Here’s the thing about making a moral argument; you have to be consistent at it.
When The Record was pulverising Glen Kamara’s abuser I pointed out their long record of hypocrisy on this very subject.
This is the paper that was still calling for Lorenzo Amoruso to be capped for Scotland after he had racially abused a Dortmund player.
It is the same paper which has frequently “consulted” Hugh Dallas, sacked for a bigoted email at the SFA.
It is the same paper which has often lionised Malky MacKay, sacked by Cardiff for a string of despicable, racist and misogynist text messages.
So it’s really no surprise to see them today printing the words of Maurice Ross.
His comment that Celtic has only been at the top of the league for “ten minutes” and that Giakoumakis “lacks class” for being confident that we’ll win the league ignores one or two things, and I’ll get to them in a moment, but before that let’s put Ross under the microscope.
This is the guy who was assistant manager at Notts County for just under three months.
He resigned just prior to an inevitable sacking for making a “racially insensitive comment” to one of the club’s own players. The Scottish press, which forgave him almost at once, reported that he later did “education courses” so he might learn what racism is.
Only in this country could an assertion so laughable be accepted.
Our own manager got right to the heart of it when he said, earlier in the season, that people know right from wrong and to pretend that adults need to learn this stuff is a joke.
But if you are a former Ibrox player – and EBT recipient no less – then it seems forgiveness is always available to hand. Right after his “resignation” BBC Radio Scotland, home of many an EBT paid player, gave him a platform from which to rationalise and minimise what he had done. I guess if you have enough pals in the media, as Dallas has, as Mackay has, anything goes.
The double standard is appalling and should make people sick.
Ross is a self-confessed bigot, that’s the truth of it. He had to be “educated” not to be a racist?
Is that supposed to make us laugh?
We’re supposed to accept his moralising on one of our players when he has that particularly rich piece of personal history? Since none of the media wants to do that analysis before reporting his words it falls to us again.
His comments aren’t even credible when taken on their own.
Numerous media personalities called the league in September. More than one Ibrox player has made comments similar to those which Giakoumkas made at the weekend.
There is an element of bigotry in the way Giakoumakis’ words are being represented in the press; he’s just another uppity fenian who has too much to say for himself. You are allowed to be confident if you play at Ibrox or you move in their media circle. But how dare a Celtic player express his views as clearly as this?
You know we’re under their skin when this is the quality of their commentary.
As for Ross the racial abuser, he does actually have a real job to do, one which I would think the directors and fans and players at Cowdenbeath would feel happier if he focussed on.
They’d be happier still if he was doing it with even a shred of success.
His current club – not for much longer one suspects – sits rooted to the bottom of the league … the Second Division.
Which means they are the worst football team in the whole of Scotland’s professional structure right now.
How relieved all involved there must be that his focus is on what matters.
How amazing that he thinks he can lecture Celtic on our players, or that he give Ibrox advice on how to motivate its own footballers … it would serve him better if he found a way to motivate the ones in his own charge, and in a way that doesn’t send them running to their PFA rep or to Show Racism The Red Card Scotland.
I really don’t feel like there’s any merit in discussing further either his comments or his sordid past behaviour.
But I marvel that The Record has again demonstrated its own complete lack of scruple or principle or even just short term memory.