Last night, the club from Ibrox made sure that the media was aware of how pissed off they were over the idea that their fans might not get into Celtic Park.
The Record and other outlets breathlessly wrote this up, making sure that the idea that “football is nothing without fans” was heard loudly and clearly, in an effort to embarrass us if they couldn’t have us sanctioned.
I wrote last night of how the idea that we might be sanctioned was just pissing in the wind; there is nothing the SPFL or the SFA can do about it, if we frame it in the context of red zone regulations and the need for a certain level of security at the game.
But the Record and other outlets were getting ready to start hammering us on this anyway, until this afternoon when the campaign against Celtic was dramatically, and fatally, undercut by the club at Ibrox itself, who threw their latest bitch-fit over Ross County wanting to implement their own red zone measures at the weekend, only to be told that if they insist on that they’ll not be allowed their allocation of away fans at the game.
They were originally getting 900 fans. Ibrox has cancelled those tickets.
Any step, now, to go to the SFA or the SPFL and complain about Celtic will be laughed out of the room.
By their own actions they have beautifully demonstrated the truth of what I wrote last night; the regulations which are currently in place – put there by the Scottish Government – supersede the SFA rules which require away fans to be accommodated at games.
It amazingly how swiftly they have chopped the legs out from under their own campaign against us. What was the point in even wailing to the media last night about the injustice of Celtic depriving them of tickets if they had this in the post already, as they must have?
That club believes it is the only one in the game which should have rights.
They believe they are the only one in the game who should be able to throw their weight around.
Ross County were quite right to insist on enhanced protection for their players … Ibrox’s response is petty and spiteful and nasty and vindictive … but not in the least unexpected.
But it was also stupid and self-harming. The papers, which only last night were highlighting their “case” should be embarrassed by today’s development.
The club used them and then heaped this humiliation on them.
For the rest of us, that is pretty hilarious.