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The count of how many times I’ve heard “I hope we don’t take the foot off the pedal like we did last year” has reached double figures. This is never a good sign. Football games, against any level of opponent, need to planned for and respected.

During last season’s League Cup semi-final, Celtic went two goals up early on, then made 100% sure the result would never be in danger by denying Newco even an attempt at goal (the match stats recorded one attempt, which was actually a wayward cross from a free kick). Compare and contrast with Borussia Dortmund’s two goal advantages last night. While I’d love to score a barrel-load, winning the game is all that really matters.

We have seen enough Celtic teams dominate possession in Europe against less-resourced teams only to lose to the sucker punch. This has been a harsh lesson, which I hope has been learned.

I doubt many of us know what to expect from Newco. They won the Championship but this season didn’t have to contend with vastly superior Hearts team. They are also in the semi-final because they thumped Premiership Dundee 4-0 at Ibrox, which is a huge result for any lower league team (we’ve failed to score twice against Dundee recently).

All my “Rangers” supporting pals tell me they are hopeless at defending, so there’s a decent possibility they will defend deeply and play on the break – just as several others have done effectively against us this season. We’re going to have a lot of possession in the final third, but Scott Brown and Nir Bitton will need to offer a lot of defensive cover.

Most of all, we’ll need discipline. There’s a red card winging its way to the first Celtic player to stare at an opponent in a rash manner. The First Minister will probably get involved too, so be prepared.

Did you read Walter “dare I say it, 10 in a row” Smith? What a man to have in your corner days before a big game. He’ll have them thinking it’s 1957 all over again!

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  1. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Now…that would be brilliant.

     

    Ex-Hun players with massive tax bills.

     

    Cannot wait to see them bleating.

     

    That auld crabbit bigot the satanic cardigan….surely if there is any justice, Hector will demand.

     

     

    Jail the Tax Cheats

     

    Strip the Titles

     

    Ban them from Celtic Park.

     

     

    HH

  2. TBJ has no trust in the PLC on

    Jackson trying to blur the lines between rangers cheating tax and individual celtic and other players dodging tax of their own accord. No sporting advantage on individual evasion

     

     

    However … anyone who dodges tax should get it taken back immediately

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    Jinks..

     

     

    I Will ask You as l Know You best on CQN..

     

     

    Why are You Not only Not going but Not even Interested in the Result..?

     

     

    l think i know the answer of the First Question..More puzzled by the second..

     

     

    KTF..

     

     

    001

  4. Afternoon Timland from a cooler, but still warm hun free mountain valley.

     

    That record piece is what the club should be challenging all day long, the headline says Celtic, notice when it’s derogitory, Celtic come first, not a mention of any names, yet the headline says it all.

     

    Also, can someone tell me why when you have already paid tax on your wages, HMRC can come after you for investing your tax paid money.

  5. Did “former Celtic hero” now playing for the huns, miller, have an ebt at any time?

  6. Miller was at the huns seasons 2001/2 and 2008/11 so he could have an ebt.

     

     

    God, he might have 2!

     

     

    Wouldn’t that be nice!

  7. timaloy29 sleeps the heated driveway on

    THE EXILED TIM on 15TH APRIL 2016 1:21 PM

     

     

    I don’t see how the club can challenge the story. The article makes absolutely no reference to the club and wrongdoing. It references ex-Celtic, Rangers and Scotland players, which you may not like, but it isn’t factually inaccurate.

     

     

    To be absolutely clear, the Daily Record will have taken legal advice over exactly what could be printed. At no point does it mention Celtic FC or any potential wrongdoing.

     

     

    The people trying to muddy the waters between Rangers (IL) illegal tax activities and the personal finances of Neil Lennon are orcs. Illiterate huns will misrepresent their story however they like.

     

     

    Celtic FC have no grounds to take action against the Daily Record. The Record (horrid as they are) are no liable for comments made on Rangers Media or Follow Follow.

  8. saltires en sevilla on

    TET

     

     

    Hope you are well. We have not managed to get away from the pool this week and Ms SES says one caveman is more than enough… Whatever can she mean? ;-)

     

     

    The tax thing might be about the gravy (unearned income) – not sure!

  9. Just got a Wee tip so passing it on. Caveat emptor and all that…

     

    Oor Jock 6.35 Dundalk.

     

    Bet responsibly currently 4/1

     

    HH

  10. THE EXILED TIM on 15TH APRIL 2016 1:21 PM

     

    Afternoon Timland from a cooler, but still warm hun free mountain valley.

     

     

    That record piece is what the club should be challenging all day long, the headline says Celtic, notice when it’s derogitory, Celtic come first, not a mention of any names, yet the headline says it all.

     

     

    Also, can someone tell me why when you have already paid tax on your wages, HMRC can come after you for investing your tax paid money.

     

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    If it’s a film scheme then the short answer is that they haven’t paid tax on it because it hasn’t been taken as a salary/wage. It is money that has been used for investment. Typically a limited liability partnership is set up to buy film rights and is funded by a combination of partner capital contributions an loans. The film rights are leased back to a production company. The loans will be a high percentage of the funding. The partnership eventually declares a loss which is then used to offset any tax liability. HMRC have argued (successfully) that this is just disguised remuneration and that the scheme has been set up specifically for this purpose. The amounts invested are effectively being deferred and returned to the investor tax-free through a complex scheme.

  11. But another source – one of the most influential men in Scottish football –told the Record:

     

     

    That’s got to be no surname !

  12. If he does think it’s 1957 again…7-1 rings a bell from that year…:)

     

     

     ———-@@@——

     

     

    Sadly, in Scudland, it’s closer to 1984, George Orwell style.

  13. T29

     

    I understand what you are saying, but , and always the but, why the need for Celtic in the headline ?

     

    This is what the club should be complaining about, we let them away with this sort of garbage time and time again.

     

    We still advertise with the press in scotland, withdraw this till they see sense

     

    HH

     

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    SeS

     

    Understand totally, enjoy your break :-)

     

    HH

  14. NATKNOW

     

    I am still confused.

     

    Take Fergie, when he was at Man Utd they paid his wages, I imagine they deducted all the tax at source, so if he wants to invest in a film, or pish it against the wall or whatever, he should be able to without hmrc demanding more from him, no

     

    HH

  15. If you are tempted to feel sorry for celebrities who find themselves getting attention from Hector then pause and consider just how little thought any one of them would have if it was you who was the centre of attention.

  16. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    TET,

     

    What I understand from natKnows description, is its similar to the subject of the move “The Producers”

     

    Maybe a wee bit more complicated but similar, watch it if you havnt seen it yet it’s excellent :)

  17. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Instead of keeping all the money invested and telling the investors it flopped there is no money made from it, they are taking that loss and using it to offset tax.

  18. timaloy29 sleeps on the heated driveway on

    THE EXILED TIM on 15TH APRIL 2016 1:51 PM

     

    T29

     

     

    I understand what you are saying, but , and always the but, why the need for Celtic in the headline ?

     

     

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    Celtic and Rangers are used in the headline for a couple of reasons

     

     

    1) The SMSM believe that anything referencing the Old F*** will generate more interest. They ignore the other Scottish teams and are obsessed with the two Glasgow clubs (with obvious bias)

     

     

    2) Referencing BOTH Celtic and Rangers means that it appears even handed. Keith Jackson has been getting pelters from both Celtic fans and Huns on this story. Accused of bias both ways.

     

     

    I don’t doubt that the Daily Record would LOVE to unearth a story about skullduggery and wrongdoing at Celtic FC. However, they know fine well that there is no story and don’t want to provoke legal action.

     

     

    That’s why they were fairly quiet on the land sales that the huns were kicking off over. They knew there was no story. No state aid.

     

     

    I don’t have an issue with the headline referencing “Celtic heroes”. I had heard from people at the club that the MON were all obsessed with money. Apparently it was all they spoke about in the dressing room. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.

     

     

    When MON’s wife was ill he was working practically part-time. He wasn’t in the position to sign new players as he didn’t have the time. The likes of Balde & Thommo cashed in big time and got new deals.

     

     

    At least Lennon and Hartson still had something to give.

  19. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    So they invest £100,000 and claim £400000 tax offset, maybe :)

  20. THE EXILED TIM on 15TH APRIL 2016 1:57 PM

     

    NATKNOW

     

     

    I am still confused.

     

     

    Take Fergie, when he was at Man Utd they paid his wages, I imagine they deducted all the tax at source, so if he wants to invest in a film, or pish it against the wall or whatever, he should be able to without hmrc demanding more from him, no

     

     

    HH

     

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    Well bear in mind that with people earning big bucks, they are not paid it all as a wage like you and I. They have a different kind of contract and how they get their money could be through their own Limited Company or some kind of vehicle that has been set up by their accountant and lawyer. I don’t know all the arrangements for every footballer. But it would not be unusual or surprising if a football high-earner was advised to to set up a Ltd. company and to invoice the club on a monthly basis for his services. Let’s say he’s to get £1m a year. He’d bill for £83k + VAT (if he’s remembered to register for VAT!) and that would be paid into his company bank a/c. What he then decides to pay himself is up to him. He could take a salary of £1k a month and pay tax and N.I. on that. How he gets the rest of the money out of his company is the issue. And this is where these schemes come in – they offer a way of taking the money out without calling it income and therefore without paying tax on it. As I mentioned last week, if it looks too good to be true then it probably is. But people are greedy and that’s what’s happened here.

  21. CANAMALAR IT LOOKS LIKE OCD OBSESSION on 15TH APRIL 2016 2:07 PM

     

    TET,

     

     

    What I understand from natKnows description, is its similar to the subject of the move “The Producers”

     

     

    Maybe a wee bit more complicated but similar, watch it if you havnt seen it yet it’s excellent :)

     

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    Great movie. :-)))

  22. CANAMALAR IT LOOKS LIKE OCD OBSESSION on 15TH APRIL 2016 2:19 PM

     

     

    NatKnow,

     

     

    One of my all time favs.

     

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    Very popular. Never made any money though…. ;-)))

  23. Nat~Canman

     

    Got it now, sometimes the mountain air dilutes the brain so it does :-)

     

    Thanks.

     

    HH

     

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    T29

     

    My beef is that they let the media away with virtually anything, I fully understand the need from the media side to sell copy, but it shouldn’t be at our expence, it’s time the club stopped it.

     

    Sadly money is the god of many, footballers are no exception, we have had a fair few money mercenaries playing for us over the years.

     

    HH

  24. Tommy Gemmell on

    Hail Hail

     

     

    Celtic will be strong favourites on Sunday but in my experience playing against the old Rangers, it doesn’t always work out the way it looks on paper.

     

     

    I will be watching the game on the television, after receiving my satellite as a gift from supporters. How lovely is that?

     

     

    You can’t get away from Celtic being superior on all aspects all over the pitch. So while only a mug can forecast these games I am going for a Celtic win without conceding. One goal should be enough but I am greedy and would like 3 or 4.

     

     

    I have just been talking about the 1969 Cup Final against the old Rangers – I didn’t score that day but got an assist.

     

     

    I’d also like to thank everyone who attended the Tommy Gemmell CSC dinner last Friday. It must have been a good night as I am still recovering!

     

     

    For those going to Hampden, give the team 100 per cent backing. When you are on that park the noise from your support beating their bile is important as it gives a Celtic player on the field of play a wee lift.

     

     

    Come on Celtic!

  25. Are these schemes something like this?

     

     

    1) You’ve got £500k to invest

     

    2) You invest £100k in once scheme;

     

    3) You invest £400k in another scheme;

     

    4) Scheme 1 makes a £400k loss for you (deliberately) and closes you’ve lost your £100k;

     

    5) Scheme 2 makes a 400k profit and you take it and your investement back out.

     

    6) You offset the loss against the profit resulting in no tax being paid on the profit.

     

    7) You now have £700k with no tax owing.

     

     

    Is that it?

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