This morning, the security team at Celtic had one priority and only one; identifying the moron (the harshest word I’m allowed to use or believe me there would be worse) who threw a bottle at Hearts’ Barrie McKay last night.
That idiot has been hunted down and tweezerd out of the support, given his marching orders from Parkhead and charged to the limit of the law. This is all to the good.
Plastic bottle? So what. Empty plastic bottle? Big deal.
People like this are a cancer in our fan-base that has to be cut out with whatever instruments are available to the club.
I said in a recent article about the yobs who fought a pitched battle in the city centre whilst garbed as “Celtic fans” that there is an element in our fan-base which is doing us harm and I repeat that today.
But they are doing themselves harm as well. On a night when protest banners dotted the stadium, those in the boardroom would have felt empowered by the bottle throwing.
All the guy who chucked it did was strike a blow for Bernie Higgins.
It is incidents like this which make it more likely that the club will plough on with his hiring regardless of what the mood is in in the stands. What kind of yobs throw stuff at players during corners?
The sort who someone like Higgins will be entrusted to deal with.
Apart from the act itself being neddish the stupidity of it, at a time when the board is under siege on this issue, is obvious. Obvious to everyone except the clown who did it.
It has our directors cover for the appointment which is opposed by nearly every single Celtic fan.
It will play into the hands of those on the board who don’t just think fans have no place in operational decision making but who also think that maybe some of our supporters need to be reminded of who exactly is in charge.
I’ll be honest; if I was in their shoes, I’d wait for the next daft incident and I’d announce the appointment the next day, listing the sins and saying that the escalating nature of them was the reason for rushing it through.
And you know what?
Many in our support would greet that with nods of the head and general agreement, even, perhaps, some who are opposed to it right now.
I am glad this moron has been identified and charged.
His behaviour has done further damage to two worthwhile causes; first, that of Celtic itself and secondly, the campaign against a retrograde appointment which looks more inevitable with every day that passes.