The enormous building maintenance costs for Celtic Park


Over the years I’ve gone on about the cost of running a football club the size of Celtic.  Before you start to employ a footballer, coach, or someone to put the cones out at training, you’ll be pushed to spend less than £17m.  If you want to have appropriate resources in place, you’re going to spend more than this.

The club spend a lot of money each year on building maintenance at Celtic Park (have a guess?).  The fabric of the building, plumbing, painting the steps, fixing the locks, ensuring electrics and heating systems are safe, costs a small fortune at a stadium that size.

There is a tendency to think of Celtic Park as ‘new’, but it’s not.  It recently entered its third decade, and like any building that age, with large areas exposed to the elements, it requires a continuous programme of renewal and repair.

Structural damage can happen to any building during a storm, it’s not necessarily a sign the building’s been under-maintained or is otherwise dangerous.  But when parts of the roof hang free over the heads of spectators, as happened at Ibrox last night, lots of things need to be checked.  Starting with the maintenance records.

My preference would be that games are cancelled during high winds.  Better safe than sorry.

Annual building maintenance cost of Celtic Park is £800k (not counting Lennoxtown or the Superstore).  That’s a lot of money to find, if you were scrapping by on emergency loans.

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  1. eddieinkirkmichael on

    There is one thing that is now certain. The UK, whether that is England, Scotland etc. We are now a target for Isis. Another thing is also certain, it wont be those that took this decision that pay the price.

  2. So it’s an overwhelming vote for bombs.



    God help us all.



    Before bombs, someone should take the old advice that is never wrong – follow the money. Cut of the river of dollars and achieve more than bombing ever can.



    Democracy though. What will be will be.

  3. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Twenty First of May, I liked the way Tom Campbell and Pat Woods fitted in momentous occasions in history to tie in with each chapter of the Glory and the Dream.



    The George Connelly book shows how his personality could not adapt to the more extrovert nature of a squad of professional football.



    His honesty in dealing with his personal problems and his inability to deal with pressurised situations off the pitch, was not nice to read but it was good he was open enough to put them into print.



    Its heartening to find out he seems in control of things now. When Davie Hay left , we didnt lose just one great player, we lost two. George lost his pal and could not cope as he felt he had no one he could relate to.



    A very sad time for George. He could and should have been one of our greats . He was the closest Scottish football player , ability wise, to Franz Beckenbaur.

  4. Dallas Dallas



    No CQN Books in there I see.



    We did publish Celtic The Early Years for Brendan and produced the Scott Brown book for Celtic – both are really lovely books.



    And we have recently published The Winds of Change, which picks up the story of managing Celtic after Jock Stein, which we started in Caesar & The Assassin last year. This new book covers 7 managers and 1 caretaker from 1991-2005 so over the two books we’ve gone through every season since 78-79 to MON leaving.



    Again Winds of Change is a lovely book, as I am sure the CQNers who have ordered and received will confirm.



    The Seville book was very much based on CQNers experiences and we’ve published books for three Lisbon Lions, mostly for their benefit.



    One last word. I’d rather drop Johansen than drop bombs…

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




    It sure won’t be Cameron fighting isis as he couldn’t fight sleep . He couldn’t even fight the urge to mess with a pig



    If isis attack the UK I hope it’s parliament that they target

  6. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    The Exiled Tim, you are right about individual bluenoses being good guys then when there is a gathering of the brethren, they change into full on huns.

  7. No Canamalar, never in doubt but the scale of the numbers have shocked me. I think 60 or more Labour MP’s have voted with the Tories.

  8. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Winning Captains, sorry about that.



    The books CQN are involved with are good and well publicised on the site.



    I was just trying to let posters and lurkers know about other Celtic books they might not know about.



    The more good books about us that are read the better. I agree with your Johansen comment.



    I would much rather Scott Allan was played ahead of Stefan.

  9. Corkcelt,


    That surprises me the least considering who were last to drag us into an illegal war. The party needs cleansing.

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

    A lot was said this morning about the cqn yellow card



    Can anyone advise me how long you have to go without another infringement or do they last forever

  11. THE EXILED TIM on 2ND DECEMBER 2015 10:37 PM



    It was inevitable, fools.




    Never met you, TET, but now have a mental image of you as B.A Baracus….!

  12. twentyfirstofmay1979 on

    Dallas Dallas



    Agree about the Connelly book, not too far into it but finding it an honest, but uncomfortable read.

  13. Klippety Klopp horses Southampton 6-1. Virgil all over the place, Victor anonymous. Bet the draw as Kloppities were very poor v Swansea on Sunday. Filling a skip tomorrow, so have to buy a Sports Direct safety helmet. Happy Birthday, young TD and other Tims.



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

    So glad we got rid of Forster and Wanyama – just watched them get slaughtered by an average Liverpool

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

    Final goal exposed Forsters weakness… 6’7 keeper can’t get off his line to get a ball 3 yards in front of him that travelled 50 yards and was head height..

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

    Twenty first of May



    I was just watching it in the background I assumed it was Forster but if not I retract my comments

  17. Real Madris fielded an ineligible player in a 3-1 away victory over Cadiz in the Copa Del Ray tonight.


    They forgot that he was suspended in the competition because of infractions carried over from 2013.


    My bet is that Cadiz will appeal, and that the Galacticos will be ejected ( or stripped of the victory if you will).


    But, but, but you say….” It was 11 against 11.”

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

    APOLOGIES to Fraser Forster … stekelenburg in goals for Southhampton tonight…

  19. twentyfirstofmay1979 on




    sorry mate wasnt trying to be pedantic, just wondering if he was back




  20. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Victor wants away to Spurs, and rest assured that Victor will eventually get what he wants.



    Don’t expect him to be making much of an effort whilst still with Southampton, even though they pay his wages.



    They’d be better off just benching him until he gets sold in January.



    Modern mercenary footballers are rubbish.




  21. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    If ever there was a justifiable cause,it is the fight against Da`esh.


    I wouldn`t flatter them by calling the a “state.”



    Russia and U.S. agree.


    Just maybe they have a point.





    Boots on the ground,sadly yes.



    Ivan and G.I.Joe.

  22. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    In saying that, Tottenham bid somewhere in the region of £22million if I can remember correctly.



    If Celtic have a sell-on clause of at least 10% – that’ll be a nice few bob due to the club.



    Good man Victor.




  23. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    England won’t be able to fly a kite in Syria, unless the Russians agree to it.



    Hence the reason why all Turkish and US figher jets and bombers, that were operating over Syria have been grounded – since the introduction of the S-400 last week.



    Hopefully it doesn’t come to that anyway.




  24. Macjay


    I have been alluding to that all day, asking for an alternative to either doing nothing or bombing.


    And hopefully it will not be Syria and the Syrian people who are targeted but ISIS Da’esh assets, like training camps, convoys and command centers.


    Sadly I don’t believe there is enough intelligence to do that precisely and successfully.

  25. 16 ROADS – CELTIC ÜBER ALLES… on 2ND DECEMBER 2015 11:58 PM


    In saying that, Tottenham bid somewhere in the region of £22million if I can remember correctly.






    If Celtic have a sell-on clause of at least 10% – that’ll be a nice few bob due to the club.



    Any sell on will obviously be invested in the team…..



  26. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on







    “Russia and U.S. agree.” Oh no they don’t.




    Please yourself.

  27. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    ‘GG on 3rd December 2015 12:27 am



    Smart bombs ? Oh,yeah?



    I`m afraid I would be getting as little involved in this horrendous affair as possible.


    I would be concentrating on protecting borders ,belatedly (the horse has bolted) and dealing with the enemy who is already within the stockade.


    Probably,the E.C. (as we know it) is heading for disbandment .


    I can`t imagine the British people wanting to take their fair share of Merkel`s folly.

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