Ban International Football Now !
I don’t know what’s worse-being in the middle of a Covid lockdown or being in the middle of an international fortnight. Neither is a barrel of laughs,that’s for sure. Still,I’ll console myself with thoughts of Bolton v Salford tomorrow night…
There are a few things of interest at the moment,of course. After all,the world hasn’t stopped turning-it just seems that way. The most relevant to us is that Neil Lennon is still the Celtic manager,so it certainly looks as though the brass are gonna brass it out unless or until they decide that his position is untenable. This is known in business terms as a Hail Mary and isn’t highly recommended at any level. While many of us thought that NL had already had his chances and more importantly shown little indication of changing his methods,the powers that be have clearly decided differently. That means that in all likelihood they will either be right-which we all hope!-or wrong,and at a stage where it is too late to do anything about it.
I’ll refrain from giving my opinions as to why that might be. Neil is the manager,that looks like it won’t change in the immediate future,and so he has our 100% support. Hopefully others closer to the club can put 100% into it too.
Once again during an international break,there are outbreaks of Covid to contend with. Some countries are missing players because of the pandemic while others are testing positive when they arrive to meet their colleagues. The Republic of Ireland and Israel are only two countries to report that,and the ones with most potential impact on us. Our two Israelis have previously tested positive so should be fine,while the Republic player has not as far as I know been identified. Where this could impact on the club is if any of our three players are forced to isolate as a result. Who knows-after all,rules were made up on the hoof earlier to prevent Ryan Christie appearing against the huns despite observing social distancing,while Kieran Tierney’s isolation period was cut short to enable him to play on the same weekend.
Maybe Arsenal threatened to withdraw him from future squads? Maybe it’s about time we did that-and in fact did more than merely issue the threat. Too late now,of course-at least until March. The usual application of The Celtic Rule has been brought into play as we are judged by the double standards we know so well while our highly paid office bearers suck it up.
“We are Celtic,supine Celtic!”
We can only hope that all of our internationalists return fit,that’s about it really. Some state of affairs.
And just to show how ridiculous the entire notion of even playing internationals at this time is-and I’m not even gonna mention the raft of pointless and potentially dangerous friendlies played last night-England have an important home qualifier against The Mighty Iceland next week. But they can’t play it at Wembley because Iceland play in Denmark at the weekend and are therefore denied entry to the country. So the decision has been taken to play it in Albania. Or is it Germany? Or is it Cloud Cuckoo Land? I dunno,the story seems to change every time I click onto my laptop. Other games have already been postponed of course,in a turn of events that admittedly no-one could have foreseen-like players contracting a disease during a bloody pandemic!
Honestly,if someone had told me a year ago that something like this was going to happen,I’d have confiscated his drink and got him a taxi home. But there is no excuse for not acting on what is right in front of you and happening under your very nose. And that has filled the front pages of newspapers for nine months now. The authorities need to wise up about all this and stop endangering players.
And that’s before I even mention the burden that losing those players puts on their employers,the clubs. It is difficult enough to keep players in a “bubble” at club level-even if FIFA/UEFA insist on it. It is impossible when the same authorities demand that those players leave that bubble to play meaningless international matches which long ago lost the interest of most of the fans.
Ban international football now!
Above article by BMCUWP. Usual rules apply if you want to get something off your chest. We will publish it as Article of the Day if you mail it to MAHE