Uefa safety regrets while Scottish football remains blind


Celtic have a healthy record at Tynecastle.  We lost Ange Postecoglou’s first league game there, in July 2021.  Three years before that we lost there in the second game of the season and famously, our record 69 game unbeaten run in domestic football ended there in 2017.  Those games aside, we have won 16 of 17 visits there, a run that goes way back to when Neil Lennon was under pressure from the new Craig Whyte regime across the city.

Still, our games there are usually tight.  In our last six visits we have only won by more than a single goal once (0-2).  Our visit there earlier this season could be described as heroically tight.  The Scottish Cup draw, which sees us away to Hearts next month, could scarcely be tougher.

In our favour, we have them at Celtic Park a few days before the cup tie.  It will be an opportunity to use our football investments to best effect, put them through a strenuous test, making the most of our depth of squad.  They may be able to compete well at Celtic Park, but doing so will take a toll.

In other times we would focus on the league but our glut of trebles still overhangs the consciousness of Scottish football.  Few trophies escape Celtic, making every trophy more valuable, including to Celtic.

It is unlike football to quickly get to the point and accept responsibility, but Uefa did just that in their report into the serious safety failings at the Champions League final last year between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

The leaked report laid primary responsibility for the danger on Uefa itself, while the Paris police and French government were also condemned.  If risk to life can still happen when the world’s media are there, broadcasting every second, it can happen anywhere.

Scottish football mostly feels safe, unless you are part of a kettled few hundred, boxed in by horses, or with bottles raining down on you.  Complacency shown on these matters when we visit Ibrox is a disgrace.

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  1. I remember Sophia Loren doing a live draw, making sure all the balls were warmed up. Cheeky madam she was

  2. BRIAN F on 14TH FEBRUARY 2023 2:48 PM


    Why would you be worried about facing them twice in a week we will cane them easily ffs ,🍀🍀🍀🍀







    I never mentioned about worrying about defeat , more the physical side of it and the safety of our players , ffs 🤣👍.

  3. JACKIEMAC on 14TH FEBRUARY 2023 4:37 PM


    brilliant TET – Motherwell billionaire



    that brilliant jaunty skip along the road outside the high court, caring not a jot, having been fortified by a few scoops in the old shipbank inn with the regular bhoys

  4. An T


    14TH FEBRUARY 2023 3:23 PM



    I passed St Mary’s last weekend for the first time since the memorial was unveiled, I was walking my grandson down to the green. It was quite an emotional experience.

  5. One transfer window closes and the media start speculating about EPL clubs preparing to buy Celtic players in the next window.




  6. Rangers’ owner and chairman Craig Whyte has issued a full statement on the club’s plans to enter administration.



    The statement reads as follows:



    The club announces today it has served notice of Intention to the Court of Session to appoint administrators.



    Since I took over the majority shareholding of the in May last year, it was clear to me the was facing massive financial challenges both in terms of its ongoing financial structure and performance and the potential consequences of the HMRC first tier tax tribunal.



    I have taken the decision that the most practical way to safeguard the long term future of the is to go through a formal restructuring process. It may still be possible to avert this but that is not the most likely way forward.



    What is of paramount importance is the long-term security, survival and prosperity of this great football .



    That is the job I knew I was taking on when I became majority shareholder in the and it is in the best interests of Rangers that it is completed before the end of this season.


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    It has meant turbulent times. We have gone from a mired in excess of £20m bank debt to a club which is trying to stand on its own feet, earning more than it spends.



    From my early days as chairman I saw that administration was a very real option to enable the club to address these challenges and make a fresh start.



    Frankly, the case for administration in pure financial terms was compelling but I was acutely aware that such a great institution as Rangers could not be viewed exclusively in financial and business terms.



    The fact is that Rangers ongoing financial position and the HMRC first tier tribunal are inextricably linked.



    As I have said before, Rangers costs approximately £45 million per year to operate and commands around £35 million in revenue.



    From the outset I have made it clear that I do not think it is in the best interests of Rangers to throw good money after bad. Against a backdrop of falling revenues, costs have to be cut significantly.



    Painful as though that may be, it is the future of clubs such as ours.



    There is no realistic or practical alternative to our approach because HMRC has made it plain to the club that should we be successful in the forthcoming tax tribunal decision they will appeal the decision.



    This would leave the club facing years of uncertainty and also having to pay immediately a range of liabilities to HMRC which will be due whatever the overall result of the tax tribunal.



    In blunt terms, if we waited until the outcome of the tax tribunal, the risk of Rangers being faced with an unacceptable financial burden and years of uncertainty is too great.



    We should not forget the tribunal relates to a claim by HMRC for unpaid taxes over a period of several years dating back to 2001 which, if decided in favour of HMRC, the club would be unable to pay.



    If HMRC were to agree, even at this late stage, a manageable agreement with the club, then a formal insolvency procedure could yet be averted. It goes without saying that would be our preferred outcome.



    If not, further investment in the club would be impossible as the threat of winding up by HMRC cannot be removed.



    The Rangers FC Group, the majority shareholder in the club, is prepared to provide further funding for the club on the basis the funding is ring-fenced from the legacy HMRC issue.



    The club has engaged Duff and Phelps, a specialist restructuring practice, to assist in finding a solution to the present position. As a result of that advice, it has been decided to seek the protection of a moratorium from HMRC action whilst a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposal is made to creditors.



    This, if approved by creditors within a month, would minimise any points deduction and allow the club to participate in European football.



    In short, if the club proceeds into administration then it will have to emerge from that process, with the agreement of creditors, within a month or so in order to be able to play in Europe next season.



    An administration process will, regrettably, lead to a cost-cutting programme and the potential loss of jobs across the business. It gives no one any pleasure to consider that possibility, but it is one that is facing businesses in any walk of life.



    There will, no doubt, be people – some of them who presided over the club in past years – who will contend that the steps we are announcing today are unnecessary.



    All I would say to these people is that if they want to step up to the plate and invest money in Rangers to avoid a restructuring of the business, then I would be most willing to talk to them.



    In the past unfortunately, there were people who not only failed to prevent Rangers being engulfed by our current problems but chose not to invest their money to help put it right.



    As I said recently, these are tough times but I can reassure Rangers supporters that the club will continue and can emerge as a stronger and financially fitter organisation that will compete at the levels of competition our fans have come to expect.



    As chairman of the club, every action I take will be in the interests of Rangers and there are many people working at the club who are dedicated to making Rangers a success.



    I would like to thank supporters for their great commitment to Rangers. This great football club can recover from the situation in which it now finds itself and be the force in football that the fans deserve.

  7. SCULLYBHOY on 14TH FEBRUARY 2023 5:18 PM



    still a heart warming read, and it brings a tear to the eye.



    those poor debenture holders,



    what they had to endure to make sure their club is still the same

  8. THE EXILED TIM on 14TH FEBRUARY 2023 5:05 PM



    I wonder where our hero the Motherwell born billionaire is today and how he is faring, well I hope.



    He is happy am sure.


    Keith Jackson,who coined the term bellshillbornbillionaire(hahahahahahaha-clears throat stops laughing) is still taken seriously in journalistic circles and able to funnel his anti Celtic and anti Ange narrative recently getting berated for his recent comments on Celtics contingent from Korea and Japan.a total reprobate,journalist my arse.He does not know how to deal with minty liquidating his club.More is learned from what he shatit from writing.As craig testified one of the “run it by dave” crayon operators.


    Hope all good bout the cave :-)




  9. Paul67 et al



    Perhaps not the best day to try and adopt the moral high ground Paul. Who agreed to accept 800 tickets from Ayebrokes, and reciprocated with 800 for Celtic Park. And which club endangered thousands of its’ own attending supporters, to enable 796 opposing fans to attend Celtic Park, on Sept 2 2018, in conjunction with GCC and Police Scotland? Then again, that was, according to an “Independent Report” commissioned by our Board a “Unique set circumstances”


    You want to take the High Road Paul?


    That’s the road that leads to the Low Road

  10. AT


    All is good thanks >:)


    Keef is as big a twat as there is out there, clueless and useless, but funny all the same, some of his ramblings are hilarious, he wouldn’t know irony if it smacked him roon the chops, fud.


    I’m sure Craigy boy is doing just fine, his kind always do to the detriment of others.

  11. CELTIC MAC, fair point about Sept 2nd 2018.



    Entering from the north west corner, my mate and I, after scrabbling through lines of ‘riot’ police on our way up Springfield Road and then pushed around the Emirates, all to accommodate a few hundred stickies, saw the build up happening ahead of us and nicked in to the first set of turnstyles.



    The stories we heard from late-comers were truly frightening and ‘that’ report you reference remains a stain on the Celtic Board IMO.




  12. Prestonpans bhoys on

    Does anyone know is Jackson banned from CP pressers?



    Basically his last effort called Ange a coward for letting Kennedy do that gig. Did he go or was it one of the other DR morons




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  16. WBC


    I have, I think everyone knows where I stand on the past few years, most on here would believe in God so they also must believe in the devil/satan, it’s a fight for our souls IMO, the world is going mad, aye it sounds crazy, but if you were to tell someone from say another planet that folks pray to a God who nobody has seen…..

  17. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    I see Kenny Clark has been wheeled out again.



    Amazing how the refs, SFA, SMSM all close ranks when the heat is on.



    Shortie should change its headline to “the cheating will get worse if not tackled.

  18. Chatting to sister and brother-in-law outside their house. Hun neighbour -who they get on with and are friendly- comes over and interrupts us. Said he was at Jags game. He holds a premium season ticket which he pays approx £5k for a he gets to drink as much as he wants at their dump.



    Said he was raging as they were reneging on this deal and limiting what he and others, could have. Said they all put complaints in.



    I asked him what the new Edminston suite thing was for. He said it was for concerts and a museum



    “Why do you need a museum?” says I


    “To show off all our trophies!”



    I laughed out loud and told him they could have borrowed my 2-man tent as that would be sufficient. Raging he was, so he said *We’ve more trophies than any team in the world!”



    “2 secs!” – I did the search on my phone and showed him my findings….


    Al Ahly – 118 trophies, Huns -115



    Immediate denial, they don’t count lol!



    I leave, happy to have pissed on his parade



    (Sorry for length there…)