The better half should act
There’s nothing more needs said about some of the weekends scenes, blogs and social media are full of images showing a draw was illegally celebrated by fans of one side only.
I sincerely thank all the Glasgow based Tims for putting the common good first and not helping a draw become a super-spreader event, well done.
Speaking of the common good, surely we are arriving at the point our club must speak out regarding their wayward twin.
Normally I would take the stance one club shouldn’t comment on another’s affairs, that arena being for the press, fans, and governing bodies. But given two of that three are intrinsically linked, normal is thrown out the window. Fans don’t have an outlet to speak through, unfortunately, so it’s now on the clubs to fill the void and say something now that the usual system is toothless.
One club in particular. To do nothing would see the weekends scenes repeated ad nauseam, and dare I say mediocrity with the dwindling crowd.
Of course our club does have a legal right to speak out, being one half of the world famous, legally registered, and trademarked duo. Any actions of either side of the duet impacts the other, especially negative ones.
Not just Rangers but Scottish football took two kickings in a week due to them and their supports mentality, the Slavia keeper literally. They are a problem that affects us all, but especially our club of choice.
Many will have been turned off buying season tickets after this last months displays,and not just Sellic fans.
No one in the right mind wants to be associated with that club, yet they’ve been deemed essential for the nations footballing business model and increasingly look beyond the regular laws most of society operates under.
Debt ridden, counting on European cheques to balance things out, with a brotherhood of whistlers and writers having their back, means they have skewed things on the pitch.
A klan that ignores police, health guidelines, rules of any sort with impunity have skewed things off the pitch.
It’s far from a level playing field, absolutely zero learnt from 2012.
At this stage, knowing what we now know which is how the rigged game operates (we don’t strengthen too much and put out BS excuses why, then when beaten say we need you to buy season books to provide the warchest, buy and hire a lot of Irish whether good at their job or not, all while paying EPL wages in boardroom and third tier wages on the pitch) we have a business model set up that effectively sports washes Rangers.
Under the current system,they act with impunity and we fans of other clubs must pay the price, guilty by association just as Scottish football was deemed by Slavia.
Regular civilians also pay the price, whether a motorist finding his path blocked or overworked NHS workers trying to cope with the spike after a superspreader.
With Indyref2 officially begun by an SNP who shall court their votes and certainly not tackle them, voices to speak out regarding this wayward child look few and far between. Given our general silence and Dermots well known views on our business partner, the green half of the duet looks an unlikely source of public dissatisfaction regards the blue half.
Yet that position is increasingly untenable.
Most of us could understand the logic in wanting your business partner to survive, but publicly attaching yourself to one who is dangerously out of control is something quite different altogether. The infamous 5WA may breach UEFA guidelines on how governing bodies act towards their charges, which again would heavily impact upon our club.
Becoming victim to a financially doped team clearly impacts us and the entire league, their occasional clear need for a title impacts referee performances just ask Levein (about the only thing he did good imo), yet despite one low profile Tweet we as a club continue to play the role of fully fledged partner in this dysfunctional relationship.
Whilst I would love an honest rivalry, it simply isn’t there and more importantly the foundations of one aren’t there either. With a 10k season ticket advantage and better merchandise sales we have the ability to wear the trousers in the relationship,,the 40 million or so amassed by the PLC could have become a springboard to that dominance. Should have.
We as a club have not tried to go it alone in the modern era, happy to partner up this far, but that has drastically backfired.
We have helped create a monster.
Well it’s a modern world and things do change. Breakups and divorces are just a fact of life now, unthinkable just a couple generations ago when I was growing up.
This PLC did not begin our partnership with the Blue half, but they were quick to prolong it when push to shove.
Perhaps thats because, until now, being half of that duet had been favourable.
Until quite recently the notion of an honest on field tussle climaxing in the world famous derby clash could be conjured, but not anymore. There’s nothing honest about this reiteration, which is costing integrity and European income.
There’s nothing savoury in the numerous scenes around Bonnie Scotland this last fortnight.
And judging by the comments I’ve read, there’s zero desire from good Celtic fans to automatically be half of the Old Firm.
There may have been in the past but just like the past it’s gone.
Glasgow Celtic had a moral imperative to speak up when their business partner died, they refused. They again have a moral imperative to speak up as their business partner and support have gone off the rails, even in times of a pandemic and even after having helped resuscitate them.
Step up and speak up, even split up, but to shut up and clam up will see folks give up.