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. TheLurkinTim on

    Peter….Naw….am trying to grind a happy medium….?



    Yep, there’s a pun ;-))







  2. hmmmmm..



    It seems that track wasn’t on that CD according to the Internet.



    Trance Team Wake Up early Compilation before it went Big with the Goa thing.



    Laurent Garnier 1:0SEVEN is saying


    go to Sleep



    G’night Y’all.

  3. TheLurkinTim on

    Petec….you take me back to my musical youth….theremay or may not have been a Dutchie….passing on the left hand side ;-))







  4. Jimmynotpaul on

    Morning all.


    Great reading back and seeing you all had a blast, at the big event.


    Even just reading you can sense the friendship, fun and love.


    Great stuff.


    Art of War.


    Come back when you feel ready. Who will discuss the beautiful architecture in Glasgow now?


    Hail Hail

  5. Regarding Sevco, giving only 800 away tickets,to Celtic Fans,me personally,our club shouldn’t accept them, firstly we are stuck in the middle of the Broomloan,and Jardine,Stands,very dangerous situation ,so for our own Fans safety, Celtic Football Club, should decline,the Tickets,as for them visiting us same applies,no away fans, hopefully for my point of view, that’s the end of them coming to our Stadium,

  6. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Morning all. Been up since 5.55am, it’s barely getting dark at night here in the Central Highlands, I need thicker curtains. Had my two big sisters round, one with her new beau, for some excellent Al Fresco dining. Beautiful chicken and pineapple curry made using my own home grown chilli’s, excellent, even if I say so myself. Pudding of hot raspberries and vanilla ice cream, topped with biscuit crumb, all washed down with… ahem… a number of beers.



    Talkin 50 shades of sh***e until about 1.30am. I like a night like that these days, no hassle getting home.



    Aaah, tum tee tum. Close season, don’t you just love it?





  7. John James endearing himself further to the great unwashed and ‘Orange order criminal underclass’ today. Hh

  8. WEEBAWBABITTY on 25TH MAY 2018 11:40 PM


    VOGUEPUNTER, do you you know a friend of mine MICK C , aged about 57 ? Originals from Hamilton





    Sorry mhate I’m getting old,in my bed for 10…..can’t think of yir mate Mick.








    I saw the article on Father Hennessy whilst in the co-op Thurs…….fekn ragin .

  9. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    ‘Newcastle spent £1.3m in a year at Ashley’s Sports Direct’



    ahhh, so that’s how the world works

  10. weebawbabitty on

    VOGUEPUNTER, no worries thanks for responding mate, GFTB my ol sparring partner as I said last night hope all is ok bud

  11. Just coming round after last night at the Kerrydale, was that good or what? Thank you BRTH for organising a truly magnificent evening.Shared a table with Paul 67 his dad Martin ,his two boys Ryan and Calum,what a credit to the Celtic family.Paul if you nothing else in your life – and I’m sure you,ll do lots look back in pride at what you,vet created with CQN. I doff my hat to you and the many fine men and women I have met through CQN .Particular mention to ACGR for some great craic and fine whiskey in the wee small hours this morning and you too Almere,one of the most memorable nights of my life and by god I.ve had a few Thank you all. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  12. TLT, good morning. Happy to see that you have a new job. The only way is up. Yer pal ACGR was in good form last night. Keep on keeping on. HH

  13. Celticrollercoaster supporting @WalkWithShay on

    BRTH ( and everybody else that helped you with this behind the scenes)



    Take a bow for an excellent night!!!! I hope you are chilling this morning?



    Good Food, Good Entertainment, Great company and a few CQNers along the way.



    Teuchter ar la-thanks for the badge







  14. I noticed Victor Waynyama only started 8 games for Spurs this season and is looking for a transfer… anyone know how long he has left in his contract?

  15. A wonderful night with great CQN Bhoys and Ghirls, nothing beats it. Too many names to list and perhaps miss so well done to BRTH and his organising group, all at table 23, special mention to Almore top Bhoy, OldTim for the transport home. Looking forward to Belfast.




  16. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    Prestonpans Bhoy: Condolences on the loss of your mother.RIP.



    Attended the ‘Pre-BRTH bash’ in the BV and as always met many great lhads,too many to mention,but thanks to Old Tim67 for organising it.


    See some or even all you in Belfast!

  17. PrestonpansBhoy



    Thoughts and prayers with your Mum, yourself, family and friends at this sad time.

  18. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Weebawbabbity 8.42pm



    All good in ML5, only having a wee lurk now and again until the fitba is back :-) actually really looking forward to Fulham v villa then real v Liverpool not in the slightest interested who wins either match, when Celtic aren’t involved it’s a different sport :-)



    Glad everybody had a great night last night that was a racing certainty

  19. Celticrollercoaster supporting @WalkWithShay on

    PRESTONPANS BHOYS on 25TH MAY 2018 9:50 AM






    We can share this date, my mum passed away last night. Today will be full of memories.






    Jimmy, just reading back and caught up with your post



    I am so sorry for your loss. Stay strong and use those memories to get you through this difficult time



    God Bless







  20. 50 shades of green on

    YORKBHOY on 26TH MAY 2018 9:21 AM


    I noticed Victor Waynyama only started 8 games for Spurs this season and is looking for a transfer… anyone know how long he has left in his contract?……..







    Cant answer your question mate, but if we are looking for someone to fill Broonie’s shoes in a couple of seasons he’s yir man imho…




  21. Good morning one and all.



    A special mention for Lennybhoy , thanks to your generosity i had a brilliant night in great company


    Pat , Pat , Colin , Onemalloy and his lovely girls


    Almore and your goodself (Lennybhoy)



    Meeting some old friends and introducing myself to a few new faces , hope you did’nt mind , HEBCELT , FRED COLON, VFR and BATEEN BHOY .



    Terrific effort and a job well done to all of the organisers .

  22. Victor is unfortunately way way out of our price range now. He’s still is one of the best holding mids around.

  23. Good morning CQN from a bright Dumbreck. Once again thanks to BRTH for organising the event last night – truly wonderful. Also thanks for the company of many CQN’rs last night, many of whom I mentioned and a fair few I may have missed.


    Some of you may be unaware but 2 groups of fans were celebrating European escapades in Glasgow last night.


    One group was celebrating a momentous occasion that defined European travel for football fans culminating in a historic victory that will be remembered for evermore. It was celebrated by camaraderie, food, drink and song.



    The other group were celebrating the 10th anniversary of European defeat, anti football tactics and how to smash up a city and terrorise its inhabitants with no doubt the eating of raw meat and singing songs about wading up to their knees in blood.



    I know which celebration I would prefer to have been at.



    To me it is the different attitude of these opposing fans that defines their 3 football clubs. One group has built their ethos on Love and Charity and has prospered the other on Hate and Division – well you know the rest.



    Hail! Hail! PMTYH

  24. Just about to depart for a weekend trip to he Dear Greeen Place: West, Bon Accord and a wee touch of Espana in cafe Andaluz.



  25. 50 shades and Bamboo


    I agree that Wanyama is a fine footballer but I don`t see him offering what Broonie does.


    Our Captain is a very special type of player for Celtic. MoTM at virtually every game I have been to in the last couple of years.


    Cheerio for now.



  26. BRTH


    Thank you for organising the dinner last night. A wonderful occasion. Great to see many CQNrs in good form. HH

  27. Great night last night and great to meet a few CQNr’s. Bought a painting, now thinking of ways to justify it to my better half.


    It’s for charity always works…