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Sports Direct with humiliating control

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Records published by the Intellectual Property Office yesterday show Sports Direct own quite a lot of trademarks, including:

Rangers
Scope of trademark: organisation of sporting activities.
This property has not been licenced to the football club, or joint ventures like Rangers Retail Ltd.  Sports Direct own the rights to call a football team Rangers.

Rangers (again)
Scope: from clothing to trinkets and everything in between.
Owned by Sports Direct, licenced to Rangers Retail Ltd

Glasgow Rangers Football Club
Scope: clothes trinkets, etc.
Owned by Sports Direct, licenced to Rangers Retail Ltd

RFC, Broxi Bear, The Gers, Follow Follow, Ibrox, Rangers News, Rangers Travel and all the crests, badges and logos are all owned by Sports Direct and licenced to Rangers Retail Ltd, which is 76% owned by the Sports Direct group.

So if the club want to call themselves Rangers, or Glasgow Rangers, they need to cut a deal with Mike Ashley.  The most humiliating aspect of the whole thing is that the new board appeared to know nothing about this until the Intellectual Property Office published the details yesterday.  The lack of due diligence is breathtaking.

The only things Ashley seems to have ignored is that pejorative nickname they complain about so much, and the phrase Murray Park, although he has security over the training ground of that name.

We warned them repeatedly.  Ashley was in control and had the opportunity to ensure he got what he wanted before the EGM.  One of the richest men in Europe, he is a formidable opponent and known to be utterly ruthless.

You can’t bully him.  Better to recognise this reality and accept your subservient future than create a scenario where even another liquidation event would not free the ‘Rangers’ football brand from the ironclad yolk of a man you’ve made your enemy.

What have the lemmings done to themselves?  We were told Mike Ashley was a business man and he would acquiesce as this was just business.  In the history of business miscalculations this is up there with the guy at Pye who rejected The Beatles.

It’s all their own work, they can’t blame the SFA, SPL, SFL, Celtic, Her Majesty’s Revenue’, the BBC or Craig Whyte.  A recovery which would have been difficult enough is now completely and predictably wrecked.

Fancy a trip to Dublin for the Ireland-Scotland game in June?  There’s a bus leaving Glasgow with Ireland and Scotland (but all Celtic) fans.  Two nights in a Dublin hotel, travel and match ticket among the Ireland fans for £200.  Let me know if you’re interested, celticquicknews@gmail.com

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  1. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Gearoid

     

     

    As mentioned earlier .. I’ve no idea how or even if we collect money . I’m just a daftie who dives in head first

     

     

    Sips

     

     

    I wonder how wee fra feels next to the giants :)

     

     

    Btw . Another laugh a minute day on CQN .. Thank you all for being ” members “

  2. Joe-joe-john-Bobby- teddy

     

     

    Gellions is a great wee boozer, there is a great tapas restaurant on Castle St, on left hand side as you walk past castle…..canny mind the name.

  3. I posted this earlier today

     

    jimtim

     

     

    11:03 on 10 April, 2015

     

    Reading the posts with regards Ashley,s grip on there rights . Good fun as it is , I still wish this guy would just sit in the background and rake it in . My concern is that he is persuaded to get involved , make no mistake this guy has the funds to help them . And surely if they are strong . The crowds return , the punters buy goods , more sales for SD . Mare profit for Ashley . Am I reading this all wrong

     

     

    It didn’t merit one reply .

     

     

    Tinytim posted this a short time ago

     

    tinytim

     

     

    14:51 on 10 April, 2015

     

    Paul67

     

     

    I would rather Mike Ashley was nowhere near Ayebrokes.

     

    If he decides to put his financial weight behind them ,Celtic will live in there shadow for years to come.

     

     

    TT

     

     

     

    Seems as I thought , that cqn is just for the clique . That will do me , you won’t need to bypass my opinions anymore .

  4. What does Ronny Deila have to do to win a Manager of the month award?

     

     

    Ok he won in November at a time when we were not playing particularly well, but since then performances have improved greatly.

     

     

    We won the LC, without conceding a goal, are through to the sf of the SC and are odds on to retain the league.

     

     

    Still no award.

     

     

    It stinks.

     

     

    HH!!

  5. May as well put the radio on…I’m sure it will be fun tonight…hurting huns…magic.

     

     

    Anyone making the BV on Wednesday, I’m up for it, should be in about 4.30. HH

  6. Winning Captains: will it be possible to buy raffle tickets in € for CQN memorial stone?

     

     

    TBJ: thank you for taking the initiative. One way or another, I’ll get a contribution to you.

  7. jimtim

     

    Join the gang my posts go unanswered on a daily basis:))))))), just depends who’s on or if they are laughing or joining in on other conversations,

     

    nothing meant by it

     

    HH & Stick around sir everyone is needed here .

     

    Till later all

  8. Tallybhoy he’s a successful celtic manager so won’t win many awards in Scotland. It’s only a matter of time before we will read stories of him leaving.

  9. Jimtim – it just depends where the post appears relative to the new page starting and how quick the board is moving. I replied to TT but didn’t see your post. Don’t take it personally.

  10. Leftclicktic they will want to bury the Huns thing. Just like they buried the Huns sectarian singing. We never did hear anything about that did we?

  11. tom

     

     

    He won the award in November as I mentioned in my post.

     

     

    Nothing since then.

     

     

    HH!!

  12. tom

     

     

    In case you hadnt heard, Ronny Deila won the manager of the month award in November.

     

     

    HH!!

  13. Really good post by Paul today, a lot of work. Thanks.

     

     

    Tom McLaughlin, I hope that things are ok. You have been in our thoughts

  14. JimTim

     

     

    I just read Paul’s thread then commented.

     

    I was unaware of your post.

     

    I can assure you ,that I’m not involved in any clique.

     

    Although I know Tam McGlaughlin prior to CQN ever existing.

     

     

    I have no idea why some commented on my post and not yours.

     

     

    It would seem that we share quite a few opinions on things Celtica.

     

     

    TT

  15. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Does anyone know any pubs like that.

     

     

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    Big Georges Fan Club – Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar

     

    17:54 on

     

    10 April, 2015

     

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Does anyone know any pubs near Airdrie that have a pool table in it and allow children?

     

     

    Big Georges Fan Club – Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar

     

    17:54 on

     

    10 April, 2015

     

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Does anyone know any pubs near Airdrie that have a pool table in it and allow children?

     

     

    Cheers

     

    HH

     

     

    WEE BGFC

     

     

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    Cheers

     

    HH

     

     

    WEE BGFC

  16. That moment when you are sitting in your house and Big Mike pops into your head and you start chuckling to yourself.

  17. Tallybhoy,

     

     

    As long as the Tic win the treble I don’ t care a jot about manager of the month awards.

     

     

    I travelled back to UK today and had a chat with a couple of Sevconians and they have had enough.

     

     

    Oh and there is one thing they hate ( and this is the smart sevconians ) is the new club angle. They know it’s true and cannot debate it.

  18. leftclicktic/jimtim…

     

     

    I try to read most posts, there’s so many that it’s impossible to comment on.

     

     

    Saying that…the enlighten posts that I read now and again, like kitalbas post that I had read when he first posted it.

     

     

    Turkeybhoys earlier in the week about the donations made to the famine cause opened my eyes.

     

     

    That’s what the sites about….education, where be it on our team, or the downfall of a deid club, or just general knowledge.

     

     

    There is a lot of smart cookies on here.

     

     

    Anyways, I reckon bfdj might have a heart attack before the nights out, going by his high pitched voice.

  19. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Just for the record ( not the daily record obviously )

     

     

    I only ignore the peepul that I ignore ;)

     

     

    A few years ago I really really wanted to win the euro millions .

     

     

    Was gonna buy Ibrokes and sir minty park .. Beam back all Celtic away matches to Ibrokes free admission to Tim’s . Get Charlie and the bhoys to play a gig a month .. Free entry to Tim’s .

     

     

    Broxi to wear sack cloth … Hoopy to chase him round the track kicking his ass . Free of charge to Tim’s

     

     

    And .. Murray park to be used for CQN five a sides .. But your paying a £1 a week

  20. STV News proving us all wrong-

     

     

    Rangers SHOULD get their trademarks back soon.

     

     

    It’s all just a temporary agreement until they pay back the £5 million loan.

     

     

    Crowd control or informed journalism?

  21. Tallybhoy

     

     

    18:05 on 10 April, 2015

     

     

    What does Ronny Deila have to do to win a Manager of the month award?

     

     

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    Manage the Zombies.

  22. joe_joe_john_bobby_teddy

     

     

    If it’s the same guy, ask him about a very boozy trip to and from Barca….highlight was me asking for a cocktail on flight back. That and sitting on a discarded couch at 4am drinking Estrella from a kebab shop……happy days. Good man he is as well.

  23. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    jimtim

     

    18:05 on

     

    10 April, 2015

     

     

    Keep posting ya daftie,most of my post’s are ignored,we need

     

    as many views as possible, that’s what makes the blog worth

     

    reading,some on here mix socially and of course there will be

     

    a bit of pally chit chat,so hang on in.

  24. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Sips

     

     

    One needs a heart to have a heart attack

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