I should have known.
It was going too swimmingly.
The nation’s largest club had found the man with a plan, was producing scintillating footie, and looked set to rise above all with their newfound swagger and squad. Alongside a support energized, we witnessed the very best of Scottish football.
That however is not to everyone’s liking, so when the establishment club yelled out SOS the call was duly heeded by headquarters and an old friend.
The subsequent war of attrition leaves us paying a very heavy price for a meager cup victory against lower league opponents.
The last few days have shown us the very worst of Scottish football.
But yet part of me thinks, believes actually, that these nefarious tactics are actually playing into our hands. There’s no need to create a siege mentality, others are doing a fantastic job on that front.
We know Ange is a great man manager, he can and has motivated his charges, so when presented with such strong attempts to derail our progress, I for one believe he can use it to his advantage.
As Clubber Lang landed blow after blow upon Rocky Balboa his brother in law noticed the effect stating ‘he ain’t getting hurt, he’s getting mad’.
Call me naive, but attacks have been known to galvanize groups before, bringing more togetherness.
Call me naive, but I just can’t see this group and manager not getting fired up at this hideous treatment.
Calmac has a fractured cheekbone, a spell on the sidelines awaits. But our Captain doesn’t strike me as the type of guy to slink away hurt and hunker quietly down, no Siree.
I think we shall see a more motivated man wearing that injury like a badge of honour, it’s very existence allied with courageous determination inspiring and not demoralizing the troops.
I think we shall witness him returning early with a face guard as an act of defiance.
That’s the Captain, there’s also the crocked new arrival to consider. I’m not stating Ideguchi is the most popular in the dressing room but one could imagine the rest of the bunch feeling a little protective of our talented Japanese quartet.
These well meaning and well mannered chaps through absolutely no fault of their own are finding themselves marked out for serious roughhouse treatment, it infuriates me so I sincerely hope the rest of the bhoys feel at least the same.
They need guardian Angels in green and white hoops out on the field of play, for they have no protection from the man in black.
But just like Calmac, I envisage the attacks on new and innocent to help build up an anger within the squad, some desire to fight on their behalf.
With the attacks on our momentum, the pressure on the PLC drastically increases.
Having witnessed public referee call outs to be very effective in the selection process for other clubs, a simple and impossible to prove ‘wrote them a letter’ is becoming more and more harder to countenance.
I think the manager stays silent simply out of duty to his team on matchday, being in the stand could be harmful and is undesirable.
More onus on the board to act, to do something, anything.
The supporter and their reaction to these very disturbing events are being overlooked, and that might be a spectacular mistake. While it’s true fans in the main have shown themselves to be say we shall unperturbed by a certain amount of rule bending, I get the impression ‘stealing’ a dream debut title from Ange would be a bridge too far for most.
Allowing resurrection to provide another century of rivalry was one thing, undignified as it was.
Allowing refs to blatantly decide the league is a different kettle of fish altogether.
It won’t fly, not in today’s modern world with replays galore. Sportscene can and do ignore the ugly side of the game when it suits, but that means less and less everyday. I’m not just talking Celtic fans here, decent fans of every club don’t want bent refs, how could they?
The backlash of backlashes awaits in the off season, if this keeps up.
The Tims were conflicted over the liquidation affair, and that has been mistaken for weakness.
It might actually suit to appear weak and disconnected, upset and without a clear target.
But there are lines in the sand, the Higgins affair showed that.
The establishment can poke and prod, can muddle and meddle, but stupidly they are creating an even bigger mess.
In their blindness they have chosen the wrong time to attempt to manipulate the league outcome.
This isn’t a conflicted fanbase with the echoes of history ringing loud ala the liquidation farce.
This a fanbase fully united behind their team and ignited by an unexpected title race. They love this new team. This new team loves them back.
This isn’t Peter and Lenny at the helm, but a new leadership duo who have taken very significant steps to correctly become league Champions, and are making strides at building a force to be reckoned with.
Their hard work is now challenged. They must choose how to respond.
This is a club that lost a lot of face over it’s handling of the last decades affairs, and could easily be said to owe the fans something considering their phenomenal support then and during the pandemic.
Standing up for the team is an all around winner, the one true action that can unify one and all.
Handing the Sellic fans a unifying issue on a silver platter,,
Forcing them into action, making them angry enough to get enraged,,
They really are stupid.
This will backfire on them.