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.

Here we go………
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  1. johann murdoch + TBB



    That’s the problem with the London Road school – its one of the poorest examples of a Victorian School in Glasgow – there are many more worthy of refurbishment/ preservation.



    Now if GCC and particularly ‘Hysterical Scotland’ were genuinely concerned – they would salvage and stockpile some of the; stonework, lintels, mullions etc and get to work using them to preserve some of the ‘unique’ buildings in the city before the majority end up bulldozed!



    At a conservative estimate – it will take more than £300K (purchase price) to knock the damn thing down.

  2. johann murdoch on



    16:12 on


    8 May, 2013


    johann murdoch 16:07 on 8 May, 2013



    No one cares about the unused Category B buildings throughout the Glasgow area – just the one that Celtic are going to demolish.




    I think there are a lot of people who do care about these buildings however the costs involved in returning them to some form of usage and planners intransigence in comprimising [sometimes just a little] in terms of compliance with current building regulations to allow this has resulted in many of these fine buildings remaining empty and derelict.

  3. Googybhoy



    Johnny Russell may well be a Bhoy but that does not mean he will wait for Celtic. The info that he fancies going abroad comes from a current team mate of his whom I have always found to be very straight and has no agenda.



    If we want him we will need to move soon in my opinion.

  4. Have Tae Say….Ah’m Right Behind Ernie..



    On The Issue Of Preserving The Edwardian Facade Of The Old School….




    And Over The ‘Global Warming Scam’….



    Jist Goes Tae Show…



    Like A ‘Stopped’ Clock…..



    Oor Ernie Can Be Correct….



    Twice A Day….




    Catch Me,Martha…



    Ah’m Feelin’ Faint..!!

  5. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    It will be Moyes – probably with Baines and Fellaini to follow.


    Martinez to Everton.


    Lenny not going anywhere.

  6. johann murdoch on

    Preacepta-Yes I agree some of the stonework etc could easily be retained and incorporated into a new facade-however would it have any resonance with the Celtic support?.if not why do it?

  7. bankiebhoy1 on

    ……on the subject of Architecture……a good read is the catchily titled ” From Bauhaus To Our House” by Tom Wolfe……………..worth a peek.



    ‘Walter’ Gropius CSC

  8. Re the architecture debate. Years ago I bumped into the designer Philippe Starck in a bar in New York. I had loved a bar he’d designed in Paris which had become a really iconic place. Then it got turned into a Naf Naf jeans shop. I thought this was sacrilege but he just shrugged and said that’s what happens – you build stuff, later on it gets replaced. No big deal apparently. :)

  9. Hamiltontim



    Take your point about improving the quality on the pitch, although I feel this redevelopment will have many long term benefits to both Celtic and to the supporters as a whole, both the “die-hards” who attend every game and the “tourists” who will attend less regularly. The benefit of having a lot of “tourist” supporters are that they are the ones who are more likely to go to the museum, buy merchandise in the shop and have a drink and meal before the game.



    What we don’t know (well I don’t anyway) is how much this is all going to cost Celtic and whether some of this will be paid for by GCC. I would also imagine that the budget for this will come from a pot of money seperate from a transfer kitty.




  10. My contempt for the SNP knows no bounds to be honest. Horrible f***ing lot.

  11. ernie lynch on




    16:12 on 8 May, 2013



    johann murdoch 16:07 on 8 May, 2013



    ‘No one cares about the unused Category B buildings throughout the Glasgow area – just the one that Celtic are going to demolish.’




    This was an importunity to save a listed building by incorporating it in the development scheme.



    But who wants to visit a museum housed in an old fashioned building?



    Much better with something shiny and new.

  12. StumptownBhoy-(ex-SanDiegoBhoy)For_wee_Oscar on

    Belated birthday wishes to Paul67 & Mr. Z, as well as Vmhan.



    Paul, I’d like to pay my share for the CQN Magazine, but can’t find ant link to do so. Any suggestions?



    Great news about the development, as well as the museum. The match day experience is certainly lacking in terms of facilities and entertainment for the kids. An opportunity is being afforded to establish the club at forefront of retail attractions to lure fhans and football enthusiasts to the stadium 24/7.



    Does anyone have a date as to when the project will be finished?

  13. johann murdoch on

    With regards to modern architecture [which I do have a fondness for] I still think the new hydro arena looks like Klaatus spaceship[flying saucer] just crash landed in the SECC car park!

  14. The Battered Bunnet on




    It’s such a bad example of a Victorian school, that its damned Edwardian :¬)

  15. StumptownBhoy-(ex-SanDiegoBhoy)For_wee_Oscar on

    Ernie Lynch-



    Coming from a construction background, I’ve looked at the old school with a critical eye many a time. The existing structure is too far gone to be saved and much of the facade’s mortar is rotten and crumbling. Quite simply put- a death trap.



    When was the last time you bothered to look?

  16. Gene's a Bhoy's name on

    I expect the new building to be in keeping with the velodrome opposite – maybe we can get emirates to sponsor it -another revenue possibility

  17. Hamiltontim on



    16:21 on


    8 May, 2013





    It just boils down to preferences and opinions.



    If Fergus hadn’t done what he did at the time, then it wouldn’t have been done.



    As it proved to be, we didn’t need all of Di Canio, Pierre and Cadete.



    One or two of them would have sufficed and money spent on the back door locks.



    All history now, but, I firmly believe Fergus’ priorities were correct.






    Big Jock was proud to have attracted what you called the ” floaters”.


    Many remained as fans.






    That’s my point, they stayed and became the Celtic supporters of the future. They weren’t like those who foumd other things to do at the end of the MON era.



    I do disagree if you’re implying that Tommy Burns wasn’t a good enough manager to win at least one of those titles but that’s yet another discussion :-)

  18. Paul67, As long as Eclectic still retains it’s Charity, the thing you pushed mair than anything else when we wurnae winning Titles, we Will be A-OK.








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



    09:31 on 8 May, 2013



    I recall the morn after our 2-3 defeat at TTOD in the CL under WGS


    and, Swalex was on the National BBC(not the Scoattish version) and was being quizzed by an English journalist who opined – “That was a great game. What made it that way ?”



    Swalex answered – “The Celtic supporters made it a great game !”


    He continued – “If we had the Celtic fans down here every week then, there would be no doubt that this(EPL) would be the best League in the world!”



    Strange though, the above never made it’s way into the SMSM ?







    Yer knowledge is sensational, IMHO. Even mair than ernesto but still Shortie of philvis cos he does Wonderful Youtubes every day.



    Both are the Sammi tae me, Great Celts..



    “And you dare to call me a terrorist”.

  19. The ole school debate is in full flow.


    Where does the gazebo fit into this debate? Should the old one be replaced?




  20. Greetings CQN’rs from the bowling club in Bena Vista. Not been able to log on due a combination of lack of Internet connection and varying degrees of sobriety, or lack of it.


    TET, where are you based again, memory fails me at the moment?

  21. If Rangers had adopted a less hostile attitude to Catholics, they could have had a choice of Jim McLean or Alex Ferguson as manager in 1983.



    Both turned them down because of their signing policy.



    They ended up with Jock Wallace instead.



    Truly, the most stupid club in Europe.

  22. Can’t we hang a massive Celtic Banner on the old school and leave it to the orc demolition squads to sort it out..



    Job done no fuss..

  23. johann murdoch on

    ernie lynch


    16:11 on


    8 May, 2013


    johann murdoch



    16:07 on 8 May, 2013



    That’s an argument for demolishing every building more than 10 years old.



    Utterly ridiculous.




    Ernie- no its not ridiculous-I was speaking about THAT particular building not being suitable for the purpose intended-I have been involved in building refurbishment for over 25 years CatA/Cat B and Cat C and currently involved with a number of listed building conversion projects-some are suitable for conversion others fail due to variety of reasons.

  24. Hamiltontim on




    Sorry but I don’t buy into this theory that there are different kitties for different ventures.



    If money is going to be spent on modernising facilities then you can bet your bottom dollar (or euro in your case) that it will limit the funds available for other things, such as improving the playing staff.



    Anyway hope you are well and getting a few more restful nights!!

  25. paolosboots on

    Paul67 said “not a lot can be done about cold stadium”, i beg to differ. A few years ago I was in Madrid and managed to get tickets to see Real Madrid in the Bernabeu. From a comfort perspective you could hire a cushion (no I didn’t) for a couple of euros but more impressively in January it was very cold and they had gas heaters, try this link and view the images http://bit.ly/16YJ3Lf



    Would totally enhance the viewing experience, what do you think?

  26. Phyllis Dietrichson on

    What’s the betting Private Eye’s “Nooks and Corners” column has a piece on the school in next week’s issue?

  27. I would far rather the likes of Russell and his team-mate people are always talking about in the same breath went elsewhere, even if only to get experience. We needs blood our own youngsters, like Paul George, and see if we can bring in real experience, preferably from abroad to help us in Europe. Imo, we need a left back, centre back and right sided midfielder, much more than SPL class forwards.

  28. johann murdoch



    Not suggesting ‘salvage’ should be incorporated – rather materials that could be stockpiled under licence for other uses on buildings within the city.



    Have witnessed too many pieces of worthwhile architecture being destroyed over the years – could have wept when I came across 4 Adam’s fireplaces (in the Park Area) smashed to pieces by someone with a sledgehammer (conversion to flats).



    Its a shame but the school should have been partially stripped (10 years ago) and anything worthwhile salvaged. Once done – the site should have been cleared. Amen!

  29. The Battered Bunnet on

    Buildings that take the breath away (non-exhaustive list):



    Pyramids at Giza


    Machu Picchu


    Stirling Castle


    Palace of Versailles


    Guggenheim Bilbao



    …amongst many others.



    While Gaudi was conceiving the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, our guys Thomson, Turnbull and Peacock were beavering away on the London Road School. I suppose, at least our guys finished the job, so credit to them for that much.

  30. On the subject of the old school, there is another in Springfield Road, next to the “new” St Michael’s, if people want to admire the brickwork. In fact, there is another about 10 minutes walk away: Whitehill Primary, I think, that is called. Tome, they have all always been an eyesore. (Mind you, being the local “Proddy” schools, I might be biased. A joke, by the way.)

  31. TBB



    I am not an architect – but even more reason for removing it. :-)