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.
By Mahe.

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March 23, 2021 6:49 am

Leftclicktic condolences on the loss of your mum

March 23, 2021 6:53 am

Attempting to take a holiday abroad will result in a £5,000 fine under new coronavirus laws.

The legislation covering COVID-19 restrictions includes a ban on leaving the UK without a reasonable excuse – with the hefty fine for those breaking the rule.

The new rules will also mean protests will be considered a permitted exception to the ban on mass gatherings.

MPs will vote on the laws – officially titled the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 – on Thursday.

If approved they would come into effect next Monday – 29 March.

March 23, 2021 6:55 am

I should’ve added the fine won’t apply if you’re wearing a Rangers top.

March 23, 2021 6:59 am

As much as I would love a holiday abroad,I would draw the line at wearing a hun top to avoid a fine 😀

Jobo Baldie
March 23, 2021 7:23 am

Good article Mahe.
Being an organised guy with a life dictated by spreadsheet I budget away £75 a month to cover the usual cost of my season ticket each May with the rest there for European games, cup ties and merchandise. Yesterday I instead reallocated those funds and bought a golf season ticket. Every individual fan has a choice to make. My individual decision won’t change a single thing in terms of the effect on the Club. That will only happen if a significant number come to a similar conclusion.
But, no fall outs here as it is of course an individual’s choice. My son, who I’ve stood next to in the ole North Curve since it opened will still be renewing.
Time for work…

Andy Pandy 2
March 23, 2021 8:06 am

Condolences on the loss of your mum, only saw it this morning. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.
Once again a thought provoking piece. Have to say, I don’t think the board will do anything. It suits them that the Brand has been re-born. It will take something truly catastrophic in terms of finance for them to sit up and take notice. Sadly by then it may be too late, and our great rival will drive off into the sunset without even a glance in their rear view mirror.

March 23, 2021 8:42 am

Lefty My condolences on the loss of your mother. Thoughts are with you big man.

March 23, 2021 8:48 am

The board got their wish so why should they speak up about anything?

So the useless fearty Kennedy admits he dropped Ajeti from squad as we had no need for 3 strikers on the bench.
Ajeti has not been brilliant but has shown the odd flash.
Klimala did not get used.
The fact that one want away Christie and the unprofessional Griffiths were used says everything about how clueless Kennedy is.
Neither has contributed this season, both should have been offloaded in last transfer window as their poisonous attitude has had a terrible effect on team performance.
Kennedy is blind to this like his failed predecessor.
The real problem is our clueless coaching staff have not an inkling on how to set up a football team with the squad we have.
Any half decent professional coaches would have rid the squad of disruptors a long time ago.

March 23, 2021 8:49 am

Condolences on your loss.

Celtic Champs Elect
March 23, 2021 9:27 am

LCT condolences on your lost

March 23, 2021 9:55 am

Sorry to hear about your mum’s passing.
RIP Agnes

March 23, 2021 10:11 am

The game on Sunday was a non event for me. More than half the team will not be there next season. There will be a new management team off the field too.
I sincerely hope that talks with likely candidates are at an advanced stage. It doesn’t bother me that the media don’t know yet. Hopefully our new head coach is currently at some other club which prevents public discussion. There will always be speculation over which neither us fans or the club has any control. It’s not good for our nerves but we must endure. If no talks are ongoing, then we can look forward to an early European exit and another season of Unionjackery. There’s no way a new back room team can assemble and mould a new fit for purpose side in a few weeks. That’s an impossible task for anyone.
Our only hope is that discussions are happening. Going on past performance, I hae ma doots.
I’d love to be proved wrong though.

The Gombeen Man
March 23, 2021 10:30 am


My condolences on the passing of your Mum. I’ll say prayer for her today.


The Gombeen Man
March 23, 2021 10:40 am

Good article Mahe.

I could go on and on. What’s the point?


The decision about the SB, that’s a big call.
Hopefully you’ll get to a few games with your boy next season?

Enjoy the golf there’s also the Parkruns to look forward to.

Lifetime supporters like yourself making these decisions shouldn’t be underestimated. I’ve watched how devoted you’ve been over the years and your love for Celtic and the national team (at a time when following Scotland wasn’t the popular thing to do.)

Your son might still be going but he’ll remember your example in the future.

March 23, 2021 10:51 am

Condolences to Leftclicktic on your loss. Stay strong.

Very interesting to read about the differences in the Jobo household over whether to renew or not. Over the weekend, I got involved in a discussion on another forum where I was informed that my claim about Celtic PLC being wedded to the Old Firm business model was shite and where was the evidence that this was the case? Off the top of my head, I responded with this string of evidence which I think conclusively proves the point I was making:-

1. Failure to challenge the 5 way agreement which paved the way for the Continuity Myth and same club big lie.
2. Dermot Desmond’s statement that “”Rangers is a great football club, it has a great history and it’s unfortunate that they have been relegated,”

3. Peter Lawwell’s statement about the loss of Rangers costing the club £10 million pounds a season.


4. The abject failure to oppose the outcome of the Lord Nimmo-Smith enquiry which stated that the old huns gained no sporting advantage from years of fielding ineligible players through their tax dodging EBT schemes.
5. The failure to act on the evidence on Resolution 12 (now 11) which cost the club a potential £30 million as Celtic should have been entered as Scotland’s representatives to the CL instead of the lying cheating huns.
6. The £49.00 ticket for Old Firm/Glasgow Derby matches
7. The cosy arrangement which allows both clubs to have an automatic seat on the SPFL board on alternate seasons.
8. Continual use of Parks of Hamilton buses.
9. The continuing failure, except for one tweet, to challenge to the notion that Celtic and The Rangers are the Old Firm.
10. The recent revelation that the Old Firm brand is jointly owned by Celtic and the new huns.

These are the just some of the stuff in the public domain and I am sure there are much more if only we had access to what goes on behind the scenes.

Enjoy your golfing, Jobo. Not my couple of tea but each to their own passion. I am now much more into cycling than I was previously. It’s doing me a power of good now I have freed myself from the Old Firm drug.

The Star Above The Crest
March 23, 2021 11:41 am


So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you & yours peace, strength and best wishes.

March 23, 2021 11:47 am

I have the feeling that the only fight left in the fans will be with each other.
Certain blogs are PLC poodles so will continue to post the party line.
The dissenters will put up resistance.
Many genuine fans like Jobo will walk.
Some will fight hard with the defiance of our forefathers but the reality is that Celtic has gone.
That Faustian pack obliterated Walfrid’s legacy.
No amount of bumping our gums will impact that bastard DD’s thinking and until he departs our Celtic has gone,
I despise what DD,PL and their cohorts have done but for me their blogging apologist’s deserve even greater derision.
The history of traitors never ends well.

The Gombeen Man
March 23, 2021 11:54 am


Powerful post.
When folk look up and see the Union flags waving down at them, they should consider that it was Peter Lawwell and his Old Firm buddies that put them there.


The media doing what the media do…

March 23, 2021 12:01 pm

Leftclicktic, Condolences on the loss of your mother. R.I.P.

March 23, 2021 12:14 pm

Very good article Mahe.
When we have lifetime supporters like Jobo walking away, our PLC really do have a problem.

Bada Bing
March 23, 2021 12:35 pm

Unless Scott wants to go to Aberdeen, it’s a major mistake letting him go.We can’t let a guy with the experience, and leadership qualities he’s got,walk out the door. The loss of huge characters out of the dressing room, like Lustig and Tierney, has had an effect IMO.With a big number of new players coming in, we need someone to tell them what’s required to play for,and represent Celtic, I’m sure older players going back to Sevco, have helped them big time.We can’t let him go without a fight,probably another symptom of lack of forward planning at the Club. Not sure what the make up of the new set up will be,but SB has a vital role to play IMO.

March 23, 2021 12:38 pm

God rest the soul of Kamil Charyszyn.
Chased by 4 huns on Sunday in Easterhouse, who fatally slashed his throat, for being a Celtic supporter.
This is how these vermin celebrate.
Kamil Charyszyn RIP 💚🇵🇱

March 23, 2021 1:03 pm

Disgraceful, disgusting behaviour but we’ve been here long enough to understand it’s how it goes! I’ll repeat what I said yesterday…as long as the monkeys are allowed to do what they want – unchecked by anybody – incidents like this will continue. RIP Kamil.
On a brighter note the Fenian idiot who abused Moreorless has been found and arrested within 24 hours! Hat tip to Police Scotland for some excellent work!
#SickToDeathOfTheSameOldShit CSC

Jobo Baldie
March 23, 2021 1:07 pm

Just for the avoidance of doubt, the only change for me is in my decision not to buy a season ticket for 2021-22. I still will try to watch every game we play, shout at the telly as loud as usual and no doubt attend a handful of games each year. Not really walking away as such, just not signing a blank cheque once a year.

A thing of beauty
March 23, 2021 1:36 pm


March 23, 2021 1:48 pm

Rest in Peace Kamil.


March 23, 2021 1:49 pm

bada bing1

Maybe Broonie leaving means the next Celtic coach and assistants will be fully versed in what it means to be a Celt. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Roy Keane and Damien Duff 😏

Shite stirring CSC

March 23, 2021 1:52 pm

Must admit I want Broony gone Bada.
Full clean break with the past.

March 23, 2021 2:00 pm

Stephen Glass appointed as new Aberdeen manager. Good luck Broony.

Bada Bing
March 23, 2021 2:00 pm

Mahe- don’t underestimate the influence of McShagger and Davis ,on the huns this year

March 23, 2021 2:01 pm

Kamil Charyszyn RIP

All is being said at present is that it was an argument about ‘The old firm’.

I wonder if DD and PL ever considered the potential repercussions of willing assisting in the resurrection of The Rangers and all the associated baggage. Make no mistake, they and the other architects of the 5WA had a chance to ensure the triumphalist / supremacist shite associated with Rangers 1872 died alongside the club. They chose cash over civic responsibility. If Sevco were ‘officially’ going for their 1st league trophy would we have seen anywhere near the nonsense and violence of the past couple of weeks?

March 23, 2021 2:19 pm

You’re absolutely right Oglach but I think Celtic should have followed a moral code rather than civic…all else would have fallen into place had they done the right thing. And the very same principles apply to old and new TRFC. In a wider sense if the Civic Authorities treated the mobs as they should have, and not just recently, we might be in a better place in society.

March 23, 2021 2:19 pm

What chance do we have.
A leading lawyer has concluded that the “overall approach” to policing crowds of celebrating Rangers fans was acceptable.

Police Scotland had asked John Scott QC to examine whether their actions were proportionate and had adhered to human rights principles.

In early March large groups of supporters gathered to mark their club’s premier league title win.

Officers made 28 arrests and handed out fixed penalty notices.

Fans had made their way to Ibrox Stadium and Glasgow’s George Square on the weekend of the 6 and 7 March, despite coronavirus pandemic rules outlawing large gatherings.

Police condemn Rangers ‘lack of support’ over crowds
Fans praised for heeding ‘stay at home’ call
Following those events, Police Scotland’s Chief Constable Iain Livingstone asked for Mr Scott’s review.

In a 10-page letter to the Scottish Police Authority, the lawyer said: “Whether in relation to protests or otherwise, the idea of policing by consent requires continuing care and attention, not least by government. Public confidence in policing is not determined by the activities of the police alone. Expectations arise from legislation and government messaging which should be as clear as possible.”

He acknowledged:

that there were difficulties created for the police “by the confused and changing state of the coronavirus restrictions”.
Mr Scott went on to say that clear communication was a key aspect of the policing of large gatherings.
He explained: “It is important that the public understands the general policing approach to be adopted.”
The QC added that there was a need for care in ensuring that peaceful assemblies and gatherings were facilitated “even if the relevant cause or purpose is unpopular and causes disruption”.
In the concluding sentence of the letter, Mr Scott said: “We are of the view that the overall approach to the policing of these events in Glasgow on 6 and 7 March 2021 was informed by, and consistent with, relevant human rights principles and considerations, in particular, lawfulness, necessity and proportionality.”

‘Frustration for all football fans’
After the raucous scenes three weekends ago, Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham said the behaviour of some supporters was “disgraceful”.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney also condemned the scenes as “an absolute disgrace”, saying they had undermined recent progress against the virus.

In response to those comments, Rangers said it had been “of great frustration for all football fans across the world that they have not been able to watch their team within stadiums”.

The club’s statement added: “We reiterate the message from our manager, Steven Gerrard, who highlighted that fans should adhere to government guidelines – stay safe, socially distance and look after each other in this difficult time.”

Following the Old Firm match between Celtic and Rangers on Sunday there was no repeat of the scenes earlier in the month.

Both sets of fans were praised for sticking to lockdown restrictions after the midday kick-off which resulted in a 1-1 draw.

Despite a significant police presence at both Parkhead and Ibrox, police said the warning was observed by the vast majority.

Mr Scott recognised the good behaviour of supporters at the weekend, saying: “It is worth saying that clear communications and a consistent approach, together with detailed preparations and extensive engagement with the two clubs and fan base no doubt played a part in yesterday’s [Sunday] Celtic/Rangers game passing off with no significant disorder or large gatherings.”

March 23, 2021 2:23 pm

Bada, true but both those players still offer something. Scot is a character, harder for the new captain to fully fill his boots and become his own man if hes still around giving pep talks.
If the old guard move on the new guard will fill the void because they must. Besides Calmac will help them settle.
You just know he would play btw. Getting overun in the middle or dropping even deeper to compensate for the years. It wouldn’t work out well imo.
Let him go to the Dons and maybe return later. Fantastic servant.

Hail Hail

March 23, 2021 2:23 pm

Hello pop pickers. Another day and another number 1, its….. Enzo who has reached the top spot.
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March 23, 2021 2:24 pm

A very good leader today.

Bada Bing
March 23, 2021 2:31 pm

Mahe- I’m saying Scott has a bigger role off the pitch now,he was our best player on Sunday, Davis is 2 years older at Sevco, and still playing well, and gets rested too,no reason why SB can’t do the same,but new guys who come in,need sat down and told about what is required. HH

March 23, 2021 2:32 pm

Unbelievable statement from Mr Scott.
A Polish Celtic supporter is murdered in Easterhouse by celebrating huns, and he is praising the behaviour of fans.
Who is this QC moron kidding on here?

March 23, 2021 2:35 pm

“we might be in a better place in society.”
Understatement of the century pal.

JnP, thanks and I woke up to read a supporter lost his life over the weekend at the hands of Old Firm fans.
This isn’t sport at all, it’s a vehicle for sectarianism and their superiority complex.
It’s disgusting, and fwiw I think Jobo will come to appreciate his decision.

Hail Hail

March 23, 2021 3:03 pm

Garry. 2.32.
You are so correct and it is tragic.
This last paragraph is total denial of the facts.
Mr Scott recognised the good behaviour of supporters at the weekend, saying: “It is worth saying that clear communications and a consistent approach, together with detailed preparations and extensive engagement with the two clubs and fan base no doubt played a part in yesterday’s [Sunday] Celtic/Rangers gamepassing off with no significant disorder or large gatherings.”

The Gombeen Man
March 23, 2021 3:14 pm

Kamil Charyszyn RIP.

A tragic loss of life and confirmation of the need to be measured in the use of labels.

The language we use perpetuates this sectarian cycle and fills the pockets of the minority.


I’m presuming the statement you issued was issued before the news of the murder of Kamil Charyszyn.

The tragedy here is that we did have a chance to effect change.That opportunity was spurned and the 5WA was born and so too the Continuity Myth.

The toxicity of Sectarianism was whipped up by the 10 in a Row, Generation of Domination hype.

We downsized the team and employed a plainly unwell, ill-equipped Coach.

The Board turned a complicit blind eye to the abuse of players, supporters and financial doping.

When the inevitable happened it’s poor souls like Kamil Charyszyn that pay with their lives.

With the Liquidation of Rangers there was a chance.

The genie is out the bottle and something tells me Celtic, Scottish Football and UEFA will live to regret their thinking.

Mr Desmond, ‘What decent society would welcome your sick Old Firm model?’

On another note, maybe Scott Brown has seen what’s coming down the tracks and like every sensible individual who’s worked for the PLC he’s looking elsewhere?

Unless Mr McKay has absolute guarantees from Mr Desmond he’d be better off having a rethink.

The monster of the Old Firm will go on to be hawked around the world and drag Scotland and Ireland into the gutter.

March 23, 2021 3:22 pm

God rest the soul of Kamil Charyszyn.
Chased by 4 huns on Sunday in Easterhouse, who fatally slashed his throat, for being a Celtic supporter.
This is how these vermin celebrate.
Kamil Charyszyn RIP 💚🇵🇱

March 23, 2021 12:38 pm
Disgraceful, disgusting behaviour but we’ve been here long enough to understand it’s how it goes! I’ll repeat what I said yesterday…as long as the monkeys are allowed to do what they want – unchecked by anybody – incidents like this will continue. RIP Kamil.
On a brighter note the Fenian idiot who abused Moreorless has been found and arrested within 24 hours! Hat tip to Police Scotland for some excellent work!
#SickToDeathOfTheSameOldShit CSC
Spot on bhoys ,cops and politicians deflecting as usual,some poor guy loses his life to these morons
…nada ,RIP Kamil.

March 23, 2021 3:35 pm

The Gombeen Man
Kamil Charyszyn RIP.


I’m presuming the statement you issued was issued before the news of the murder of Kamil Charyszyn.

Sadly, no.
The BBC Scotland Website broke the news about Kamil, 23 hours ago.
The report on Policing was published on BBC Scotland Website 4 hours ago, going by their own timelines.

Just realised the Po!ice report was clearly written on Monday, so maybe they didn’t know about. Kamil.

March 23, 2021 3:51 pm

That is despicable that Police Scotland have released that statement, in the timeline you suggest. Absolutely despicable.

March 23, 2021 3:58 pm

And we must not forget the opportunity for Scotland to move a small step forward as a society in 2012 with the liquidation of Rangers was not only hindered by those who implemented the 5WA but also by those in the very highest office in Scotland, begging HMRC to reconsider and calling Rangers 1872 a Scottish institution with discussions in Westminister to see what could be done to save ‘the Scottish institution’. One could argue that the architects of the 5WA were but following the wishes of the Scots Gov.

March 23, 2021 4:08 pm

Garry. 3/51.
I think I’m mistaken.
The report was clearly written on Monday but the BBC Website appears to have only published it 4/5 hours ago.
So, I’m thinking written yesterday but published today.
It’s still incredibly insensitive though, if that’s the case.

March 23, 2021 4:15 pm

Kamil was murdered at 10pm on Sunday night.
Officers on the scene were told the circumstances of the murder immediately by eye witnesses. 4 huns were arguing about Celtic and Rangers with a young Polish Celtic supporter. The 4 then chased him with a machete, and his throat was tragically sliced open.
Police Scotland knew all this by 10.15pm on Sunday night.
Yet they still put out that contemptible statement.

March 23, 2021 4:18 pm

Garry. 4.15.
I was unaware of the circumstances and timeline.
I fully endorse your post of 3.51.
Despicable, indeed.

March 23, 2021 4:23 pm

I really hope Kamil’s wife and child never read that Police Scotland statement. 😡