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SPL step forward on Financial Fair Play

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I’m very pleased the SPL have charged Hearts over the failure to pay players on time, the action shows a much needed appetite to tackle financial laxity in the game.  A battle for the hearts and minds of Scottish football lies ahead where the integrity of our competitions will be up for grabs.  Should Rangers lose their HMRC tribunal, which is due to conclude today, how the SPL reacts will forever establish if we have an open, free and fair league, or if we are cowed by a club we would all rather live without – irrespective of the cost.

We should applaud Neil Doncaster as his league colleagues for their determination not to be diverted from their course by Hearts in the face of some absolutely atrocious misrepresentation of the facts emanating from media sources close to Romanov.

The weeks ahead will require all parties to adhere rigorously to the spirit of Financial Fair Play, membership rules and precedent.

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  1. James Forrest is Lennon says:

     

    18 January, 2012 at 14:59

     

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    I’m printing that off, framing it and then hanging it on my wall. It just overtook Jeff Stelling’s “North of England” speech as my favourite righteous rant.

     

     

    Go on my son!

  2. The Honest Mistake loves being first on

    Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon 18 January, 2012 at 15:50

     

     

    By basic definition, the NewCo has to be a different legal entity from the current huns. It cannot look too closely like it or HMRC will come calling.

     

     

    I don’t know how true this is as it is possible to buy a firm’s brand as part of a pre-pack package.

  3. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon says:

     

    18 January, 2012 at 15:50

     

     

     

    The penalty to be attached to the oldco huns is the humiliation and ridicule of their downfall and the knowledge that so many of their achievements were tainted by cheating.

  4. Paul67 et al

     

     

    Noticed a reference to Muhammed Ali paying a visit to Celtic Park during a trip to Scotland back in 1965. Must admit, first time I’ve heard of it myself. Can anyone shed any light on the story, and if true are there any photographs of the Champ in Paradise?

  5. My dear,dear,dear,friend… Folly Folly

     

     

    Ah hiv been Up since.. Sixish..

     

     

    It is Eightish,here..the Noo..

     

     

    Ach.. Ah dinna need Much Sleep..

     

    which is a guid Joab..

     

     

    Fur Ah Dinna… GET…,much!

     

     

     

    Besides..

     

     

    Vegas,is a Twenty Four and a Hauf .. Kinda.. Toon.

     

     

     

    Kojo

     

    yer pal..who likes ye aloater

  6. Seven Fishes Four Steaks on

    James F, very good….. Fly. Should have remembered that. “This fly is a major problem for us” ha

     

     

    SffS

  7. James Forrest is Lennon on

    Seven Fishes:

     

     

    Cue Craig Whyte and Gordon Smith brewing their fresh batch of BS and getting a text message from someone telling them to check out the RTC blog …

     

     

    Whyte turns to Smith and says “Look, I feel like I’m running out of ways to explain this to you, but once more I shall try. This guy is a major problem for us: he will ruin our batch, and we need to destroy him and every trace of him so we can cook. Failing that, we’re dead. There’s no more room for error, not with these people.”

     

     

    Hehe.

  8. orourke3 Joe O’Rourke

     

    i attended a meeting with St Mirrens security people, they confirmed there will be a blanket search of the Celtic support on Saturday.

     

    3 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

     

    Retweeted by HarryBradyCU

  9. Hivtae Gie An Important Interview.. tae an Interviewee.

     

    Gotta Go…

     

     

    Seeya,Folks.

     

     

    Kojol

  10. Reading all the points and agree there will always be a rangers but at what level?

     

     

    Whyte has pocketed 3 years of future season ticket money.

     

     

    He has sold off their £4 Million a year from catering for the next eternity.

     

     

    He has told everyone there has to be even more cost cutting than there is now and an even lower wage bill.

     

     

    The tax case is the least of a rangers fan worries.

     

     

    rangers are f***ed for the next 10-15 years at least!

     

     

    HH

  11. merseycelt loves Neil Lennon and the Green Brigade but despises the anti irish/catholic bigotry inherent within the organisations who constitute the scottish establishment on

    TopCorner says:

     

    18 January, 2012 at 16:08

     

     

    orourke3 Joe O’Rourke

     

    i attended a meeting with St Mirrens security people, they confirmed there will be a blanket search of the Celtic support on Saturday.

     

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    Why?

     

     

    To confiscate illegal material like a copy of the celtic songsheet (offensive add-on edition)?

     

     

    WTF!

     

     

    HH

  12. Suggestions that the likes of Paddy McCourt might be allowed to go out on loan has already been quashed

     

     

    Sami and Paddy could, however, find themselves facing even more competition for a starting place if the manager succeeds in his attempt to bring in at least one more player in this window.

     

     

    To date, only Mikael Lustig has been added, and Lennon admits he would have preferred to get his business done in the first few weeks because he knows that, when movement does start to happen, things can leave a manager with little time to react.

     

     

    “That’s normally the case, and a lot of business gets done in the last week of the month,” said Lennon.

     

     

    “We just have to be patient. We might not get anything done, but we’re looking.”

     

     

    The priority is to ensure they are in a position to react to whatever happens in terms of players becoming available.

     

     

    Neil Lennon confirmed: “We are doing a lot of groundwork at the minute.”

     

     

    He reported Celtic have four or five irons in the fire.

     

     

    “We have options on a striker coming in,” said the manager. “But no offer has been made, and we are just weighing everything up at the minute.”

     

     

     

    John Park the scout was at the Millwall game last night???

  13. TopCorner says:

     

    18 January, 2012 at 16:08

     

    ‘orourke3 Joe O’Rourke

     

    i attended a meeting with St Mirrens security people, they confirmed there will be a blanket search of the Celtic support on Saturday.’

     

     

     

    A blanket search?

     

     

    The SPL can’t be that poor if a wee team like St Mirren can afford to pay for all those stewards.

  14. Shieldmuir Celtic on

    James Forrest. 14.59.

     

    Well done James Forrest for a brilliant statement of principle which deserves the support of every Celtic fan. We are as different from them as different can be and therefore, appart from anything else, we are not ‘the Old Firm. They are a disgrace to Scotland and have shamed Scottish football wherever they go. Hence they are asked nowhere. We do not need them,contrary to what the feeble, biassed Scottish media think. Let’s hope that H.M.R.C. reaches a verdict to-day based on truth and justice and that S.F.A./S.L.P. rise above themselves, and follow suit.

  15. James Forrest is Lennon

     

     

    I almost found myself jumping out my seat at work and raising a clenched left fist after I read your post of 14:59.

     

     

    Don’t know why you entertain bhontybhoy. he is a FF made up Tim to annoy us…

     

     

    HH

  16. ASonOfDan says:

     

    18 January, 2012 at 16:11

     

     

    Wouldn’t all that be a shrewd move if you knew that the company wasn’t going to need catering or have any seats within six months? Tidy wee scam. Preferred creditor strikes again! Question is, which clowns paid for the catering contracts? They are going to be sorely out of pocket when the house of cards collapses. Unless I’m very wrong.

     

     

    Swiss

  17. Train drivers are to be balloted for strikes in protest at a colleague being disciplined for taking a day off work to watch a football match.

     

     

    Aslef said 1100 of its members at ScotRail will vote in the next few weeks on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action in support of the driver, who reported in sick when he was in Germany watching Rangers play a friendly last year.

     

     

    The union said he has since been demoted, suffering a pay cut of almost £20,000.

     

     

    General secretary Mick Whelan said the demotion was “completely unjust”, adding: “It means that this driver will be fined almost £20,000 for each year he remains working for the company. As he is 47, this means over £300,000, and because it affects his pension it will go on beyond his working life.

     

     

     

    I say, Sack the b*****d!!

  18. ASonOfDan says:

     

    18 January, 2012 at 16:11

     

     

    Do all the things Whyte has sold off not related to Old Co – therefore if there was a New Co the borrowings against season tickets for example would not be relative?

     

     

    Instead, the company due that money would be on the creditors list for Old Co below the MMBs holding company as the secured creditor?

     

     

    QB

  19. Blanket searches were carried out at the previous game this season away to St. Mirren resulting in some Tims not getting into the stadium until 20 minutes after kick off.

     

     

    I was ok I hadn’t taken a blanket with me!

  20. HY

     

     

    my old man managed to get a ticket for this weeks game, heard they where hard to come locate…

  21. QuadBhoy says:

     

    18 January, 2012 at 16:30

     

    ASonOfDan says:

     

    18 January, 2012 at 16:11

     

     

    Do all the things Whyte has sold off not related to Old Co – therefore if there was a New Co the borrowings against season tickets for example would not be relative?

     

     

    Instead, the company due that money would be on the creditors list for Old Co below the MMBs holding company as the secured creditor?

     

     

    QB

     

     

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    Correct incuding all those that have paid in advance for season tickets for the next few years and all the club deck bondholders!

  22. What is the Stars on

    Asonofdan at 16.26

     

     

    Aslef said 1100 of its members at ScotRail will vote in the next few weeks on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action in support of the driver, who reported in sick when he was in Germany watching Rangers play a friendly last year.

     

     

    The union said he has since been demoted, suffering a pay cut of almost £20,000.

     

     

    General secretary Mick Whelan said the demotion was “completely unjust

     

     

    Why is someone with a fine name like Mick Whelan representing a Rangers supporter

     

     

    Now that is carrying Trade Union Solidarity too far

  23. From the STVRnakers website (no need to click on it)

     

     

    “Celtic are close to agreeing a deal to sign Nigerian winger Rabiu Ibrahim.

     

     

    The former PSV Eindhoven player has been on trial at the club’s Lennoxtown training complex and has played in a bounce game.

     

     

    Ibrahim has impressed Neil Lennon and his coaching staff and STV has learned that Celtic have applied for a work permit endorsement.

     

     

    Ibrahim has represented Nigeria at Under 17, 20 and 23 levels but requires a work permit to play in the UK.

     

     

    The 20-year-old is a free agent after leaving Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven last month.

     

     

    Icelandic youngster Ingulfor Sigurdsson has also been on trial at Celtic but STV understands no decision has yet been taken on a contract offer.

     

     

    The attacking midfielder started his career at Sporting Lisbon before joining PSV in March last year.

     

     

    However a lack of first team football meant the club agreed to terminate the player’s contract.

  24. BT

     

     

    Murder mate because they sell directly to Celtic supporters but usually only deal with Affiliated/Associated clubs.

     

     

    However, my wee mate is a smooth talking little devil and has got friendly with a certain female in the ticket office at St Mirren and managed to procure us a couple :-)

  25. Swiss Tony & QuadBhoy

     

     

    Well this is the question. I assume the companies involved were savvy enough to have an agreement in place that whatever form rangers are in they will still have the rights.

     

     

    If rangers fans think they just become Newco and all their problems go away they are sadly mistaken.

     

     

    Like I said, rangers are gubbed for next 10-15 years.

  26. What is the Stars – I know you’ve got your tongue in cheek there – but even them uns deserve representation. TO be honest, if I’d been representing him I’d have argued that anyone taking time off sick to watch rangers really was in need of medical care and some sympathy rather than a demotion.

     

     

    That said, the chap O’Flaherty who took his job when he got demoted seems a fine upstanding fellow and is a well known active member of his local Saint Vincent de Paul Soceity and was provided excellent references by his PP, so it wasn’t all bad and I’m sure the driver takes consolation in the fact that his better paid job has gone to a decent chap who can now provide his sons, Sean, Danny, Henrik and Daughters Saoirse and Bernadette with a nice holiday home in Gortahork.

     

     

    Next time anyone you know takes time off their work to watch rangers remember, they are sick. They need help.

  27. I see ole STV Rangers News is running with the Train Driver who took a day off work illegally to go and see Ragers friendly in Hamburg.

     

     

    Shame it was just a lark throwing a ‘wee sickie’

     

     

    Watch out for The Daily (Gers can be Kings of Europe) Record campaign backing him, as well.

  28. Good to see the Austerity measures are really working to rejuvenate the ailing economy. Perhaps they should cut more jobs. Slash and burn I say. These lazy work shy types need to get on their bikes and find a job.

     

     

    Courtesy of Auntie:

     

     

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    UK unemployment rose by 118,000 in the three months to November to 2.685 million, official figures show.

     

     

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the unemployment rate also rose to 8.4% from 8.3%, the highest since January 1996.

     

     

    The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in December rose by 1,200 to 1.6 million.

     

     

    The number of young people looking for work hit a new record of 1.043m, taking the rate for 16-24 year-olds to 22.3%.

     

     

    The number of people in employment rose slightly in the three months to November by 18,000 to 29.119 million.

     

     

    The figures support the picture of a flat UK economy, with other data released on Wednesday showing average weekly earnings, including bonuses, grew at just 1.9%.

     

     

    The Prime Minister, David Cameron, said the figures were not good news: “Any increase in unemployment is disappointing and obviously a tragedy for the person who becomes unemployed – that is why we are taking action to get people back to work”.

     

     

    He pointed to an increase in the number of people in work, to new private sector jobs and a small fall in the long-term unemployed.

     

     

    But the figures showed the private sector was not compensating for job losses in the public sector, with the private sector creating 5,000 in the period, while 67,000 public sector jobs were lost.

  29. Am I the only bhoy with a pulse who hasn’t been asked to take part in one o’ thae ‘bounce games’?

     

     

    I’m willing to provide my own footwear, and wash my own strip.

     

     

    Maks sense tae me, and i tmaks sense tae Mo.