If you have been going about your daily rituals and have passed the newspaper stand on the way to work you will find a rather damning piece on CELTIC and TAX AVOIDANCE. Notice the caps because these are the two words the Daily Record want you and their readers to see married together this morning.
They want to paint a picture of how Celtic as a club (or company) depending on who you’re talking to were involved in some sort of tax evasion without actually uttering the words. We even get a Celtic starting XI of players and staff who have used the avoidance scheme further bringing the club itself into the mire when they could not be further from any wrong doing or evasive behaviour.
FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT, this is a piece about PERSONAL investments allegedly undertaken by the men the Record mention. Nowhere at any point was the club involved or used this as a way to further the squad’s cause, nor was it used to enhance the playing staff or have any bearing on anything to do with on-field matters. The “Record investigation” into all these Celtic players/staff seems to buck the trend into their usual antics when it comes to investigations, which some might say ‘are off the radar’. For the record, we would also like to say any single person deemed to be using an unlawful tax avoidance facility SHOULD be at the mercy of HMRC.
However, what’s even more surreal about today’s piece is that this was already brought up back in 2012, they’ve rehashed an old story. Having followed the SMSM circus for many years one of two things is happening – They are desperate to bring in any sort of readership to the point they have to sensationalise and distort the truth beyond all recognition or the latter and more likely, there’s a storm brewing somewhere else in Glasgow and this article is the start of the defensive. The peepel who don’t read past a salivating headline have their ammunition even if they’re ultimately carrying blanks. We sit and wait with our popcorn or jelly and ice cream if you’d prefer.
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