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King circles the wagons as clouds loom

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Newco have cut Celtic’s ticket allocation at Ibrox from 7,000 to 800 tickets per game next season.  I understand their thinking.  There have been four games between the clubs at Ibrox, Celtic winning each: the first, coming from behind, the second, free-wheeling by a couple of goals, the third – scoring five, and the fourth – twice coming from behind, then winning with 10 men.

It is a litany of humiliation, played out while 7,000 have a party in a stadium, the rest of which is near-empty well before full time.  Can you imagine having to sit through this, season after season?  Of course they want to reduce our headcount and garner whatever competitive advantage possible.

There are problems.  League rules state a “reasonable number of visiting supporters” must be admitted.  This number should be agreed in advance with the visiting club, or else the SPFL board will adjudicate.

Then there is the small matter of the Ibrox safety certificate, which Dave King previously said depended on Celtic fans being given the Broomloan Stand.  The police insist each set of fans have distinct and separate approaches to stadiums at high-risk games.

Celtic will be happy to reduce the number of Newco fans they have to accommodate – it should shelve talk of having to put prison-grade toilet facilities in areas they visit.  Each away team will suffer a competitive disadvantage, but making visits to Ibrox trickier will do our European preparations no harm.

Whatever the police and SPFL say, Dave King has more to worry about.

He still has to get £11m out of South Africa and into a UK bank account.
He needs to satisfy the Takeover Panel before he can start a share issue.
He needs to satisfy the Court of Session over his failure to comply with Takeover Panel instructions.
He needs to satisfy loans due by 1 July (Oh you thought they were all going to be converted to shares, did you? Wait for this one).
He needs to fund a trading shortfall for next season.
He needs to find enough cash to keep the management team on-side before the transfer window closes.
And he needs to convince Uefa they satisfy Financial Fair Play regulations.  Straightforward if you have lots of cash, don’t need to use it to buy-out other shareholders at 20p/share, repay loans or fund a football team.

There is simply too much to do.  Better to circle the wagons by throwing some crumbs to the easily-deluded.  You know how this story ends.

It’s the 25th May.  It is also the weekend.  You have permission to wallow in nostalgia for 24 hours.  Enjoy it.

You can also participate in Green Day: donate £5 (see below) to the Foundation.  You’ll enjoy this too.

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  1. 16 roads - Protect the 8th. on

    Prestonpans Bhoy – Condolences from Beal Feirste.

     

     

    KTF.

  2. Rascar Capac on

    Kikinthenakas

     

     

    Haven’t posted for ages but you painted a beautiful picture there.

     

     

    I was born in 72 so I missed it, but with stories like yours I can still take part.

     

     

    Both my grandfathers died before I was born, but I know the stories, the Donegal men, the Glasgow streets, like I was there, like I did know them.

     

     

    Like your story.

  3. Prestonpansbhoy

     

     

    sorry for your loss , a wee prayer said that you get the strength needed to get through .

     

     

    Just wanted to say I hope all you bhoys and ghirls have a Hooptastic time tonight and not too many double trebles at the bar :-)))))))

     

     

    Sorry I wasn’t able to make it over but health permitting I hope to see you all at paradise for next season.

     

     

    Weefrathetim :-)))

     

     

     

     

    HH

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DENA29

     

     

    I spoke to our wee pal earlier today. He’s in fine form.

     

     

    I hope and pray that you and yours are too.

     

     

    HH

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 25th May 2018 6:39 pm

     

     

    Glad to see you posting again and hope you are getting stronger

     

     

    Give F my best when you next speak look forward to seeing him again next season

     

     

    Really hoping I’ll be ok for Belfast ……..fingers crossed

     

     

     

    HH

  6. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DENA29

     

     

    That’s a given. He knows the score.

     

     

    As for Belfast,I hope to see the Queen of Slurps,you know what I mean!

     

     

    HH sweetheart,and look after yourself.

  7. Mint toffee treats on

    Prestonpans bhoy sorry about your loss hope you and your family stay strong and get through this saddest of times will say a little prayer for you.Hope to get to know you in better circumstances And to the rest of the CQN posters enjoy your night out have a great time I am looking forward to reading

     

    about it tomorrow and if anybody asks a was an alter boy in St Lukes in the Gorbals brilliant wee school with the old Chapel in the basement Fr McFaul was the parish priest.Mrs Johnstone was the headteacher.

  8. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 25th May 2018 7:08 pm

     

     

    You take care too :-)))

     

     

     

    Hail Hail

  9. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    No doubt all the cqners attending the do will have a great night,

     

    time for the many lurkers to cast their shyness aside and tell us

     

    their fav Celtic game, fav Celtic player………..nae LIONS allowed.

  10. Good evening to all CQNrs and especially the Lisbon heros from last year. I hope that those attending the Kerrydale doo tonight have a great time. Well done to BRTH for organizing. I’m just back from the Estadio National, that’s two years in a row. It looked so beautiful in the Lisbon sunshine; Magical ?

     

    Slainte

     

    Tony

  11. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    THEORIGINALSADIESBHOY

     

     

    Teachers and their Latin,wotcha like?

     

     

    Cheers,mate. Much appreciated.

  12. Good evening, friends

     

    BMCUW – about time!

     

    Nye Bevans – player, Daniel Fergus, Game – if I judge this on how much I remember of the whole day it has to be Love Street in ’86.

     

     

    Back on Page 1, the very excellent Celtic By Numbers gave his anayisis of that evening in Lisbon, 51 years ago. Given the complete absence of anything decent on TV tonight it seems the right thing to do to watch (again) the whole ’67 game, but with CBN’s observations in mind.

     

    Be nice ;-)

  13. Good evening good ghuys and ghirls from a sunny and warm Garngad

     

    Been out in the garden all day, barbecue, beers, family, which includes playing football with my grandson, I am Kerry packered.

     

    Anyway I see Liverpool fans are telling Mr Gerrad to smash Celtic.

     

     

    I actually wanted Liverpool to win tomorrow night, not now, come on the cheats of Spain spank the Scousers.

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    D. :)

  14. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    NYEBEVANSREBELSOLDIER

     

     

    Hmmm,obvious one is the 4-2 game. But there was another 4-2 game,two down at ht. That could also have won us the league.

     

     

    Or 2-0 Real Madrid. 5-0 Sporting. The Rapid game,even though we got stitched up,what a performance on the night. Ajax in 71,when maybe we just looked like doing it.

     

     

    Ujpest Dozsa,when we did!

     

     

    Too many to think of,mate. I haven’t even scratched the surface there. Nor mentioned the mega-hun humpings recently,or a certain 6-2. Nor Barcelona.

     

     

    A couple of times.

     

     

    It’s good to be a Celt. Your fondest memory is our latest victory.

     

     

    HH

  15. Nyebevans every game BMCUWP says… All the latest Skelpings of Le hun have been superb though

     

     

    D. :)

  16. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    JOBO …………………..not bad choices,I’ll go with Harry Hood and the

     

    4-2 ten men won the league game.

  17. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    King outlines the strategic alignment of financial accuity , stakeholder esteem and the unique brand perpetuity whilst presenting the operational actuator with capacity enlargement:

     

    https://youtu.be/Ucyng65R1sQ

     

     

    Lurkers, you are a joke, how many rides are you going to be taken for?

  18. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DAVID66

     

     

    Philvis-style Thumbs-up,sir.

     

     

    And a rather large

     

     

    HH

  19. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    BMCUWP………………..jeez oh Robert(Sunday name)that’s some selection,

     

    too easy come on some left field games and players everyone.

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    IVEHADTOCHANGEMYNAME

     

     

    My third favouritest(!) cartoon after Tom and Jerry and Top Cat.

     

     

    Stop the pigeon…

  21. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    NYEBEVANSREBELSOLDIER

     

     

    OK,beating Dundee Utd 2-1 in 82,I think. Danny McGrain literally kicked the ball out of the park.

     

     

    Hearts,5-1,85. There’s loads,that’s the whole point. And it’s subjective.

     

     

    But…

     

     

    If people start recalling games as I did,I’ll betcha a lot of readers are gonna go

     

     

    Awe,aye,I was there,I’d forgotten about that game!

     

     

    The pleasure of being there,the memory forever.

  22. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    NEGANON2 / Kevj……fell free tae make a contribution ya miserable

     

    sods:)

  23. Evening everyone, just sat here sitting, as Charlie Nik would say, wearing my Lisbon Lions T shirt and remembering my visit there last year.

     

    Played a wee You Tube video compilation of the game and some post game stuff from the players . Only now do we realise the scale of the achievement. God bless and God test all of them.

     

    I go back to Lisbon next month and will probably make another pilgrimage. Hail! Hail!

  24. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    BMCUWP………………………yer right comrade,so many games, i’ll throw in beaten

     

    St Mirren at Ibrox 2-0 on a Friday night before the 4-2 game.

  25. mike in toronto on

    After all CQN has done for PL over the last seven years, I cant believe he went and gave an interview to another blog …. I feel so used … so cheap.

     

     

    :)

  26. weebobbycollins on

    Mint Toffee Treats…welcome! I too am a St. Luke’s bhoy. As was Paddy Crerand…

  27. Derek Johnstone: I’m delighted to be back as Ibrox Ambassador nearly 50 years after first signing for Rangers

     

    I will still be on once a week and doing the Friday show, so you will still hear my dulcet tones on Radio Clyde.

     

    When I am on, you will get my usual firm, fair and impartial views on Scottish football. I have done that for thirty odd years, and that won’t change.

     

    You couldn’t make it up,well I actually I suppose you could.

  28. Btw, don’t know about the rest of you but I’m getting roasted with these cookies pages.

  29. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    NYEBEVANSREBELSOLDIER

     

     

    I was at that game too! Memory is a bit vague on it,tbh.

     

     

    Well,it was a Friday night-not too many of them that I can remember!!!

  30. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    JIMTHETIM53

     

     

    Roasted?

     

     

    Toasted?

     

     

    Grilled?

     

     

    Ffs,you could start a fight in an empty house,you(!)

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