Two Sets Of Ticketless Fans, And Two Different Ways To Cover The Story.

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This morning, I did a piece on the official club statement at Ross County, which the media took great delight in covering. I thought that statement was crass and over the top and ridiculous, and was yet another attack on the support which has helped pay for a lot of these grounds that we now struggle to get tickets for. I thought it was outrageous.

The media’s coverage of it strongly leaned on the side of Ross County; how dare Celtic fans try to get into the away end? Don’t people know that is dangerous and wrong? Imagine my surprise, then, when one of the same papers ran a similar story from Belgium, about how Ibrox fans were trying to get tickets for the away end in their Champions League qualifier?

And how do you think The Daily Record covered that story? As a security nightmare, filled with warnings and foreboding and the threat of dire consequences? No, of course not. They went the other way. Which is what you would expect from them.

This is how Gavin Berry opened the piece, and the tone is remarkable in contrast to that which Celtic fans had to read this morning about our club.

“Union Saint-Gilloise are trying to block Rangers fans snapping up tickets for the home end for the first leg of their crucial Champions League qualifier in Belgium next week after cottoning on to crafty Ibrox punters taking out membership schemes for the Jupiler Pro League side.”

The very first line reeks of “How dare they!” and pays tribute to “crafty” fans trying to get around the ticket ban by signing up for membership schemes for the Belgian club. Aren’t these mugs in enough membership schemes as it is? That was my first thought. They must love throwing their money about like confetti.

So the Belgians are nasty and horrible and the Ibrox fans are simply guys who want to follow their team, indulging in some jolly japes? And on the other hand, Ross County are right to do everything in their power to prevent our fans – our hooligan, awful fans who threaten service staff when they don’t get what they want – from doing the same?

What snivelling guttersnipe hypocrites our media are at times.

It boils my blood, it really does.

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  • REBELLIOUS says:

    ‘What snivelling guttersnipe hypocrites our media are at times.‘

    Re. ‘… at times’

    Nah they’re RATS 24/7 365 days a year.

    They’re awful at their job and frequently print 100% absolute LIES about our club, you’re right to say Celtic should speak up over this smear campaign, but will they? coz they’re all at it.

    I don’t live in Scotland so I’m not best placed to assess, but having spent 30 years growing up there I’ve a fair idea how things go. The sports press in Scotland are FQN useless and biased beyond belief. Can you imagine if paramedics were not doing their jobs properly people would die, but we let the press away with all sorts.

    But here we are in bigoted Scotland in 2022 nothing much has changed regarding how our club and our fans are treated in my lifetime, same old, same old s#it just a different day.

  • Roonsa says:

    “What snivelling guttersnipe hypocrites our media are at times”?

    Are there times when they are not guttersnipe hypocrites? That’s news to me.

  • SSMPM says:

    No surprise there then, can’t educate pork

  • Stephen McAdam says:

    ” our media”?! Nahh just huns and it was always thus! Like referees, sfa and the people paid to protect our streets eh Enablers of der hun as they are them! Only in brigadoon Scotland!

  • harold shand says:

    That c*nt Berry ain’t a journalist he’s just a hun messenger boy

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