Yesterday, the BBC apologised for the appalling tweet which Tom English put out concerning Celtic’s message of condolence to Shane Warne. English had already removed it and announced that he had been instructed to.
It was a humiliation for him, and one that he richly deserved for thinking that his personal animus to our club could be indulged in public.
A couple of folks have said that it was wrong for the BBC to impose that policy on English whilst he was commenting on Twitter, but he forgets that as a representative of the national broadcaster he isn’t allowed to publicly go off on one like that.
English has been made aware of his personal responsibilities, and what the BBC’s late apology proves is that Celtic has reminded them of theirs.
This is a pro-active move from the club, and one that should fire a warning shot across the bow of anyone in the media who consistently abuses their position to attack our club for no reason.
Boyd already found out how far he can go when Celtic had him slapped down earlier in the year. Now the BBC and English have been given a reminder that not anything goes.
It’s actually pretty shocking that Celtic has had to resort this not once in recent months but twice. Our media’s inability to analyse our club in a responsible, professional manner clearly irritates the manager and others inside Parkhead too.
And finally, the club is saying no more of it.
This is long overdue.
The hacks should be warned, and especially at the national broadcaster; Celtic is no longer willing to tolerate unwarranted attacks. Criticism is fine, and our club has always been perfectly happy to be given stick when it’s deserved but what it will not take is those who think their media jobs give them a platform to grandstand at our expense.
The manager will not accept it, the club will not accept it and we, the bloggers, will continue to excoriate these people every time they cross the line. That, on its own, would not be enough.
That Celtic is now hitting back is a sign that things have changed.