Yellow Wednesday,Blue Thursday and Black Friday.
Howdy,folks. Yon LIBERO character is bloody prolific. This is his second article for us on the same day-a rare accolade for a site which only hosts one new article a day,unless there’s a matter of some import.
Admittedly,the matter of import this time was a minor cock-up by your gracious hosts,but no matter. On with the show.
I’d say it’s been worth the wait…
The compulsive retail event dubbed ‘Black Friday’ – which started in Philadelphia in the ‘50s – sees an irrational shopping frenzy on the day after Thanksgiving Day in the USA. This consumerist concept has been adopted holus-bolus by many other countries across the globe: Basically, shoppers descend on retail outlets to purge their purses in a show of retail gluttony and financial gloating which, unsurprisingly, creates many accidents, spats and even violent skirmishes.
But for many fans of Celtic FC, Black Friday this year is black (and bleak) for other reasons.
It follows a short period of leadership and shareholder cowardice (Yellow Wednesday) when Celtic bigwigs ignored the reasoned and rational request by ‘The Resolutioners’ to have the club act upon and drive ethical business practice historically and currently across the Scottish professional football game. The Board sees ethical operation and accountability as of little interest to its own, specific, goals.
Thereafter, Thurs was a downcast and crappy day where concientious Joe/Jo shareholders and fans’ realised the depressing truth of how they’re being short-changed by a shareholder-obsessed Board (Blue Thursday). In short, despite the compelling case for Celtic to ‘do the right thing’ the Board has positioned the Club as an entity happy to co-exist with those not averse to doing the wrong thing, especially to support management malpractice by another commercial brand in the same market.
There was further depression when one prominent ‘player’ claimed ignorance over sighting the corrupt but binding document (5-way) which guaranteed to rehabilitate the renegade rangers brand.
As a result – regardless of last night’s result v Rennes – a despondent and muted mood will prevail for many, leading to a somewhat Black (or gloomy) Friday for a proportion of righteous and right-minded Celtic fans, who only ever want ‘fair play’ in the beautiful game.
In truth, in many parts of the world right now, we view examples of how organisational leaders are decidedly out of touch with their ‘real people’ publics; corporate, political and religious chiefs clearly have no finger on the pulse of their ‘people’ and, alarmingly, realise they can govern roughshod over those audiences without much impact on their power-base. In truth, what’s happening at Celtic Park is a small reflection of a bigger, global malaise.
So in the case with the brand that is Celtic; we have a massive global support ruled by a small – yet inordinately powerful – group of influential share-owning and revenue-driven corporate types. Evidently, fair play comes second place to filthy lucre.
In my naivety, I used to look at the EPL with its capitalistic American, Arabic, Asian and Russian oligarchs and think ‘thank faak’ my club will never be infected and driven by the same kind of avarice, corruption and opportunism that rules the elite levels of the world game.
This week, the Celtic AGM provided ample evidence that this club is now populated with the same kind of creatures, and that the soul of Celtic has been, if not entirely sold, whored out for cash money.
This ‘Black Friday’, many Celtic fans might even be – with a heavy heart – writing notices of cancellation, letters of resignation and expressions of outrage that the club – founded by a modest Marist monk – primarily exists for commercial gain, not community cohesion. Perhaps this Black Friday, the brand’s corporate cohort will redraft its Corporate Social Mission Statement, summarised thus on the CFC website:
“Celtic is a club for everyone who believes in football as a medium for healthy pleasure, entertainment and social integration. The Club always has been and always will simply aim to be the team of the people.”
Healthy pleasure…Entertainment…Social integration and, of course, the team of the people! So does that mean all of the Celtic family are the people?
Or is that another football brand altogether. Mibby it’s all just one and the same thing?
Head’s confounded, but heart’s bursting withe pride. HH
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Wee Fra how’s things? You keeping better? Are you coping?
We are well thankfully but bliddy freezing up here. -4 here at the mo but the ole coal fire is blazing. I am sure Jim missed me as much as you. Lol. I kid you not, the stress of an unwell pet is enormous. Because of where we are, our dogs don’t come in to contact with other dogs so are less likely to contact viruses unique to dogs. HH
WEEFRA, sorry about that, what is wrong with your dog.hh.
Why do we still play before the huns on Sunday?
Oh aye good football governance. Forgot. Carry on.
Hi Jim, coping great and the leg ulcers, fingers crossed, appear to be healing. Just ma bestest pal, Molly, who is in a poor way. Hopefully by the time we go back to the vet on Monday she will have started improving. Hope everything is ok your end? HH
BGFC @ 8:31pm
Please note,I edited my post of 8:19 so no need to back-read,just go to The Gombeen Man’s post @7:32pm.
got a world to save…………Now where did I put my feckin cape :<)
I think the thought of you in a warm house with a coal fire (peat?) is comforting. Pets are like family. Illness and passing away can be traumatic. You just keep watching Celtic and chatting on here now and again will be good for you and us.
Don’t really know. She jumped off the bed a week past Wednesday and, apparently, hurt her hip. It now appears to be a back injury which is causing pressure on her kidneys and her bowlers. She is in a lot of discomfort but hopefully the antibiotics will solve the problem. HH
Ah, yes, we are burning peat. He’s not enamoured about it, but feck him. Lol. HH
WEEFRA. hope she gets better soon.hh. ?
Big Big welcome Wee Georges Fan Club.
Don’t be starting anything 😉
Hi and welcome.
I hear you’re doing your parents proud. Well done on your exam results. Keep doing whatever it is you’re doing. Sounds like you’re a kid going places ?????
Its the 29 of November. Mid winter is 22 December. On the 23 December we are heading for Spring!
SORRY, wee georges fan club ,said hello to your dad before, welcome to the blog.hh.
Packy, Wee GFC is good on the box, I might play him some stuff later on. Not Jimmy Shand LOL.
MAGS, ill answer that,because we are not one of the peepul, and don’t have funny handshakes, if you get my drift, ?
Ok ghuys, things to do. Later. HH
Roll out the barrel !
JIM, this is my dads cousin playing, maybe wee George and big George have heard of him, https://youtu.be/4Vw6htr1zUw
CHARITY BET UPDATE
I’ll post this again early on tomorrow’s article,btw…
From THE EXILED TIM,total bet of £45.81
My bets are these
£5 and change treble
Fingers toes and eyes crossed,bud. I was gonna put “change” on the massive acca,but thought I might jinx it!
Very good Packy, played all that without a sheet of music in front of him! I could never do that.
Hey yall, thank you for all the welcomes,
Where is our James Connolly
Hey Wee BGFC.
Welcome and enjoy.
Are you heading to Dingwall on Sun?
It was always my favourite away trip.
i was the accordian champion of scotland for under 8 was presented by jimmy shand.(give you some idea how old i am).
now my cousin arthur spink was some player toured all over with dennis clancy and ended up livin in oz. sadly passed away a couple of years ago.
i gave up playing when i was fifteen, other things on my mind if you get my drift.
should say arthur was a second cousin.
JIM, was only 54 when he died .hh.
I couldn’t resist checking.
17 team accy pays 9998.31/1 with Skybet.
HI TIM, did not know you played accordian my dad,played accordian as well as trombone with croy silver band, have you heard of will starr..hh.
Hi jimmynotpaul, we might well, we dont have a ticket. Are you??
Cabaret queen E/w please Sir
May she bring Marys Meals some more grub
Welcome Wee BGFC
I imagine that the players would rather play before the huns, I recall Sutton saying that when they were going neck and neck with thems they always wanted to get the points on the board first so to put pressure on thems, maybes things have changed, who the ef knows how the hun thinks.
Sorry to hear about your dug, she will be fine, but you are right, they are a worry.
Mahe! E/W ?
Would that be Sevco Huns or PLC Huns?
IMHO it gives the Huns ref a heads up on what’s needed
Jim better safe than sorry. Hope she romps it.
I do usually each way it tbh.
Both of course 😉
I never thot of it that way, eff me I should have
No, I stopped going to away games 4 years ago.
I went all the way to Dingwall and back and Hamilton Tim was beside me,the whole time and then his seat, in the stadium, was beside me too. ??
No, although that is true, I’m kidding, H.T is a great guy, it’s because my health isn’t up to it.
I notice it’s becoming more and more difficult to obtain away tickets.
Anytime I’ve been to Dingwall, there’s always been spares, the problem is, it’s a long jaunt, if there isnt any.
If you go, I hope you’re lucky.
Take the Floor every Saturday evening 7pm. BBC Scotland Radio. I love it. The first hour is traditional, which I love, the second hour is more adventurous and up to date, often Irish. The host, Gary McInnes comes over on the radio as a sweet guy, but in reality he is as tough as nuts. Plays one of those celtic games like Hurling or something. I heard his band live from the Barras on Hogmanay last year, they were terrific.
Thanks for that buddy, your love of animals, like mine is without reproach. We will be worried sick until she makes a full recovery. This is so unusual as the the only time she has been at the vet is to gat dental work and jag updates done. Hope you are all well in the mountain. ???? HH
busy day tomorrow, so will say gngb all.hh.
WeeFra, I’ve started feeding the birds again. Frosty mornings. I call them all ‘budgies’. Even though all the rewards I get is them shitting on my windows and car! I think it’s their way of saying THANKS!
I had words with my neighbour today, he has a dog tied up not far from our gate, my dogs being Mastins like to let everyone know they are around so they tend to bark at anything out of the ordinary, so another dog that whines etc and they bark like eff, anyways, I asked him what was happening, it seems that someone broke into his shed a few days back and stole six young lambs so he has decided to borrow a dog as a deterrent, I tried to tell him that the dog is as friendly as feck so anyone who would be daft enough to come back wouldn’t have a problem with the dog, didn’t sink in, bolting the stable door didn’t ring a bell with him either, if we have another night of our dogs waking us up barking at his dog barking the Mrs will be taking letting it go, she may even take it in.
We are fine thanks
You take care
My Ma used to sing that song, tuppence a bag 😉
Sleep well Timland