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Celtic Diary Monday March 8: Disappointment, Appeasement and Punishment

So, thats that then.

 

After a spectacular lack of interest from Celtic in attaining ten consecutive titles, yet another insipid performance in a long line of insipid performances finally put the lid on this most forgettable of seasons.

 

We’d like to show our graciousness in defeat and congratulate the first club outwith the Old Firm for nearly forty years in winning  their first title, and perhaps heralding a bright new future for the game in Scotland, as it emerges from the nightmare of a global pandemic.

 

Well done.

 

We’d also like to note that should Celtic fail to win the Scottish Cup, and lets face it , if they are forced to play any other team to do that, it’s quite likely they won’t, it will be the first season in the history of the game that the Old firm haven’t lifted any of the major trophies.

 

 

And that is a small consolation for Celtic fans everywhere…at least it isn’t our now defunct former rivals who are celebrating.

 

The disappointment at losing the title will subside, because deep down we knew there was something not quite right at the club, and now we have the opportunity to find out exactly what was wrong, and put it right.

 

Sometimes you have to make an arse of things to know when you are getting it right, and whilst it didn’t have to be so spectacular , at least we now know we have work to do.

 

Its already started, with the principal architects of the demise either gone or going, and we can look forward to next season, maybe with a little more confidence than we should realistically summon.

 

We’ll get over it. We always do.

 

 

However, there are a number of problems on a wider scale that have emerged this weekend, that need to be dealt with at a higher level.

 

For instance, we received this from a somewhat confused reader…

 

I’m wondering if you can help me out?

I’m filling out an insurance form and they’re asking how old I am on my next birthday and I’ve said 55. They’ve then asked what year I was born and I’ve put 2012 and it’s coming up error???

Can any of you good chaps explain where I’m going wrong  ? 

 

 

It’s probably going to come as a shock to this fellow, . but I’d say that of you were born in 2012, then you most certainly won’t be 55.

 

 

When the new Scottish champions, the new “rangers ”  adopted the colours, home and even name of the now defunct original club that rivaled Celtic, they also inherited their customer base, and with a nationally driven PR campaign, managed to convince them that they were actually the original club, using the tried and tested three word soundbite that has become the trademark of others, such as the current Westminster government.

 

“going for 55 “,  entered the narrative in the way that “Brexit is Brexit ” and other meaningless phrases have , giving some people, who could just as easily have pointed the finger of blame at those who caused the destruction of for many what had been a lifelong financial and emotional commitment, something else to focus on.

 

And as those in charge would rather they didn’t ask questions about how they ended up without a club and were fleeced of millions of pounds , they tolerated all sorts of misdemeanours over the last few days…

 

And we all know where appeasement leads when faced with an aggressor.

 

 

After the new club beat St Mirren at ibrox to set up the possibility of a title victory this weekend, the players flouted Covid rules to run to their fans and celebrate, mingling with the mob who had congregated at the ground.

 

 

 

At this stage, it was apparent that when the title was actually secured there would be large, illegal gatherings at certain points in the city of Glasgow.

 

Not least because  Police Scotland tweeted about it…

 

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Not only were they aware of them, they seemed to join in the proceedings….

 

 

 

https://twitter.com/i/status/1368695375201267713

 

 

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The police even offered and provided an escort to get the offenders into the city centre, presumably so they didn’t miss any of the festivities…

 

 

Rangers Fans March In Their Thousands Through Glasgow Street 07.03.2021 -  YouTube

 

And of course, given the nod of approval from the forces of law and order, despite the severity of lockdown conditions in place, we were forced to endure these scenes… somewhat embarrassingly shared around the world…

 

 

Scottish Premiership 2020/21: Rangers fans defy lockdown to celebrate first  title in decade

 

 

 

The mess left behind stands comparison with the damage done by supporters of the original club in Manchester back in 2008, which still seems to have not registered with those at our own club as the singular most insurmountable issue with Celtic and an ibrox entity joining the cash rich EPL, even though the other Scottish clubs would positively encourage it.

 

 

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Given that during the pandemic pubs, bookies and restaurants were all closed, and public toilets are a rarity these days anyway, one can only assume why the ground is wet….

 

 

Though some did make a noble effort to avoid public urination, and probably defecation as well….

 

 

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The police stood by and allowed a flagrant breach of current health guidelines.

 

We live in an era where we cannot comfort dying loved ones in their final hours, nor formally pay our respects at their passing.

We live in an era where health professionals are overwhelmed with huge numbers of patients who are at risk from a life changing or life ending infection, which has mutated thousands of times to become more infectious, so much so that we are now depending on a vaccine to at bring the cases down to a manageable level.

 

We cannot even visit meners of our close family, yet thousand sof football supporters were allowed to congrgate in a city centre, free from fear of arrest or prosecution, despite huge numbers of police present.

 

And let’s just remind ourselves of what the Glasgow high heid polisman said…..

 

 

 

Greater Glasgow Police
@GreaterGlasgPol
Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland, Divisional Commander for Greater Glasgow Division, said: “We are now asking people to disperse and make their way home from George Sq.  For those not in attendance, please do not make your way to Glasgow City Centre.

 

 

 

Those who refused to make their way home would be, er, asked again shortly….

 

 

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Incidentally, we are assured that this is not his tattoo….

 

Respect ou | Misspelled tattoos, Bad tattoos, Tattoo fails

 

 

Actually .let’s remind ourselves what a police officer’s duty is… their core principles…..

 

Role of the police

The police have core operational duties which include:

  • protecting life and property
  • preserving order
  • preventing the commission of offences
  • bringing offenders to justice.

The police have additional duties that are prescribed under legislation and common law.

When planning a police response, it is imperative that commanders have a clear understanding of the role that police will perform during the operation. Once committed to undertaking a role outside the core or otherwise statutory and common law duties and obligations, individual commanders may be held accountable for any police activity or inactivity regarding that commitment. Chief constables (or their equivalents) are also likely to be held responsible (eg, when taken to court). Chief constables, as the employers of police staff, may be accountable in respect of police staff actions.

 

 

Sutherland failed on all four counts yesterday.

 

 

As it says above,

may be accountable in respect of police staff actions.

 

 

And to whom does it fall to hold him, and his force, accountable ?

 

We can, of course, forget the media…with perhaps one notable exception….

 

 

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Nicola Sturgeon gave us a glimpse of what life could be like if , after independence, she is returned as First minister…

 

Nicola Sturgeon
@NicolaSturgeon
I share folks’ anger at this. Everyone has made so many sacrifices in the past year & seeing a minority risk our progress is infuriating & disgraceful. It is deeply unfair to the entire country, and the police have a hard enough job already. Please ask fans to go home

 

 

The First Minister is echoing the response of the police, so in a sense she is supporting them.

 

She did not, however, appear on the steps of Holyrood claiming to have, in her hand, a peace of paper that guarantees peace in our time…..

 

The Munich Agreement Crisis: A Battle Over Appeasement - HistoryExtra

 

 

As ordinary, non footballing folk now consider their options, having seen that punishment is unlikely to be handed out for breahces of the rules, has she paved the way for evryone to party this next weekend ?

 

Can we visit family members, friends ?

 

As we have seen, a precedent has been set…

 

 

Well, that depends on any retrospective punishments.

 

The SFA, who are responsible for the governance of football in Scotland saw fit only to congratulate their chums at Ibrox on their win, and with Celtic collapsing spectacularly, they hardly had to intervene to assure the financially distraught entity earned a crack at European money…and lets face it, they have form in this respect.

 

It’s unlikely the Ibrox club will face any action from the SFA for the behaviour of their fans, espcially given that their players had been regularly flouting the rules without punishment…although they might get round to handing out fines or bans to players who have given that the league is now over.

 

 

It falls to parliament to deal with the situation, and there must be drastic action.

 

 

Football must be stopped now.

 

That includes the Scottish cup, and all international fixtures should be either postponed or cancelled until medical opinion deems it safe to attend matches.

 

That includes the Euros, and the Europa League.

 

Games can be played elsewhere if needed, but certainly not in Scotland, as crowds cannot be trusted not to excite themsleves and endanger others.

 

Which brings me to my next point.

 

On March 21, Celtic are scheduled to face “rangers “. There are potentially two other Glasgow derbies, if the Cup is allowed to take place.

 

The risk of civil disorder is high, and the precedent has been set that misdemeanours will be forgiven.

 

 

Once again, those that shamed Scotland under a different badge have proved that they cannot be expected to behave themselves.

 

The rule of the mob…not an acronym, by the way….cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.

 

 

Ineffective leadership that endangers society cannot be tolerated, under any circumstances.

 

 

The cancer that should have been removed at the start of the last decade has returned, and its more aggressive than the original.

 

It needs to be removed for good, or else the patient will not survive.

 

 

 

 

 

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bgbhoy
1 year ago

sturgeon is a disgrace

she can shove her party right up her hoop

Monti
1 year ago

SEMTEX

James McGrath
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

There he is, the resident ETims IRA bomb expert agreeing with Monti that the First Minister of Scotland deserves to be blown up with a small amount of Semtex …

This post will be reported to the relevant authorities.

Puggy
1 year ago

Me and the current wife in our younger days used to frequent Kelvingrove Park of a summers’ evening and partake of a nice chilled white wine. Hidden in a rucksack because there were wee cooncil nebs in a car driving round the park looking to take it off you, because drinking in public is a criminal offence in Scotland (see George Square pic above). So what’s going on here? Same as every marching season, one rule for ‘them’ and another for the rest of us. They know the police in Scotland with collude because they are the same peeple.

TonyB
1 year ago

Vote Green. End of.

Gareth Savage
1 year ago

This hurts even more than I ever thought.

Thomas Boyle
1 year ago

BBC Today programme this morning, Rob Bonnet saying “rangers” were demoted when sleekit was in charge,cowardly bastards

Una
1 year ago

Yesterday felt like bringing your 9 year old labrador to the vet to get it put to sleep after knowing it was finished months beforehand.

Monti
1 year ago

John Kennedy shouldn’t be anywhere near the dugout in a coaching capacity, he was part of the downfall.
Yesterday when we needed guile, creativity & dare i say it, someone who can generally shoot & score from distance ( David Turnbull ) is removed from the pitch on the hour mark, not only incredulous to the player but most if not all of us Tims watching through cracked fingers.
Shocking decision by a clueless ‘ coach ‘.
Now call me old fashioned, most would say fat but let’s say old fashioned, in a game where we needed to win & score goals, why not go three at the back, four in midfield & oh golly gosh, play THREE strikers???

Ah well never mind.

StevoCFC
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

It was just Lennonball again. Same sh*t, different day

What was it wee Albert E said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results”

Must be the clubs new mantra

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  StevoCFC

Stevo,
It’s just senseless from Kennedy & he needs to go as well.
Maybe Gavin Strachan should get a shot until the end of the season?
The sight of him staring at his tablet as we go 3 down to Sevco is something to look forward to.

Talking of tablets…..nurse!

Whitearra
1 year ago

Ready to send ‘The Four Feathers’ to : 1) The Celtic Board and team 2) The SPFL/SFA 3) Police Scotland 4) The Scottish Government (not necessarily in that order). As one Hun tweeted ‘we’ll do what we want, when we want’.

Malcolm Content
1 year ago

Yesterday, Greater Manchester Police imposed a COVID penalty of £10,000 on a 61 year old women who organised a protest against the Tory Government’s plans to cut the wages of NHS workers in real terms. 40 masked people turned up to protest and one was arrested for failing to give her name and address. The arrest was rescinded and replaced with a £200 fine. Compare and contrast Glasgow and Manchester.

Whitearra
1 year ago

MC. Tried to your comment and ended up it by mistake.

Whitearra
1 year ago

MC. Apologies, this voting lark is too complicated for me. Tried to vote For your comment and F@@ked up.

Stiofan
1 year ago

Agree – end the season now. The entire SNP and associated establishment extensions are a disgrace. Hypocrites and moral cowards every last one

Tamthetim
1 year ago

The Celtic board are complicit in this debacle, they should all resign and take their dodgy handshakes away from our club. I’m sure they will be welcome at Mordor, fucking bastards.

James
1 year ago

Enough of all that finger pointing pish that will come to nothing, no Celtic fan should renew a season book or buy any merchandise until Celtic release an official statement about the lie of title 55, for me, if you’re a Tim and renew whilst Celtic let this issue go then you’re part of the problem.

Mike.
1 year ago

Sevco lift the title, (I), they never won it, we meekly handed it over to them gift wrapped in a slimline box filled with white feathers, nicely tied up with green, white and gold ribbons. The joyful scenes, of their manky support doing the hokey cokey to the tune of the famine song, accompanied by Strathclyde’s finest is a scene embossed in my mind that will take more than Dettol to erase. Still not a peep from the suits upstairs who helped to facilitate it. Resolution 12, is left sitting in perpetual limbo, while the secret 5Way Agreement is gathering dust in Doncaster’s safe, are they all proud of themselves at having a secret agreement governing the protocols of Scottish football? or Having a president like Petrie, who is tainted with his licencing tattoo. Next they will be appointing a compliance officer who is a Sevco season ticket holder and masonic referees, Lord help us. I have attended many Celtic AGMs. including the 2013 AGM when Peter Lawwell said this…
“Rory Bremner can call himself Tony Blair”, I laughed at his joke, him taking a poke, little did I know, that the joke was on me.

Cartvale88
1 year ago

Celtic should now create the initiative and state that until guaranteed assurances are given towards upcoming games they will have no option but refuse to play these games for public safety issues. Regarding the Polis, they should be held to account as they created this riot by their lack of policing at the Livingston game where flares and fireworks landed on the pitch. As for the SPFL and the SFA the club should force the issue asking why there is clearly a lack of fairness regarding Covoid issues. Rankers and Slippy broke the bubble on Saturday at Ibrokes and at their training pitch yesterday, as they have done previously at other so called parties.
The only bubble the Wankers appreciate is their fantasy that they are the same club, but you can understand them as it was there first trophy, St Johnstone have two, Celtic well how do u count them

Frank McGaaaarvey
1 year ago

Thank you Lennon and Lawell (and others) for giving us yesterday which was a joy to behold from start to finish. Seeing all the vermin scurrying out from under their rocks who for the last 10 years haven’t “been bothered about fitbaw” all trying to reclaim their mantra of being ra peepel by flying their union rags out the window. Allied to seeing the footage from George Square and the like made it a truly memorable day. Yep, thanks Lenny and Peter for us not even putting up a fight and rolling over to get our bellies tickled. Oh, and for standing by and swallowing all this 55 pish.

BornCelt!
1 year ago

Agreed, but is it 55 pish or SS pish? HH!

Frank McGaaaarvey
1 year ago
Reply to  BornCelt!

Same thing BC. They have goose-stepped their way to their 1st title while we slithered alowly and aimlessly like a snake with a sore body.

Michael
1 year ago

What happened in George Square happened within the UK. By not voting for independence you are accepting things as they are.

the real Anton Rogan
1 year ago

Bullshit

BornCelt!
1 year ago

Is it Charlie Green or Charlie Blue-Nosed? HH!

bgbhoy
1 year ago

all quiet from our dearly departed donkey dunky

hes probably back on the train down from glasgow having enjoyed partying with his fellow fans in george square

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

…….but but but but ……Glen Daly and all that……hun.

The Cha
1 year ago

Rothesay Glen Daly CSC from over 30 years ago. Where’s our hero?

twitter .com/celticbars/status/1356997448749748225

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

He’s been spotted taking on Isis single-handedly……..

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Monti
1 year ago

🙂

bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

haha correct

Owen Mullions
1 year ago

There weren’t many independence supporters at George Square yesterday – I take it you did notice all those Union Jacks on display? Try waving your butcher’s apron at Parkhead next season – or maybe Ibrox would suit you better.

Frank McGaaaarvey
1 year ago

Sorry to disappoint you but we are currently under Westminster rule. This happened on BawJaw’s watch. Not that he gives an Eartha Kitt as it was his lackeys and servile forelock-tuggers who were flouting covid guidelines because they arra peepel.

Yoker Bhoy
1 year ago

Yesterday’s hun festivities have become a talking point throughout Europe. In Spain, for instance, the scenes outside the festering hundrome have appeared on several different channels showing the national news, in which the words ‘ugly’, ‘disgraceful’, and ‘shameful’ were used to describe them. The national press were equally scathing in their comments directed at another dirty and much-hated team that also plays in red, white and blue and has nazi elements among their support, Athletico Madrid. This team hasn’t won anything yet this season but that didn’t stop thousands of their fans senselessly gathering outside their stadium to greet the players’ coach as it arrived while completely ignoring all safety precautions. No preventative measures taken either by the right-wing local government or the police. Hard to fathom the stupidity of these people.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

BREAKING NEWS…………..This just in from the Celtic Park boardroom………..

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The Cha
1 year ago

The Cha
1 year ago

I’m more concerned about “Going for 52” that claims about a fraudulent 55.

Just me, then?

bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

i came into the office today with a blow up zimmer frame and a note saying you’ll be in one of these the next time you win the league

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

In Belfast that could mean anything…….. watch your kneecaps.

Monti
1 year ago

bgbhoy,
Zimmer frame for the old man?

bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

hahaha yeah ill keep it handy

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

I hope there were none of them super spreaders from the mutant strain yesterday.

bgbhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

not sure but i was vocal in front of the boss that i hope the people phoning in sick yesterday weren’t just nursing hangovers from the night before

Iancelt67
1 year ago

Still with all their cheating in the past and I really feel your hatred about the whole hun entity, but we fucked up majorly. It doesn’t matter if we were vying with a Stalin Xi for the title we conjured up abject failure with an over confidence that was ridiculous. You could almost say our success relied on their failure the way we went about our business. No excuses. Bad people running the club now they’re scurrying away like rats leaving the proverbial sinking ship

1 year ago

Watched that yesterday crazy Duncan would have said we had 26 shots on target or something

Edouard is not playing fir the team stands out a mile.
Brown Christie McGregor hasn’t worked all season but Kennedy brings them all back in and subs the only player in the pitch outwith the cleek.
Jamesy is deemed fitter than Ajeti and griff which is a scandal of its own.
The team won’t win the cup,they chucked it a long time ago.
We have a 30 point swing since last season ffs.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

John Collins touting himself for DOF. No thanks, but you can certainly F..OFF.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

We’ve got where we are amid all the bigotry, hatred, inequality because of this perverse union, been part of it for hundreds of years or are am I mistaken? We already live in a country that has been dominated by loyalism, freemasonry and the union has been its breeding ground. Time for change and by the way, it’s George Square, named after a pro slavery English King.

MabozzaRitchie
1 year ago

agreed. After the Darien f_uvck up the scots should have been told to f_uvck off and starve when they turned up in England with their begging bowls.

Thru and thru
1 year ago

Great blog. What happened at the weekend is a national disgrace. The Scottish Government are protecting the ones that probably lost them the independence vote. I still can’t believe they were escorted all the way to George Square. The last couple of days has showed Scotland in all it’s glory. Zombies rioting, the friendly Glasgow polis helping them do it and the government turning a blind eye. If I get a fine for any Covid breach they can stick it. And I’ll tell them why.

1 year ago

A celtic team that reminded me of the early 90s thats what I watched yesterday. Gutless bastards the fuckin lot of them. Scared to put their head, their body on the line.
Players been here nearly a full season still not fit enough to influence a game against Dundee utd. Shocking.
Brown McGregor Christie hasn’t worked all season so why keep it going. Bit cleekish if you ask me.
Time for a massive clear out.
We won’t win the cup so don’t get your hopes up for that to save face.

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