The decade that was
It has been the decade to forget for Scottish football.
It had it all, deaths, drama, bombs,,, Hollywood had nothing on OUR personal real life soap opera.
The decade just past will have enlightened many, drove away some, delighted a few, and left more than a couple neutral observers scratching their heads at just what exactly passes for football up north.
I doubt this decade will ever be forgotten in terms of the national sport despite those who wish it were so.
On the field we took home the vast majority of the available spoils.
The duo of Neil and Scott are clearly our two main footballing figures and deserve enormous credit for the above. Although both can split the support at times there is no doubting their sincerity to the Celtic cause, and they have become ambassadors for the club off the field also, which is not so much a title but an endorsement by the fans as being true Celtic men through and through.
I dont find it ironic one bit that Lenny was there at the start, up and left, and found his way back to us to finish the decade.
We get his juices flowing. Ditto our Captain.
The high point was undoubtedly besting the mighty Barcelona who boasted Messi amongst their ranks on the night.
Neils first spell had many wondering just what the ceiling was for our ex midfield anchorman.
Sure he had been bested by Walter but then a rookie in his first full season should be soundly beaten, actually embarrassingly beaten, by a wily old fox who knew the game inside out and had each and every ref in his pocket.
But it wasnt like that and Neil made him work for it. A mere point separated the rivals at the end.
He showed genuine promise in the dugout and was a natural for the position plus the fans would not prove hard to get onside at all.
Despite dropping the first two leagues of the decade things were not looking bad going into the third campaign.
The squad had serious talent plus the managers signature dig, we were a match for many that would take us on paper. The famous Barca game happened, which was no accident at all.
We all know what happened next, and it will be debated until the cows come home.
They died. When Super Ally wasnt gonna win the league, they started the process.
I recall at the time some folk saying we are gonna end up caught up in this bigtime but naive me just couldnt see how exactly that could happen.
We live and learn. And boy did I learn.
What has transpired since 2012 is still ongoing in the form of Resolution 12 and some supporters mindsets. The footballing world at large has accepted Rangers mark two as the same entity.
Even Charlie Greens ‘ I bought a basket of assets ‘ speech wasnt enough to shatter the myth.
It was a very educating experience for me personally seeing just how those in power manipulated and seduced the masses into ultimately achieving a desired result.
That result was a form of Rangers to continue The Old Firm.
The death and re incarnation of Rangers will always be a hot topic for some reason but it is the main story of the decade.
The phrases associated with these last ten years include but are not limited to the following,,,
Engine room subsidiary
Club not company
Generation of Domination
A great club with a great history
They cost us 10 million per season
No sporting advantage
Notable indeed were the names who passed away, none so fondly remembered as our own Captain Fantastic who did it all.
Big Billy signed for heaven on the 22nd April 2019 having lived a life less ordinary among us.
Leader on the field during our finest hour, and also off it to deliver a centenary double that it seems the Gods themselves decided they would grant for him as a personal favour. Being an equal.
The decade closes in pursuit of the once before achieved 9 in a row. The support are divided over the acknowledgement of the new Rangers as being the inheritor to its predecessor. On field success has blunted a lot of the ire that existed towards an accepting governing body during that crisis, which was probably the plan.
The players of the decade will always be subjective but hopefully theres little debate o’er the following who played their part well,,,
Scott Brown ( of course )
This certainly is the decade that the sport would love to move on from. The death of one half of the Old Firm is just a dirty little secret.
The above is by Mahe. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy New Year