King circles the wagons as clouds loom


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. Greeted by clear blue skies and sunshine at 7am but when I looked again ,after 8 it had turned grey . The east coast haar has silently sneaked in cool and damp. Judith says it will burn off later in the day.

  2. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    The cover up of what ra Rainjurz done prior to liquidation and also what Dodgy Dave the first did at MIH , will continue for a long time .



    Close to a billion pound of debt run up by Dodgy Dave the first, yet no criminal action against him. Some of the Bank of Scotland guys have been the only ones charged.



    I still believe he may have information on politicians, business people and individuals in the media, they may not want the public to know about. Its the only explanation I can think of why he is still a free man and has his precious knighthood.

  3. South Of Tunis on

    BRTH @ 7 50



    Iain McHaffie ?



    Guitarist with the BBC Scotland Orchestra. Often on the tele with the likes of Moira Anderson and Kenneth McKellar (sp ? ) Played with the Peggy O’Keefe Trio – she was an Australian who had a contract with Stakis and did the musical backdrop to the chicken in a basket stuff in his hotels etc .. Dire / bland guff . I once had the dubious pleasure of hearing them absolutely murdering Watermelon Man




    Wullie Molloy the man who shoved James Connolly into the Post Office:))



    Still got my card somewhere.



    I dh’d one night in Louis, can’t remember the occasion I was blootered that I do remember, fairly chaotic place if I remember correctly.



    Arthur also did some Wullie nights down at Lucifers in Jamaica street before it became the legendary Sub Club.



    Some man was Arthur. I met him through Nick P another Glasgow Celtic Dj type:))



    Did Arthur not manage Listen at one point??




  5. Neustadt-Braw on



    1. Prince from England married


    2. Liverpool wins the Champions League


    3. The pope dies





    1. Prince from England married


    2. Liverpool wins the Champions League


    3. The pope dies





    1. Prince from England gets married


    2. Liverpool’s keeper saves the Pope



    have a braw smiley day




  6. South Of Tunis on




    You’re moving to Japan .



    May the road rise with you . Biggest of big ups .



    There’s a few Blue Note Lps I don’t have !



    Cedar Walton for you –






    My family are moving back in the summer SoT and I will join them in a couple of years, still got responsibilities here until then:



    I was in the Jazz Cellar in Shibuya when I was over last time, they had a lot of good stuff, I had no money for tunes but I spotted quite a few things I would have loved to have had and not that expensive some of them.



    Disk Union in Shinjuku also had some very decent records.



    Funnily enough a collector friend of mine said I should set up a wee dig and sell service:))



    Japan is a Jazz country that’s one of the reason I love it over there.



    I’ll get a list off of you before I go:))




  8. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Starry Plough, I got to know Arthur through Matt McGlone . Matt had a t shirt printing business in Clydebank at the time. I knew Matt when I was a regular in Heraghty’s , even though I stayed in Knightswood.



    Arthur was a real maverick. I worked in Clydebank for 8 years and used to see him about . I thought he was a bit out of the ordinary due to his, some might call it, eccentric dress sense. I don’t know if he was in charge at Listen . Listen is much missed these days.



    Matt printed the Wuliie Molloy (brother of Tim) t shirts for Arthur.



    Nick was a cracking guy and terrific DJ . His brother , Scott , I never really took to . Despite Nick’s background , he was a huge Celtic supporter.



    I was a green Wullie as per my Wullie Molloy card.



    The old guy on the back of the Wullie Molloy cards and t shirts was Arthur’s step dad. I still have the t shirt but would struggle to get it on now due to being a few stone heavier than when I bought it.

  9. Word of The Day



    Interlocutor in-ter-lok-yuh-ter





    1. a person who takes part in a conversation


    2. Also called: middleman the man in the centre of a troupe of minstrels who engages the others in talk or acts as announcer


    3. a person who questions; interrogator.


    4. Scots law a decree by a judge



    Derived Forms interlocutress, interlocutrice or interlocutrix, fem n



    Word Origin and History for interlocutor




    1510s, agent noun from Latin interlocut-, past participle stem of interloqui “interrupt,” from inter- “between” (see inter-) + loqui “to speak” (see locution). Related: Interlocutory.






  10. I see the term Her Majesty and you can also add in Your Highness in the blog this beautiful morn……is it not high time that all these crap outdated references were binned forever.



    Anyway, now that the double treble has been achieved we have a great GAA season to look forward to. A lot to be said for watching sport in shirt sleeves.

  11. South Of Tunis on




    ” I should set up a wee dig and sell service “.



    Maybe you should . !!!!



    I know people who employ students in Japan to trawl for them . A retainer and a percentage of the eventual sale price .




    I didn’t realise it was Matt who printed the t shirts.



    I knew Nick from the Building & Printing college my girlfriend did photography there and then from around the town, wherever he played pr we played together quite a lot at that time. With you on his brother:))



    When Nick worked in Virgin I used to spend all my time there going through the jazz records, his knowledge of jazz and music in general was second to none in that scene at that time.



    I took a load of the Wullie t shirts down to London when I moved it was funny to see guys wearing them in full on Acid House raves around town:))



    The Glory Days:))

  13. weebobbycollins on

    Pogmathonyahun…did you say there is a massive stench outside the hundome? I noticed it when I first visited the place in the 60s? Not surprised it’s still there. Place is full of….

  14. weebobbycollins on

    SOT…Watermelon Man…a late friend of mine ‘El Pavo’ Frank Hernandez played drums on the live Mongo Santamaria version of this tune, recorded in NY 1963. He was just 19 at the time…

  15. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Starry Plough, Nick was working at Clydebank College and I occasionally bumped into him at Singer station . On the train journey we had good chats about music and Celtic. I’m not into Jazz but the chat was more about Soul especially the Kent compilation LP’s released in the mid to late eighties.



    During his breaks from being on the turntables at the Sub Club , he would go about the place taking photos of the crowd. A photo he took of my pal and I ended up in the montage of photos at the bottom of the stairs.



    Nick was one of the few Celtic fans who went to Hutchie. A pal of mine and his brother went to Hutchie also , they were Celtic fans. My pal was in the same year as Nick’s bother . My pal had the same attitude to Scott as he had.



    According to Nick and my pal, Celtic was a dirty word at Hutchie.

  16. South Of Tunis on




    Small world !!!



    I have an El Pavo LP from the mid 60s . It has a fabulously tacky / kitsch sleeve . . A Latin lovely in skin tight leopard print lounging suggestively on a percussion instrument .

  17. weebobbycollins on

    SOT…just checked out the album, Mongo Santamaria Live at the Village Gate… Mistake…Watermelon Man is not on it…daft auld brain!

  18. WEEBOBBYCOLLINS on 29TH MAY 2018 11:01 AM


    Pogmathonyahun…did you say there is a massive stench outside the hundome? I noticed it when I first visited the place in the 60s? Not surprised it’s still there. Place is full of….




    Maybe the trench is to find the source of the stench ……if so they are wasting their time outside the building ? ???????

  19. weebobbycollins on

    SOT…Pavo is turkey in Spanish but it is also used meaning kid/young man. He was playing in bands since a very young teenager. He spent the 60s in NY and Panama. Played with everyone, very sought after…eventually went blind but continued to play until the end…last saw him in Caracas 2001.




    Ah those Kent records introduced a whole new generation to the music:))



    It was through Nick and my ex that my interested in photography grew:))



    I still see him on FB from time to time..



    I always admired Nick and a few of the guys I went to Celtic with who weren’t from “our” background, can’t have been easy being a Tim in those circumstances.




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    That is the LP . .. Label in the right hand top corner is different from the one I have . Think that image is of the Italian repress. Big Latin dance scene in Italy .That meant lots of dubious reissues.

  22. !!Bada Bing!! on

    SPFL bosses insist league chairman Murdoch MacLennan is not compromised in his role despite being head-hunted by a business with links to Celtic supremo Dermot Desmond.



    Record Sport can reveal MacLennan has been appointed as non-executive chairman of Dublin based Independent News and Media PLC – an Irish media giant which is part owned by Desmond and his long-term associate Denis O’Brien.



    More Level 5 muckraking…

  23. weebobbycollins on

    SOT…I married into a big, latin-american musical family…early 70s, used to go with my father-in-law to the red-light district bar where his band played till the early hours (either he told the girls I was off limits or I was gay but they never ever gave me the come on.) :-). love my latin choons…