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Phenomenal changes ahead for Celtic Park

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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. thomthethim on

    Petec,

     

     

    He maybe potentially a betterplayerthan Russell,but at themoment, he lacks first team experience and toughness.

     

     

    The catch22 situation is that, such are the pressures of Celtic’s first team,it will be difficult togain the necessary games.

     

     

    JR is seasoned at that leveland anyway,they ate not like for likr players.

     

     

    My point was that the loss to DU could be partly assuaged by gaining a player or two on loan.

     

     

    A win win for me.

  2. Gene's a Bhoy's name on

    Ernie

     

    I don’t entirely disagree with the sentiments regarding building preservation. As far as the school is concerned it would be difficult to incorporate the facade into the new structure due to the position it would have within that structure. The artists impression of the new layout shows the front of the new building at the main road whereas the school is set someway back due to the playground.

     

    For me if buildings are declared as cat b it should go along with a legal requirement of the owner to maintain the structure otherwise the grading is meaningless and many of the buildings become derelict.

  3. Panic on the streets of London

     

    Panic on the streets of Birmingham

     

    I wonder to myself

     

    Could life ever be sane again ?

     

    The Leeds side-streets that you slip down

     

    I wonder to myself

     

    Hopes may rise on the Grasmere

     

    But Honey Pie, you’re not safe here

     

    So you run down

     

    To the safety of the town

     

    But there’s Panic on the streets of Carlisle

     

    Dublin, Dundee, Humberside

     

    I wonder to myself

     

     

    Burn down the disco

     

    Hang the blessed DJ

     

    Because the music that they constantly play

     

    IT SAYS NOTHING TO ME ABOUT MY LIFE

     

    Hang the blessed DJ

     

    Because the music they constantly play

     

     

     

    On the Leeds side-streets that you slip down

     

    Provincial towns you jog ’round

     

    Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ

     

    Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ

     

    HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ

     

    HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ

     

    HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ

     

    Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ

     

    HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ

     

    HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ

     

    Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ

     

    HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ

     

    HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ

     

    Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ

     

    HANG THE DJ

     

     

    ;))

  4. bankiebhoy1 on

    ………..I’ve an idea………

     

    use the sandstone bricks to make hunners ‘ n’ hunners a wee BBQs aroon the carpark,

     

    so that we can all have tailgate parties during the long balmy summer evenings

     

    after a game

     

     

     

    Summer Fitba CSC

  5. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Bankiebhoy1,

     

    Now yer using yet loaf

  6. thomthethim

     

     

    17:39 on 8 May, 2013

     

     

    Petec,

     

     

    He maybe potentially a betterplayerthan Russell,but at themoment, he lacks first team experience and toughness.

     

     

    The catch22 situation is that, such are the pressures of Celtic’s first team,it will be difficult togain the necessary games.

     

     

    JR is seasoned at that leveland anyway,they ate not like for likr players.

     

     

    My point was that the loss to DU could be partly assuaged by gaining a player or two on loan.

     

     

    A win win for me.

     

    __________________________________________________________

     

     

    I dinnae disagree with anything you are saying but, as SFTB, was always saying, it takes the very best of Talent to Stay in the Celtic First team.

     

     

    We should always be looking now at Victor Wanyama level players, the finest in the World, even though we play in the SPHELL. ;)

  7. Excellent news.

     

     

    …and not before bloody time!

     

     

    Hope there will be room for an ice cream (and jelly) parlour.

     

     

    HH!!

  8. For the cauld winter days outside CP how about a scattering of braziers like they have in Bruges and a wee supply of shovels n chestnuts for roasting and selling at some?

     

    A pound a poke if you will pardon the expression. Give folk something unique like the Christmas markets to try before entering the stadium. The possibilities are endless.

  9. In my earlier football supporting life I remember watching and playing against guys like Tony Green and Jimmy Smith or watching a young Gordon Strachan or going back Wullie Hamilton at Hearts all of whom would have graced the creative Celtic jersey.

     

    Russell and GMS come into that category for me.

  10. What a lot of pash…

     

     

     

    Spiers on Sport: the men who can stabilise

     

    Rangers Wednesday 8 May 2013

     

     

    It is no exaggeration to say that

     

    Rangers is going through a second

     

    fit of self-destruction, as if the

     

    events of the past 12 months have

     

    not been bad enough for the club’s

     

    supporters

     

     

    Malcolm Murray, the Ibrox chairman,

     

    will step down. Or, putting it more

     

    bluntly, he will be ousted. The

     

    independent investigation,

     

    commissioned by the club to Pinsent

     

    Masons, is causing growing

     

    boardroom ill-feeling, an ill-feeling

     

    which is spreading to others

     

    employed at the club.

     

    Murray finds himself in a remarkable

     

    situation – by the quirks of his

     

    character he is trusted by just about

     

    no-one on the Rangers board to carry

     

    out the chairman’s job convincingly.

     

    He and Charles Green grew

     

    contemptuous of each other and the

     

    two men have contrived to secure

     

    their mutual demise.

     

    Walter Smith, sooner or later, will

     

    step down from the Rangers board,

     

    having never fully been at ease in the

     

    role, even prior to the current

     

    upheaval. Smith often felt disdainful

     

    of the way Rangers’ business was

     

    done under Charles Green and Imran

     

    Ahmad.

     

    Whatever Smith’s mood, when he

     

    leaves Ibrox he will be a loss to the

     

    club, simply for his presence and

     

    ballast as a knowledgeable Rangers

     

    figure. Smith, unlike Green or Ahmad,

     

    has nothing but the good of Rangers

     

    at heart.

     

    Two other key figures at Ibrox, who

     

    are less well known to the public at

     

    large, are the non-execs, Ian Hart

     

    and Bryan Smart. These two men also

     

    now have the chance – and maybe

     

    the imperative – to stabilise and

     

    revive Rangers.

     

    To those who know him, Hart is

     

    viewed as a determined, decent man,

     

    a lifelong Rangers supporter who

     

    does unsung charity work and has a

     

    successful business track-record.

     

    Hart certainly has the gift and know-

     

    how to lead Rangers forward – it is a

     

    question of whether, amid this mess,

     

    he also has the inclination.

     

    Some would like to see Hart installed

     

    as the next chairman of Rangers,

     

    though he himself might baulk at the

     

    prospect.

     

    Smart is seen as another “straight up

     

    and down guy” with a city/finance

     

    background who could help pave a

     

    path out of this boardroom mess. A

     

    former director with Mercedes Benz,

     

    and a man with a penchant for

     

    classic cars, he is now viewed along

     

    with Hart as an essential, stable

     

    presence at Rangers.

     

    More has emerged about the growing

     

    disenchantment with Green’s tenure

     

    at Ibrox – especially in his war-war

     

    rather than jaw-jaw approach to the

     

    football authorities in Scotland.

     

    Green’s aggression in this context

     

    went down a storm with elements of

     

    the Rangers support – but not with

     

    men like Walter Smith, who desired a

     

    less confrontational and more

     

    consensual approach.

     

    In recent months Smith had been

     

    lined up on behalf of Rangers to hold

     

    peace talks with both the SFA and

     

    SPL in the aftermath of Green’s

     

    belligerent style – though that has

     

    been temporarily shelved until the

     

    current Ibrox boardroom turbulence

     

    settles.

     

    Ironically, although Green’s

     

    uncontrollable tongue, such as his

     

    disastrous interview using racist

     

    language, eventually brought him

     

    down, many inside Rangers still

     

    believe he will be largely exonerated

     

    by the Pinsent Masons report.

     

    Green played hardball, to a point of

     

    misleading Craig Whyte, in the weeks

     

    prior to Rangers failing to secure a

     

    CVA last May, but he may be

     

    measured in the fullness of time as

     

    having done far more good than bad

     

    for The Rangers International Football

     

    Club.

     

    Some Rangers figures remain

     

    convinced that Green made a fatal

     

    error in resigning when he did two

     

    weeks ago. The board were turning

     

    on him but, had he chosen, he could

     

    have hung in, at least until Rangers’

     

    internal investigation was published.

     

    A further question concerns new

     

    Rangers appointments. Martin Bain,

     

    the old club’s former CEO, would step

     

    back into the role in a whisper,

     

    though that scenario might be

     

    unlikely. Others hope that Paul

     

    Murray, a member of the old Ibrox

     

    board, who has been open and

     

    eloquent on the issues facing

     

    Rangers, can make a boardroom

     

    return.

     

    Murray would make a welcome

     

    presence in the Ibrox boardroom.

     

    More than anything what Rangers

     

    require right now is an honest,

     

    emotional and intellectual

     

    understanding of the club’s needs.

     

    These are instincts, strangely, that

     

    many seem to lack.

  11. Little known facts about Fergie.

     

     

     

    Not the longest serving manager. Ferguson was manager of Manchester United for 26-and-a-half years. The longest serving league manager in Europe was Guy Roux, who occupied the hotseat at French team Auxerre for 44 years, finally stepping down in 2005. Ferguson isn’t even the longest serving Scottish manager. Willie Maley was Celtic manager from 1897-1940, clocking up 43 years.

     

     

    Gave the young Kenny Dalglish lifts. When Ferguson was at Rangers he gave lifts to a young Kenny Dalglish who was hoping to be signed. “Fergie used to give us a lift into town. He had such a big car,” Dalglish told the Guardian. When Dalglish was picked up by city rivals Celtic he was forced to play centre back and mark Ferguson in a reserve team game.

     

     

     

    Home is called Fairfields. Ferguson lives in a mansion in Wilmslow, Cheshire. It is called Fairfields after the shipyard where his father worked.

  12. excathedra44 on

    GlassTwoThirdsFull

     

    16:25 on

     

    8 May, 2013

     

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

     

    Martinez to Everton.

     

    Lenny not going anywhere.

     

     

    ——————————————————————-

     

     

    Are you sure?

  13. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Will the hun liquidation day become a fixture in Scottish football, a bit like guy fox day, the annual jelly and ice cream day

  14. Archie mac pherson on saf…social problems stopped him taking the hun job.

     

     

    Why not just tell it as it was?

  15. Swalex

     

     

    On Jock Stein:

     

     

    “I am proud to say that I knew Jock Stein as a manager, as a colleague and as a friend… he was the greatest manager in British football.”

  16. Gutted Moyesiah leaving for Mancs but the job he has done for the Blues has been magnificent !

     

    Expect Kenwright to have a few options one of whom will be Owen Coyle ! Right credentials but don’t rule out Rafa !!! Certainly will have scouseland buzzin !!!

  17. Kilbowie Kelt on

    A Celtic idiots honest thoughts……

     

     

    1… I don’t EVER again want to play against any reincarnation of our dead & unlamented neighbours.

     

     

    2… I don’t EVER again want to see the sale of alcohol at football grounds in Scotland.

     

     

    3… I don’t EVER want to see Celtic playing their football in any English League.

     

     

     

     

    Only a Celtic man with masochistic tendencies, or a very bad memory, would want a return to the horrors associated with 1 & 2.

     

     

    Number 3 would see us the target for every violent BNP & UKIP faction, in every town ( Army Base towns in particular) in that green & pleasant land, at every away fixture we played.

     

    I would love to see Celtic in some Atlantic League or any similar grouping, but I dread the very notion of becoming the focus of England’s ever more extreme elements.

  18. Paul just catching up and that’s great news and a great piece of business’s by Celtic.

  19. whitedoghunch on

    TET

     

    Jock Stein told swalex to give the Gothenburg manager a bottle of champagne an tell him how great his team and he was before the game then get stuck in- they duly did

  20. DUSHANBE BHILLY BHOY on

    Toffetim.

     

     

    Raffa?….The man who once described the Toffees as a “small team”.

     

     

    Are you mad?

     

     

    As a one time season ticket holder at The Old Lady (1987-1990) I say….

     

     

    Never!

     

     

    Never!

     

     

    Never!

  21. Just listened to STV with Erchie Mac, that’s the reason the cheats get away with it not 1 person will tell it like it is.

     

     

    Not signing because his wife is a catholic is disgraceful, the day our media tell it like it is then and only then the cheats can move on.

  22. wdh

     

     

    All you are hearing is how swalex is the best ever.

     

     

    Great manager, but I doubt it could have been done without the money he has had over the years.

     

     

    Big Jock the best ever for me.

  23. leftclicktic on

    THE EXILED TIM

     

    18:36 on

     

    8 May, 2013

     

    wdh

     

     

    All you are hearing is how swalex is the best ever.

     

     

    Great manager, but I doubt it could have been done without the money he has had over the years.

     

     

    Big Jock the best ever for me.

     

     

    ———

     

    SAF would wholeheartedly agree with you

  24. Roy Croppie… Yes m8 they will defo !

     

    Dbb ….. Have been known to suffer from rasputinitis but nothing impossible in football !

     

    Wouldn’t be my choice but Kenwright is friendly with him !

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