Takes two to tango
Last weeks document ( see the Etims article below ) detailing the Old Firm sales pitch to the EPL was very intriguing if not disappointing.
That level of collaboration between the two clubs at the time raises some very interesting questions about just how much the duet intermingle when it really suits.
Some worrying questions actually.
We have received few yet mixed messages from our hierarchy on the death of our rivals.
Never once have they unequivocally stated that the dreaded Old Firm is dead. That itself wont worry some but is a travesty to others. Its huge to me.
Its the avoidance of taking a stand.
We are a stand alone club was uttered but later stating they cost us ten million a year doesnt seem very stand alone.
A stand alone club cannot nor would not enter into a joint agreement guaranteeing 4 derby clashes per season either.
And then the 49 quid entry showed the thoughts on new club exactly. There to make us money again.
We play whatever hand is needing played at the time and dont get officially involved.
They have sitting on the fence down to an art on this one.
Their death wont really matter to the subject matter but our reaction and lack of it is an indication of how our Plc feels on the touchy subject that is still making headlines.
Around the time of the collaboration attempt tensions were running high off the field.
The manager had been sent bombs and bullets, yet those above him still happily dined with the enemy. We will never know if they felt getting the game “outta Scotland” would help ease the tensions, its a possibility. Its also possible their new paymasters, if accepted ,would have forced them into sanitizing their fanbase heavily or else, and the money involved would have talked then.
The Shame Game
El Haj Diouf
Reamonn Gormley ( RIP )
The honest mistakes
A gov summit
All of the above and more were ongoing around these times,, and still we seen a joint sales pitch.
I doubt the fans would have been happy knowing about these email exchanges at the time, the brotherly nature and no questions asked of the public conduct of their playing staff.
But yet while we all know money men chase more money ( and this joint effort sales pitch was all about money ) there is to me one clear implication of such cozying up together.
Our clubs social charter, always right there on our website and a thing of beauty indeed, would not agree with such a relationship being either fostered or maintained.
“ Celtic will act against racism and sectarianism in any form. Celtic will not tolerate actions and language that seek to promote racism and sectarianism.”
On one hand we have a clear joining at the hip for monetary gain with those who have been and continue to be sanctioned for racism and sectarianism and indeed had a company policy along those lines for many years.
On the other hand we have a company charter dictating we disassociate ourselves from such as those above.
Its one or the other. They are incompatible.
The Plc have shown a disregard for many things but just deciding to ignore our charter is not an option. Its not one mans or boards decision. You want to change that charter call a vote.
Ignoring it should be a sacking offence. Acting against racism is not planning to elope with a serial offender in anyones books.
The ethos of our club is laid out bare for all to see and its not a case of picking and choosing which sections apply or can be ignored at any given time.
The duel relationship our suits clearly craved ( our at least were willing to play along with at the time ) is not one that many look favourably upon for those very racist and sectarian reasons.
Well known, sure. Healthy, not a chance.
We should run from it, not marry it.
Approx one year after this disgusting sales pitch was concocted one of the duo died owing a very very large sum of money to Her Majesty’s tax services. An obscene sum actually that should have seen men jailed.
Over 100 million down the tubes and picked up by Joe Bloggs.
A national disgrace and probably the biggest British sporting scandal to date.
And again, here we were happy to be tied at the hip to such people, happy to be one half of the partnership with huge scale tax dodgers.
We should not ever be tied to these people. This also comes a mere three years after the riots in Manchester. Its hard to believe we wanted to buddy up to them after seeing that footage and not hard at all to understand why the joint application was rejected by the Epl on the back on such recent encounters.
“ Competition is the life-blood of sport and increasing true competition is the best way to breathe fresh life into a league structure which is currently wed to a failing business model. Competition would bring increased interest from fans, who would have the incentive of watching their team challenge for titles and of knowing that results count for more than not being relegated.”
Its proper sporting competition that many are leaving for these days as its just not to be found domestically yet here we have people claiming to acknowledge that proper sport is more profitable.
Once more words and actions don’t meet. A team that wouldn’t pass the FFP test shouldn’t be discussing proper competition anyway having lost that right by straying beyond the regulations.
The attempt to happily be one half of the Old Firm is still ongoing for both teams. Fans struggle somewhere between conscience and love.
This board ignore the fan wishes for a clean game, Res12 , bent refs , our charter, etc etc.
Ignore at your peril but the fans wont forget.
Theres an old saying , lie with dogs you get fleas.
Looks like in 2011 they forgot that.
The rejection might well have saved our soul and dignity.
The Old Firm died as a result of it. Not that our club will admit it.
The above is by Mahe. Should any kind reader feel like helping us out with an article we would be much obliged and happily get it posted for the crew to dissect.