If Ange seemed a little snappy towards Chick Young last night, then there is no doubt whatsoever what his feelings were towards one of Young’s colleagues when he was asked a scandalous question about whether the early winter break “benefited” us.
Ange is clearly sick of this nonsense. He has heard it before.
He has answered this question a half dozen times, and last night, as he was in a pretty good mood overall with the performance of the team he got it again, and this time he shot back at once.
“Well, the break would have happened, there would have been a break,” he said, and I think you can tell by the words that he was quite irritated. “What’s the commentary around they designed this break just for us?” he demanded to know. “There was a break in Scottish football wasn’t there? It was as beneficial for every other club.”
The man clearly finds this debate – and it’s not a debate, it’s a bunch of whinging from people who simply cannot drag themselves out of the Follow Follow basement – absolutely ridiculous and utterly tiresome, and I cannot blame him for that one bit.
These people are a bad joke. I’m sure at the back of their minds many of them wonder if perhaps we didn’t invent Omicron for this very purpose. They forget – or rather, they ignore – that the whole of the country was caught cold by Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that attendances would be cut to 500.
Nobody had expected it, and it was logical to bring forward the break to give fans the best chance to attend games.
Our stance has been vindicated.
They also forget – conveniently – that other clubs voted for this.
Hibs, as it turned out, would have faced an off-strength Celtic side in front of an empty Celtic Park with a full-strength team of their own; that was something they didn’t even think about when they voted in favour of this, because they, like the other clubs, were putting the fans first.
They haven’t uttered a word of complaint.
Neither have Motherwell, who’s CEO scorned any suggestion that things had been arranged to “benefit” Celtic.
Even Ross County, who voted with Ibrox, celebrated the return of fans as if they’d been on the side of the angels here.
Our manager shouldn’t have to deal with this nonsense, for nonsense is what it is.
The people who are promoting this garbage should hang their heads in shame; no-one outside of their pitiful cohort believes this crap. It is an insult to every other club in the game, this idea that we can bend them to our will.
The people pushing it are a disgrace.
And I think our manager must want to call them that sometimes.