This is the world Celtic has to operate in


There was a fascinating and completely unfounded angle to the Daily Record’s story today about Celtic’s forthcoming AGM, “Celtic’s directors insist Rangers (sic) were dealt with fairly”.

Oh no they don’t.  This is an incredible dose of poison to inject into the Celtic family.

The matter in question is a resolution before the AGM urging Celtic to write to the SFA and Uefa regarding club licencing for season 2011/12.  As a result of this resolution Celtic’s written response to the AGM confirms that they questioned the SFA’s licensing at the time directly with the Association, a fact which had not previously been revealed.  The matter was also raised with Uefa.  Both bodies backed the SFA actions.

I knew how this played out at the time and I was keen for the matter to reach the AGM, where questions could be asked and responses given, but lines like “Celtic’s directors insist Rangers were dealt with fairly” are put out just to mess with you.

The Record addresses another point in the same article, “the Scottish champions are also acutely aware of how official action would heighten tensions between fans of the two clubs”.  If you think Charles Green was the only one on the receiving end of threats and intimidation last year, when these matters came to light, you’re wrong.

Celtic pursued the licencing question as far as they were permitted to do, this is quite different than insisting Rangers (sic) were dealt with fairly.  The SFA are not interested and Uefa are not interested.  As a result of this resolution, this issue can be properly examined in front of the supporters.

The club’s public comments, or often, the lack of public comments, put the safety of their employees and supporters, which was already acutely in focus, first.  Not so long ago office staff at Celtic had to go through training on how to open the mail following specific attacks.

Despite popular mythology, Celtic don’t control the SFA, re-orientating that organisation will take a while.  The issue of licensing in 2011 was pursued as far as the club were allowed to do so.  Get along to the AGM, look the board in the eye and ask your questions on this.  Celtic also have a responsibility – and a lot of formal security advice – to staff, each other and all of us when it comes to public comment.  This is the world Celtic has to operate in.  The sooner we are out of here the better.

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  1. gallowgate mad squad on

    canamalar prays Oscar can do it again


    11:21 on


    15 October, 2013





    Just noticed post – jeeso

  2. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    cliftonville celt from belfast praying for Oscar the wee legend



    11:46 on 15 October, 2013



    Yeah they are also inapproriate to be discussed here also.



    Your obviously not smart enough to notice if you need to bring that up. Seek out the Daily Star you will be happier there for sure.



    I am doing you a favour do you want the link ?



    Can you find it yourself =?







  3. quonno



    11:43 on 15 October, 2013



    I can tell you for a fact when my girl is with me or the wife we are never incapable of looking after her and for the drug taking who in there right mind takes drugs when there kids are there, what kind of world do people live in ffs

  4. One of the worst 5 minutes of my life was when I lost my 3 year old son….



    I was picking my wife up from her shop and was waiting for her to finish, was looking at DVD’s (she worked for blockbuster) and though the wee man was beside me, looked down and he wasn’t in sight. Shouted over to my wife, is Conor with you? When she answered no I experienced a moment of panic and dread that I never want to experience again! It was clear straight away that he was not in the shop.



    My wife got on the shop radio to the shopping centre security while I flew out of the shop running and shouting his name. People were looking at me as if I was a maniac. My wife’s shop was outside the shopping centre and I run through the entrance into the main shopping bit and turned and could see a security guard with my son. I have never felt relief like it. I ran to him and gave him a bear hug of a cuddle before thanking the security guard and heading back to my wife.



    It turned out he had thought I was leaving the shop when someone else left and he went out of the door behind them….It was the worst 5 minutes of my life….



    My point? I have no idea what the McCann’s have been through over the last few years but if the 5 minutes of panic I experienced is a measurement of the pain, grief and anguish they have been through then I hope and pray their suffering ends and ends soon.

  5. VP KO'd by fearless Oscar Knox on

    Anyone who thinks parents deserve the ultimate punishment for taking their eyes


    off their kids for a minute(Jamie Bulger) or an hour(Maddie Mcann) need


    their heads examined.

  6. If Shareholders are not happy with thy way Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawell seem to be pandering to Sevco,why dont dont they pass a resolution at the A G M OF no confidence in the pair of them. surely there are other good celtic men out there ,who can take over at celtic football club.for me dermot desmond should sell his shares to some one who at least would turn up at celtic now and again,

  7. lilys grandpa-Me and Lily backing Oscar on




    I dont recall one person saying they” DESERVED “what happened, but the fact remains they made a decision to leave them unattended




  8. vp ko’d by fearless oscar knox



    11:59 on 15 October, 2013



    Not one person has said they deserve what happened, a child walking off and leaving a child alone are a million miles apart. Everybody in there right mind can only fell sympathy for what the McCanns are going through that was never the discussion, the discussion was leaving your kids alone and going out

  9. lilys grandpa-Me and Lily backing Oscar on

    Ernie 11.54



    I actually heard her story a while back on radio 4, now Im not sure if it was a recording or not, but it was an almost unbelievable tale. I never realised till then that the song was based on true events, thanks my friend.




  10. This is a press release from the South African Prosecution Authority.



    Pretty clear to me and anyone else who can read and comprehend the English language…..






    Authority says businessman entered a plea of guilty on 41 counts of contravening Section 75 of the Income Tax Act



    The State versus David Cunningham King (Case No: CC 257/2005)



    29 Aug 2013



    Mr David Cunningham King, the accused in the case of The State versus DC King (Case no.: CC257/2005 – otherwise referred to as the King 1 case), today entered a plea of guilty in the South Gauteng High Court held at Palm Ridge, on 41 counts of various contraventions of section 75 of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962, as per the indictment.



    The said plea is in accordance with a plea and sentence agreement in terms of section 105A(1) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977, entered into between the accused and the National Prosecuting Authority. The High Court was satisfied that the aforesaid agreement complied with the requirements of the provisions of section 105A(1) of the Criminal Procedure Act, that the accused admitted the allegations in the above-mentioned counts and that he was guilty of the offences.



    The Court was moreover satisfied that the sentence agreement was just, whereupon the Court proceeded to convict the accused of the offences and sentenced the accused in accordance with the sentence agreement.



    In terms of the agreement, the accused was sentenced to a fine of R80 000.00 or 24 months’ imprisonment on each of the 41 counts, being the maximum sentence provided for in the Income Tax Act read with the Adjustment of Fines Act 101 of 1991. The effective sentence, as confirmed in the agreement, is a fine of R3 280 000.00 or 984 months (82 years) imprisonment.



    The accused has, moreover, agreed to pay to the Criminal Assets Recovery Account (“CARA”) the amount of R8.75 million as contemplated in section 64(e) of Act 121 of 1998. This payment will be effected within 30 days of the plea agreement having been finalised today. The plea and sentence agreement was entered into having due regard to the following factors, as stipulated in the agreement:



    the State consulted with the complainants, being representatives of the South African Revenue Service (“SARS”) and representatives of the South African Reserve Bank (“SARB”), and afforded them the opportunity to make representations; as required by the law.


    the said complainants, namely SARS and SARB, are satisfied with the agreement as entered into


    SARS has instituted various actions against the accused relevant to the offences and will (in terms of the actions and by agreement with the accused) recover an amount of R 706.7 million (figure verified by SARS)


    the accused has reached an agreement with SARS and SARB to settle all disputes between them. In terms of the agreement with SARS, the accused has entered into an agreement to settle his tax indebtedness with SARS and has reached a settlement with SARB


    the length of the trial should the accused plead not guilty, and the consequent burden on the criminal justice system


    the trial related prejudice by virtue of material witnesses who have passed away or have become unavailable or unable to testify


    the expense to which the State would be put by such a trial, which would be lengthy and require the testimony of experts and witnesses based in foreign countries


    the nature, aggravating circumstances and facts relating to the offences


    the personal circumstances of the accused


    the fact that the accused has no previous convictions


    the interests of society.


    Statement issued by Bulelwa Makeke, Executive Manager: Communications, National Prosecuting Authority, August 29 2013

  11. You’ll get this boy for 1 million to 2 million max.



    Erick Torres of Guajdalara and Mexico. On loan to Chivas just now.



    New Javier Hernadez if not better. Celtic would make a mint on this lad.



    Scores goals for fun !!

  12. RogueLeader



    12:07 on 15 October, 2013



    Yeah but, but, but as part of the deal the prosecution dropped the fraud charges.



    So it’s OK for the SMSM to report the story as ‘fraud charges dropped’.



    It could only happen in Scotland.

  13. How many times have we heard on here of posters (as children) being left outside pubs by fathers or parents. Maybe an odd lemonadeor something.


    I never heard much in the way of condemnation or maybe I just missed it.

  14. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Whatever mistakes Gerry and Kate Mccann may or may not have made they have certainly been punished for them; a punishment whose severity is only matched by its duration.



    Time to leave them alone.

  15. RogueLeader



    12:07 on 15 October, 2013



    This is a press release from the South African Prosecution Authority.




    About as far away from a not proven as you could possibly get.



    Option of 80 years imprisonment.

  16. lilys grandpa-Me and Lily backing Oscar on




    More than I can count………………… never one as grave as that, and certainly not involving my children.




  17. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    I remember thinking “Bloody idiots” as my second reaction when I heard about the wee girl being taken (first reaction was for the poor wee girl). I mentioned this to my big brother, and he went through me!



    Most people will have times when they are out of sight of their children, when you believe they are very safe, but predators are sleekit scum who look out for opportunities to take advantage of what might normally be reasonably safe situations.



    Look at that scum Black who lifted children off the street – were their parents lax? I don’t think so.



    My brother’s comments have stayed with me, and I now try to be less judgemental. There but for the grace of God goes I.



    Like Scottishleaf I also had a similar moment in M&S in Glasgow when Wee BGFC, aged about 5 at the time, thought it would be a good idea to duck into a clothes rack and hide. Missed him for probably less than 10 seconds – seemed like an age. It can happen to anyone.



    Hope against hope that the wee girl is still alive, and can be reunited with her mum and dad.







  18. ernie lynch – it is incredible that the bulk of the MSM (barring Spiers) are swallowing PR guff from King about him being clean as a whistle. It is there in black and white he is a convicted tax felon.

  19. cliftonville celt from belfast praying for Oscar the wee legend on

    Think the best thing we could all do for the McCanns is say a prayer to ST. Anthony






    I hate international breaks

  20. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    And I realise that a child walking off may be different from one being left unattended in thier bed. During the summer many children are in bed while parents are out in the back garden chatting, etc. Predators, and thankfully they are very rare, can take advantage any situation. I don’t think anyone knows enough to be judgemental.







  21. .



    “The latest from simple Paul Brennan, whom we all know is the fetid conduit used by Lawwell to spout the vitriol he’s too scared to put his own name to”



    What follows is a transcript of the current article follow followed by a mix of vulgar hunnery, paranoia, and comedy gold!






    A Brilliant description of CQN..