Why Celtic need to take their portion of Anderson’s money


I’ve given Ann Budge appropriate levels of criticism this year but credit where it is due, she managed to get the ‘exclusive’ that James Anderson was a potential benefactor in waiting for Scottish football.  Anyone who comes up with £2m for the game is entitled to break the news in whatever way they choose.

Unlike Budge, Anderson clearly understands how important it is to cultivate support in arenas you want to influence.  He is now perfectly placed to do just that.  Hearts fans can only wonder how their club’s fortunes would differ if he, not Budge, fronted their financial rescue.

£50k per club is generous and welcome at every one of the 42 clubs.  It is easy to suggest Celtic should take the high ground and leave their portion in the pot, but that suggestion looks different if you dig into the grubby details.

Right now Celtic’s reserves are reducing by millions each month.  We don’t want to, and are unlikely to, sell anyone of value this year, pay cuts have happened – and not just for top executives.  That £50k might keep a couple of people in jobs.  Alternatively, if it is put to altruistic use, it should top up the support the club gives to the Foundation.

There are times to be generous to smaller clubs, but it is ludicrous to suggest that the extra £1219 they would earn if Celtic declined their portion would make any material difference.  It is a stupid idea, counterproductive and of value only as a vacant gesture.

We need to get ready for 10-in-a-row and Champions League qualification.  The Foundation needs to continue its work with the most needy in our community and beyond – and we still need to sell season tickets.  There is not enough money to do everything we will want to do in our own back yard.

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  1. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Big Wavy – cheers.



    Genuinely not trying to stir it up but, IMHO, this is an easy decision to make.



    As close to free money as you can get, during a period when we are likely losing £2 million a month?



    Yes please.




    We had gone into Edinburgh to Christmas shop.



    That more than covered it.



    Pretty sure it was mid seventies, so a lot of money then.

  3. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    An dun – interesting comment.



    You’ve got to admire Sevco’s stakeholder management skills.



    “Hello new team mates. We’re Bassey and Hagi. Instead of paying you guys your wages the club bought us instead”



    “I’m sure we’ll all be happy together”



    “Where’s Andy?”

  4. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Celtic Mac on 7th June 2020 3:24PM



    Many hold the view (me among them, of course) those same individuals were involved, on the day two weeks earlier that month, in the shooting dead on Canary Wharf of three of the four supposed suicide bombers held to be responsible for the 7/7 killings.



    Dead men tell no tales.

  5. Jimmynotpaul on



    I love hearing stories like that, gladdens my heart.


    Your stake was mega, for that time, too.


    My first wage as an apprentice in 1980 was £23 quid a week.

  6. Tony Rome


    You are 100% correct the Harmony Bar was/ still is corner of Shaw Street,Govan Road and the Glen just across the road. Never went there much as had to cross busy Govan Road to get home to (wee) Greenfield Street .


    Where’s Wee Fra? I’m sure his family are from the Govan area







    My annual salary when I left school in ’67 was £550!



    As I was on my own can I gave my Mum £12 a month for digs.



    I managed ok with what was left!




    Aye Shug Cleary a smashing wee player. Lost his way a wee bit been married a few times I believe. His family name was Baby Hugh as there was a couple of older hugh’s in the family including his grandad. Not seen any of them for a few years now. They lived in the same close as me in Clynder street. Mum Dad and 6 weans in a room n kitchen They were one of the first families to move to the then new houses in the riverside scheme at govan cross. I done the flittin and his dad Tam took me to Watson’s bar with the other guys and then back to his new house for a wee rebel sing song. Tam was a convener on the Govan Brighton C.S.C.



    Great memories.






    Must be free ice cream in Nardini’s in Largs today judging by the queue outside.



    Sad,very sad !



    indeed.i agree.



    on the ice cream front tho Queens Park cafe serves £12 of sheer hedonism in a tub in my opinion.Good day for Largs today I hope :-)




  10. Jimmynotpaul on



    That’s right, you’ve brought that memory back for me.


    Someone called him Baby Hugh once and we were all slagging him.


    You know what he was like, a wee pitbull, he threatened to take the whole team on, I don’t think it was brought up ,much, again. :-)

  11. Philbhoy


    My salary in 66 was £6 per week less tax- had to find my bus and train fare to hillington and gave my my mum £1. 🤔

  12. Big Wavy/Bada



    the Oddsonne tale


    has he signed extension?


    or have talks opened?



    any idea



  13. An Tearmann,



    Neil talked openly that talks have kicked off. I guess, being the half-full guy I am, it’s dotting i’s and crossing ts kind of thing…..thought his staying in Glasgow during lockdown was a good sign.



    Kid’s gonna be a world star. He’s developing just brillantly and hope we get him for another season…10IAR

  14. I suspect a few of our bemedalled british army ‘veterans’ of NI were only doing their job of shoot first ask questions later from a dead man.

  15. Embramike – from earlier we have got to think outside the box regarding getting fans into stadiums.



    No taps in toilets, install those ones you wave your hands in front of the same as soap, hand sanitiser, dryers etc a hook at the bottom of the door you pull open with your foot etc.



    We have a 60 K seater sitting doing nothing, get some atmosphere in there.



    60,000 seats divided by 6 feet social distancing you could get at least 10, 000 in there, we have 52,000 season ticket holders so every 5th home game or so you get to come support the bhoys.



    The point is we have to think of a way of getting the best out of our 60k seating stadium and give our players a boost/support.






    D. :)

  16. By the way that post is after 10 cans of tennent’s lager in the sun😂😂😂



    But the point I’m making is we have a large stadium get some fans in there.






    D. :)

  17. Big Wavy



    I agree,a pleasure to watch is French eddy.and a touch on the ball so deft for a big guy too..i hope he stays too.


    keep safe bud :-)




  18. Yes, the signs are good with Eduard – us talking about being in talks and him hanging around during lockdown… but I can’t get too excited yet…



    If he does stay that is a mega confidence boost for the whole club going into the new season.



    I hope it will also send a message to players in France and further a field too, if he is happy to extend his stay – maybe this league isn’t so bad after all!

  19. David 66 @ 7:33 pm



    ” 60,000 seats divided by 6 feet social distancing you could get at least 10, 000 in there,”



    It is not just 6 ft to either side; six feet in front and six feet behind have to be considered as well so far fewer than 10,000 would be allowed in.More like 2,000 I would think.

  20. itscalledthemalvinas on




    Hopefully I will be able to sample the delights of the Queens Park Cafe before the summer ends. Do they have a sit in bit ? Failing that I may have to quaff the ice cream on the street as I can’t see it making it all the way home before melting !


    HH ictm

  21. prestonpans bhoys on




    The Huns first tested social distancing as far back as 1979, after ten men won the league they had 3000 against Thistle , or whoever.

  22. Hot Smoked – the point is that we could get some fans in the stadium.



    D. :)

  23. prestonpans bhoys on




    Just looked this up, apparently they sold their postponed programme in May and the crowd was 6k


    Rangers v Partick Thistle


    League 23.5.1979






    This 4 page insert was issued with the Postponed Programme from the 1st January



    Attendance 6,087

  24. !!Bada Bing!! on

    AT- I think a big sign re Eddy, was during lockdown, he stayed here and didn’t go back to France, Broonie was interviewed a few weeks ago,and he kind of let slip a 2 year extension, we can but hope 🤞

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