Sitting in front of the press today, Ange Postecoglou must have been prepared for a lot of questions on various different aspects of being manager of Celtic.
He might have got questions over whether or not we can go on a run.
Why he chose not to put Soro or McCarthy on the bench at the weekend.
Whether he was tempted to start Giakoumakis instead of Kyogo.
None of these questions were asked. Instead one hack decided to ask him if he thought the attendance would be more affected by the government’s vaccine passports scheme than by the bizarre kick-off time on a Tuesday afternoon.
How in God’s name was our manager supposed to answer a question like that? He did the right thing; he suggested that it might be a better question for someone else at the club, and he moved swiftly on. What else were they expecting him to do?
What the Hell were they thinking, asking him that?
It’s an operational matter than actually has very little to do with Celtic itself and comes from the legislature. It is certainly not an issue on which our manager could have been expected to voice an opinion.
Those of us who aren’t at the pressers – nudge nudge wink wink hint hint Celtic – have to rely on those who are there asking sensible questions and that was not a sensible question and the manager did not even try and pretend that he thought it was.
I don’t what whoever asked that was up to, whether he thought there was an easy headline in it at the manager’s expense, or whatever it was, something criticising the government or perhaps even the club itself, but saw what it was a mile away and batted the query aside.
Honestly, the press makes me despair at times. That was such a ridiculous thing to ask the Celtic boss to speak on. It has no relevance whatsoever to his job or the preparations he is making for the game tomorrow.
What it did allow him to do was reiterate again what great support he and the players have had from the fans, and that at least raised a smile from us.