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Read this morning that the Tynecastle pitch is 19-years-old.  Celtic’s is less than three-years-old.  Hearts have responded quickly to criticisms of their surface and will have a new pitch laid before the end of the month.  Having a top quality football pitch in Scotland isn’t a cheap business.  Celtic pay £500k per year in running, maintenance and depreciation costs for the sunlamp system which keeps the grass as alive as it is.  On top of that there’s costs for ground staff, under-soil heating and various other equipment.

And more at Lennoxtown, of course.  You wouldn’t believe the costs involved in running a football operation at a club with facilities the size of Celtic Park and Lennoxtown.  Modern football in massive stadiums isn’t something you can carry out on a shoestring.

On the Newco debacle at Dundee yesterday; this wouldn’t have happened under Mike Ashely’s watch, whether you regard that particular scenario as malevolent or benevolent. With an active link to Ashley, Newco would benefit from professionalism in the boardroom and better players in the dressing room.  What we’re now enjoying is 100% the work of Dave King, who during his electioneering phase promised so much.

Instead of an Ashley appointed CEO, manager and selection of players from Newcastle’s secondary squad, they’ve sacked their manager and given the guy who put the cones out for the youth team responsibility to finish above Aberdeen. The upshot of this is that the players they need to dig them out of this mess – like Kenny Miller who is not being offered a new contract – know that the decks will be cleared for the new manager.  This is a perfect way to demotivate a squad.

If Celtic (or Aberdeen) win the Scottish Cup, the top four Premiership places qualify for Europe, which would be reassuring for Newco, were it not for St Johnstone, who sit six points adrift from them. But unlike Newco, St Johnstone only have to play Celtic one more time this season.  Saints manager Tommy Wright will smell blood on the brown brogues.  Don’t bet against him.

The message below is from Vmham, who is one of the brave souls cycling from Celtic Park to Lisbon in May.  Please get involved with this magnificent project if you can, there is more information on the MyDonate page linked below:

“CQN’ers, as you may know I’ve been training most of last year for an epic cycle from Celtic park  to Estadio Nacional in Lisbon 25th May 2017.  We wanted to mark the 50th anniversary of the “first British team” to win the European cup, Celtic done it in style with a team whose 11 players were born within a 30ml radius of Celtic park.  As a CQN’er I was involved in the bringing home Kano campaign way back and have contributed financially to support CQN’s website and still do. If anyone would like to sponsor me you can by clicking here on MyDonate page, thanks folks and see you at the party in Lisbon :>)

Vinny”

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  1. saltires en sevilla on

    Voguepunter

     

     

    Appreciated buddy

     

     

    You almost had me…

     

     

    I would have been surprised if he had heard that one above the Bull’s Blood inspired

     

     

    Peeeeeennuuuussss, peeeeeennnuuuussss that much loved ’88 style chant ;-)

  2. Barcelona player Neymar and his club will stand trial on corruption charges over his transfer from Brazilian team Santos, after losing a final appeal.

     

     

    The case relates to a complaint from Brazilian investment group DIS, which owned 40% of Neymar’s transfer rights.

     

     

    It claims it received less money than it was entitled to when Neymar joined Barca from Santos for £49m in 2013.

     

     

    Santos, Neymar’s mother and a company run by the 25-year-old footballer’s parents will also face charges.

     

     

    “Santos FC, Barcelona FC, Neymar, his mother Nadine Goncalves and N&N, the family company, have lost their appeals to have charges of fraud and corruption dropped,” the Spanish High Court said in a statement.

     

     

    They cannot appeal against the court’s decision.

     

     

    Prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison sentence and a fine of nearly £8m for Neymar.

     

     

    However, even if the Brazil international were found guilty he would be unlikely to go to jail. Under the Spanish legal system, prison terms of under two years are typically suspended.

     

     

    Prosecutors are also seeking a fine of about £7.2m for Barcelona and £5.6m for Santos.

     

     

    Barca thought they had brought the affair to a close when a judge archived the case in June, but Spain’s public prosecutor successfully overturned the ruling in September, allowing the case to proceed.

     

     

    Neymar’s Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi was sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud in July of last year. He has appealed against the sentence.

  3. Dia daoibh uilig

     

     

    Just popped to share my good fortune.

     

    I did a £40 accumulator on the football over the weekend.

     

    It’s not a particular bet that I often do and it’s usually for a score,when the notion’s on me.

     

    But do you ever get that feeling? Well I did on Saturday and doubled the stake.

     

    So in I went to Séan Grahams bookies at the bottom of the Whiterock road.

     

    Brighton, 2-0 winners @ 1/1.

     

    Sheffield Wed, 2-1 winners @ 11/8.

     

    Millwall,a man sent of on 52 minutes score an 89th minute winner @15/8.

     

    Walsall,score in the 94th and 97th minute @7/5.

     

    Well the icing on the cake with a cherry on top was Dundee @ 4/1 on Sunday.

     

     

    £7206.50 including 50% bonus, OOOOOFFFFFTTTTTTT

     

     

    HH BB

  4. Morton senior person I know. Says payment was received only this afternoon.

     

     

    After a weekend of non-communicado

  5. Men ‘stay friends by going to the pub and watching football’ London Evening Standard 09:06

     

     

    No sheeet Sherlock!!!

  6. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    THECLUMPANY on 20TH FEBRUARY 2017 8:58 PM

     

     

     

    The Record;

     

     

    ” emEnating from ”

     

     

    Maybe they would have been better trying to spell ” coming out of ” and avoided the pretentiousness .

  7. YOGIHUGHES on 20TH FEBRUARY 2017 5:37 PM

     

     

    If John James has got the Morton story wrong, it makes one wonder how many more stories he has wrong!

     

     

    Yogi

     

     

    *****

     

    Does that work in reverse too?

  8. Who remembers 5years ago when an unpaid due for cup match receipts didn’t get paid to Dundee utd and the downfall domino fell

  9. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    BIGBONES8867 on 20TH FEBRUARY 2017 9:36 PM

     

     

     

    Have the begging letters started ……………………..?

     

     

    :-)

  10. Stivs/MWD

     

     

    Interesting information. I’ve never read JJ/Phil/JF but it’s interesting that Morton are stating that payment was only received this afternoon.

  11. BadaB

     

    He prob was, then we get the record trying to trash him, it was cringworthy.

     

    JJ is a chancer, he knows fine well how to hook punters and extort cash from them, I don’t have a clue who he is but it has been suggested that he could be jack Irvine, I could believe that.

     

    HH

  12. BadaB

     

    Possibly, I stopped reading him a while back and have only ventured over very fleetingly, it was becoming boring and repetitive, but the stench of Irvine is all over the blog imo.

     

    HH

  13. Probably the same high level Greenock source.

     

     

    The crane driver .

     

     

     

    McCafferty yir t,s oot

  14. Big Pierres 2 front teeth on

    The Q&A with JPT is the most pointless thing that’s ever been posted on CQN. He answered nothing! Could he not have attempted to get answers prior to meeting with Paul?? The board keeping quiet is a common theme of late

  15. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    BIGBONES8867 on 20TH FEBRUARY 2017 9:36 PM

     

     

     

    Have the begging letters started ……………………..?

     

     

    :-)

     

     

    Indeed they have,in the form text messages,grandchildren are the biggest culprits!!

     

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    :-)

     

     

    Its the CQN ones I`d be worrying about.

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BIGBONES

     

     

    Nice lift,and well done.

     

     

    Thing is,I make your return before bonus £6555. So a 50% bonus should have given you around £9830. Just saying.

     

     

    I’d be more than happy wi the seven grand,mind!

  17. What is the Stars on

    BMCUW

     

     

    If he had thrown in Lincoln at 12/1 it would have been about 100 Grand

     

     

    Mark Warburton Turf Accountants CSC

  18. BIG PIERRES 2 FRONT TEETH on 20TH FEBRUARY 2017 10:24 PM

     

     

     

    The Q&A with JPT is the most pointless thing that’s ever been posted on CQN. He answered nothing! Could he not have attempted to get answers prior to meeting with Paul?? The board keeping quiet is a common theme of late

     

     

    ——

     

     

    Where can I read this please?

  19. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 20TH FEBRUARY 2017 10:24 PM

     

    BIGBONES8867 on 20TH FEBRUARY 2017 9:36 PM

     

     

    Have the begging letters started ……………………..?

     

     

    Indeed they have,in the form text messages,grandchildren are the biggest culprits!!

     

     

    ============================================================

     

    :-)

     

     

    Its the CQN ones I`d be worrying about.

     

     

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    See.

     

     

    There`s Bobby straight in looking for a wedge.

  20. The Morton story is interesting.

     

     

    Interesting in that The Record -usually so disdainful of the bampots – felt the need to report it at all. Let’s face it, JJ is not exactly known as a reliable source. The Huns hate him and most Tims I know can’t work him out – therefore don’t particularly trust his stuff.

     

     

    So Morton’s tweet – announcing payment – would have probably passed almost unnoticed till the Record story.

     

     

    So why comment at all? Suggests to me there was a degree of truth in the original story and The Record (a paper very close to Paul Murray) are jumpy about it.

     

     

    Tick tock..?

  21. MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 20TH FEBRUARY 2017 10:26 PM

     

    ” Speak softly and carry a big stick . ”

     

     

     

    The Celtic Board have a big stick.

     

     

     

     

    They do indeed.

     

     

    And sometimes they use that stick as a force for good like in the post on here last night and sadly sometimes that stick is directed unfairly and unjustifiably against our own supporters.