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. setting free the bears for Res. 12 & Oscar Knox on 3rd December 2015 12:45 am –



    93 million references saying different as good as your 3 million ;-)

  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on







    Patently,obviously they both see the absolute need to “deal with” Da`esh using the military .


    On that salient fact,they agree.


    They will use different approaches.


    And hope for different outcomes.


    Putin will have a second warm water port.



    Obama is too busy saving the planet to bother about his red line.

  3. GG


    Good post. This is not a conventional war, nor a conventional enemy. We know who is going to suffer. …and this will give the hidden terrorists more encouragement to step up their activitites. I don’t know what the short term solution is. Bullish Bullingdon Cameron appears to have all the answers, but I fear that his Bullingdon chickens will come home to roost, and sooner rather than later. Anyway, that is politics, and I am not a politician. I know a bit about football and the Celts, having followed them for 60 years. Was wondering where big Virgil was tonight as I watched Southampton get klippityklopped by 6 to 1 at home .

  4. I’m watching a presentation PBS “The Bloody Irish.”


    A dramatic presentation in song celebrating the 1916 rebellion.


    Apart from the English general providing a monologue it’s pretty good.


    I wonder if this could be shown on UK TV.

  5. The whole idea that dropping bombs on any piece of ground is in anyway likely to advance the war on terror is laughable. Dropping bombs on Syria is only to be done to give the appearance of doing something not in expectation of it actually accomplishing anything.



    The problem with military action is that military action is designed to destroy things and destruction on its own has never yet stopped a low intensity opponent that can call on popular support.



    Not to be racist but most Muslim peasants have never seen a book never mind read one. So when an Iman or Mullah interprets the Quaran for them they have no other point of reference to question what they are being told. Western jets dropping bombs on their villages will only lead to more and more recruits for the very people the bombing was intended to stop.



    Unfortunately the west has fallen for the myth of “smart bombs” and “precision strikes” believing that since you can put a bomb through an individual window that you can contain the blast within the same room.

  6. Owen


    You are off the mark re literacy, at least in Iraq, which is the only one I can remark on.


    Before the Iran Iraq war, under Saddam Hussein, Iraq had very high literacy levels.


    I had a couple of Iraqis working as computer operators and there were many in management positions.


    Funding and facilities may have lessened since the wars but I would think they can’t have dropped that much.


    They were running mainframe systems in Northern Iraq oilfields and I suspect that it was locals who were responsible, as UK and US expats were discouraged before the 1980 war.


    I can’t speak for Syria but there’s no reason to think the majority are not educated at least to basic reading levels.

  7. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    Stan Collymore






    Only rejoined Labour a couple of months ago. Have


    to cancel again now. Can an Englishman join the



  8. Now you thought that sevco weren’t a well known name across the globe..



    See how fare they have fallen…this sign in a shop in Manhattan today






    Hard Times CSC

  9. RWE



    Very good :)





    Careful with that tax, moonbeams



    He joined up



    Done. No more Tories infiltrating the grand old party of working people anymore. Time to change.




  10. RWE


    You need to let everyone know that EBT is a state benefit cash card.


    Appropriate and no doubt heartwarming for lost zombies.

  11. How many SNP ar**holes does it take to reduce a erstwhile good website to sh**?


    Frequent posters, loudest shouters and emptiest heads – these wheelie-bins just keep making more noise.



    Maybe they’ll set up their own Wheelie Bin Trust, if they are not in the other one.



    Finally all Celtic Gulls are asked to bring ONLY 50 inch TVs, iPhones, Playstations and Tatoo Parlour Gift Tokens to the next Foodbank collection; apparently the regulars are fed up with all this boring food.

  12. So Cameron is going after the terrorists in their heart lands,


    Saudi and Qatar are the targets ?

  13. Dry on Dublin’s Nortside with light clouds in the sky. Cold enough to wear a jacket.



    Jobs: Come back. Your weather reports are much better.



    About fifty sleeps until my next visit to Paradise.

  14. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    And so it begins



    Spending billions on weapons of mass destruction and murder whilst chopping billions from the poor and needy in your own country



    And you dare to call me a terrorist

  15. A leaflet drawn up by an inner-city child safeguarding board warns that “appearing angry about government policies, especially foreign policies” is a sign “specific to radicalisation”.


    Parents and carers have also been advised by the safeguarding children board in the London Borough of Camden that “showing a mistrust of mainstream media reports and a belief in conspiracy theories” could be a sign that children are being groomed by extremists.

  16. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Dumb then down canamalar



    No dissent allowed in our democracy



    Back to Thatcher like government



    I detest them and their policies

  17. Britain bomb Syria.



    Isis/our govt bomb us.



    Troops on the streets, travel restrictions and a country on lockdown.



    Thats the plan here folks

  18. plus more taxes, more money off the 99% to the 1%



    Hermann Goering – The People Can Always Be Brought to the Bidding of the Leaders



    “Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship…



    Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”



    – Hermann Goering (as told to Gustav Gilbert during the Nuremberg trials)



    Now what did cameron say yesterday about people who dont agree with him being terrorist sympathisers…..

  19. There was the bunch of EBTs who were not identified for “legal reasons?” .


    Beeen wondering about this .


    Do we have the “super injuction” up here or is it only in england?


    What legal tecnicality could prevent these names being made public?

  20. Bamboo,


    I asked that a couple of weeks ago, was told it was down to how the FTT was conducted, that secrecy should have been challenged by the SMSM, ha ha ha ha ha ha did I just type that

  21. It sickens me to see the horrific ego of David Cameron, what a piece of work he is.


    Trying to uphold the prestige of a failed British State, who have no army or aircraft carrier.


    Cameron is a man who wants to hurt people in his own country, and kill people abroad by dropping bombs on them.


    Westminster is drenched in blood.




  22. wycombebhoy @ 1:02 am



    “93 million references saying different as good as your 3 million ;-)”



    Obviously when western media sources announce fresh news that “we” have agreed to join Russia and others in a bombing campaign, then Google will report and give prominence to this fresh news. It is a recency effect.



    My aim was to point out the blanket banality, in fact lie, of stating that we are in agreement with Russia over Syria. “We” have so many points of disagreement about tactics, enemy identification, and economic approaches. We had these yesterday, as my Google list showed. And, more importantly, we will have many of these tomorrow. No agreement has been struck. Britain is continuing its current approach , just with British-manned airplanes delivering the bombs.






    macjay1 @ 1:25 am



    “Patently,obviously they both see the absolute need to “deal with” Da`esh using the military .”



    Patently obviously, that is not what we voted for last night. We approved air strikes- not to use our military- and it is important to maintain that distinction- so that mission creep is not affected straightaway.





    “On that salient fact,they agree.”



    Salient has many meanings- it is an “important” fact- it is far from a “primary” fact





    “They will use different approaches.


    And hope for different outcomes.


    Putin will have a second warm water port.”



    And we will have destabilised another Middle East regime we helped to set up- we have a long history of meddling there- longer than Russia’s. And we have our satelite states (Israel and some of the Saudi regime) that provide us with strategic influence too. The rest we will just threaten economically and, if that don’t work, with bombs. It is a game of empires- always was and always will be. We are being seen to do something. It will be expensive and it will be futile. It is aimed at dragging us into a position, where as an invested country, we will have nowhere to go but to escalate to ground troops. We have been here before on colonial adventures. This time we have a credible threat- and they will love it that we voted as we did last night.







    “Obama is too busy saving the planet to bother about his red line.”



    Yeah- we might welcome uniting with the KGB guy- Putin, but the Kenyan Marxist that leads the free world- that’s a step too far, eh?

  23. 105 I’m sure I read in total


    55 exposed, my question was in relation to that Mark Daly doc and the banner mentioning referees that was not disclosed during the show.

  24. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    setting free the bears for Res. 12 & Oscar Knox on 3rd December 2015 8:42 a –



    I wasn`t talking about votes.


    I didn`t say I approved of the approach.In fact I disagree with the approach.


    As I said.



    Why split hairs?


    Both Russia and U.S. wish to confront the evil of Da`esh militarily.


    On that they are in agreement.


    Is that true or not?



    The Kenyan marxist as you so interestingly describe him is an irrelevance to ongoing events.


    The vacuum in the White House.


    Practising his latest hokey soundbite in front of a mirror.


    Worse than Bush2.


    And that takes some doing.

  25. SFTB



    Resource war fuelled by sectarianism to suit.


    The ‘West’ want to control the vast oil resources in the Middle East….And so do the Russians.


    The Chinese now have a large presence in Africa, which has huge areas of untapped resources.


    The sectarian split between Sunni and Shia is the vehicle for regime change, which will enable the western powers to put their faux democratic systems in place.


    This will allow them to control the resources.





  26. Cameron is also responsible for the destruction of the Westminster paedophile ring evidence, accidentally over the course of 18 days. Looks like he took a leaf out of the SNP book of political expediency.

  27. Canamaler



    They don’t call Cameron ‘The Gatekeeper’ for nothing.


    Id say it is obvious how he became the top Tory.





  28. The US do not want to confront Da’esh we know this for a fact because they have supposedly been confronting them when in fact they have been arming them for their proxy war with the legitimate Syrian government.


    Any other interpretation of what they have been doing is simply a lie, a bare faced lie.

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