Celtic Diary Friday November 15: Fooling All Of The People

Hotel wi fi is notoriously unreliable.

Here in Hull..with a capital D..my laptop shut itself down when I tried to connect to it, which is why I’m writing this on my phone. It may not come out quite as I intend it to, as the normal spacings and so on might not work.

And there we have it. This sentence scooted along to the left and shows no sign of letting me know how it got there.

The squirrels are loose and running around causing a combination of mirth and havoc after the once respected London Times devoted its front page to a spectacular piece which hinted that Rangers were in fact the vicitms of dodgy accounting after all, but not the ones employed at Ibrox.

Magnus Llewellin published his piece yesterday which sent the hordes into a combination of delight and rage when he declared that an unnamed source from an unnamed place..though one does suspect this source is somewhat portly and likes to be in control…had told him that HMRC had overestimated the money due to them as a result of the Ibrox clubs creative remuneration policies and although they’re very sorry, the narrative is evolved that they could have been saved after all, and need not have been consigned to liquidation.

Someone, it seems, at HMRC, caused the death of Rangers, and not those who told players they wouldn’t get wages, but non repayable tax free loans, as someone from the adult movie industry had told them it was fine.

Oh..what a kerfuffle did ensue..

Having proved over the last few years that what psychologists call Confirmation bias..where we only entertain views that correlate with our own..is endemic among those who still read newspapers , Rangers fans went on the warpath.


Some even went as far as to demand a refund for the difference, even though no part of any bill had actually been paid.

Amdrew Dickson, who used to work at Ibrox but walked.away when they went down, pondered the possibility of legal redress, which further imflamed the hordes,  who have always been rather keen to blame others for their own neglect of their club, and Twitter was ablaze with some..well, lets call them knee jerk reactions.

Celtic fans ..and those of other clubs were too busy enjoying this latest reboot of the long running comedy to look too closely into the motives of the report, which was shit diwn by News International stablemate the Sun last night, amd poot Llewellin may now need to consider his position at the Times.

Which may well now be on his arse outside the main building.


Most of those who are familiar with this type of nonsense accept that there’s bad news coming for the bears..serious bad news that they need their goldfish like attention deflected from.

As the saying goes, you can fool all of the peepil all of the time because  they are fucking idiots who want to believe that they are the same club, amd their beloved Rangers aren’t in liquidation, and that it was merely a change of ownership and its all Timmy’s fault anyway.

However, thats not fair to  an extent as most of us want to believe a different idea if it makes us feel better, and with a constant ongoing media campaign to help them ignore the facts, you can hardly blame them for swallowing the nonsense.

The wider picture involves the five way agreement…six if you count Lawwell and Celtic, corruption at the SFA and all of the other issues that have made Scottish football toxic to investors, sponsors and even television companies.

Those are matters for rhe Celtic AGM layer later this month, and one even wonders if Llewellins story comes.as a bit of relief to the Celtic board who may feel that those of us who think they’re knee deep in this shit as well might just forget all about it and laugh at Rangers instead.

Don’t even think that. They have serious questions to answer,  amd they have exactly November 27 to answer them, otherwise Plan B kicks in, and they won’t enjoy tjat one at all.


But that’s for another day, writing a diary ones phone is a little more wearisome than you can imagine.


Why has Llewellin published this piece now ?

What could possibly be coming down the road that is going to cause enough anguish that a journalist has thrown himself onto his sword in such spectacular fashion?


May i be so vold as to offer my theory?

Based on little more than complete conjecture after about thirty seconds contemplation?

We already know of their financial woes amd probable meltdown

We are aware that there are several internal issues that may lead to a very public washing of dirty laundry…they like laundering things over there.

So what are the gullibillies being primed for ?


Rangers are currently in liquidationa long and tedious process made even longer when the firm dealing with it are beong paid bybthe hour..in this case,  a firm chosen by the man who actually owned the firm being liquidated

The original Airdrie, for instance took seven years to finally be liquidated


Could we be about to see Rangers move from “in liquidation” to  “liquidated “?

Which, of course would take some explaining, as the current narrative suggests it was only the operating company that was affected,  a practice that clearly never occured to any of tue many companies currently suffering similar financial difficulties

My guess is that very soon we will be able to see the word liquidated next to Rangers on Company House pages.

Something that will be impossible to argue with, wouldn’t it be if they could blame someone else?






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1 year ago

cheating lying scumbags just can’t hold their hands up and admit The the truth!only in jockville!

1 year ago

But, The Times!

I wonder who read it to them?

1 year ago

Maybe I came out of the shower and imagined it all,so they were not liquidated so they didn’t have a new start down the leagues, how many trophies have they won since 2012, did we win anything in the past 8 years, I must have imagined it all! Bottom line , wee tax case , big tax case, bank debt £42 million minimum, losses of £65m over the past 5 years, not a good look for a business,I smell trouble ahead, only saying mind you!

1 year ago

I wonder how much they will donate to Pugsy.

1 year ago

they zombies want a tax rebate on tax they never paid doncha jeest luvvum

1 year ago

Worth the admission fee on its own…

“an unnamed source from an unnamed place..though one does suspect this source is somewhat portly and likes to be in control…”
The article can be read here.


Suffice to say that the level of ridicule that Magnus Llewellin-whose ancestors clearly had trouble spelling their own name-is receiving may make him think twice about a night on the town with The Fat Controller. Or even his career as a journalist.

Perhaps his employers might make that decision for him. Imagine the shame felt by the august journal,The Times,when their front page scoop was “owned” by a hack from The Sin and universally ridiculed-even by the normally humourless Hector.

1 year ago


I feel for you,what with the hotel wifi. My problem is similar when I’m writing articles on my own site-except that I write it on my iPad or laptop tethered to my iPhone.

Works great. I’ll type away for an hour or so,nipping onto other tabs to do the research as I go. Then I come back to my embryonic article and it has disappeared because my wifi signal to my phone was momentarily interrupted. I’m surprised I’ve got any hair left from ripping it out.

Fuxake,I’m surprised I’ve got any electronic devices left,they piss me off so much!!

Btw,my nephew f…..g hated Hull. Great job,wrapped it in about six months. Some nice places slightly east of it,like Hedon and some Norwegian name or a bad hand at Scrabble. Ask your workmates,they’ll know where I’m referring to.

Good luck.

Btw,Res 12 has not gone away. The gist of this article is by AULDHEID,explains how they view things. The comment accompanying it is mine.


1 year ago

Your clubs deid m8 end off.
Injuries mounting up and El Hamed and Ellynoussi are big blows for the cup and league fixtures coming up in December maybe Johnny Hayes will be the man to deliver further up in his natural position and young O Connor getting more game time to settle in at the club. Hopefully Mikey Johnstone will be fit and Bauer looks ok to fill in at right back. But anything happens to jullien or ajer we could be in trouble. There simply needs to be another centre back and striker added in January.

1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

would Sinky ( and Pedro) risk injury before January exit?

We have Bitton to cover a centre half injury( i know!)

Hayes to cover left wing / wing back
( whens Bolinbombscare due back?)

Calmac to cover left back( sigh)

Its Eddy we really have to fear..he gets crocked and feck only know how we line up.. Christie and James Forrest Centre forwards!

1 year ago
Reply to  desimond

The Orcs are probably due a few key injuries as well. I think our depth of squad is one helluva advantage.

1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Elhamed is out until the New Year but not seen a prognosis for Elyounoussi and perhaps it won’t be too bad.

We’ve got reasonably straightforward games until Cup Final, so plenty of time if it’s not too serious an injury.

I think Johnston has had another setback but no details on timescale and Jozo out until next year.

Both Rogic and Shved played Internationals, so hopefully they’ll be available to the cause.

1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

That was Tarik, Mo’s cousin.

Mo’s back at Lennoxtown receiving treatment.

1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Tarik Elyounoussi came off the bench.
Do keep up.

1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Did ye aye?

1 year ago

Theres more than one Res 12
Theres more than one Res12.

As AGM looms a reminder of what is opposed and what is parked.


1 year ago

after the hmrc statement the laptop loyal willnot be thinking we need to get stories right theyl be thinking we must find a way of shutting up timmies internet bampots ………..god bless oor forefathers who never had such a tool

1 year ago
Reply to  charlie

lest we forget

1 year ago
Reply to  charlie

When it comes to cheating, the hun motto is ‘best we forget’.

1 year ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

Simply the best (we forget)

1 year ago

“the report, which was shit diwn by News International stablemate the Sun”

If the Sun’s shitting on you then you’re not in a good place.

I agree that something’s coming down the pike but don’t think it’s liquidation, as the tax debt isn’t going to be finalised until next year.

The good news is that there’s now another 3p in the pound for the facepainter etc, given them a grand total of 6.9p so only another 93.1p in the pound before they can truly say they could have survived.

1 year ago

a wonder if fat ally is worrying about the hmrc guys jobs who wer faulsly accused ae no dain thur jobs right

1 year ago
1 year ago

For an in depth expose of the “RFC were victims of HMRC” myth I recommend


Lots of detail but informative and balanced as are the other articles by the same author on his web site.

Parts One, Two and Three already up. Part Four on its way.

1 year ago

Anyone else think Jabba is clearing the decks to make way for the return of minty moonbeams? I’m sure all past sins would be forgiven by the zombies if he came back and stopped 10iar. More succulent Scheidt anyone?

1 year ago

A sterling effort Ralph old bhoy, thank you!

1 year ago

Still not liking this new format 🙁

1 year ago


1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Our long-term injuries: Elhamed/Simunovic/Elyuounassi. Our best available 11?
Anyone else in development squad who might be ready? Any attackers? Don’t we all miss oor club fitba?

1 year ago
Reply to  Devoy45

I’ve not seen any prognosis for Elyounoussi so I wouldn’t put him in the long term absentees yet.

Boli, I think, is a long term absence, as is, maybe, Johnston who’s had a setback and Bayo.

Bauer can back up Frimpong and Hayes/Taylor can vie on the left. I’d prefer the latter for the long term but to be fair Hayes has been excellent when called upon, so probably ahead at the moment.

There’s also O’Connor, who by all accounts played well for the senior Ireland team the other night.

I really can’t see Sinclair playing other than maybe against the likes of Hamilton at home and Morgan is ahead of him.

Shved also played International so should be available, as are Biton, Rogic, Ntcham and hopefully Griffiths will be able to take part in the hectic December games.

Of the Reserves, hopefully Dembele, Okoflex, Afolabi get game time.

1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Cheers man. I was wondering if Okoflex and Afolabi are ready yet to give Edouard some back up?

1 year ago

Some goal by Christie I see morelos scored also they might just get the money they need in January.

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