Soon you’ll read Crystal Palace earn more than Inter


The biggest story in the Deloitte money league table, out this morning, is that of Milan and Inter, 14th and 19th place respectively. Inter are stuck between Everton (pining for a new stadium to remove the biggest inhibitor on revenue) and West Ham (soon moving to a new stadium).

Juventus are 10th and Roma 16th but that’s it for Italian clubs, who were able to attract the top talent from Law to Ronaldo and all generations in between. The fabled ‘lure of the lira’ wasn’t replaced by the lure of Italian stocked euros. Football in Italy is still a huge business, but the TV market is not as generous as the deal in the confederated league in England and Wales.

It’s not so long since Celtic regularly featured in Deloitte’s report but our TV revenues have stagnated while those elsewhere have grown considerably. We’ve recognised our place in the food chain, but next to slip off the list when the new English TV deal kicks in will be the big Milanese clubs. Good.

Celtic were first to suffer the consequences of the TV and football markets cartels. There’s little we can do about it alone, we need big clubs in big countries to also be unhappy at being pushed out of the tent.

We’ll soon read that Crystal Palace earn more money than Inter Milan. Experience suggests that football clubs, once disenfranchised in this manner, become advocates for change. Even those near the top, like Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s Bayern Munich, are talking about a European league, as their domestic TV deal is holding them back.

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  1. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    Who is this new poster Paul67?



    Is he a h..? :-)







  2. Jobo Baldie & the Comfortable Collective…



    Re the Hamilton team announcement the other night.



    The error didn’t dawn on me when the team was being announced however when the Hamilton team names were displayed on the large screen it had Steven Lawless as number 8. A Partick Thistle player of course.



    No sign of “Kingsley”!



    The other names did appear to be correct and I am sure the announcer


    did correct the Lawless mistake just before kick-off.

  3. Read on Twitter that EK aren’t entirely happy with the decision to play the game in Hamilton. I can understand that.



    JNP’s idea is a good one but half of a 20,000 gate at Parkhead or Hampden would be more financially worthwhile to EK than all of the gate money from a full Hamilton.

  4. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    Do they have Aldi over there ?



    So what was in the bag then ?



    Methinks tbe lady doth…. :-)




  5. Delaneys Dunky on




    Jamesgang will be back. He is a highlight of CQN social gatherings for me.


    Would like the EK game at Doomdome. ;)

  6. Paul67 et al



    No Confederate league that I’m aware, not unless the the Rebs have started one in US deep South. And no non English route either. Wrexham, formerly of the Football League are now in the National League, itself formerly the FL Conference. Theoretical route to EPL it has to be said. Crystal Palace also looking to redevelop Selhurst Park in situ, though I might have tempted to try and move to the Athletics Stadium, before Boris sells it off to City pals. Great setting too.


    NFL? Just okayed a move by the St Louis Rams back to LA, owner same one as Arsenal FC. Rugby Union has shown itself more flexible than football, only today Toulon (not Tulane) announced a plan to join the English Premiership, apparently it can be done. One to watch.

  7. Blantyretim: If you are lurking, I will have your calendar on Saturday. Let me know where I can meet through one of the ghuys who know me.



    Delaney’s Dunkey: 12.30 Sat? You name the venue.



    Sad to see long standing posters leave the bhlog. They are usually the positive ones with interesting stories to tell.



    If you have a strong opinion, express it. But getting personal and being abusive is a huge turn off. We’re nearly all Tims here but we have different outlooks and life experiences so these colour our view of the world. Let’s just agree to disagree on divisive matters and move on.



    Hopefully, MIT, SOT, BT & Corkcelt will return as will many others who used to post.

  8. Turkeybhoy on 21st January 2016 4:17 pm


    SID on 21ST JANUARY 2016 3:53 PM





    a couple that we should have taken straight away,Mc avennie,Mc Garvey.



    *Unfortunately the buddies were one of a couple of clubs that refused to sell players to us. Another were Dundee hence Stevie Murray eventually coming from the sheep and our missing out on WGS, two players that the Big Mhan coveted.

  9. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    Almore, Good Evening



    I believe he already has. I am going to try and get along as I owe you a double, but may be restricted to either before or after the game and not both



    What time you heading home on Sat?







  10. Delaneys Dunky on




    Crystal Palace would suit me. Place I met you and BMCUW.


    See you 12.30 Saturday pal. :)

  11. Sorry if I put across that I would have Celtic sign O”Halloran.No way was I saying that.I was just putting across that we should not snub players just because they can score goals in the Scottish game.As I mentioned earlier,we have signed some crackers who have done the same thing.


    In saying that,I would not like to be facing this boy playing for Sevco,as in the last game in Perth,he ,if he had his shooting boots on,could have scored a hat trick against us.We all witnessed it.He is a very dangerous,pacy,player.


    All I am saying.

  12. What is the Stars on



    We will take back MIT, SOT AND BT but not that cork fella, that’s pushing it. ..


    Only good thing that came out of cork. …you’ve guessed it, the road to Dublin, we’ll take the blacks and the Chinese but not the irish.


    Anyway if that doesn’t get corkie back on nothing will

  13. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Delaney’s , Jamesgang’s sense of humour is very good and his posts put a smile on my miserable coupon.



    Play our next away Scottish Cup game in G51? That might not appeal to most except the EKFC manager.

  14. garygillespieshamstring on

    Tontine tim



    Kilmarnock were another. Celtic offered a big fee to sign Duffield from Kilmarnock. They refused to sell him to us and later accepted less money from the beautiful people.

  15. Re draft system, definitely a no go as in the States the NFL draft fae the colleges, Scotland disnae have that luxury.



    IMHO it’s a move tae subjugate Lennoxtown and the grip we have on the potentially best youth players.

  16. garygillespieshamstring on 21st January 2016 8:54 pm




    Tontine tim



    Kilmarnock were another. Celtic offered a big fee to sign Duffield from Kilmarnock. They refused to sell him to us and later accepted less money from the beautiful people.



    *dodged a bullet there :-)))))

  17. What is the Stars on



    This is new nicer me, respectful etc.


    Why I have even instructed my Butler to leave out some scraps from the larder for the local urchins. .


    Apparently it’s all tax deductible ( once the urchins give a receipt for all alms accepted)

  18. Delaneys Dunky on




    Was jesting about doomdome. The last ever time I will enter that place happened when Wim won his first Celtic Trophy. I will never darken the glorified Victorian lavvy’s door again.

  19. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Garygillespie, i’m glad we never got he of Smith must score infamy. We got a far better player in Davie Provan , than the former CEO of the SFA.



    The Killie team Provan and Duffield played for were one of the best attacking teams , Willie Fernie was their boss, I have seen in Scotland. Unfortunately, they couldn’t defend as Willie wanted all out attack from Killie.

  20. garygillespieshamstring on

    Tontine tim




    Aye. His fake hair is even worse than stokes or Leigh’s efforts.


    Seeing Broonie in recent photos has had me wondering if he has been out of the team because he has been under the knife of a hair weaver.

  21. WITS: I expect Corkie to post in the next few minutes putting us Jackeens in our place:-)



    CRC: Crystal palace @ 12.30 or if after match where I met you last time. Not going into Kerrydale after match, too much bother getting back to the airport. Btw, I might have a spare calendar if you are interested.



    How could I have forgotten ACGR? Get yer Arse back on here pronto!

  22. garygillespieshamstring on

    Dallas Dallas,



    I agree with your assessment of both players. Smith also a horrible individual.


    I remember that team giving us a hard time at Celtic Park one day and had the misfortune to attend the scottish cup tie at rugby park in 1978.

  23. All the talk about the manager,it looks as though this is now his picks.If he gets who he wants,and they play the style he wants,I will support him.I have been a bit unsure lately,because of no inclusion of Scott Allan,a sore point for me,but he is our manager for now,so get behind him.lets see where we go.


    Another point.Unless Celtic TV are turning down the background crowd noise,I dont know,then the atmosphere,generated by an eight one win was totally shocking.I hope some people at the game can tell me different.Sounded dreadful.

  24. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Delaney’s , i think that was the last time I was there also. I’m still traumatised from the 5 1 game there in 1988. That was the last time I went to a game v Rangers (IL) at Ibrox.



    I thought EKFC had chosen New Douglas Park but the SFA decided it should be played there.


    Unlike them to do things against a club’s, ,apart from two clubs if you know what I mean, wishes.



    I think EKFC might include Rugby Park as a possible venue. You can get to Kilmarnock in less than half an hour by car from East Kilbride.



    JAMESGANG has not left the blog, I heard from a few days ago.


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  26. garygillespieshamstring on




    Thought Scott put in a good shift the other night with several really clever passes. Still tends to get caught on the ball a wee bit. Obviously got more time against the diddy teams like sevco in the lower tier. :)



    On a more serious note, I had heard that he has had a few injury problems and health problems that have slowed his progress. Can see him filling the kris commons role in the future.

  27. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    Just wakened there from the sleep of the damned, time to dry


    out now, or maybe not, its nearly the weekend again, ah well.


    Haven’t read back yet does anyone know why the team wear long


    sleeve t shirts under short sleeve hoops tops ?


    Our Celtic club received a lovely thank you letter from Frankston


    sick kids hospital after our Christmas presentation as well as


    others from parents of kids who received them, so thanks to all


    those who contributed to this heartfelt gesture from our club.


    Anybody who would like to see some of our event pics and the


    above letter can view them if you Google




    H.H Mick

  28. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on



    I was there and I wish I could tell you different but the reality is that the atmosphere at Celtic Park is not very good. The support was happy enough on Tuesday but not loudly so. I think we take it for granted we will eventually win and it is difficult to get exited when that is the dominant feeling. Personally, I enjoy the football but the passion of the crowd is only there fleetingly. Aberdeen would need to be really breathing down our necks ( or us, theirs) before real passion will return.




  29. Anyone answer a question. How can EKFC be told/ordered to play at a particular ground. What if Hamilton want to charge an exorbitant fee to hire their stadium or could EK just say that and allow themselves to go elsewhere. Whatever way it is another balls up by our administrators who apparently have not responded to a letter from EK or been in dialogue with either of the teams to discuss potential venues etc despite draw being made 10 days before game. Hopeless shower the SFA but we know that anyway.

  30. Congratulations to East Kilbride and hard lines to Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.



    The East Kilbride team will now join the ranks of some of the fabled names from the distant past of Scottish football who have been drawn against Celtic, the record holders, in the Scottish Cup.



    Some are still with us, some are gone : –







    Carfin Shamrock


    Wishaw Thistle


    Our Boys


    Royal Albert




    Fifth Kirkcudbright Rifle Volunteers






    Sixth Galloway Rifle Volunteers


    Port Glasgow






    Port Glasgow Athletic


    St Bernards


    Lochgelly United


    Peebles Rovers


    Leith Athletic




    Vale of Leven


    Solway Star




    Inverness Caledonian


    Dalbeattie Star


    Nithsdale Wanderers


    Burntisland Shipyard




    Eyemouth United


    Forres Mechanics


    Third Lanark


    Elgin City


    Gala Fairydean


    Meadowbank Thistle


    Whitehill Welfare


    Rangers (In Liquidation).

  31. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    GaryGillsepie, Kilmarnock made it hard for us at a game at Celtic Park , when Willie Fernie was in charge. We beat them 2 1 after they had outplayed us in the first half. Iain McCulloch , who was their best player, scored a really well worked goal to put them one nil up. Some of our support applauded it as it was worked from the Kilmarnock box without any of our players touching the ball. Their inabilty to defend lost them that match



    Derek McDicken scored the winner in that cup replay game in 1978 and from what I gather, our performance in that game summed a truly awful season for us.



    Steve Clarke’s brother , Paul, played in that game at centre half.

  32. Delaneys Dunky on




    I had a ticket for the 5-1 disaster. I gave it to my cousin who was over from Canada on holiday. Listened to it in the old Saint Ants club. Got chased after it by the triumphalists.

  33. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on




    Sounds good. I will work on the pass, and I would love to have BT the flouncers calendar Just don’t tell him, :-)







  34. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    I like big buts and I cannot lie


    All I said was


    That was a lovely bit of halibut, good enough for Jehovah himself



    They stoned me for it