We’re all Celts for Change now
Each decade of our glorious existence has delivered something special you know,,
The 20s and 30s gave the support a(nother) world class star in Jimmy Mc Grory who refused to budge for more money such was his love of the club.
The 50s seen us putting 7 past a heavily favoured team in blue in a famous game at least one poster was lucky enough to attend.
The 60s delivered an immortal star that shines so bright and will always mark us as special.
The 70s brought the faithful the gifted Quality Street kids plus the chance to witness a(nother) truly world-class player in the Hoops, always something to be savoured whilst available.
The 80s gave us the Centenary Double, which just about made by dads life tbh. For Captain Fantastic to return and steer us to glory that never to be forgotten year is a(nother) fairy tale come true.
The 90s seen us stop their ten.
The 00’s gave us Seville.
The 10s they died and we dominated culminating with ‘The Invincibles’.
Looking at a brief snapshot of our history above certain things should jump out,,this is a club less ordinary, there truly is ‘something special here’ as a world class outsider noticed, helping him opt to give us his prime.
The 80s did have massive off field events, maybe the most significant so far, but they were overshadowed by momentous events on the field of play, perhaps predictable given it was our centenary year with a legend at the helm. However rather than fix our structural problems, events in the 80s have lead to a club out of sync, being pulled in two different directions.
There’s money to be made at Glasgow Celtic for those who invest the big bucks, but turning a blind eye to serious injustice in order to be half of a famous duet has lead to a split between the fans and the rulers.
The support at large will accept a rivalry, long for one infact, but forcing them to repeatedly throw principles out the window as the price for said rivalry is a stretch to far, and now we know it actually costs the season ticket holders financially as well as morally for its the public who cough up when damages are awarded against crown lawyers for malicious prosecution of innocents in order protect the brotherhood/guilty.
Off-field events in the 20s are threatening to overtake on-field events for the club and support, with restructure around the corner which should see at least one foot firmly planted in the modern world, something the current PLC could never be found guilty of.
We have all wished for change, and now the PLC themselves have let slip the dreaded word.
Lenny can say whatever he wants but the most significant item of the last few weeks was McGowan telling us all to get ready for something in my opinion.
If this summer reshuffle plan should actually be a detour to the slow lane whilst a club that should be extinct hoover’s up domestic honours well friends call me entitled but that is simply not good enough.
Alex Neill and the Pre-Contracts w̶e̶r̶e̶ ̶a̶ ̶d̶e̶c̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶e̶i̶g̶h̶t̶i̶e̶s̶ ̶b̶a̶n̶d̶ just will not cut it. If thats all we can come up with why pay the CEO obscene wages as anyone could pick up the phone to the best local lad, for a lot less.
The twenties we sit in harbour the potential to define the next 40 years, with Fergus’ wishes unfulfilled and his vision hijacked, bringing us to this standoff.
Who woulda thunk it, Glasgow Celtic with their eternal rivals deceased and 40 million in the bank the laughing stock of football through either complacency or conspiracy, but laughing stock we are.
That should not include you, not at all. You yourself throughout this recent period have done exactly as asked for, been there with your support, your pocket money, and your season book money even when faced with a pandemic meaning you may not attend.
You were there, time after time.
There’s been one constant in Glasgow Celtics illustrious history and that’s you.
At least, that used to be the case. We now hear and read the word Boycott more and more with seemingly everyday another declaring he cannot and will not support this regime with his hard earned, a man’s last resort. The death and subsequent resurrection of the Ibrox mob left the faithful conflicted, between a rock and hard place knowing justice was not served, but being pushed away from your own club by your conscience is a feeling no sports fan anywhere should have to endure.
The 20s look set to be the decision decade, in that now we have reached a crossroads, and the decisions made this decade will have a profound effect on our future.
The support and PLC do not share a common goal at this point, with both sides holding an ace,,one owns the club while the other can cut off its lifeblood, season ticket money.
One is here to stay, the other temporary.
One side truly represents Glasgow Celtic, the other side represents Capitalism.
All signs point to the 20s seeing another big battle for the soul of the club, and it has the potential to far outweigh the 80s Celts for Change movement given we now have the internet to coordinate and share information, not to mention the option of watching the games online whilst not contributing to the clubs coffer’s, something clearly denied the 80’s bhoys.
We also have our own websites with a vibrant online community full of professionals in many walks of life to offer instant expert advice on most given topics, and the ability to easily crowdfund. The support at large are much more educated and affluent since the 80’s when many of us experienced life under the milk snatcher, burn in hell.
As the footbaling department look set to enter a period of stagnation, the opposite can now be said of the faithful, indeed it looks like you will be the main protagonists of this decade, the biggest battles look set to take place not on the field but off it.
The players may be downsized in quality putting a nail in Mr Maleys jersey doesn’t shrink adage, but its the fans qualities that may well turn out being the most important here, its us who may need to dig down deep to grind out victory this time.
Brothers and sisters many of us dream(ed) of representing our beloved club, well dream no more. You wont be pulling on those sacred green and white Hoops Im sorry to tell you, but Glasgow Celtic must sometimes be represented off the field as well as on it, and we cant ask or expect the footballers to be successful at both.
You and I now have the honour of representing Celtic, of helping write the history of our club, of fighting for her good name as best as we can, just as we expect those who take the field of play to do on our behalf. Many would consider your actions more important than mere sport, and I tend to agree. Sport is continuous, never ending even in the midst of a global pandemic, but the opportunity to steer the clubs direction is not something that comes around everyday.
Its not an opportunity to be missed, and those who do fight to keep the club true to its ethos can rightly hold their heads high, and deserve applause.
For they do it not for money, not for fame, not as a stepping stone to the EPL,, but out of sheer love.
By harming the club and antagonising the fanbase the PLC have forced a standoff, forced us to chose, forced us to now stand up and represent our club, but what has not been realised is that all of us will go the extra mile for that club, everytime.
And while the team often loses, you and I are a different kettle of fish.
If we ever have the absolute honour to represent Glasgow Celtic then one thing is for sure,
Defeat is not an option.
Imagine future Tim historians looking back on these 20’s and its zenith being a huge victory for fans against an unpopular board. Our victory!
Why only imagine, lets do it.