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Celtic Diary Friday May 1: Put Up Or Shut Up

The bizarre claims from “rangers ” about how the SPFL have been involved in shenanigans again could reach a climax today at a video meeting where they will pitch the thirty nine clubs who aren’t currently backing them to support them in their quest for whatever it is they’re looking for.

 

After Murdoch MacLennan more or less told the Ibrox club to stop barking and start biting, today could be the day when we find out what all the fuss was is about.

Whilst most of us are fully aware that they are skint and have no visible means of financial support, they don’t want anyone to know that, because they are the people.

 

No doubt they will say they’ve sent it to everyone and they should receive it in the next few days.

 

In the meantime, Steven Gerrard has been wheeled out to make a statement that tells the dumbest fans on the planet how wonderful they are and could they please buy season books.

 

As usual, world war two , loyalty, resilience and a reminder that they are a proper football club, lest anyone think they’re actually a basket of assets, all get a mention.

 

 

THANK you for your incredible backing in season 2019/20 so far. Your loyalty will never be taken for granted and we are desperate to reward you for that loyalty.

These times are unlike any we have witnessed before. The UK faces challenges never experienced in our generation, certainly since the Second World War.

Our city of Glasgow is a proper football city, and Rangers are a proper football club. I grew up in a resilient city. I played football in a resilient city. I am now proud to manage in a resilient city.

Football makes a city, Rangers makes Glasgow.

I know nothing but football clubs who have faced down periods of incredible difficulty, but like our cities, because of your support, we will come through again, stronger than before.

That is what makes us who we are. We fight back to be even stronger when times are hard. Rangers gives us all something to rally around – that is why I am here.

I have experienced many cauldron-like atmospheres. Ibrox is a proper football stadium and your support makes all the difference.

I need only take myself back to our Europa League win over Braga. Our players delivered on that night, but it was your backing which drove them on from 2-0 down. That is proper football.

There are few grounds in world football capable of doing that. Ibrox is very much one of them and we need that backing as Rangers is nothing without you. It really is one special place and I am absolutely sure that you, just the same as I, cannot wait to be back there.

This current crisis has created unprecedented challenges. Players and senior staff have shown their loyalty to our club in recent weeks, and now we want to reward you for your loyalty to us. I am therefore delighted we have frozen the price of season tickets and have extended the deadline for applications.

There are more chapters to be written in our story. We can only do that together.

We will be ready for whatever challenges come our way in season 2020/21, whenever that begins.

We need you to be ready too.  

 

 

Donald Findlay, on the other hand, himself the epitomy of loyalty and staunchness, begs to differ on the course being charted by what he called the new entity…

The former Rangers board member has declined to have anything to do with the new club, something which is significant but has been under-reported, and yesterday expressed dismay at current events…

 

“I’m disappointed in the way Rangers have approached this.

“If they have evidence to back up what they say, and I assume that they must or they would not make these comments, then let’s see the evidence.

“Why is it being held back? Put it out there so that everybody in the game can have a look at it and form a view of it.

“Now we have a meeting coming up next month and this is just taking up time unnecessarily.

“I think Rangers should just get this out there and then we can go forward.

“I’m disappointed in the way that they have made these allegations and not produced the evidence.

“I don’t think that was the way Rangers used to behave. 

 

No one in the media has the faintest idea what the allegations are, and unless something concrete is produced today, then the Ibrox club will be forced into a humiliating climbdown.

 

Though we don’t actually know what they’ll be climbing down from….

 

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Speaking of humiliation…

 

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Someone somewhere thought they had evidence of the kind of business deal that would ,circumstantially at least, raise the odd eyebrow.

Except, of course, it’s bollocks.

 

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What was his name again ?

 

Oh, I know…

 

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Alex Rae of the Radio Clyde was unavailable for comment

 

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Sooner or later , the laughing has to stop, and those at Ibrox who haven’t quite realised that the rest of the country now finds them a constant source of amusement may soon start to feel the joke has gone on for too long.

 

But as Swiss Ramble  on Twitter points out, even that might be taken out of their hands.

He’s produced a summary of where the Ibrox club/company is at, and it does help to explain their wailing…

 

Swiss Ramble
@SwissRamble
#RangersFC have lost money in last 5 years, partly due to low profits from player sales. However, revenue has more than tripled since 2015, driven by improved performance in Europe. Largest loss, debt and transfer spend in Scotland in 2019. Wages up to £34m (65% of turnover).

 

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Meanwhile, congratulations go to Paris St Germain , who have been awarded the French title as the big leagues start to realise that football for this season is over, and it’s time to start tidying things up ready for next season.

 

This precedent could see other leagues following suit, and removes any prospect of null and void being entered next to any titles won by anyone.

Same goes for the default option of placing an asterisk next to it, in the way that should have been done when one club operated it’s trail blazing remuneration schemes in Scotland, only to see the road torn up due to a lack of planning permission.

 

Football at the top level isn’t going to resume, and one of the reasons for that was explained by Hector Bandido in last nights podcast, which is elsewhere on the site, and includes a treat for the ladies with a picture from a magazine which features those men with the lived in and windswept looks.

Hector pointed out that multi millionaire footballers don’t need the work, and if they feel unsafe in going back to work, they will just say no.

 

And he’s right.

 

Why would they ?

 

However, it would be the single biggest symbol that the country is coming out of the crisis created by Covid 19, even if it would only be a symbol. This virus isn’t going away, and any relaxing of the so called lockdown would be catastrophic.

Prime minister Johnson also said yesterday that he responded earlier than the likes of France to the pandemic, and locked down first, when we all remeber that the French president had to tell him to lock down or he would close the borders.

 

Which begs the question…

 

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It’s Friday, and we’ve already congratulated PSG, so now we move to congratulating the first ever winner of

Knob of the Week  

 

We have to say, as is the case when any woman puts their mind to anything, this one has truly excelled…

 

Moira Gordon of the Scotsman adopted a WATP mentality when she took up the mantle on behalf of the Ibrox board…

Moira Gordon: SPFL board’s open letter is condescending and counter productive

Fans and clubs will not move on from vote fiasco without answers

 I won’t bore you with the article, as it’s truly awful, but for the presumption that everyone is behind “rangers ” at this point, part of the narrative used also by the BBC, she deserves to be rewarded for her effort.
Moira Gordon,

 

Knob of the Week  

 

Apologies to Tom English, who would have won it for this;

Tom English
@TEnglishSport
SPFL (Murdoch MacLennan) again deny using threatening tactics against clubs in another missive that, er, uses threatening language. The call to examine their corporate governance is categorised as “distractions, scapegoating and sideshows”  
which was part of the BBC Scotland narrative…
Why does league seem so worried about independent inquiry? 
 Instead of challenging “rangers ” to put up or shut up, he criticises the SPFL for not dealing with specific allegations that have not been made.
 Yet when Rangers Tax Case, the Offshore Game and countless other independent sources offered real evidence about real corruption they all chose to ignore it.

However, English sort of redeemed himself with his criticism of the decision to allow DUP MP Gregory Campbell to participate in a discussion on Scottish football, which means that at least the man dies have some boundaries.

 

 

On Wednesday we had this…

 

 

James Mills

Caption : Recruiting for BBC Sportsound underway …  

 

 

Today….

 

 

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Ian Smith
3 years ago

As football prepares to get underway, workers spray the Rangers dugout with disinfectant.

henkesdreadlocks
3 years ago

Caption……..

Govan’s Ghost Busters seeking out the previous club that played at £1brox.

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
3 years ago

Caption: Club deck gets a well deserved clean

Level 5 plant
3 years ago

Rangers get ready for start up of football again by disinfecting the broomloan

George Lazenbhoy
3 years ago

Caption : Wombles regret accepting invite to rangers friendly

3 years ago

CAPTION

Preparations under way for football to return as The Club Deck at Ibrox is made Aye Ready.

Monti
3 years ago

Caption: Stance 1, Chernobyl bus station.

Frodshambhoy
3 years ago

Another in a series of great articles. Thanks.

On the Jamie Bryson thing. He states “Dundee unlawfully changed their SPFL vote”
What was unlawful about it? Any club voting NO could “lawfully” change their vote during the full, legal 28 day voting period.

Mike
3 years ago

Once there was a silly old dame,
Who thought she knew the football game,
Everyone knows we cant, stop her having a rant,
But we’ve got high hopes, we’ve got high hopes,
High apple pie in the sky hopes.

Its such a shame, she has a bird like brain,
We all think that she’s insane,
We all know its true, that, she sides with the men in blue,
But we have, high hopes, we have high hopes,
High apple pie in the sky hopes.

henkesdreadlocks
3 years ago

Caption…….

As the Celtic Foundation continue to support the community with remarkable financial assistance, Mark Hateley gets busy.

alan Pickering
3 years ago

Bit of a clean up and will look great as our new main stand when Asda opens

Anthony Brannan
3 years ago

Nae wonder that poor wumman’s demented.

She appears to have a big haun comin oot her ear.

Mike
3 years ago

My, how the mighty have fallen. From being the establishment club with friends in high places including the football Scottish governing bodies. Your support despised throughout Europe. From playing top European teams to playing in the lower Scottish leagues. Now being seen as the despots of Scottish football. Born, liquidated, the myth of resurrection and given every assistance going. Was it worth it, I ask our governing bodies, was everything worth all this nonsense. Still in denial, can they sink any lower? DNR.

alzyerpal
3 years ago

Caption; Evil Celtic supporters, having already set the rangers* megabus ablaze, now go to work on the boarding terminal.

3 years ago

Sevco tuck in the pointy bit on ground staff’s headgear for all-inclusive photo-shoot campaign.

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago

Could I just point out that in the statement written by someone else for thicko Gerrarrd that r************** certainly don’t make Glasgow.No feckin way! In fact,I suspect malpractice and call on Gerrarrd and the guy who wrote the statement to resign.After all,fairness and integrity and all those things they hold dear at Liebrox?….

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago

Caption: Oh I’d rather be in Chernobyl than Govan…

TonyDtic
3 years ago

Caption – after the amalgamation of Rang3rs and Third lanark preparation for season 20/21 gets underway as the home dugout at Cathkin Park is spruced up for the start of the “journey”

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  TonyDtic

Caption: For every fiver they spent a tenner!

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Happy 70th birthday to Daniel Fergus McGrain, a true Celtic legend who graced the shirt with distinction.
God bless you Danny!

Iancelt67
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

My birthday today as well.

Friesdorfer
3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Hoopy Birthday

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Iancelt67

Iancelt,
Happy Birthday comrade, you share your day with one of our all time greats, i’ll toast the two of you!

Cartvale88
3 years ago

Caption

Rangers training ground gets a badly needed makeover.

The SMSM are in total denial about the garbage spewing out of Ibrokes. It is incredible that Donald Finlay is bad mouthing them and no one thinks to ask the midden master Park.

Footie is probably not going to restart till September, as the Germans have delayed only the EPL continue with their plans, should look to Belarus. Seriously five minutes of that on YouTube and you give up, as Big Jock said ‘football is nothing without the fans’ soon to be seen at Castle Greyskull.

Chris
3 years ago

Its the year 2030 little lad says “Granda what happened to Ibrox Stadium”….he you go wee man, “The bloke in the picture works for a guy called Mike Ashley, some even suspect it was Big Mike himself”

Brencelt
3 years ago

Caption: decision taken to repaint the sturdier bits of ibrox first

Magdalena’s Chestnut Gelding
3 years ago

Caption

Ibrox maintenance man faces probe into sectarian green overall shocker!

Cortes
3 years ago

Glasgow City Council introduces an upgraded version of its superb series of magnificent bus shelters.

“Our junkets have not been in vain,” a spokesperson commented with an almost straight face.

Bigdelbhou
3 years ago

Caption:

Year 2025 – Excuse me mister are you still clearing this area of the coronavirus?.. No pal, this is where “the rangers” used to play football

Mike
3 years ago

The Rumpy Pump’y stain remover, cleans up past memories, of youthful exuberance. Stand Up For the Champions! ahhh memories of mammories.

bankiebhoy1
3 years ago

” Gies ma face-mask back ya wee rat!”

Puggy67
3 years ago

Caption: Having tried everything else Sevco calls in the Govan branch of Ghostbusters.

Puggy67
3 years ago

They’ve still got King as Chairman on their website…

Paul McGovern
3 years ago

All that’s left of the burnt out bus after the scrapman has been to help them out with the wages!

Patrick O Hara
3 years ago
Reply to  Paul McGovern

Brilliant CS. Thanks.

Puggy67
3 years ago

aye ye missed out his secret service confirming that they agree with scientists that it’s not man-made. Double down duvet? But sure you’d have seen this coming…

Puggy67
3 years ago
Reply to  Puggy67

You’ve been banging on about biological warfare for weeks and you were bang to rights talking pish.

3 years ago

CAPTION.
Keith Jackson caught using his sophisticated radar to detect Alex Rae’s “damp squid”…

Whitearra
3 years ago

Caption : ‘Prada’s Spring Collection 2021’

Frank McGaaaarvey
3 years ago

Caption: Gregory Campbell prepares to open the DUP’s new Catholic homeless housing complex.
Can’t wait to see the huns produce evidence of the links between Covid, the Vatican and Pope Frankie, Peter Lawell and Glasgow City Council. I’m only half-joking as some of the dropping bottom dwellers would believe anything they are told on follow follow.

Frank McGaaaarvey
3 years ago

Drooling not dropping. TA big thanks to my Charlie Saiz spellchecker.

Patrick O Hara
3 years ago

For The Cha.
Thanks for so many positive responses. I have taken heed and rate them as high as my Barclaycard monthly payments after my demise. I haven’t left my flat for ten months because of my medical condition. My future lifespan is measured in months not years. I am not unique. There must be a large number of Celtic supporters of my generation in the same boat. We were encouraged to smoke. Most don’t have a voice or platform. Anyhoo. I have made arrangements for my funeral. Credit card payments will come out of my “estate.” I worry about this so much that I put my flat up for sale but the Council vigorously opposed it. Spoilsports. Your comments are valued. Keep them coming.
PS.
Can I rely on you for a reference for the next job I apply for?

Frank McGaaaarvey
3 years ago

😉

charlie
3 years ago

tonald also telt ye tae drink bleach …..wire in

Puggy67
3 years ago

Caption: 2320 and the SBC’s Time Team unearth evidence of plunder and pillage in a dig on the south side of the River Sturgeon in the Swinney area of Nicolatown.

BroxburnBhoy
3 years ago

Yes Trump has a great track record of being right. There is a long article in the Washington post today saying the his intelligence services told him the opposite. Who do you believe?

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

well why dont ye wait tae time tells ya mug ye heh heh

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

saiz am no a doctor but you need tae stop firing yer popgun at images ae chinamen oan yer telly and fantasising aboot dain yoor yer bit …………………..you know it makes sense kid

mabozzaRitchie
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

remind me again how many muslims the chinese have got in their concentration camps.

BroxburnBhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  mabozzaRitchie

Yes and your point is related to Coronavirus in any way? You expect that nasty shit from a totalitarian communist regime and you don’t expect complete nonsense from the US President like drinking bleach and being irradiated or pushing drugs that don’t work and ended up killing people

mabozzaRitchie
3 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

well either these camps are ” Vocational Education and Training Centers” or the chinese are a bunch of lying “no corona to see here” b@stards.

which is it?

charlie
3 years ago
Reply to  charlie

heh heh

BroxburnBhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

So trump can have the right answer. CS if you think Trump is acting in good faith here then shame on you . He is running an anti China campaign for election ( after he praised their President for being a great guy ) I find it hard to believe what China tells us because the communist party makes up its own truth and I find it harder to believe what Trump says because he just makes up nonsense

mabozzaRitchie
3 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

one thing that is undeniable is this reliance on China is coming to an end. dodgy ventilators, face masks and all

mabozzaRitchie
3 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

He is running an anti China campaign

Trump and the rest of the civilized world.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

PISH

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

You stick to commando and accept your regiment shat it from real men!

Now go & shine your fucking shoe shine box…

Puggy67
3 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

I suggest a mug would quote Jeff Bezos’ newspaper in relation to China.

charlie
3 years ago

caption saiz takes a scorched earth attitude after finding oot his neebour made chinese spare ribs oan the close barby

Man in Denial
3 years ago

Every morning when I wake up.

I pull the curtains back.

And.

Drink in the utter stupidity of Sevco The Rangers*.

Their Zombie Board caught hook, line and sinker.

By a spoof,

Not just any old spoof.

But by Timspoof.

No wonder they lose millions each year.

Tick tock.

When do they announce Admin ?

Oh they can’t because that automatically makes CFC champions.

Ooh its simply delicious.

Stevie D
3 years ago

We want wur paranoia back!!!

Bognorbhoy
3 years ago

Caption..First pick up point for the tarrier carrier, gets a make over before the football resumes…
Think they might need a bigger bin for the empties

3 years ago

Greetings all

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Weered

Weered,
How are you my friend?

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Big shout out to my friend Bgbhoy, hope you are well soon m8!

Bgbhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Thanks mate. I’m grand. Only problem I have is in talking out the side of my mouth like eck and bomber brown

I’m still a 10 though…

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

You’ll be fine m8, soon we’ll be getting pished in Vinny’s!

Bgbhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Haha made me laugh. I woke up other day thinking I was having a stroke. Bell’s palsy and it’s getting better. The body is a strange thing

Bgbhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

On a lighter note. Congratulations to jimmy Forrest on 10 years today a first teamer. Not a common occurrence in this day and age and I look forward to a 20 minute cameo in the testimonial next year

Bgbhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

It started last week. My eye was twitching etc. Then on Monday was trying to eat a Belfast bap and was thinking for some reason I wasn’t able to take as big a bite. Then on Tuesday at work I got a txt that made me laugh and I caught myself in the mirror in the lift laughing and realised my left side of face wasn’t moving. Put on steroids and tbf already a world of a difference. Worrying though until you get it seen too

Bgbhoy
3 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

I got seen straight away at the royal. They said it can be triggered by a virus and gave me steroids to take. After 2 days there’s a world of difference so fingers crossed

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

I heard you like to open wide……

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

No wonder she has migraines having to listen to your gibbering pish.
Poor lass.

henkesdreadlocks
3 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Makes a change from talking out yer arse.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

Bg, you are in my heart son!

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago

As the rangers start entity no3 , Bridgeton cross will never be the same again

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago

After taking ‘ professional advice’ The wider pavement project is replaced with the scorched bus stop initiative .

SteveNaive
3 years ago

Restart golf idea…top 18 in the world, make their own way there, no caddies, carry their own clubs, shotgun start, pay per view prize money to research.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Golf is for fuckwits…..or Charlie saiz…oh wait 🙂

jimmybee
3 years ago

Happy May day up the workers.
I’ve traveled round this country
From shore to shining shore
It really made me wonder
The things I heard and saw.

I saw the weary farmer
Plowing sod and loam
l heard the auction hammer
A knocking down his home

But the banks are made of marble
With a guard at every door
And the vaults are stuffed with silver
That the farmer sweated for

l saw the seaman standing
Idly by the shore
l heard the bosses saying
Got no work for you no more

But the banks are made of marble
With a guard at every door
And the vaults are stuffed with silver
That the seaman sweated for

I saw the weary miner
Scrubbing coal dust from his back
I heard his children cryin
Got no coal to heat the shack

But the banks are made of marble
With a guard at every door
And the vaults are stuffed with silver
That the miner sweated for

I’ve seen my brothers working
Throughout this mighty land
l prayed we’d get together
And together make a stand

Final Chorus
Then we’d own those banks of marble
With a guard at every door
And we’d share those vaults of silver
That we have sweated for

3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Cheers Jimmy.

“Long Kesh” always reminds me of this.

Dunno if it was based on it or they’re completely unrelated and its due to my cloth ears!

jimmybee
3 years ago
Reply to  The Cha

Cha I had this on a cassette I’m sure it was the barleycorn
In the 70s. Loved this song.
The song was actually written by an Anerican Lee Rice a farmer in Anerica who may have had Irish blood as he was president of the Ulster Farmers division of the union.

jimmybee
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

I understand the Long Kesh thing though 🙂

jimmybee
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee
Puggy67
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Bit fecked off that the worker’s day holiday has been hijacked by the glorification of war mob and moved to Friday. Just more politicisation of working people’s loss.

SteveNaive
3 years ago

Tonight, Talking Pictures, channel 328, ‘Nosferatu, The Vampyre…Director Werner Hertzog, Stars, Alex Rae.
Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land.

sfa unfit for purpose
3 years ago

Good piece on Forbes dot com written by Mike Meehal Wood
Here’s a wee snippet.

The issue was even raised in the UK parliament, with Gregory Campbell MP, variously a creationist, anti-LGBT campaigner, anti-abortion stalwart and, you guessed it, Rangers supporter, tabling an early day motion to back his club’s claims. Only one of the 600-plus MPs outwith Campbell’s own Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) thought it was worth co-signing. Campbell then appeared on the BBC’s flagship Scottish football radio show to discuss his motion, an appearance that went so well that the BBC struck it out of their podcast and listen-again versions of the episode.

Mike
3 years ago

I saw his motion, it was trawling down the Clyde on MV. Garroch. Even the seagulls wouldn’t touch it…

Uibh fhaili
3 years ago

Ok dynamo where’s the f****n bus

jimmybee
3 years ago

Caption: Most powerful leaf blower ever destroys everything.

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

I’m getting pished & the rebs are on, if the neighbours don’t like it…..fuck off!

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