FA Prem goes international below Uefa radar


The existence of the Premier League International Cup, a tournament for under-21s, which the FA Premier League launched this is a fascinating development.  It’s a toe in the water for the Premier League who are running a multi-nation tournament out-with the auspices of Uefa.  A consequence of excluding the European governing body is that all games must be played in the territory of England and Wales, despite Celtic and seven others of the 16 teams residing outside that region.

Uefa retain exclusive rights to hold tournaments across multiple territories, although this definition accommodates the existence of the Welsh FA and Welsh teams participation in competitions run by the English FA.

The Premier League has a broken business model which they have been unable to resolve for a decade of more, as they hae studiously avoided growth in their key TV revenue stream stalling.  When it does, innovative solutions will be required.

As far as Celtic are concerned, I’m delighted we’re there.  In the absence of NextGen this will be a valuable addition to the youth players’ development this season.

Foundation News:

I’m up for the Zip Slide from the top of the Jock Stein Stand to pitch level in front of the Lisbon Lions’.  Never done anything as ridiculous in my life but it’s a one-off opportunity for a fee of £30 plus a commitment to raise £125 for the Foundation.

Pile in here, if you’re brave enough for the Celtic Park pitch…………

Not had more than a glance at the annual report yet. Statements dated 12 September? Hmmm.

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  1. mighty tim supporting wee Oscar on

    TET reply from the scammersite “they are only going to tell me once”. Thought I was talking to the cast of allo allo hahaha.







  2. I’m pretty much a happy clapper but I have to say that in an era of financial cloth being cut at the club bonuses of such a size on top of a very generous wage are a slap in the face.



    How many Season Books does his bonus represent?

  3. RobertTressell


    Is it not known as the Cetenians, not sure if spelling is correct.


    Awerabest PJ

  4. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Robert, the ordinary masons here and in the six counties seem more to do with getting peed at their ludges and feeling secure with their brethren members.



    There will be ludges involving some of society’s high flyers, judges( like the one Nimmo Smith is in),lawyers, politicians, high ranking polis, businessmen etc. These are the real dangerous ones.



    A guy turned up at a football match at the local playing fields, the Knights were playing the masons. He asked a player what the score was. He was told I can’t tell you, its a secret.

  5. DubBhoy – you’ve got me there? I was talking about the Catenians (spelling?) Do they have a school in Dublin?



    I’m gonna get my tin hat for all the muck I’ve been flinging at Catholic organisations this evening is gonna get me some flak!!

  6. Catholic masons?



    I know one here in Troon.



    Hails (!) from the East coast and supports Hibs.



    Think he joined for the cheap drink.




  7. auldheid thanks for the reply honoured that someone like you a genious took time to get back. we are told we cant win this etc etc but why not try I have put loads of lay celtic fans on to the forrest article they are stunned did not know. Lets have ago at the media let cultsbhoy get on snyde let them know will be dismissed but wll press some buttons. Imagine bfdj or soup taker mcavennie getting out of this one .let other clubs websites know you would be surprised how much other clubs hate the cheats .Our board want them back that’s a fact they will not do anything to stop that we can just fed up that we roll over let them walk over us .king will be allowed to pass fit and proper test because lawell and sfa chums will allow it. my wife works in a and e had best 2 years of her working life hun free answer that one one million man pete

  8. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Bobby Murdoch, the front cover of the excellent Dexy’s LP, searching for the young soul ,is of the burning of Hooker Street in Belfast. Nationalist families burnt out of their homes.



    Dexy’s song, National Pride, on the don’t stand me down LP, is about his pride in his Irish roots. His mum is originally from Mayo.

  9. Papa Jon – didn’t see yer reply – aye – same as that can’t spell it either. Not the worst but from what I know a fairly stuck up crowd……..



    I’m quitting now. Don’t want to offend too many…..

  10. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Lawwell’s bonus isn’t a boot in the arse off covering the costs of paying a living wage to the low paid Celtic staff

  11. RobertTressell – 18:17



    Ha…no, I thought you were talking about Opus Dei. They fit your description very well



    Hail Hail

  12. Every time I see a mason waddling off to his meeting, I can’t resist a wee chuckle just imagining what unspeakable instruments of torture they carry in their wee case.



    Fergus was bang on about the subject.



    Hail Hail the bunnett

  13. I used to drink in the Masonic Lodge,There was a reason for it,the pubs shut at 9.30pm week days,I think the Lodge stayed open until 11.00pm. And masons are no where near like the Orange Order, they wouldn’t get in the door if they were the worse for ware.

  14. canamalar.



    If your about tomorrow there are a few having a drink in the Blane Valley tomorrow,your welcome to join us.

  15. oldtim67


    As you say all is linked to a filling hole, going back to mid 60s nae pubs in Kirkie, ( Dry Toon fae 1921), bus to Twechar Masonic, who signs yae in, none other than a Micheal Kelly, must have jumped the dyke maybe ?.


    Awerabest PJ

  16. deniabhoy



    My parents ran the ‘Venice Cafe’ from 1962-90.



    It had been in the family since about 1930, ‘tho it opened in c1909.




  17. Living_in_the_Love_of_the_Commons_People on

    Sorry Paul, but I can’t fathom your constant hankering to get down to England. It’s just not ever going to happen, can we move on? The English, despite their constant sneering about how bad Celtic are and Scottish football in general (And they do, I work with a bunch of them) are terrified of the idea of another giant the size of Celtic to compete with. Every chairman of an English team right down the various leagues would be screaming blue murder and never allow it to happen.



    Unfortunately the alternative is dealing with the incumbents in the SFA, who as we know are the real problem. Celtic is a Scottish team for better or worse and we would be better to throw our energies into clean oor own hoose.

  18. Labour trying hard to get Gordon Brown to run for Holyrood…..desperate times call for desperate measures….



  19. Tallybhoy



    My own Dad died in August last year.



    He was such a hard worker, never missed a day either unless he was so bad that it was just not feasible and there were few days as such.


    He was stubborn man, yet that trait had its qualities because he never wavered from anything he believed in and thought was worth fighting for.


    He was a rock, yet he was still overcome.



    It still does not seem real and somehow i expect to see him again.



    Today will be a particularly poignant day for you.



    Raise a glass to him and think of all that was good of him and of your happiest times and shed as many tears as you want.



    He will be proud of you.



    Hail Hail bro

  20. Living in the love – I’m with you on that. I don’t think it’ll happen. I don’t really want it. What remains of Celtic’s soul and indeed the soul of football would be hoovered up in such an expansion.



    Count me out.

  21. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on




    It’s a sign of the red Tories panic when they want to bring a lying traitor like brown into the Scottish parliament .


    May he rot in hell when his day comes

  22. Living_in_the_Love_of_the_Commons_People on

    Where are all the negatonians noo claiming that Pedro makes a million a year?



    Poor we soul only made £520K plus £400K bonus last year.



    Try to survive in such deprivation must be a sair yin…