The news that Celtic will pay tribute to the Queen tomorrow night in Warsaw is fine as far as it goes. There will be a silence. There will be black armbands. The players and the club will have done what is required of them by convention and precedent.
As far as I’m concerned, that ought to be it for us.
Having paid tribute tomorrow night there’s no need for us to engage in any sort of display at the weekend. St Mirren can find something of their own to do, but Celtic should be kept well out of it.
We had to do multiple tributes for the Queen Mother.
Why? Isn’t one enough these days?
I’ve seen us have to do two separate goes of all the Remembrance cobblers as well in recent years. Our club should draw a line here and say that if we’re going to be forced to comply with these rituals that we won’t be bounced into anything more.
We’re playing in Warsaw against a team from Ukraine.
Their country is actively at war and their club will not be insisting on any maudlin nonsense prior to kick off.
It is ridiculous that UEFA has mandated this garbage … whatever happened to leaving politics at the door, eah? An enforced silence for the death of a head of state is overtly political whatever way you dress it up, and all it does is reveal them to be rank hypocrites.
But we’ll do it. We’ll proceed with this little farce, this little comedy, this little action which because it’s mandatory defeats the whole purpose and the concept of a “respectful” tribute.
Or rather the two teams will. I’m not sure the fans will play ball.
Even if they don’t, the club itself will have taken the necessary steps to comply with UEFA’s directive and whoever it was who insisted on this ought to be well satisfied.
That should free us up from any obligation to repeat the exercise in Paisley.
Most people I know can’t stomach having to go through this charade once.
Why in God’s name should we agree to go through it more times than that?