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. AULDHEID on 2ND DECEMBER 2015 6:19 PM



    Liked that mate, some clever editing, thought Dena did well not to burst out laughing.



    As for Paul 67’s portrayal of Hitler…phew.



    I’m sure i saw Canamalar and Tony D in the same room there :)

  2. So, there I was walking back from walking Mrs RWE to her work just off Times Square thinking I would just get my brekkie…when..



    Outside the ABC Good Morning America studios (where they do the live outside in Times Square segment) there was four lads having a right battle. Big blades swishing and really battering each other and there were some real tarts watching. They were all dressed a bit weird too…I mean this was Manhattan but it was 6.15am …



    Turns out they’re promoting the new Star Wars film on Good Morning Amurka..and these folks were warming up for going live with the TV show 30 minutes later. The blades were actually light sabres!



    Spoke to them all and got some nice snaps for my album – one with Darth Vader, (a nice man who needs to come out of his shell more often, and who actually had a surprisingly earthly ethnic voice). He might be a sevconian though, as he said something about the Force being with me – when I shook his hand.



    Asked all the others for a team photo and they were all over that big time. They all struck up the Star Wars poses and loved it.



    Turns out a few of them must have been Tims cos they were saying something about fighting the forces of Darkness and Evil Empires and restoring justice across the Galaxy (some sort of sports club I think).



    I hail hailed them all and told to get down to Jack Dempsey’s later.



    If someone can tell me how to post personal pix I will share the team photo on this place.




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

    BBC Scotland – results like last night’s victory over Dumbarton have caught the eye of the Fulham chairman and put warbo in pole position.



    So ludicrous a statement it’s hilarious

  4. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Warbs to Fulham? Surely more likely to wait and see if Rafa gets the boot at Real first?

  5. quonno on 2nd December 2015 5:08 pm









    RWE on 2ND DECEMBER 2015 4:17 PM



    Was there not a Tradumus Lampada Old Boy called Patrick Hammill who was Chief Constable of Strathclyde.



    *just spoke to Mrs. TT about this and she said a lassie Hammill who was in school with her at Clerkhill/Notre Dame had an uncle and da who were detectives. Pat Hammill was one of them.



    If my memory serves me well he rode at the front of the tangerine walk oot the Vale with wee Hassan as that was the role the CoP had to take.

  6. TBJ,



    Yip, you can just imagine the office running bursting into the Fulham chairman’s office:



    “Boss, you’ll never believe it. They just humped The Sons of the Rock!”



    Chairman: (slowly puts down phone, mid-call): “Well my son, this changes…. everything….”

  7. Re …IPOX being a prime location…….there is not a enough baby wipes


    in the World to clean that arsehole!



    And why would he leave now, just before King opens up the warchest…..?






    Maybe the magic hat hasn’t been paid!

  9. RWE on 2ND DECEMBER 2015 7:27 PM








    Travelling to Istanbul..don’t wear scarves etc in public and don’t travel on the metro..







    Foreign Office advice…










    And for God’s sake don’t take the wrong bus and land in Syria.



    – See more at:

  10. RWE


    Use either tinypic or Flickr.


    My grand daughter was at Comic Con in October and got a Star Wars poster signed by the screen writer.


    She didn’t understand why I didn’t get excited by it.

  11. expat_celt on 2nd December 2015 7:22 pm Maybe the Magic Hat had a payment up front when he signed Lewis McLeod.



    *that deal absolutely smells.

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




    Hasn’t he already stated he doesn’t require any transfer activity in January

  13. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    The “Hitler” video is Morrisey23’s work. Excellent.



    Re the detachable roof.



    The last time occupants of that place ignored warnings led to the deaths of 66 souls in 1971.



    A couple of years prior to the Ibrox Disaster, a similar incident occurred on Stairway 13.


    In this case, two people died.



    At the subsequent inquest, several recommendations were made, to prevent similar happening again.



    One, was to have exit stairs half way up the terracing, similar to Hampden. This was to reduce the volume of traffic, building up from the steep terracing. This involved tunnelling through the mid point of the stairs.



    Another, was to create a “fan” shape on the exit stair, as was the case at the Celtic End at CP, by gradually widening the stairway on descent, This would alleviate pressure from the build up of of exiting fans.



    Neither suggestion was implemented. Not only that, but directors of the club, plus the manager, Waddle, denied ever having heard of those points.



    The sheriff branded them liars.



    Had they complied, 1971 probably would never have happened.



    Liars then, liars now.



    You can’t beat tradition, can you?

  14. TBJ….,


    Aye the problem will be hanging onto all that talent, when the big money offers start rolling in it’s going to. Be hard to keep that team together :oD)))))

  15. Celtic Mac


    UN Resolution 2249 which was passed yesterday at the initiative of France actually does invoke Chapter 7 of the UN Charter and goes very much further than some are arguing. The resolution does not just sanction action against ISIL (ISIS) but calls on member states which can act, to do so:



    ” Calls upon Member States that have the capacity to do so to take all necessary measures, ……. on the territory under the control of ISIL also known as Da’esh, in Syria and Iraq, to redouble and coordinate their efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist acts….”



    Any member nation is therefore fully authorised – in international law – by this resolution to attack ISIL (ISIS) (or any other of the named terrorist groups) in Syria or in Iraq.

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




    They have a ready made replacement in molly weir and will pocket an undisclosed sum when warbo walks – oops they don’t do walking away do they.



    Maybe warbo will sign waghorn for £10

  17. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    That is my problem with Warburton. As you say, with his background, even without it, he must have been aware of the state of affairs in Govan.



    In fact, I would suggest that due to his background, he is very much aware of the shenanigans and, whatever form of skulduggery is taking place, he is in it up to the rim of his magic hat.



    This “respect” mantra is a con man’s ruse.

  18. Canalamar



    I can make no comment about oil prices since it is a consumer product in the Amurka that is seemingly exempt from real taxation :o)



    What a world…



    We debate whether to bomb Syria right at the Turkish border and we fly there to play in a game of football and wonder why we get an oddly antagonistic welcome..



    Personally if this vote goes the way Cameron wants..that FO advice may well change into something much more serious.