Celtic Diary Thursday March 29: Celtic Under Pressure To Guarantee Fair Play

It’s that time of year again…

“Honey, if I do the dishes can I have a season book ? ” 

“Hang on, this is at Celtic , where you said the SFA are cheats, the establishment encourages it, the media turns a blind eye to it and the pies cost a fortune ? ” 

“yes ” 

“you’re a fucking idiot. ” 

What possible grounds can she have for calling me an idiot ?

I’m quite sure that any day now the board of directors will issue a statement telling us that they are happy for us to spend hundreds of pounds again as they have done a lot of work behind the scenes and are completely satisfied that Scottish football is on the level.

Perish the thought, but if they don’t do that, then there appears to be a reluctance among the support, quite a sizable portion, who will not be renewing.

Jobo Baldie on twitter spoke for us all…

The 18-19 season book renewal deadline is fast approaching. Before I shell out hundreds of pounds I’d like to know that football in Scotland is properly governed. Can anyone from give any update from the SFA Compliance Officer’s enquiry on licence issues?

The SFA Compliance Officer, we understand, as they say in the mainstream media, which means we haven’t got a clue, is merely doing his job properly, and there have been no updates, no leaks to the press, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the guy is currently tied up in the back of a ford fiesta somewhere on a northern beach.

It would be nice if someone could reassure us.

It would make us think that someone gives a toss about us.

Celtic supporters can;t help caring about the club, its kind of ingrained, but the club doesn’t seem to be interested in how we feel, and we’re a fickle bunch.

After all, we can always watch the game on the telly with our mates. Five hundred notes buys a lot of beer.

 

It’s not just Celtic who need to reassure supporters. Fans of other clubs are starting to take notice of those peculiar SFA rules which only seem to apply to one club.

As we will see over the next couple of days.

James Forrest in his Celtic Blog explains…

Sometime over the next 48 hours,  is going to have tell everyone in Scotland what we already know; that last season was a  on and off the park. That it wrecked the very notion that they are a fiscally responsible organisation. Sevco is going to have to submit fully audited accounts, and accounts which have no Going Concern notice qualifier. 

Celtic blog

The full article is worth a read, as it explains fully where the ibrox club stands, and its not fenian blood they are knee deep in. Read it,  you’ll probably notice the grin on your face getting wider as you scroll down the page.

As we know, had “rangers ” progressed (lol) in europe last year. some tricky questions would have appeared on someones desk at Hampden, and this year could be interesting.

Over the years, the Hampden -Ibrox Axis has covered up where it can, helped each other out when needed and , er, gone through a lot of goats, but that cannot continue.

UEFA are aware that something is amiss, and although its in the rules anyway that clubs have to submit their three years of audited accounts, this year it looks like someone will actually read them.

And that someone will not be humming “The Sash ” as he does.

 

So, as you would expect, the media are all over it.

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They’re not, of course they are not.

What about the other clubs ?

Yesterday we mentioned that Kilmarnock, now reborn under their new owner and new manager, are a little more interested in affairs at Hampden.

There’s a revealing tale from Heart of Midlothian as well..from EasyJambo on SFM…

Ann Budge took part in a Q&A session with the Hearts message board Jambos Kickback a couple of weeks ago.  The answers to the questions have just been published.  One of the questions and answers is relevant to recent tweets by Auldheid, Barcabhoy and Rangers Tax-Case on the Licensing situation:
Q35. Will Hearts seek assurances from the SFA that Rangers meet FFP criteria for a UEFA Licence for season 2018/19, given that the company has publicly reported substantial losses in each of its five years existence and requires further funding of £7.2m over the next two seasons as identified in their last accounts? I would add that Hearts as a member club of the SFA, in conjunction with all other clubs, has a duty to uphold the rules and integrity of the game. In Rangers case, and as a result of their financial record over a number of years, I don’t think that it is enough to accept self-certification by the club.  

AB: All I can say is that at Hearts, we have to jump through a lot of hoops to ensure we comply with FFP (Financial Fair Play) rules. We must assume that UEFA does the same with all other clubs and it’s UEFA who decide if a team can play in Europe or not. It’s not a question of whether a club is in debt. It’s a case of, is that club in a position to pay the debt back. We have to complete enormous amounts of paperwork to UEFA, the SFA, the SPFL. When we took over in 2014, we had to attend a lot of meetings to prove we could run a financially viable football club. There is no reason to think Rangers are being treated any differently from any other team in that respect.  

Yes there is, and it seems Hearts fans are aware of this, and are in the process of demanding action from their board.

Along with Aberdeen, who wanted a new ground, Hearts appear to be in denial.

Hibernian fans are lucky to have Rod Petrie at their club.

Now there’s a group of supporters who could well have an influence. I’m quite sure they would want assurances from their man on the inside that all is well, and the Ibrox club arent getting any favourable nods when it comes to the rules being kept…

Hearts, Aberdeen , Hibernian, Kilmarnock , Celtic….five of the top six….all of whom who have to reassure their support that they are paying into a game which is no longer a handicap event favouring the unmentioned, or indeed, unmentionable sixth team .

If they cannot provide that reassurance, we must assume that they themselves do not feel reassured. 

Which means I don’t have to do the dishes anymore… no one does.

 

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, and there’s a game on Saturday… and there’s still some tickets left …

TICKETS are selling fast for Saturday’s SPFL clash against Ross County at Celtic Park. 

Not that fast, obviously.

It was a convincing win for the Celts last time they hosted the Highlanders with goals from Tom Rogic, Moussa Dembele and a James Forrest brace securing the points.

The Dingwall side travel to Celtic Park for a 3pm kick-off this Saturday (March 31) and availability is now limited so don’t leave it too late to secure a seat.

The last remaining tickets are on sale now, priced from:

– £27 for Adults
– £17 for Concessions
– £10 for Under-13s 

Three more points on the way to seven in a row-the first club to do seven in a row twice ?

Celtic are due to give someone a mauling at some point this season, and it could well be Saturday.

You don’t get that kind of in depth pre match analysis anywhere else, you know.

Anyhoo, the main thing is that there’s football on we can actually get interested in, after the international break petered out earlier this week.

With the cup semi final against the SFA just two weeks away, competition for places in the team will be fierce, and with the UCL qualifiers looming on the horizon , perhaps the managers team selection this weekend will indicate just how much truth there is in the SMSM’s predicted mass exodus.

Then again, perhaps it won’t.

One player who will be doing his best will be Moussa Dembele, who will have these words of encouragement ringing in his ears…

Sylvain Ripoll (manager of the French U21s) ” Dembele is probably too good for this level, he is so strong physically but also he has the quality to be a playmaker as well as a goalscoring instinct, he is on the level of Mbappe and should go to the world cup” (Lequipe)

Surprisingly, and this is why I’d take that opinion with a pinch of salt, no Chinese team has put in a bid for him to compensate their fans for the failing to prise Alfredo Morelos from “rangers “.

 

By the way, before the game on saturday…

So, er , if you’ve got any buckets lying around that you aren’t using, and they’re in reasonably good condition, bring them to the game.

Presumably the GB need them for their next charity collection.

Meanwhile, there could be a summer ahead to rival the Woodstock Festival in peoples hearts and minds..

Actually, there’s a place in Cornwall they could hold this event..

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There’s even somewhere nearby-well, Epping-for the club officials…

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And it wouldn’t be fair to ignore the press…

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Yesterdays picture…

desdamoaner March 28, 2018 at 10:37 am · Edit · Reply →

With succulent lamb being tainted by Murray, King finds a new way to keep the SMSM on board. And keeps the photo’s just in case. 

there’s many a word said in jest….

Now, on to today…

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Was that Anne Budge passing the SFA buck onto URFA…she truly is One of the Boys!

Mind She and Leanne Dempster were gonna change the game

Heard it

Noelskytrot

A load of shite by those two and the rest of the spineless feckers. It’s all about the lizzies at the end of the day. I would be willing to have a wee bet with any of my fellow Tims that the COR rules favourably for the mutants. It’ll be excuse after excuse with a we’ll have to look at it again, pass the buck etc. in other words a whitewash. Do any of you really believe,this won’t go their way?

Rob O'Keeffe

I wonder if Budge assumes her business rivals are playing by the proper rules and how the daft bint has made any money if this is how she “operates”. As for Dempster,once it came out that she held a ST for that mob still in liquidation,for 20 years,it suddenly went a bit quiet.
If you don’t mind buying into a corrupt game,buy a ST for Parkhead and keep banging your head against the brick wall.If however,you think carefully about where you spend your hard earned,you know what to do…..

broxburnbhoy

Are you saying that we should boycott buying season tickets at Celtic Rob? Teach the SFA a lesson by putting Celtic out of business? I think I see the catch in that plan Baldric!

Rob O'Keeffe

Quite simple,buy a ST and shut the feck up about corruption and lack of title stripping because you know your Club is doing hee haw about these matters and enjoys the fruits of the continuation nonsense……Boycott s work….some of us helped save Celtic while others mocked and abused us for our stand against a corrupt regime at Celtic….

CarlJungleBhoy

Caption: Carry On Sevco Up The Kyber

Weered

Caption… Into the valley of the Kings dandered the few dozen..

Noelskytrot

Caption…..photograph of the Tartan Armies last World Cup jaunt. Alternative….Brits geared up for a bit of colonial thievery.

Rob O'Keeffe

Caption: Tartan Army……another jolly,shame about the “football”…

Alzyerpal

The SFA are, without doubt, “on the level” which, as we are all aware, is a Masonic phrase.

Pat Higney

Oh dear! You can just imagine the amount of cleenex the writer of that piece of an orange utopian dreamscape went through before they finished this ‘article.’ I reckon the ideal venue for this could be Gruinard Island, if we are subjected to this level of pish after their hatefest, we know that the anthrax threat on the island is gone, it would then be moved to snake island, just off the coast of Brazil, there would be no further festivals. It is very telling that they never, ever, have the idea to reach out to those they have wronged,… Read more »

D'Fhinnein Mick

CAPTION

“Sir,sir! Can we climb that pyramid?

Naw,it took yer team four years,we’ve got a war to win!”

Noelskytrot

I see that the families and survivors of Hillsborough will be at CP to look at the safe standing section. Let’s make sure they get a big Celtic welcoming and that we stand in total solidarity with them. YNWA

puggy67

Caption: By chove Farquhar yon duty-free Toblerone are massive.

Pat Higney

Caption: “ FFS Billy, how big IS this Toblerone?”

puggy67

lol pat we’re on the same planet!

Pat Higney

We certainly are Sir!!

VooDude

After their successful march to an empty Hampden, Sevco supporters decide to take their grievances to UEFA headquarters in Nyon – (un)fortunately, they took a wrong turn.

jimmybee

Caption: Another hasty retreat by the Brits. TAL

Charlienich

We’ll just make sure there’s nae fenians round these corners before we set up our Massive Hunner Festival

Bongo

Caption : Right boys I’m sure the sevco festival is just around this corner.

Chris

The Rangers Kulchurr piece, really???

Whenever I see these crackpot schemes I wonder if it’s a Tim at the wind up or are they really that thick?

Then again, Whyte, Green, King…

It makes you wonder how so sizeable a portion of our population could end up as retarded.

I blame the schools. And the SMSM for indulging their delusions.

Pat Higney

Caption: Dave King’s gullibilies fall for his new pyramid scheme.

Monti

Caption: GO ON HOME

Weered

Monti… did ya get that?

Ex Ludo

Caption: Black Watch set off in search of Gazza.

jimboh

Clever…

Monti

Ralph,
I checked my emails but the only things there are a few offers to star in adult movies, my subscriptions to Viz & An Phoblacht.

Weered

Monti…did you check spam and or junk mail?

Monti

I’ll do it the now m8

portpower

Another that`s:

Smith,”I`ll regret this for the rest of my life”

Pearls in their palace.

Go.

Weered

Caption…”Right lads, try to blend in…”Walk like an Egyptshunnnn…

portpower

Greenock Morton`ll be headin`to Europe next season.

sevco alba there FC. 🙂 (don`t fall).

portpower

P.S.
Puggy 66IAR.

portpower

Play a puggy?

portpower

Anything except Pvggy.

bum suckers.

portpower

Caption:
Blog bloggers in plum skirts?

Honest hoops

My rant…The other spl teams so called ‘chair peeepil’ are not prepared to challenge the spl as to not upset them or their favourite team in anyway, although this will cost their own clubs financially, it beggars belief!!! Grow a pair FFS!!

portpower

That`s why there`s an eff within our SPL, Honest hoops.

Alan McRae,quarter chicken under the control.

Steve M

I feel the demise of Sevco getting nearer and nearer. Dave “Jim Jones” King has taken his people down into the jungles of Guyana. It hasn’t quite gone to plan with the Peepul’s Temple and there’s nowhere left to go so they’re mixing the vats of Kool Aid and getting the peepul to form an orderly queue. I know that Schadenfreude is not a particularly nice characteristic but I just can’t help it, I just can’t wait …

portpower

It is accumulated gers guano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivFYVAntpw0

portpower

Ours and those is their fantasy thou.

Hail Hail the Shipyard draft desk drawer there.

Eck`s a pimply bum,he can`t afford, the lot of them cant.

sevco slang FC.

portpower

2 bob to borrow.

sevco schedule on ice FC.

BJF

Caption: Sevco supporters bring out their old B.B. uniforms as they set out to search for a land they might win trophies.
Guys don’t forget to enjoy these days, they are definitely the best we have known in a long time. Back to back trebles hopefully, Sevco going the way Rangers did and we hold the high ground, even our captain donating part of his testimonial to good causes shows what Celtic is all about ENJOY!

Weered

Having read the projected yearly “Massive Rangers Festival ” piece I sit here wondering how many Loyal/Orange/Hun days do these fucking peepul need…Surely the “Twelfth of July” says it all for them….

broxburnbhoy

Caption: and here gentlemen is Dave Kings other Pyramid scheme

broxburnbhoy

Ann Budge – pathetic response

Gerry

Conspiracy theory time; is there any chance that the SFA are trying their Level 5 best to get noticed by UEFA as utterly useless and corrupt? The subsequent ban would apply to the whole of Scottish Football and as a result the only team who actually belong at that table get denied the money that helps us remain at the top. If the other teams are utterly gash then it makes no difference to them, if we’re too p!sh to qualify for any tournament it makes no difference to the national team, all it does is deprive us of our… Read more »

Rob O'Keeffe

Gerry,I think you’re forgetting UEFA are one cheek of the same arse that is the SFA…….££,$$,€€,Bitcoin,all “donations ” welcome…..

Rob O'Keeffe

Thanks to Celtic for their e-mail offering me this season’s short sleeved shirt for £40?? As for £27 for tickets to watch Celtic try to break down the massed defence of Ross County?? Has Dave GASL been offered a position at Parkhead?…..WorldClass money grabbing…..

broxburnbhoy

Easy Rob if you dislike the offer keep your money.

Monti

Broxburnbhoy,
I think Rob makes a good point m8, £27 to watch Ross County IS overpriced for the standard of our league.
In my opinion an adult ticket should cost £15 & kids up to the age of16 £7.
Kids at Primary school £2.
Check prices of far better leagues throughout Europe, they are cheaper to attend.

Rob O'Keeffe

Spot on Monti,most of the ticket prices are a joke considering the “competition ” we have to play against.People who don’t live in Scotland don’t really know how bad the economy is at the moment plus you add on the extras and it’s an expensive day out…..not for those addicted to prawns or living in exile though…..

Weered

🙂

Rob O'Keeffe

Are you buying one?…I wouldn’t think so….

Monti

Weered,
I must have deleted your email by mistake, if Ralph sends it to me again then all good.

Weered

Monti… Oh… OK., ***rolls eyes*** 🙂

charlie

it takes all sorts tae make the celtic support ralph and normally a like yoor speel but if thats a dig at the green brigade on this occasion a think yoor a cunt if a read it rang ile apoligise

Monti

I take it no one from the Celtic board has told Paddy Power to go fuck themselves yet?
They need to let me take on the PR role at Celtic…..

Popcorn ready.

rebus67

What positions should Celtic strengthen in the next window? The answer will depend on who, if any, leave the club. CB will be an area to examine but do we really need anyone there? Hendry and Ajer are the intended future with Commper as the mentor. So, Jozo, Boyata and Sviatchenko will be on their way. Do we need one more? I have not seen McKenna at the Dons play is he a reasonable option? I have a feeling that Commper is not going to make many appearances but maybe he can offer something behind the scenes. But what is… Read more »

Monti

rebus67, In my humble opinion we need a new goalkeeper as the number one, i’d keep Gordon & Bain to fight it out to be back up keeper. A right back is high priority as is at least one top notch central defender. Young Hendry is getting a lot of praise just now but he can only be judged if he plays most games until the seasons end. I’d keep Lustig as a back up to a new RB,Gamboa,Jozo & Boyata out! That’s the defence sorted then. Midfield? If Rogic, Armstrong, Roberts & Sinclair all leave, we have a major… Read more »

Brencelt

Caption: Go on home british soldiers go on home

Southside Tarrier

Caption,
”Well at least it’s safer than south Armagh”.

Devoy45

Some lineups in the weeks to come:
Bain
Lustig/Ajer/Hendry/Tierney
Brown/Ntcham
Forrest/Rogic/Sinclair
Dembele
subs: Devries/Mcgregor/Armstrong
Musonda/Edouard/Roberts/Simunovic

We need to get the maximum out of Roberts, Musonda and Edouard while we have them. Griff should start as soon as he returns.
Versus Ross County:
Bain
Lustig/Ajer/Hendry/Tierney
Brown/Ntcham
Forrest/Rogic/Sinclair
Dembele
I’m looking at 5-0 to the Bhoys.
We can make use of Roberts, Musonda, Edouard

portpower

Not against a team with a keeperthat you make look good.

Bump and ask if it`s first class. What`s the point of the net?

portpower

Leo Mazis is

Put hymn in.

Cortes

Caption: “The Huns of the Desert – laughter guaranteed.”

Celtic By Numbers

http://celticbynumberscom.ipage.com/some-goals-are-bigger-than-others/

Not all goals are equal. Expected Points (xPTS) allows us to value each goal in terms of its potential impact on the outcome of the game. Who scores/assists the most potentially impactful goals?

Pat Higney

Caption: No! I said eejit, EEJIT,!!

Cortes

Captain Mainwaring, Fraser says we’re tombed! I want my mummy.

Silly Bhoy.

portpower

Caption:
Easter Egg rollin` has just taken the serious side.

Cortes

Caption: The hunt for Fran Sandaza goes horribly wrong.

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