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. Afternoon Timland from a warm any sunny hun free mountain valley.


    Canamalar on 3rd December 2015 9:00 am


    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.


    Nail on the head, couldn’t have phrased it netter if I tried.



  2. Where’s aw the roasters when you need them, this place is full of chestnuts and not a roaster in sight ffs what’s happening to this blog it’s really went conkers recently.

  3. onto football



    was listening to Talk S…. this morning,small haverings in between a litany of adverts ,road and nooz bulletins.



    The Real Madrid registration in the Copa Del Ray tie was highlighted and brazil et al decided to have a look at those who had broken registration rules,west ham got a mention and some other clubs in a sort of build up to who were the worst offenders.


    yep you guessed it Sion were the worst offenders the year we played them,by playing 6( might be wrong there)


    dirty cheats that Sion team eh,


    there was no mention of a now dead club,who assumed scottish football was theres to cheat,


    no mention of inculcated cheating which pillaged our game,


    game by game,


    week in week out,


    month in month out,


    season in season out ,


    year in year out,


    concerning most of their playing staff


    since 1999,


    nope not a word,zilch,zero,


    no doubt big haunz will be available for interview anytime soon.


    Talk S…. doin their bit for the lie




  4. Canamalar



    Feck sake…I attempted a bit of comment about the war, and threw a cracking gag in, and I got mauled:)


    Ye canny win.





  5. An T..,


    Do you think they discussed its inclusion and decided against it or did it not even come up at the editors story board programme development ?

  6. Canamalar 11.31



    yup,sadly i agree,just watch those share price rise in the likes of British Aerospace/Thompson and other such dogs of war companies.more bombs means more business and last nights vote means bonanza time for them.




  7. Starry/The Green…,


    What could be more traditional than spitting out rotten chestnuts during the festive and here we’ve no even got a roaster on the blog, you usually canny get a word in for them :)


    Irony :) oh yes it is :)

  8. Well, well, well, politics! Looks like you don’t get yellows for that in here, so I’m ok, thing is! I’v no time for it nor care Whois bombing who is this a new thing bombing? I noticed some lown a couple of pages back posted that I had come back in here under another nic?



    I’m surprised he didn’t think let was PL,

  9. JJHS



    Jim, throwing that W.H. Auden poem at me, with no added comment…was a bit much:)


    However, I welcome the surrealism.







    It seems to me that we have hundreds of very thick MP’s but very very smart bombs & by the way Hilary Benn ‘s speech was one long cliche about ‘fighting evil’



    Benn’s speech reminded me of Gordon Brown’s heroic intervention in the Independence Referendum.


    Wonder if Cameron will now shaft Benn in the same fashion he shafted Brown?



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  11. AN TEARMANN on 3RD DECEMBER 2015 11:47 AM


    Canamalar 11.31







    yup,sadly i agree,just watch those share price rise in the likes of British Aerospace/Thompson and other such dogs of war companies.more bombs means more business and last nights vote means bonanza time for them.



    Will it be like Iraq and the Yanks get first go at the rebuilding contracts?








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  12. An T…,


    Seen an interesting wee snippet that the British arms industry is the biggest exporter in the world right now, more even than the US, that’s some going eh, must be tax free or something cause we’re still up shit creek without a paddle.

  13. On the politics thing.


    We are repeatedly told by our Board to keep Celtic and politics separate.


    When was the last time that the Celtic board did not have a politician sitting on it?

  14. Didnt see the Caley Thistle game at the weekend so im not taking his performance in that game into account but personally i thought Johansen had been playing much better once he was dropped back into Broonys spot.


    Think him being removed from the attacking 3 has helped us in attack as well.

  15. Quonno,


    It’s like Lybia, there is no intention of rebuilding the same as there was never any intention of rebuilding Iraq or Afghanistan.


    Destroy and leave it to the multinationals to negotiate for the resources with the local warlords, once the warlords have agreed with their neighbours about teritorial boundaries, if they want too much from the multinationals, well there will simply be a wee rejig of local power structure till the price is right.

  16. JJHS



    Rise, like lions after slumber


    In unvanquishable number!


    Shake your chains to earth like dew


    Which in sleep had fallen on you:


    Ye are many-They are few!



    HH….See, we can all do it, whatever next eh:)

  17. Just a thought …why pay the bill to maintain a roof when..ahem you just might not own it ?




  18. Canamalar on 3rd December 2015 11:57 am



    You may well be right.


    I believe that earlier this week in the Herald, Ian Bell trotted out Donald Rumsfeld’s remark that ‘the problem is OUR oil being under the ground in other people’s countries’.

  19. The thunder road,


    While agree he has improved I still don’t think he brings enough to cement a place, Bitton does a very good job in Browns position too, though he’s not as industrious he does seem to be getting a bit more bite about him and not stupid tackles like Johansen.


    I like Rogic just behind the striker I think we seen against Ajax the difference in his contribution compared to the holding roll.


    I’d have Bitton in Browns place and Scott A in Bittons place, I think more forward passes will help with more goals.

  20. Canamalar 11.44



    my guess is they would not even consider it worthy of a mention.they couldnt explain their tax cheating and how they self harmed over the course of all of Sir David of Deids reign,so associating registration breakdown,player by player,year by year does not fit their simulated short attention span,operation talkup continuity has now evolved into scottish fitba is s…. because the inculcated cheat is not in control


    They followed the normandy hoos owners narrative,recall the weekly interviews,all to give the cheats the veneer of continuity,am sure the judges in the forthcoming criminal trials will have the odd one played back haha,


    remember it luvn v luvn ‘n nats aw thit matters,as you and me will agree you can take that tosh and ram it!





  21. Jungle Jimmy,



    If you are interested in the ol silk sellic scarves get my details and I’ll send you a better one than you were looking at.





  22. Thunder


    I have to agree with you , and against CThistle (I was going to put CT there but someone might have reported me and a second yellow would have been on the cards) he was one of the players I gave pass marks for, I did say that after Browns injury someone would have to step up, and I thought he did well, Armstrong seems to have gone off the boil, maybe the steep up to playing a 60 game season is taking its toll on him?

  23. Quonno,


    It was actually Carter that said that years ago, Rumsfeld is my bright enough to come up with that he’s just an industrial ned.

  24. Thunder Road,



    I hear what you are saying about Joe Hanson. I kinda agree that he’s better suited playing deeper but arguably our most impotent domestic performances have been when he’s been missing altogether





  25. quonno 12.01



    Celtic by its very existence is political since it founded imo,not in the labour or Tory sense but in the sense of the active participation of all its supporters in society at all levels looking to improve and better themselves and being a champion for the ‘wee guy’. Remembering who we are,and where we are heading as an identity and club.






  26. Was Hilary Benn correct to label Daesh as Fascists? When I think about their reported atrocities and dictats it certainly seems correct but it’s not a term I’d previously associated with them.

  27. How will the SUN reconcile a Tory Prime Minister proclaiming the Frogs to be our allies.


    Then again Murdoch could twist anything.

  28. Agree re Joe, thought he was much better against ICT. If Ronny didn’t drop him when he was playing pish, why drop him now when he is improving. Joe had a mighty season last year, will he be a one season wonder(we have had a few of them) or will he regain last season’s form, that is the question. However for tomorrow I hope he plays, along with McGregor AND Allan.


    My Team Bailly (I know Gordon will play). Lustig, Jozo, Boyata, Izzy (I know Tierney is better), Bitton, Joe, Allan. Forrest, McGregor,Griffiths.

  29. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Thunder Road,



    I also agree, re Johansen. I think that he will fill the Scott Brown role during his absence.



    I also think that Bitton and Rogic don’t work together in midfield.



    I would have Stefan and Nir on anchor duty, with Allan and Mc.Gregor alternating in the forward position.


    When a fit Christie joins up, we will have another creative No.10.



    KC will play a decreasing part in the team and will probably concentrate on his coaching badges.



    I know it sounds like Strawberry Preserve tomorrow, but I think we will be in good shape for the run in to the end of the season and hopefully be settled for the gerrymandered qualifiers.

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