Throw your tat in the sea! Cost of that penalty miss


I couldn’t watch.  Instead, I caught up on Ozark.  Later, convinced things were not working out as expected, I called it a night and was brushing my teeth when the first text arrived, “Beautiful”.  Did it mean what I hoped it did?

All the downstairs lights were out but within seconds there was a loud and determined hammering on the front door.  I knew what news that house-shaking noise heralded, someone was here to share a moment.  And what a moment.  What was at stake last night was nothing short of bragging rights for the rest of your life.  The. Rest. Of. Your. Life!

An avalanche of red, white and blue tat was a mouse click away from being launched last night.  An ocean of novelty items, neckties, mugs, watches and so many clothing lines, forever claiming the year 2022, were about to flood online shopping baskets and would forever catch your eye on the streets of Glasgow and towns thousands of miles away.

Throw them all in the sea!  Nobody wants them.

An entire industry was stopped in its tracks when Eintracht Frankfurt completed that most German of achievements and won the penalty shootout in Seville.  Had Newco won, their players would be celebrated for the remainder of their lives – and at their passing.  You would never escape references to this game, it would follow you without end.

In reaching the final, Newco’s achievement, just 10 years after the liquidation of Oldco, was impressive.  Well done to a manager and squad that surely reached a peak even their dads would never have through possible.  To lose 5-4 on penalties, is especially cruel.  Fans who endured so much and have yet to see their team lift a trophy in person (do we count the Petrofac Cup win over Peterhead?), were denied a lifelong affirmative memory.  They know that was their chance, it will never come again.

The cost of Aaron Ramsey’s penalty miss excluding commercial and broadcast revenues?  €4m additional prize money for the winners and a minimum of €5.2m for participating in the Uefa Super Cup game.  Automatic Champions League qualification would bring in revenue, some of which will displace income from group stage games in either the Europa or Conference Leagues, one of which Newco will qualify for.  This will be in the region of €15m to €20m.

If Newco successfully earn one of the two Champions League non-champion group stage places, the damage is limited to €9.2m, if they fail to reach the CL group stage, the cost will be in the €25m – €30m region.  Aaron should have practised more.

Ramsay’s penalty also saved Celtic from having to share (for the time being) Scotland’s CL TV pool money – so a budget spreadsheet at Celtic Park received an extra £3m last night.  Which is nice.

The £100m losses gambled on getting a Champions League breakthrough almost paid off last night.  But it didn’t, which is how gambling works!

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  1. I meant to post that 10:40pm post BEFORE the pens !!



    Very exciting. We were all with you,Gene ( well I was anyway !).


    Goodnight all.

  2. IniquitousIV on

    I don’t know how much more my ticker can take of all this excitement, 2 nights in a row!😊



    The magic of CQN has made me a Vale fan.

  3. They need tae start takin the pens afore the match starts…


    That way the game finishes earlier, mair pub time



  4. Thats 4 sets of Y’s needin’ changed the day………………………….




  5. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) now feels it is irrational to accept the findings of a report into the McGurk’s Bar bomb atrocity, a court has been told.



    The move will now see the report changed or completely scrapped.



    Fifteen people were murdered when the north Belfast pub was blown up loyalists in 1971.



    But at the time police wrongly briefed politicians and the public that the attack had been an IRA “own goal”.



    In 2011, the police ombudsman identified investigative bias in how the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) handled the case.



    The watchdog concluded that detectives failed to properly probe loyalist paramilitary responsibility because they were so focused on the mistaken view that the IRA was to blame.



    But a later report carried out by the PSNI’s now defunct Historical Enquiries Team (HET) reached a different verdict.



    It claimed there was no evidence of any bias on the part of the RUC investigators.



    ‘I carried on my grandfather’s fight for justice’



    Those findings have been challenged on behalf of the bereaved families by Brigid Irvine, whose mother Kathleen was among those killed.



    As a hearing began on Thursday, the court heard legal papers had been lodged on behalf of the PSNI earlier this week.



    Mr Justice Humphreys told counsel for the victims’ relatives: “It might be thought through slightly gritted teeth, but nonetheless it seems there’s a concession that the finding in the original HET report that there was no investigative bias is irrational and contrary to the weight of the evidence.



    “Therefore, your application for judicial review succeeds.”



    Submissions then centred on whether the report should be edited or completely scrapped.



    Welcoming the PSNI’s concession, Mr Justice Humphreys praised the determination of the families.


    ‘Element of success’



    He told their lawyer: “Your clients have achieved part of what they wanted, which is the admission now made in open court by the chief constable that those findings simply cannot be stood over, and that represents an element of success.”



    Although it was made clear that the full version of the report cannot remain, proceedings were adjourned for a month to give both sides time to discuss a possible solution.



    “At the moment I’m being invited to do one of two things: the nuclear option, which is to quash the entire report; or secondly agree with the proposed redactions/excisions,” the judge pointed out.



    “I do think there’s an opportunity to see if some resolution can be reached.”






    Thank God for the protection of the Union (as in The North of Ireland and not as in Scotland).

  6. Weebobbycollins on

    My son has retrieved some photos of Celtic fans in Seville 2003 from BBC reportage at the time and compared them to the images published in the last couple of days of the huns. There is no comparison. 2003 it was wall to wall in the plazas, a human sea of Celtic tops. in this week’s photos it’s groups of hun fans, even though the report suggests there were 100,000 present. Not one single image indicates the possibility of that number. It was suggested weeks ago that 100,000 would be there on the day and that has now become the mantra. It will forever be said that the huns took that number of fans to the final. It is a bare faced lie…or should it be a bear faced lie… :-)

  7. JHB on 19th May 2022 9:06 pm



    Respecting Your Enemy Requires Courage:


    Courage is what takes to stand up and speak against the odds. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen when the situation demands.


    Respect is not to be confused with admiration.




    Catholic Daily Reflections



    My Catholic Life!



    “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:44-45a



    This is not an easy command from our Lord. But it is a command of love.



    First, He calls us to love our enemies. Who are our enemies? Hopefully we do not have “enemies” in the sense of those who we have willfully chosen to hate. But we may have people in our lives who we are tempted to have anger toward and who we have a difficult time loving. Perhaps we can consider anyone we struggle with as our enemies.



    To love them does not necessarily mean we must become best friends with them, but it does mean we must work toward having a true affection of care, concern, understanding and forgiveness toward them. This can be hard to have toward everyone but it must be our goal.



    The second part of this command will help. Praying for those who persecute us will help us grow in the proper love and affection we need to foster. This aspect of love is quite straightforward even though it is also quite difficult.




    So, cut the cheap political slogans. Stop calling people stupid (well 60% of Celtic fans). Stop typecasting (60% of Celtic fans) and trying to use prejudice to score political points.



    Show courage JHB CSC

  8. leftclicktic on

    Congratulations Gene and Port Vale.


    2 nights in a row Gene you deserve a lie down.

  9. prestonpans bhoys on




    We know, they know , its a pile of shite. If 20k in stadium, another 15k at the fan zone stadium, seen video clips its empty, means 65k on the streets, really😱😵😕