Celtic Diary Wednesday April 1: League of Leagues

UEFA are talking, via video, to all 55 members this morning, and whilst solutions as to how to end this season so that no one is moaning are high on the agenda, the issue of lost revenue and possible legal action from television companies is high on the list.

Bear in mind also that clubs have to , or may have to compensate sponsors for a lack of visibility and it’s all getting rather messy.

 

One item, not much discussed publicly, will be the new “League of Leagues “, an extra tournament featuring the eight top leagues from around Europe, or, strictly speaking the leagues with the highest profile clubs, in a new competition, which will run alongide existing ones, to give some sort of compensation back to the tv companies, which will encourage them not to forfeit payment to associations in view of there being no football for them to cover.

 

The format is not agreed yet, though it will probably  feature players  from England, Spain, Italy Germany France, Russia Netherlands and Portugal forming a premier league, with the qualification for each “team ” being that you reside permanently in that country and play your football there.

 

The current global health crisis has cost football millions, and it needs to be replaced, not least of all at the highest level.

 

this may also have been evident in the fine of 15,000 Euros given to Celtic for their part in the late kick off against Copenhagen. The severity of the offence isn’t down to making fans wait, and possibly miss their bus home, as they don;t matter any more.

It’s down to tight tv and advertising schedules, and more importantly, betting money… a game kicking off late can cost thousands and thousands throughout the world.

 

Having said that, there have been some selfless gestures, with Ian Maxwell of the SFA, thats who he works for, not what he does, and Steve Clark, the part time manager of Scotland taking pay cuts of ten per cent, a noble gesture that doesn’t get the credit it deserves.

I may have used the wrong words there, or got them in the wrong order.

 

 

Clubs around the world will be asking players to take a hit, and non playing staff will suffer as well, because it hasn’t occured to highly paid playing staff to maybe help them out a wee bit.

 

Elsewhere, there are  reports of Aberdeen fans roaming the streets wondering whats going on…

 

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It’s all a bit strange of late, and is taking some getting used to.

 

Some things never change though, and there is no sign of the accounts from Ibrox being given to the SFA so they can pretend all is okay and get a licence to play in Europe next year.

 

There is no obligation to produce them , but it would be nice to see if they are abiding by the rules, and exactly how far they are from joining their predecessors in Liquidation Lane.

 

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You’ll notice that it’s not in the mainstream media…

 

 

Today is April Fools Day, apparently, and there’s no bigger fool than a big fat fool.

 

Ally McCoist was fed a line on Talkshite Radio about Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming to Celtic, and lets face it, even we wouldn’t try that one, but the chubby cheater didn’t have his thinking cap on…

 

Scottish football over the years have had some great Swedish players.

“Going back to when I first signed for Rangers and we had Robert Prytz playing for us, played in a European Cup Final with Malmo against Forest. Of course you’ve got Jonas Thern, Henrik (Larsson), (Johan) Mjallby was a great player for Celtic as well.

“I don’t know if there’s a little bit of that when he was growing that he saw some of the Swedish players playing in Scotland. Clearly he has had an absolutely outrageous career.” 

 

By outrageous he didn’t mean cheating the tax man, or squaring up to opposition mangers, or even turning the Rangers support on those at other clubs who merely wanted them to play by the rules.

 

Anyhoo, the cheeky chubster was in full flow, and when something that size is on a roll, it’s difficult to stop them…

 

“Truthfully, I think it would be great. With Scottish football, we need every boost we can get at this moment in time so I think in terms of the game, what a profile.

“Obviously with Steven Gerrard coming up to Rangers, that gave Scottish football an extra profile. It’s another level again if Ibrahimovic came to Celtic and truthfully, I think it would be fantastic.”

 

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There’s a stranger than usual non story out there concerning Kris Ajer…

 

Tottenham Hotspur have recently been linked with a potential move for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer. 

Norwegian outlet Sporten has reported that Tottenham are ready to reignite their interest in the 21-year-old centre-back after his agent confirmed a summer exit from Glasgow was likely.

The report also suggests that Ajer would be valued at around €30 million (£26.7m). 

 

This comes largely from Johan Mjalby saying that if he gets better he might get a move to england, like Virgil van Dijk did.

 

Which I suppose could really apply to anyone.

 

Except Alfredo Morelos, he’d need a check up from the neck up as well.

 

With this enforced break, we wanted to ask him how he was handling the lack of training and fitness routines, but he was out at dinner…

 

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Poor Tony Mowbray…there’s new information that takes away the credit for the one thing he did at Celtic…

 

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There’s also some rather sensible health and safety advice out there as well….

 

 

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Yesterday, we had this…

 

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Cortes
“I said ‘could you open that window a crack’”  
Today…
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Bognorbhoy
9 months ago

Caption .
That’s just plain madness,you don’t wing walk like that

SFTB
9 months ago

Green Brigade load two bombs to improve the playing surface at Ibrox

9 months ago

Caption: Think wee nicola is getting more serious about this isolation thing

Johann murdoch
9 months ago

After 6 weeks isolation my da unveils his new Lego creation

Brendank
9 months ago

Lets see GCC stop me parking this baby.

Emjay
9 months ago

After successfully winning bullseye, the champ finds a suitable place to park his winnings

Puggy67
9 months ago

Caption:Russian drug dealers respond to the The Young Cranhill Fleeto’s challenge to meet their best fighter behind the swimming baths.

Stevie D
9 months ago
Reply to  Puggy67

Ha! Brilliant!!!

Anthony Brannan
9 months ago

Sevco’s latest gazillion pound superstar jets in to The Crumbledome.

9 months ago

Leeds Utd 0 Celtic 1 on this day in 1970. Is it really that long ago. Oh Jimmy Oh Jimmy Johnstone oh Jimmy Johnstone on the wing.
COYBIG.

Dennis Doherty
9 months ago
Reply to  jimmybee

A wee story, I was living in London when this match was played,but the night before the return game at Hampden,3 friends and myself appeared on ” This is your life” with Frankie Vaughn. The show was filmed at Cesar s palace, somewhere in Luton, and was shown the next night on BBC at 7pm.The 4 of us where from Easterhouse and were involved with Vaughn,s group ingetting the community center built.
Anyway the morning after the show I was On the first train back to Glasgow for the game.
I managed to watch the show on tv, then jumped on the 22 bus and got to Hamden to watch the Celtic give them a goal of a start, then totally destroy them, possibly jinky,s best ever game.
I stayed in Glasgow till the following Sunday then went back south, only to be fired on Monday, for taking the time off.
But it was well worth it.

Tam the tim
9 months ago
Reply to  Dennis Doherty

Was at hampden but I think the wee man’s best game was the 7-2 game against Dundee Utd. Unfortunately only 26 thousand there that night and no tv on what was a shitty night weather wise, but the wee man was amazing.

tony carlin
9 months ago

I thought you said we were going to play TIG

9 months ago

Caption: Ma pilot light is oot again I’ll ask him for wan

Whitearra
9 months ago

Caption : Pilot : ‘Control Tower, something strange is happening. There’s a peculiar knocking sound coming from the windscreen’.

Man outside : ‘It ain’t ‘alf cold out here, can I come in.’
(With due deference to Hancock and others).

BTW : After the ‘clapping‘ vomit inducing advert, can the NHS staff use their self-esteem with the banks? (Nod to Kevin Bridges)
We can support the NHS and its staff by testing and ensuring it’s fucking funded and staffed properly!

Er, I think that’s it.

Cartvale88
9 months ago

Caption
This will look great on our loyalist bomb fire.

Continuous crap in the rags from those of a Hun persuasion. Lauding null and void as the wreckers get closer to the Crumbledome.
Lucky enough to be at the two games in 1970, atmosphere at Hampden incredible on the night, normally crap. Say a prayer for all our fallen heroes and Billy’s grandson, a life taken to early.

9 months ago

As Easter getting close, Pontius the Pilot came out of self Isolation

Luke Warmwater
9 months ago

Who left the landing light on?

por cierto
9 months ago

Are Aberdeen fans now known as “The Goats”? 🙂

dingbat
9 months ago

MiG of the dump has a wee swatch.

9 months ago

Sad news from Amsterdam today
A spokesperson for his family said: “It is with great sadness that we are announcing our son Matthew McCombe’s body was found this morning.

Monti
9 months ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jimmy,

🙁

RIP Matthew

charlie
9 months ago
Reply to  Monti

RIP

Cole Burns
9 months ago
Reply to  charlie

Matthew
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace.

9 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Indeed m8.
Very sad RIP Matthew

Desmond & The Dekkers
9 months ago

Caption: ma da’s a better fighter than yours

dingbat
9 months ago

MiG of the dump goes out for a wee swatch.

henkesdreadlocks
9 months ago

Caption……….

Well, that’s something you don’t see this day and age, two people standing side by side.

charlie
9 months ago

caption is that wanny they reluctant kamakazis

Cortes
9 months ago

Sumdy’s taken the MiG

Puggy67
9 months ago

Caption: What the wee rich prick from the ’70s that got Scalextric gets now.

George Lazenbhoy
9 months ago

Caption: Sevco dig out the old jet ahead of the transfer window.

highseastim
9 months ago

Champions league and Europa league suspended until further notice.

9 months ago

Caption 1.
“FFS, You can get anything on Amazon these days”. ”
Caption 2.
“Right, jist dae a 3 point turn here and that’s you goat yir licence”.
Caption 3.
“Hey Shuggie where the Fluck did ye get this? Ach it was oan wannae they Proceeds of Crime Auctions”.

Christina
9 months ago
Reply to  Jimboh

Each of these a worthy winner but I think I like no3 best 🙂

9 months ago

On club licensing and financial fair play matters:

The Executive Committee reiterated its full commitment to club licensing and Financial Fair Play and agreed that the current exceptional circumstances necessitate some specific interventions to facilitate the work of member associations and clubs.

It supports the proposal to give member associations more time to complete the club licensing process, until the admission process for next season’s UEFA club competitions has been redefined.

As a result of the increasing uncertainty generated by the ongoing extraordinary events, the Executive Committee also decided to suspend the club licensing provisions that relate to the preparation and assessment of clubs’ future financial information. Thisdecision applies exclusively for participation in the 2020/21 UEFA club competitions.

9 months ago

Do you not watch TV nor iPlayer?

Monti
9 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

Struggle to get a signal in the attic?

Charlie Saiz
9 months ago
Reply to  Monti

The aerial is mounted externally on the roof Weinstein.

sfa unfit for purpose
9 months ago

He’s just had a chaser aff the quality polis , looking for £200 cause theres no keys….

sfa unfit for purpose
9 months ago

Yesterday GOVE gets the headline ‘thousands of new ventilators ready for the weekend ‘ note no actual numbers , no actual date or confirmation of delivery to hospitals..
Today , in a wee tiny snippet on a bbc web page this…..
The prime minister’s spokesperson also said the NHS will be sent 30 new ventilators next week and promised “hundreds” more would follow.
An actual number , still no confirmation of delivery date.
Why do we stand for this moonbeam pish …?
Last week our f@ckwit health minister Matt Hancock stated in 2 interviews we now had 12000 ventilators , up nearly 4000.
Almost immediately the NHS countered that in FACT the number remained at 8179.
HANCOCK then went into isolation…..
so sometime in the near future our 8179 might increase by 30……TREMENDOUS

Una
9 months ago

Caption

bruno alves jets into experience europe with sevco airlines

Monti
9 months ago
Reply to  Una

Just wondering how much of a cut Peter Lawwell is taking at this time?
Very disappointed that the club have gone down the route of furlough, we should be paying the non playing staff from our own money/savings etc.
In fact, Peter Lawwell could easily afford to pay the staff through this crisis himself.
He needs to go & no Celtic employee should be on £3.5m per year.

Celtic first!

sfa unfit for purpose
9 months ago
Reply to  Monti

If him and any other board members do not take at least a 50% pay cut with no bonuses for the year , then we need to mount a campaign to get rid. My patience with him is running out fast.

9 months ago
Reply to  Monti

The only mention I’ve seen on a pay cut is from a question to the manager.

“Hearts were the first Scottish Premiership side to ask staff to take a salary reduction of 50%.

Asked if Celtic could follow suit,
Lennon said: “Yes. We’ll probably have a look at things at the end of April in terms of the club as a whole.

“[Chief executive] Peter [Lawwell] and the board will review it then.””

I think he’s answering yes to the board looking at it at the end of April rather than we’re going to do it.

sfa unfit for purpose
9 months ago
Reply to  The Cha

No company In the UK should be able to claim any money for employees wages unless all staff over a certain threshold , say £1500 per week, have already taken a significant pay cut.
Why should taxpayers finance any company still paying huge wages to ‘some’ of its employees.
This looked like a good enough policy on paper , but you just know the elite will win out of it .

9 months ago

Caption… Air Sevco pilot misinterprets the command to aim for the landing lights…

Whitearra
9 months ago

Regards the Green Brigade NHS appeal, is it really possible to send a donation to an email address?

sfa unfit for purpose
9 months ago
Reply to  Whitearra

If you have paypal you can send to an email address , don’t know about other ways

Whitearra
9 months ago

Thanks.

Puggy67
9 months ago
Reply to  Whitearra

There’s 2 easy ways to donate to the NHS, tax and National Insurance. A system set up by socialists after a world war. So while I can’t blame people for thinking it’s a good thing to donate to the NHS, to the people who have screwed the NHS to fund their own self-indulgences over the years by scamming Hector can I suggest that you and your dependants voluntarily go to the back of the queue for a ventilator. It’s where you belong.

9 months ago

Caption: Can ah watch your plane mister.

sfa unfit for purpose
9 months ago

I see Eddie Howe at Bournmouth has taken a significant cut on his annual £4m salary. Thats all good but bournmouth have put over 100 staff on furlough and will be paying 20% of their wages , expecting the government to pay the other 80%.
No way any football club should see any taxpayer money for staff when big wages are still paid to players and directors.
And I include Celtic in this. No taxpayer money while we are still paying players full wages. 70-80% cuts across the staff.

Monti
9 months ago

SFA,
I’m not comfortable with football clubs being eligible for furlough, especially the bigger clubs.

Puggy67
9 months ago

Caption: For the Union Bears an internet rumour of a bomber appearance outside a red brick carbunkle would prove to be yet another disappointment during the Locked-down/Locked-out/Locked forever 2020 season.

Pensionerbhoy
9 months ago

Caption:

“Haw mate, get back and get that sign writing done properly. It’s more like Greek than Russian.”

Really tragic news about Big Billy’s grandson. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

H H

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
9 months ago

That’s plane madness

9 months ago

Caption… Airfix has gone supersize?

9 months ago

Caption,Taxi for mr king

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