No,not some crap Channel 4 programme presented by a couple of French geezers-though if I’d known Carla Bruni would be on it,I might have watched it-,no this is about something even trashier.
Our recent results in Europe.
I said the other day that I wasn’t too concerned about Europe,more with getting our domestic campaign back on track. And I meant it,but not because I think European football is of no importance to Celtic. Most people outside of The British Isles are only aware of Celtic because of our proud tradition in Europe.
Of course,that was when we would punch above our weight,when we were scared of no-one,and when the term financial doping had never been heard of. Now,we really stand little chance against the big boys in Europe,who are on the financial equivalent of steroids. Whose top earners can earn more in a day than ours can in a month.
Thats just tough,of course. An accident of geography,we are from a small country with a huge and overpowering neighbour,one which sucks up an unfair quota of the TV and commercial money on offer. One where World Cup winners ply their trade,and the best in the world come to hawk themselves for a later move to Spain.
No,that’s not the reason I’m not bothered about Europe at the moment-in fact,I’m not even sure that I think we are doing the right thing by entering it this season. We keep getting a right doing off of the big teams,and a right showing up off of the smaller teams.
That’s right,the big teams,the ones with resources that we can’t even dream of matching,they give us a right doing. The smaller teams,with less resources than us,they keep showing us up.
i mean,WTF? It is demoralising for the players,it’s giving the fans a right scunner,it’s destroying our reputation and standing in the game,and it’s trashing our coefficient in Europe.
Why bother? The board decided it wasn’t worth investing money in the team to improve it,to improve our chance of progressing in Europe,and when surprise surprise we failed to access the riches of The Champions League,they sold our prize asset for a knockdown price to cover the shortfall.
Tonight,we face a top top team from a top top League,RB Leipzig from Bundesliga. RB,of course,stands for Red Bull,though they deny it officially. They are backed by the riches of that company,though they deny it officially. A company which,unbelievably,backs TWO teams in our group,but UEFA apparently are indisposed to the very concept that there might be a possible conflict of interest there.
Salzburg gave us a going over a few weeks back,I’d be very surprised if it were different tonight. Because it isn’t a level playing field means it isn’t really sport. If it isn’t really sport,where oligarchs,sheikhs,fly by night con men,et al,are involved in a pissing competition,I want no part in it.
They can all piss off,instead of pissing over the dreams and aspirations of the ordinary football fan.
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