Phenomenal changes ahead for Celtic Park


The news yesterday from Glasgow City Council that Celtic’s planning application for the areas outside the stadium had been approved will do more than deliver shrubbery to a currently derelict landscape; your match day experience is about to be transformed.

Unless your ticket is for the executive lounges, your match day will involve turning up to a cold stadium (not a lot Celtic or the Council can do about the weather) and wait for the game to start, with rudimentary access to toilets (get in early if you want a hand towel), burgers and pies.

Celtic have been buying up land around their perimeter for years and with permission to remove the derelict London Road School, they are now in a position to provide restaurants, bars, pre and post-match entertainment.  They will also be able to bring the many thousands of artefacts which tell the story of Celtic into a dedicated museum space.

Celtic Park will become a working, 7-day-a-week, tourist destination. It’s going to be phenomenal.

Plans have been before the Council for years but although they ticked all the boxes and made enormous economic sense for an area of the city badly in need of a boost, I hear one SNP councillor spoke against plans to move the superstore from its current location to a larger area, as he felt the need to protect the interests of local Asda and Tesco superstores!

Not everyone was happy to see the club, or the area, progress.

The new edition of CQN Magazine is out and packed with great articles for and by the Celtic support.  You can flick through the magazine in the graphic below but it you want to actually read it, click on the double-headed arrow at the bottom right of the graphic.

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  1. Kev Jungle thanks for the response, so in fact they are “your” figures and cannot be verified-correct? As a matter of interest what part of the stadium does your naked eye survey the crowd to make your guesstimate? Hail Hail Hebcelt

  2. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Marg is good for getting tar off ur hands. Mind when the roads use to melt with the heat? Them were the days.

  3. Paul67 – Why no floating pitch ?


    Skin-flints :)



    No, seriously – “your match day experience is about to be transformed.”



    So – I take it we’re gonna be bringing in some decent players ?



    On the pitch is THEE most important part of ANY club



    the cosmetics are btw. imo



    I now I’ll be in a minority of one but – if the huns are turned to dust…I’ll give it a year and


    we’ll not be able to sell a SB for £100 never mind reduce it by the same.



    Hail Hail n God Bless



    Thanks for being you.

  4. Kev, some of the games I’ve been at I’ve thought the attendances were UNDER estimated.



    I think the £100 off is a HUGE thing. I have not heard anyone say they were not renewing, quite the opposite in fact.



    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this season, renewed my 2 books a couple of days ago. Really looking forward to that Champions League anthem already.



    Supporting Celtic patently depresses you, I wonder why you bother? Then I re-read your rubbish mate and realise you don’t.



    I’ll be treating you as I do Kojo mate and simply scroll on past your trolling…….Nae offence.

  5. NatKnow - "We welcome the paper-chase..." on



    13:09 on


    8 May, 2013


    I wish they would get rid of that horrible margarine factory. (Please no margarine based puns).



    Indeed. I can’t believe it’s not clutter.




    I hope this doen’t kick off the ole CQN-how-do-you-pronounce-margerine debate! You know the one – is it :



    Mar-jer-een or




  6. hoopeddreams on

    Apologies to all those whose birthdays I missed over the last few days.



    Paul, many thanks again for the blog.



    I thought about getting you a present but I couldn’t be bothered.



    Still, it’s the thought that counts.

  7. See the folk that don’t come because of ‘boring football’ , how come the numbers didn’t drop as significantly in the last season and a half of MON’s management? Couldn’t have been anything to do with relative prosperity could it?

  8. Paul67



    But, but, but Kevjungle says we face a crisis. ;)



    It would be great to see Celtic match the Nou Camp r Old Trafford as a place that attracts visitors but Im hoping there will be a regular spin off to the local community where new flats are springing up all around and with good marketing CP becomes the East End Merchant City equivalent.


    Different levels of SBs covering and including a range of all inclusive offerings from pie and bovril to smoked salmon and cheese tapas might be the very thing to raise the match day experience standard to that enjoyed at European clubs.

  9. The Boy Jinky on

    Paul 67



    No mention of a casino … multiplex … ice rink .. or even a retractable roof …


    Blooming cheapskates

  10. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Was it jabba that panned Celtic for building over the graveyard?

  11. Henriks Sombrero on

    Paul – Any chance the new shop/museum could be in place for the Commonwealth games starting ? Celtic could make a real killing if that was opened for then.

  12. Paul67



    Paradise extends to the Celtic triangle and



    Sevco mark 111 hits the cobbles.



    One party CSC

  13. hebcelt



    13:19 on 8 May, 2013




    From all areas.


    Don’t ye know that when the game is putting you to sleep that


    ye can go off oot for a walk roon the stadium underneath ?



    When have you ever heard of Celtic going into a game were they can clinch the title and – they canny sell it oot ?



  14. Previous thread—






    13:02 on 8 May, 2013




    I would like to see both Russell and Gary McKay Steven signed and any on your list bar Hooper if he wants to play for us and Kayal stay.


    The two Utd lads would not play SPL games as if they were won already not having been part of Celtic in the past two seasons and having something to prove.


    If Hooper wants away I would use his transfer fee to get both lads.





    I like hooper and kayal but been really dissapointed with hoops since january, annoys me he doesnt really celebrate either when scoring as if its no big deal. If he wants to stay and work harder id be delighted to keep him for another yr or 2..



    Kayal– love his enthusiasm and always like to see him start but he hasnt really improved under us or made the impact i thought he would..



    Some players have to leave and free space so these are my picks.



    Russell yes— mackey steven-no



    Only because i think we have enough on wings and dont want mcgeouch progress being stopped.



    Good wee player thou

  15. Skel Perobares on

    The margerine factory must go, after all they’re introducing lots of flora to the area.







    I’ll get me coat.

  16. GourockEmeraldBhoy on

    Gene’s a Bhoy’s name


    13:19 on


    8 May, 2013




    Perhaps they are going to fill the hole with the demolished school



    Makes sense



    It does that :-)



    Lunch break over, back to work for moi…




  17. KevJungle – “Walk-On” in the Jungle = Bliss



    Just wondered…” if the huns are turned to dust…I’ll give it a year and


    we’ll not be able to sell a SB for £100 never mind reduce it by the same”…what would you want done, in those circumstances?

  18. Jude2005



    No. Its still being assembled as one thing leads to another as I understand it.

  19. leftclicktic on

    If you enjoy margarine, tip your cap to Emperor Napoleon III.



    Napoleon III saw that both his poorer subjects and his navy would benefit from having easy access to a cheap butter substitute, so he offered a prize for anyone who could create an adequate replacement.



    Enter French chemist Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès. In 1869, Mège-Mouriès perfected and patented a process for churning beef tallow with milk to create an acceptable butter substitute, thereby winning the Emperor’s prize.

  20. Dead and Loving it on

    Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning!


    13:13 on


    8 May, 2013








    Nae casino!!



    A license for casino was not applied for as the competition from the Ibrox mega casino would be too much to compete with

  21. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Paul 67 –



    Where will the heliport be?



    But it is great news that this has been given the ‘green light’ to use a favourite Celtic View line.



    I wonder if that SNP joker is the same guy who attempted the petition against the school being demolished on the ole MENSA websites?

  22. Why are crowds down…?


    MSM claiming that Scottish football is in a terrible state


    SFA claiming that Scottish football doomed


    SPL claiming SKY won’t want to buy the rights to Scottish football


    MSM claiming that the league was over before a ball was kicked


    MSM claiming Celtic would not have a challenge…


    No sorry no idea why crowds are down…

  23. neveralone



    13:30 on 8 May, 2013




    Introduce wage capping on every level of the club.



    Push to get standing areas reintroduced.



    Slash admission prices.



    Try to get back to 3pm kick offs on Saturday.



    …take it from there.





    Off oot this time.

  24. CQN’ers, thanks very much for the birthday messages, yir all “simply ra best”.






    Hail Hail

  25. Last wan Kev.



    I have 2 books, sometimes take ma Da sometimes other friends & family members, I regard myself as very fortunate that I’m not short of a bob or 2.



    It still takes me a tank of diesel to attend each game (£75).



    Being successful means (as has happened) 3 home games a week.



    If you go on the odd European trip, odd away game it costs a FORTUNE.



    To go to every game (2 tanks of fuel to the highlands) you need to be seriously minted. Get real pal, there’s a recession out there, getting 55k+ to a televised early kick off on a Sunday is a massive effort by the fans.

  26. Scotland - rotten to the core on

    That’s great news Paul67 I was worried we might be lagging behind our southside rivals what with their megacasino and hoverpitch plans.

  27. thomthethim on




    Of course economics has a major impact. All the more reason why the product has to be as attractive as possible, especially when most people have to be more cautious as to how and where they spend what extra cash they have.



    More and more, football is competing with other attractions/ necessities for people’s money.



    One of Big Jock’s lesser published quotes is,” what gives me most pleasure is, that there are people coming to watch Celtic now, that would not normally watch Celtic”.



    What we have to find is a balance between playing watchable, attractive football and winning football.



    Not easy, I admit, but it would help if we coud build a secure, no nonsense defence as a platform for creative football.

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  29. KevJungle the thought of you with your all seeing naked eye prowling about the bowels of the stadium so you can stay awake while the team are playing puzzles me somewhat,but whatever floats your boat.Still have,nt answered my question

  30. Hamiltontim on

    Good afternoon all. Been busy so have only just found out that Fergie is hanging up his trackie. The end of an era, not just at Old Trafford but foe English football as a whole.



    Great news about redevelopments around the stadium. However, I can’t help thinking that I would much prefer to see improvements made to the playing staff.

  31. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/



    13:24 on 8 May, 2013



    Was it jabba that panned Celtic for building over the graveyard?






    You have to allow him some understanding there – he’d just watched Speilberg’s ‘Poltergeist’ and was suitably terrified.




    Belated birthday withes to P67 – I’ve a 5 year old sharing the day with you but unfortunately she and her brother decided to contract a sweet dose of the norovirus and it’s been a week of misery and the hoose smelling like Mordor dressing rooms.



    Any birthday wishes, Paul? Like ‘I wish I’d never sat down at the PC with wordpress and considered starting up a wee personal blog about the Hoops just to see if it raises any interest with the likeminded or perhaps stimulate some polite opinions….”

  32. Hamiltontim on




    Happy Birthday ye oul goat :-)



    Hope it’s a good one for you mate.

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