A Celtic way of life
“ This Celtic Football Club is much more than a football club. To a lot of people its a way of life.”
Sir Robert Kelly
While recently washing the Magners golden away strip after an outing I found the above sewn into the interior neck. Its a great quote, though Im not sure of the exact year, from a list of great quotes that are to be found surrounding our club of choice.
It stuck with me, and made me ponder it over a few days there.
As far as this young mind has read the man himself was no Charlie Green prone to waffle. The ‘52 Flag debate showed his character, and the fact it was principles over money to him,trait of a true Celtic man. So I doubt he would have claimed the above lightly or without knowing it was sincerely true, having witnessed that very way of life in motion personally.
What is that way of life I was thinking?
A way of life implies more than just merely following the team everywhere ala Paul the Tim, good chap that he is. As far as I can tell it implies a community working together, a never say die attitude, a looking out for each other in times of need, and fighting for you and yours with everything you have.
To have a club that is inspiring people in their lives and giving them a direction is very, very special indeed.
Being regarded in such high esteem is not something that should ever be neglected, abused, expected, or taken lightly.
That good name comes with responsibilities.
To anyone thinking that was a different time Mahe, that was then this is now and the world has changed, I offer you this. In 2009 a prominent Irish supporter had the following printed in an interview about his upcoming book launch,,
“Celtic is a club that we Irish and our Diaspora can proudly call our own. Celtic is our legacy, left to us by the courage and vision of Irish men like Brother Walfrid, John Glass and Pat Welsh. Many of the ‘great men’ involved in Celtic’s formation were immigrants into Glasgow from their native Ireland, a country crippled by famine and political unrest.
“We didn’t just happen to support Celtic; Celtic is a part of us. Celtic for us is so much more than a football club. Celtic is an institution, an identity and a celebration of being Irish or being of Ireland. Celtic is a legacy passed from generation to generation. Celtic is a way of life.”
Just over a decade ago we have solid proof from across the water that Bob Kelly’s words still ring true. The Celtic Way of Life is ongoing still, in various parts actually. The high esteem still clearly there for some.
Theres been many an opinion printed about what has happened since 2009 when those fine words were said, and we dont of course know how either of the two men mentioned above would possibly view the decade that we just went through as Tims.
As we can clearly see before it the club was still inspiring folk strongly as it entered the last decade.
Did it emerge from those ten years with that esteem still intact?
The Celtic Way of Life still alive and kicking in various parts?
All of the above falls under the duty of the custodians,, they had the past standards to uphold and live up to. To surpass those standards would be noble , to lower them a failure.
The actions taken and not taken by our current board are the biggest part of holding or shedding the high esteem granted by others. Respect isnt demanded or bought but earned, and the type of respect folk used to have for that club certainly couldn’t be bought.
It can be sold though, down the river and for material gains. It can also be frittered away by silence when words are called for,, or backing away when standing up is called for. It can be squandered on showing off a good bank balance instead of team. It will be totally lost with an attempt to bury the head in the sand over the numerous issues life in a bent league brings and expecting everyone to shut up and pay up. Again.
To go from role model to folk walking away saying no more would be simply disastrous. Untenable and unforgivable.
We are almost there.
Be very, very careful what you do next boardroom. That Celtic Way of Life is on the line.
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