What the Hell is it with some of the people in our support who feel the need to share every nonsensical rumour and story that they hear with the world, no matter how ridiculous, no matter how irresponsible, no matter how plainly idiotic it makes them sound?
The latest is this outrageous “Gordon Strachan on standby to take over as a manager” story which has popped up out of nowhere and is so clearly preposterous that anyone spreading it needs a lie down in a dark room.
Doing this job, you develop a sort of radar for the stories which have something in them and those which don’t, but even if your radar apparatus consists of nothing but a rusty coat hanger tuned to the BBC it should be blatantly obvious that there is no truth or fact whatsoever in a story like that.
It’s as if some people can’t help but breathe life into the worst possible scenario.
Or they like attention.
Either way, Celtic fans should not be so utterly irresponsible as to spread a story which is not only miles outside the realms of possibility but starts with the supposition that our current manager is on the verge of the sack. He isn’t.
Ange Postecoglou has been in the job for only a few months. We’ve had seven league games. Seven. If there are people who aren’t willing to give this guy a chance, then I suggest they never were. Does he have to start getting results? Yes, he does.
But talk of anyone being “on standby” to replace him is the kind of gutter tabloid baloney we would be brutally hammering the press for if someone like Kris Boyd had come up with it. Why are people on our own side giving it a push?
If you heard that rumour and believed that there was even a scrap of truth to it then you probably also believe that the 5G network is responsible for the global health crisis.
The two components of it – that Ange is on the brink and that even this Celtic board would entertain the idea of appointing Strachan even as a temporary boss – are jointly so far-fetched that they make The Squid Game sound realistic.
I honestly don’t know why any of our fans give this kind of stuff credence and I wish to God stories like this died on the vine instead of spreading like a bad rash.