Men of Honour ?
I dont know about you but when I read about the guard of honour , or rather lack of one I should say , this coming weekend I thought to myself that’s as low as a league can go and all the confirmation any rational supporter needs that the domestic setup is a mismanaged third rate backwater and no wonder.
Stevie was supposed to bring a bit of class no matter what , act properly and be a gentleman I thought and I think many others did also. Theres zero of that evident in this decision which smacks of pettiness aplenty from those in light blue over there. Kris Boyd agrees with me on that seemingly.
But yet I myself dont think this is Stevie making this call .
He would have formed this same guard many times , been ordered to actually by men who wouldn’t accept such ungracious actions on the part of their squad members.
Men who just might see applauding the winner and holding your hands up as part and parcel of the beautiful game .
And if he had such a big problem with them we would have known by now.
It is admittedly a nice play to a certain gallery , the cretin low life type who begrudge probably , and might win a few fans among the hardcore over there who would never want to clap a Tim except around the ear. But nah I cant see him choosing this path , the spiteful one.
Doesnt look good for future employers for a start.
So who then,,, Dave King ? Might okay it or even veto if wished but order Stevie to do this seems far fetched and even for him a tad beneath him no ?
Jabba gets my vote . Seems he spread his message about also . One look at the rags today and you will see phrases that both support this new stance and demean the previous one,, a not so subtle switch has happened apparently without Timmy being involved.
The Scotsman proudly proclaim Rangers are right to do this !
“ But, really, what is the point?
Sportsmanship some will say. Others will talk of respect, as Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd did.
Anyway, the guard of honour is nothing more than for show, there is no actual respect. Many of the players will grin and bear it, hating every second. Last year, when Hearts gave Celtic a guard of honour at Tynecastle, the players could not hide either their indifference or contempt.
The guard of honour is nothing more than a silly little gimmick. “
Well as a press member why did you not ask any of the Hearts players at all over the course of time why infact they refused to show proper respect to fellow professionals in the game ?
And is it always a silly little gimmick or just after the same team 8 times or just Timmy teams by the way ?
That bastion of noteworthy news that we all rush to every morning , aka Football Scotland tells us
“The guard of honour is an decent, if old-fashioned idea that shouldn’t be an issue, but it is.
In reality, there’s nothing honourable about it, so why bother?”
How exactly is there nothing honourable about applauding the best or at least showing some sign of respect , whether token or not ?
But ultimately the men at Ibrox would not go for this at all if they didnt think they could get away with it . And this is where , once again , the governing bodies look weak.
Its clearly not a rule or there would be no debate ( ahem ) but in this grey area there should have been an accepted protocol between clubs , and the ruling bodies should keep that protocol going.
They should be on the blower saying sort that welcoming party out as its our etiquette plus if it was you it would be happening , so like it or lump it form a couple lines this weekend at minimum.
And der Hun find themselves setting precedent here that may well come back to bite them for if they are only honour guarding teams that they are friendly with , or even have no current beef with , who exactly does that leave ? Very few .
Another question is will our own club reciprocate and act the same way ?
I hope not ! We form honour guards and show respect , and that should not change because some other bunch dont see it that way.
So ultimately we are seeing an end of season eff you Timmy from the media , der Hun , and the rulers on high !
Home Sweet Home eh !
And finally it would be remiss of me not to say something about the Pool’s comeback and night of glory. Im delighted for them but cant help the feeling that they are staring at what happened to us in 02/03.
The year we won nothing !
Like ourselves they might walk away empty handed but for those who went through that game last night ,, just as ours went through Blackburn Boavista etc ,, they arent empty handed . They just witnessed a spectacle they will remember for the rest of their life , and forget the gold at the end ,, in getting there we were winners .
Those Pool fans can treasure that night for eternity , and they will , but to take the Big Cup and the League to the final game ,,, that itself is worthy of praise .
They might not win silverware but will have won more fans .
We all on this site know which one is more important.
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