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I’ve not touched the Anthony Stokes story on purpose. It’s one of those stories you could be writing for a week, if you started. Anthony enjoyed a successful period for Celtic but the writing has been on the wall since the latter part of Neil Lennon’s era.

He’s still only 27, with around half his career ahead of him, but it won’t be at Celtic. I hope he gets a club who can make the most of his talent.

Despite the riches brought by a new TV deal solidarity contract, many English Football League clubs are still under severe financial pressure, including Neil’s current charges, Bolton Wanderers. Bolton owe the vast majority of their circa £200m debt to owner Eddie Davies, so there’s a good chance that will be written off, but administration remains likely.

Bolton chairman, Phil Gartside, who I hear is now seriously ill, saw this coming years ago, when he proposed an EPL 2-type league reorganisation, while lobbying for the inclusion of Celtic and Rangers. The plan was kyboshed by his then fellow Premier League acquaintances. It would have been transformational for Celtic, and literally a life saver for Rangers.

That Bolton debt figure is pretty eye-watering but the returns from non-league club Forest Green Rovers caught the eye. Net debts reached £5.4m after season 2013-14, thanks to a £2.9m loss. In non-league football. There’s only one Scottish club with that kind of debt. Although I suppose they are also playing off-piste in the Championship.  Pay your way or go to the wall.  Long term that rule applies.

The football industry in England and Wales will survive for a while yet, despite the broken financial model. It won’t be until the TV rights value drops due to reliable and easy to access pirate feeds that the bubble will burst. And it will burst.  The underlying fragility in the football business is that your expenditure is either fixed or often contracted on a multi-year basis, while income is vulnerable to sharp shocks.  It’s not a healthy business to be running at a deficit in.

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  1. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    petec on 4th December 2015 6:11 am

     

     

     

    Defensively? Invasion of Crimea? You havin` a laff?

     

    No way,mate.Russia under Putin is aggressively promoting it`s aims of territorial advancement in an attempt to recreate the Soviet Empire.

     

    EMPIRE……….imperial…..colonisation.

     

     

    Conspiracy? No problem. I look for the same.

     

    Forgiveness? For an opinion?

     

    Never necessary.

     

    Keep telling it as you see lt.

  2. Macjay a drivel has no bounds, Russia trying to regain the soviet empire ffs absolutely nothing to do with reality in his world. Feed him some babies and shut him up ffs

  3. So, America finance a fascist coup in the Ukraine, the new fascist dictatorship tell everyone in the country what language they are allowed to speak and begin a campaign of ethnic cleansing, the new dictatorship decide they can’t get enough native fascists so bring in forginers to fight and govern. Their agenda, put nuclear weapons on Russia’s door step and Russia should accept that meekly because the empire will have their way.

     

    Remind us what happened when the Soviet tried the same thing in Cuba and tell us why the Russians should reactant differently ?

  4. America and NATO lied about reducing hostilities in Europe, aggressive expansionism by NATO is the proof.

  5. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on 4th December 2015 6:23 am

     

     

    petec on 4th December 2015 6:11 am

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Defensively? Invasion of Crimea? You havin` a laff?

     

     

     

     

    No way,mate.Russia under Putin is aggressively promoting it`s aims of territorial advancement in an attempt to recreate the Soviet Empire.

     

     

     

     

    EMPIRE……….imperial…..colonisation.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Conspiracy? No problem. I look for the same.

     

     

     

     

    Forgiveness? For an opinion?

     

     

     

     

    Never necessary.

     

     

     

     

    Keep telling it as you see lt.

     

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     

     

    A lot of people didnae like Kojo, I found him well worth reading, and I think the blog has sort of collapsed since he removed himself from the place.

     

     

    He was excellent foil for the stereotypical Celtic Supporter.

  6. The SNP voting has no room for Individuals.

     

     

    The SNP vote is 1 vote – no matter what.

     

     

    1 Voice.

     

     

    A Unified voice, well…….

  7. The olde Labour and Tories still have dissention in the ranks, Respect.

     

     

    Paul67 and Neg2 are telling you EXPLICITLY about the Polis State.

  8. Travellerbhoy

     

    Greetings from Dundee. I hope and pray that things have changed for the better in this city and that you continue to have the strength to look after yourself and your family.

     

    HH from an expat Weegie.

  9. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    petec on 4th December 2015 6:56 am

     

     

    A lot of people didnae like Kojo, I found him well worth reading, and I think the blog has sort of collapsed since he removed himself from the place. He was excellent foil for the stereotypical Celtic Supporter.

     

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    Not collapsed.

     

    Diminished? Yes.

     

    He was an unreconstructed capitalist.

     

    That,you see ,is unforgiveable.

     

    Meanwhile we have a plethora of share owning socialist hypocrites spewing their intolerance to those who dare to have a different opinion.

     

    Viz. the threats of violence to Labour politicians who DARED to vote with the Tories.

     

     

    Socialist.

     

    National socialist………..

     

    Nazi.

     

     

    Viz.

     

    CANAMALAR on 4TH DECEMBER 2015 6:28 AM

     

    Macjay a drivel has no bounds, Russia trying to regain the soviet empire ffs absolutely nothing to do with reality in his world. Feed him some babies and shut him up ffs

     

     

    Nevertheless.

     

    The myth that personal vilification on this site will not be tolerated.

     

    The myth persists.

     

     

    T.D. cops it.

     

    Well.Of course.

     

    He doesn`t fit the C.Q.N.Tim stereotype.

     

    He thinks for himself.

     

    Just like Kojo.

     

    Unforgiveable.

     

     

    Juden rous!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Yeshua died to take away the Sins of the World.

     

     

    So when things are going awry, dinnae ever forget that you can Call on Yeshua/Jesus and he will take Care of you.

  11. Travellerbhoy.

     

    Not much to say other than keep strong and there is good out there. It might be hard to find at times but it is there.

     

    HH

     

    Clinko

  12. macjay1,

     

     

    I have shares in my work, and I will try and Capitalise on them.

     

     

    The arguments can go on forever.

     

     

    I jut want everyone to be exposed to the Gospels, if you are Hungry, You will…………….

  13. twentyfirstofmay1979 on

    Am I allowed to take over the East Kilbride weather report this morning ?

     

     

    Chucking it doon wi rain, dead windy and as bitter as an orangeman

     

     

    comebackjobobaldecsc

     

     

    HH

  14. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    petec on 4th December 2015 8:00 am

     

    So sorry I wasn`t able to meet you in Glasgow.

     

     

    Decide for yourself what is in the interests of yourself and your loved ones.

     

    Don`t be deterred by the ideological hypocrites who,strangely,deride capitalism but own shares and have interest bearing accounts and discuss buying and selling football players at profit and loss.

     

    Their day has gone.

     

    The world has moved on.

     

    The trogs remain and acknowledge that fact with their anger.

     

     

    The gospels.

     

    That`s your truth. Cherish it.

     

    Best if you don`t try to impose YOUR truth on others.

     

    Not a good idea.

     

    Tends to cause resentment.

     

     

    May your god go with you.

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    Hail,Kojo.

  15. Maximum respect towards Emilio for helping KT become as good as he can be.

     

     

    I love Emilio, as he is a real Legend, and still has a big part to play in future successes.

  16. Morning Celts

     

     

    Are sevco gone yet.

     

    I’m surprised they are still here.

     

    They must be printing their own cash

     

    Quantative Easing ipox style.

     

    They should have fixed the roof while the sun was shining:)

     

     

     

    HH

  17. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on 4th December 2015 8:13 am

     

     

    I’m likely to shout louder now. I’m free.

     

     

    Unlikely though.

     

     

    If a person says they Believe that Christ Died and was resurrected….. Wow.

     

     

    I’d have loved to have a lot of beers with you.

     

     

    Not to be, never say never.

  18. South Of Tunis on

    Blue sky and a big sun . Forecast to hit 17 -way down south .

     

     

    Wee jaunt to the south eastern slopes of Mt Etna last night . Biggest volcanic eruption in years ..So big and powerful it is creating volcanic lightning ————a fabulous but scary sight !

  19. Kelvinbhoy: Just catching up. Sorry to hear about the loss of your dear father.

     

     

    Ar dheis láimh Dhé go raibh a anam uasal.

  20. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    St Stivs

     

    Thanks for the Bratislava link last night

     

    Need to watch more of those games

  21. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    PETEC on 4TH DECEMBER 2015 8:20 AM

     

    macjay1 for Neil Lennon on 4th December 2015 8:13 am

     

     

    I’m likely to shout louder now. I’m free.

     

     

    Unlikely though.

     

     

    If a person says they Believe that Christ Died and was resurrected….. Wow.

     

     

    I’d have loved to have a lot of beers with you.

     

     

    Not to be, never say never.

     

     

    – ———————————————————–

     

     

    Mate.

     

    Lot of beers?

     

    Why not?

     

     

    Si dios quiere.

  22. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Coatbridge Paper Bhoy

     

     

    I was in my lip when you replied last night, checked with my sisters this morning he did have a shop and a grocers van that toured your area, small world, his son now has a shop and Leftclicktic speaks to him on a daily basis

     

    Petec it won’t be the first time Macjay has been spectacularly wrong, only jesting Macjay hope you and the family get a wee trip back home soon

  23. CANAMALAR on 4TH DECEMBER 2015 6:28 AM

     

    Macjay a drivel has no bounds, Russia trying to regain the soviet empire ffs absolutely nothing to do with reality in his world. Feed him some babies and shut him up ffs

     

     

    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/pay-your-way-or-go-to-the-wall/comment-page-10/#comments

     

     

     

    Not personal? I hope Philbhoys doesent get upset by this,….oh well…..

     

     

     

    On a sadder note, Kelvinbhoy, I’m sorry for your loss, RIP your auld Man.

  24. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    PETEC on 4TH DECEMBER 2015 8:47 AM

     

    macjay1,

     

     

     

    I hope you are ridiculously wrong about Ronny Deila.

     

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    Believe me,Peter.

     

    So do I.

  25. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    GERRYFAETHEBRIG on 4TH DECEMBER 2015 8:58 AM

     

    Coatbridge Paper Bhoy

     

     

    I was in my lip when you replied last night, checked with my sisters this morning he did have a shop and a grocers van that toured your area, small world, his son now has a shop and Leftclicktic speaks to him on a daily basis

     

     

    Petec it won’t be the first time Macjay has been spectacularly wrong, only jesting Macjay hope you and the family get a wee trip back home soon

     

     

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    Gerry.

     

     

    Tim generosity at it`s best.

     

    A credit to our culture.

     

     

    Hail Hail.

  26. NEGANON2 on3RD DECEMBER

     

     

    The key question therefore, and one that Auldheid noticeably ducked, is what will you do when the board openly betray us? Even if it is just theoretical, what will you do?

     

     

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    In the spirit of panto season “oh no I didnt”.

     

     

    If you go back to whenever you posted your question and scroll from there you will find my answer.

     

     

    In a a less than charitable spirit every time you present a lie as the truth as above you undermine your credibility.

     

     

    Get your facts right mate. Start from there and you might get some support.

     

     

    At present you are farting green steam.

  27. Looks like he had a tough break right from the off, things look like they’r changing now for the Bhoy nopefully.

     

     

    SCOTT ALLAN ditched Twitter after he was subjected to hateful abuse following his move to Celtic.

     

     

    The Parkhead playmaker found the social media site to be more trouble than it was worth after his Hoops switch.

     

     

    And team-mate Anthony Stokes must now be wishing he went down the same route as it threatens to cost him his Celtic career.

     

     

    Stokes was handed a two-week club suspension after using his personal Twitter account to voice his anger at being left out of last week’s squad against Inverness.

     

     

    The Irishman has featured just twice this season and that frustration boiled over as he was once again frozen-out, this time in the bitter cold in the Highlands.

     

     

    Deila branded Stokes ‘disrespectful’ for his sarcastic tweet which broke the club’s social media policy and could see him leave the club in January.

     

     

    Anthony Stokes caused a Twitter stormAnthony Stokes caused a Twitter storm

     

    Allan found the best way to deal with the issues Twitter can bring was just to come off it completely and hasn’t been active on his account since he signed for the Hoops.

     

     

    That came after some vitriolic messages were sent to him when he was at the centre of an Old Firm transfer tug of war in the summer which Celtic eventually won.

     

     

    If Allan had still been using Twitter then he might have felt the urge to voice his frustration when he found his first team chances, albeit injury not helping, limited.

     

     

    Instead, boss Ronny Deila held the former Hibs man up, along with Leigh Griffiths and Callum McGregor, as an example of someone who has shown a great attitude in training and patience.

     

     

    Allan insists the squad haven’t been affected by the Stokes row ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Hamilton Accies but asked about Twitter, he said: “I’ve not been on it since I came here, to be honest.

     

     

    “It’s probably a problem not worth having. I don’t need to go on Twitter and read negative stuff every day. It’s something I can do without. I’m glad I did it. It’s part of life for a lot of people these days but one I can do without.

     

     

    “What has happened is between Anthony Stokes and the club. For me, I went on it in the first place when I was young boy in Dundee, sitting in the house with all my team-mates. There was nothing else to do.

     

     

    “With social media these days, all young people are on it. It can be a good outlet sometimes, but for me personally it’s something I don’t really need. I don’t know if I’ll ever go back on it. It’s one of those things. I’ve not been on it in a while. Maybe in the future.”

     

     

    Asked about the online abuse he received, Allan added: “It’s part and parcel of things. Obviously some of it is not nice but if you want to be successful in football then you are going to have to deal with a lot worse than that.”

     

     

    Allan is yet to make a start for Celtic but looks to be edging closer after coming off the bench against Ajax during which he played a sublime pass to set up Leigh Griffiths before losing possession for the Dutch side’s winner.

     

     

    Tony Nicoletti/Daily RecordScott Allan makes an appearance for Celtic

     

    Allan came off the bench in the Highlands last week and now has his eyes on Accies tomorrow before the trip to Turkey next week for the Europa League dead rubber against Fenerbahce. He said: “With the stature of the club and the chance to step up a level, I have said before that it was an easy decision for me.

     

     

    “I don’t think anything could compare to going to Fenerbahce or Istanbul. Everybody knows the history of the club and their rivalry with Galatasaray. It is like the Old Firm game. It is something to look forward to. Hopefully we can get a result over there as well.

     

     

    “The European games are a bonus if you get to feature. I just need to focus on my game and how I’m going to get into the Celtic team. I was disappointed at the end with the second goal against Ajax but it is a learning curve for me.

     

     

    “I just need to take positives from it. If you’re not getting the start you need to come on and make an impact on the game. With the squad we have at Celtic we should have players who can do that.

     

     

    “People probably want to see a lot more of me and I want to get more minutes. But it has been mostly positive from what I’ve seen. It has been a step-up but it was the same when I went to West Brom from Dundee United.

     

     

    “They were a Premiership team with a lot of internationals, so I kind of knew what to expect. For me, I had to be ready when I came on and try to make an impact on the game and that is what has happened in the last couple of games.

     

     

    “I want to show a bit of creativity. That is what I want to add to the team.I feel ready, but the decision is up to the manager. I don’t know what he thinks, but personally I do feel as if I am ready.”

     

     

    Allan – who joined his team-mates in handing out gifts at Glasgow’s new Royal Hospital for Children yesterday – admitted a knee injury denied him the chance to get his Celtic career off to a flying tartin.

     

     

    SNS GroupCeltic’s Scott Allan with the £3000 cheque from the Celtic FC FoundationCeltic’s Scott Allan with the £3000 cheque from the Celtic FC Foundation

     

    He said: “I played in a reserve game against Dundee down at Morton. After about 60 minutes, I went to chop the ball back and my studs got caught in the grass. My knee went out a bit.

     

     

    “It was unfortunate and I knew right away there was something wrong. It didn’t feel strong. I got a scan and was told four weeks. After three and half weeks, I felt it again in training and that was another four weeks. It wasn’t ideal.

     

     

    “I had made a few appearances before but then that happened. It was unfortunate. Obviously it was a frustrating time with the injury. I was out for six weeks. I tried to come back too early and I stalled again.

     

     

    “It is about working hard on the training park and in the gym and being ready when I get a chance. I had a grade one medial ligament injury in my knee. I just wanted to get started at Celtic. It was a real setback, but that is part of football. As I say, I just need to work harder.”

  28. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    tonydonnelly67 on 4th December 2015 8:59 am

     

     

    Hey,Tony.

     

     

    Sorry,mate.

     

     

    Cannae talk to you ,` cos you`re beyond the pale.

     

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    Mate.

     

    Frankly,I couldn`t give two tuppenies.

     

    On the other hand, I wouldn`t mind a level playing field.

     

    Not unreasonable,I would have thought.

     

    Hail Hail.

  29. KelvinBhoy

     

    _________

     

    Sorry to read yer sad new pal, so sad.

     

    Thoughts & Prayers for all who are close.

     

    Try to stay strong and, for ever more….thank

     

    him for making You the fine Celt that You are.

     

    God Bless You.

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