Celtic Diary Tuesday October 1: Board Games

The revised fixture list for December was published yesterday, and Celtic will play nine times during the month, which seems a little much.

Sunday 1st December

SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP

  • Ross County12:00Celtic

Wednesday 4th December

SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP

  • Celtic19:45Hamilton Academical

Sunday 8th December

SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP

  • St Johnstone12:15Celtic

Thursday 12th December

EUROPA LEAGUE

GROUP E

  • CFR Cluj17:55Celtic

Sunday 15th December

SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP

  • Celtic15:00Hibernian

Wednesday 18th December

SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP

  • Heart of Midlothian19:45Celtic

Saturday 21st December

SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP

  • Celtic15:00Aberdeen

Thursday 26th December

SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP

  • St Mirren15:00Celtic

Sunday 29th December

SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP

  • Celtic12:30Rangers 

It’s also worth noting the times and the venues, with early excursions to Dingwall and Perth, and an evening trip to Edinburgh, when all the drug dealers are at work.

There’s not one Saturday 3pm game, and whilst there are a few re-arranged fixtures in there, did they really have to cram them all in during the most expensive month of the year ?

Already having forked out for European quailifiers, season books and new strips, the raid on fans pockets continues.

 

The board, however have yet to comment.

The board have also yet to comment on the bizarre refereeing of Kevin Clancy at the weekend. surely there is a case there to make all referee reports available to the public, such as his thoughts on match incidents, and his summary of why he made certain decisions.

Football is a business, and each decision made by a referee affects that business. Those who invest in that business have a right to know why and how certain decisions are made.

And remember, the SFa has no money of its own to pay these officials, it all comes from clubs, which means it all comes from supporters…and we must demand transparency.

And as for the ongoing Resolution 12 issue, combined with the doubts around the financial situation over at Ibrox, there has been not a word.

It appears they aren’t even worried about the lack of league sponsorship next season either. which brings us back to the ineptness of the game’s “leaders “.

 

In fact, it all seems a bit last day of schoolish, as rumours of a possible takeover continue to circulate.

All together now..

“Said Willie , to Peter, as they sat down to dine,

I’ve sent a wee note to an old friend of mine

His name is big Dermot, you will know who

and his time here at Celtic,

well, it’s nearly through…”

We hear some shite at Etims, but this one is on repeat…

And this is odd…especially now the Co op have been paid back, according to some sources at least..

From FootballTaxHavens..

Below is a copy of the Title GLA150218 which is Celtic Park.

Amazingly it is appears it is owned by Willie Haughey and he paid £1,000 for it on 4th August 2000.

Seems a low price even compared to Glasgow City Council’s usual discounting policy for land valuations given to Celtic.

Who knows what contrivance is behind it – questions please to Dermot Desmond, Celtic’s main shareholder at the next AGM. He became main shareholder after he bought most of Fergus McCann’s shares in 1999.

How this sale can be done at such a low price under the noses of shareholders I dont know. Maybe that is why the asset was price so low. There is nothing in the companies notices to the stock exchange so it kind makes a mockery of shareholder protection.

If Celtic wanted to protect their asset it could have been put in a trust or something neutral rather than selling it for such a low price to a businessman – even though he’s ‘Celtic-minded’ and previously been a director:

William Haughey

Almost a year after Celtic Park was acquired by Willie Haughey then security over the asset was given to the Co-operative Bank for Celtic’s current 34 million loan & overdraft.

Now I don’t think there is anything illegal about a third party, Willie Haughey, offering up the security for a loan from the Co-operative Bank to Celtic but if I was a shareholder it would be a worry. What other assets have been ‘arranged’ in such a manner? Are players next?

Regarding the Co-operative Bank though, I wonder what the value of the security is on the Co-operative Bank’s loan book? Do you think it will be £1,000?

Repayment of initial Co-operative Bank loan

Fergus McCann, talking of when he bought Celtic, says that the Co-operative Bank gave them a loan on much better terms than the Bank of Scotland. That was in 1994. But this was suddenly repaid by Celtic in 2001 under mysterious circumstances when the proceeds of a share issue did not get used for it’s declared purpose i.e. a training ground & team expansion. ( See previous post) Again Celtic shareholders did not have the full picture.

One thing is for certain is that Ian Bankier at the next Celtic PLC AGM will not be holding the title to Celtic Park unless Willie Haughey loans him it for the day. Somehow I think Big Dermot will be playing golf that day and may not attend the AGM.

Land Register Extract

 

GLA150218a

GLA150218b

 

GLA150218c

©footballtaxhavens.wordpress.com 2014 CC-by icon

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Could that explain why the board don’t seem to care about several ongoing issues ?

Is their custodial period about to draw to a close ?

 

There is no pleasure on criticising the board, some would argue that is all some of us do when we get the laptops out, but there are times when questions have to be asked, and as a PLC, shareholders and supporters alike have a right to demand answers.

But as is often the case in the murky world of business, just as in politics, the issue isn’t finding the answers, it’s finding the right questions.

If we were simply to ask if what the board are doing about, say, alleged corruption at the SFA and Resolution 12, they would simply reply that they are collecting evidence, like they did when they asked for a smoking gun.

They got the smoking gun, so the follow up must be

“When are you going to use it ? ”

As regards the SFA and their ineptness to efficiently run the game, why don;t the board at least attempt to hold them to account ?

More worryingly, why is a public company conducting any negotiations about any issue in private ?

Public companies should not be under the rule of institutions that do not offer transparency as a matter of course.

 

Yesterday, we had this..

 

Holysmokes September 30, 2019 at 9:08 am · Edit · Reply →

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Ajer: I’ll distract him, you tie his shoe laces together.

Today..

Image result for willie haughey peter lawwell

 

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Rosco
11 months ago

The Land Certificate copy shows a Superiority interest in favour of WH, not ownership of the land itself. This is a Feudal interest that existed prior to the Abolition of Feudal Tenure (Scotland) Act. Not entirely sure why anyone would buy this – especially in 2000 as the abolition of those interests was fast coming down the road (finally abolished in Nov 2004 I think). But anyway, it’s not ownership of the ground. If anyone has the time/inclination to do a quick search on Registers of Scotland, they’ll probably find the actual ownership of the ground is registered to Celtic. And the Charges Section on the sheet shown doesn’t disclose any security in favour of the Co-Op, so either they didn’t take security for a £34m loan (a tad reckless) or the loan is secured on another title – i.e. the actual title over the ground, likely held by Celtic (but that can be easily checked).

Rosco
11 months ago
Reply to  Rosco

Yes, as i’d suggested – so there is nothing mysterious about the Title Sheet that Football Tax Havens have dug up. It’s an old interest in the land which will have very little practical effect (unless there’s a development burden which WH has sought to preserve post-abolition). It definitely does not mean that Celtic don’t own their own ground and the Co-Op loan is (or was) not secured by WH’s property. They were making a bit of a story out of nothing on that one.

Cortes
11 months ago
Reply to  Rosco

Agreed that it’s a superiority title. Perhaps acquired as a vanity possession or to keep it out of the hands of others less, ahem, Celtic minded.

Bognorbhoy
11 months ago

Caption

How does the chorus of that song go again peter?

“Oh grace just hold me in your arms ,and let this moment linger,

Monti
11 months ago

Caption: The pair of you fuck off!

Bongo
11 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Is that what they are saying to you and a mate

Monti
11 months ago
Reply to  Bongo

It’s no a mate, it’s your sister.

11 months ago

CAPTION

Look,Ian. Even when we’re in full public view no-one can see my right hand working you from the back.

Whitearra
11 months ago

Caption : ‘Have you any idea what this Resolution12 thing is they’re forever going on about’.

Cartvale88
11 months ago

Caption

Wanks to the left of us wanks to the right

Some say the stewardship of the club is excellent, but the truth is the club is nothing without the fans, the CEO is ignorant of tha fact. Soon he will join UEFA, with a nice departure package.

As long as they do not rock the boat things continue, Sevco survives, for Bankier his comments about the fans says it all

Honest hoops
11 months ago

Caption; ain’t it great to have a Saturday fixture at 3pm…

Munti
11 months ago

Caption “And another thing I bought with my bonus money wiz this invisible pipe”.

Arsene Parcelie
11 months ago

Caption:
“Not sure about these new Lite Werther’s… nothing to them.”

FJB
11 months ago

Caption- “The Celtic View gets rid of ‘Spot the Ball’ in favour of ‘Spot the Eclair’ “

CarllJungleBhoy
11 months ago

Caption: “I wanna, I wanna, I wanna sell Edouard”

charlie
11 months ago

CJB that made me laugh oot loud ther WINNER

Monti
11 months ago

CJB,
Quality!

Carljunglebhoy
11 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Cheers guys!

Admin
11 months ago

“Hey Ian, Have you got any idea why Lenny started with a right winger at left wing then brought on 2 left wingers?”

Bigbhoy
11 months ago

Peter to Ian

“Celtic are in the Green and White hooped shirts”

Cortes
11 months ago

Caption: “Imagine there’s no chip here, it’s easy if you try…”

George Lazenbhoy
11 months ago

Caption : Bankier steals Peter’s last werther’s original

charlie
11 months ago

caption peter is thinking his patter is shite ….ian is thinking his patter is shite

San Miguel
11 months ago

Quoting Football Tax Havens Ralph… seriously ?

The Guy is a well known Sevco supporting Moon Howler, obsessed with State aid etc.

File under C for Clown.

The Cha
11 months ago
Reply to  San Miguel

100%.

It started in response to Rangers Tax Case and exclusively looks for dirt on Celtic even if its complete pish.

They reported about individuals loosely connected to Celtic who had some personal tax avoidance issues but ignored huns and others in similar situations.

The title is trying to claim impartiality, which it isn’t.

I don’t know if it is the same person who’s accurately described as “the state-aid nutter” but its the same loonball fantasy.

Monti
11 months ago

Caption: Lawwell- ” Can you believe the staff wanted the living wage “?
Bankier-” The cheek of it, we shall fight this “

Monti
11 months ago

Caption: Lawwell-” Celtic first & Celtic last & downsizing overall “

5TB
11 months ago

Caption;

Yes Ian, they’re called ‘fans’, supposedly? Just think of them as a necessary evil, for now….

5TB
11 months ago

Caption (contd)

….have you tried the minty lamb? It’s succulent.

alzyerpal
11 months ago

Caption : Celtic Board’s Resolution 12 avoidance Squirrel, cache’s it’s winter nuts in Bankier’s Lug-Hole.

desdamoaner
11 months ago

Caption, so Ian, if you want one of those driveways I can get you a deal?

11 months ago

Caption: So Ian apparently it was a thousand pounds, I would have held off till the last minute then put my five hundred on the table…

jimmybee
11 months ago

Caption: I’m going to have to spit it out Ian one of the peasants I mean supporters gave me a pie.
My God Peter be a good chap and spit it out over the front into them below us, not in here beside us privalaged.Dont get caught out again Peter I mean we only pay 10p per pie and charge them £2.50
A club like no other my dear fellow.

Rob O'Keeffe
11 months ago

Caption: Peter(Good Tim) says ‘Ralph doesn’t think that we should face the might of Ross County,Hamilton and St.Johnstone in the first 3 games in December despite having a massive,well paid squad?
Ian(Good Tim) says ‘Next thing you know,he’ll start on about tax havens and reproduce nonsense emanating from Sons of William’
Peter(GT) says ‘Bams keep talking about driveways,I wonder if they would care to have a shufty at the pay and bonus packages that those guys at Thomas Cook were on as their business follow followed that of the club/company still being liquidated?
Ian(GT) says ‘Thank goodness we are a well run business and not acting recklessly,financially,like the Sooside Sectarians.Surely nobody can criticise us.Remember the days we won fuck all?

Rob O'Keeffe
11 months ago

Peter says ‘Did you see the fixture list for December? The might of Ross County,Hamilton and St.Johnstone in the first three games.Wonder if our massive,well paid squad can cope?….

Iancelt67
11 months ago

Rangers are playing at the Wankdorf stadium on thursday. Their fans should feel at home

Iancelt67
11 months ago

Caption.
Ian, it’s called association football, the object of the game is too…

Iancelt67
11 months ago

0-2 Madrid down to Brugge

Iancelt67
11 months ago

Caption
This lot have put our kids through private school isn’t it Divine?

The Cha
11 months ago

Caption: Lawwell “Who will rid me of this troublesome (etims) priest?”

Bankier “Perhaps ~I can give him a 5 hour financial presentation and he’ll die from the excitement”

Monti
11 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

🙂

The Cha
11 months ago

The Right Honourable The Lord Haughey OBE.

La Lucha Continua!

Desmond and The Dekkers
11 months ago

Caption: “you heading to the party conference in Manchester this year Ian?”

Monti
11 months ago

Caption: Bankier-” How is the John McGinn negotiations going Peter, are we close to the players signature “?

Lawwell-” Erm, well…”

jimmybee
11 months ago

Caption: Yes the downsizing is going well Ian even the hoops on the shirts aren’t full hoops anymore.

jimmybee
11 months ago

Spurs tanked 7_2 at home by Bayern so much for the greatest league in the world.

11 months ago

ROLLS BUILDING
COURT 24…

‘What’s thine is mine!’ — GLIB.

Puggy67
11 months ago

Caption: Look venerable and esteemed at all times – that prick from ETims keeps photoing me. We can get mad on the crème de menthe later.

Monti
11 months ago

Caption: Lawwell-” Look, this ten in a row thing is getting out of hand, the fans are even expecting us to buy Hibs best player, John McGinn ”
Bankier – ” Ignore the fans, it’s just noise, Peter, anyway McGinn is at Villa now so don’t worry about that”.

Lawwell – ” Prawn sandwich sir “?

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