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. Neganon2,


    The idea is to get everything in line from the SFA then hand Celtic the loaded gun, currently we have all the info/evidence, we have been give permission to talk to the SFA directly, another first in Scottish footballing governance.


    We are as a courtesy going to allow the SFA to face the accusations and if we don’t get justice we hand the board the loaded gun and direct them to UEFA CFCB as per the resolution. There are another few wee things we’re keeping close.


    But first is get this bloody letter away, innit.

  2. iki, 13:11


    He also trademarked


    Not proven, jetted in and non-sporting advantage

  3. shady - 'mon the wee Oscar on




    14:07 on 10 April, 2015



    Nobody warned me before moving that my moonhowler shift would be at lunchtime back home.



    Pablo before my time but post a favourite please.




  4. .






    Just seen your Post and Reply..



    Never seen you swear on here before..



    Yea.. Talk of Celtic and Only Celtic would be Great..



    God I Miss the Sammi’ Debates Ha Ha



    Hey Ho..



    Ps.. Your Ghirls do the Soup Kitchens Anonymously.. And if I could state my Opinion of that.. “That will Fill their Heart with Joy.. Not Another’s Heart”..




    At the End of the Day.. KTF



  5. shady - 'mon the wee Oscar on

    Tom g



    I think the inclusion of the other costs is just to highlight how much the whole trip costs compared to simply not going.



    It’s like going to the cinema.








    I wasn’t referencing your comments in isolation.



    My interpretation is that some posts have been unduly negative and even disrespectful to the guys who are trying to right a wrong done to us.



    Perhaps, I have misinterpreted things, but it seems that Auldheid (and Canamalar, in his own indomitable style) have almost had to defend their position.



    I’ll give an example: recently comments have been made about just how long the thing is taking. Did folk think that a meticulous investigation, correspondence et al with the parties involved was going to be quick ?



    Like I wrote earlier, we all owe appreciation (including that of the obstacles faced), thanks and respect to both the guys involved.

  7. CELTIC Football Club announced today that it is to erect a bronze statue of Billy McNeill to mark the magnificent achievements of the club’s greatest ever Captain.


    The statue will be positioned on the recently opened Celtic Way and will represent a man who is synonymous with Celtic Football Club and someone who represented the club with true distinction as both a player and manager.


    As a player, Billy won nine league championship titles (all in a row), seven Scottish Cups, six League Cups and, of course, he was the first British team captain to lift the European Cup in 1967.


    Billy was named the Scottish Footballer of the Year in season 1964/65, the first ever winner of the award.


    As manager, Billy McNeill delivered four league championship titles to Celtic, three Scottish Cups and he lifted the League Cup once.


    As both player and manager, Billy enjoyed a 27-year association with Celtic Football Club.


    Fittingly, the work on the statue will be carried out by John McKenna, the sculptor who recently completed the statue of Jock Stein which sits at the entrance to Celtic Park.


    Work on the statue of Billy will begin immediately and it is hoped that the completed work will be unveiled at Celtic Park later this year, around Autumn.


    Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s as a Celtic supporter, Billy McNeill was an inspiration to me and someone of huge stature in the game, not only on the field but also off it, as a statesman, a leader and a figurehead for our great club.


    “His achievements for Celtic are simply outstanding and across a period of 27 years he gave so much to the club.


    “It is a privilege to now know Billy, and consider him as a friend. He is someone who commands the respect of everyone across the entire footballing spectrum.


    “We are delighted already to have Billy as our Ambassador at the club but the Board felt unanimously that he should recognised in this way, given all that he has contributed to Celtic over so many years.


    “We look forward to the unveiling of the statue, which we are sure will be a great tribute to a great man.”


    Billy McNeill himself said: “When Peter contacted me regarding the statue I was completely taken by surprise.


    “Whenever I walk up the Celtic Way, I look on with a great sense of pride at the sight of Brother Walfrid, Big Jock and my old team-mate and friend Jinky rightly taking their place almost as guardians of Celtic Park.


    “Every time I look back at this special club’s history and what we achieved it fills me with joy, and now to be told I am to be honoured beside these Celtic greats, this really is a special day for me and all my family.”

  8. taurangabhoy



    13:44 on 10 April, 2015


    Jamesgang number one news article today which kinda puzzled me , oz giving him a state funeral and all, my daughter and her friend working soup kitchens are more worthy than a cricket commentator, it’s a strange World we live in . Hail hail.






    Caring about where any kind of a ball ends up is bonkers though isn’t it!



    Sport gets personified by the people we associate with it and our own experiences and memories.



    And it throws up some right good uns. Richie Benaud was one such example.



    Where’s ma beer Ya bam???!!!,??



    HH jamesgang

  9. ..



    syd negakev



    14:10 on 10 April, 2015


    Was it Pye or Decca?



    I won’t be able to sleep tonight.



    Fascinating. :-)






    Oh Syd..



    There is Always One (Greek) ~ Enna or if You are Familiar with the Person ..Mia..or Mia Beers .. ‘One Beer’..



    Decca is Ten (English) 10..



    And I Know Ye Ken this One.. Pye: is 3.141569.. Or In Greek it’s.. Souvlaki Pitta Parakalo



    20 is Ecosse..(Greek)..



    Unless You are in Spain with 20 Scottish mates watching the Topless Burds on the Beach.. That’s 20/20 Visionists..【ツ】



    Or Mad Dog Wine..



    001 of 20/20MDCSC

  10. Summa of Sammi….



    Thanks for that. Very comprehensive. I understand perfectly now.

  11. Canamalar, Auldheid et al.



    What you are doing ref res12 deserves all out thanks. Your time, patience and persistence is appreciated and I think we all realise that.




  12. After last night’s Sevco result, Paul Murray has revised his statement to include a 2023 vision. This may change further.

  13. kevinlasvegas on




    On the money mate.



    Auldheid, Canamalar and the other guys will be part of or folklore in future. It might feel at times like your hitting your head off a brick wall. But it will be worth it when it comes off.



    Hail Hail the dogged BHOYS. Keep at em.







  14. !!Bada Bing!! on

    shady – ‘mon the wee oscar



    14:35 on 10 April, 2015Any news of ACGR?S



    ACGR was last seen with a worried look on his face,in the Hatton Garden area of London.

  15. shady - 'mon the wee Oscar on

    Canamalar, Auldheid et al.



    Agree with previous sentiments but forgive those who question. It’s healthy that people can query on this and you have a platform to answer (unless they’re being fa#!&%s).




  16. I do not believe for one second that King and Murray discovered that Ashley owned the club name and crests only yesterday.



    They must have known about it long before that and kept it under wraps until the truth was exposed online yesterday, then came the faux shock and horror and promises of a “probe”.



    Hilarious. Absolutely hilarious.

  17. shady - 'mon the wee Oscar on




    Thanks for the update.



    Wee bit concerned that he’d gone off the radar.




  18. shady - 'mon the wee Oscar on

    I’d finished my last book.



    Need a SFTB post to kill that last hour to sleepy time . . .




  19. 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.




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

    No matter why I’m visiting Celtic park or how often I pass if I always get a feel good factor ;)



    Went in at lunch time today and arranged the CQN memorial stones for the Celtic way



    Wording as follows



    In memory of CQN members who have passed onto Paradise . YNWA



    The memorial consists of one large stone with the club crest above the writing which is over that and a smaller stone beneath .



    Wasn’t sure what we would really call ourselves . Bloggers / posters / bampots … So I went for members .



    Hopefully that is a fitting tribute to all CQNrs past and future who leave this place to sit in the big stand upstairs .



    Advised it will be 8-10 weeks until the stones Are cast and laid when I will get a certificate and also a letter telling me roughly where it is located .

  21. Hail Caesar!



    Would like to see a few more statues lining the CELTIC Way:



    Willie Maley, Jimmy Quinn, Patsy Gallacher, Jimmy McGrory, Bobby Murdoch, Tommy Burns…



    To name just a few.