s the info on the rumour mill?

     

     

    Are we likely to sign another first teamer today/this evening/tonight?

     

     

    Did any of your hun workmates turn up for work today?

  14. Victor ready for tough Highland test

     

    By: Mark Henderson on 31 Jan, 2012 09:27

     

    HAVING secured a place in the League Cup final, Celtic now turn their attentions to the Scottish Cup and a challenging fifth-round clash away to Inverness Caley Thistle this Saturday.

     

     

    The Tulloch Caledonian Stadium is never an easy venue to visit and with Terry Butcher’s men in good form, Victor Wanyama is expecting a stern test from the Highlanders.

     

     

    “Inverness is a very hard place to play,” he told this week’s Celtic View. “The pitch is tight and the game is good so they make it difficult but we’ll see.

     

     

    “We now have confidence to go anywhere, so when the time comes and we go there, we will go with self-belief.

     

     

    “It’s also good to play in the cup but we still have a long way to go before reaching the final.”

     

     

    A revelation since breaking into the side, Wanyama’s magnificent performances were recently recognised in the form of December’s SPL Young Player of the Month Award.

     

     

    “I’ve been working hard in training and my team-mates have helped me a lot as well so that’s why I think I’ve been playing well in recent games,” he said.

     

     

    “You need confidence. If you don’t have that it’s not easy, and my team-mates give one another confidence and me too.”

     

     

    While the midfielder has been flourishing in Paradise, he’s mature enough to realise that he can develop further. Indeed, he reckons every player, regardless of ability, can improve.

     

     

    “Any player, even Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, still learn from every game they play,” he added. “Whenever I play a game I always learn one or two things.

     

     

    “When you play a game, it’s wrong to say you won’t do that as everybody who plays a game will learn something.”

     

     

    Popular among the players, Wanyama has also become a real fans’ favourite in Paradise, with supporters quickly inventing a song for their new hero.

     

     

    “It’s always nice when the fans sing your name,” said the Kenyan. “It gives you extra energy and you want to do more and help the team.

     

     

    “Whenever I go on to the pitch I work very hard and push on my team and I think that’s why.”

     

     

    Wanyama’s is also in regular communication with his growing legions of fans on Twitter. With nearly 27,000 followers, he’s become one of the most popular Celtic players on the social networking site.

     

     

    Although he sometimes struggles to cope with the volume of messages, Wanyama enjoys the ability to interact with supporters.

     

     

    “I’m always trying to use my Twitter but it’s not that easy as people tweet a lot but I’m trying to catch up,” he said.

     

     

    “Sometimes it’s difficult to answer everything. You want to but you can’t so it’s very hard. It’s always nice to talk to them and see how they are thinking.”

     

     

    And he feels there are several benefits from having a greater dialogue.

     

     

    “I think it’s important to have a relationship with the supporters as you can let them understand as you are a normal human being like them,” he said.

     

     

    “Sometimes, things might not go well and if you weren’t there to talk to them, they might not understand.

     

     

    “But it’s always good to talk to them to show you are not somebody from another planet, but just like them.”

  15. Declan Is Neil Lennon 1888 Hates being 2nd on

    sidneytim – i am with you. i dont care about what is going on at rangers. we cant take our eye off the ball. we need to demand answers form the guys in charge at our club. we are being taken for a ride and all we focus on is them. guys like us are the conshuns of the club and we need to remind people on here regularly of all the mistakes that have been made over the last 5 years no matter what else is going on. mcgeady money seville money where is it all. the day is coming when we will have to go back to the car park. who cares about rangers we shouldnt be talking about them. i still think this is a plan by the masons to get us not to spend money and they will win the leeg. we cant let them pull the wool over our heads again.

     

     

    hail hail

  16. I think the LL should be thanked by us. If they had investigated earlier then there would have been a chance someone could have saved the day. By ignoring it they have destroyed the thing they were trying to protect. Well played lads”!

  17. Paul67

     

     

    The ONE thing we have established is that there is a THIRD tax investigation for an unpaid VAT bill of £5 Million.

     

     

    Forget the big tax case, they are a busted flush.

     

     

    CRAIGWHYTECSC

  18. Ellboy - I am Neil Lennon, YNWA. on

    So the spineless complicit media are finally reporting what’s been known online for many months. This surely must indicate the end game?

     

     

    From reading the Record online it struck me that this is being set-up to solely blame Whyte for Rangers imminent demise. The years of blatant cheating will be brushed over & the chorus of reinstatement will follow. The hacks will paint Whyte’s tenure as a blip in the history of Scottish football & there it will end.

     

     

    I believe Whyte has been a patsy all along?

  19. No.7 at 10:24

     

     

    My thoughts exactly. Had they investigated Whyte instead of going along with the “PR gurus” as they put it, things for Rangers might not hae been so bad.

     

     

    Shame really.

     

     

    Mort

  20. Mort it was the accounts that stated

     

    5m paid to reduce debt

     

    Our accounts are indeed accurate

     

     

    Ps Huns were going for 3 in a row when we sold our top player and used half his transfer fee to reduce the clubs overall debt

     

    Pps. Huns won the 3 in a row

     

    Ppps wrong targets for our club

  21. im off to bed after night shift, i look forward to updating the blog and no doubt Paul’s avalanche of articles on the busy day. 1 more striker Neil and ignore the govanites.

     

     

    Hail Hail bhoys and keep smiling.

     

     

    KLV

  22. ST

     

     

    You’ve stuck to your guns over this and, despite disagreeing with you, I’ve admired your strength of conviction.

     

     

    This is a new window, surely it is time to acknowledge that the board have gone some way to addressing their previous lack of spending?

  23. Declan. From this transfer window , I actually believe the board has learnt it’s lessons

     

     

    However my problem with that, is it has taken this board 3 rangers titles before rectifying their mistakes

     

    Meanwhile our CEO has increased his salary while making these whopping mistakes

     

     

    ST