Structural change pack ice moving again


Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack gave us a glimpse into the finances of practically every club in Europe by explaining the financial predicament his club finds itself in.  They expected £1m in match day income between now and the end of the season, as well as £5m season ticket money by June, summer merchandising income and hospitality income.  Instead, they have practically zero income stretching out for an indeterminate number of months – quite possibly until August or September.

Monthly outgoings at Aberdeen are £1.2m, this month’s costs will consume nearly all the £1.5m they had in the bank at the start of the month.  How they, and others, meet payroll April, May and June, is a challenge for the industry.  Few clubs are as well run as Aberdeen, most will be in more serious peril.

This is not just a Scottish phenomenon; it will play out across Europe.  The Championship in England is particularly vulnerable. Around the time of the collapse of ITV Digital, Brian Quinn spoke of the pack ice of European football-broadcasting homogeny showing signs of a break up.  That financial crisis in English football passed when the Premier League stepped in to salve any sores.

It remains to be seen what, if any, issues afflict the Premier League.  Ticket and merchandising sales are almost irrelevant to the business model in England’s’ top tier. There, it is all about the domestic and international TV deals.  It cannot be emphasised enough, Premier League TV deals are absolutely critical to the entire pyramid of English football.  If the contracted number of games broadcast for this season or next cannot be fulfilled, the drop in income would have serious consequences.

You and I have been debating structural change in football for too long to get excited about any of this.  There is a better chance of things changing now than at any point in the last 18 years, but whatever change takes place will not necessarily involve Celtic. Still, we can ponder….

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  1. See those folk that are going to Public Parks and being chased away by the Cops….were they Grassed Up ?








    Very good.



  2. Two women where going out for the night , one said I think I’ll go commando ,the other replied where are you going to get a dingy ,balaclava and a sub machine gun at such short notice lidl’s closed😜

  3. Two Aberdonian chaps walking down the street….when one of them finds a Wage Packet containing £500…


    The other one says…” Ya dirty Lucky Bassa” !



    The other one replies…” What do you mean LUCKY ?……..Look at the Tax they have taken aff me 2 !



  4. Three dinosaurs are running across the desert when they stumble across a magic lamp.


    They rub it, and a genie appears.


    “I have three wishes, so I’ll give one to each of you,” the genie announces.


    The first dinosaur thinks hard.


    “Alright,” he says, “I’ll have a big, juicy, piece of meat.”


    Instantly, the biggest, juiciest piece of meat he’d ever seen appears in front of him.


    Not to be outdone, the second dinosaur thinks even harder.


    “I know! I’ll have a shower of meat!”


    Immediately, huge pieces of meat rain down around him.


    The third dinosaur, certainly not to be outdone, thinks harder than the previous dinosaurs.


    “I’ve got it!” he cries, “I want a MEATIER shower!”

  5. I just sent the following Email to the clubs Supporter Liaison Officer. Hopefully it will get a positive response.




    Hi John Paul,


    Sitting here in work this morning I came up with an idea that could help influence people to stay at home, wash the hands and avoid contact with other people.


    As you and I know, our club has always been to the fore in community affairs and our proud tradition has already seen us take a stand on the Covid 19 outbreak.


    Anyway, I am assuming you have access to the powers that be in Celtic Park.


    My idea is this;


    Have as many of the current squad do selfies of themselves at home (even washing their hands), asking fans and the general public to obey


    the international requests by the WHO to stay at home, self isolate, avoid contact with others and keep washing the hands.


    I am sure the these videos if edited and sent out as a package could have a real positive message for all.

  6. Because I was worried about my older sister living alone during this time I decided it was best to keep her company and move in with her.


    She said that was great but I’d have to make my own bed, I thought that’s fine because of her age then she informed me that the hammer and the nails were in the under stairs cupboard.

  7. Told this one before on here ,but it’s a cracker i.m.o.😜



    A woman is in Harrods jewellery department ,and sees a brooch , as she bends over to get a closer look she lets rip a fart… She thinks oh no hope nobody heard that ,as she looks round the salesman is right behind her ,but being the professional he is he has a straight face and says can I help Madame ?


    She said this brooch how much is it ?


    He replied Madame if you fart just looking at it you’ll shit yourself when I tell you the price 😜

  8. just passing the time staying in spain near murcia in lock down been raining for 6 days now cant go in or out of town as i have been following the hoops since 1958 i have picked my greatest 11 of all time the only position i have a problem with is the goalie so here goes in 4 3 3 goali foster full backs mcgrain and gemmelll mc neill and connelly mid field crerand murdoch and hay front 3 is so easy johnsone dalglish and larrsson that team playi

  9. that team playing together would have cleaned the floor with any team in britain and won about 9 or 10 champions leagues hail hail

  10. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Thank you all for your good wishes and condolences, the inevitable happened shortly after my second post.

  11. So sorry to hear that Canamalar. May your father rest in peace. Hope you are able to get home.






    So sorry to hear that your Dad has passed away.



    I’ll remember you and your family in my prayers.



    Memories are a wonderful thing.



    May your Dad rest in peace.

  13. Sorry , Canamalar.


    I hadn`t seen your post before I posted that.


    It has been a traumatic 24 hours for you.I hope the messages of support on here help you cope.

  14. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    I remember coming back from a game with him, we were running for the smiddy bus, he lifted me up handed me to somebody on the bus but never made it on, the bus pulled away at speed before he could jump on.


    I was greeting all the way home, I’d lost my da, I was inconsolable, this feels like that bus journey back to partick.




    I was only 24

  15. The things you read .Dorian Goian,remember him,has just informed us,that Hagi will,or should sign for Der Hun.He goes on,”I still keep up with how the team are doing.I think Hagi will sign.With the FINANCIAL MUSCLE that Der Hun have,the 4.5 million would be no problem.Let me tell you a secret,about this clubs financeswhen the team dropped down into the 4th Div,they paid me the same wages as in the 1st Division.



    Smiley thing.

  16. With Prince Charles now beingthis diagnosed as having coronavirus will he have a do not resuscitate sign at the bottom of his bed?

  17. In amongst all our difficulties, here is an uplifting message from Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow and a reminder to all of us that others need our support more than ever.



    Dear friend,



    It’s been an emotional couple of weeks for many of us. Sunday in the UK was Mother’s Day, and like many of you, I can’t hug my mum right now — although I do feel very blessed that I was able to wave at her through her window. This Sunday was also a difficult new experience for those of us who attend church regularly, as we found ourselves unable to gather as normal for Sunday worship. Again though, I felt blessed to watch the live streaming of a Mass with all my family at home and felt very moved and profoundly united in prayer with people all over the world praying in new circumstances. And like so many other experiences these days, it showed me how much I have been taking things for granted.



    Each day this past week has brought news of further school closures. Our children face time away from friends and uncertainty about their future. Here in the UK we have certainly taken for granted, until now, the fact that our children would always have access to safe schools and education.



    You can see a video message from Magnus here.





    Meanwhile, the school closures in our programme countries have thrown up a whole lot of new questions. Given that our mission is based on providing one meal every day in a place of education, our approach has always been that we do not normally provide meals when schools are closed – whether that be during school holidays or because schools have been temporarily shut down for other reasons. However, in such circumstances we always consider the needs of the children who find themselves out of school and whether an emergency approach might be appropriate and possible.



    Given many of these closures have just happened, we have only just begun to consider some very complex and fast changing situations. Incredibly, some of our teams have already identified ways that we might be able to keep feeding children. We will keep you posted on developments as soon as we have news to share, striving all the while to seek new ways of keeping our promise to the little ones.



    Over the last few days another surprising thing happened here in Scotland. The sun came out! We haven’t seen it for a long time! And now suddenly the birds are singing, and flower buds are opening. After a very long dark winter a new season is here. It has helped me remember that new seasons do always come, eventually. It looks as though the whole world faces a time of prolonged hardship and challenge — a very long tough winter.



    But this will pass. None of us know when or how, exactly, but a new season will come. And when it does children will need to eat whilst at school – just like they always have. The importance of Mary’s Meals, today and tomorrow, is greater than ever.



    Stay safe.



    God bless,



    Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow


    Mary’s Meals Founder

  18. G-D on 25th March 2020 11:08 am


    ‘With Prince Charles now beingthis diagnosed as having coronavirus will he have a do not resuscitate sign at the bottom of his bed?’







    They all seem to be holed up at Balmoral.



    It looks likethey moved there after one of the flunkeys at Buckingham Palace tested positive.



    What inspirational leaders they all are in this time of national crisis.



    I wonder how many ventilators have been put aside for them all.


    ERNIE LYNCH on 25TH MARCH 2020 11:17 AM



    I think they have all been split up to make sure some of them survive.problem where to send andy pandy where there is no agreement with usa to extradite on rape charges.