When You Lie Down With Dogs…
No surprises what today’s article is about. When Ryan Christie was charged,just a week ago,with grabbing Ugly Kid Joe by the goolies,we all laughed. With incredulity,not because we thought it was funny! That no action was taken against Kent-for his goal ‘celebration’-nor against Morelos for his dangerously inflammatory gestures as he went for an early rubdown with sandpaper just rubbed salt into the wounds.
Thankfully,our board were on hand to tell the world that they would vigorously defend this charge against our player. Which is just as well,eh? That lot would have been donning the black cap if they thought they could get away with it. Having said that,for him to even be charged in the first place was a travesty.
That he was found guilty and given a three game ban as a result? F..k me,that just beggars belief.
Once again the board were on hand right away with a statement on the issue. I won’t quote it in all its mealy-mouthed rhetoric that must have had the SFA pishing themselves doon the ludj. But it certainly scared the shit out of me! For if that is all they have to offer in defence of a blatant perversion of justice and attack on our club and one of its players,then we might as well shut up shop now.
I want a hard-nosed pugilist in our corner,ready to get down and dirty to win. Not some pansy ironing the white towels as he readies them for throwing into the ring. We have had plenty of examples even in the last few weeks of high profile figures in the game criticising our club,whether it be the board or the players or the fans. No action is ever taken against them for it,so what are our lot worried about? A disrepute charge? I’d wear it with pride if I was in their shoes,a badge of honour. Sure beats the white feather.
Rangers have had a go at our players and our fans. The Aberdeen chairman and their manager called Kris Ajer a cheat-try saying that to a referee on the pitch and see what happens to you-when Cosgrove went in on him like one of the eponymous rockets,and with just about the same amount of control. Ann Budge lied and dissembled about events at Tynecastle which could easily have caused tragedy,preferring to blame us rather than apologise for their failings. Actions taken by the SFA? None. Actions taken by us? Don’t make me laugh.
Some of you may correctly point out that things have always been this way in the Scottish game,that we have long been the target for treatment like this. And I will obviously agree with you on that. As recently as ten seasons ago,we were enduring The Season of Honest Mistakes-which is only known thus because it was by far the worst and most obvious one. The two on either side weren’t a lot better and there’s a case for the same to be said about every one of them before and since. That was the year when our Chairman,Dr John Reid,told the world that we had had enough,the back seat of the bus was not for us. That we weren’t looking for preferential treatment but that we would not accept being treated differently.
Now,there’s a call to arms if ever there was one! Got the blood coursing,it did. He was promptly booted out the door and replaced by a lickspittle nobody whose only public utterances of any note are to call his own club’s support racist and to tell us to behave ourselves.
There’s a template for disaster right there. And we are reaping it now,as Scottish football continues to treat us as expendable,unworthy and unwanted. We had the chance seven years ago,and on plenty of occasions since,to flex our muscles in the game. Our board,for reasons known only to a select few,blew it. They have treated the fans of the club shamefully on many occasions during this time so they’ll get no sympathy from me when the wider game treats them with a similar level of contempt.
But it doesn’t sort the problem. The problem is clearly that the game is rigged. That every means possible will be used to stop Celtic FC and if in the process it makes their pals on our board appear to be supine fools,so be it. Collateral damage in their opinion. The board have to open their eyes here. There is a war being waged,and we haven’t even bothered to mobilise. They have to fight fire with fire and get down and dirty,to do whatever it takes to win. No more Mr Nice Guy,no more appeasement. Just all out total war.
They can make a start by suggesting to the fans that it may not be in the best interests of the club to attend cup games and that the Home Cup Tickets Scheme will be suspended. Refuse to accept briefs for certain away games. Request that all our players no longer be considered for international duty at ALL levels.
Then phone The Four Resolutioners and ask them for their advice on how to blow the whole rotten edifice away. Just as a start,a warning shot across the bows.
Act like men,act like leaders,show the fans that you too have had enough. We won’t shrug and say-We told you so!-we will have your back. But only if you show us you deserve that.
At the moment you have got exactly what you deserve. When you lie down with dogs…
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