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The enormous building maintenance costs for Celtic Park

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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. Straightforward football question here….Asked it before….Accused of having an EPL agenda…..but here goes……

     

     

    In the current English football pyramid ….where would you place a similarity between Celtic and Sevco squads?

     

     

    Celtic……Nottingham Forest

     

     

    Sevco……Notts County

     

     

     

    Seriously….

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

    BT

     

     

    You know I never rated vvd that highly …. decent at best

  3. RUDICANTFAIL on 2ND DECEMBER 2015 8:37 PM

     

    Straightforward football question here….Asked it before….Accused of having an EPL agenda…..but here goes……

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In the current English football pyramid ….where would you place a similarity between Celtic and Sevco squads?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Celtic……Nottingham Forest

     

     

    Sevco……Notts County

     

     

    Seriously————

     

    —————- Seriously?????

     

    Keep going some one will bite Knobby.

  4. GG

     

     

    Have to disagree with you there. Without the invocation of Chapter VII, the UN cannot and has not specifically sanctioned or authorised the use of military force by any member state. International Law still applies to all participants, even Resolution 2249, (full wording, not edited version) makes that clear. No blank cheques!

  5. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    VP

     

    Hope you bhoys gave Brian a fitting send off today

     

    Hail Hail big man

     

     

    TBJ

     

    A know.

  6. TTT

     

    If you come across that blog I would appreciated a read at it, I recall from the depths of the old grey matter my Da talking about it.

     

    I was at the game when the 66 died, and my family were frantic with worry, no coms in them days, all they knew was something bad had happened, and our bus was waylayed getting back, the bus stopped in Forfar for a few, it was thirsty, and had a bit of a lockin.

     

    HH

  7. Canamalar

     

    My naivety knows no boundaries.

     

    The Middle East has always been fraught with warring factions long before arbitrary boundaries were drawn by crusaders, Ottomans and colonizers.

     

    I don’t usually get involved in political issues, but I spent the best part of a decade in the region and maintain an interest in the shenanigans.

     

    The west no longer needs the Gulf for vital oil supplies.

     

    USA, Canada, Russia, Venezuela and Brazil production increases have all removed the threat of chaos in supply lines to western economies, especially the USA.

     

    Note that oil hovers just above $40 a barrel despite the present conflict.

     

    The point of the UN resolution last month is that the ISIS / Da’esh caliphate represents a threat to peace and stability in the region.

     

    Christians, Druze, Sunnia and Shia are all threatened by radical Islamism.

     

    The Assad regime has blood on its hands, and as you know his father mercilessly flattened Homs in 1982 when faced with dissent.

     

    Interference from our current administration has created instability across the region from Libya to Syria.

     

    The ushering in of the Arab Spring was meant to bring a new era of liberty, democracy, peace and tolerance.

     

    Instead it was seized by extremists and used as a vehicle to impose a repressive ideoplogical theology which is rampant in a sizable section of Islam.

     

    As a consequence there is no black or white, just multiple shades of grey. 50?

     

    The overriding consideration needs to be ensuring the return and safety of the millions of displaced refugees flooding into Europe and security from extremist views.

     

    How we achieve it is above my pay grade.

  8. BT

     

     

    Thanks my friend…Church filled out with young and auld team today.

     

    Went as well as it could. hh

  9. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    CELTIC MAC on 2ND DECEMBER 2015 8:50 PM

     

    GG

     

    Have to disagree with you there. Without the invocation of Chapter VII, the UN cannot and has not specifically sanctioned or authorised the use of military force by any member state. International Law still applies to all participants, even Resolution 2249, (full wording, not edited version) makes that clear. No blank cheques!

     

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    ” 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….”

     

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    “all necessary measures”

     

     

    That is a blank cheque.

     

    Would certainly not preclude bombing.

  10. GG,

     

    Wow, blood on its hands ffs :)

     

    Come on, there’s no a player without blood on their effin hands.

     

    To be honest he’s probably got the least blood on its hands of all the players involved but that won’t stop the brain dead spewing out daily record news as infallible.

     

    The only secular civilised society left in the Middle East the last bastion of multi religous co-existence, and something very very important a point made by Florida Bhoy, one of the last countries in the world not working for a central bank.

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Would love to hear what B.M.C.U.W. has to say on the subject.

     

    So I can disagree with him.

     

     

    Come on,Robbie.

  12. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    TET

     

     

    I assume you have seen the post above from Eddieincarmichael.

     

     

    I was at that game too and never knew anything until I collected my wife from work.

     

     

    I was working part time in the pub that night, below min wage, on zero hours contract!!The phone was red hot that night with people checking up on men who hadn’t clocked in at home.

  13. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    can’t run the board can’t run the stadium – it’s all crumbling – hope nobody gets hurt

  14. TTT

     

    I did, saving it for later when I have time to read it, cheers Eddie.

     

    Same here, didn’t have a clue till we got to Forfar.

     

    Nothing changes re the wages Eh.

     

    When you think about it, why would the present hun board spend money on a stadium they didn’t own :-)

     

    HH

  15. weet weet weet(GBWO) on

    FULHAM have today insisted they have “no interest” in making Mark Warburton their next manager.

     

     

    The Rangers boss is the bookies’ favourite to take over from Kit Symons, who was axed by the English Championship side last month.

     

     

    Speculation grew further earlier this afternoon when the second favourite to succeed Symons – Gary Neville – landed the Valencia job, seemingly clearing the way for Warburton to return south.

     

     

    But the Craven Cottage outfit are adamant they do not want the former Brentford boss.

     

     

    Radio Station RockSport approached Fulham for a member of their club to go on and speak about Warburton.

     

     

    But the Cottagers flatly refused, telling the station: “We are reluctant to provide a spokesperson from the club for RockSport’s Talking Football Programme as we have no interest in Mark Warburton and do not wish to add to speculation.”

     

     

    Source: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/fulham-rangers-boss-mark-warbuton-6940638

     

     

    HH

  16. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Celtic Underground has a review of a book called Keeping the Faith about fans , ordinary and famous , of our team plus all from different backgrounds .

     

     

    It looks a good read.

     

     

    We may be spoiled for choice for Celtic reading material between the keeping the faith book, Blantyretim’s dad’s book, The Broonie book, Brendan Sweeney’s recent publication plus the ten men won the league book and many others.

     

     

    My favourite is the Sean Fallon book then the Glory and the Dream . The Quality Street Gang is also very enjoyable as there are interviews with some ex players who are not normally namechecked.

  17. twentyfirstofmay1979 on

    Dallas Dallas

     

     

    Think the Glory and the Dream takes some beating, especially the many quotes from “Man in the Know”. Reading Celtics Lost Legend just now, the George Connelly book, don’t quite know what to think of it so far

     

     

    HH

  18. BIG-CUP-WINNERS on

    Eddie/TET/TTT

     

     

    Reading about their actions after the disaster……so many similarities to their more recent behaviour.

  19. BCW

     

    Aye, it’s in their DNA, they just can’t help it.

     

    Even the moderate ones, years ago a bloke I knew, smartest I have ever met, what he didn’t know wasn’t worth knowing, a hun, but a decent hun, used to go to Pittodrie with him when us and the hun played there, the transformation when he was around other huns was eye opening, it was like a switch had been flicked on, strange peepil so they are.

     

    HH