There are things you expect from someone like Keith Jackson, and he never disappoints.
You expect him to be biased.
You expect him to make points which are pretty stupid.
You expect his writing to reflect the level of his education. You expect him to contradict himself. He does all of this and more, on a week to week basis. Which is sort of amazing.
There is something to be said for someone capable of such consistency. This morning he delivered in fine style with a piece of work that is mind-numbingly bad.
In Jackson’s latest, he has suggested that our Japanese signings might be a bad thing for the club.
He has said that the manager would probably have found it easier to integrate them into the team if we weren’t doing so well. On the other hand, the Ibrox club benefits from having a settled squad.
And if you are confused then I’d suggest you aren’t alone.
This is typical of his peculiar brand of logic, logic which applies only to Celtic. How the signing of three good players the manager knows well and knows how to fit into his team can be spun as a negative is something only he could conjure up, and he does it because he is able to utilise an amazing version of what Orwell would have recognised as doubtlethink.
Remember the famous and remarkable paragraph where Winston Smith explains it?
“To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies. To hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them. To use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it … to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again. And above all, to apply the same process to the process itself—that was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed.”
Jackson has been doing it for years when it comes to Celtic, twisting every positive into a negative whilst doing the opposite at Ibrox. They have one new signing, and they’re trying to get Souttar over the line. They will probably try to bring in at least one additional player, to make three … the same number as we’ve signed for the first team squad.
Think he will apply the same logic over there?
Of course he won’t. Jackson lives in Ibrox La La Land, where white is black and black is white.
The competition between the writers at his paper to be considered the worst in Scotland is fierce; Keevins edges it, but not by much. Jackson has made a strong case for himself with this garbage.
It cannot possibly be anything but a positive for Celtic that the manager has three new players in the squad.
There is not another journalist anywhere – not even Keevins, nor any of the “pundits” who flock around the game and embarrass it with their stupidity, which means Boyd and others – who thinks that it can possibly be a negative for a manager to have additional footballers to place into his squad. I doubt Jackson believes this himself.
But he badly wants to, because he knows we’re stronger for this and it’ that, the taint of bias and wishful thinking, that stinks up the article and confirms him as one of the dumbest people writing on the sport anywhere in the UK.