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Celtic Are The Only Ones Who Benefit From Ibrox’s Spiteful Sutton Ban.

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The mark of true spitefulness is how blind it is. The term “cutting off your nose to spite your face” rings with the truth. Nowhere will you see a better example of this than with the media strategy of the club across the city.

Today we’ve got a particularly glaring example of their stupidity and failure to think past their own petty hatreds.

Chris Sutton has been told that he was to be denied entry to the ground on Thursday.

BT Sport have responded exactly as they promised to; they are taking the game to Celtic Park. An empty Celtic Park. The backdrop to a match at the home of our rivals will be our home, with nobody in it.

As a result, the whole watching nation – and all the international affiliates – will know what happened. As PR own goals go, it is a beauty.

But the man from the DUP doesn’t care about that. His directors don’t care about that. His new manager might, as surely the old one did, but that’s a decision above his pay-grade even if it’s the sort of infantile nonsense you’d expect from spoiled children.

Celtic come out of this looking the better club. The smarter club.

This is one of those things that now involves us although we weren’t involved in it. The clever move is sometimes “do and say nothing” and that’s certainly the case here, and it’s really all we need.

We look like the responsible, sensible, sane people. The other lot look positively foaming at the mouth.

I really don’t know what urge they are trying to satisfy in banning Sutton.

I do know that other than appeasing their own bloodlust and that of their supporters it does them no good whatsoever.

But this is the thing when hate is allowed to overcome all else.

It’s the thing when you can only see your way clear to acting in a spiteful and aggressive manner towards the outside world.

People should not look for common sense because there is none to be had.

The bitterness and petty hatred reeks off of them and this barmy course of action.

Sutton hasn’t been prevented from doing his job.

He has not been embarrassed or humiliated because he has the hide of a rhino and knows that this is “shoot yourself in the foot” stuff.

He will double down on his criticisms of everything they do and in the end he’ll get paid handsomely for it.

So not only is it bad publicity for them, I see no upside whatsoever.

They’re handing a PR bonanza to Celtic, they are giving Sutton and other journalists an excuse to grandstand against them, they are losing BT Sport’s goodwill, they will have every neutral amazed at their stupidity and bigotry and they are telling the world – for this is their excuse – that their supporters are violent nutters who might cause Sutton harm if he was within reach of them for two seconds.

You tell me what that’s all about.

You tell me where anybody can possibly see an advantage for their club here, because I’m missing it, I’m failing to comprehend the thinking.

This is what cutting off your nose to spite your face looks like, in all its gory glory.

This is madness and Celtic will be laughing, and Sutton will be laughing and BT’s people probably couldn’t care less, but they must be appalled.

The rest of us can only shake our heads in weary recognition; this is Ibrox.

This is the ground whose directors once boasted of “unsurpassed dignity.”

There’s no dignity in this squalid behaviour. There’s no logic to it either.

Celtic are the only ones who win here.

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11 comments

  • THOMAS HUNTER says:

    we let that dumb Boyd, into our ground

  • Finbar muldoon says:

    Are uefa happy with this? This is their tournament, and certain people can’t be guaranteed their safety. Surely sevco should be banned from these competitions until they sort out their security problems. HH

  • REBELLIOUS says:

    Biggest OG in PR … EVER.

    BT will tire of this spoilt brat behaviour and for me, they should tell them NO THANKS

    Hopefully they’ll make them regret their decision for a very long time.

  • Ciaran Finn says:

    Truly the lunatics have taken over

  • John S says:

    Aren’t there laws against discrimination in Scotland ?

  • Bigmick says:

    This is more like cutting off your bollocks and expecting family allowance.
    Actually I’d like to suggest that they do just that…then they can’t breed any more morons.

    “Four Men Had A Dream” …(and we turned it into a nightmare)
    It’s pretty tragic that they don’t even see how much they have bastardized their own origins.
    Surely there’s enough decent fans left among them with the ability, and humility, to see what they have become, and say enough is enough.

    • The Bunnet says:

      I agree Bignick but its like a lot of decent Celtic fans fed up with the Green Brigade, the clubs only listen to the fans who make the most noise

  • Sophie Johnstone says:

    And thank god the GB are making noise,along with very many others at this moment in time,when our “custodians” seem hell bent on causing unrest amongst the fans

  • Solas sa Saoirse says:

    Sneering at the way some other supporters support their team smacks of snobbery.

  • Eugene Hendrie says:

    Is it an earner for Celtic to host BT?

  • Christina says:

    Surely UEFA must see this tonight and want to know what’s going on here? If a team, playing in one of their tournaments, cannot guarantee ‘the security’ of a media partner’s staff doesn’t that ring alarm bells- or at least raise eyebrows? Whilst team’s from Ibrox can do as they please in domestic football I would have thought that there would be some censure when playing in European competitions. Meanwhile- win win for Celtic on PR front; Ibrox looks bad we look good- without having to lift a finger! Presume we get paid for allowing BT use of the facilities too?

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