Proof that top level football is not always great


Yesterday was not a particularly good day for football.  The Edinburgh cup final was played before a half empty Hampden long before the end and Chelsea’s revival of catenaccio secured the Champions League.  If nothing else the latter proved that football at the very top level is not always great.  Perhaps the reason why truly great teams are so celebrated.

There is an interesting dynamic to Rangers in administration.  Creditors have a cash offer of around £8.5m to consider but eight players, Naismith, Bocanegra, McGregor, David, Whittaker, Goian, Lafferty and Edu cut release clause deals with Duff and Phelps for values greater than this.

Any CVA agreed next month (unlikely though it is) could be paid for by the departure of these players.  Charles Green could potentially be the second person to buy Rangers for only £1.

It is, however, unlikely that other clubs will offer money for these players before a CVA is agreed as they will be available as free agents should the CVA fail and those in control of Ibrox attempt to form a Newco.  Therefore, the chances of creditors getting their hands on any of these transfer fees are limited, no matter what happens to the company.

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  1. You’re suspended for the final and your team wins.



    Do you:



    a) adopt the ‘Roy Keane’ stance and stay out of things, not feeling part of it.


    b) go all John Terry, don your full kit and hotfoot it up to accept the trophy

  2. Good evening CQN from a slightly red and sore bjmac following a great day at Kames, great weather, great golf (from me anyway;-)) and best of all great company.



    There was 2 very funny moments, both from Eurochamps, one I can’t share on here, but suffice to say he told myself and Rubicon the story on the 10th tee, our laughing out off guys on the 18th green, caused one of our groups to slow down to snails pace. we were still laughing walking down 18! The other was EC67 walking down a par 5 fairway waxing on about how generous the fairways were, probably a hundred yards wide, as he walked up to his ball, from his drive, which was in the rough!!!



    Great day thanks to all the guys. There is very little organising, a few emails and a couple of calls, but thanks for the messages earlier.









    PS HT you causing trouble again? SOAL & CT love-in? I’ve witnessed that previously, I’m sorry to say!

  3. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    jc2 on 20 May, 2012 at 23:05 said:


    The Exiled TIM



    totally agree people bought into the “WGS bad” as MSM realised feck if Rangers dont qualify for Chumps league they are fecked. Lets divided and conquer Celtic support…



    Oh so many took up the bait.





    THE EXILED TIM on 20 May, 2012 at 22:51 said:



    Far too many supporters bought into the msm hype, the same supporters who never paid any attention to the media hype btw.



    share on F’book or Twitter




    They did……the MSM can be a very potent weapon when the agenda is very focused and determined against one individual or group…….. For example, how hard they tried to promote the concept ” he brings it upon himself” … Fortunately, this opened a few Celtic eyes, and the resistance to it was impressive……great wee Country we live in..

  4. Kit



    It was in earlier posts that one or two posters called him a hun not yours.



    As CT kindly pointed out to me, this is tinternet and maybe I need to chill, it just irks me that the response to differing opinions is to call guys huns. Honestly can’t ever remember seeing this in the real world. Have you?

  5. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    CaltonTongues on 20 May, 2012 at 23:12 said:



    Ha! Not a bother chief.Apologies to all for the negative post there,it won’t happen again.Anyway WGS won 3-i-a-r,so i salute him for that.

  6. Snake Plissken on




    I’m ok but I have a shiner. The guy ran up and hit me when I was sitting looking the other way. He broke my glasses (but not irreparably) and I had a small gash under my right eye.



    It was not pleasant but my friends helped me out. They threw the scumbag out of the pub and my friends stuck by me which was good. I talked today to my pal Jan who knew the guy who did it and he said the guy is a bampot and if it hadn’t been me, it would’ve been someone else. It was my rotten luck and spoiled the weekend but I’m not in hospital so it was just one of those things.



    At least it wasn’t a sectarian attack but this guy wouldn’t be out of place in Govan

  7. Snake Plissken on 20 May, 2012 at 23:16 said:



    Hope you’re ok Snake







  8. Snake



    Tis sometimes hard being in foriegn lands, easy targets, hope you wern’t hurt too bad.






    Keano for me.


    At least the chelsea players knew their wifes were no at it tho :>)

  9. Snake Plissken on

    Thanks for the concern guys.



    I appreciate it.



    Thank you very much.

  10. hamiltontim on 20 May, 2012 at 23:22 said:





    It was in earlier posts that one or two posters called him a hun not yours.



    As CT kindly pointed out to me, this is tinternet and maybe I need to chill, it just irks me that the response to differing opinions is to call guys huns. Honestly can’t ever remember seeing this in the real world. Have you?








    Good God, wait to you go to Secondary School:-))

  11. Snake



    Keep yer head up buddy.






    Can you imagine the offspring of that tryst!!



    Hope you’re keeping well pal.

  12. hamiltontim



    They are different worlds mate and conduct and behaviour is not the same either.



    In the real world if somebody was to perpetuate negative innuendo you would most likely move away; in the confines of a blog that is not possible.



    I don’t like to read people being accused of being a hun either but if such posts are in response to repeated insiduous discord and repeated attempts to negatively influence the blog who am I to admonish offended Tims.



    Why are we even discussing this? Does that not in itself make you wonder?

  13. Snake Plissken on

    It’s hardly brave to hit a wee guy in glasses who is sitting down looking the other way when you’re a six foot monster with an attitude problem.



    A cowardly attack.



    The guy claimed he’d apologize and pay for my glasses -neither thing happened – scumbag.



    That which doesn’t kill us etc etc

  14. bjmac on 20 May, 2012 at 23:27 said:





    I’ll get on it going to Inverness ;-)









    Aye and you’ll get charged this time!



    Friggin insurance thru the roof.




  15. CT



    That’s the last time I’m showing concern when you go awal ya badly hun!!! :-)))

  16. Bjmac



    You won the golf today ???



    40 points was it, whatever your handicap, I have only two words for you.




  17. Kit



    I think we should move on, if not I’m worried that CT may out me as a hun!!

  18. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    knoxy2000 eating Jelly and Ice Cream and supporting Neil Lennon on 20 May, 2012 at 23:21



    Yer man was serious knoxy,and i can list millions of reason why i maintain that opinion,but i won’t.I have my opinions,just as you have your own opinions.



    My opinion is not for changing(that’s for sure – WGS),so it’s best that i keep it to myself.



    I am not here to start arguments.

  19. CultsBhoy loves being 1st forever & ever on

    RE WGS Biography-



    I just dusted it down – I must have missed the opening line



    “I was born in the shadow of Celtic Park to Irish immigrant parents, born a Celtic supporter, through and through..”



    He did very well in term of titles but he was no lover of Celtic fans – we were just joiners and plumbers who knew nowt about football..



    I don’t know if he had a deep inferiority complex or a genuine conceit of himself but I never took to him either way…



    Of course I could just come on CQN and lie to sneak in with the ‘clique’..



    His football was rubbish as well.

  20. celticrollercoaster says In Neil we trust on




    Loved the name of the restaurant. Respect to you and Mrs Knoxy, and love to wee Oscar. Does he have the hoops with him?







  21. Bloke109



    Pmsl :-))



    That could be the huns next season hawking off all their goods at the same time as having their Division 3 photo opportunity.



    It saves advertising!!

  22. The Honest Cover-up on

    Blindlemonchitlin on 20 May, 2012 at 23:07 said


    Isn’t it a remarkable coincidence that after weeks and weeks this report is finally ready for consideration just before the documentary?!


    More like the report has finally been removed from Doncaster’s drawer.


    It has been reported that the SFA and SPL have been shown the footage and have been given right of reply.


    Doncaster’s attempts to keep this under wraps have been blown out of the water by Mark Daly. Now they have been shamed into action to give the impression that they were on top of the situation.


    Someone in the media really should highlight the conflict of interest Doncaster has given the juicy bonus he is entitled to if this new Sky deal is miraculously concluded. Still struggling to grasp the fact that this deal was splattered all over every media outlet only for it to be conceded a few weeks later that it hasn’t actually been signed yet!


    Wish I could count to ten, wake up and be in front of the telly on Wednesday at 8pm. Literally cannot wait.

  23. Mr X loves having a "fly kick" on

    I had the very, very good fortune to be invited to corporate hospitality for the Champions League Final in Munich and just back home there just now.


    I’m not normally a “prawn sandwich muncher” and felt a little uncomfortable denying real fans a ticket for the final but, hey, if wasn’t me invited it would have been somebody else.



    In any event, I’ve given a wee summary below of my trip from a truly Celtic perspective.



    On the day of the Final, I headed out to the main Fan Zone area out by the old Olympic Stadium. The place was absolutely heaving but who should I spy but John Collins and John Hughes with what I presume was their sons. I thought it perhaps unusual that two ex-Hibernian managers should bodyswerve the Scottish Cup Final but, in hindsight, there was no better place for them to be! I didn’t hassle them and left them to enjoy their escapism.



    In the Fan Zone, there had been created a Champions League museum and I entered with two blokes I was with.



    There was an area in the museum with what could only be described as numbered “lockers”. The lights were dim and there was a moving musical piece playing in the background.



    I saw a lad move forward and open a door numbered 75. Inside was a picture of Beckenbauer lifting the European Cup with the Bayern Munich badge and his name next to it. Ah,thought I, so behind each numbered locker is the picture of the winning captain holding the trophy aloft.



    The German lad stepped back and I moved forward and opened number 67. And there was Billy McNeill standing holding the beautiful big Cup aloft in the Estadio Nacional. For a moment I stared at a picture I had seen a hundred times before. But do you know what? In that museum, in that context, with some people standing behind me watching what I had opened, I felt emotion pouring over me. A tear in my eye welling up (I’m a big sap that way). I closed the door and allowed one of my companions to step forward.



    He was an Aston Villa fan. Opened door 82 and there was Dennis Mortimer holding the cup aloft. My friend had been in Rotterdam when Villa won it. He too seemed moved by the whole thing and I watched as he gazed at the black and white photo, past memories washing over him.



    On we went to then watch a film of the history of the European Cup/Champs League. A roll of honour was gone through of the “ultimate managers” they called it. Seeing Jock’s name there I again felt emotion, pride, awe.


    Later that afternoon, we got back to the hotel and a match programme had been left for us. There was an article in it about European Cup myths and there was a bit about Celtic as follows:



    “Celtic FC fans who invaded the pitch at Lisbon’s Estadio Nacional in 1967 faced a moat packed with crocodiles. Disappointingly, this is only half true: there was a moat around the pitch on which Celtic beat FC Internazionale Milano but there were no reptiles swimming in it, although some Celtic fans pretended otherwise. As one supporter later wrote to the Portuguese authorities: “Dear Sirs, thank you for the crocodiles in the moat. They were delicious”.


    Equally disappointing, although some Celtic fans were rumoured to have sold their houses to reach Portugal, and others were so jubilant they flew back home to Glasgow, completely forgetting that they had driven to the Final, there is no proof that any of them settled in Lisbon. Indeed as one returnee quipped: “My wife often says I was home quicker from Lisbon than I’d ever been from Aberdeen”.


    As for the team, contrary to myth, they weren’t all born within 30 miles of Celtic’s Parkhead ground – Bobby Lennox hailed from Saltcoats 34.8 miles away!


    Celtic seem to attract such myths. Legend also has it that in 1979 when the Scottish champions travelled to Albania to take on FK Partizani, their captain Danny McGrain was forced to shave off his beard.


    Communist leader Enver Hoxha did frown on facial hair and a barber was installed at Rinas airport to ensure non-footballing visitors looked spick and span. But as Celtic lost 1-0, McGrain kept his chin warm. The full-back admitted, “I would have shaved it off had they asked”.


    Instead of the usual pennant, Partizani gave Celtic a book on Albanian architecture.”



    So that night, it was on to the game itself.



    The stadium is, quite frankly, stunning on the inside and out.


    I took my seat early, around 45 mins before kick-off as I wanted to sample the atmosphere. The Bayern fans were magnificent in their vocal backing. They were like a giant Green Brigade before and during the game – noisy, colourful, flares, variety of songs – they had the lot. There was even an Irish tricolour among their support.



    Chelsea fans on the other hand were just not what I expected. They seem to only have three main songs and their singing was sporadic.



    I turned to a bloke sitting next to me at the game who I didn’t know and exchanged pleasantries. Turned out he was Scottish. “What team do you support back home”, says I. “Celtic season ticket holder” says he. Marvellous. Here I am in Germany watching Bayern v Chelsea and a Celtic man is pitched up next to me. What a blether we had.



    As for the game, I still can’t believe it. Chelsea were battered in the semi final. They were then battered for 90 minutes in the Final. They conceded a goal with 6 minutes to go. They equalised with 2 minutes to go. They were then battered in extra time with Bayern missing a penalty. So it goes to a penalty decider and Chelsea miss their first kick. Bayern score their first three.



    And I sit here now and Chelsea are somehow Champions of Europe. Unbelievable and unjust.



    Never mind. An enjoyable social weekend for me with a great Celtic flavour interspersed throughout.

  24. ʇɐɥʇ sʎɐs ʇɐɥʍ ʍouʞ noʎ oɥʍ ʎoɥq ʇɐɥʇ on




    I think your favourite sleekit hun posted at 11:38. :O

  25. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    Mr X loves having a “fly kick” on 20 May, 2012 at 23:42 said:



    And that is the post of the day.



    Great read.



    Many thanks.

  26. The Exiled Tim, but for 3 or 4 three putts and 5 points after 6 holes it should have been a lot better. Not up to your standard but came back in 1 over with 2 three putts!



    Getting the bug back!



    Hope you’re well.







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