More Than Just A Club?
MAHE certainly set the tone for yesterday with a rallying cry of an article,and I’ve rarely seen so many different topics being discussed afterwards. There was one underlying theme in common though,and that is that the natives-certainly on this site-are restless.
In no order at all,neither importance nor chronology,it was asked by TWISTSNTURNS why supporters are being asked to cough up for their season tickets when this season hasn’t even been declared yet,and while there are huge question marks about the validity of that ticket anyway. No-one knows when or even if next season will begin,nor how many season ticket holders will be allowed to attend. But we do know the reason why the ticket money is so important-because the players still have to be paid!
That’s right. We don’t know what we are buying a ticket for at the moment,many of us are struggling physically and/or financially at the moment,and almost all of us have an uncertain future. But cough up,the players-many of whom earn in a week what the average Pinter earns in a year-have to be paid. Of course,that’s really down to the vagaries of the contract system,but clubs and players could do with some realism here. Or a boot in the baws as a wake up call.
We then moved onto a list from BADABING of Sevco crimes and misdemeanours,faux pas and fuck-ups. It was lengthy,aye,but I’m sure he only scratched the surface! But in doing so,he highlighted the failure of Celtic Plc to act in the best interests of the club in reaction to these,or even in defence of the fans who were being accused of everything under the sun,up to and including the attempted murder of El Gordo.
ATHINGOFBEAUTY and AFGHANMELON were quick to highlight this,and they were ably assisted by some surgical strikes from AULDHEID. That we have been badly let down by our board over the last decade,particularly in terms of ensuring that the governance of the game is all that it should be. They have been silent for far too long and on far too many occasions,of which the 5WA agreement to shoehorn the huns back into the game,and the subsequent shuffling of feet after the LNS fiasco are but two.
Now,I think you are all aware that I maintain that going to watch our club,paying into the coffers,is not evidence that anyone who does so supports the board and their behaviour in our name. But even I’m beginning to question the wisdom of doing so when there is no appetite from them to ensure that regulations and sanctions are applied when appropriate,when there is no action from them to defend the reputation of the fans when they are scandalously and unfairly attacked in the media and no attempt to redress this by demanding an apology and retraction or simply banning them outright. And when the CEO blatantly lies TWICE to shareholders at the AGM without as much as a shrug of the shoulders,you really have to ask how long this can continue without some form of backlash.
Given the evidence of the above,that they have no shame and don’t even think they are doing wrong by us in the first place,I’d reckon that we are in for a lot more of it in the years to come. Rumours that the huns have somehow cleared the hurdle for a European licence for next year do little to salve my misgivings,and I note that some other bloggers are latching onto a suggestion I made a couple of weeks back that the huns are going to try for a penalty-free administration process to be offered to clubs during the current crisis.
There will be more shoulders being shrugged in the inner sanctums at Celtic Park over these matters,the explanation will be offered on their behalf that none of it concerns Celtic anyway. Well,of course it concerns Celtic! And it sure as hell concerns our fans!! We are watching yet more dirty work at the crossroads and we are condoning it by our silence. Worse,by saying nothing we are giving it the green light.
More than just a club? Better believe it. They’re a cabal of crooks taking their seat at the top of the cartel which has ruined the game in this country. They are playing a dangerous game,and they are gambling the future of the club,alienating the fans by cosying up to people who despise us. And them,I might add,which shows you just how bloody stupid the board are.
If you know your history? I’d start by giving them a lesson from 1994.
Above article by BMCUWP. Always on the lookout for your thoughts and opinions,folks-and if you’d like to see them as Article of the Day,mail MAHE.