Celtic concluded a very successful AGM yesterday.
Perhaps the strangest occurrence was that Peter Lawwell defended the Green Brigade from a hostile question from the floor.
File under the law of unintended consequences, but more on that later.
The AGM of Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) will be held on Friday 25th Inst.
This is good timing as it happens BEFORE the court case with General Ashley.
This allows any questions from the floor apropos this matter to be kicked into touch.
I am told that there is high-Level conclave next Wednesday to walk through the AGM script.
Undoubtedly there will be a series pre-planned softball questions loyally delivered from the floor.
If there are any intrepid stenographers out there who want to try this journalism lark, then they should contact the Scottish Champions.
Ask them the following:
Have you compiled assessment of the costs for the repair of the toilets at Celtic Park that were damaged by visiting fans in the match held on Saturday, September 10th?
Have you provided that to The Rangers Football Club Limited?
Has that football club responded to your missive?
Has payment been agreed?
Has payment been received?
I am told that this sort of unfortunate occurrence is dealt with on the basis of goodwill between the clubs involved.
For example, I understand that Celtic immediately settled with Motherwell FC after this shameful vandalism in December 2013.
For the avoidance of doubt, if you don’t think it IS shameful vandalism then have a word with your politically motivated self.
Statement to follow…
The prosaic truth might be that the Engine Room Subsidiary just doesn’t have the cash to settle the bill for the damaged toilets.
I understand that at a recent conclave of the Sevco High Command one of the more professionally qualified directors asked if the payout to Monsieur Joey had fekked the RIFC published accounts.
I think he already knew the answer to that one, but he just wanted his concerns minuted.
Like a new series on ‘In the thick of it’ the Holding Company Vehicle’s intergalactic PR guru currently struts around like he is the de facto CEO.
It is my sad duty to relate that the bromance between a scrupulously honest South African based entrepreneur and an immaculately coiffed functionary appears now to have cooled.
All very sad.
Mr Stewart Robertson remains the only guy inside the Sevco tent who actually knows what it takes to run a senior football club, even a four-year-old one.
I do hope that Mr David Cunningham King will make the AGM, even if he doesn’t fly First Class from South Africa.
The scrupulously honest businessman always lends a certain Churchillian gravitas to any Sevco event.
Across the City of Glasgow, the situation could not be more different.
Spurred on by dignified celebrations at Hampden last April Mr Dermot Desmond is now more hands on at Celtic than he has been at any time since he intervened and appointed Martin O’Neill as manager in June 2000.
Remember those unintended consequences?
Well at the web summit last week I spoke with a Middle East based journo and his scéal tied in with what I had already heard on my own island.
It would appear that the Palestinian flag display by the Green Brigade caught the attention of some royal chaps in the United Arab Emirates.
Following on from that, the funding raising for Palestinian charities to match the fine imposed on Celtic by UEFA really struck a chord.
Now, undoubtedly some intrepid stenographer will be right onto this tip, as we all know how they love stories about billionaires and football clubs in Scotland.
I’m sure that they will forensically fact check this one.
If they don’t know how to do that, then they can contact me.
I’m happy to take them through the process.
In a crazy year, 2016 could be the one where the Green Brigade inadvertently opens a new revenue stream for Celtic.
The details are yet to be worked out, but let’s say that I am very sure that a branch of a Middle Eastern Royal family has recently fallen in love with Celtic for the reasons outlined.
What I am convinced of is that the door is unlocked if people in the Parkhead boardroom want to push it open.
The modalities of this investment are yet to be worked out.
It could be stadium naming rights.
Well, it is Paradise…
FOOTBALL BLOGGING AWARDS 2016
The doors will be open soon at Old Trafford, and I’m sorry that I can’t be there tonight.
It is a testament to the loyal readership of this site that for the second year in a row I have been voted as a finalist.
I hope the evening goes well and the best wishes to all the finalists.
To all of you who voted for me in both rounds míle buíochas.