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. Canamalar,



    Are you a Mexican resolutionary c/w droopy moustache a la Pancho Villa ?

  2. martim..,


    You wanted me to justify my comments and I ask you to return the favour, you took to insult rather than simply answer my request, twisting a conversation to denigrate the opposing argument is simply disingenuous and snide to boot.


    Play the ball not the man I think is the sporting term, you failed miserably.

  3. If you are in home tkt scheme you dont get 1.50 charge for games at Celtic park.



    Saves me £9 at CL time for me and wee man.



    Also done in three installments so rather than pay 2 x £90 up front


    they spread it into 3 X 60 something like Oct Nov Dec

  4. Damn, was heading for the park, too.



    Still, that’ll avoid having to watch stepping on pavement cracks. Phew.

  5. Martim1980



    I proposed that the peepul/businessmen you fawn over, were merely chancers looking for bonuses.


    In return, you implied that im a “Dirty sevconian journalist”


    Therefore, I wouldn’t say I was harsh calling you a “Moron”.


    But carry on…





  6. Just think what a pissed off Mike Ashley could do with his new intellectual property, that is a br oxymoron, could have some fun with this. He might be thinking about selling some fun to us haha. So what would the best uses of the newly acquired rights be ? I am expecting a few laughs here. Anyone know when the post split draw is made ?

  7. Canamalar you made the original statement which you still haven’t justified. Read back please.

  8. weeminger



    I just think the decision to increase prices is wrong. I’ll still find the money to pay it but I expect that some won’t be so fortunate.



    At a time when attendances have been relatively low (I’m not talking about actual ST sales) I think it’s a poor decision because it’s certainly not an initiative which will bring supporters back.

  9. Turkeybhoy


    11:37 on


    10 April, 2015


    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.




    ST sales and match day attendances were already in a state of steady decline pre-Sevco. If Rangers 2012 do manage to scramble into the top division, this might prompt some extra ST demand amongst the supporters of the “Old Firm” but equally there will be some who give up because they are not prepared to stomach the club’s aquiescent attitude to “the return of the OF/Glasgow Derby”.



    The plans to increase ST prices in the current climate is the economics of the madhouse and the PR spin that it’s a decrease is an insult to our intelligence. Stop spending stupid money on non-goal scoring strikers, guarantee regular Saturday 3pm matches, improve the match day experience (catering, etc) and reduce running costs by paying our senior managers the correct rate for the job and more people might be inclined to either renew their ST or return to the ST fold. Oh and not getting gubbed by run of the mill European teams no bigger than Motherwell or Dundee Utd. would also help.

  10. 67 Heaven



    On Res12: It basically asks that Celtic ask UEFA Club Financial Control Body to investigate the licensing process in 2011 that allowed Rangers to play in UEFA competition. That runs from granting a licence on 31st March to monitoring no changes at 30 June since granting and again on 30th September.



    The question arose because on 10 August 2011 Sheriff Officers called to collect the by then overdue tax. So when did the bill become overdue?



    It was not on 31st March as no bill had arrived although liability had been accepted for it earlier in March.



    This in effect is what SFA told Celtic in December 2011 when supporters asked questions of Celtic who then asked the SFA.



    It was on this basis that Celtic’s stance on Res12 was to vote against.



    However in the run up to the AGM information relating to events that had started to leak out in summer of 2013 was presented to Celtic in respect of the monitoring at 30th June.



    As a result they went back to SFA who basically said that after granting then monitoring was up to UEFA. Regan repeated this on air in Sportsound to Richard Gordon.



    The requisitioners persuaded Celtic using both a Timeline based on the leaked info and the UEFA rules on monitoring responsibities that the latter was nonsense and the former raised questions that needed asked. Celtic therefore suggested an adjournment which would give time to look into the Timeline and rules to firm up or abandon any case.



    That happened from Jan to Aug 2014 during which time the Timeline narrative got stronger as a result of a better understanding of the process and connections made as a result.



    In August because of questions about the provenance of the leaks that mainstream media continue to ignore in spite of some of it being placed on a plate, the requisitioned had to get expert help, largely for free and through the contacts of one of us from a tax adviser and lawyer at counsel level.



    From that there is a letter ready to go and has been since the start of March but as Canalamar says it has been difficult finding a “postman” to deliver it.



    Efforts to do that continue as do finding alternatives and sooner or later the narrative of the Timeline will either stand or fall.



    The Timeline could have been made public earlier possibly after the last AGM but arrests of some of the parties named in it made that impossible.



    That arrests took place, even if not related to Res12 tell you of the degree of honesty at play.



    The full story will come out eventually and it says a lot about the mind of Scottish football and media, which is after all but a reflection of the mindset in general which is what we are up against.

  11. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    ST discounted by £50, instead of £100.


    Still a discount, though not as generous as the last two seasons.



    Add in free entry to the first round Euro tie, plus two free tickets for an SPL game and it is still a better deal than three years ago.



    Not Celtic’s fault that the cost of travel has increased and nobody has to but the rubbish food on offer…….bring a piece.


    Half of you moaners would never have survived Parkhead in the 50’s and 60’s



    Good job. We did or you would have nothing to moan about.






    If really concerned about. The annual expense of watching football, then refuse to buy tickets for any SFA sponsored games.


    That way you will reinstate the money to your account and make a stand against corruption!


    There you are, problem solved.



  12. Good Friday last week. Greetin’ Friday on here this week.



    And a day after the hun Monkeys took another pumping for our amuaement; Who’d’ve thought?

  13. I watched monster munch last night .



    In his head he is Thierry Henri … c/w socks up above the knees .



    In the real world he was like a big unfit boy just off the street

  14. Green Man. They are Celtic’s board. We are in a good place. They contribute to that positively. The End.

  15. Thanks to everyone who posted their condolences – Karen was sitting reading CQN with a tear in her eye, really touched by all the support and prayers being offered on this wonderful place.

  16. If an individual pays £50 last year for a product that they’re now having to pay £100, I fail to see how that can be classed as a reduction.



    Anyways, offski.

  17. I see the cast of the flat earth society members has grown with BGX and Captain Beefheart swelling the ranks with their denial of any corruption both by celtic and institutionally racist Scotland. Why? Well because it doesn’t suit their cosy view of an independent scotland. Patriotism is after all blinding.



    Tom will be glad others believe the earth is flat.



    In other news another on the pitch disaster by sevco results in the so,we hat amusing headline QoS end Rangers un beaten run. A bizarre headline given that run included 3 draws against very poor teams and only 2 wins. I wonder what the headline would have been if it was celtic. But hey no institutional bias here. Shortbread indeed. Is that word now banned in Scotland too?



    In other news I see celtic have used the daily record as its way to leak out news of a ST price increase and it’s done in a way that would make Pravda and Tory oPR spin specialists blush.



    Ah celtic are now watering at the mouth at the return of the bigot pound. They will invest all the money on the team, or club, er PL bonus won’t they?



    Get to the back of the bus says PL and pay more for the privilege.



    It seems however that our host would rather discuss the admittedly hilarious going on at the Huns house than this stuff about celtic. I do wonder why? Look over here please not at what’s staring you in the face?

  18. Winning captains i want to add my thoughts and condolences to your families sad loss. Take care mate. May she rest in peace.

  19. Martim..,


    Correction, I made a statement I justified completely, you simply do not agree with me through your own bigotry. You will dismiss any argument that counters your views, bigotry by definition.


    You then decided to, rather than address my request for you to justify your stance, accuse me on a public forum of taking class A drugs.


    And still you assume to hold some sort of moral superiority by focusing on your own petty point scoring rather than what the original two posts were discussing.



    I made a statement. You called me out, I responded courteously, and requested the same courtesy, you accused me of taking class A drugs on a public forum.



    10:47 on


    10 April, 2015


    From the previously posted CELTICWIKI article,brilliant!



    In front of 70,000 at Parkhead the teams lined up on Wednesday 10th April 1974 as follows:


    CELTIC: Connaghan, Hay, Brogan; Murray, McNeill, McCluskey; Johnstone, Hood, Deans, Callaghan, Dalglish.


    ATLETICO MADRID: Thug; Psycho, Punch; Spit, Hatchet, Bludgeon; Hammer, Thump, Wallop, Gouge, Axe-Murderer



    My own outstanding memory of abovewas the appearance of the guy I refer to as ‘the ninety second sub’. If I recall correctly, he rejoiced in the name of Jesus Quique. He came on. His first and only kick was Jinky. Arms behind his back in best continental style, almost unbid, he went off.

  21. ST ticket sales will fall in the main due to the economic environment of the world we live in.



    A Zombie return would boost them but not by any significant margin.



    Matches will never again be at 3pm regularly unless we decide we can live without TV money. And play in the asylum grounds…



    We won’t spend more than £3 million on a player becasue we cannot afford to. We will continue to seek gems and develop them.



    In the real world we already operate well beyond the financial model our wee league dictates would be the prudent one. By some margin.



    We already live on the edge.



    We ARE already pushing the boat out a bit too far. But we have over the past decade put our own safety nets in place to avoid falling ove rhte edge of the world a la Hun Monkeys.



    These are realities. Adjust your bitterness, you spoiled weans with quick fixes.



    Celtic are good.

  22. Oh, and we’re still allowed to call ouirselves Celtic, without asking or paying some wide-boy mockerney-cockerney gangster.

  23. I still will not be buying from Sports Directs. The stuff they sell are seconds, second class, just like the football clubs they are involved with. Well done Jimmy Fowler’s (a good Tim) team last night

  24. Martim1980@12.25



    C,mon now…..if you think that response is adequate in any way, you haven’t been paying attention to the level of discourse on CQN.


    You are not Charles De Gaulle, get down off your wooden high horse.


    Are we just to accept your word that everything is wonderful?


    I don’t trust businessmen, who influence people like you, to mythologise their status.


    Like ive said before….Chancers.




  25. Canamalar



    12:33 on 10 April, 2015


    I made a statement. You called me out, I responded courteously, and requested the same courtesy, you accused me of taking class A drugs on a public forum.






    Thought Acid was only class B…

  26. TimJim


    12:36 on


    10 April, 2015



    The Karrimor waterproof trainers are really quite good. Especially for the price.

  27. Hamiltontim surprised that the daily rancid spun it out as a reduction. Watch this space for part two. Ok Euro game included probably means a £25 real increase which is still way above the general wage rise so I am with you on this, Celtic would have more income with every seat filled at a lower ticket cost, more novelist sold , more of the many new tops. I think the board are doing there job but should be challenged on the ticket increase. Paul how about a balances editorial on the pros and cons of the increase.

  28. Eyes Wide Open on

    !!Bada Bing!!


    11:10 on


    10 April, 2015



    It probably wouldnt – initially.


    However it would provide a significant relief to the circa 30k who loyally renew every year.



    I recently re-read the quote from the Bayern Munich chairman about why they charge £150 per season ticket and his outlook on ticket pricing was inspirational and revolutionary because it completely bucks the bucks the trend of supporters being perceived as the cash cow for football club’s coffers.




    Rightly or wrongly, agree or disagree there is apathy out there amongst an increasing number of supporters and much in the same way as a manager has to manage the individual personalities in modern day football evolving from the old fashioned hair dryer approach to get maximum performance – the Celtic board need to find ways to re-connect those disaffected.



    The answer, in my opinion is a very simple one.



    Very much in line with film the Field of Dreams – do things the right way and for the right reasons and the people will come.



    Is knocking off an extra £100 per season ticket or £3m of a £70m annual turn over organisation a debt buster?



    The Kit deals are worth what – circa £6m+ a year?



    How much less would it be if we negotiated contracts based on 3 kits each lasting 2 years and the contract duration being for an even number of years?



    Personally I dont agree with a lot of the reasons for the apathy – I accept modern football has changed and that we have cut out cloth accordingly. I agree with the strategic thinking behind the Ronny appointment.



    However – I do have an issue with supporters being perceived as customers and treated as cash cows and marketed towards extracting every last ounce of blood.



    I do NOT buy any kits which will only last a year.



    My brother doesnt have a choice and when I heard his wee lad crying in the shop begging his dad to get him “the new horrible away top” (the yellow one with the black stripes) it hit home what the board are doing to working class supporters.



    And I resent it.



    Bayern Munich have showed there is another approach which can be just as successful.

  29. SFTB,


    The cost of the game in the 50,s and 60’s was far less out the wage than now, we’re now talking up to 20% of many people weekly take home pay.


    But then they should probably go find a cheaper alternative Celtic don’t need poor people any more, except to make a big show of charity, eh.

  30. LOL you can even get red and blue Sports Direct Elastoplast’s. How appropriate.




  31. Ronny misses out again on Manager of the Month. Maybe when he wins the Treble, the Boat Race, the Grand National, the Super Bowl and Currie Cup…….

  32. Talk of the Europa League moving to alternate midweeks from Champions League,allowing games on a Tue/Wed,would be a big help to getting more Saturday games back.

  33. Captain Beefheart on

    A blast from Neganon n always ensures that life is ok.



    Neg, if you think that I am a supporter of the leftie control freak nats, I shall have to make a lurid suggestion that you are a St Mirren man.



    Nor am I a nationalist.

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