ECA, Interpol, another day at the office for Scottish football


Pleased to see the Club recognised for CelticLive, the stadium WiFi and content imitative by the European Club Association.  Anything which builds our profile at the ECA is welcome.

Today’s Telegraph assures us Newco Rangers chief executive, Graham Wallace, is set to  leave the club with his plans to raise £4m at a pending share issue still in the balance.  The newspaper further asserts the club is a “toxic brand” and is trying to secure an emergency loan from Newcastle United owner, Mike Ashley.

The club, which informed the Court of Session on Friday that it had only £1.2m cash left, and last night informed the Telegraph it was losing £1m per month, requires vastly more money than the £4m they are struggling to raise in order to finish the season.

Some credit is due to the Daily Record for their splash with photo and leader, “Rangers director Sandy Easdale and a criminal wanted by Interpol tried to negotiate an Ibrox bailout yesterday”.  They are reporting two years after Paul McConville’s blog initially broke the news of said Interpol-interested character, Rafat Rizvi.

Rizvi, who can take refuge in the UK as we don’t have an extradition treaty with Indonesia, is allegedly wanted for corruption, money laundering and banking crime, denies the charges, which he has already been convicted of.  He should fit in quite well.

As we said at the weekend, irrespective of short-term events, the long-term fundamentals remain unchanged.  The only thing to be decided is which of the characters hovering around the carcase will get to pick on the bones.

All credit to Sir David Murray.

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  1. traditionalist88


    14:16 on


    10 September, 2014





    Whatever you think of Salmond his name won’t be on the ballot paper next week. Think about that for a minute…





    Classic……..a big boy did it and ran away mammy




    14:13 on 10 September, 2014






    paul please please a RED CARD. !!!!!!!!!





    I second that; the lack of punctuation is horrifying.

  3. I know there is a new Royal baby on the way in the UK but turns out we are having another ‘royal’ in Ireland too.



    Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman are expecting again!

  4. philvisreturns @ 1.30.



    If we had a referendum on whether everybody should get a free hoverboard like the ones in Back To The Future 2, the people pointing out that those things would be unsafe, expensive, and improbable due to the laws of physics, would be called negative by the folks wanting free hoverboards. (thumbsup)





    Dear Mr PV Returns,



    Welcome back and congratulations on your podium. Aaaaah the rewards of months of warm weather/high altitude podium camp.



    Thank ghod you’re living up to your name cos frankly you’ve been clogging up the blog in your absence!



    ‘When? Will he ever come back?’ has constituted 37% of all posts according to Ernie’s CQN post-monitoring software.



    You’re obviously some Bhoy!



    Colic?!!? I hear you brother. The work of the deil himself. Infacol – if memory serves – was a godsend.



    Ohhhh…..almost forgot. Your quote above…..pure mince!…… cos mwd’s been independence hover boards on hear for months!!



    HH jamesgang

  5. ger57




    14:11 on 10 September, 2014




    Does anyone seriously think that Osborrne has any say in how interest rates are set?


    The technocrats control it.


    Obama has no say on international finance.


    Neither will the next Scottish leader.


    The currency issue is a total red herring.




    UK Interest rates are set by the Bank of England MPC. Have been since Broony gave them that responsiblity. However, the government can instruct them what rate to set in an emergency.

  6. Alex salmond and spouse have no kids ergo his wife ain’t a granny.



    Regardless, GSing isny as bad as it sounds.



    Don’tknockittillyou’vetriedit csc

  7. traditionalist88



    14:16 on 10 September, 2014




    ‘Whatever you think of Salmond his name won’t be on the ballot paper next week. Think about that for a minute…’








    The problem is though that a lot of people will be voting based on Salmond’s assurances about currency, eu membership etc etc.



    And the man is a glib and shameless liar ‘in terms of the debate’.



    There’s a lot of naive and gullible people out there. And he doesn’t have to fool them all of the time, he only has to fool them once.

  8. davidopoulos – Government insiders have been hinting at a Downing Street preference for Marmite. Hartleyless monsters.



    Ed Miliband is promising to give piece a chance.



    The Lib Dems want us to abandon our insular spreads in favour of confiture d’abricots.



    UKIP say all marmalade should come with tokens for a free golliwog. (thumbsup)



    tom mclaughlin – Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas? (thumbsup)



    roberttressell – thank you! He’s a tiny bundle of trouble. :) (thumbsup)

  9. Kilbowie Kelt will vote YES on




    14:11 on 10 September, 2014








    I categorically deny that scurrilous allegation.




    I am NOT fat.

  10. Shockaroonie just heard a wee rumour that many of those on CQN who profess to be Celtic most supportive and committed fans have taken a bit to far and either have formed or have joined Lodge 291. No wonder they can so readily identify fellow Huns on here

  11. B2k



    I agree totally with the concept of social justice. Have done a bit of work voluntary and at very low rates for a couple of specific jobs. I earned the ability to do so through my labour and the taxes I’ve been happy to pay on it.



    That is how we deliver social justice To each other, not some system of poltical ledgerdemain.



    I’m not convinced taking steps that could damage the earning engine that enables social justice to function is going to make much of an improvement in social justice in Scotland .



    At the moment we have a 55mhp engine driving our economy.



    Downsizing to a 5mhp engine to drive a smaller economy with less of earning age in it seems self defeating to me if the aim of independence is more social justice.



    The currency of social justice is ideas and values. You do not improve or spread ideas and values by walking away from a system that badly needs them.



    Now we have caught the attention of that system let’s start influencing the other 50mhp engine parts to give of their best and jettison their worst.

  12. traditionalist88 on

    Away from all the indyref stuff, have the Scottish football authorities actually got a plan for when the huns go bust again?



    Part of football world will no doubt take up default position and mock Scottish football but the reality is there is only one club now living beyond its means in our newly independent country(see what I did there).



    When they go belly up I would like to see a move towards a larger top tier announced, and not just, as you may expect, to get it right round the huns, who would believe that such a move a year earlier would have saved them:)



    A bold move such as this at a time of ‘crisis’ would be seen as a huge step towards recovery. We need all our big clubs in the top tier going forward and that means Hearts, Hibs, and so on. Clubs like Falkirk and Raith Rovers also have the potential to maintain top flight status and thrive.



    The moves 2 years ago involved some positive changes but by keeping the same number of clubs in the top flight the outside impression was that nothing had changed.



    Although we know ourselves that things have improved slowly(attendances up, trophies shared around etc, better distribution of revenue) its the outside perception of our game we have to work on if we are to attract sponsorship and better commerical deals.



    Moving to a 14 team league is workable and we have enough clubs with sufficient infrastructure/potential to make it work. Playing the same teams 4 times a year is stale and freshening things up would benefit everyone.



    Lets face it, its more likely than us ever moving to England – no matter the outcome of the vote next week;)




  13. Auldheid



    14:14 on 10 September, 2014



    Nat Know



    To pursue a new career and avoid interference in his duties from CO is what I heard second hand but in an honest context.




    Hmmmm… we often say in these parts. I have to say that I thought some of the issues that were picked-up on by the Compliance Officer were a bit….errrr… hoc?


    CO’s involvement would explain that.

  14. B2k


    PS. If they really want a United Kingdom then social justice has to defined and worked towards.



    Slogans don’t do it.

  15. Alasdair MacLean on

    If there is a “Yes” vote next week there will follow a couple of years of negotiation before independence in 2016.



    On the European union question: the scenario will be unprecedented.


    The question for the European Union will be what to do with a country of 5 million people which has been in the European Union for over 40 years.


    Although some blustering statements are on record already from countries with internal issues of their own, the fact will remain that the Scotland situation is unique.


    Scotland has a history of its own nationhood and is simply going to dissolve the union with its neighbour.


    While every other country could do without the wrangling, and will try and put the frighteners out beforehand to try and avoid the inconvenience of it all, the unique situation will dictate that there will be room for negotiation.


    They won’t cut off their collective noses to spite their faces after the event.

  16. Ed … @ 13.27



    There are aspects of the “Indy” campaign that make the Darien Expedition / Gallipoli / The Children’s Crusade look like paragons of rational thought and effective planning.



    At its most basic level all the political virgins you eulogise are being told a bare faced lie — we are not being offered independence in any meaningful sense of the word. It is all a sham, it is all an ego trip, it is a charade being perpetuated in the face of the biggest con of all —



    We can split from the UK and still keep the pound / BoE / MPC — it all stops there.



    First up it negates every other aspect of the “Indy” campaign — aiming to be in charge of everything apart from the currency in circulation in your “free” country. This is madness on stilts, a collective delusion that will break Scotland if it ever happens. When reality hits the sense of delusion and loss will be both pathetic and frightening to see.



    Then there is the issue of the national debt and Wee Eck goading the rest of the UK that he is not going to take on his / our share and that he doesn’t care because there is nothing that “they” can do about it.



    That is shameful and will stain the character of Scotland for generations.


    It is disgusting that we as a nation could stoop that low and support this.



    Remember how all on here trashed the TFOD1 when they took the cowards way out and walked away from their debt — now it is just silence from their loudest critics.



    Hypocrisy is not a strong enough word.



    Happy to use all the facilities but with debt funded public investment but not big enough to fund them. This is not nation building, it is not statesmanship, it is a dangerous and pathetic reaction by a bully who is not getting his own way.

  17. deary deary me.



    the No campaign on here goes down well with that wee outburst, and in CAPITALS an awe

  18. geordie munro – You tend to form a mental picture of people based on how they write. I always imagine people who write in ALL CAPS look like Tom from Father Ted. (thumbsup)



    jamesgang – thank you!



    We tried infacol, colief, gripe water, and prayer. Nothing worked except me taking him on 2am drives to let Mrs P grab a couple of hours sleep.



    I got to know the staff at the 24 hours McDonalds drive thru by name. Those months were a whirl of crying and black coffee. I’ve stopped crying now though. (thumbsup)

  19. Alasdair MacLean



    14:32 on 10 September, 2014



    So to sum up.



    EU membership? No problem.



    Yeah, that’s convincing.

  20. Magnificentseven on






    14:11 on



    10 September, 2014




    Is this the level we have sunk to, dear me, off oot as Kev would say

  21. Good afternoon CQN not posted here for god knows how long.



    I’m still in the haven’t decided camp currently and may stay that way right until I’m stood in front of the ballot box. My heart tells me yes my head (and my wife tells me no).



    The problem is neither side have really convinced me with their arguments and there’s too much mudslinging going on now the vote is getting closer. I think if we are all honest no one really knows what will happen post independence for an absolute certainty.



    Most worrying thing for me (and this blog has been displaying it for weeks now) is how divisive this issue has become and I don’t think it will end after the vote. With nearly 50% of the public going to be dissapointed/angry this wont go away quickly and that saddens me.



    One quick question if someone can answer it: If we vote for independence why are we keeping the royal family?



    Oh and I’m not a hun, I have a season ticket and I neither love or hate the board.





    Apologies,barely catching up.



    kilbowie kelt will vote yes



    12:05 on 10 September, 2014


    They have tried to FLATTER us.



    They have tried to CAJOLE us.



    They have tried to BRIBE us.



    They have tried to THREATEN us.



    Finally, they are trying to FRIGHTEN us.



    They seem not to realise that has been SCOTS who have dominated their military, their politics, their commerce, their engineering,.. indeed every facet of their greedy Empire for over 300 years.


    That last tactic is the one which will finally open the flood gates.






    I’m not in agreement that your last line is a wise course of action,nor a reason for doing it.



    Seems we will treat a warning that we cannot do something,with the reply that yes we can.



    Just because we can isn’t a good reason for anything.

  23. paolosboots FC before PLC on

    My tuppence worth on the debate is that I was initially a no voter given my experiences in ireland, taxes there on everything, poor public and private health systems that you pay through the nose for, and incompetent “parish pump ” politicians with their noses firmly in the trough at every opportunity and no such word as ” accountability” in the vocabulary. My fear is thats what scotland will become I dont trust salmond and sturgeon and my hope is that somewhere we will have a genepool that will be like norway and it doesnt become a free for all.


    I am disappointed that we are at the stage where foodbanks are the norm and that government with the bedroom tax and atos has waged war on its most vulnerable members of society. Frankly im disgusted at whats going on , I have however been impressed with the social conscience that many scot have towards those members of society. In relation to a fairer society and the nhs which I have appreciated after many years abroad I will be adopting john Stewart MIll’s approach to voting and im on the cusp of voting for the greater good of all, a somewhat leap of faith but I cant see what Cameron, clegg and the big dissapointment miliband/ new labour can do for me!

  24. Independence/Referendum comment…



    Despite the liberated prose from some who claim to be truly engaged in the debate (sic) and yet still feel inclined towards personal attacks on those who have a different view…



    And whether you dismiss the capital flight as a mere flight of fancy to scare folk, or believe that your golden years will be screwed because your pension is stuffed…



    Market place Capitalism is a curious mixture of confidence and caution. Already investors are losing confidence, hence the withdrawal of funds from Scottish institutions. However, if all opinions advising caution are dismissed as scare-mongering, then the lack of confidence by investors is entirely justified.



    In other words, making a decision by failing to properly consider all the relevant factors, while smugly denigrating those who seek to do so – raises a huge red flag to investors and the market.



    Folk can scoff and deride the suggested implications of a Yes decision, but none of that play-ground rhetoric will alter the fact that the economy of Scotland and subsequently that of the UK will most likely recess afterwards because of that failure in the balance between confidence and caution.



    The reason that leaders of industry, commerce and government are alarmed is not because they fear the loss of the Scots per se, or even the break up the UK, rather it is because of the probable impact on the economic and political stability of the UK as a whole.



    Alex Salmond knows this, but also knows he cannot lose whatever happens. A Yes vote empowers him to move forward, whereas any No vote will be dismissed as a conspiracy to prevent the people of Scotland having control of their own destiny.



    An excess of genuinely unknown variables mean that serious decision making on any issue becomes a gamble, and, although speculation is the core aspect of capital accumulation, betting absolutely everything on one turn of the cards – is more reckless heart than brave heart.



    Opinions CSC

  25. It appears that a lot of people (on here anyway) don’t like Salmond and the SNP and most other mainstream parties are against independence.



    Where then are we going to get these fine upstanding people to lead us in the new land of milk and honey?

  26. Traditionalist 1888



    What the game needs is competition.



    It should be dawning on folk that this cannot mean Rangers.



    As matters stand Hearts will be back better for their experience.


    Aberdeen are competition now and Dundee Utd should be up there.


    ICT are no mugs and every game will be contested to some degree or other. It is just our ability to be more likely to go on a run that separates us from the others, not that we walk over them every week for we won’t.



    The plan has to be to make every game attractive which means.


    Make it easy to get there.


    Make it a pleasure to hang about outside with meeting points where there are benches to eat and drink including lunch packs brought in. (Market and sell them in stores before games)


    Make the stadium environment family friendly adopting the Jimmy Reid formula.


    Change the bloody season so it’s not an endurance test to spectate.


    Play games at same time every week on a Sunday at 3 if necessary to avoid rescheduling and if more games are in summer then no rescheduling issues.



    There must be more but for banana ‘ s sake let’s have some leadership.

  27. ernie lynch



    14:42 on 10 September, 2014



    Alasdair MacLean



    14:32 on 10 September, 2014



    So to sum up.



    EU membership? No problem.



    Yeah, that’s convincing.





    I know. He didn’t even attempt to address the whole jam jar-shaped elephant in the room…

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