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The stage is set for a magnificent Celtic occasion but these days often don’t go to plan.  Celtic are champions, solvent, united and planning for Champions League qualification next season.  Their opponents are none of these things but they remain a formidable team who have four and three goals past Celtic on two occasions this season.

Anyone who thinks tomorrow will be a procession is palpably wrong, Rangers will present as great a challenge as Celtic have faced since slipping out of the Europa League.  Out opponents will be motivated by the enormous events taking place in their club at the moment; they are playing for self-respect.

Rangers are also a conundrum; both robust and fragile.  Elbows McCulloch will stamp his brand of influence all over the field, the chances of no Celtic player picking up an injury are low, but at the same time, touch them in and around the Celtic box and they will collapse in a heap.

We can hope for a big win but any win will do.

One* team in Glasgow,
There’s only one team in Glasgow.
One team in Glasgow,
There’s only one team in Glasgow.

*excluding, juniors, youths, lower leagues, amateurs and Celtic Ladies.

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  1. The save ‘Gers’ campaign is trundling along at a snails pace, and the timing of the latest announcement of a ‘battle for control’ of course verges on the ridiculous, but predictable.

     

     

    Paul67′s articles have called it as it is, at every step of the way, and absolutely nothing but a ‘charade’ will continue into May, and beyond, until the last few pennies run out in the summer. MSM know it, some of the more intelligent Ragers supporters know, that liquidation is the only way out, and that’s why we have the squealing of pigs, on the eve of their potential mauling at Celtic Park.

     

     

    I hope CFC have been able to focus of football this week, Celtic fans stay safe and are given the party they richly deserve after being robbed on two occasions of Cup Final celebrations, and overturning a 15 point deficit to complete the best title turnaround ever.

     

     

    On Sunday Celtic will again have the better footballing side, provided the referee isn’t allowed to feature, I’d expect to see Celtic stamping their superiority and delivering a crushing victory, in a game I’ve never wanted Celtic to win more.

  2. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    It’s going to be the end of the hun,anybody thinking Celtic will be allowed to play the game fairly and win is an admirable optimist.

  3. ibleedgreenandwhite1 on

    blantyretim on 28 April, 2012 at 11:56 said:

     

    now read it ibleed…. o))

     

     

    :0)

     

     

    Abit ott but its my first ever podium lol

     

     

     

    I will read the article now lol

     

     

    Hail hail

  4. ibleedgreenandwhite1 on

    Lennon n Mc….Mjallby on 28 April, 2012 at 11:57 said:

     

    I would’ve easily won had I been logged in,easily.

     

     

    Heard it sherbet lol

     

     

    Hail hail

  5. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    I have no worried about tomorrow apart from the health of our players and fans. I do not expect any help or protection to be offered to them by the match officials or the police. Good luck and stay safe.

     

     

    HH

  6. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    What’s Fann(d)y Sardine been saying at the Neo Nazi rally this morning then?

  7. Tomorrow’s game has a surreal feeling about it.

     

     

    It’s almost as if the football aspect is of little importance.

     

     

    A wee bit like beach ball Sunday.

  8. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    28 grad here today.

     

     

    I can hear the beer garden whispering to me. Awe naw come to me …come. ;-)

     

     

    HH

  9. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on 28 April, 2012 at 12:07 said:

     

    What’s Fann(d)y Sardine been saying at the Neo Nazi rally this morning then?

     

     

    Think it is 1-30 kick off.

  10. topkat on 28 April, 2012 at 11:59 said:

     

     

     

    ”And why we turning our back at 15mins”

     

     

     

    I think it’s a GB protest to show the SFA (and mibaes the Board?) that fans will turn their back on Scottish football if a newco huns is allowed straight into the SPL. The GB are anxious that fans know it’s not meant to be a huddle.

     

     

    No doubt if my understanding is wrong someone will correct me.

  11. SwanseaBhoy, that’s the day after Rangers season finishes and also the day their money is due to expire. Wages will be paid and the bank account will be empty.

     

     

    Fin. As the French would say.

  12. There are a few key questions,which are not being addressed. I ‘ll try and answer them and hopefully we can dismiss some myths

     

     

    1….HMRC won’t discuss a pence in the £ deal…..Not true, they will discuss a deal

     

    2…..They will always take something , as it’s better than nothing……Not true, not even close to being true.

     

    3….They will not deal with Whyte , but they will deal with any of the other bidders……Not necessarily true, they are unlikely to agree a deal that leaves Whyte in place, however Brian Kennedy has had previous with companies going into creditors liquidation, and Paul Murray was part of Murray’s discredited board. Bill Miller would be the only one with no previous

     

     

     

    This is from HMRC’s official site. This is the reality of whether a CVA can or will be agreed.

     

     

    Rejecting a voluntary arrangement

     

     

    We are also likely to reject a voluntary arrangement where there is evidence of:

     

    •1 evasion of statutory liabilities or past association with contrived insolvency

     

    •2 payment of other creditors whilst withholding sums due to the Crown.

     

    •3 any proposal that requires sale of HMRC debt or does not provide cash dividends

     

    • 4 failure to meet any obligations under a prior voluntary arrangement

     

    • 5 exclusion of creditors who are entitled to receive the same treatment as all others within their class

     

    •6 a purchaser assuming responsibility for payment of some of the debtor’s debts in consideration for the purchase of the debtor’s assets

     

    • 7any proposal by any member of any organisation that requires debts owed to its members, to be paid in full, whether inside or outside of the arrangement or before or after the completion of the arrangement when all other unsecured creditors will become bound to accept a compromise of their debt. Here ‘members’ includes any prescribed associate(s) or other creditor(s) specified by the organization.

     

     

    A CVA could fail and be opposed on the following basis.

     

     

    1. Rangers if found to be liable by the FTT will by definition have evaded their statutory duties

     

     

    2. Rangers have been paying other creditors continuously whilst withholding sums due to the Crown. Some had to get the courts to force the payment, however others have been paid without such a need

     

     

    6. Will be tricky if they agree a deal with Ticketus moving forward for anything other than the offered dividend payable to all creditors

     

     

    7. Will fall foul of the Football creditors rule. Rangers will not get full licencing whilst they owe football debt. HMRC will vote against if Rangers, now or at any time in the future pay football debts in full, whilst only offering a % settlement to other creditors. This is a real catch 22 for Rangers

  13. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    BT

     

     

    Awe I have been practising paint it black just for you ;-)

     

     

    I need two hands mate to pick up those two litre jars ;-)

     

     

    HH

  14. Awe Naw,

     

     

    Behave yourself.

     

    GG was the journo who did the Hugh Adam interview ten years ago.

     

    He has never towed the hunline. Perhaps editorial control had a effect on how far he could go, but he never tasted the lamb.

     

     

    to repeat, he was a school contemporary oy mine at St. Augustine’s in1956,though never a “mate”.

  15. midfield maestro on

    Jobo

     

     

    Heading up to EK to visit Museum of Rural Life with Mrs MM, mini MM & 2 of her friends. What is your weather prediction for the afternoon?

  16. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Thomthetim

     

     

    Sorry if he is an aquaintance of yours but I find it a bit rich when Glenn Gibbons pens articles about after the horse has bolted. Hugh Adams wrote a letter to the Scotsman

     

     

    20 years too late . He exhibits a fine prose..shame he has no cahones

     

     

    HH

  17. Glenn Gibbons: Rangers blown on to the rocks by Murray bluster

     

     

    Published on Saturday 25 February 2012 03:57

     

     

    David Murray said a deal with JJB Sports would earn Rangers £11m per year but the figures didn’t stack up

     

     

    OUT of chaos comes order – but it can take a seemingly interminable time, as dread-filled Rangers supporters will almost certainly continue to discover in the coming weeks, months or even years. In the meantime, the tumult that marks the kind of hostile environment into which the Ibrox club has been thrust inevitably gives rise to some notoriously uncertain proposals for salvation.

     

     

    Among the more frequently mentioned of the dozens (perhaps even hundreds) of suggestions voiced on the myriad media outlets now available to all has been the notion of a fans’ buy-out. This supposed ideal, strangely, appears to have gained so much currency that the three official bodies, the (Rangers Supporters) Association, Assembly and Trust respectively, have launched a website that invites their members to make pledges of financial support that will serve as an indicator of the plan’s feasibility.

     

     

    If this unarguably well-intentioned, indeed idealistic, exercise is to produce the many millions required to put a badly-listing ship back on an even keel, those who wish to sail in her will have to confound recent history on a pretty spectacular scale.

     

     

    Surely nobody with a declared allegiance to Rangers can have forgotten the damning results of the former owner/chairman David Murray’s rights issue of just over seven years ago, in December, 2004. Then, as now, the club was in desperate need of re-financing and Murray publicly proclaimed his confidence that the target of £57 million would be reached.

     

     

    In the event, Murray (or at least his group of companies) was forced to underwrite the issue to the tune of £50.275 million. The total raised amounted to an embarrassing £51,430,995, with “new business” – that is, first-time share buyers – investing only £307,530.00. Even these figures, however, were not miserable enough to prevent the irrepressibly bombastic Murray from acclaiming the exercise as a resounding success.

     

     

    “The investment by over 4,500 subscribers,” he said, “demonstrates strong support for this initiative. Collectively, we have created a firm financial footing for the future of our club.”

     

     

    As was often the case with Murray, the omissions from his utterances were more significant than the inclusions. He did not, for example, dwell on the detail that his pumped-up 4,500 had, with a total of £1,155,995.00, invested precisely £256.88 per head. Or that the new business (£307,530.00 from 1,263 takers) had brought an average subscription of £243.49.

     

     

    The tripartite website organised by the respective supporters organisations displays a box into which fans are invited to enter the sum they would be willing to pledge to help “save 140 years of history”. Intriguingly, the amounts to be ticked, presumably mere “suggestions”, start at £500.00, more than double the figure the 1,263 were willing to “sink” on average seven years ago. And, back then, unlike now, the money would be surrendered with a view to a future yield.

     

     

    Murray’s claim to have demonstrated “strong support for this initiative” and created “a firm financial footing for the future of our club”, of course, now sounds as empty as a balloon. There was, however, hardly a murmur of demur at the time, despite the absurdity of his bluster having been made clear by the figures.

     

     

    Nor would his audacity in this respect be checked even by Rangers’ ever-accelerating plunge towards their present ignominy. When a contract with the retailer, JJB Sports, gave the latter control of Rangers’ shops in exchange for annual revenue which could, naturally, fluctuate in direct relation to sales, Murray insisted that the deal would bring the club £11 million per year.

     

     

    One gullible business writer on a Sunday newspaper claimed an “exclusive” interview with the Rangers chairman and, in the article, presented a breakdown of the JJB agreement which basically contradicted itself.

     

     

    Murray had said that Rangers would receive a lump sum of £18 million, but it transpired that this would be “annualised” over ten years, meaning instalments of £1.8 million. The “breakdown” then states that £1 million a year will be saved in interest by paying off £18 million worth of debt, a curious achievement since the £18 million would not arrive in the form of a lump sum. This million in saved interest, along with £2 million-£5 million based on replica shirt sales, was included in the projected year-on-year income of £11 million.

     

     

    Astonishingly, but almost typical of Murray’s 22-year-tenure, this patent nonsense was widely accepted as an inviolable truth. It was left to a City analyst – clearly a man with at least some understanding of Glasgow’s football culture – to cast serious doubt on the viability of the deal. “They (JJB) are effectively paying them (Rangers) for something that only appeals to one half of Glasgow,” he said. “I wish them luck.”

     

     

    As events have demonstrated, that luck never did materialise. Instead, Murray unloaded the badly damaged goods on Craig Whyte and now the wreckage is so extensive that the salvage experts are having great difficulty in making a proper assessment.

  18. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on

    HH..

     

     

    It was moving to read so many of you talking with love and affection for your friend Steve /Pablo this morning..

     

     

    I ve read his name often on CQN..

     

     

    Celtic supporters are a family..

     

     

    The sentiments and memories recalled for a sorely missed wonderful man, demonstrate clearly why we as Celtic supporters are different..

     

     

    HH

  19. Good afternoon from Clydebank to CQN

     

    Can’t get to the game tomorrow sad to say

     

    Celtic 3 Rangers 0

     

    God bless you all

     

    Hail Hail

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