Provan Resorts To That Celtic Cliché; “I Don’t Like Him, So Ange Didn’t Sign Him.”

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I would hate to still be in politics. I used to enjoy it. I used to love debating with people and trying to change their minds on stuff.

Nowadays I know I can’t.

There are segments of the population who are no longer capable of rational discussion; they have their views and they aren’t going to change them no matter how much information you try to give them.

I’m afraid to say, when faced with wilful idiocy I do tend to lose the nut.

Wilful idiocy is when someone is capable of understanding something but simply doesn’t try to. There are a lot of examples of it in the modern world, people who close their minds to anything they don’t want to hear, when opening them even a crack would let in the light.

That they simple don’t want to hear it, that they simply refuse to engage on that level is infuriating to me. Absolutely infuriating. That’s not debate any more than arguing with a three-year-old is debate. If I had to do that every single day I would actually go mad.

I feel like that sometimes reading Scottish sports journalism. It is so shoddy and loaded down with unreliable guff that I sometimes want to quit. People always ask me why I continue to read up on everything they write about Celtic; I do it so you don’t have to. If there’s anything worth reading in those clickbait sites and third rate titles, you’ll read it here.

I spend every day analysing this stuff. It’s the job.

So when I read Davie Provan indulge in one of the laziest and shabbiest practices connected with how pundits cover our club, I sit down and write about it only after composing myself so I don’t scream into a pillow first.

Today his rant about Starfelt is terrible for his resorting to cliché, for his going to sip from a puddle that was long since poisoned.

To cut a long story short, he doesn’t rate the player and because he wants to focus his ire on the board, who he hates with a burning passion, he blames them for the signing. In doing so, he’s calling Ange a witless worm.

He doesn’t use those words. He doesn’t come right out and say it.

But the logic of the position is that the board has forced this terrible footballer on the manager. It can’t possibly be that the manager himself rates the guy and signed him and now is giving him the opportunity to settle into the team next to a permanent partner.

Provan never explains why this player who is so terrible starts ahead of Welsh, Bitton and Osaze Urhoghide … no, because that might get you into a different debate than he wants. So he goes with the most rancid argument of all.

Taken to its natural conclusion, he is calling our manager a yes-man who simply accepted what he was given instead of fighting for his own choices.

Again, let me point out that the manager continues to play the player week in week out … that suggests that maybe he rates him more than others.

Unless Provan is suggesting he’s under orders there too?

In which case, his second point – that Ange should be given money in January to sign a “proper” defender – is equally brain-dead.

Because if his contention is that the board has already spent £4 million plus on a player the manager doesn’t want, what makes him think that they would let him have the final say in the next window?

Joined up thinking is not Provan’s strong suit.

That he has reached for the bottom rung of the ladder here in trotting out this discredited theory should be enough for rational people to dismiss this story outright. Are we really supposed to believe that Ange is so insightful that the successful signings are all down to him and the less good ones were done by someone else?

Hell, if you were that good, why would you let anyone else make these decisions in the first place?

Why would anyone want to go over your head when you have a perfect score?

Starfelt has been a Celtic player all of three months.

It is shocking that so many hacks are already sharpening their knives over this guy, and whether they know it or not they are insulting the manager with all this talk of him accepting players signed by the board.

I just want to grab this guy by the lapels and scream at him; “You don’t like the guy, so Ange didn’t sign him! Do you know how goddamned stupid you sound? How petty? How childish? How moronic? Do you realise how dumb that whole argument is?”

This is why I can’t do political activism anymore. It would go badly. I cannot deal with wilfully stupid people on a face to face basis.

It’s hard enough reviewing their “journalism.”

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  • Jim Duffy says:

    I wonder what provan would have made of Paul Elliott remember the horrendous start he had at Celtic and then turned out to be one of our best ever central defenders

  • Nick66 says:

    In truth James mistakes are part of being a defender. I believe Starfelt will settle when the actual back line is settled. He’s a slow burner and the fact is we have a back line being intoduced then re-introduced every other week. I see signs of improvement as we move along and with good fortune we’ll have our internationals back home unscathed and others back from their bumps and bruises to augment the 1st team choices. All in all we know that our Bhoys are picked on and as i say it’s Starfelt’s turn just now.

  • Roonsa says:

    I know it’s sort of part of the reason for this fan website (i.e. you read the “guff” so that other people don’t have to – taking one for the team) but I honestly don’t know why you bother. I sometimes watch and read the press coverage for English football and whilst a lot of it is tripe, I would still say most of it is (like the football) on another planet compared to the childlike garbage we have to put up with here.

    My dad, who is touching 80, is still coming to me and saying “have you read what the huns have done now ….” or “do you see what they’re saying in the papers about ….” – I stop him right there. “Dad. How many times have i told you not to read it if it upsets you so?”. He does read the Daily Mail right enough (i know) and I actually consider their sports journalism to be a level above the redtop crap that gets slated on here. That’s not saying much right enough. The whole arguing with a 3 year old bit I totally get. There’s no point. If the level of “journalism” is paying the likes of Alex Rae or Kris Boyd what they think about Celtic then you’re off to a loser right away.

    Whether or not their is an anti Celtic agenda (which is something that is discussed on here frequently), that’s something impossible to prove. I was actually thinking about this yesterday when I away off in one of my daily dwams, you could not argue for or against it without it descending into a he said / she said playground encounter. What you would actually need, silly as it may sound, is stats. Who would actually have the time to do that? It’s an impossible mission even if the stats were solely focused on a pro/anti Celtic / sevco level. It would be interesting though 🙂

  • Iljas Baker says:

    First of all I believe Starfelt is improving and I don’t think anyone should write him off at this time but he himself has admitted Ange’s system is a different system from what he’s used to playing.

    So he appears not to be a player Ange picked because he could immediately play his system, which of course is the ideal situation.

    So did Ange accept him on someone’s recommendation for pragmatic reasons believing he wasn’t someone who would immediately fit in but would come good?

    I don’t think we really know enough to say anything definitive about the transfers apart from Kyogo whom Ange definitely picked and who has perfectly fitted into Ange’s system from the start. I like Abada and Jota but they still have a lot to work on in terms of fitting Ange’s system as do other signings. Again the question, did Ange pick them or accept them because of their potential? They weren’t playing in similar systems. The same with existing players with the exception of Calmac.

    Not all players can play in all systems so it is inevitable that some won’t be around for long unless they’re happy to see out their contracts without playing.

    Ange was immediately hampered by coming in late, from a different footballing region, coming in to a club in disarray with no DoF, no scouting system etc. Personally, I think he’s doing well under the circumstances. But he will need a couple of transfer windows to have the right players and I’m not sure how much the board and DD will support him.

    We urgently need a proper structure to the club. It is beyond belief that this chaos has not only continued but worsened since Ange took over. Now that Dom is out Ange is very vulnerable. I believe he is a good man and could be a very successful Celtic manager but only if gets the right support.

    Just what was it Dom was suggesting that hit a brick wall and led to him feeling he had to resign? Will Ange hit the same brick wall?

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