The relative ease with which Celtic disposed of Dundee United to keep alive the possibility of a fifth treble in six years was an indicator of how well things are going on the pitch.
The players showed enthusiasm, craft and a fair amount of hard work.
Interestingly, and probably uniquely, all the substitutes not only slipped into the style and tempo of the game, but each one of them did enough to catch the eye.
McCarthy made himself available for the pass whether needed or not, Rogic and Dembele were creative and determined, and Mikey Johnston looked like he was trying a little less and achieving a little more.
And he looked like he’d been at the weights, which in itself is a sign of the right attitude.
So all good then, as the hoops look forward to a clash with plucky cash strapped minnows “rangers ” in the semi final ?
And maybe not.
The away support , some claim a minority , others a sizeable minority, seemed to run out of songs to sing, and brought back a couple of outdated and offensive tunes which were simply best left wherever it was they found them.
On The One Road, a song about Irish unification and including the line “Sure we’ve had our troubles now and then, but now is the time to make things up again ” , seems to have gained another line which is quite frankly unacceptable.
” Dublin, Belfast , Cork and Donegal ” has been replaced by “Soon there’ll be no protestants at all “, which is right up there with anything that the support of any other club or company has produced in the name of banter.
Now apart from the obvious misconception that players will run faster, tackle harder or pass more accurately because the fans are telling them that if they do the ultimate goal of the removal of protestants can possibly act as a spur, it’s pathetic to aim a diatribe at a section of society that has provided some of, if not perhaps the greatest of, all contributors to the history of the club.
The club has a fair degree of control over who gets away tickets, and I’m fairly sure they can identify if not the actual offenders, but the CSC or season book holder responsible for that area of the ground where the song came from.
At one time, self policing was a major influence in the Celtic support, and it appears that no longer applies.
So the club will have to police it themselves. They will have to identify the offenders, or those who accepted the tickets and perhaps distributed them amongst their members or friends, and remove them from the list.
There are no excuses for this behaviour, and the punishment must be swift and severe.
And as for that awful ditty about roaming in the gloaming with a shamrock, that has to go purely on the grounds that it’s pathetic.
” Ma…ma…Dad’s disappeared, and I can’t find his shamrock ”
“Aw naw…he’s away roaming again ”
Think about this…if our support is singing about what is presumably a protestant genocide, then how on earth can we criticise and demand action when another support sings this….as they did the other evening ?
‘Why don’t you go home…’
‘Why don’t you go home…’
‘The Famine is over, why don’t you go home.’
— Lint (@Zeshankenzo) March 15, 2022
We’re not two cheeks of the same arse, and we’d do well to remember some wise words..
The other feature of the other night was the performance of John Beaton, the referee .
He managed to disallow a perfectly legitimate goal when Daezen Maeda scored after an accidental handball from Georgios Giakoumakis, and neither he nor the multitude of experts seemed to be aware that a rule change this season means that goals scored under those circumstances are perfectly legal.
No one has questioned why a top level official was unaware of that change, and no one has wondered if any of the referess are aware of it.
We did hear that they have been introduced to one change, where a solid bar replaces the piece of string between the posts,. and that some of them are still struggling to adapt to the pace of change, but someone , somewhere is responsible for an official not knowing the rules.
Come to think of it, his refusal to award a penalty when Karamoke Dembele was bundled off the ball probably shows an overall lack of knowledge of the rules, although it does seem to be an intermittent problem, as their memory comes back rather sharply when one club/company makes a claim….
Honest mistakes cost Celtic money , which should concern the board, and trophies, which should concern the manager and players.
They certainly concern me.
The real darkness however lies in what is ahead.
Regular readers will know I have a deep seated mistrust of our board and it’s intentions, especially towards the business partnership they have with a struggling new club and it’s lack of financial nous.
Their lack of control of stories, and their apparent lack of concern about these stories, that appear in the media, always bad news, always aimed at causing disruption or discontent, is not reflected in their treatment of fan media.
Yet there are no recordings and no video of this.
So I asked
What was the event, why no recordings or video, and who chose those who attended? What criteria was applied in selection?
Answer there came none, although it was clarified the club requested ( lol..requested ) that no recordings were made.
Now why would they do that ?
Too private to record, but feel free to discuss it publicly, which sort of defeats the purpose of not recording it.
Having been asked to dance once or twice by a former CEO in return for a few snippets of news, I’m fully aware of how this works, and since the support trust fan media, quite rightly, over the mainstream, then for our own largely inefficient PR machine this particular outlet for news and information is open to manipulation, and given that this particular board has shown no respect for fans wishes, then it becomes clear that some are being used, and one can only wonder what for.
After all, we still haven;t had the Janefield crush report, we still haven’t had closure on their behaviour during the collapse of the original Rangers, and we are told that all such matters are dealt with behind closed doors…
Now wouldn;t it be much easier for them if a few trusted fan media outlets would do their work for them on the promise of a few trinkets of information.
When I was asked, I said there was no need, I just make stuff up.
Which in reality is pretty much what the board do when you try to get them to discuss anything…. are they now passing on even that small concession to their supporters and shareholders ?
If so, what train is thundering down the tracks towards us, ready to cause carnage ?
Yeah, maybe, but thats what they always say we are, and history has shown us we weren’ t paranoid enough.