Gone to the blogs: Celtic finances site makes a less than convincing case
A FEW weeks back we ran a piece here in The Irish Times on Rangers and their (then impending) financial meltdown which drew upon information put into the public domain by the blogger behind rangertaxcase.com.
The author clearly has access to a fair bit of inside information and, more impressively, the documents to stand up his claims. He argues, however, that the Scottish media badly let itself down with the way it ignored all the warning signs – in part, he reckons, because of a desire to stay onside with former owner David Murray.
Now, with the club battling adversity on several fronts, a loyal supporter has sought to ask (and answer) the same sort of tough questions about cross-city rivals Celtic that made rangerstaxcase.com so influential.
We’re inclined to be kind, however, and say that celtictaxcase.wordpress.com is still attempting to find its feet. It kicks of with a sort of explanatory Q&A which includes the following . . .
“Q. Are Celtic guilty of this? When is the bill likely to land at Celtic Park? A. In all honesty at the moment we don’t know but the chances are they are maybe guilty.”
And this . . . “Q. Without evidence how can you speculate they are maybe guilty? A. I’ve done extensive research into those in power at Celtic Park and believe that Dermot Desmond is the man who pulls the strings over there . . . .”
We’re not sure what form the extensive research has taken or what documentation will be produced to back up the claims made but we can say that the following line is included on the Wikipedia page for a certain Irish businessman.
“Desmond is the majority shareholder of Scottish Premier League football club Celtic FC.”