Noel Whelan is not a guy who’s ever going to find a way onto my Christmas Card List.
He is a clown. I can’t stand the site he writes for or the garbage that he routinely produces. As I said in an earlier piece, this is a guy who’s twigged that if you’re an ex-player trying for a media career that an anti-Celtic story will get you traction like nothing else will.
Tonight this eejit is piggy-backing on Kyogo’s recent interview in the Japanese media where he talked about one day maybe moving to England. This created not one ripple of annoyance amongst the Celtic fans who understood exactly the context in which he said it.
Whelan has accused him of being disrespectful.
“Rather than talking about speculation about the Premier League, first and foremost he has to do his job with Celtic. If he does that job right, then speculation will come his way and there will be offers. The last thing that Celtic will want to hear right now is him talking about the Premier League when he’s got a massive job ahead of him at the club. He’s been there what – two minutes? It shows a little bit of a lack of respect if you ask me.”
Well first things first, nobody did ask you.
So maybe you want to shut your mouth for once?
Secondly, Kyogo did not drop his comments out of a clear blue sky; he was asked a specific question about a friend of his who is now playing in the EPL.
All he did was answer the interviewer, and even then we have no way of knowing what was and what wasn’t lost in translation.
What we do know is that he affirmed his desire to be a great success at Parkhead, so he knows exactly what his job is.
Whelan either doesn’t know that or doesn’t care. I suspect it’s the latter.
Everyone who read those comments knew that Kyogo was responding to a question he was asked, and therefore there was nothing disrespectful in it all, any more than there was anything disrespectful in Abada saying his career goal is one day to play for Liverpool.
We put up with a lot as Celtic fans; you would all agree with that, no doubt.
But we should draw the line at those who try to manipulate us and our opinions for their own selfish ends.
Whelan targeted Kyogo and us through the player, to get hits. To get attention.
His behaviour is despicable and he deserves to be thoroughly scorned for it.