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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. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    TET

     

     

    its not the money they invested ( which has already been taxed) that Hector is after..

     

     

    Its the declared loss on that investment that they used to offset subsequent tax liability. Had it been a genuine investment that had incurred unforseen loss I think that would be ok. However those indulging in this scheme did so in the full expectation that the films would flop and therefore provide opportunity for tax relief.

     

     

    Basically a wideo move exposed. I don’t care who did it – they need to be punished for abusing the tax system that other honest citizens contribute to.

  2. THE EXILED TIM on 15TH APRIL 2016 2:33 PM

     

    Nat~Canman

     

     

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

     

     

    Thanks.

     

     

    HH

     

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    Nothing wrong with your brain mate. These schemes are set up to be as convoluted as possible in order to disguise their true purpose – dodge tax.

  3. WEEMINGER on 15TH APRIL 2016 2:35 PM

     

    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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    Sounds a great idea mate – you fancy going into business? :-)))

  4. TOMMY GEMMELL on 15TH APRIL 2016 2:33 PM

     

     

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    Hail hail Tommy!

     

     

    Great to see you posting. Hopefully we’ll make the most noise as we’ve got the best songs!

  5. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    weeminger

     

     

    that’s how I understand it…

  6. NATKNOW on 15TH APRIL 2016 2:38 PM

     

     

    Can I just apologise profusely for the amount of typos in there? Shocking.

  7. Any advice on the best route to take from Victoria Road to Hampden?

     

    Is Queen’s Drive/Prospecthill Road safe enough or am I better to give their end a wider berth?

     

    Hail Hail

     

    ballabhoy

  8. saltires en sevilla on

    NATKNOW on 15TH APRIL 2016 2:40 PM

     

    TOMMY GEMMELL on 15TH APRIL 2016 2:33 PM

     

     

     

    The Big Shot on the blog … Wow!!

     

     

    Made my day and hope you have a wonderful Sunday

     

     

    Thanks for all those wonderful, wonderful memories!

     

     

    Hail Hail

  9. Natknow,

     

     

    I think it would be very very unusual for a football player to have his ‘salary’ paid to a Ltd company, the player is an employee of the club, in the scenario you mention he would be an employee of his own Ltd company. I don’t doubt many players have Ltd company’s or other arrangements for other income but I would doubt any British based player has his ‘salary’ paid to a Ltd company… but if you know of some I take it all back :-)

  10. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    TIMALOY29 on 15TH APRIL 2016 12:51 PM

     

     

    Don’t recall such an article from the dr when the bhuns were liquidated ….. Generally speaking, I have no sympathy at all for anyone avoiding paying tax to ‘protect’ huge fortunes …… If everyone paid their due taxes, the rate might not be as high for the rest of us …. I am also confident that, although individual players may have invested their salaries unwisely / greedily, I am confident CFC will not have anything to answer to here…… I’ll bet Ming, Walturd and the Loaf will be crapping themselves, though …. And most of the other Sevco directors ……why ? … Because there will be less money for thr loan pay-back pot once they all have the taxman at the door of the big hoose again ……….. HECTOR, YOU ARE A LEGEND . hahahahahahaha

  11. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Tommy Gemmell

     

     

    Tommy…Get your boots ready:)

     

    That mob will run a mile.

     

    A Lisbon Lion on CQN.

     

    Cannot get any better than that.

     

    Hail Hail to a Legend

     

     

    HH

  12. TOMMY GEMMELL on 15TH APRIL 2016 2:33 PM

     

     

    HAIL HAIL TOMMY

     

     

    great to see you posting ..

     

     

    no complacency and we will win sunday.. every player needs to be up for it..

     

     

    tom rogic or callum mcgregor ? who would be your choice ?

  13. saltires en sevilla on

    Ballabhoy

     

     

    lived in Dixon Avenue for years and usually we headed along Allison Street to reach the peace and tranquility of Toryglen :-)

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

    Tommy Gemmell …… hat doffed ….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Bognorbhoy

     

     

    Tom Rogic, every time

  16. Tommy G

     

    I pray your sunday is a joyful one.

     

    HH

     

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    Kwality from Darren

     

    Darren O’Dea ‏@odea_darren 36m36 minutes ago

     

    For concerned Gers fans. I’ve not invested in movies. I will be investing in one called “10 in a row”. Coming in 2021 to cinemas near you.

  17. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Love seeing my Heroes post on CQN.

     

    Incredible.

     

    Tommy Gemmell….What a player.

     

    Class.

     

     

    HH

  18. WYCOMBEBHOY

     

     

    Your salary gets paid to a Ltd company and then you get paid in dividends.

     

     

    I think the tax paid on dividends is 18%.

     

     

    Better than basic and higher rate taxes.

  19. Tommy Gemmell – legend

     

    +++ Message ends+++

     

     

    Hope you enjoy the game wi’ yir fancy satellite :-)

  20. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Ah, feck it Paul. We’re not playing against a European team. It’s Sevco! We’ll moider da bums! :-))

  21. Philboy :

     

     

    Yes many ways to benefit from a Ltd company but that’s not my point..one of my points would be, I pretty sure there are no third party arrangements allowed in British football, having a Ltd between you and the club would be a third party arrangement..

  22. WYCOMBEBHOY on 15TH APRIL 2016 2:47 PM

     

     

    Natknow,

     

     

    I think it would be very very unusual for a football player to have his ‘salary’ paid to a Ltd company, the player is an employee of the club, in the scenario you mention he would be an employee of his own Ltd company. I don’t doubt many players have Ltd company’s or other arrangements for other income but I would doubt any British based player has his ‘salary’ paid to a Ltd company… but if you know of some I take it all back :-)

     

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    Well, firstly, I’m talking about high earners here. If the contract is big enough then I’m pretty sure their agent would advise them to seek accountancy advice, and an accountant would suggest the most tax efficient way to set up. As an example. most of the high earners have an image rights company which they own – much of of their income is via that vehicle and disbursed to the footballer in various ways (salary, dividends, benefits-in-kind).

     

     

    Secondly, I am not stating that the football club pays a Salary into his Ltd. co. The football club pays an invoice for services rendered. The footballer and his accountant decide how he is remunerated.

     

     

    In the Rangers case it was a different approach. Murray set up a scheme that utilised EBTs and their high-earners went through that. They were paid some salary and the rest via EBT.

  23. 67HEAVEN

     

     

    callums got a wee bit more dig about him than tom…

     

     

    but for dig we have scott.keiran and stefan.

     

     

    so going with tom might be right ..

     

     

    of course ronny will probably go with kris

  24. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    All you Bhoys who are asking Tommy G to be stripped on Sunday in case we get a penalty have surely been drinking. Celtic getting a penalty against the Rangers I have more chance of winning the lottery and I dont buy a ticket than the hoops getting a penalty. H.H.

  25. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar…… Ipox belongs to the creditors on 15th April 2016 2:49 pm

     

    TIMALOY29 on 15TH APRIL 2016 12:51 PM

     

     

    Don’t recall such an article from the dr when the bhuns were liquidated ….. Generally speaking, I have no sympathy at all for anyone avoiding paying tax to ‘protect’ huge fortunes …… If everyone paid their due taxes, the rate might not be as high for the rest of us

     

     

    *exactly, when my mother worked in the broo she would often be greeted with “if it wisnae for people like me you widnae have a job”, her response was “and if it wasn’t for people like you pensioners would enjoy a better standard of living”.

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