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Author Topic: How Socceroos' star Tom Rogic prompted Celtic to look at buying an A-League club  (Read 766 times)

mellod

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Tom Rogic might not know it, but he may well be the reason why Celtic could enter the A-League. Fairfax Media understands the Glasgow giants are interested in following the lead of Manchester City and buying an ownership stake in an A-League club with Central Coast Mariners emerging as one of their preferred purchases.

The Scottish champions are eager to explore business and investment opportunities in Australian football and a relationship with the Mariners that began almost five years ago with their purchase of Rogic could lead to a potential bid for the club. The two clubs began forging an unofficial partnership on January 9, 2013, when the attacking midfielder went on trial with Celtic. Having seen their initial investment of $750,000 on Rogic soar, the club is eager to gain a permanent foothold within the Australian football market.

Officials from Celtic were in Australia a fortnight ago and spent time on the Central Coast, visiting the Mariners' new Centre of Excellence training centre and attending the club's 2-0 win over Sydney FC on November 10. They did not discuss a potential takeover during their last visit but sources suggest Celtic have signalled their interest to other parties about buying into the A-League once a new operating model for the competition is finalised.

"I'm not surprised about their interest based on a new A-League operating model because I think it's got a lot of potential," Mariners' British-based chairman Mike Charlesworth said. "Frankly, I haven't personally spoken to anyone at Celtic, that's been handled by [chief executive] Shaun [Mielekamp] and [chief financial officer] Kathy [Duncan]."

Celtic have a genuine interest to tap into the player development in Australia to spread their network and the presence of their brand, but the Mariners are not the only club they are looking at. It's understood Celtic are also circling the Brisbane Roar whose future under the Indonesian-Bakrie Group is tenuous due to ongoing financial difficulties and payment issues.

Celtic are one of a number of big clubs from mid-tier European competitions looking to invest in Australia and Asia.

The club has all but drained existing streams available to them. Celtic have won the past six Scottish Premiership titles, they qualified for the lucrative UEFA Champions League four times during the past six seasons yet only reached the play-offs once. Their share of broadcast rights isn't likely to increase significantly so long as they remain part of the Scottish Premiership, merchandise revenue is close to its peak and save for the odd player transfer, Celtic have little room for growth. Even then, their last major sale was more than two years ago with the 2015 transfer of Virgil Van Dijk to Southampton for about $25 million. Celtic are not the only football company in this predicament with Dutch club Ajax and Austrian company Red Bull also understood to be exploring opportunities in Australia for similar reasons.

In recent months Celtic have shown considerable interest in growing their brand, presence and business interests in Australia, having expressed an interest in buying Brisbane Roar as well as the Mariners. However, it's understood they will not make an official bid until December 1 at the absolute earliest, once the FFA's Congress crisis is resolved and there are assurances over the governance of Australian football. Overseas investors are also awaiting the implementation of a new operating model that will give clubs more independence and potentially an ownership stake in the competition. A-League club owners are looking to follow the MLS in providing clubs with more influence to drive up the value of their assets.

theoworldwide

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This would be incredible. Hopefully they choose us.

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No chance unless we changed our colours and I doubt that would happen .

mellod

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No chance unless we changed our colours and I doubt that would happen .

Bakries don't give care about colours, they care about money. If they get the right offer, they will sell. New owners can come in and do whatever they want ala City taking over from Melbourne Heart. Fans will learn to embrace it.

I wouldn't mind Red Bull, to be honest. What they have done with RB Leipzig is pretty incredible.

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I think the thing to remember is Celtic want an Aussie team so they can make money . They will be frugal and won't be splashing cash . They want our youth so they can take them to Europe and flog them off . If someone buys us I hope it is someone who wants to own a winning team not just to plunder our players for sale.
Having said that ...there may be positives with a Celtic sale too. We may get some of their youth to blood and maybe some older players to add experience ( although not sure Celtic have too many oldies we would want )
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A switch to green and white would be brilliant.

And getting rid of that stupid name. Brisbane Celtic sounds better ... but more foreign.

But, do they deserve the Giants tag? They are a big fish in a tiny pond.

You have to wonder how much theywould have/ be prepared to invest and i will always question whether the objectives of a foreign club will be good for the A League.

If such a trend were to be established - foreign club ownerdhip - then the A League would lose its independence and become a subsidiary of Foreign Leagues Inc.
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Brisbane Arsenal would be better - and send Wenger out here to start his retirement.

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A switch to green and white would be brilliant.

And getting rid of that stupid name. Brisbane Celtic sounds better ... but more foreign.

But, do they deserve the Giants tag? They are a big fish in a tiny pond.

You have to wonder how much theywould have/ be prepared to invest and i will always question whether the objectives of a foreign club will be good for the A League.

If such a trend were to be established - foreign club ownerdhip - then the A League would lose its independence and become a subsidiary of Foreign Leagues Inc.

Amazing. Sep who spent years claiming the Roar's entry into the league was illegitimate, that the club was ethnic and hence barred, embraces its purchase by a proudly ethnic Celtic.
There are other considerations.
Celtic seemed to seek the obliteration of its only Scottish rival.
And while the Roar did play Lynch in the early years the Rangers connection with players and management has been stronger

Septic Bladder

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A switch to green and white would be brilliant.

And getting rid of that stupid name. Brisbane Celtic sounds better ... but more foreign.

But, do they deserve the Giants tag? They are a big fish in a tiny pond.

You have to wonder how much theywould have/ be prepared to invest and i will always question whether the objectives of a foreign club will be good for the A League.

If such a trend were to be established - foreign club ownerdhip - then the A League would lose its independence and become a subsidiary of Foreign Leagues Inc.

Amazing. Sep who spent years claiming the Roar's entry into the league was illegitimate, that the club was ethnic and hence barred, embraces its purchase by a proudly ethnic Celtic.
There are other considerations.
Celtic seemed to seek the obliteration of its only Scottish rival.
And while the Roar did play Lynch in the early years the Rangers connection with players and management has been stronger

I?m amazed with your interpretation of my post.

I see no inconsistency- i am clearly anti a Celtic takeover but if it does happen, at least there will be some positives - the exinguishment of the last remaining links to Hollandia.

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Apologies Sep. I paid too much attention to, and took the wrong meaning of, your enthusiasm for green and white.

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The way I see it....a major club as an owner has more upside then that of being owned by the bakries. So not too worried about potential downsides.

But yes RB would probably be better. The bundesliga and it's academies demand highly technical and athletic players.

 

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