Comment on Celtic’s Questions to Answer by easyJambo.

    Celtic has just made a statement about a partial closure of the rail seating area for the Rennes game on Thursday.


    Celtic has ultimate responsibility for the safety of all our supporters and it is a responsibility which we take very seriously.  

    We need to tackle any behaviour which can compromise the safety of our supporters including the use of pyrotechnics, overcrowding and offensive chanting or banners.  

    Following the latest UEFA disciplinary decision we can confirm that there will be a partial closure of the rail seating section at Celtic Park for the forthcoming match against Rennes.

    All those supporters affected will be notified and will receive a refund.

    This decision follows similar significant sanctions being imposed against the Club already this season for the use of pyrotechnics during the matches against CFR Cluj and AIK Stockholm.

    The Club also faces another UEFA charge for the use of pyrotechnics during the match in Rome recently and this will be heard on 12th December 2019.

    Regrettably, these charges and sanctions continue to damage the Club’s reputation and this behaviour continues to threaten supporter safety.  

    UEFA’s rules and the Club’s long-established ground regulations are very clear. Indeed, the Club engages in regular dialogue with all supporters groups to ensure these are well known and understood.

    We have considered this matter very carefully. It is disappointing that behaviour which is unsafe and which we all know will breach UEFA and Club regulations has continued.

    N.B. supporters in rows A-M will be affected. 

    Celtic's position on this appears to accept their responsibilities for the safety and security of all fans in the stadium, but it's at odds with their previously stated stance against such liability in the domestic game. 

    easyJambo Also Commented

    Celtic’s Questions to Answer
    The PLC has no longer adds any value. It hasn't really had any value since raising funds the original IPO. There is no listing, no public trading facility.  The PLC itself runs at a loss.  The funds raised by the PLC in loans and share issues can be done equally as well by TRFC itself.

    I'd expect a fairly straightforward issue of shares on a one for one basis from RIFC to TRFC shares.

    What I would be looking at is whether or not RIFC is liquidated with any debt attached to it, or on the other hand any dividend is paid to shareholders who don't want to take up shares in TRFC, e.g. a pay-off for King. I don't think either scenario will apply but its worth keeping an eye on what will be a voluntary liquidation.

    The downside I see for Rangers fans and shareholders is that TRFC, as a limited company, is a private company, therefore their need for disclosures and transparency might take a further hit.        

    Celtic’s Questions to Answer
    Final questions

    Fan wishes Gerrard all the best for the rest of the season. Gerrard jokes ‘I get four tickets and I need 20’ in relation to cup final. Thanks board for their support and pleased with progress of the team. It is ‘game on’ and he can’t wait for upcoming matches.

    Supporter raises concerns of segregation barriers at certain matches and says he’s waiting on a reply from Rangers and Police. SR asks for fan to discuss it personally with him. James Blair draws AGM to a close.


    Just the usual soft and planted questions with nothing on the SDI case or funding shortfall. 

    Celtic’s Questions to Answer
    The King's Speech


    Recent Comments by easyJambo

    Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond
    John Clark 10th December 2019 at 22:04

    I wonder what evidence the Compliance Officer has for any of these charges?


    You've lost me there JC. Who is this Compliance Officer? indecision

    I've got vague recollections of a Compliant Officer (not) dealing with issues presented to them but that's about it. 

    Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond
    paddy malarkey 10th December 2019 at 20:04

    Is Rule 31 to do with contracts ? 


    No, but I could give you odds that it’s betting!

    Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond
    On re-reading the BDO report, I think the settlement figure for Wavetower may only be £962,500.

    It does appear as if there were two payments, one in the last six month period and the other in the previous six month period. However, I think that the date headers on the columns in the report are wrong (or at least they are inconsistent with previous reports), leading to the confusion.

    In previous reports under "Statement of Affairs" there are two columns, one which lists the outgoings over the last six months and the other which gives the cumulative total for the liquidation to date (since 2012).

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    Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond
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