Paradise Lost

 

Today gives us a guest article by M6BHOY,explain why he has lost his love of Celtic.

Firstly, some historical background about me.

I was born in Glasgow in 1956 into a Celtic daft extended family so it was quite natural that I would grow up to follow the same team that my maw, da, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. all supported to varying degrees. 

I can’t remember the first match my dad took me to, but it must have been the early to mid-sixties. I always consider myself so lucky to have been weaned on the Lisbon Lions and the first and best Nine in a Row. 

It was indeed a great time to be alive.

 To me, supporting Celtic was an essential part of my life and it helped to sustain me and my pals
growing up in Castlemilk in the sixties and seventies. We were Celtic daft, and all had our heroes.


Mine was Bobby Lennox. 

We felt these heroes were also part of our extended family which of course they were.

I moved to England in the eighties and had two sons one decade later. I passed on The Joy
of Celtic to them both and one of the proudest moments of my life was taking my eldest son to
Seville in 2003. Even though we lost, we both felt we were part of something special and his younger
brother soon picked up the vibe and were both in the stadium that famous night when we beat
Barcelona. 

For most of my life, Celtic was a major part of me and match days dictated the rhythm of
my life to the extent that I never let anything else interrupt me finding somewhere to watch the
team either at Celtic Park or on the telly.

 I’ll cut straight to the chase now.

I’ve not been inside Celtic Park since August 2106 and I can’t remember the last time I watched my former heroes live on the telly, but I think it might have been the Rogic cup final in 2017. 

Despite the conveyor belt of trophies, I was becoming increasingly disenchanted with the way the club was being run by directors who had decided that the balance sheet was more important than the team sheet and the maintenance of the Old Firm business model was their primary objective.

In doing so, they were complicit in the biggest fraud in sporting history.

It allowed Deadco to come back from the dead and claim to have won their 55th league title last
season. I’m not going to rehearse of the arguments about the 5WA, Res12, Desmond’s statement
about Rangers having a fine tradition or Lawwell bemoaning the £10m. loss to the club not having
the blue half of the OF in the league-but bit by bit, I began to realise that the Celtic that I was born into
was changing into something I maybe didn’t want to be associated with any longer.

To me, Celtic was now the green half of the Old Firm brand that itself was predicated on the accumulation of as many bigot pounds the Tories in the boardroom could amass. This was a million miles away from the club founded by Brother Walfrid.

However, I clung on to the hope that eventually other supporters would re-discover the spirit of
Celts for Change in 1994 and remove the lying green Huns from the Celtic boardroom and return to
the days when the business existed to support the team and not the other way round as it does
today. 

Sadly, that hasn’t happened.

I know some here state that they renewed their season tickets to support the team and not the board. I understand the emotion behind that, but I think you are deluding yourself. I think the reality is, Celtic and to a lesser extent the OF, is an addiction and no matter how you frame it, you can’t do without it so the Board can and will do what they want with your money no matter how loudly you protest. You cannot separate the board from the team as the two are part of the same entity. 

Also, it smacks of the same argument the zombies use for claiming that it was a company not the club that was liquidated as they try and justify the continuity myth.


I’m sorry I just don’t buy any of that. 

To me if you give the club a blank cheque before a ball is kicked then you are supporting the board and their Old Firmist strategy.

Does anyone seriously entertain the notion that Desmond, Bankier, Allison, Wilson, etc are going to change how they run the club simply because thousands of customers waited till the minute before emptying their wallets into the PLC? If you do, then good luck with that! And the fact that tens of thousands did renew despite last season’s clusterfuck and lies from the board, finally extinguished the last flicker of hope within me.

I enjoyed the banter and camaraderie on this site but as I no longer consider myself to be a Celtic/Old
Firm supporter then I will leave you with my best wishes and move onto to find something else to do
with my time. I used to sing “We don’t care if we win lose or draw…”. 

Now, I just don’t care.

Grateful thanks to M6BHOY for this heartfelt article.

 

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Gordon64
July 17, 2021 2:09 am

Happy Fair Friday one and all HH

Mahe
July 17, 2021 2:17 am

Speaking of fairs,,
‘ It being on the 23rd of June, the da-ay before the fair,,”

Cigarette in the hand and everyting ffs 😉

https://youtu.be/aqlLJXYtRWg

Mahe
July 17, 2021 2:19 am

I awoke in California, many miles from Spancill Hill.

Yup.

Mahe
July 17, 2021 2:22 am

Me n my three year old sang this together this morning.

https://youtu.be/n2MtEsrcTTs

Mahe
July 17, 2021 2:24 am

We all remember this one
https://youtu.be/58UD3jU86pY

Squire Danaher
July 17, 2021 2:32 am

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0pdQU87dc8

I nursed her to sleep to this and will be dancing with her to this at her wedding reception second dance next Easter

Proud dad.

Mahe
July 17, 2021 2:43 am

Raymac,,
I won’t ask did you know Albert Fry I will ask how well did you know Abert?
I went to the Cluian Ard every Tuesday for a Rang then deoch for years. I enjoyed his company many a night , was offered to go up to his crib in Donegal but could never imake t due to work which at one stage was The Fountain Tavern among other landmarks.

Hope you’re well Sir.
Hail Hail

Mahe
July 17, 2021 5:10 am
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