Special nights at risk
When the famous Glasgow Celtic walk out the tunnel and take to the park, we all naturally set aside our differences. That’s a lot easier said than done once the final whistle goes though.
There’s many different facets to our support which doesn’t come as a surprise given how far and wide our beloved club reaches, there may be more Tims abroad than at home, wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest.
So although a very rare occurrence, I feel this time it’s vital we as a support come together, please allow me to explain why.
Yesterday I opined we have one single world class asset, the support that can produce the globe’s best football atmosphere despite being nowhere near the biggest crowd.
It’s a phenomenon.
And now it’s at risk.
It’s at risk because that very phenomenon requires the vocal to not only pack the park, not only have a decent team to cheer on, but it also requires full emotional commitment and investment from all in attendance.
All three of these are at risk now.
Atrocious business and one hell of a dereliction of duty from all our board or executive members. I really hope this lesson has been heeded by some, but the opposite wouldn’t surprise me at all to be frank.
Expecting a packed park anymore is merely that, an expectation. It’s easy to assume that once 80 percent vaccination levels giving herd immunity has been reached then all will resume as normal pre Covid, however assumption is the mother of all messes.
We don’t know if we will see a packed park anytime soon, I know some folk who think we won’t.
Every vacant seat, justified on health grounds or not, hurts that world renowned passion.
Each individual will differ but I suspect having automatic access to the big matches capable of producing ‘that’ atmosphere would tilt many a scale when it comes to season ticket renewal.
Now those faced with the renewal dilemma, some among us, know the special nights that previously forced their hand won’t be happening most likely, maybe this will help make withholding of funds until satisfied a lot easier for many a wavering Tim.
I already fear for the quality of the team next year, something which heavily impacts the passion from the stands. We need a new team or thereabouts, yet don’t look to have the structure or funding to facilitate such turnover. Those linked are pre contract Bosmans, not a market we can be confident of exploiting seeing as that market usually comes down to wages, and we are trumped by half the English Championship up in that regard.
Looks like we end up average, again.
More than likely this means the bigger games that have the potential to erupt into that famous atmosphere are approached with trepidation or at least some nerves, more than likely we see less swashbuckling football that gets the faithful in attendance on the edge of their seats roaring, more than likely we lose the bigger games to be honest.
A poor team on the park will not produce ‘that’ atmosphere, we need belief for the ‘magic’ to happen.
Finally, the required buy in from the fans.
If the faithful don’t have faith, they aren’t the faithful. The implied faith speaks of believing in the cause, of imparting your passion and will to win to those representing you on the field of play safe in the knowledge that it has worked in that past, we have drove them on to glory.
In those special times, every single person involved buys into the dream, from the smallest to the tallest. Ironically, getting the fans to buy in, just can’t be bought.
Its fair to say few of us are buying into Glasgow Celtic just now. That’s not to say we are incapable of producing those wonderful evenings again, but a packed to the rafters park right now leaving another visiting squad in awe would be merely papering over cracks.
The buy in factor needs restored, the connection reestablished, the love of the club rekindled.
We want and need to be proud of our club again, and when that happens those famous nights will once again rock the footballing world.
Should the fanbase split on attending and season ticket renewal, assuming regular attendance is once again on the cards, those in the park risk a poor spectacle with a poor atmosphere to boot.
The Green Brigade, often the beating heart of the entertainment, are now heavily involved in the current standoff with their Celtic Shared initiative, which will more than likely push their regular supporting activities to one side to focus on the bigger picture.
Now they are in the mix, we can’t expect their famous displays or support on the bigger nights, which only provide a bigger stage to hit out at the PLC.
It should also be said that packing the park with ‘tourists’ rather than the usual fan for the bigger games wont work, the atmosphere will in no way hit the heights.
There’s no quick get out. There’s only one set of fans capable of pulling that out of the hat.
The onus is on the club to ensure they have their famous twelfth man aiding the players, but given the curious statement to the Trust that they currently believe they are modern and respected throughout Europe, our suits may not even envisage their one and only world class asset being in jeopardy.
Hope rests on the younger incoming CEO to inform those involved of the reality of the situation on the ground, whether they want to hear it or not.
Bringing back the thunder may cost some honesty or some painful admissions, it may even cost some pride.
For an atmosphere money can’t buy, that looks like a bargain.
Above by Mahe.