And So It Goes…
The fallout continues from the shocking-if unsurprising-scenes at the weekend in various parts of Glasgow,while the fallout from our wretched season doesn’t look like going anywhere soon.
Let’s deal with the scenes at the weekend first. To begin with,there was the mass-sorry!-gathering outside the ground before,during and after the match. Should this have been prevented?
Well,rules are rules and the law is quite clear,and there to be enforced. You can bet your bottom dollar that we would have been hammered for it had we attempted it-in fact,it’s not so long ago that Police Scotland cancelled our open top celebration for our Rebel Treble on a far flimsier pretext. The police knew also of the hordes flying in from Belfast on early morning flights,and could have taken steps to ensure that they went nowhere near the ground,or later George Square.
People still have to scan their passports,CCTV cameras are everywhere,and matching up the faces would be the work of a moment.
Prior to George Square,the Rangers players had a wee impromptu singsong of their own,again during an illegal gathering. Bloody hell,we can’t put any more than three people on a bus but they can get pissed up inside? That simple fact seems to be getting overlooked amongst the furore of the singsong itself. Rangers deny the authenticity of the singing,yet no-one seems to have taken them to task for arguably the bigger breach of the law-which,again,is an illegal gathering.
We got hammered over Dubai,even though we had checked with the authorities beforehand about it being permitted!
The third one of course is the one which has brought the attention of the world to what an ugly horrible lot they are. Told beforehand that no march to George Square would be permitted and nor would they be permitted to have a wee informal drinky-poo,they casually ignored that,battering police with barriers intended to prevent access before eventually battering each other as well as a good few innocent bystanders.
Laying waste to the square itself,plus a number of business premises at the time,and from all accounts much of their public transport home too. Again,the country is CCTVed up,and these people should not be too difficult to identify and track.
In the few days since,we have seen some powerful journalism at work in an effort to take them to task. Something that is long overdue. But we have yet to hear of court cases from the New Year game,nor from their first ransacking of the town in March. And frankly I doubt we will hear much about this either. Canon White had 26 different DNA samples from the spit directed at him a couple of years back,and ONE person was charged. The same will happen here. Nothing will change,their immunity from the same laws that we all have to live by will continue. The whataboutery from them is reaching new levels as they insisted it was all the government’s fault for not letting them break the law in the first place!
One way we can stop it of course is to beat them on the pitch! Sod all to celebrate then,is there? Yet while many of us were demanding a new manager as far back as October,September and even May 2019,even though the previous incumbent left about eighty days ago,we are still to hear of confirmation of the new man.
With the restructuring required in the company,the management set-up and in the playing staff,this is a shameful abrogation of responsibility,and one which I feel will cost us heavily next season. Barring a miracle,European football is unlikely and trophies more unlikely still. At the very least,we should have had a Director of Football in place a long time ago,someone who could begin the rebuild of the management structure. Possibly even a manager who,even if taking a back seat till the season finished,could be working away on identifying the players needed for the mega-rebuild needed over the summer.
At the moment,we have nothing! Just a lame duck CEO seeing out his time and fiddling while Rome burns.
Those scenes we witnessed at the weekend will happen again,because there isn’t the will to stop them. And they will happen next year,because neither the will nor the direction to stop them exists at Celtic Park either. Nearly two decades we have put up with superego and stagnation,barely an improvement in income in that time in a booming industry! And for that,we are meant to be grateful…
Above article by BMCUWP.