Sports Direct with humiliating control


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

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. greenpinta,


    Or they know a fix is in and the hun will be in the SPFL next season, which is more concerning as it would mean they are part of that fix.

  2. jamesgang



    10:57 on 10 April, 2015


    Ref Shortbread.



    Read roy croppie @ 09:54



    I’m with you Croppie Lad.


    One million %



    HH jamesgang




  3. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on




    11:20 on 10 April, 2015



    Well done, that MHAN ……. Our Club is in good hands ….!!!! HH

  4. I couldn’t shift 3 FREE tickets for last Wednesday game.



    While a reduction is always welcome, to suggest further reductions will solve the dwindling crowds lies somewhere between ludicrous and naive imo.




  5. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Costs have increased including fuel costs, rail tickets and bus tickets have increased it’s about the whole package and cost surrounding attending a match, not forgetting the terrible food on sale in the stadium

  6. Season tickets, match tickets, SPFL attendances is a lose lose lose scenario for the club. They need to work out what is the lesser of the evils. Some will agree and some will not.



    The future stability of the clubs finances depends on players sales and Champions League participation.

  7. We sold 41,000 ST last season. I suspect when we get the annual review for this year it will be up, and I suspect also that they’ll go up again for next season (not by much, a couple of thousand) – despite the increase.



    As soon as we hit the peak of 53k STs the numbers started falling. That was an idea sold to a generation of fans. Fans that started having kids etc etc. The fall was inevitable and unless there’s another ‘event’ like the completed stadium I don’t think we’ll see that peak again. For me 50k would be our absolute maximum and 45-47.5k would be a normal good year. We’ll be close to that if RD can show some CL success.



    You know there are really quite sophisticated models out there that predict attendance based on price and a balance is struck between revenue and ‘atmosphere’. They don’t just pluck the numbers out of thin air.



    As I said I’ll still be paying less than I was previously and owing to a discount that I didn’t necessarily think was required.



    If the discount really was due to no Rangers, then it need only have been the difference between the cost of a Rangers ticket and one for a match against the bottom team – £30-40. £100 was extremely generous.





    I’ll warn my favourite establishment to hold the prices down!



    Be grand to meet up if yer in the vicinity,but don’t hide yer light under a bushel-they let allsorts on here…

  9. Mmhome



    ‘so may be in or around Swindon sometime…..watch out.’



    Funny to hear a very BMCUWish line getting thrown at him instead of by him.



    If you turn out to be similar in your partying ways, watch out world!!!



    HH jamesgang





    They’d go like hot cakes,mate. Quality goods,fly off the shelf.



    Hope you can make it over before the end of the season,a right good crowd awaits you.

  11. Canamalar @ 11.21 hrs.



    Indeed that would be a concern. If our club were complicit in any “underhand” deal then that really would be a high risk strategy.


    However its hypothetical, until proven otherwise.




  12. Captain Beefheart on

    Some fine points.



    We have no competition. Sport thrives on competition. It isn’t our fault but that is a major factor. Lack of investment doesn’t help.



    Blantyre made good points. The travel is expensive. The food inside the stadium is crap. I would rather give my money to Celtic as opposed to Costa or other shops but there is no good coffee for the ordinary man in Celtic Park.

  13. GM



    One thing is for sure, raising prices won’t increase attendances.



    To be honest I wasn’t expecting any reduction but neither was I expecting an increase either.

  14. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    praying for the knox family



    11:24 on 10 April, 2015



    The pies are lovely

  15. Hamiltontim


    11:30 on


    10 April, 2015



    Did you expect the club to reduce the ST cost when Rangers were no longer in the top league?

  16. HT,



    Raising prices on their own certainly won’t.



    Maybe a reasonable level of investment is coming. Decent effort to ensure champions league therfore less Sunday games.



    I’ll wait on a wee bit more info before I start wetting ma jocks :)




    Sunnyhappyfriday csc

  17. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Yeh in the lounges but not for the majority who are served up rubbish

  18. If the Huns get promoted,there will be a rush to buy STs,£50 increase or not.


    People will argue,but its true.Since the Hun went bust,ST sales have fallen,even in CL seasons.The crowds at Celtic Park have been,on the whole,poor.Compare the ST sales from the last time we had a Hun team in the league,and now,compare the attendances.Well down.

  19. Surely the fact that fans don’t even know which day of the week half the games are going to be played on, nor the kick off times has an effect on sales. Much more sensible for many to buy on a match by match basis.



    p.s. Wonder who owns “We are the people”?

  20. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    I’ve posted my disagreement and will say no more until I come home half cut after spending my day in the boozer watching the racing

  21. 67 heaven…,


    Lawyers are involved so if you think it was slow before think again, it’s grinding my gears.


    Letters all written, evidence collated, getting the right legal office to issue appears to be a stumbling block.


    Patience is a virtue I lack and I’m afraid some of my fellow resolutionaries have unjustly been the brunt of my frustration but that’s what frustration does innit.


    We set ourselves deadlines and they come and go like jobbies.


    Everything is in place but the postman with enough gravity to the make the authorities sit up and take this seriously and respond with more then a cursory acknowledgement or dismissal.


    Patience might be scarce in canamalars locker but perseverance is plentiful.

  22. Captain Beefheart on




    It’s that kind of hope which will eventually crush you. I used to hope. Unfortunately a bunch of nobodies from Slovenia and some hapless Poles destroyed me. It wasn’t Ronny’s fault but rather dreadful board strategy.

  23. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family


    11:36 on


    10 April, 2015



    I generally don’t eat in the stadium but the outlets in the Jock Stein Lower look ok now ie the Fish & Chip shop, Pie Stall, Southern Fried Chicken place etc.





    Aye,mate. I could be hoist by my own petard. Still,he’ll do well to find some fleshy hotspots in Swindon. I’m off to Bristol tomorrow for that very reason!

  25. Hi Paul67,



    “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.



    Not sure I agree, the Broxi Bear thing is pretty humiliating. But I take your point.



    From the BBC the day after the TMs were re-assigned and MA’s loan was announced.



    “The devil is in the detail of the conditions of his loan facility, but Sports Direct has a floating charge as well as security over Murray Park, Edmiston House, the Albion Car Park and the club’s registered trademarks.



    So how can a new Board sweep in and not investigate the status of Murray Park, Edmiston House, the Albion Car Park and the registered trademarks.



    It should have been the first conversation…. well after this one…



    PM: Oh it’s good to be back



    Good to have you back boss, it’s been full on in here for the last few years.



    Have you seen Dave, can’t seem to get him on his mobile.



    Naw you won’t boss, he’s jetting oot to South Africa.



    Really!?! Did he leave a cheque behind?



    Naw boss.



    A large suitcase?



    Naw boss



    What about a hold all?



    Naw boss, nothing.



    What about a key, to like a locker or something?



    Naw boss, nothing, it was like he was in a real rush to get away… You look worried boss.



    Well, naw it doesn’t matter….. Well actually it’s about the cash.



    Oh sorry boss didn’t mean to worry you, he did say about the cash.



    Thank goodness for that, what did he say.



    He said if you need some petty cash ask Parky…….



    To admit they picked the TM situation up on social media is to admit you are either so lazy, incompetent or just plain clueless it is quite astonishing.



    Well at least Mike Ashley did one thing….



    Rangers Intellectual Property.



    He got rid of one of life’s Broxi-morons.



    Hail Hail

  26. “Yeh in the lounges but not for the majority who are served up rubbish”







    Somebody must be eating them.



    You can’t get near the tills near my seat. Half empty stadium or not.




  27. Beefy,






    I’d watch twa fat coo’s running about a field in the amateur 5th division if that was my club :)




  28. Morning all.



    Have Celtic sent out renewal packs? They haven’t got down here yet. Maybe it’s the lovely weather.



    Am enjoying the mess in Govan. Does this mean that even if King puts them into liquidation, he can’t get his hands on even the deid team’s original name? Now that would be the best laugh of them all.

  29. Greenpinta,


    Aye the same as god and look at the mess that hypothesis has made, believe or not but never dismiss.

  30. “Have Celtic sent out renewal packs? They haven’t got down here yet”






    No. Bit early yet.



    It was around the 25th of April before they arrived last season




  31. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on




    11:38 on 10 April, 2015



    Good news that it is still being pushed …..went all quiet like BDO / HMRC ……thanks, and HH to you, sir….!!!!

  32. Sandwiches £3


    Binoculars £???????


    Juice £1


    Going a ramble in the woods with yer grandson looking for Dinosaurs PRICELESS :))



    Tis a good day CSC

  33. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Off to Callander with the family for the day now …..doooo dooooo


    I think the last time that Celtic regularly played their home games at 3pm on a Saturday was when we took turn about wi the huns to be shown live away from home.



    So huns back and no Europa League and we revert to 3pm Saturdays.




  35. Weeminger



    No I didn’t but I was hopeful of a reduction based on what we were paying for the product.



    Here’s the thing. Our boardroom is full of people who offer particular expertise, that’s why they’re there. Surely, with all that knowledge and all those skills the club can find other revenue streams rather than increasing ticket prices in a time of relative austerity?



    Oh and a PR person worthy of the job title would be good.





    You spoil that young BHOY.



    Have you told the missus to look out a bliddy big pot for dinner?


    And btw,you sure you need binoculars for a dinosaur hunt? Most of them were rather large,not that I was around then,honest!

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