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Wake Up Boo! Booing Shows You Care.

Date: 4th September 2012 at 10:14 pm
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Imagine, for one awful minute, that Rangers were still in the SPL.  And were sitting with 12 points at the top of the league.  Then imagine that Celtic were 4 points behind them after Saturday’s draw against Hibs.  Would what be the reaction?  It would be frustration, anger and probably the manager’s future being questioned.  But in this‘brave new world’ of Scottish fitba’, things seem different.

There seems to be an acceptance of bad results.

And I’m not sure if this is a good thing.

After flushing two points down the toilet on Saturday, I went to gauge reactions to the performance and almost everyone was of the same mind – it was unfortunate but it didn’t really matter as we had numerous injuries – which can’t be denied – but I’d have expected more frustration that a seemingly easy win was thrown away.  But then it came to me – if we were in a title race with Rangers every game would be scrutinised – even this early in the season.

For example, it was around this time last year that we lost at home to St. Johnstone which sent us into a poor run of form which last up until November.  People were in a panic then, but now there seems to be an acceptance that it doesn’t matter if we draw or even lose now and then – because we will probably still win the league by a large margin.  I fear that won’t be a good thing, as more results like Saturday will become acceptable and as a result ‘fair-weather’ fans will probably stay away.

If we move onto the ‘booing’ at the end of the game, the esteemed man in charge of this site wrote an article critical of those who were booing.  I’m here to defend those who did the booing.

Sort of.

We are forever being told that those who attend Celtic games are the lifeblood of the club – that’s probably why Big Cup 3 game packages are around £20 pound cheaper for those who have season tickets.  In fact, such is Celtic’s need for season-ticket holders that last week a letter was sent out ‘from’ Neil Lennon asking fans to get their friends/family to take up some of the empty seats.

As we fans are asked to do so much for Celtic, we are allowed to give our opinions, even if it verges into frustration like it did at full-time of Saturday.  As for the comments that booing could effect a young player’s confidence, I don’t really believe that, for as long as Neil Lennon is confident in them what a section of the crowd say shouldn’t bother them

In closing, I feel that fans should be frustrated and annoyed when sloppiness denies Celtic what would be a well-earned victory.  I would understand the acceptance of poor results if we had been thoroughly outclassed, but this was not the case on Saturday.  Hopefully after the international break everyone will be on the same page again and this outbreak of acceptance of average results will be forgotten about.

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28 thoughts on “Wake Up Boo! Booing Shows You Care.

  • NoPretender
    2 years ago

    d

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  • NoPretender
    2 years ago

    we ask for the youth to be given a chance then when it’s given (forced or not) you want us to boo?
    we got a short term problem to a long term solution. a bit of patience required on your part unless your a hun?
    Hail Hail!

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    • lordofthewing
      2 years ago

      great point but accusing the writer of being a hun makes your point mute and unworthy.

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  • lordofthewing
    2 years ago

    You make a valid point and it’s one that I think that adds to the spoiled child like behaviour that we see often at home games. I’m not stupid enough to think that booing is a new thing. I’m sure guys in the 70’s moaned about Jinky and probably booed Bobby Lennox for missing a few chances.

    Football fans have been fickle and always will be. Hell, we put our faith and love into something that we can’t influence. In today’s modern times we put faith in players that in the main couldnae give a flying monkies bum about us. They are detached from us. They have riches we can only dream about. This is not of their own making but it makes them more of a target now than ever. It makes most less tolerant of their perceived failings and failures.

    He earns £10,000 a week so he should be able to beat a player on £2000 seems to be the general opinion.

    The world of celebrity, constant attention and social media means that everyone is a target. It’s X-Factorism. Vote for your favourite. Boo the one you don’t like. Your encouraged to hate and make rash judgements. It’s all black or white. No fades to grey.

    Celtic are as guilty of this as any reality tv show. They treat the fans as disposable consumer numbers. They deal in celebrity and build myths about the players and the club. They just want yer money honey but are not bothered about your love.

    So, for me it’s no surprise that fans act like toddlers not getting sweeties before tea. The club actively encourage it. I just don’t get how fans canny detach themselves from the myth and look at the reality and return to the point of being fan in the first place. They have been trained to be idiots and not to think for themselves.

    Yes, it was disappointing to drop points but…like last season when a dead club was kicking about the league..and we lost to St Johnstone losing this early in the season isnt fatal. A run like last season when we were poor for months could be fatal. That’s when the worry should will out. Not the now.

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  • Wildrover
    2 years ago

    I was annoyed by the result. However, we’re only four league games into the season and, following a great week for the club, I simply decided to pick myself up and not let it ruin the rest of my day.

    If the result was part of an emerging pattern, THEN I’d be concerned.

    So, while I see your point, labelling the reaction to Saturday’s game as an outbreak of acceptance of average results is a bit melodramatic IMHO.

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    • lordofthewing
      2 years ago

      As I said in the match report, we had a fantastic week and I think circumstances overall saw a bit more acceptance on line than at the game.

      But rest assured if we lose to St Johnstone the bed wetters will be back.

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  • Stevie
    2 years ago

    I would never ever boo a Celtic player on the field of play or at any other time what good does it do.
    To boo or young players is just plain stupid, does anyone really think any player goes out to underperform.
    Sad.

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  • Stewart Millar
    2 years ago

    For me Booing gets nobody anywhere! While I can , in some way, understand why some do so, I do not condone it! I think it would send out a bigger message to players and manager alike if there were total Silence( although this would never happen)! To let them hear the small band of traveling fans celebrate like they have just pulled off some kind of masterstroke would fire them up more, in my oppion!

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  • Nickybhoy
    2 years ago

    You can’t win them all bhoys. Plus we had a fair few good chances and hit the post and bar. And apart from a breakdown in communicationbetween FF and Lustig we would have won.

    We can use this time without the manky mob in the league to bring our youth bhoys through and let them gain valuable experience playing first team football. A positive position to be in wouldn’t you agree?

    Champions league football again which is where we all want to be!

    The future is bright… It’s green and white.

    Hail hail

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  • GWG
    2 years ago

    been supporting my club for 58 Years….
    NEVER….. have I ever BOOED them on the field…
    that’s an abomination!!
    shameful that any “supporter” should even suggest we do this
    thank-you

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  • HoudiniBhoy
    2 years ago

    I have never booed and I will never boo Celtic for as long as I draw breath. Why? Just doesn’t feel right. I’ve been very unhappy over the last 36 years at times but then again, I’ve been so happy I could burst. I think positive encouragement should always be the way to go. Like begets like, et al.

    Booing on Saturday would only achieve one major outcome, if any. The loss of confidence of a few young players who will be more conscious of making errors and therefore… make errors. I have seen it over the years. Decent players turned into Kirk Broadfoot overnight because of a lack of confidence. We are but four games into our league season and we were without any of our recognised central midfielders in the 2nd half of a match where Hibs rode their luck in the first. Mistakes cost us, no doubting, but these things happen. Perhaps we should wait until we’re 18 points behind Motherwell in October before we get too carried away with voicing our dissent? Then again…

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  • Liam
    2 years ago

    Thecomicsnob, I am utterly astonished you would come out with a piece like this. You have a mantle here to do good for the club but you decide to use it to incite booing to a young vulnerable squad. shame on you.

    And as for the result…Do you really think that NFL would have put out that team if we were trying to catch Rangers??? The whole reasoning behind the team selection and ultimately the result is because we can afford to. Oh and it could have been 5 or 6 at Half time so I’m not looking to much into this one anyway

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  • Johnnybhoy
    2 years ago

    Huns boo, we shouldn’t!!!!

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    • lordofthewing
      2 years ago

      This Huns boo we don’t is as tiresome as the braindead that booed on Saturday….

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  • Sean
    2 years ago

    We won’t be handed the title this season, booing is not the way forward but this season even though the blue half are not on our toes we have the distraction of European football that may lead to varied squad selections possibly bi weekly, the case scenario has to be back the boss, back the team and its depth and keep the faith!

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  • John
    2 years ago

    The league will not be won as easily as everyone thinks.
    Celtic, hopefully, will prioritise the CL and may slip up in the league. Hopefully the league games will see the younger boys getting games, and not just one or two, but a sustained run in the team. There is an opportunity at the moment, or for the next 4 or 5 years, to create first team players from our youth ranks. If this experiment means a few dropped points, so be it.
    If Celtic are serious about getting the supporters back, drop the prices. 29 quid for a hoome game is far too much. Try charging 25 quid for a parent and child and get the next generation fired up. Mr Lawwell should know that times are hard and introduce a wee bit of charity at home.

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    • Stewart Millar
      2 years ago

      To be fair the Champions league prices are a sign of reward to season ticket holders. I agree with SPL prices being too high.

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      • celtic bhoy
        2 years ago

        Fair enough to say SPL matches are too dear but
        how can we get decent players and keep them if we
        reduce our income too much.
        Stewards should note the seats of the people who
        boo and if they are season ticket holders they should not be allowed in again.
        People who boo cannot be supporters. Of course that only applies to booing own team.

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  • mark
    2 years ago

    booing is NEVER the answer. All it does is prolong a depressing run, if the players’ confidence is dented by a bad result then it would be deeply cut by the fans booing afterwards. The sense of frustration in some matches when at home is, i think, a more practical atmosphere. It tells the players that something is wrong, yet still spurs them on to do more. The universal signal of ‘BOO’ is “I dont like you”. We’ve all heard the huns do this at home after a bad result, i never want to hear it at celtic park.

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  • mark
    2 years ago

    plus i think the champions league success has something to do with the slight ease of frustration you talk about, rather than the lack of rangers. The fact that we qualified tells fans that we are good enough in the long run. I’m more worried about the injuries we have than the results as they come hand in hand.

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  • St Phil of Giolla
    2 years ago

    Booooooooooooooooooooo! Sorry but you are definitely a hun pal, bet you won’t even buy the Celtic bible Downfall by Phil Macgiollabhain, the best crime dectective since Poirot! Out n out hun, now im going to give you abuse…….ABUSE!

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    • Stewart Millar
      2 years ago

      If only you could afford such passion on your own club? I couldn’t give two hoots about some book you claim to be the BIBLE. Wisen up please’

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  • Dickosbetting
    2 years ago

    Even if rangers were in spl they would not have 12 points. Can’t wait for champions league and seeing Celtic go through to knockouts. Think they have great chance. Hail Celtic

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  • bobocop
    2 years ago

    Does the bile and bigotry of some of you guys never end. We’re not in the Premier league but its nice to know we’re in your thoughts.
    By the way, does anyone know how St Patrick came to be in Ireland?

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    • lordofthewing
      2 years ago

      yes we are obsessed..

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      • bobocop
        2 years ago

        Looks like both clubs are guilty of complacency. Rangers can’t win away and Celtic are leaking like an old boat. Both sets of management are failing to motivate their players without the other sides presence to spur them on. It’s as if dropping these points doesn’t matter, we’re going to win the league anyway. Unless a good boot up the backside is administered both teams could face a difficult and embarrassing second half.
        So far the season has been a shambles.

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