The Tempest

Regular readers will know that I am my own harshest critic. I was tempted to withdraw yesterday’s piece as it was poorly received. My dispassionate view of Celtic raised some hackles; but I make no apology for highlighting the deficiencies in Rodgers’ team. The Celtic coach has two from Ajer, Bitton, Rogic, Ntcham, Armstrong and McGregor to choose from to partner Scott Brown in midfield. McGregor offers nothing from a defensive perspective, but this is more than compensated by his threat going forward. I would occasionally replace either Forrest or Sinclair with McGregor as both are not firing on all cylinders. The former’s miss from his favoured foot under no pressure cost Celtic two points on Sunday. If there was any competition in his position he would be dropped from the first team sheet. Hayes is not a competitive threat. I would give McGregor a start. If one requires steel in midfield does one revert to Armstrong, or is Rogic a better choice as he not only offers steel but is a true exponent of box-to-box midfield play? If one is minded to select a player who can put his foot on the ball and play an incisive pass, should one look no further than Bitton? Rodgers prefers Ntcham who to my mind does not provide either steel or a credible attacking threat. Hamilton will be no pushovers tomorrow evening at Celtic Park. They will have noted that Rodgers is not getting the midfield right and that there are glaring deficiencies in defence.

Regular readers will also note that I am the antithesis of Keith Jackson. To suggest my critique of Celtic’s current play is redolent of the award-winning sports hack is frankly insulting. Put down your green tinted spectacles and have a look at your team. Under stress testing by Bayern, PSG and Anderlecht (at Celtic Park) the fissures were there for all to see. It takes a one-eyed approach to discount these matches and only consider domestic performances.

I digress. I settled for renaming yesterday’s piece and maintaining a comment by Auldheid. It should be noted that I can take constructive criticism but comparisons to Jackson were on the cusp of being considered pejorative. Auldheid wrote, in response to my comment, thus:

So why did these well-heeled Celtic fans pursue an argument they could not win? Are they all transfixed by Resolution 12? Not good enough gentlemen. Not even fucking close.”

‘Way off bean here JJ Way off.

It was always about locus.Only Res12 has that. Read the TOG stuff again especially if SFA in 2011 had a copy of 20th May 2011 HMRC letter justifying right to collect £2.8m.

That had to be buried to allow LNS to focus on a registration failure and not dishonesty.

RFC never charged with dishonesty yet it is on that basis they accepted the £2.8m liability before 31 March.

The plotting began in Oct 2011 after McKenzie and Withey discussed RFC’s future.’

As much as I welcome Auldheid’s informed opinion and his thoughtful insights, I demur. The SFA will not throw the former custodians of Rangers under a bus, nor will they accept any responsibility for their complicity in this act of fraud. If they did, Celtic would be in a position to bypass CAS and make a formal complaint to Police Scotland. Of course as we have seen from the Whyte fiasco, the dumbest flatfoots from the former Strathclyde Police are now in positions of prominence, whereas the graduates in the former Central and Lothian & Borders police forces lost out in the horse trading.

If one accepts that the LNS commission was a corrupt whitewash with predetermined outcomes, one will not be surprised when the compliance officer offers:

Move along Timmy. Nothing for you here.

A judicial review would have exposed criminal misfeasance.

In today’s third thread I’m indebted to Insider for their take on the financial impact of Caixinha’s tenure:




Rangers made their approach for Caixinha whilst he was still contracted to Al-Gharafa.His contract at the Qatari club was believed to be worth £2m a year. Estimates suggest that Rangers paid between £300,000 and £600,000 to secure him earlier from his contract in Qatar. Fast-forward seven months and yesterday’s termination of the Portugese manager’s contract is predicted to cost the Glasgow club around £500,000 in compensation.The cumulative cost comes to approximately £1million for the hiring and firing of Caixinha, ironically a fee which would have been enough to secure current target Derek McInnes for the job in March. McInnes, has since signed a new three-year deal with Aberdeen, and it would now cost closer to £1.5m for his services.

Cost: around £1million

Europa League

After a six year absence, Rangers returned to continental competition, though their come-back was short-lived as they crashed out of the Europa League to Progres Niederkorn.

They lost 2-1 on aggregate to the Luxembourg team in the first qualifying round.

For taking part in the match, the light blues banked themselves €215,000 (£190,000).

Had they progressed through the qualifying rounds they would have been entitled to respective payments of €225,000 (£199,000) for the second round, €235,000 (£208,000) for the third and €245,000 (£217,000) for reaching play-off stage.

Had they reached the group stages they would have earned a windfall of €2.6m (£2.3m) with further win bonuses on offer.

Money banked: £190,000

Betfred Cup

This year’s league cup has seen the total prize and television money increase by 15 per cent from 2016.

A record £250,000 will be awarded to the winners with £115,000 going to the runners-up.

Rangers bypassed the competition’s group stage entering the Betfred Cup at the quarter-final stage beating Partick Thistle 3-1 at Firhill after extra time.

They went on to play Motherwell in the semi-final at Hampden but suffered a 2-0 defeat. Rangers received £80,000 for reaching this stage of the competition and in addition earned two further payments of £21,500 as both of their matches were broadcast live on television.

Money banked: £143,000

Scottish Premiership

Had Caixinha managed to overtake Aberdeen it would have boosted the Ibrox coffers by £2.112m. Instead Rangers had to settle for the £1.815m earned for finishing third. If the league standings remain as they are come the end of the season.

Money banked: £1.815m


The summer transfer window saw a revolving door of transfer activity in Govan. Caixinha gave permanent deals to Alfredo Morelos (£1m), Carlos Pena (£2.5m), Eduardo Herrera (£1.5m), Daniel Candeias (£770k), Graham Dorrans (£1.3m), Fabio Cardoso (£1.4m), Ryan Jack (free) and Bruno Alves (free).

Going in the opposite direction was Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich 900k), Joe Garner (Ipswich £1m), Barrie Mckay (Nottingham Forrest £500k) Matt Crooks (Northampton £100k), Robbie Kiernan (Southend – nominal fee). Phillipe Senderos and Clint Hill were both released as their contract’s expired and several players arrived and left the club on loan.

The money spent on players represented a significant investment and was a sign of the board’s confidence in the manager. The sales of previously important players were also sanctioned in support of Caixinha’s project.

Money spent: £8.5m

Money received: £2.5m

Total money in: £4.648m

Total money out: £9.5m


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N.B. DEUS EX MACHINA is ready for shipping. Wednesaday’s matter could have an adverse impact on the rogue board’s purse. Friday’s hearing could rock them to their core and kick The Continuation Lie into touch. Orange Enterprises Ltd anyone?


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20 thoughts on “The Tempest”

  1. DEUS EX MACHINA is ready for shipping. Would recurring donors please specify the quantum of their contribution and when it was established. Wednesaday’s matter could have an adverse impact on the rogue board’s purse. Friday’s hearing could rock them to their core and kick The Continuation Lie into touch.


      1. JJ As an recurring donor I specified the quantum of my latest contribution which was established dec 08 xxxxx24505v I also donated the penny as requested dec 11th.xxxx73715 This was posted on the comments just aheid of Auldheid,s blog. This has since been removed. Maybe I am not getting it but I do know that you are getting my donations please advise Ted T

        JJ: I cleared my backlog last night. Write to me on PayPal if it’s not in your inbox. Check spam file. All correspondence on Premium Content should be the sole preserve of PayPal. If I had to go through every comment and then attempt to find an email nothing would get done.

      2. Not all of us do. 3rd attempt John, 20 paid last month, 1 today, via paypal donate, reference given. Where’s my copy please ? Not in spam, not received yet your last premium copy was promptly despatched and received no problem. Disappointed. A reply would be courteous and appreciated.

      3. I explicitly stated that the open forum will not be used to solicit premium content. If you persist I will ensure you do not receive Deus ex Machina. I passed you over because you did not specify your donation and when it was made. Do you think I have the time to wade through PayPal looking for your donation? Far from happy with a lurker who took full advantage of the site now reading me the riot act. Write again and I will reluctantly send you my piece.

  2. Glad you are charging Jj, I’ve donated most months, I’m unwaged as you have put it but I believe waged or unwaged we should pay something for it or lose it, ps I’ve had 3 months from hell and won’t change my mind we all need to pay something.

  3. Hi JJ – just tried to make a token donation but it rejected my set up as I already have a donate account?!?!
    Anyway – no rush but when you get a sec drop me those additional articles amigo. My plan was to make another early monthly payment next week or so with a little extra on top when Murty hits his 10th match in charge…7/1 seemed decent value🤑 No need to post .

  4. I’m broke till Friday, JJ, when my usual 4 weekly contribution will be made.

    As an aside, however: 5.55?
    If you make it 6.66, the Klan might want some…

    1. I think the figure is sneaky JJ’s way of saying that a 5 year old club are going for 55.
      P.S.Thanks for the Pena could be the new Baxter comment,even battle hardened Sooside Sectarians I know,were rolling about laughing and they don’t want to do you harm,they openly acknowledge your work as top class even though they don’t always agree(surprise,surprise) with your output.

  5. In respect of the SFA Compliance Officer – 🙂

    There lived an old farmer who had worked on his fields for many, many years. One day, his horse bolted away. His neighbors dropped in to commiserate with him. “What awful luck,” they tut-tutted sympathetically, to which the farmer only replied, “We’ll see.”

    Next morning, to everyone’s surprise, the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How amazing is that!” they exclaimed in excitement. The old man replied, “We’ll see.”

    A day later, the farmer’s son tried to mount one of the wild horses. He was thrown on the ground and broke his leg. Once more, the neighbors came by to express their sympathies for this stroke of bad luck. “We’ll see,” said the farmer politely.

    The next day, the village had some visitors – military officers who had come with the purpose of drafting young men into the army. They passed over the farmer’s son, thanks to his broken leg. The neighbors patted the farmer on his back – how lucky he was to not have his son join the army! “We’ll see,” was all that the farmer said!

    In respect of how much better a JR would have been – agreed but it never had locus.

    The imperfect letter written, sent and delivered is always better than the perfect one never sent.

    The SFA Compliance Officer is accountable to a member club, in this case Celtic and if there is a whitewash Celtic will in turn will have to explain it to their shareholders knowing what both already know.

    Which takes us back to the farmer.

  6. Have a feeling Kings reign is under severe pressure with press breaking ranks. Bad outcome from court case plus severe doing from Celtic in Dec should breech the dam.
    Will make donation for the “Deus Ex Machina” and worth every penny from this excellent site!

  7. Good way to go with the work that you put such effort into. I’m flat out ahead of a short month so will give it a by this time. If there were a way to pick up premium content at convenience when I’ve a bit more reading time I’d definitely take it up early new year.

  8. Morning jj, recurring monthly donation in place and 1p card donation made this morning ref number ends xxxx-xxxx-4254-8794. Look forward to receiving email concerning the 4th thread mentioned in todays article. Didn’t think your critique of Celtics performance was that far off the mark although I do question your thoughts and valuation on Penna. Cheers.

  9. I think you are mostly on the money regarding Celtic these days JJ , I see a lot more in Ntcham than you do though.As for Forrest, but for him him I dont think Celtic would have made the group stages of the C.L so he is entitled to his off days .The team have earned their critics over the past few games but haven’t yet fallen to the point where Sevco could turn them over IMO. Your financial analysis again highlights that Sevco are perilously ‘Upside Down’ to a degree where one might be tempted to stand on ones head in order to avoid becoming dizzy. Donation imminent JJ.

  10. Glad your now commercialising your site JJ – Well Done And Trust the Troops will always support your valiant efforts!
    More Power to You Pal!
    Stay safe – I’ll get my usual to you soon Mate!

  11. Good Morning JJ.
    Re DEUS EX MACHINA I sent the penny donation. The donation mentioned earlier was sent on the ninth of December *******6723F I trust you received it. I just watched the Celtic Hibs game again this time without the emotion that a live game brings Hibs where luck to come away with a point Celtic totally dominated them . However we do need some new blood and I am sure we will get that when the January window opens. I don’t always agree with your observations or the manner that you sometime present it but by far you have the best site and I appreciate the hard work and effort you put into it . Ted T

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