If theres one fella I would put around the top of my have a pint with list its gotta be “ Yer Man “ from Tianamen Square.
You remember thon wee fella strolled in front of the tank wearing a suit holding the briefcase.
Couldnt tell you his name ,, his age ,, any of that .
Would walk past him on the street without blinking .
But he is known . Infact he’s one of the most famous people on God’s green earth.
And he’s absolutely no one !
Thats the beauty of it actually and deep down the message that image contains is soo very powerful.
A fella ,, a no one , actually had to say enough .
Actually literally stood up for what he believed in and put it all on the line as he just not having what was going on anymore full stop !
No one,, Joe Bloggs,,Joe Sixpack ,, Joe Plumber ,, Yer Man ended up having to take matters into his own hands and step up himself if no else was going to !
I tell those around me never to assume but Im going to assume you reading this are a Celtic fan whether thats wrong or right for this instance.
As Celtic fan’s can we together look a wee bit at some songs we communaly sing all the time when we are together please.
First its automatically ‘ The Field’s ‘ isn’t it ?
Ah go on sure it is and we all love it ,, every single one of us .
It has a deep resonance within us as part of the Celtic ( with a hard c ) race which is another assumption on my behalf forgive me.
Michael went out to feed those he felt responsible for ,,, and it ended in tragedy and exile.
It’s beautifully heroic.
The fact he stood up , walked out and tried to do what in his heart he felt was right . That it ended sadly just magnifies his effort at doing what he felt he needed to do as a man.
Next would be what ? The Celtic Symphony song most likely yeah?
Aye it is isnt it surely !
Great to drink to ,, just rolls off thoul tongue.
I mean “ Here we go again , We’re on the road again “ when your with your mates in a great mood is practically an order to grab some beers and have a great time isnt it ?
Its made for good times and simply hits the spot,,nailed it ,, we have a winner folks.
And what does thon fella sing again remind me?
“ Thats where the Lion sleeps “
Ponder that please ,, Lion .
Theres only a bunch of ordinary fella’s standin in that jungle certainly no large cats.
But yet together you are the Lion.
Next up the Celtic Celtic song please.
Thats the team for me could be anyone but in that lilt and style its clearly us full stop.
Its dedication vocally expressed at its simplest and thus strongest.
It warms thoul cockles doesnt it?
Again lets look at what Yer Man says please.
“ We’ll never give up till we win the cup and the Scottish football league “
We’ll never give up,, another part of our Celtic dna.
A very powerful part actually.
Theres a common theme among most of our songs should you chose to find it .
That theme is expressed a few different ways sure , but each song contains the right heart tugging lyrics within to make us feel part of something ,, something bigger no ?
But yet within each is also inspiration and a message.
Stand up for yourself and yours
Your are Lions when unified
We will never give up
My friend we have come much much too far to be treated as second class anymore.
We are not stupid and we certainly know wrong from right .
I literally dragged myself out of the gutter to make a new life in a new country through pure sweat and toil.
Many of us have forged our own destiny with our own hand’s with sheer hard work and determination.
And education ,, you want educated people look around our blog’s. You aint finding much smarter out there than our fanbase education wise.
The diaspora is a huge testament to that fact alone.
So here we stand with people running the national sport that think they can pull the wool over our eyes and treat us like yesterday still.
They would foist a rigged game on you and ask you to fund it incredibly !
They would walk all over you .
If you let them !
Well I tell you what,,its not lost on me or Im sure you guys that there is a groundswell of dissatisfaction out there.
That many good Celtic men and women simply do not like what they see one bit .
And you know something folks ,,
We just might all have to become Yer Man and take a stand.
Youre proud Lions that will always stand up for yourselves and will never give up.
Good Celtic men already told you so.
Join the Sentinels and speak up . Your voice needs hearing and together we’re stronger. Send us your thoughts and we publish them. Be Yer Man.