Treble chasing; business, not personal, the dirty battle


Amid the general hilarity on Scottish football at the moment I’m sure it’s not escaped Ronny Deila’s attention that we have one of our most important games of the season coming up on Saturday.  The league is a marathon without any specific focus, the League Cup final is another huge game, but facing Dundee away is exactly the kind of game a club who are chasing a treble often lose.

It was Dundee who knocked the Aberdeen bandwagon off its tracks.  Given half a chance they will do the same to Celtic on Saturday.

Kenny McDowall must have felt a bit humiliated at being told he has to pick players on loan from Newcastle United, although clearly not humiliated enough to tell them to stuff the remainder of his contract.

Llambias’ instruction appears bizarre, but there’s always two sides to each story.  If McDowall informed his chief executive that he would not use the players, for reasons other than sporting merit, Llambias may well feel justified in making the instruction.

This public shaming of Llambias, the board, and by extension, Mike Ashley, is another act in a dirty battle.  Still, “It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business”, as Dave King almost said about Ashley yesterday.

Ashley’s men may be robbed of the ability to pick the team after an EGM next month, but he remains able to inflict a lot of ‘assistance towards the club’ before then.  If I can paraphrase Tom Hagan, ‘Mr Ashley never asks a second favour once he’s refused the first, understood?’  When personal offence has been taken, sometimes even good business isn’t enough to bring a ruthless patriarch to the table.

When news of the attack on the 10-year-old boy broke on Monday I assumed it would be a matter of hours before the offender was charged.  Three days on without news is concerning.  It appears that those who associate with people who believe random violence is acceptable and care little about the application on justice – which has nothing to do with any specific policing issue.

Hard cash is now available to anyone with information leading to an arrest. If you can’t report the offender for the sake of the victim, do it for the money.  You don’t need to be a witness to report the issue and collect the reward, you just need to know enough to get the ball rolling.

Well done to all who have gotten involved in the appeal to help the victim, especially organiser Rod Lee.  Stunning work, Rod.

CQN11 St Patrick’s Dinner, Cup Final weekend, Friday 13 March, at the Kerrydale Suite, Celtic Park, email me for details,

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  1. This week, given a clear sky and with the aid of a good pair of binoculars, it is possible to see the 4 Galilean moons of Jupiter … (1 of which is more massive than Mercury) …

  2. Oh sh*t I’ve just realised MA and Llambias picking the team will make the zombies play better.

  3. LiviBhoy



    True enough each to their own, Im glad that all religion is in its death throes, how about those who live without religion each day I switch on the TV or open a paper each and everyone one of these death cults outrages me further with the next mindless killing for their ‘God’.



    What you get from religion you can have without it, its a cancer on this planet, outdated, backwards and prehistoric.

  4. Dave’s difficulties with SARS began in 2000. He asked to be deregistered as a tax payer having declared a modest income of some £3,500. Some officious jobsworth took the perverse view that this didn’t square with his recent purchase of a painting by Irma Stern for the negligible sum of around £100,000. Dave’s difficulties are summarised in Judge Southwood’s judgement of 20/07/2011. Legal experts are firmly of the view that, in the intervening period, Dave told a world record number of lies. That is not, of course, to say that he is the world’s most successful liar. Here are some less familiar extracts from the unanimous three bench decision – note that each and every assertion by Dave is acknowledged as false:



    “It is not in dispute that [Dave’s] evidence at the section 74C enquiry was materially false and in certain respects was a complete fabrication… [Dave] testified that all his wealth originated from his extremely wealthy mother, Mrs. N. He had no assets of note….According to [Dave] his mother would have set [the appellant company] up using her advisor in Glasgow….Regarding the [company][Dave] testified that the [it] was incorporated in 1993 by one Mr. XXX, at the time he could not remember his exact name, and his mother, Mrs. N, who was a very wealthy woman and lived in Scotland….According to [Dave] he would consult her but invariably she would let him guide her as to what should be done. Consequently it was not always necessary to phone her. [Dave] said that he cost his mother a lot of money by selling her DEF Ltd shares too cheaply….According to [Dave] this was to demonstrate that he… still had faith in DEF Ltd. (This was a hollow undertaking as almost all the DEF Ltd shares held by the appellant had already been sold.)…Regarding [Dave’s] knowledge of the trust structures [Dave] attempted to create the impression that he knew very little about the trust structures of his mother which were beneficial owners of the interests in the [company], ST Ltd and B Co.. [Dave’s] evidence at the section 74C enquiry is a tissue of lies. [Dave] obviously had full knowledge of the offshore structures which he had established in 1993 and 1996…[Dave] allowed the transcript of the evidence at the section 74C enquiry to be used before the SARS panel when he obviously knew that much of the relevant evidence was a fabrication….Not only is the evidence vague and unsubstantiated but it makes no sense and is improbable…. [Dave] denied that he had testified that he did this when it is clear that he did… [Dave] contradicted himself about whether he had a loan account in DEF Ltd… [Dave’s] evidence makes no sense at all…. [Dave] testified that over a lengthy period he had falsely stated in his tax returns that neither he nor his children were beneficiaries of a trust whether inside or outside South Africa. At all times he and his children were beneficiaries of the X Trust. He did this in his returns for 1994-2001….He also knew that his mother did not have shares in the [company] or exercise any control over [it] either directly or indirectly… He knew that no other person exercised control of the [company] directly or indirectly and he knew that he had de facto control over [it]. At all times the trustees of the trust and/or the [company]‘s directors did his bidding….In argument before this court [his own] counsel readily conceded that [Dave] was not honest and was not credible”

  5. Paul,



    Did you notice Dave King was almost pleasant when taking about MA yesterday, even staying they could work together. I think he knows this is a battle he cannot win even with a new Board. Longer term in will be in both parties interests to find a compromise. I can see it happening, can you ?

  6. Paul67


    Fill yer boots:


    Tom Hagen: Mr Corleone is Johnny Fontane’s godfather. Now Italians regard that as a very close, a very sacred religious relationship.


    Jack Woltz: Tell your boss he can ask for anything else, but this is one favour I can’t grant him.


    Tom Hagen: Mr. Corleone never asks a second favor once he’s refused the first, understood?


    Jack Woltz: You don’t understand. Johnny Fontane never gets that movie. That part is perfect for him. It’ll make him a big star. I’m gonna run him out of the movies. And let me tell you why. Johnny Fontane ruined one of Woltz International’s most valuable proteges. For three years we had her under contract, singing lessons, dancing lessons, acting lessons. I spent hundreds of thousands of dollars. I was gonna make her a big star. And let me be even more frank, just to show you that I’m not a hard-hearted man, that it’s not all dollars and cents. She was beautiful! She was young, she was innocent. She was the greatest piece of ass I’ve ever had, and I’ve had ’em all over the world. And then Johnny Fontaine comes along with his olive oil voice and guinea charm and she runs off. She threw it all away just to make me look ridiculous. And a man in my position can’t afford to be made to look ridiculous. Now you get the hell out of here! And if that goomba tries any rough stuff, you tell him I ain’t no bandleader. Yeah, I heard that story.


    [Hagen has been calmly eating his meal throughout Woltz’s tirade]


    Tom Hagen: Thank you for the dinner and a very pleasant evening. Have your car take me to the airport. Mr Corleone is a man who insists on hearing bad news at once.

  7. I almost felt sorry for Kenny McDowall having watched that press conference. He looked nervous and is obviously being humiliated by what he’s been told to do.


    Why did he let the cat out of the bag though, was it an attempt to be put on gardening leave? If so, I don’t blame him.

  8. The Singing Detective



    You have confused Celtic Quick News with a platform for trolling and attempts at anonymous bullying. One more instance and your account and comments will be deleted.

  9. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    eddieinkirkmichael, good luck wi yer tootsies:-)



    Wee donation should be in your account from me.



    HH and keep doing what you are doing.

  10. Robert88



    What you get from religion you can have without it, its a cancer on this planet, outdated, backwards and prehistoric.






    Each to their own but what I get from my faith and my God I don’t get anywhere else.



    I find it a source of comfort, love and inspiration.

  11. Paul67



    12:50 on 5 February, 2015



    The Singing Detective



    You have confused Celtic Quick News with a platform for trolling and attempts at anonymous bullying. One more instance and your account and comments will be deleted.






    Post of the day Paul67!!



    Thank you!

  12. Paul67,


    “When news of the attack on the 10-year-old boy”


    So the boy was indeed deliberately targeted for attack, thanks for clearing that up.

  13. Junglevip 12.41



    I’ve been out in the garden every night this week, fiddling with my telescope. It’s been a stunning sight, right enough.



  14. It’s hard to see how the culprits could just walk away from what happened to the young boy. The accused has been identified as 5ft 10″, wearing green, and heading towards Hampden. So why did no one follow him to confront or point him out? It’s all very strange.

  15. thetimreaper



    They were too busy administering first aid to a terrified and badly hurt innocent wee boy.

  16. South Of Tunis on

    Covering my ass – A Statement .



    Inter are currently crap. They have a squad choc full of good players who are playing badly..They look like they have lost their mojo – if they find it ,they are more than capable of giving Celtic a game..



    No predictions from me !

  17. thetimreaper,


    The bus was surrounded by Celtic supporters, there would have been Celtic supporters who witnessed that attack who were not involved, I’d have thought we might have had a few eye witness reports doing the blog land rounds too.

  18. Any Celtic supporter who witnessed the incident and has done or said nothing is as guilty as the idiot who threw the bottle.

  19. philbhoy,


    I took thetimreapers comment to be talking about why Celtic supporters did not take that action.

  20. I can reveal that the Famous Five who will don the light blue of Sevco/Newco in the very near future have already been the subject of some malicious scaremongering by that well know Tim, Enid Blyton. She has published these stories by pretending they are fiction, but we and they know better.



    The title of these accounts speak for themselves. They are shameless.



    Five on a Treasure Island


    Five Go Adventuring Again


    Five Run Away Together


    Five Go to Smuggler’s Top


    Five Go Off in a Caravan


    Five on King Island Again *


    Five Go Off to Camp


    Five Get into Trouble


    Five Fall into Adventure


    Five on a Hike Together


    Five Have a Wonderful Time


    Five Go Down to the Sea


    Five Go to Mystery Moor


    Five Have Plenty of Fun


    Five on a Secret Trail


    Five Go to Billycock Hill


    Five Get into a Fix


    Five on Finniston Farm


    Five Go to Demon’s Rocks


    Five Have a Mystery to Solve


    Five Are Together Again



    Murray Park is a buzz of excitement as nobody knows who Enid really is, but someone on gardening leave is under suspicion.



    * Editors note: all the titles are genuine book titles except for Kings Island which was originally published as Kirrin’s Island.

  21. philbhoy & canamalar



    Thanks, I have no doubt the boy was genuinely injured. As you say I dont see why no one has reported the idiot. Especially as there was plenty of folks around. Maybe it’s just a case of an idiot lobbing a bottle in a crowd and getting away with it. My point was that people seemed to know who it was hence were able to identity him.

  22. The Premier League’s sale of TV rights for the 2016-19 seasons will go ahead as planned after broadcast regulator Ofcom rejected a bid from Virgin Media to halt the process.





    The sale is expected to deliver another bumper payday for top-flight clubs and to be completed this month – and possibly even by the end of this week – after the Premier League sent out its invitation to tender (ITT) in December.



    Ofcom is still investigating a complaint from Virgin Media about how the Premier League sells its TV rights but rejected the application to halt the sale until the investigation is completed.



    A statement from Ofcom said: “Ofcom has today decided to reject the application, as it does not consider that there is an urgent need to intervene to delay the auction. “There will be a significant gap, of around 17 months, between the auction and the start of the 2016/2017 season when broadcasting of the relevant matches will commence.”



    The regulator did say however it could enforce action if its investigation does find fault with the league.



    The statement added: “In the event that Ofcom’s investigation concludes that there is an infringement, Ofcom has the necessary powers to require the Premier League and Premier League clubs to make changes to arrangements for the broadcasting of matches within the time available before the start of the relevant season.



    “The investigation is ongoing and will consider the potential harm to competition and consumers arising from joint selling under the auction.”



    The Premier League has also confirmed to Ofcom it will put in place arrangements in any contracts with broadcasters to address any consequences if the investigation find it has breached competition rules.



    Ofcom said it expects to publish a further document in March into the complaint by Virgin Media that the Premier League’s joint selling means domestic consumers pay too much to watch matches on TV. The current three-year deal with Sky and BT Sport is worth just over £3billion to the Premier League clubs.



    Brigitte Trafford, Virgin Media’s chief corporate affairs officer, said: “We welcome Ofcom’s confirmation that it can, and will, intervene after the auction if it reaches the conclusion that it needs to remedy any consumer harm. The Premier League has acknowledged this and has agreed to implement any action Ofcom may take.”




  23. Given the warm reception awaiting Shane at ipox


    (from FF messages posted on here)



    Wonder if they fans will be accepting him


    as a starter every week.



    Poor bhoy.

  24. RWE



    Are you having problems with predictive text? Should titles not read:



    Five Go to Billygoat Hill



    Five on the Finniston Crane




  25. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Up until recently. I was beginning to question the value of Lennoxtown.



    The few lads who made it can be counted on one hand, with, perhaps, a few fingers to spare.



    Every year, a group of 19-20 years old boys were released and some others sent to Limbo, i.e., out on loan.



    I have now come round to the view that it is performing like a true Acadamy, a place of learning



    Like any vocational course, there comes a time when the student goes out on placement.


    This is to give the under graduate experience of the environment in which they hope to operate.



    This environment is removed from the cosy, nurtured cocoon where they have spent the last number of years.



    They are expected to hold their own with seasoned pros and perform for clubs where games are meaningful.



    Celtic have recognised this and young players are now anxious to go out on loan, as they see it as a direct path to future first team football.

  26. philbhoy



    13:07 on 5 February, 2015



    Maybe the story isint as black and white as it seems, the only story we’ve heard comes from the huns and they’re not impartial are they.

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