Barmy Ibrox Fans Are Pushing That Idea That Celtic Are Tied Up In The Man City Scandal.

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Ibrox fans have proposed a bizarre theory in relation to the Manchester City saga; that Celtic are somehow involved in it with them and that the investigation could somehow wind its way back to Parkhead and see us sanctioned by the SFA and UEFA.

You have to admit; this is fantastic.

I love it when some of these muppets go full-on lunatic and start with this kind of nonsense. This is The Unseen Hand again, forever with its fingers around the controls of football, politics and global finance, all hell-bent on keeping their club down.

The logic of their position is stupefying. That Celtic’s “links” with City enabled us to hire Ange, one of the City Group managers. That we have been somehow involved in helping boost their balance sheet with the signings of such players as Daniel Arzani and Olivier Ntcham. That Lawwell Jnr. might be under investigation for his own role.

None of that makes a bit of sense. It is warped.

Those pushing it belong in the Hidden Hills asylum, and I might do a piece on that if this barmy idea spreads into the mainstream, where doubtless some of the hacks would absolutely love to be able to put it.

But none of it stands up to the remotest scrutiny.

Is every club which hired someone from City, or bought a player from them, subject to investigation? This is about sponsorship deals and other forms of financial doping; we didn’t enable City to win a title by buying its French midfielder for £4 million. It’s not even a drop in the bucket to a club their size and with their spending power.

That single deal might have filled the petty cash box for a day, but that’s about it.

None of Celtic’s other “City Group links” are remotely connected to this. The whole investigation centres on the EPL club, not any of its subsidiary organisations in distant lands. There are no links to the American team, where Deila went. No links to Japan, where Ange managed as part of their stable. None of this even relates to the current timeframe.

The timeframe in question is from season 2009-10 to season 2017-18; Ange’s move to Celtic is obviously not in that period no matter how much these people might wish they could twist reality to somehow fit it in there, and of course we didn’t hire him from Manchester City.

Mark Lawwell was not involved in sponsorships or financing. He was a scout. He worked on the football department, not as part of the money team. So it’s difficult to see where he could possibly be tied into this, in any way, shape or form.

Earlier on today I wrote about the SFA’s refusal to investigate the events of the EBT years. Yet Ibrox fans have long been convinced that their club suffered some draconian punishment and undeserved fate, and ever since the 2012 liquidation of their former club they have yearned for something to arise which sweeps over Celtic like a tidal wave.

But we are a well-run football club. We have cash in the bank. We have bankable assets on the pitch. We are insured against disaster. We can borrow money if we need to. And we play it straight. We don’t hide contracts, field ineligible players, cook our books and we’re not sugar-daddy owned and artificially inflating sponsorship deals.

We’re not the ones, if I may be so bold as to say so, getting “loans” from directors and signing commercial deals with companies owned by our own chairman.

If investigators should be digging for similar scandals in Scotland, it’s not Celtic Park they’d be looking at.

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  • Kevan McKeown says:

    One of my favourite 80’s films ‘The ninth configuration’ directed by the brilliant William Peter Blatty, couldnae match that institution and elements of its support for mind-blowin viewpoints or logic. They’re fuckin nuts man.

  • GazMondo says:

    Their desperation to see us suffer a similar fate to their own in going under is their main pre-occupation. That’s why they are all so obsessed with all things Celtic Boys Club, they are hoping with all their fingers and conjoined toes crossed, that we somehow drown in financial hardship brought on by a key event. The situation with City has some parallels with the decade of EBT cheating in the sense that instead of side letters, there has been Middle Eastern side companies paying part of the players wages. As you’ve said, there also appears to have been over inflation of the value of sponsorship deals which seems like basic fraud but in the warped zombie mind, any dealings we’ve had with the club will be suspect. Wishful thinking from a desperate lot.

  • Ian Mcguigan says:

    I hope our fans don’t give Douglas Ross a hard time on Saturday evening just because he’s the leader of the Tories in Scotland and backing everything that’s bad about that horrible party. 4 jobs Dougie wouldn’t like to be shouted at.

  • Martin says:

    Hey, lunatic as it is… At least it stops them (temporarily) salivating over child abuse. Maybe even long enough for them to realise how abhorrent that line of thinking is.

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  • Johnny Green says:

    And they call us paranoid, the loonies have definitely taken over the big hoose asylum.

  • Peter cassidy says:

    City could be in real trouble if all these charges are true but then again football is such a corrupt business a big fine and told you naughty boys don’t get caught again cheating.The other tripe from the bigots is just that tripe.

  • Davie says:

    Celtic are up front and publish their books on time.
    The Rangers delay the publication until a feel good factor arises to camouflage the shortfall.
    Celtic are self sufficient.
    The Rangers are surviving by directors putting up loan after loan, they are then paid back by receiving shares, which are worthless.
    So any investigations need to go through ibrox doors regarding financial fair play, Eufa are on to it but the SFA once again refuse to intervene, make up your own mind on the reasoning behind that.

  • Effarr says:

    They’ll be accusing Ken Barlow and his Uncle Albert next of being entangled in it.

  • Thomas Daly says:

    Where does 2012 get its money from or where does it go,HMRC ANYONE!

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