Wow. You know the pressure is getting to the Rejected Village Idiot when his column descends into a scattergun rant, rampaging against everyone in the vicinity.
Today he has done exactly like that, as his frustration at a season which is going all Celtic’s way boils over into an insane screed against Celtic’s chairman, the SFA, the Unseen Hand and even some in his own profession.
It is the raving of a maniac.
For openers, he has repeated a discredited lie that our chairman “lambasted officials” at the AGM last year.
No such thing happened.
Ian Bankier – who I rate about as highly as a chairman as I do Boyd as a “journalist” answered a direct question on officiating with a vague answer about how we’d raised some concerns behind the scenes.
He did not lambast anybody.
Nobody amongst the Celtic support was in the least satisfied with his answer, and if Boyd or anyone else thinks that such an inconsequential comment had some huge impact on refereeing they are wired to the moon.
Celtic has not attacked officials. Quite the opposite.
We have a manager who just the other day said that they have a difficult job, and that players and managers make more mistakes than refs do. If Boyd thinks this is us pressuring people, I think he needs to read the instructions on whatever he’s been sniffing and stop doing it immediately.
His wider comments, which seem to hint that there is some secret opposition to VAR at Celtic or the SFA are deranged.
No such opposition exists, not at our club.
The governing body has come up against some resistance, but it’s not from Celtic Park.
It is good to see him joining the chorus in favour of this but he seems, as some others do, to be of the opinion that if it is implemented Ibrox will get everything it wants.
The experience of watching Red Star put the ball in the net three times only for them all to be ruled inadmissible has clearly fried this guy’s brain to what the reality actually is; VAR will punish them far more times than it gets them off.
It is incredible to me the way the whole debate over this has been hijacked by people who want the implementation of it as a punishment to one club, our club, the club most in favour of it, the one that has been calling for it for years.
You would think Celtic had publicly spoken out against this.
Not only have we not, but we’ve been one of its most public backers going back through recent history.
Our club believes that it’s a critical tool in preventing some of the more ridiculous decisions.
Lastly, Boyd slapping out randomly against others in the media is barking, and shows the rest of them how divorced from the sane world this eejit actually is.
He is talking as if the acres of press coverage and media scrutiny of those decisions – so severe and over the top, even hysterical, that it has prompted our genial manager to slap back it in frustration – wasn’t happening at all.
Who are these “pundits” he’s talking about who aren’t commenting on them?
He alleges that it’s those with a Celtic bias.
But Sutton has discussed them, Hartson has discussed them, McFadden has talked about them and Bonner on the BBC has too.
So what in God’s name is this maniac raving about?
The whole article reads like something a rabid Union Bears nutter might have written on a fan forum after a night on the drink.
It reads like a Vladimir Putin speech, with both feet outside the circle of normal.
His bosses need to sit him and down and find out if things are alright with him at home, because he sounds like someone who’s cracking up.