Gone to the blogs: Celtic fi­nances site makes a less than con­vinc­ing case

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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.”

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