When you look at it, the man in charge of Sevco, Dave King, and his counterpart in charge of the US, Donald Trump, they have a lot more in common than you might first think.
Both made their money out of capitalist systems that exploit the poor, and ethnic sections of society, in King’s case with the help of an apartheid regime. Although that wasn’t enough for him, he decided to try and cheat the South African taxman, but was caught.
His ‘favourable settlement’ included paying £41M to stay out of jail.
Like Trump, he hasn’t an ounce of diplomacy or decency in his body, and just talks any old pish to get himself in the media. His recent rant about Celtic’s title winning was nothing more than a smokescreen.
Again. like his ‘orange’ friend over the pond, his business dealings are usually short of detail, but when scrutinised, fall short of the hype received by an obedient press. King’s supposed kicking of billionaire Mike Ashley’s ass was in fact just another scam to make him look good to the Gullibears.
When you look under the hood at the deal, Sevco were due to pay for unsold stock, something they would be unlikely to do, Ashley wanted out, got 27.5p per share, netting him a cool £2m, also got himself out of a place he didn’t want to be, while the loyal numpies were sold a lie, buying old stock, that will put very little for the Ibrox coffers.
To justify the tale, King even brought the Sevco SLO into the frame by getting him to tweet the club had missed the deadline to register a new strip with the SPFL, even though that ‘deadline’ is this week. The Billy Liars strike again!
But the comparisons with the POTUS doesn’t stop there.
King, like Donald, has a habit of forgetting his lies. He’s previously told his followers, while a kid in Glasgow’s Castlemilk, his policeman father didn’t approve of football, only to claim later he was very much part of a ‘Rangers’ family growing up. Make your mind up Dave!
While Trump is being investigated by the US authorities on a number of issues, and quite rightly so, King is allowed a free ride in Scotland to say and do as he wishes. His various comments on our club and the game in general are tantamount to bringing the game into disrepute, but no one on the 6th floor at Hampden has batted an eyelid.
And last but not least, both Dave King and Donald Trump appeal to the dregs of society. A section of the population that are predominately racist, bigoted and without doubt dumb.
Easily led, they hang on to the every word of their ‘leader’ as if they’re being taken on some wonderful journey of domination.
The outside, normal world, know nothing could be further from the truth. Donald and Dave, are both joke figures to the sane people in society, and will fall flat on their faces, humiliated and chastised. It’s only a matter of time…
It doesn’t matter what industry you operate in, if you’re the governing body, you MUST show leadership and strength of conviction, otherwise you’ll be walked all over.
By climbing down to the Orange Order and Linfield’s sectarian preferences, UEFA have shown themselves to be weak and easily manipulated.
They are quick to enforce the rules when it suits them, as Celtic have seen in past years, so when the draw for the potential meeting of the Hoops and the North of Ireland champions came about, the game fixture should have been reversed, with the first leg coming to Celtic Park, on the 11th or 12 of July.
Champions League matches are ALWAYS played on a Tuesday or Wednesday, so why should Celtic be forced to play on a Friday to accommodate the sectarian celebrations of the bigoted Orange Order?
Celtic, by refusing tickets for the game at Windsor Park are now caught in a crossfire from fans who want to attend the match. I can understand both sides of the argument, Hoops fans who live in the city know more about Belfast than most.
At the same time Celtic have to look after the safety not only of the fans, but the team too.
Like years before, the board should have dug their heels in, and insisted the first leg be played in Glasgow. I’m sure they’ve got more sway than Linfield in these matters.
Ultimately, UEFA have pandered to the sectarian OO and their ‘culture’ of celebrating the slaughter of Catholics. Just like their Scottish counterparts, the SFA, they wouldn’t know leadership if it bit them on the arse.
Yesterday’s announcement, for want of a better word, from the Messiah Dave King, that the new club in Govan have secured a wonderful new deal to sell and distribute replica shirts with Sports Direct, was met with a media fawning not seen since the heydays of Minty’s empire!
It was like rolling back the years, without the ASDA price….
As always, the succulent lamb brigade took the career criminal totally at face value, and never dared once to ask for any detail about this proposed new super deal. Why would they, it was press release heaven for the laptop loyal.
If they had taken the time to look under the bonnet,for even a split second, and asked themselves, ‘why would a bona-fide Billionaire Mike Ashley, renegotiate an iron clad contract in favour of a glib and shameless liar’, then they might have been able to put some meat on the bones of the ‘new deal’.
Instead of creaming themselves over ‘net profits’, ‘bigger than Manchester United’, blah, blah, blah, they would probably have found that selling shirts, makes more sense than having to pay for unsold shirts, as the ‘previous’ deal stated.
Having to pay for unsold stock might have pushed the cash stricken club, who King admitted himself, were dependent on soft loans, (you know the ones, where it’s debt but it’s not debt, wink, wink) that bit closer to the admin door, therefore big Mick might not get ANY money for the stock.
As per usual, the Gullibears have bought King’s spiel hook, line and sinker. Bad Mike is now good Mike.
Social media, and the phone-ins were packed with the deluded telling us the good old days were back. (I’m sure we’ve heard this before somewhere) With radio pundits joining in the celebrations, of course…
I’m just wondering if that would that be back to the days of having mega cash rich merchandise deals, with money flowing into Ibrox, yet you still decided to cheat the tax man and Scottish Football? Canny wait…
The ‘dilemma’ of Celtic travelling to Belfast on the 12th of July to play in the first leg second qualifying round of this years UEFA Champions League, really shouldn’t be an issue at all.
As it’s a UEFA tournament, what the governing body say invariably goes.
Ultimately, if a team cannot guarantee the safety of their opponents and their supporters, in this case Linfield, the question has to be asked if they should be allowed to participate in the tournament at all?
And while we’re on the subject, the fact the game has to be moved should force UEFA to look further into the reasons why.
Sectarian and racist parades in Belfast are being given priority over the game itself. For an organisation that, when it suits, prides itself in it’s ‘No to Racism’ campaigns, year in year out, they are being dictated to by a club that would rather put it’s bigoted ways first.
Should a club with such values be allowed to play in ANY UEFA tournament?
It’s up to UEFA to do the right thing, having said that, at Celtic, we’ve already had experience of trusting the governing body before only to be ‘disappointed’, namely in 1974 and 1984.
Common sense doesn’t always prevail….
At many clubs there’s a particular shirt number that’s iconic. At Celtic, it is of course the number seven.
Our greatest player Jimmy Johnstone, more often than not wore the famous number seven, and the King of Kings, Henrik Larsson, the super Swede became the magnificent seven, in ironically, his seven years at the club.
Others have followed in their footsteps but none of the successors, Juninho, Zurawski, McDonald, Keane, Ljundberg, Miku or Ciftci have reached anywhere near the heights of Jinky or Henke.
is it the case of trying to be someone else rather than themselves that hinders their progress, or is it the fact there are no players who can come close to those two footballing giants of Celtic?
Maybe a bit of both.
So what about other numbers? Yesterday, new signing Jonny Hayes was given the number 15 shirt for the new season, the same shirt worn by Kris Commons these last six years.
Kris won many trophies in the Hoops, including five league titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup. He also won the both Player of the Year awards in 2013/14.
His shirt will take some filling, but is it really his shirt? Will Jonny Hayes want to be the ‘new Kris Commons’? Or the ‘replacement’ for Paddy Roberts? In fact, will Jonny want to be the new anyone?
I doubt it very much.
Brendan Rodgers signed Jonny from Aberdeen because of who, and what he is. A versatile, left footed midfielder with a good engine on him, and an eye for goal.
And that’s ALL that counts…
Today’s Champions League draw threw up a potential football time bomb with the prospect of Celtic having to play against Linfield in Belfast on the 12th July, Moussa Dembele’s birthday!
The time and date of the game will be arranged only if the team from the North beat San Marino minnows La Fiorita.
If the game does go ahead on the 11th or 12th of July, what kind of ‘welcome’ will the Scottish Treble winners receive from the home team.
Will it be the same kind of Windsor Park welcome Mark Warburton and his team received when they were ‘treated’ to a flute band giving it their sectarian best, ignoring the fact the visitors had several Catholics in their team?
And will they pose for photographs after the match, again like they did this time last year? And will they meet a side, as good as the one described by one of the Linfield officials as the ‘best Rangers side he’d ever seen’. I’m sure the official in question was called Stevie….
All joking aside. This is probably the worst draw Celtic could have wished for. We don’t want or need to be drawn into a Bigotfest to suit the loyalists who support Linfield.
The Police, maybe even UEFA, if they’ve any sense, will arrange the games so as to provoke as little reaction as possible.
It’ll be a powder keg regardless, so it’s really up to those responsible to diffuse it as soon as they can..
I always find the transfer window as a time when normal, rational fans lose some of their marbles!
It happens twice a year without fail. Supporters suddenly go from joiners, plumbers, shop assistants etc, etc to CEO’s, scouts, accountants, managers and agents.
It’s quite funny to watch.
ITK (in the know fans) tell us such and such will be signing, on x per week, for y years, which creates a frenzy of ‘he’s not good enough’, ‘what a signing’ and/or ‘believe it when I see it’ responses.
Either way, most of the time it’s all speculation, usually coming from the SMSM who need to sell papers regardless of the validity of the story. We’ve already heard from an ‘award winning’ churnalist telling us they’ll print whatever they like about us, because it sells.
They, like the ITK’s very rarely get it right.
And while it’s quite amusing listening to fans debate the lies, I find the best time to praise or complain about new signings, is when they appear at Celtic Park with a scarf or strip with their name on it.
At the end of the day, Celtic very rarely do their business in full view of the media, they’re to busy working on deals to make our team stronger and better. It’s their jobs.
Jobs for the Bhoys if you like….
These days, sponsorship is crucial to every football club. You’ll find lists of sponsors in every match day programme, sponsors of first team kits, jersey placement, lounges, stadiums, sections of grounds etc.
Virtually everything you can imagine has room for sponsorship.
Obviously the most common is the team sponsor. In Celtic’s case this is currently Magners, the Irish Cider maker. The money they put into the club will dwarf anything on offer to any other club in Scotland.
This year has been an absolute bumper for the company’s relationship with Celtic.
A treble winning, InVIncible season that no one could have forecast, along with the 50th Anniversary commemoration of the Lisbon Lions, has kept the club at the forefront of Scottish football.
And Magners, quite rightly, capitalised on the feel good vibes around the club, by introducing a limited edition case of Irish Cider commemorating Celtic’s greatest ever achievement in 1967. Such is the demand they’ve had to stock up more supplies to cope, with more available in the Celtic Superstore.
Contrast the return Magners get from their sponsorship of the best run club in the country, to the shambles across the city, where betting firm 32Red reluctantly renewed their sponsorship of Sevco’s kit, knowing fine well there’s a fan boycott of the replica tops.
I wouldn’t like to be the marketing director of 32Red when it’s pointed out to him Magners get a better deal from boxes of cider, than they do for shirt sales at Ibrox….
Football fans are fickle, to say the least, and some among our own support certainly fit that description.
With the Bhoys heading back to training on Monday, except those who had or have international commitments, the faithful are getting a bit irritable with the lack of movement into Celtic Park.
That situation took a turn for the worst with the news that Celtic and Paddy Roberts WON’T be an item next season. As yet no one has heard from Kieran Tierney, who’s sure to take the news worse than the average fan!
I think the influx of Galacticos over in Govan has made matters worse, or it could be there’s a section of the support who are glass half empty anyway.
However, Jonny Hayes has had a medical and is about to become a Celtic player. The versatile Dubliner is NOT a replacement for anyone, he’s here because Brendan and his staff think he can do a job for us.
There is no doubt others will follow him to Paradise, but only when the time is right.
It would be easy to follow the same pattern as close seasons before and bring in players who’ll bolster the squad but not the team. That just isn’t going to happen under Brendan.
So finding, and agreeing terms with players and clubs for the better quality than our Invincibles is going to take time. I’m sure there is plenty going on behind the scenes.
Personally, I take little notice of the speculation, maybe it’s an age thing, until the club have a presser and the player has a Celtic scarf in his mitts!
In Brendan we trust….
The news of Jonny Hayes* becoming Brendan Rodgers first addition of the summer with Ryan Christie reportedly going back on loan for the season, is further evidence of the boss shuffling his pack for the new campaign.
Hayes, who scored the Dons only goal against Celtic in the Scottish Cup Final a couple of weeks ago, is a versatile player who can play in midfield or at full back if needed. Although not the ‘marquee’ signing everyone hoped for, Hayes, a Dublin born Celtic fan, has worked with manager before as a Bhoy at Reading, so the gaffer knows what he’s getting.
On the same day, Scott Allan signed a season loan deal at Dundee in a bid to get some regular football under his belt, with a view to catching Brendan’s eye. When the former Hibs man was asked if he’d regretted signing for the Hoops, Allan said he’d no regrets, adding he’d won a a medal in his first season, and has learned so much under the gaffer.
With Efe Ambrose off to Hibs, Kris Commons at the end of his contract, Eoghan O’Connell away to Bury, I’m sure there will be further loan deals or outgoings in the next few weeks.
I can’t see Nadir Ciftci, Saidy Janko or Gary Mackay-Steven featuring much in the coming season, even with a view to getting them game time, the likelihood of any of the three holding down a place in the team is remote, although you never know, the same could have been said about Dedryck Boyata last season!
I think it’s fair to say we’ll be linked with plenty more players in the coming weeks, but the one that would make the support so happy is of course Partick Roberts. Fingers crossed….
*just a wee note, when Hayes scored against Celtic on our last visit to Pittodrie I remember saying he was one of the few players on the park who could have scored that type of goal. Let’s hope he scores a few like it for the Hoops.