Pushing pause for a while

You will have read the Aberdeen FC statement by now.
I thought it was good, agenda free and straight to the point,,the point being we have a projected 5 million shortfall, what now?
At least we have a solid figure out there to deal with, fairplay to them for the transparency.
But it does beg one hell of a question they and all will be asking,, what now?



The known knowns are we have one of the leagues bigger clubs declaring a 5million sized hole,, another that had previously announced they need 10 million to keep the lights on before all this malarkey began,, one with a bulging bank account to match the trophy room, and finally one that has offered half your wages or the door.
As for the intentions regarding the rest of the top flight clubs who knows, but there will be zero good news from them.


The SPL and SFA thus find themselves in a quandary. They aren’t responsible for their member clubs debt personally, nor do they have any obligation to accept its members debts upon disaster. They aren’t going to be paying the wages of club playing squads full stop, and quick back of a fag packet calculations would show they are likely to have nowhere near that amount of rerserves for the top flight league, and the rest would surely have their hands out at the time screaming blue murder.
It still leaves us with the what now question.


I expect a solidarity payment being issued draining the organization’s funds in the main but they should stipulate that actual playing staff are to be taken care of as a priority out of that sum imo.
However with no one else to turn to and the associations unable to cover costs, logic dictates we see closures of clubs. This is likely to be a substantial number.
Right this very minute many stand in limbo through no part of their own, and need strong leadership and new regulations to deal with this event announced asap to bring some degree of clarity. And a little sanity.


New regulations are a must here. Previously the only way your club died was through mismanagement, that’s out the window here.
A whole new unimagined scenario just presented itself and our governing bodies are finding themselves looking at uncharted territory,, through no fault of their own. They will never be held responsible for the cause, but they will always be for the effects on their members here.
Common sense actions would be,,,
No points deduction for going under due to the virus.
Should any club resume operations at a later time they shall be regarded as resuming existence and not a new club, all history will be intact.


There simply must be a degree of flexibility granted here, and member clubs can ratify if thats what it takes, but some common sense must be used rather than holding the existing rulebook up as Gospel. The head honchos should be announcing such measures asap rather than having boardrooms everywhere full of already worried folk thinking their beloved club is about to die ( for the first time ever ) under their watch. All while they and everyone have huge real life issues staring them in the face!
That burden needs lifted, leeway needs granted.
Clubs need a way to push pause on their existence right now, not a straight choice of you live or die.
They must be offered that option.


The above is by Mahe. If you’re cooped up behind the keyboard why not hammer out an article for all and sundry to get their teeth into. We would be more than delighted to publish it. sentinelcelts@gmail.com
As a final bit of lighthearted fun, a cyber pint on its way to those who can identify the well known name in the red dickeybow, answer later in the day.

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Celtic plc hun lovin criminals
March 24, 2020 2:54 am


I posted a reply on the previous article.

Thanks Mahe & Bobby, your output & platform are greatly appreciated. HH?

March 24, 2020 2:59 am

You’re more than welcome Sir !

March 24, 2020 3:07 am

Afghan Lovin Crim
For an absolutely brilliant read check out Blessed. It’s George Best’s autobiog. Some of the stories are just unbelievable but it’s a superb retelling of his mental life. It’s a sad tale in the end up but what a life he had. Good night, mate, I’m hitting the sack soon.

March 24, 2020 3:18 am

MASH declares Sports Direct essential and orders staff in to work!
Gov should shut him and folk should boycott his stores now. Prick!

Puff puff
March 24, 2020 3:53 am

That young man looks like he’s from West Belfast and probably called Steven or Patrick or Decland ….the beat goes on .

Big Audio Dynamite
March 24, 2020 4:02 am

Is the Bhoy with the pink(!) Bow tie Charlie Tully?

Edit: The more I look at the strips, the more I’m convinced it can’t be CPT

March 24, 2020 6:12 am


COVID-19 knows no boundaries. It has no prejudices. It will infect you regardless of race,colour or creed. It will infect you whether you are rich or poor,it simply doesn’t care. It’s The Great Leveller.

As in life,so in football. For the first time ever,all clubs are equal. On the field and off it. No-one is winning every week while others lose every week,no-one is coining it in while others struggle along on money raised in the occasional raffle.

There’s a big problem for the bigger clubs because their monthly fixed costs are far higher. So it’s the bigger clubs who will suffer most. The smaller clubs can,in fact,qualify for the wage relief offered by HM Gov,of 80% of income for their employees up to a total of £25k pa per each.

I reckon that without the variable costs of match hosting,etc,Celtic have a cost base of £4m a month. The board won’t be too chuffed at having to cough up with no income stream,but we will get through it based on that. Aberdeen said that they have £1.5m in the bank,which is a tidy sum,but it is only around four to six weeks of costs.

Yet they are in a better position,I reckon,than most of the rest of the top flight. As such,they will probably weather the storm,but in a severely depleted manner. Scott McKenna will be a £3m player at the end of this-if they are lucky.

We know about Rangers,but we have never figured out where their money is actually coming from in the first place,so for the purposes of this comment I’ll treat them as an outlier.

I reckon the rest of the full-time clubs are in serious trouble. The likes of Hearts and Hibs have bigger incomes than the rest,and spend accordingly. If their income is zero for any length of time,they are FUBAR’d. Motherwell,Kilmarnock,all the provincial teams,they will need a lottery win.

It is not an exaggeration to suggest that every full-time club in Scotland faces the prospect of administration. The longer the shutdown continues,the longer the list. The smaller clubs will mainly survive,as their income has always been negligible anyway.

March 24, 2020 6:30 am

As an analogy for what I’m trying to say,I remember as a kid getting a lecture on nuclear power from a friend of my Chemistry teacher,who was a smashing fella. He told us that the US was moving to Pressurised Water Reactors,but that he was happy that the UK was sticking with Magnox Reactors,despite the large differential in efficiency.

Foolishly I asked what the difference was. PWR uses water as a coolant while Magnox uses carbon dioxide,he replied. But carbon dioxide isn’t a coolant,so why would you use it,I asked.

You’ll gather his rely has stuck with me for the 40-odd years since. If we get a carbon dioxide leak,we have plenty of time to fix it because it is such an inefficient coolant anyway. If the Americans get a water leak,they won’t even have enough time to get out of the building.

That was about three years before Three Mile Island. And,like it,football everywhere is facing meltdown.

March 24, 2020 6:34 am


No,mate. Not Charles Patrick,my Dad’s favourite player. Roy Keane would be my guess. Probably around 8yo.

March 24, 2020 6:41 am


Happy to oblige,old bean. And thanks. As we keep saying,the site is only as good as its contributors.

And we’ve got some bloody good ones!

Big Audio Dynamite
March 24, 2020 6:44 am

Bobby, also looks like a young Frank “Squiggly” McGarvey

Big Audio Dynamite
March 24, 2020 6:51 am

I see loads of people are starting to state that “Something is really off here” not something they can put their finger on, just a feeling that they are not getting the whole truth.

Being a full-time carer of an 85yo, life just got a bit more complex. Add that to the fact my boy is with his mum and it’s gonna be hard to see him, means I’m not in the best mood today!

March 24, 2020 7:08 am

Just in case this information, helps your situation, in anyway.
For those Co-Parenting and worried about lockdown rules…
Moving under 18s from one parents house to another is classed as providing care/help to a vulnerable person.

March 24, 2020 7:09 am


Difficult times indeed,mate. Good luck with all of it.

My parents are either side of 80yo,and they may have a bigger problem than first realised. They’ve been pretty much self-isolating for about ten days following stringent “advice” from my sisters.

Apart from getting a new kitchen fitted! As you might guess,it isn’t finished yet. No worktops,not plumbed in,cooker and oven yet to arrive. Not good.

Anyway,I’m off to my cot soon. Promised to take two elderly friends shopping today at lunchtime as they are struggling. Im usually in my bed by then so need to split-shift my zeds.

On which,btw-kudos to BIGPACKY for above and beyond with the goat’s milk! Proud of ye,mate. You should have driven really fast on the way back those country lanes and delivered it as cheese. Smells awful,but wow,tastes great!

Pógmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles
March 24, 2020 7:12 am

I see Celtic PLC have already decided to capitalise on the situation and expect it to be ‘business as usual.’
Below is a copy of an email I received at 23:27 last night. Quite frankly I am disgusted at the PLC’s blatant marketing ploy and sent an email indicating so almost immediately.:

For over 130 years, the Club and our fans have faced challenges big and small, and have always come through them by supporting each other and working together.

We all share a responsibility to be mindful of official requirements and guidance and to help keep each other safe during these tough times, and the safety and wellbeing of our supporters, our staff and the wider community remain the Club’s top priority as together, we work our way through the COVID-19 crisis.

Given the developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as it affects all the Club’s premises and the requirements of national and local government, including the Prime Minister and the First Minister this evening, we have therefore taken the decision to temporarily close the Celtic Park Ticket Office and all of our stores in the UK and Ireland from tonight.

While we know this is an uncertain time for many, we also know how important it is to have a sense of normality to our day to day life.

For those who are still looking to shop with us, our products are still available online at Celticfc.net/store, where you can make use of our home delivery service. Our team here will be doing our best to keep things moving safely and with as much normality as possible for as long as we can.

In these uncertain times we have also had thousands of you renew your Season Ticket and we would like to thank you for this commitment which we do not take lightly. On a daily basis, we are experiencing a number of supporters wishing to renew in person. Any supporters wishing to access the My Celtic Network account or any fans wishing to renew Season Tickets at this time, can do so at eticketing.co.uk/celtic. Please note, season ticket forms can also still be returned in pre-paid envelopes enclosed in renewal packs.

Our staff are doing all they can to continue to provide a level of service to you during such a challenging time. We want to thank our colleagues for all they are doing and we want to thank you, our fans for all your continued support.

We will do all we can to be here for you.

Stay safe Celts, You’ll Never Walk Alone.

March 24, 2020 7:13 am


Don’t give up on the business yet,mate. These things will pass,and if it was profitable before,it will be again. Get it up and running as usual,then sell it on as planned when it is worth what it was two months ago.

Ffs,Joan’s a scouser. They’ve lived through worse. Did her ma give up when her chippy got bombed?


Big Audio Dynamite
March 24, 2020 7:16 am

JNP, helps? You just saved my sanity!

In my rage, all I heard was lockdown.

HH, brother ?

March 24, 2020 7:16 am


MIKEINTORONTO was scathing about it last night too. Rightly so.

I’ve said on here and on CQN for years that Celtic need a professional in charge of our PR. I rest my case.

I hope The Yummie Brummie is coping well with it all. Life at the sharp end,just what we don’t need.

Pógmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles
March 24, 2020 7:19 am

This is a copy of the email I asked John Paul Taylor to pass onto the Board, he acknowledged that had done so at 6:32 this morning.:

Dear Celtic PLC,

Thank you for your e-mail that I received tonight from your commercial arm during this difficult time. I also share your concerns about COVID-19 and the potential effect it could have on my family, friends and fellow Celtic supporters.

I’m sure countless numbers of our faithful fans, who cannot work during this period with many of them worried about paying their rent and feeding their families, are champing at the bit to purchase Celtic merchandise and renew their season tickets for a season that may not even commence.
I trust you have some mechanism in place to hold this season ticket money in a Trust ready for repayment should season 2020 – 2021 not materialise?

Perhaps during this period of football inactivity the PLC Board could become somewhat more proactive when tackling the SFA over Resolution 12 and provide us with a satisfactory outcome to this matter.

Yours sincerely,

X X Xxxxxxxx (shareholder)

March 24, 2020 7:24 am

JJ not taking any prisoners today,if you’ll pardon the pun.


March 24, 2020 7:26 am

Oh, thanks for that response.
I’m delighted that I could hekp.
The information was sent to me, last night, from my niece, who is a social worker.

March 24, 2020 7:27 am


That’ll be you on the official list of reprobates and malcontents then.

We’re a happy crew,you’ll like us!!!

Pógmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles
March 24, 2020 7:33 am

Mrs Póg getting on with it. Last week she was being used as the door enforcer at the medical practice she works in. Not ideal for a 65 year old 5’ 4” practice nurse but she takes no shit ?
This week she’ll be heading out to work as usual whilst me and the youngest Bhoy lock down, apart from dog walking. We are fortunate up here as we are surrounded by country walks and a vastly smaller population so social distancing is not a major problem.
Take care and stay safe. I hope your old man did some panic buying of Guinness as it might take a supply of warehouse proportions to keep him satisfied. ?

March 24, 2020 7:33 am
March 24, 2020 7:41 am


Glad to hear things are ok-ish in your neck of the woods. My Dad has a bit of a problem booze-wise as he’s a social drinker. By that,I mean that he takes every opportunity to nip out for a pint! But it’s the social intercourse that goes with it that he likes-although he wouldn’t bother if he was only getting a glass of lemonade.

So,guess what? Not a lot of booze in the house. He only buys it for visitors as and when they are due. He’ll go stir-crazy,not for the want of a beer,but for the want of what goes with it. I’m not even sure that he’s allowed into a supermarket now,given his age!

And pity my Mum who will have to put up with him,ffs it will be carnage.

And repeated all over the country…

Twists n Turns
March 24, 2020 7:50 am

Mick /Mahe

I sat up until 1am contemplating what I should do next re a decision on supplying.

Am I considered an essential supplier? No. Not in my thinking. I do supply medical grade material. In fact I shipped a tonne of it in Monday, but that would be, in my mind stretching a point.

Ultimately last night I realised that I’d be driven by my customers. At this stage, I’ve 3 main ones.

I sent an e mail this morning to the biggest 3.

Within 5 minutes I’d a response from the first one. “ we will be trading as normal “

Now , I’m undure as to how they’ve reached that decision in such a short time frame. Couldn’t have been much discussion. The main worry is this, they’re a big outfit. They’ve a lot of workers. Social distancing? Not possible. I’ve seen their set up.

If I stop supplying- I’ll lose them, almost certainly they’ll go back to their previous supplier.

Are they stretching the point I mentioned earlier.? I supply medical grade material, they obviously supply medical grade components from it.

There’s couriers to consider. Freight forwarders. Will they be working? Can I even get my material picked up??

I’m awaiting chemicals being delivered on Friday. From Spain. Will I get them??

Too many questions remain unanswered. It’s as clear as mud.

Twists n Turns
March 24, 2020 7:51 am


You on stop or still delivering?

March 24, 2020 7:58 am


At your end,there isn’t so much of a problem with social distancing. If your customers are still there,I’d say go for it. They might,after all,be using it for 3D printing of ventilators. Might. After all,Brewdog have moved into hand-sanitizer production,so anything is possible.

Difficult one,but again,as long as you’re safe at your end…

Pógmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles
March 24, 2020 8:03 am

Twists n Turns,

If you can still operate I would say continue to do so. You are not responsible for another Company’s social distancing policy. If what you are doing complies with government guidelines and you as an individual are sticking to those guidelines then I see no reason to stop working unless there is an interruption to your supply chain.

March 24, 2020 8:03 am


Still working,seems that the dying newspaper industry is protected. My company finally admitted yesterday what I’ve been telling them for nearly a fortnight,that we need a minimum of a letter on headed notepaper to the effect of who we are and what we are doing,and probably an ID card as well.

Had to take my first ever selfie yesterday,and it wasn’t pretty. Took it again with my lower spec work phone. Looks like it’s been airbrushed by comparison,so sent that in instead.

Deleted the ones on my iPhone. Only useful for keeping weans away from the fire.

Pógmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles
March 24, 2020 8:06 am

I’m a bit like your dad I prefer drinking in the pub with my mates. I could have a crate of beer in my cellar in Germany and end up giving it away because it was reaching its use-by date. Your ole dad is some man.

big packy
March 24, 2020 8:11 am

BOBBY cheers for your kind thoughts and words, we sat down and discussed it till the early hours, you must have a crystal ball joan said in her inimitable scouse accent ,im not giving up yet ive built this business up for 10 years, so we will keep going till the end, my mrs is made of good scouse stuff.??

March 24, 2020 8:16 am


That’s the spirit. Proudayeez!!!

March 24, 2020 8:17 am

Guess Who? picture.
I reckon the bhoy with the bow-tie is Big Packy! 🙂

big packy
March 24, 2020 8:19 am

JIM, thought you would never get it, ive still got the bow tie???

March 24, 2020 8:21 am


He’s never really forgiven me for effing off down south and leaving him to the tender mercies of my sisters and my Mum! Not helped much either when his only grandson did the same. He’s vastly outnumbered but is fighting a rearguard action very well.

And as you say,some man. (Shakes head in bewilderment and admiration,smiles with the affection of many memories…)

big packy
March 24, 2020 8:23 am

BOBBY/ JIM, have you heard from the uber tim lately.??

March 24, 2020 8:30 am

I think Kilmarnock will take a bit of a double hit at the moment, financially. I spoke to a K/M fan once who justified their use of a plastic pitch because of the money it brought in and saved. It’s normally in use morning noon and night 7 days a week. They use it for training at all levels in the club saving a lot of money in exterior facilities. Outwith that they hire it out to a host of community groups which brings in a huge amount.

March 24, 2020 8:33 am

Packy, unfortunately not heard from Uber. But he was unpredictable on here, attendance wise, if nothing else 🙂 I think he will just pop up out of the blue at some point. At least I hope so.

big packy
March 24, 2020 8:36 am

JIM, yes loved his sense of humour, are you ok for supplies??

March 24, 2020 8:40 am

No problems with supplies Packy. Can be a bit lonely but I’ve got Family What’s App and on here!

big packy
March 24, 2020 8:56 am

talking of Kilmarnock hated going there after a game in the 69/70 season, went in my cousins car, got stuck in traffic on the way down, we would have just made the kick-off, until 2 big polismen seeing our scarves stopped us, started going over the car with a fine toothed comb, trying to find something wrong with the car, eventually they let us go, we missed the first half , they knew what they were doing, wonder if we were wearing blue and white scarves would they have stopped us ??

March 24, 2020 9:10 am

I know Canamalar is well known to all of ye, he has posted on CQN that his Dad has just died,

March 24, 2020 9:11 am

Talking about isolation. I was friends with an American priest, Fr. Matt Swift, who was with The Divine Word Missionaries. Previously he had been in China working for the order. He was imprisoned for several years during the Cultural Revolution. In isolation, it sounded horrific.

Anyway, one night we went to a Chinese take away in Uddingston. When they were about to hand over our meals one Chinese guy said something to another in Chinese language. Fr. Matt said to them “Less of the fat, bald, cleric please!” indignantly. They were gobsmacked! They then went on and spoke away with each other in Chinese having a laugh.

big packy
March 24, 2020 9:14 am

we have 4 west highland terriers, we have shut our grooming salon for 3 weeks, but they will all need a bath at least once a week, don’t know whether we would be allowed to go down to the salon, and bath our own dogs, cant find any information on it.

big packy
March 24, 2020 9:17 am

JIM ,hillarious??

March 24, 2020 9:21 am

Big Packie, you must be well chuffed, being mistaken for Roy Keane and Charlie Tully. Honoured indeed.
I chopped an opponent in a game decades ago and was compared to Jim Brogan. That’ll do for me.

March 24, 2020 9:21 am

Big packy.
Hang on in there .
Just think how hairy all them dogs will be after all this is over.
You might need to charge them double

big packy
March 24, 2020 9:32 am

NEWRADBHOY/ GER57?? hope you ghuys are ok, keep safe?

Bada Bing
March 24, 2020 10:58 am
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