Posts by Mark

Celtic: “Already Bankrupt”?

By on Aug 30, 2013 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

Phew. When a club is £36m in debt, stoppage time winners against resilient Kazaks might have more than just its manager re-enacting the Olympic 100 metres hurdles final (well, OK, maybe the slowest of the heats) down strips of open Glasgow land. Try as I might, I can’t quite picture chief executive Peter Lawwell leaping about the place after Celtic qualified for the...

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“The Boys From The West Of Scotland Don’t Scare Easily”: Rangers At War

By on Aug 12, 2013 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

It comes to something when John Brown produces the most prescient analysis of your football club’s fortunes. Last summer, the ex-Rangers man told anyone who wanted to listen (and a fair few who didn’t) that he knew “what’s going on” at Rangers, in the early days of no-nonsense Yorkshireman Charles Green’s lively leadership. “What do you know, John?” an increasingly...

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Ken Bates Loses The Closest Thing He Ever Had To ‘Honour’

By on Aug 1, 2013 in Finance, Latest | 8 comments

It would be delicious if Kenneth William Bates’ career in football were to come crashing to an ignominious end because of a business deal double-cross. The prospect of one final day in court awaits Bates, if he is true to his word and sues Leeds United’s owners, Dubai-based ‘investment firm’ Gulf Finance House Capital (GFHC) – a subsidiary of the Bahrainian-based...

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Celtic’s Saturday Afternoon At Brentford

By on Jul 27, 2013 in Latest, Opinion | 6 comments

Apparently, last Saturday, I and hundreds of others went on a hooligan rampage and “destroyed” the West London suburb of Brentford, while attending a pre-season ‘friendly’ between weakened sides from Brentford’s League One club and current Scottish champions, Celtic. That last event was actually how I spent my Saturday afternoon; which I why I was very surprised to...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Final Days & A Final Say

By on Jul 17, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

FINAL: France 0 Uruguay 0 (AET, France win 4-1 on pens) 3RD PLACE PLAY-OFF: Ghana 3 Iraq 0 The best team over the whole tournament won. The two teams who beat pre-tournament favourites Spain contested the final. And the tournament entered the final with a three-goals-per-game average, almost unheard of in modern times. So the fact that said final was one of the...

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