Someone hide the typewriter
In a land that is accustomed to regularly biased sometimes outrageous statements, given the timing and feeling amongst the support, this one will take some time to be beaten.
It was the wrong words, at the wrong time, from the wrong person.
And it was totally unnecessary in my view.
After Sundays defeat we had the Celtic tv interview with Lenny, then we had the Celtic Park gathering, which brought forth a tweet from the boardroom which considered deflection.
Then we had the Records correct claim that DD wouldn’t take the plunge because of what they see as flourish mob behaviour, and yesterday seen the Captain plus big Christopher Julienne rolled with positive vibe interviews.
So with no real news to impart, and plenty enough interaction going on so as not be seen as hiding, I see no reason whatsoever to issue this statement in the first place.
Peter certainly did. With no imperative,tensions running high, every word scrutinized, the chance of super spreader events, IF one feels the need to open one’s mouth, then be extra careful with what is said.
Strength in Adversity is not a phrase Im accustomed to, not one I would use, and frankly smacks of a different mindset.
‘Strength in numbers’ and ‘Unity is strength’ jump to mind but never this particular saying.
‘All in this together’ or ‘United we can succeed’ would have connected much more with the rank and file fan, exactly who needs reassured right now with positive actions and not unwise words.
And what Adversity exactly?
There’s no gathered enemies we need to resolutely face, no attack from those who would revel in our demise, no bogey man.
There’s no adversity, there’s a trail of incompetency and complacency throughout our entire institute that has lead us to the point of squandering our hard built advantage. After year’s and years of being told all is fine. It’s a travesty that would be comical if it wasn’t so serious.
And then the very first line irked me.
‘Like all those with Celtics best interests at heart’ are fine fine words.
You recently advised all that voting against Res11 and before that Res12 was not in the companies best interests.
So who’s best interests exactly do you represent, as both aint cutting it and what happens when those interests clash, who prevails? Let me guess, not Celtic.
It’s debatable whether our interests do align to be honest, being as far removed from the rank and file as one could get.
The statement itself can easily be seen as a mistimed ‘Cmon now’ which only serves to antagonize when that happens to sum up the very feeling we have regarding boards actions, or lack of them.
It also somewhat ironic that the man shouting Cmon looks sure to be leaving soon.
Throwing up past glories is cheap when one of the tenets of football is you’re only as good as you’re last game.
Hiding behind the upcoming Cup final, something which may well see the ship run aground if a new Captain is not found, also shows a lack of understanding.
‘Early part of the season’ and ‘long way to go’ ring very hollow when it’s now December, and the form of our last ten games suggests we will win nothing.
Claiming the supports real concerns are being heard by the club raises eyebrows, as I must ask how exactly are they listening. Reading the comments under their tweets or the blogs every morning?
I would love to know how they consider themselves to have their ear to the ground, finger on the supports pulse.
Never ever gave me that impression before. Fans would have loved the bent refs tackled, anyone listening to concerns would know that.
The club is ripe for a restructuring, recent events will not only have highlighted that but hastened it. It’s clear we need a Public Relations department when that happens. Many would have wished for it, many more just did.
‘Moving forward together’ is wishful thinking at this stage, perhaps an oxymoron.
Do your jobs and we shall see.
Put Celtic first could easily be thrown right back at the boardroom.
The fans fully delivered for this season, wish the rest could say the same.