Making Tynecastle a more difficult place to visit


Why are Hearts proposing to limit the number of away fans to a few hundred, a move which would have consequence for only Celtic and Newco?  It will allow them to sell more season tickets, which would bring in more money.  It would also tip the competitive balance in their favour – no massed ranks of Celtic fans, just the baying hordes of home fans.

With Newco already employing this tactic to limit the number of Celtic fans who visit, others will inevitably think they can do the same.  Why should Newco be the only side to work the system and gain a competitive advantage?  We can bump our gums a bit, but that’s all, the rules permit this action.

What Celtic do about the ticket offer is more important.  As we did with Newco, we can refuse tickets and offer Hearts none by return.  This is unlikely to affect results at Celtic Park, where visiting Hearts fans are of little consequence, but could impact our results at Tynecastle.

If we refuse and Newco accept an offer of a few hundred tickets, they earn a competitive advantage over us.  This would not be a smart play.  It is also worth noting that making Tynecastle a more difficult place to get a result should be a good thing.  The notion that next season will come down to who does best across four Glasgow derby fixtures leaves too much in the balance for me.  I would be happy to throw visits to siege-mentality Tynecastle, Pittodrie and Easter Road into the mix.

Look out for news released today that Newco have settled with the promoter of last year’s Sydney Homecoming Tour.  Newco claimed TEG had breached their contract, although they did not go into details.  TEG raised an action in Sydney against Newco for pulling out of the tournament, after discovering Celtic were being paid significantly more money for the same event.

Like all publicity around commercial deals at Ibrox, white is black and black is white.  TEG now get to sell Newco games for the next three summers, compensation, I’m sure, for the Sydney Homecoming Tour.

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  1. Posting from my floating crocodile in the pool. When I was a kid I thought only millionaires and crooks had swimming pools and villas in Spain . . .

  2. Condolences to Petec.



    Back at work after two weeks off. Haven’t taken 2 full weeks off for fire years. Someone clear my emails for me?

  3. What I have noticed since Brendan Rogers joined the club is the lack of transfer activity.Ange to his credit new right away who he wanted and they board obliged,now we are back to old wait and see attitude.

  4. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    “…next season will come down to who does best across four Glasgow derby fixtures…”




    Hasn’t actually been the case since 96-7, but the myth is great for old firmery. Probably why the MSM push it so hard. Not sure why a Celtic website would.


    As for Sevco’s commercial deals – couldn’t care less!

  5. glendalystonsils on

    As a consequence of pulling out of the Sydney tour , Sevco are to get £1m and 10% of all gate receipts.

  6. Rangers CEO James Bisgrove commented on the deal struck between the two parties. He has been quoted as saying: “We’re delighted to team up with TEG and form this innovative commercial partnership that propels our international strategy into a new dimension.”




  7. “Rangers Football Club is incredibly fortunate to have the most passionate and diverse supporter base in world football, and we are excited to bring our men’s first team to key international markets with the strong support of TEG as our partner.”




  8. TIMBHOY163 on 11TH JULY 2023 12:08 PM


    What I have noticed since Brendan Rogers joined the club is the lack of transfer activity.Ange to his credit new right away who he wanted and they board obliged,now we are back to old wait and see attitude.————



    I have never seen BR so quiet. Full stop.




  9. “We’re delighted to team up with TEG and form this innovative commercial partnership that propels our international strategy into a new dimension.”



    “pay close attention”





    One for Pete C

  10. Ange stole a march on most UK clubs, especially SPFL ones when he signed so many Japanese players. It was a case of low-hanging fruit. I’m not sure if we have a scouting system in South Korea or if yet again, it was Ange, Australia is somewhere I believe we do have an ongoing interest in searching for upcoming talent.



    Looks as though we are now scouting in a different pool, if it is for a far better quality player, ie costing more, then there is fierce competition for these players, there is NO low-hanging fruit just waiting to be picked. Agents of those players, rightly so, are waiting to see where and what the offers are. All this means that Celtic are in the queue along with all the others and have to bide their time on possible outcomes. They’ll have many irons in the fire though, many, and to say that things have slowed since Ange left only means that we no longer have his input as regards players from his old neck of the woods, which were sitting waiting to be picked up, hence, the quickness of the final deals.



    I hope we do manage to get more physicality into the team, it’s needed, whether that be quality or just brawn, preferably a bit of athletic class in midfield would not go amiss either, por cierto

  11. !!Bada Bing!! on

    If Sevco have sold TV rights abroad,all SPFL Clubs must get a share,all deals like that,the money is pooled and shared between the 12 clubs, does Bisgrove know this?

  12. Prestonpans bhoys on




    The first thing that hit me, even without looking out the stats, was not this century . Lazy journalism and all that 🤦‍♀️

  13. !!BADA BING!! on 11TH JULY 2023 12:45 PM



    It’s a deal that ties them in to summer pre-season tours promoted by the firm they stiffed. A nice commercial agreement with a partner you tried to diddle out of millions. No problems with that arrangement in future, no chance



    “Future tours to places such as North America, North Korea and Outer Space are said to be under consideration.”

  14. AN DÚN on 11TH JULY 2023 12:54 PM


    Being pimped out all over the globe can’t be the best prep for European qualifiers.



    It’s a strategy from another dimension. Like 5d AI chess. You wouldn’t understand

  15. Prestonpans bhoys on

    The TEG thing is an astonishing concession, for the next three years your pre season schedule will be determined by them. Who you play and where you play is outwith your control.



    I suppose if you don’t have that £1.6m then ……..

  16. WeefratheTim on




    So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. May he Rest In Peace. 🙏🙏🙏

  17. WeefratheTim on




    The loss of a loved one is never easy. May your dad Rest In Peace. 🙏🙏🙏 HH

  18. In recent years Tynecastle was always the most dangerous away ground to go to. This makes it even more dangerous



    We could have a generation who won’t see us beat the Huns and the minis in their own middens – one of life’s great pleasures.



    It’s also terrible for the Scottish game as a TV spectacle.

  19. The calibre of player Celtic are targeting have many suitors and won’t be rushed into any decision.


    The bed wetters will just have to wait.

  20. Tobago Street on

    Petec, I’m hopeful you can find some peace in knowing your father is in a better place.


    May he Rest In Peace.




  21. Condolences Petec – Sad to read your news. It sounds like your Dad enjoyed the best of what life had to offer.

  22. TIMBHOY163 – I would think that Brendans first task is to understand what he has available to him within the walls of parkhead. Sounds like he’s making great progress in tying down our main assets. Have some patience buddy – it’s going to be an amazing season.

  23. McPhail Bhoy on

    If Hearts genuinely have people waiting to watch them play at Tynecastle then fair enough they have to look after their own supporters first. But if it ends up being like Rugby Park, Pittodrie, Easter Road, Fir Park etc. etc. with half empty stadiums while thousands of supporters can’t get a ticket what sort of sporting /commercial madness is it? If the SPFL, which is the member clubs, can’t agree a formula and also agree that it makes sense for those interested in the sporting spectacle (particularly for live TV matches) to have the stadiums full then what’s the point of having supporters we should just go back to the Covid season with no one inside? Thinking about it is the cunning plan, so that it gives Sevco a chance to win the league?

  24. I want a team that relishes going to away grounds, full of their support, intent on shutting them up and beating them. Any player who isn’t up to that, isn’t good enough.

  25. quadrophenian on

    Gosh; the TEG management are brave getting into bed with that shower of charlatans.



    Haven’t they done their due diligence on that mob’s cold shouldering, contractual disputes and legal cases…?



    Mon Celtic; get us a big new signing thru the door eh?





  26. QUADROPHENIAN – I was thinking the same. Watch them worm out of whatever obligations TEG impose on them. They will have a list of excuses at the ready.

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