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This is just the next step for The Celtic Triangle

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You win five-in-a-row and go 24 points clear but it’s not until you propose to build an architecturally pleasing hotel and museum that the penny begins to drop with some that you are, in fact, an exceptionally well run football club.

I loved reading how we are interpreted on the other side of the city in yesterday’s CQN Magazine article, Simply Depressed:

“Commercially trolling us now. Light years ahead in income plans.

“It’s a source of revenue (and a fantastic bit of PR)….. It can pull an entire local community together and actually create new followers.

“If we ever get our act together, it will take years if at all to get anywhere near them financially, we can slaughter Lhiewell (sic.) all we want, but the bottom line is he is delivering for them.

“It’s a good initiative, having a hotel allows you to have certain events that were not previously possible. Media and corporate sponsorship will increase, new hospitality packages will be created, money from concerts will increase, supporters will hire function rooms and stay the nights more often.

“Just feel we are getting left behind commercially and will be seen as the poor football relation in Glasgow…this one highlights the growing gap between us and them it’s depressing.”

Pulling this together has taken years. Internal voices have dampened expectations during this period, a few times over the years I’ve heard: “There’s a long way to go, remember “floating pitches and super-casinos”” – a valuable lesson, thanks, Sir David. Celtic didn’t want to break ranks on this until the necessary money and commercial partnerships were lined up.

Don’t think this will see The Celtic Triangle finished, either, this is just the next step. The club have learned lessons from every noteworthy stadium of every sport in the world. European club football facilities miles behind where top US sports are at present.

We’re not there yet, but we’re on the road, and this is one journey that’s very enjoyable.

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  1. BRTH(from previous article)

     

     

     

     It didn’t only succeed in that. It made that team one of the most fondly remembered ever to have played in a World Cup, despite their premature exit. Just look at the reaction to them on here over the past few hours, so many years on.

     

     

     

     After 1970, people thought, follow that!

     

     

     

     In 1982, they so nearly did.

  2. THE buzz-word, Paul, that encapsulates the Huns fears and angst is, ‘Espanyolification’.

     

     

    It’s what’s happening to them.

  3. Paul67

     

     

    “I loved reading how we are interpreted on the other side of the city in yesterday’s CQN magazine article, ‘Simply Depressed”

     

     

    *****

     

    Hope you didn’t love the CQN article today on Sevco’s stand-in manager, referring to the 4 -year-old club’s first defeat at Dens Park in ‘quarter-of-a-century’.

     

     

    Is the author looking for a job on the SPFL website?

  4. DD if you are around I am still in the GJ in the CCU Room 2 no sign yet of moving to royal visiting is relaxed

  5. RCD ESPANYOL .

     

     

    R stands for REAL .

     

     

    Big Royal Crown on the club badge ..

     

     

    Barcelona Huns !!!!!

  6. beatbhoy just read and was about to highlight

     

     

    A week later, he saw the team crash to their first defeat against Dundee at Dens Park in quarter-of-a-century when they went down 2-1 to ex-Celt Paul Hartley’s men.

  7. WDH

     

     

    Thanks, I’d already mentioned it on the previous article.

     

     

    No one seems too arsed about it.

     

     

    Maybe ‘Big Lie’ fatigue’s setting in, as I’m sure Sevco and their helpers always hoped it would.

  8. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Very excited to read about our plans.

     

     

    It won’t happen overnight.

     

    The only sad part is that some of us on here probably won’t be around to see it in all it’s glory.

  9. THOMTHETHIM FOR OSCAR OK on 23RD FEBRUARY 2017 12:51 PM

     

     

     

    ‘The only sad part is that some of us on here probably won’t be around to see it in all it’s glory.’

     

     

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    Is it being so cheerful that keeps you going?

  10. As I said at the back end of the last article, I hoped this was just a start of the work around this. Ideally, I’d like to see Celtic at the centre (as a driving force) for a major regeneration of the local area – retail, restaurants, (non-football) museums, a university campus, a further education college, housing (including social housing), a conference centre (or at least high quality conference facilities at the hotel), and improved transport facilities (too much to hope for a multi-story car park – linked perhaps to the retail outlet). Providing jobs and opportunities for local residents, reviving the community, and providing an alternative income stream for the club to help bridge the TV money gap (I think we are close to maximising football income without structural change).

     

     

    I’d also divide that income stream into 3 sections – 1/3 for the team, 1/3 for the Foundation, and 1/3 to be reinvested in a fund (similar to a sovereign wealth fund) to invest in businesses which meet our ethos and, yes, are profitable.

     

     

    Improve the team, regenerate the local community, and put the club on a sound financial footing for the future.

  11. ernie lynch

     

    You were in fine form this morning but a surprising inferiority complex is indicated here:

     

     

    “ERNIE LYNCH on 23RD FEBRUARY 2017 12:23 PM

     

     

    It all seems a bit over the top for Scottish football.”

     

     

    Fortunately, you returned to form with this little gem:

     

    “Is it being so cheerful that keeps you going? ”

     

    Nice one.

     

     

    JJ

  12. Like I said yesterday I am torn by the developments. Could be good if the aim is to improve the football team going forward. But I see many already believe that the purpose of celtic is really just to make money.

     

     

    Paul says that we are “an exceptionally well run football club” are we? out of the last 3 years we missed out on a major income stream (CL money) twice. Both time put out by clubs with meagre resources compared to us (actually we were put out 3 times). Does that constitute and exceptionally well run football club? I’m not sure it does?

     

     

    Does an exceptionally well run football club not invest in the football team to allow it to invest in making money?

     

     

    Is that what a football club does?

     

     

    I would like to think we are above what appears to be a growing superiority complex – but it appears not. We are fast becoming what we purportedly say we hate.

     

     

    Last year this exceptionally well run football club got put out of the Scottish cup by a lower division, cash strapped team. I wonder if everyone recognised that the club was exceptionally well run then?

     

     

    It is clear that celtic intend to continually limit investment on the football team in the search for greater profits.

     

     

    An exceptionally well run football club? Don’t think so. An exceptionally well run money making machine? Maybe?

  13. HOT SMOKED on 23RD FEBRUARY 2017 1:00 PM

     

     

    Au contraire.

     

     

    I was wondering whether this proposed development might be indicative of increased confidence that Celtic will be moving to a bigger and better league.

  14. Can you just imagine

     

     

    John Greg turns up at the Celtic 3 sided polygon on the day Peter the Bonus collector first cut soil pleading him not to and give the money to Etsatz FC to increase competition in the SPFL, because Scotland needs Ersarz FC.

     

     

    MWD

  15. Someone mentioned earlier that Martin O`Neill had opined that Scottish football needs a strong `Rangers`. As one not overly impressed by the intellectual capacity of `football people` outside their own field, I cannot say I was surprised. Scottish football would certainly be more interesting if we had a strong Aberdeen , a strong Hearts, Hibs and anyone else but too many in the game cannot see past their `fact` that only `Rangers ` could provide a challenge. Of course they have the biggest following but the way matters are at Ibrox, I feel the call should be for a bigger challenge from other Clubs.

     

    As that does seem unlikely, though, I can only hope for us in a European League. Fair refs. Can you imagine ?

     

     

    JJ

  16. i honestly cannot fathom why the development plan would be thought of suspiciously by anyone with the best interests of celtic at heart. 21st century anybody??

     

     

     

    bewilderedRus

  17. Paul, all this positivity is starting to grate!

     

     

    With massive infrastructure projects and breath-taking financial results dominating the Celtic news stories, I’m still waiting for the Daily Retard to run with the “exclusive” that “Celtic are set to lose out on a £40M transfer bonanza as Moussa Dembélé threatens to run down his contract”.

  18. Some would argue about being a really well run club, by putting a novice like Ronny in charge…..not trying to kick the guy but…..

  19. ernie

     

    Ah, now I see ( and agree).

     

     

    Neganon

     

     

    “….put out by clubs with meagre resources compared to us (actually we were put out 3 times). Does that constitute and exceptionally well run football club? ”

     

     

    No more than being so selective constitutes a reasoned argument.

     

     

    JJ

  20. How about a Sunday Sports paper giving a new brand of sports journalist their start, set them up for life and stealth away done sensitive info from nights on the town on them before setting them free onto the MSSM.

     

     

    That could be a good idea although I think somebody might have done that before.

     

     

    MWD

  21. One thing the club need to look at is extending the stadium concourse foot print. It would open up endless possibilities if you were termed as being in the stadium long before where the current turnstiles are.

     

     

    The possibility of a fanzone was ruled out as GCC wouldn’t grant a alcohol license. This could be worked round if the fanzone was classed as being inside the stadium where it is permitted, with restrictions, to sell alcohol.

     

     

    That’s just one possibility.

  22. JJ

     

     

    Ersatz FC will defo lose points.

     

     

    Did you listen to Murta?

     

     

    The team are now involved in the decisions on tactics and how to setup and play. This will lead to each player playing their own game as they see the team should play. Total but brilliant disaster.

     

     

    MWD

  23. HOT SMOKED on 23RD FEBRUARY 2017 1:09 PM

     

     

    ‘As one not overly impressed by the intellectual capacity of `football people` outside their own field, I cannot say I was surprised.’

     

     

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    I’ve no idea why he said what he did, but lack of intellectual capacity is unlikely to be a factor.

  24. Great having a Hotel,Musuem,new Ticket Office,but what about the fans who stand outside,on match days, especially in the Winter,the Kerrydale Suite,is fine,but what do you get apart from having a drink ,and when the European Games etc ,it’s not opened to the ordinary fan,so as I have said many times,if you are a well helled fan, Celtic will roll out the red carpet treatment, but the ordinary fan ,it will be the usual,the boozer’s,the bookie’s,the Forge,for a heat,so for me no Hotel, instead build café’s all round the Stadium,which Celtic can well afford,as for the New Musuem,and Ticket, Office,I’m fine with them 2.

  25. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    ERNIE LYNCH on 23RD FEBRUARY 2017 12:53 PM

     

    THOMTHETHIM FOR OSCAR OK on 23RD FEBRUARY 2017 12:51 PM

     

     

     

     

    ‘The only sad part is that some of us on here probably won’t be around to see it in all it’s glory.’

     

     

     

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    Is it being so cheerful that keeps you going?

     

     

    ******

     

     

    Indeed it is.

     

    One would need something to combat the perpetual gloom mongers, who treat us daily to tales of “what ifs” and other. dare I say, negativity and cynicism.

     

     

    However, being realistic, a project lasting in the region of ten years, may be too long for some of us veterans.

     

     

    I suppose that is the logical life progression of us who came through the Kelly/Mc.Grory years, basked in the Stein era and what followed, good and bad.

     

     

    In some respects, I envy your youthful naivety and sense of immortality, but as far as Celtic goes, I have seen the best of it.

     

     

    I believe if Celtic doesn’t make you happy, then try something else. : > ) , and assorted smiley things).

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