About a week or so ago, a couple of comments caught my eye, but alas time wasn’t on my side to reply or properly converse on the subject.
To summarize, still upset over the last decades events poster digs up supporters.
Replies answered I just go to watch the team, one said I’m sick off this now, we all know what happened, and choices have been made.
Or words to that effect, and there’s really no need for names in this instance as the underlying message there is the crux of this article.
We do know what happened, how could we not? For years Nimmo Smiths farce and Res12 dominated Celtic cyberspace.
I’m not going to restate the past and there’s very little if any point at this juncture.
As stated, choices have been made.
Long ago in many instances and frankly it’s rare to read about the aforementioned events these days.
We’ve decided and moved on, don’t want that topic dragged up again, was the message here last week, and it’s clear that’s the stance of the vast majority of Tims.
Yet theres an underlying message in those replies.
Boiled down, moved on and just watching the team is an admission.
There’s no cause, ethics, or morals involved here, the football team is the be all and end all.
And we are staying to watch our football team.
Looking back, instances of the club/board/company being at one with the support are hard to find. Colluding for a draw in finals for the extra replay money caused riots, it’s generally accepted our greatest ever manager was treated poorly at the end, the new business model placed Martin in the slow lane.
While the Foundation is a genuinely good cause, there’s an element of box ticking involved on behalf of the clubs PR department. One needn’t be Sherlock Holmes to figure that out.
There’s many more examples but the fact is we, club and fans, rarely see eye to eye.
The last decades’ events are the prime example.
So Glasgow Celtic aren’t the good guys, the ethical team to follow. A good cause.
It’s a business, or company to be precise. And like any company, they are in it to make money. That’s been the case for generations, it’s relevant ‘now’ because events forced those in charge to show their true colours.
It stung many.
The truth is, Glasgow Celtic is a very special club due to the relationship between the supporters and the team.
The support can and have lifted the team to great heights, while some of those who graced the Hoops have inspired supporters, becoming living legends actually.
This symbiotic relationship cannot be bought, others wish for it.
It’s always been about the team and the fans.
Two generations ago (give or take) Fergus stood up for the club, and his investment. Incredibly rich Irishman buys the club and I guess the expectation was that he would take up the mantle.
Company, team, fans all united.
And for a while it did look good with Seville being the highlight.
The PLC were more than happy to cash in on football operations to the maximum, hands up who has Henkes 53 goals dvd in a drawer somewhere? They rode the wave, there was no cause or ethics involved, everyone from top to bottom got behind the team for three years.
The money was rolling in. Belfast CSCs season tickets were sold out with a nod at previous seasons end, it was hard to get your hands on the golden ticket (managed to make the 6-2 though).
There was no cause involved, no ethics or morals on the line,,we just wanted a European Trophy for the first time in many lives.
The relationship between the support and the team made those years magical, memories never to be forgotten,,,
but once again, there was no ethical or moral cause involved.
Dermot and especially Peter never made any ’cause’ claims in public, it’s either football or business full stop.
So why did many think the club would do the morally right thing a decade ago?
Marketing and Assumption.
Those running the show are happy to portray the semblance of a cause, the numerous flags of Ireland’s beautiful colours being the classic example alongside hiring many Irishmen.
Uniting the clans for a cause? No, raise interest levels thus profit.
I’ve wrote before about last seasons slogan, A cause, A culture, A calling.
With Scott Brown coloured green, white, and gold underneath.
It’s very Peter, it doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. But there it is, the PLC not only implying but stating ‘a cause’.
And this after failing ‘the big test’, ask Auldheid.
Even after Res12 they cite ’cause’.
Brass and necks spring to mind.
Which brings us full circle.
Team and Supporters.
By no means can we claim to be ‘the best’ given that we are a hands off support, divided by past issues, having songbook issues, never mind the away tickets mystery.
Buy yet the same collective can create a world class experience and footballing environment due to the special bond between the fans and the team as mentioned. No cause but football, which after all is why a football club exists.
But marketing came up with their algorithm, and ’cause’ gets tossed about.
Anyone, anywhere, with a world class experience on their doorstep is very fortunate.
When a working class people realized they had could not only dream via those players, but effectively enhance their performance on the field, whilst raising the entertainment value, they were hooked and have been ever since.
That’s us, that’s who we are.
I’ve witnessed the supporters unite over certain off field issues, Oscar and Jay spring to mind, Kano too.
Recently our ‘brother’ Garry on a smaller scale, but they are more community issues rather than a cause of sorts.
The PLC were more than happy to propagate the cause myth, but when push came to shove okay it was an illusion.
The club wasn’t ethical or took the moral stance we would like, stating the obvious.
When was the last time you used an ethical company or one that takes such a strong moral stance it hurts the bottom line for a generation (if we had killed that club)?
They aren’t out there.
Your power, petrol, car, steak pie,,,all bad for the environment and giving profit to unethical corporations more than likely.
Your socks and trainers could well have been made in sweatshops.
Ethical companies exist on a small scale, non profit organizations and the Red Cross are prime examples, but a giant football club?
Henrik said ‘we’ve got something special here’, we being the team and it’s relationship with the supporters at the time. He didn’t mention club or cause.
‘We’ says it all.
‘A Celtic Way Of Life’ means full time interaction with team live via ST, as much team news as possible, and being around other supporters pretty much all the time with the team and it’s form dominating your life. I’ve been there.
Again, notice there’s no cause bar the team.
Tommy Burns stated ‘you’re playing for a people and a cause’ at a time when the immigrant descendant, working class Catholic was being looked down upon.
That was two generations ago and the world has changed a lot.
A few years later Fergus got Farry sacked because he knew the fellow had fiddled him thus costing money,,,it doesn’t exactly scream ’cause’.
A word that means different things to different people, but ultimately is a tug at the old heartstrings for many.
The PLC were happy to throw it around, the algorithm and all.
Then it’s witnessed for what it really is.
And here comes the disappointment when the expectation and hype isn’t lived upto.
Again, bitterness remains.
The marketing didn’t meet the expectation.
That’s where we are right now.
A football club that makes a rich man richer like most others.
Standing up for principles and being ethical? Sadly that’s not our board.
For some reason the current lot were thought to be different but no, that’s not us.
So, as usual it boils down to the team and the fans.
That most special relationship, who shall embark on an incredible rollercoaster again this upcoming day of the Sun.
World class entertainment is expected in what could prove a crucial tie in the title race.
A quick glance at the CelticFC homepage shows only one soundbite.
‘One Club since 1888’
I don’t need to say anything. But at least the new Chairman isn’t pushing the same ’cause’ angle.
We’re a Scottish football team with Irish roots playing out of the East End of Glasgow. As a supporter it’s exhilarating at times, right now actually.
Every game is huge, hundreds of thousands involved personally or emotionally, near or far.
The team,the Tims, the game, the thrill, the points.
That’s where we are at. No ethics, no cause, morals etc just like the rest of football and the world.
Just pay up and enjoy the ride, it’s a great ride and all.
Just come to watch the team.
Which is fine, and actually things are a lot simpler without the subterfuge.
If we are a straight up business then don’t make it personal, focus on the team. Quit tugging the heartstrings, no more cause bs. That way no supporter would be lead up a garden path only to come out of the bathroom stall with just his @#$& in his hand.
Now that this current board have been found out so to speak, everyone knows what they are dealing with.
Entertainment and Profit.
That’s the business we are in nowadays, scruples be damned.
Football shall not become a safe or moral haven for the masses,
Me and you had no say in that decision,
which is so very disappointing.
The only talking shall be done on the pitch it looks like.
We as a support must accept our position, ideologically separate from the ruling company, but having a very special almost unique bond with the team.
That sometimes creates magic.
That’s today’s Celtic.
The cause is a full house and three points.
The worlds not perfect, and our club certainly isn’t.
Times have changed.
Acceptance is the final stage of grief. Part of the Celtic dream died, eleven players carry our hopes and dreams rather than the entire institute.
Same as it ever was.