Give them a shove
Until this week I associated that phrase with the farcical Mark Viduka transfer.
Not anymore, not just the last few days but this entire season can be filed under the above.
As we enter the second half of what should be a dream season, Tims would be delighted to be pinched and told its all been a dream so far, wake up the real season starts now.
But its not a dream, is it?
Its turned into a nightmare.
And now the week after blowing the ten we see low and high profile backlash against all facets of the club.
Board, footballing department, Public Relations, all getting it large, with the merits of the Dubai trip pitting fan against fan.
Peter called it Murphys Law earlier, no no.
This is a special level of ineptitude.
To get so many things so very wrong in a season nine years in the planning, is quite something.
And now we know Gov will use this trip as a political football to be passed around, people in the shadows working out how best to turn a ‘crisis’ into an opportunity will no doubt come up with a plan that makes them come out looking strong, you bet your bottom dollar.
After ignoring ‘their’ birthday party breaches, we got a yellow card. Now we have a great card to play here in that prior permission from the correct authorities was sought and given, so we are squeaky clean in that respect, although many would say the timing is poor. I believe that many would say that even if there were no virus, blowing ten should see an extra low profile in many eyes.
So we find ourselves a Gov target. Now an official enquiry has been announced a scapegoat or angle is needed.
SFA and GOV on one side, poor old Celtic on the other side.
You don’t need me to tell you who gets shafted here.
But like I say we have a ‘Get out of jail’ card with official permission so they are quite limited in their ways to hit us.
And that’s why I believe their answer will look mild, but in reality has the potential to cut very deep.
I’m expecting a squad quarantine to be announced. On paper we would have been treated exactly like Joe Plumber just off the flight from Alaska, which goes down well with the general public, those who harbour a dislike for our club, and certainly our title rivals.
In private through being muzzled this option was always on the table, and it may be the best card available to play for a politician seeking to cement her position.
Being seen as helping the other lot to victory can’t harm her chances of getting the majority vote again, there is popularity to gain by apparently ‘standing up to us’.
And in reality a short term sit out would only serve to pile the hurt on, something I’m betting she knows quite well or has been advised.
Should we be given a quarantine break there is every chance we resume play in the league a staggering thirty points maybe closer to forty behind.
We would tear each other apart or so they hope, the pressure would become unbearable, the support would clash with the barriers again, Dr David Banner would turn green. The anger and frustration would need to come out, and at some stage metal barriers just won’t keep the crowd out.
And viola, there’s the images flashed all over the world, our clubs name besmirched.
I believe this is the probable end game and we must not let this happen.
Blow the league thus legitimising ‘Rangers’ rebirth (and even worse gifting Fredo a title winners medal), and then give Plod overtime galore, hopefully while fueding amongst ourselves.
I smell a trap.
I’ve no doubt our rivals would dance with joy at another fortnight’s headstart, not fearing our spell out to tweak a new tactic or two as this isn’t a Brendan team by a far stretch, and fancying their chances at maximum return to really put us to the sword.
In an OMG season one of the most galling facts is Martins record 21 point turnaround is in danger of being totally smashed, and not even by a good team, with a third year rookie at the helm. That turnaround absolutely made my life some almost twenty years ago now, aren’t we getting old.
From a turnaround to be proud of, to one of shame.
If ever you needed a hint that change was due, that sad and sorry fact should point the way. I fear for the club if they don’t do the decent thing and initiate true and major change starting at the very top. The support are basically magnanimous in that sentiment, and its rare you unite our support, well done PLC.
We must let the season from hell play out, but with our heads held high. The fans fully stepped up, proudly and to the maximum when they felt they should help.
Those who asked you to step up, fell and collapsed when it was their time to stand up and be counted.
We will never forget this, we must not.
After two decades this regime has run out of steam, its cliches aren’t getting any takers, the soundbites instantly seen through. What we are witnessing is embarrassing, it shouldn’t need to be stated that heads should roll.
A token head retiring is of no good to us though, for who believes that Dermot and Lindsell Train would drastically alter course given we are dismissed by them.
How arrogant not to make a token Zoom statement!
If Glasgow Celtic doesn’t take significant steps to enter the modern world it shall whither and slowly die mired in the past. With a Woke youth harder to capture than ever, squeezing the existing fanbase as much as possible and bombarding them with ‘Cause, Culture, Calling’ slogans just won’t cut it.
All those with our precious clubs wellbeing at heart should be prepared to do whatever is in its best interests even if others wont. If those that are embarrassing, holding back our club, and causing huge disconnect won’t budge, then a dislodging is in order.
Is it not our duty?
And ironically, we need a total 360 from what we started out as all those years ago.
Instead of helping Glasgow Celtic by giving it your pocket money, your best way of helping the club now is to not give them your sheckles.
We cannot blindly fund the same and expect different results,,we are talking twenty years of hand on the tiller yet look where we are, worse than when they started for at least they had a modern stadium with an energized fanbase seeking a dream to buy into.
Now we seek a way out, that’s how we view this relationship.
The fans should not and cannot be held as emotional hostage’s in this relationship, just as in life. In signalling intentions to double down and stay the course they push fans to make a decision they never wished to make, heartbreakingly so.
And many would make that decision, IF it genuinely was to help the club.
My friend in Celtic, the time to make that decision is here, upon us.
I honestly believe its best for our club if you don’t support this regime.
These are not words I take lightly, but I will stand by them at this time.
Next season was always going to see reduced take up no matter what due to the virus and the big challenge ending, so walk up or pre purchase tickets will be available. Therefore you need not give up totally, and by not handing over your season ticket money as usual you are not only sending a huge message to the board that you wish big changes pronto but you would be clearly doing the best thing for your club, the right thing for our club.
We are entitled by the way, more than entitled to act if what we see isn’t up to standard, and don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
Every pound you keep in your pocket is a much deserved little push out the door for our board, and all our pushes cannot be ignored.
The season from hell should see a burial, that of the regime it occurred under and that is not harsh but simply the price of failure which all entering the game know.
We either jeer them out, or we starve them out, but out they must go.
The above by Mahe.