Win over HJK worth at least £6m to Celtic


Celtic will receive £1.65m from the Uefa revenue distribution system for participating in the Champions League play-off round against Helsingborgs.  Add to that around £1m gate money and the guarantee of at least three Europa League games, with Uefa distribution money, you can calculate the value of Wednesday’s win over HJK Helsinki as no less than £6m (all figures are net of vat).  Quite a prize for one game.

Compare this to the projected income from newco The Rangers, who claimed to have sold 25,000 season tickets.  If all sales were at full adult prices (£258 in vat), net income would be £5.375m.

Should Celtic overcome Helsingborgs and reach the Champions League group stage, the club will return to a remarkably strong financial footing.

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  1. Snake Plissken on

    Well plucky Sevco have probably avoided being bottom of Division 3 with a fortunate Keeper o.g in their favour.



    It also means that East Stirlingshire’s place as perpetual bottom club is safe for another season.




  2. NatKnow - "We welcome the paper-chase..." on

    A “Desmond” for the Sevcovians on their first ever league match.



    That third division must be a bit harder than it looks. Wonder what the mood is like in the away dressing room for the “feel good” team Sally described earlier?

  3. This could be the best season ever. cL, a possible treble, and comedy gold in the lowest division!




  4. Enough of huns and their hunnery!



    This article in the Independent will have me watching out for him in the 5000m tonight –



    “Blink and you might miss him tonight, when he is introduced to the Olympic Stadium as just another athlete, and then when he tucks in among a field of 15 in the 5,000m final, in the all-American red. But the very act of running fast and long for a finishing line carries a resonance for Lopez Lomong which makes going for gold a comparatively trifling thing.



    To the uninitiated who are looking only for Britain’s Mo Farah in the field, this race will seem a fair stretch – 12 and a half laps of the track – but Lomong has a different perspective on distance. It is 21 years since he found himself locked into an ordeal which demanded that he run for his life, for three days and three nights, branches slapping at his legs and thorns tearing at his skin, through the scrub of the land that is now Southern Sudan and out towards the Kenyan border.



    That he should have made it provides the last weekend of competition with a story of Olympian spirit and also grants a torchbearer to the north-east African nation he has left behind.



    Lomong was six and settled in at the Sunday morning Mass he was attending as always with his family in the southern Sudanese village of Kimotong, when he heard the rumbling trucks of what he now knows were the Sudanese rebel People’s Liberation Army. While the congregation attempted to take cover, he was abducted from their midst by men wearing what he now knows were chains of bullets and marched out into the brilliant sunshine.



    Thus Lomong became one of the 20,000 so-called “lost boys” of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups who were either abducted or orphaned during the 22-year second Sudanese civil war. When weeks turned to months with no word of him, his family assumed him to be dead, and buried him in absentia. He was actually living in the midst of death at a recruiting prison camp hours away, where boys whom he knew one day would not be there the next. Some could not be roused when the day’s single meal-time arrived. “They were dead,” he says. “I’d never seen a dead boy before.”



    The means of escape from the prison – a hole in a chain-link fence – was as miraculous as its accomplishment. None of the small group of boys who crawled through that hole had shoes. Rocks cut at Lomong’s feet and he was not the fastest. “I couldn’t keep up with the others at times,” he says. “My friends lifted me. They carried me.”



    A deliverance, of sorts, came on the fourth searing day, with the sight of a United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) truck. He quickly found himself in Kakuma, the refugee camp on the Kenyan border that would become home for the next decade, Lomong sharing a hut with 10 boys and finding his only escape in football. The camp circuit was 18 miles in total. “I ran and ran to play football,” he says.



    It was in 2000 that he was adopted, as part of a Catholic Charities’ resettlement programme, by a family in Tully, a small town in upstate New York, where he went to high school and first started to think that running could be a career, rather than a way to stay alive. He became a United States citizen in July 2007 and made the national Olympics team a year later, taking part in the 1500m race in the 2008 Games. It was there, as a college graduate from Northern Arizona University and the US flag bearer, that he bore the trappings of one who had crossed a chasm. There was sponsorship by Nike and photographs with President George W Bush.



    Lomong, now 27, is not the only one who has made this journey. There is also Britain’s own Luol Deng, captain of the GB basketball team – and of the Chicago Bulls – whose family settled in Brixton after escaping the second South Sudanese war. Deng’s story was recently encapsulated by Team GB basketball coach Chris Finch, a Texan. “What have we got here?” he asks. “A big-hearted nation takes in a struggling Sudanese family and gives them a life. Luol repays that nation by undertaking a mission impossible against overwhelming odds. He has never wavered and I hope you guys are proud of him because you bloody well should be…”



    But Lomong’s latest mission is certainly not impossible and it is the one which animates him today. If he is honest, he will say he is a little bit tired of the all-American heroism thing. He is a more natural 1500m runner and relatively inexperienced at tonight’s distance. But he qualified as the fourth-placed finisher in Wednesday’s first heat, one place behind Farah, the new 10,000m champion, having set this year’s world-best time of 13min 11.63sec in his first-ever race across this distance. He is a contender.



    He is looking beyond the finishing tape, too, having spoken this week in the hope of drawing attention to 4 South Sudan, the partnership he has helped establish between the international children’s charity World Vision and the Lopez Lomong Foundation. “We need to be able to go back and give these people education, clean water, nutrition, medicine,” says Lomong, who was reunited with his Sudanese family in 2007. It is thought there are more than 660,000 people displaced by fighting between Sudan and its neighbour, South Sudan. Malaria and diarrhoea are rampant in the overcrowded refugee camps a year after South Sudanese independence. Lomong has made it, but many more are still running.”

  5. The thing is, this is the first game in a glorious summer’s day.



    Wait until they’re playing in the rain with the wind howling at them from the North Sea.






    What ws that racket that was playing in the background of SSB? Where they trying to drown something out??

  6. Brilliant! if anyone invests money in that mob then it is only because they have been promised a quick kill. What will happen to them will make the Craig Whyte year seem like Hun heaven.

  7. Snake Plissken on 11 August, 2012 at 14:44 said:



    How long before the turn like hungry animals on McMoist if he continues to let the supremacist side down….

  8. ssb … Iain King….”because it’s Rangers or Celtic in Peterhead… people will be making more of this result”.



    this is the worst case of a hurtin hun i’ve ever heard.

  9. NatKnow - "We welcome the paper-chase..." on

    starry plough on 11 August, 2012 at 14:45 said:



    Text just been read out on Shortbread saying “Sack McCoist”.



    So, to answer your query, errrrm…..not long!

  10. Snake Plissken on

    Starry PLough



    He is lucky he has a job full stop.






    He isn’t even the semi-skimmed PLG

  11. It’s back!



    CQN fantasy league :-



    To all those who played last year, its a simple 5 minute job to re-register and set up your team, most of you will have probably forgotten your passwords so just type in your email and a recovery password will be sent to you.



    New players just register normally, will take no longer than ten minutes.



    To join the league the code is :- 721106-181775



    Enjoy :))

  12. Good start for them a draw away from home at a difficult venue, battled right to the end. Looks like they are back on the up.






    Can they go to the juniors, their spiritual home?

  13. Wee bit of advice for Ally…



    Some times you’ve just got to take it on the chins and accept that yer just no’ good enough at this level.

  14. On BBC



    ‘Well done Rangers, so proud of the fighting spirit my club showed today’



    ‘Totally embarrassed. McCoist should be sacked.’



    ‘Could the BBC commentators have been any more gutted when Rangers equalised?! Come on Sportsound, impartiality should be the least we expect from you’



    The last is my favourite!

  15. just in from Glasgow cup. some great football on show. one of the oldco’s boys teams had the worst of their parents on show.



    knocked out anyways.






    ssb interviewing drunken huns in a pub.



    jesus wept.

  16. Carlos Bocanerga.



    “I know we’ll be back in the SPL soon enough.”


    The seem to have been told that the carve up is on.



  17. Match report you will never read:



    Good result for the plucky 3rd Division newcomers against the big-hitters at Balmoor.



    Very tight at the end, but the new club managed to weather a late onslaught from their more experienced opponents. They had to ride their luck a bit though, when one of the new boys appeared to haul back a Peterhead player through on goal, only for the ref to wave play on.



    A further late flurry saw a driven cross in front of goal left unfinished by Peterhead and a corner knocked by the near post.



    A credible result for The Rangers in their first ever League match.

  18. starry plough on 11 August, 2012 at 14:45 said:




    Snake Plissken on 11 August, 2012 at 14:44 said:



    How long before the turn like hungry animals on McMoist if he continues to let the supremacist side down…




    Embarrassing it was,



    f&*&*&g shocking and disgusting tbh, the players should be ashamed.



  19. Damn, forgot to include the actual goals:



    McCulloch rose with an elbow across the throat of a Peterhead player to nod the ball down to McKay to open the scoring.



    Peterhead brammer to equalise.



    Much joy all round as Peterhead slot in a deserved second after scrappy play from a corner.



    Cheating leads to Rangers equaliser.



    Plus ca change

  20. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    I dislike the huns more today than I did yesterday. (copyright reilly1926 I think)

  21. Irish War of Independance 



    Posting 2 witness statements today as they are both relatively short.






    Witness Statement of Con Ahern. (1 statement. 6 pages)



    Statement Date 13/10/1947



    Captain I.V. Cork 1916



    Subject: Dunmanway I.R.B. and I.V. Coy. 1914 – 1916






    Witness Statement of Eamonn Ahern. (1 statement. 5 pages)



    Statement Date: 21/10/1947



    Member I.V. Cork 1916



    Subject: Dungourney Coy I.V. 1915 – 1916.






  22. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    I hope we’ve got a scout at the Olympic final between Brazil and Mexico.



    After all, the transfer window closes in 20 days.



    Well, why not?

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