You’ll all be aware of the recent attack on our wee Japanese superstar,Kyogo. You’ll all be aware too that attacks on our club,and always from the usual suspects or similar,are not uncommon. Take the recent demands from an alleged money-launderer best known previously for selling his club down the river and into a near-fatal administration by his decision to offload it to a dodgy Eastern European-he demanded that points be deducted because of the game a week ago,or at the very least that the match be replayed.
Show me a good loser,and I’ll show you a loser. But show me a rent-a-gob with something to attack Celtic on,and I’ll show you a rabid Scottish media desperate to give him a public airing. Celtic did,in fact,respond to his ridiculous statements-through the same media who had given him a platform!
So today,AP showed them how it is done. Without once losing his cool or raising his voice,he let the world know his thoughts on the current pile-on of Kyogo. On the allegations that he is a “diver”
Wrong sport,guys! AP actually referred to him as a jockey,or at least the size of one,who is up against players a foot bigger. And followed up his attack on the keyboard warriors with
“I haven’t read it. I won’t read it. If you end up in arguments with ignorant people, you’ll eventually become one of them so I kind of ignore those kind of narratives … I think Kyogo has been great for our football club and I think he’s been great for Scottish football. I’ll be surprised if anyone wouldn’t want someone of his character and playing ability in their club or their league. Who are all these brave soldiers sitting in their studios or lounge rooms or wherever they are, throwing these narratives across the way?”
That is exactly what the fans want to hear from our manager. And exactly what Kyogo-and the rest of the players,for that matter-will appreciate. A manager who goes into battle for his players,especially in the face of unjustified and unwarranted attacks on their professionalism. Any referees who had already decided that fouling Kyogo was fine by them,any media pundits who had decided the same,will be having second thoughts about things after yesterday.
AP struck just the right note yesterday,withering criticism while not even raising his voice. We knew already that we had a man in our corner,yesterday proved it to everyone.
Celtic has never demanded preferential treatment on or off the pitch,but all along,a level playing field has been beyond us too. We don’t want to be treated better than anyone else,we only expect to be treated the same. It would be naive to think that yesterday will provide that,but it is fair to suggest that we have a manager who will strive for it.
Above article by BMCUWP