No doubt you’ll have read or watched the media furore about the Paradise Papers, you documents telling us where the super rich and the Monarchy hide their/our money.
They are called Paradise Papers largely because the location of tax free shelters tend to be in the Caribbean, Bermuda, BVI and the like. Sometimes it’s Switzerland, Liechtenstein or even the Channel Islands.
Regardless of where they are the principle is still the same. To avoid paying tax.
Early on in the week it emerged the Queen, then Prince Charles both used these tax shelters to avoid paying tax in the UK. Yip, the money us poor subjects give to these greedy people, via taxation, is treated differently than the money we earn.
It then emerged an Irish citizen who happens to own a lot of shares in Celtic, used the Swiss tax shelter to avoid paying tax in an aviation company he owns. Perfectly legal. But the fact that Dermot Desmond does own shares in our club was enough for the BBC to try and associate his other business dealings with Celtic.
For negative purposes of course.
The piece by ‘investigative journalist’ Mark Daly, where he shoved a microphone into Mr Desmond’s face as he walked into Celtic Park, was nothing more than a stunt. But one that will spectacularly back fire on him and the bias institution he represents.
As the BBC is publicly funded, surely there has to be an obligation to be impartial. (no laughing at the back). Therefore, Mr Daly might be using the taxpayers money more efficiently should he ‘doorstep’ someone who’s avoiding UK tax, someone like New Oasis, the BVI based company that provides soft loans to Sevco.
He could also have taken a wee trip along the M8 to ask a Knight of the Realm about his offshore holdings or his tax dealings over the last 25 years. However Mr Murray is Teflon where these matters are concerned.
Or as they are taking a footballing angle on tax avoidance and evasion, they maybe, in the public interest ask how a former club paid ex-employees while working for other clubs, like Graeme Souness and Walter Smith. Or even expose the fraud committed by the club, Rangers, in trying to swindle both PSV Eindhoven and Everton out of money.
Now these are not wild accusations, and Mr Daly knows they’re not, as he was party to seeing the evidence. But someone at the BBC decided not to go ahead with the investigation. I wonder who?
For those of us of a certain age, the BBC bias against our club is nothing new. I’m sure there’s a wee song about their lack of interest in our club on our quest to become world club champions…
It’s true, there’s just no stopping this record breaking run of Celtic’s. Not even a ‘mystery illness’ could stop this footballing juggernaut steam rolling it’s way to 63 games without defeat.
You see, if you look at the players and the manager on Saturday afternoon at Perth you’d never know anything was wrong. They just went about their business as usual.
But on Friday night at the team hotel in Dunblane, eight members of the party, including Brendan Rodgers, failed to show for their evening meal.
The reason given wasn’t specific, but a ‘bug’ has been attributed to those involved.
Celtic and/or Brendan Rodgers could easily have leaked the situation to the SMSM, therefore giving themselves an ‘alibi’ should the record come to an end against St Johnstone the following lunchtime.
But that’s not our style.
The manager sent out his team to do a job, and they duly obliged. No excuses needed.
Looks like it’ll take more than a ‘bug’ to stop these record breakers..
Celtic Football Club are a shining example to all, on and off the park. The club is a well oiled machine that have a vision while not forgetting it’s roots. Through careful fiscal management, we generate millions of pounds in revenue, without having to rely on third party loans.
Our sponsorship deals are the best in Scottish football, all conducted with the utmost integrity. For any business looking to put money into our game, associating yourself with Celtic makes good sense. Our accounts are published on time, not hid away on a Friday night and are there for full public scrutiny.
We don’t need any public relations favours or stunts. Transparency is practiced at Celtic Park, not simply used as a buzz word to gain power.
Our charity arm, largely thanks to the help and fundraising of our fantastic support, have donated millions of pounds to good causes, local and world wide. Whenever there’s a natural disaster, the Celtic Foundation are the first to make a pledge. Again, showing the same ethos as our founding fathers, to look after those most in need.
While the Foundation do great work, they are not alone. The Green Brigade also do fantastic work with their foodbank collections. Although given the press they receive, you’d think they were robbing the people they help!
Celtic fans put more money into Scottish football than any other club. By shear numbers, the money we generate for the game and the economy is very often overlooked, particularly with the way many of us are treated, simply because we are football fans.
Amazingly it takes media and authorities from outside of the country we play in to recognise our contribution. The award for the Best Fans In The World is testament to that.
On the park, Celtic are envied for the records we consistently break.
Yesterday, we broke our own 100-year old record of consecutive domestic games without defeat, by winning 4-0 at Perth, a feat that others have tried without success. To go 63 games without loss is an amazing achievement, to do so in three different competitions is even harder.
Of course the knockers and whiners will try to belittle the record, citing the standard of opposition, yet the main detractors couldn’t achieve the same feat while playing against joiners and plumbers.
Instead of moaning and bitching, they be better spending their time trying to emulate Celtic. We are the example to follow, but the parochial nature of our opponents and authorities in this country tells me they don’t have the guts to take on the challenge.
They’d much rather greet about it…
It seems since Brendan Rodgers walked through the doors at Celtic Park, all his team does is break records!
In an incredible first season, his Bhoys finished with all three domestic trophies taking residence in the Paradise trophy room, with little sign they’ll be moving anytime soon.
Today, after 62 domestic games his charges travel up to Perth, to take on a misfiring St Johnstone side that will no doubt kick everything that moves in an attempt to halt the Hoops creating a record of their own.
Saints manager Tommy Wright is never shy from accusing officials of bias towards the Champions, usually in an attempt to deflect from a defeat, but his selective memory tends to ignore any decisions that go his way.
Should the Champions avoid defeat at McDairmid Park, therefore beating the clubs own 100 year undefeated record this lunchtime, be prepared for little mention of the outstanding feat as the SMSM either focus on the reaction of the home manager of the ‘interrupted’ minutes silence, the Perth side so hastily arranged.
It appears for Celtic, and our fantastic support, to get the any real recognition we have to look beyond these shores to the continent where prejudices don’t matter.
For the Bhoys and Ghirls who are lucky enough to attend today’s game, savour the occasion, you could be witnessing history in the making….again!
Personally, I thought Celtic were brilliant against Bayern Munich at a packed Paradise last night. After the media slaughtering we took from the first game in Munich, the Bhoys responded magnificently.
We competed for every ball, created chances and showed a real composure on the ball that will stand us in good stead for our upcoming games in Europe.
As Brendan had already said, he wants Celtic to play OUR way, no matter the opposition.
Sure Bayern had long spells of possession, but you expect that of a side with their pedigree and talent. I’ve said it before, they have the squad good enough to go all the way and win the trophy. Well that’s what they’re hoping anyway…
Celtic on the other hand have a different target, Europe after Christmas.
And on last night’s showing, we should reach our target, because if we play only half was well against Anderlecht, as we did against Bayern, we’ll go into the Europa League quite comfortably.
Although we lost the game 2-1, there were plenty of positives to take from it. The performances of James Forrest, Kieran Tierney, Callum McGregor and of course captain Scott Brown, all Scots incidentally, were outstanding. The pass from Jamesy to Callum for our goal was sublime.
And like any game, the goals we lost could have been avoided.
Dedryck Boyata should have just cleared his lines for the first goal. Having said that, Coman did handle the ball before scoring, yet both the goal line assistant and the linesman failed to see it. I often wonder what the extra officials actually do?
The second goal, well it was a great cross and header, so I might be a bit over critical here but stopping the cross is imperative. But you can’t argue with a nice piece of skill.
I was intrigued however by BT Sports aftermatch interview of Jamesy and Callum.
When asked about the game, Jamesy commented that we’d lost ‘two sloppy goals’, but failed to mention the missed chances of Stuart Armstong and Moussa Dembele.
I’m sure if we take those chances it would have been a different game. So, if you’re going to take the credit, you’ve got to share the blame…it’s a team game after all.
It’s very rare that Celtic play any sort of game at home and we’re the underdogs.
Tonight, we meet German giants Bayern Munich, in game four of this season’s Champions League at what’s sure to be a bouncing Celtic Park.
Our previous encounter in Munich a fortnight ago, left the Bhoys reeling after a comprehensive three nil defeat, with only the SMSM drooling about the result. When you consider the chances the home side had, 3-0 wasn’t that bad a scoreline.
Just to clutch at a couple of straws from the game, Broonie and Stuart Armstrong were just returning from injury, and we had a perfectly good goal by Scott Sinclair disallowed near the end of the game. Consolation or not, it should have stood.
Anyway, that’s in the past.
This evening our task will be no less daunting, and to put things into perspective, Bayern enter the Champions League with a view to winning the trophy, Celtic on the other hand, have a reasonable ambition to play in Europe after Christmas.
Achieving that would be progress for Brendan and the Bhoys.
Whether we can take any points tonight remains to be seen. Both teams have injuries, although the impact on the respective squads tells its own story.
But who knows? Over the years Celtic have hosted numerous ‘big name’ European opponents, including Bayern Munich, and done very well. This Halloween, Celtic might just give the Bavarians a fright….
Brendan Rodgers chose to shuffle his pack for Saturday’s home league fixture with Kilmarnock. The team had just won through to a League Cup final on the previous Saturday, after disposing of a dogged Hibs side, followed by the best performance at Pittodrie for decades, a 3-0 win on the Wednesday night.
With one eye on tomorrow’s Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich, the manager gave starting places to Kristoffer Ajer, Paddy Roberts, Olivier Ntcham, Eboue Kouassi and young Mikey Johnston.
By changing so many of the personnel, there was always going to be an interruption in fluency from the Aberdeen game. Brendan knew how Stevie Clarke would set up his Kilmarnock team. Basically coming to Celtic Park to park the bus.
He’s not the first manager to do so, and he won’t be the last.
Although it’s not pretty, it’s up to us to break them down, which can be hell of a frustrating at times, something the manager appreciates, probably more so than the fans, who’s expectation at times is questionable.
Celtic did break through the packed Killie defence just before half-time when Leigh Griffiths latched on to a superb Kouassi pass, to nutmeg the advancing Jamie McDonald. Unfortunately, the Bhoys couldn’t hold on to the lead and Killie equalised in the second half.
The stats from the game showed Celtic had 63% possession, 20 attempts on goal, with 7 on target. But only one goal to show for it. Our only blemish was not getting that all important winning goal.
However, the 1-1 draw meant that this Celtic team under Brendan Rodgers had achieved something other great Celtic sides, including the Lisbon Lions under Jock Stein, couldn’t. That was to go a record equaling 62 domestic matches undefeated.
Judging by the reception the manager and the players received at the end of the game, I can only assume those who couldn’t be bothered to show their appreciation of the feat are taking too much for granted.
Maybe they were in the huff because we didn’t win?
Since the game I’ve heard and read all sorts of rubbish about the game, mostly disagreeing with the manager because he dared give players who need it, time on the park!
In the same week the fans are officially recognised as the best in the world, a few can’t be bothered getting behind the team because beating the traffic is more important….
I suppose every family has them.
Well, I suppose it was good while it lasted. The tenure of the Poundland Mourinho finally came to an end yesterday when the high heid yins at Ibrox couldn’t take any more of the laughing and joking from the Celtic support.
Pedro, a man of many languages, though none of them is English I’m sure, fell on his sword after his side failed to beat Kilmarnock at the Bigotdome on Wednesday night. The game finished 1-1 and the last six minutes could quite easily have summed up the Portuguese’s time in Scotland.
With the points in the bag, and a soft penalty to take, Sevco somehow managed to make a complete arse of seeing the game out. Sunday’s victim/villain, Daniel ‘Candyman’ Candeias stroke the penalty so close to the Killie keeper Jamie McDonald, he hardly had to move to save it.
But he did, then started the move that led to the equaliser, by former Rangers (IL) player Chris Burke.
In between times, Ryan Jack took a kick at another former player of the old club, Kirk Broadfoot, to get himself sent off for the fourth time in twelve months! Now just image the SMSM uproar if that was, say Broonie for instance!!
Anyway, back the Pedro.
I doubt if we’ll get as many laughs at the next mug to take the managers job at Ibrox. Unless he stays firmly on message and repeats everything PR ‘guru’ Jim ‘Jabba’ Traynor tells him. Like he has the best squad in Scotland, and repeats time and again the ‘they are the people’.
However, I doubt if Tina Turner will be getting any airtime on the Bigot Bus anytime soon, as Chris Sutton seems to have rendered that particular song null and void for the Sevconians….
So sadly, the Ringmaster has left the big top. But the Sevco circus keeps rolling on, with of course, a fantasizing media that have spent the last few weeks recruiting EBT recipients, one after another, ready to tell us how badly our game needs a strong ‘Rangers’.
The sense of entitlement oozes from every pore of them and their support, ready and willing to believe every word these chancers utter. We’ve been here before. Not one of these fantasists even remotely pays attention to what’s going on behind the scenes at ‘Dave King’s Penniless Pound’.
But it doesn’t matter, as far as they’re concerned, ‘the show must go on’, as long as they don’t have to pay for it….
When will it ever end? Never hopefully! Apart from the everyday feeling of being blessed to support such fantastic club, the fact that we as a support are recognised the world over is tantamount to the effect we have on football.
For many years now, famous footballers from ALL the big clubs throughout the game have paid glowing tributes to the amazing atmosphere they’ve experienced at Celtic Park.
Such is the reputation of Paradise, especially on a European night, world famous players who haven’t yet played at the Holy Ground express their wishes to get a chance to sample the wonderful aura of a packed Celtic Park.
And the people who make is so special, you and me, the Celtic support, were rightly rewarded with the ‘FIFA Best Fans In The World’ award at the London Palladium last night.
Picking up the award on behalf of the fans was chairman Ian Bankier, and the Celtic SLO, John Paul Taylor. JP, as he’s know to the rest of the support, was beaming like a Cheshire cat as he posed with the trophy. If there’s a supporter who deserved to receive the accolade on behalf of the fans, then it JP.
A real gent and a great Celtic supporter.
Of course, the award isn’t the first the fans have received from football’s governing bodies. In 2003, the Bhoys and Ghirls were presented with the Fair Play award from both FIFA & UEFA in recognision of the fantastic support of the team in Seville for the 2003 UEFA Cup Final.
An estimated 80,000 fans travelled to Andalucia in the South of Spain to see Celtic take on Porto, still the largest cross continent exodus of football fans recorded.
These are great times for Celtic and the fans that make the club what it is. And with a BetFred Cup Final to look forward to on 26 November against Motherwell, there could be even more trophies in the cabinet before the end of the year!
Winning a cup semi-final is always special, winning after scoring four goals adds to the achievement but when your third and fourth goals are scored by a substitute, then that’s icing on the cake!
However, the goal scoring substitute wasn’t just any old player, it was the big game hunter himself Moussa Dembele.
Since pulling a hamstring in the semi-final of last years Scottish Cup semi-final, Moussa has been on a long road to recovery, nurtured all the way by Brendan and his medical team.
Over the last few weeks, he’s gradually got more game time, and last week in Munich you could see his movement, touch and strength returning.
So much so, you sort of knew when Moussa was introduced as a second half substitute for the tired Leigh Griffiths on Saturday, he would make a difference. In all fairness to Leigh, he’s played so much football, with club and internationals these last few weeks. he must be glad to an extent to have some help up front.
It’s difficult when you’re the one expected to score in every game, especially at a club like Celtic.
The timing of Moussa’s return couldn’t be any better for the Bhoys either, with Saturday’s semi-final followed by a top of the table clash with Aberdeen on Wednesday, then a home game against Kilmarnock, before we entertain Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
These are the type of games Dembele thrives in. His record in the ‘big games’ is superb. The bigger the occasion, the more chance he’ll score.
Whether Brendan will take the chance of starting Moussa on Wednesday remains to be seen, but he will be involved at some point. He’s gradually getting back to full fitness and there’s nothing better than scoring goals to give any striker a boost.
Welcome back the big game Bhoy!