An interesting few days recently,as we saw our team shake off an unexpected poor result at home to Livingston with a hard-earned win away from home in Europe followed by another nearer home at Dundee. We now head into the final international break of the year,and the last until March.
Between now and Christmas,we have two more European ties plus a domestic semi-final,and a whopping NINE league matches before the winter shutdown gives us all a chance to draw breath. Yes,that’s twelve matches in 43 days. Footballers sure have it easy these days!
Of course,we have a fair sized squad,and can use that buffer as an opportunity to rotate players in and out as required. This strength is negated somewhat by continuing injury issues as well as the simple fact that many of that squad have been little more than uninvolved bystanders so far,as AP has stuck largely with the tried and tested. And trusted. Our manager has faith in his preferred eleven,and he makes no secret of it.
Not to the extent that he has no plans to add a couple of signings in the upcoming window,right enough. And it is certainly interesting that much of the speculation in this regard revolves around that Japanese market that he so recently left. That is a pleasing prospect IMO,as it suggests that the manager is having more of an input on new signings than was the case with previous incumbents. If even remotely as successful as Kyogo,I for one will be delighted.
Other news which has reached us since my last article is also relevant to forthcoming events,the AGM in particular. That our soo’side foes are continuing to max out the credit cards is no great surprise to anyone; that they are doing so to the tune of £23.5m pa is an eye-watering revelation. To put it into perspective,they are spending £1.50 for every £1 that they bring in,and losing 75p EVERY SECOND OF THE YEAR!
Even at my peak,I couldn’t down a pint of Guinness in four seconds,but at £3 a pint,the huns are doing so 24/7 every day of the year. All day,every day of the year. Which I also couldn’t manage even at my peak! But if I had tried,I’m sure it would have been noticed,and various authorities would have brought such ridiculous and dangerous behaviour to an end,even if only for my own good.
Sadly there is no-one around to prevent them from continuing down this damaging and potentially fatal route. Damaging not only to themselves,but also to the Scottish game in general. We have already seen them undermine sponsorship deals,damage the integrity of TV deals and destroy the once-proud reputation of Scottish sports journalism.
We can all remember the events either side of their liquidation nine years ago which saw various sections of Scottish society-including the law of the land!-tying themselves in knots to prevent or deny reality. Now we again watch as the latest version of the three wise monkeys tells us that £23.5m in losses in a single financial year means that happy days are here again,and the end of the rainbow is at hand.
And worryingly,they are correct. Because the only reason that they haven’t gone bust is because there is always that £40m pot of gold awaiting the winners of this year’s title. And every week,we are seeing just how important that is to them-and their lickspittle former season ticket holders with a whistle or a flag. Scottish football is being destroyed in a single-minded mission to keep one club afloat,and to hell with everyone else. What are you going to do about it,like?
Some of us will have a chance to ask just that question to our high and mighty board tomorrow* at the AGM. I know,I expect any such question to be brusquely dismissed too,but we only get this chance once a year. A simple question along the lines of why they are happy for their main competitor to survive on equity confetti,while ours has to sell its best players every year to remain in the black. Or,bearing in mind that the Ibrox mob mentioned a forthcoming payment for Business Interruption Insurance in last year’s accounts,where the hell is ours!!!!!!!!!
Another simple question would be-why can’t the Celtic supporters ever present a united front at these occasions? Sure,I understand that you will never get 100% unanimity behind any organisation-or even within it-but sometimes I think that Monty Python used us as a template for the various factions opposed to Roman rule in Life of Brian. About a year ago,many of us decided that the CST was the only show in town,and that with David Low at the helm,we might finally get somewhere with the board. That is not to denigrate previous efforts by the CST on our behalf,especially over such as OBaFA and the miscarriages of justice in Amsterdam,but they,like everyone else,were getting nowhere with the board. Transparency really is a closed book to that lot!
Sadky it seems that Low’s ascendancy was more of a coup,where he sidelined all others in a clear “my way or the highway” strategy. Which did not end well for either party,and led ultimately to a botched attempt at drafting a resolution for tomorrow. And subsequent bad blood between various parties.
Divided we fall,indeed…
However,united we CAN stand. And it is only by presenting that united front that we will ever achieve anything,including the ability to hold this board to account for past and continuing actions which are to the detriment of the club and the wider game-particularly on matters of governance-and an apparent willingness to throw our foes a lifebelt when any right-minded Celtic supporter would be throwing them an anchor.
The question is-just how do we do that? How do we enable a united front when there are so many contradictory factions amongst the support? That is a particularly difficult question,made no more easy by the simple fact that all of those factions actually have the same ultimate goal. I referred to it last week as being akin to herding cats,and have considered the situation over some considerable period of time. And yet,while I am hardly Brain of Britain,I have no idea how to line everything up in a way which will work with enough of those disparate factions,will persuade them to put aside petty jealousies or pet theories in order to work for the common good.
I wish I had the answers. I wish ANYONE had the answers. But unless and until someone can find a way of getting all of this to work,we are doomed to continue to roll that stone up the hill. With the same reward for our efforts as before. And the board will be sitting pretty,happy to pay lip service-at best-to us once a year,while treating us with complete contempt for the other 364 days of the year.
And quite frankly,it’s all we deserve.
Above article by BMCUWP
- Ooops,AGM is a week tomorrow!