There was serious disorder today between the fans of Ibrox and those of Spurs. Battles up and down Paisley Road West, in the city centre. There are, doubtless, standoffs going off as I write this and this is probably the pattern for the rest of the night in Glasgow.
Ibrox fans are playing the blame game. Blaming everyone else, in other words. I’ve read some of them blaming the Spurs fans, others blaming Aberdeen fans (I know, right?) and more yet who seem to think Celtic fans were causing all the trouble.
Always, always, always it is down to somebody else.
All that does is gives an alibi to those who were actually responsible, and this is the established pattern with them. It’s why these problems continue to plague them. It’s why they have such a shocking reputation all across Europe, and not even their relatively good behaviour in Seville (which was ready for them) can or will change that.
There is a section of their support which spends all its time spewing hatred and wants to fight with the world. Until they are confronted – and the Police could do it better and the media can do it better and our politicians can do it better – this will continue.
Yet it’s not the police, the media or the politicians who can genuinely make the difference here. Only the rest of their support, speaking with one voice and telling these Peepul that they are not welcome within it, can truly wipe the stain of this lot away.
You know, I have more respect for the numpties, morons and psychopaths on their forums who freely admit that they’d have loved to be there in the thick of it than those who tut-tut and try to fob it off as supporters of some other club.
Clearly, there needs to be a reckoning, and those fans who have had enough of these folk need to start speaking up, or speaking more loudly, and lobbying their club to actually do something about it. They know who these yahoos are … but until the movement against them comes from within then it will grow until it completely consumes them.
Sometimes I think that maybe it would be better if it did. Then perhaps the meaningful confrontation with all of officialdom would be necessary. It’s going to take one or the other before this kind of nonsense stops.