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Tarnished football brands, Europe recovers, Craig Gordon

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Lots of credit to the USA and Switzerland, who bowed out of the World Cup in dramatic fashion yesterday, leaving four European and four Latin American teams fighting out for the spoils.  Europe has recovered from its shaky group stage performance, keeping the door open a little longer for smaller European nations.

While plaudits for a fine tournament will be spread far and wide, the tournament has not provided a breakthrough credit for Africa, Asia, or the USA, none of whom will find the going any easier when the bandwagon reaches Eastern Europe four years from now.

Surprised it’s taken this long to get a deal sorted for Craig Gordon.  Considering the player’s lengthy injury history, Celtic have perhaps delayed to allow fitness tests over an extended period.  I’m treating tabloid comment that the potential arrival of Craig is linked to Fraser Forster moving on as idle mischief.  We need three keepers and usually have three, as do most top clubs.

So, a day after Luis Suarez issues a heartfelt mea culpa, Barcelona let it be known they are in talks with Liverpool over acquiring the player.  He is without question one of the most gifted players of our time but the phrase “transparent charlatan” seems appropriate.  Brand Barca is slowly slipping, with tax scams, directorial bungs and contrived contrition.

His actions caused enough dissonance on Merseyside to damage brand Liverpool, he’ll win Barcelona football games but stands a high probability of doing the same in Catalonia.  The commitment to reform is meaningless, as he is not in a position to make good on it.  Yet.

Barcelona led the way on establishing an ethical, aspirational, football brand.  I think they’ve forgotten what I’m hoping we learn.

The 10-in-a-row CQN Charity Golf Day takes place at the magnificent Aberdour course on Friday.  This year we will hear from Celtic legend, Frank McGarvey, and former Glasgow lawyer after dinner specialist, Len Murray.


This year we are raising money for Glasgow the Caring City and The Cookiejar Foundation.  We have two copies of this magnificent canvas, signed by Billy McNeill, one is available to the highest bidder on ebay here.

The other is available for raffle.  Every donor to this JustGiving page gets an entry in the raffle.  The minimum donation is £1, which we can all afford to participate in, although you can donate as much as you want.  Our thanks to @BarryMcGonigle for the image on the canvas and OPG Graphics for creating the work.

Glasgow the Caring City said, “Glasgow the Caring City is Glasgow’s people’s charity.  As well as working with the underprivileged in our own city the charity has delivered literally millions of pounds of overseas aid and development gifts-in-kind on a shoestring budget.

“From educational supplies to soap and medicines, from tents and warm clothes to prescription glasses.  We once delivered a donated fire truck! Having provided emergency relief to war, famine, flood and earthquake victims in the past the charity would love to take this relatively quiet time in terms of world emergency to invest in its development projects, taking children out of war and teaching them in agricultural sustainability projects.

“The support of the CQN community has always been received with huge gratitude, thank you once again for supporting us this year.”  Rev Neil Galbraith.

The Cookiejar Foundation was set up in memory of Christopher Coutts who died from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 19.  Money raised from this raffle will go towards the Cookiejar’s providing of vein finders for the Chemotherapy wards at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy & cancer wards in the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

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  1. Richie #TeamOscarForever on

    Cancelled Sky and bought my first ever Season Ticket! Good Month.

  2. As supporters of a club that turned down living wage increases to its poorest employees at a time of record profits, perhaps we should refrain from moral lectures.

  3. Afternoon Bhoys

     

     

    Don’t know if this has been posted.

     

     

    If you have premier sports channel they are showing these games

     

     

     

    Celtic Pre-Season 2014

     

     

     

    Sun 06 Jul Rapid Wien vs. Celtic Hannapi Stadion 19:30 Delayed

     

    Sat 19 Jul Dynamo Dresden vs. Celtic Glücksgas Stadion 15:15 Live

     

    Sat 26 Jul St. Pauli vs. Celtic Millerntor 14:30 Live

     

     

    Hail Hail.

  4. So Petrofac Cup – Home gemme against the Hibbees

     

     

    Opening game in the championship – Home game against the Jambos

     

     

    No as if they’re needing money – the fix is still on.

  5. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    What wee Andy needs is for ole Aled Salmwd to start wavin’ the ole Saltire.

  6. traditionalist88 on

    ‘One final thought, we are now working with world business interests who have more commercial muscle than Celtic alone will every have. If Dermot Desmond’s promise that money talks, and financial self interest will see Celtic in the Premiership sooner rather than later, you can see Nike and Coors using some of that legendary manipulative muscle to some good. If Nike can control the Brazilian international team (they control a fixed number of games each season, and lets not get started on the whole Ronaldo World Cup final speculation), they can get their big earning teams into the right league.

     

     

    Over to you Nike, Coors.’

     

     

    http://web.archive.org/web/20040805220552/http://www.celticquicknews.com/

     

     

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    Sooner rather than later. That was in 2004.

     

     

    Will we still be talking about this in 2024, and at what cost?

     

     

    And what is ‘the right league’?

     

     

    HH

  7. Geordie Munro on

    Trad88

     

     

    You are going some way in making sure it’ll be spoken about in 2024 ;-)

  8. traditionalist88 on

    Geordie Munro

     

    15:08 on

     

    2 July, 2014

     

    Trad88

     

     

    You are going some way in making sure it’ll be spoken about in 2024 ;-)

     

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    Ha, no doubt we’ll all be quoting each other in 2024 saying ‘you said this, you said that’ and so on.

     

     

    Who’d have thunk in 2004 that the huns would be deid eh!

     

     

    HH

  9. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    TRAD88- Readin’ the contributions from 2004, and comparin’ their quality to what we get these days..a bit depressin’.

  10. Geordie Munro on

    Trad88

     

     

    I sometimes wish I kept a few posts made by others. Too lazy to scroll back.

     

     

    I’ll wait till finbog signs before I believe it. We told Craig Gordon to bolt yesterday apparently. ;)

  11. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Murray on his way out i fear,not doing enough on other guy’s service games

  12. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DONTBRATTBAKKINANGER

     

     

    Dare I say that the same applies to the team on the park back then,compared to now?

  13. Silver City 1888 on

    Lots of things can make a player good value for money. Youth is just one. If Craig stays injury free for a season, he’ll be worth the wages we paid him. That’s decent business.

  14. traditionalist88 on

    Dontbrattbakkinanger

     

     

    True, but interesting all the same,

     

     

    HH

  15. traditionalist88 on

    Geordie Munro

     

    15:18 on

     

    2 July, 2014

     

    Trad88

     

     

    I sometimes wish I kept a few posts made by others. Too lazy to scroll back.

     

     

    I’ll wait till finbog signs before I believe it. We told Craig Gordon to bolt yesterday apparently. ;)

     

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    Aye, if its on twitter its probably not true:)

     

     

    HH

  16. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    traditionalist88

     

     

    11:32 on 2 July, 2014

     

     

    I know where I would start on “improving the Scottish game” …….. I would remove the bigots / Celtic haters………that would keep me busy for a few centuries…… :)

  17. traditionalist88 on

    67Heaven … I am Neil Lennon ….The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors

     

    15:32 on

     

    2 July, 2014

     

    traditionalist88

     

     

    11:32 on 2 July, 2014

     

     

    I know where I would start on “improving the Scottish game” …….. I would remove the bigots / Celtic haters………that would keep me busy for a few centuries…… :)

     

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    I will contact you in 2024 for a progress report;)

     

     

    HH

  18. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    traditionalist88

     

     

    15:33 on 2 July, 2014

     

     

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha….

  19. traditionalist88 on

    Sir Fuwious will be furious, wasn’t he dishing out advice to Andy boy?1

     

     

    HH

  20. BMCUWP

     

     

    I’m glad you changed your mind and called it the

     

    Hootenanay and not your first choice the

     

    Trannynanny haha ;))

     

    Btw i left the last post on the previous thread to you no offence meant ;))

  21. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    He’ll be advisin’ him to get rid of wee Amelie and get Davie Moyes in instead.

  22. In 1964 as back up to John Fallon we signed a Hibbee reserve goalie who was shown the door by the Big Mhan, the same goalie who had saved them from relegation 2 seasons before, the same goalie that was the youngest player at 14 to represent a Scottish League side, the same player who was chosen by Matt Busby to represent a GB side in the Olympics, the same player who was mourned by Toon fans when he left with 2 FA Cup badges in his pocket…..and the same player who’s da played for and captained the deid team and the national side and was on the park when John Thompson suffered his fatal injury.

     

     

    How did we fans take it, as far as I can recall he would be there in the reserves carrying out the role that was originally intended for Jock.

     

     

    BTW Jock got 4 grand for him…no bad for a has been who was looking at joining Berwick in a player-manager role.

     

     

    Why can’t we look on Craig Gordon the same way.

  23. Richie

     

     

    Congratulations.

     

     

    Look forward to reports from a seat in the stand.

     

     

    HH

  24. P67

     

     

    Apologies for being a day late in posting but your latest musings are all over the place.

     

     

    RS — You complain we cannot afford him.

     

    However he is an effective EPL performer in a weak and struggling team.

     

     

    You forget that we could not spot his talent earlier in his career and the did not want it as he started to mature..

     

     

    Better or worse situation than the one we found ourselves with JMcC 5 years ago?

     

     

    Then yesterday you complain.about the situation surrounding RG.

     

     

    What is the issue — is he too expensive for a club of our resources and cash generating potential?

     

     

    Does he have the required talent?

     

    Does he have the required ‘growth‘ potential to turn into a first team regular?

     

     

    I fear are getting the worst of both worlds.

     

     

    We won’t spend any level of investment on established but still improving players.

     

     

    We won’t spend any level of investment on up and coming players especially if they are local.

     

     

    What are our new squad investment rules?

     

     

    One million max on youth punts?

     

    Three million max on promising punts with a bit of history?

     

     

    Are we fsiling to respund to the challenges of building a CL squad?

  25. Richie #TeamOscarForever

     

    14:52 on

     

    2 July, 2014

     

    Cancelled Sky and bought my first ever Season Ticket! Good Month.

     

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    Good on ye Mhate!

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