If you’ve been on Facebook long enough, you’ll have come across one of those people who, in the aftermath of a breakup, posts constantly about it.
Not about their pain, but about how they aren’t in any pain.
Not about their anger, but about how they are “rising above it”.
You can’t help but notice that they are, in fact, in Hell and struggling badly.
Some of them keep on going long after the stage where everyone who knows them has gotten the point, heard it loud and clear and just wishes they would give themselves a shake and learn to embrace the new possibilities of life.
I suspect a lot of people are starting to feel that way about Riley McGree and his constant, incessant, assurances to the rest of us that he has no regrets about snubbing Celtic for Middlesbrough, and about how he will “defend it to my dying day.”
But why defend it? Does anyone care? Who’s he defending it from?
Not from us, we’ve moved on, we couldn’t care less. We’ve got Matt O’Riley who has more than impressed us, and Matt will be playing Champions League football next season.
Yet McGree was at it again at the weekend.
If you were trawling his Facebook page I’m certain you’d find lots of “no regrets” posts as well as those inspiring quotes those poor people seem to like so much, and which are supposed to present the impression of confidence.
I find them tragic.
I find his constant need to assert his satisfaction tragic.
I suspect he tortures himself with the decision he’s made and realises already that it was a huge error, done for the stupidest reasons, and that he realises he’s blown it.
Of course that could be misreading the situation, but if you’ve seen enough of those pages and read enough of their content you’ll recognise all this naval gazing for someone going through a real series of doubts.
And on top of that there’s something else, of course.
One of the reasons he keeps on mentioning it is that he’s continually asked about it in front of the media.
It’s obvious that if he genuinely thinks he’s done the right thing that he is one of the only people who does.