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The Lafferty Video Is What Scottish Football’s Unacceptable Face Really Looks Like.

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Only with a media entirely divorced from history, with no knowledge of anything beyond the immediate horizon, or one too scared to call bullshit, could Graeme Souness – of all people – have gotten away with calling Celtic “the unacceptable face of Scottish football” when his own past is so littered with disgrace of the sort that has reared its head today.

Celtic fans know what the “unacceptable face of Scottish football” looks like and we always have.

It has got in ours, spat at us, screamed at us, chanted at us and sung at us for as long as I’ve been alive and for going back way before then.

It’s not a mystery to us, because we’ve encountered it plenty of times.

Whilst Souness was at Ibrox, the entire culture there reeked of it and the signing of a Catholic player did nothing to change that. Souness has, on occasion, tried to pass that off as his Ibrox legacy, something he did because it needed to be done.

He’s right. It did need to be done. Because UEFA had its eyes on Ibrox and were making it clear that a sectarian signing policy was not on. They were under immense pressure from outside agencies who, unlike the media and the governing bodies, were not going to tolerate such a thing from a club playing in European football competitions.

He always attempted to dress that up as altruism.

But he shot that full of holes in the last week with his barmy, and insightful, pronouncement that it was him who first decided that the Queen’s picture should hang on the dressing room wall, because Rangers was a “Protestant institution.”

What a ridiculous, backward, statement that was … and the press lapped it up.

Those which actually bothered to include that in the quotes.

Because, amazingly, some of them decided that those lines weren’t interesting enough to be in there and they framed the decision as being about brightening up the dressing room.

But Souness’ words were unequivocal. “It was important to me that the club, a Protestant institution, should have it there,” he said.

The unacceptable face of Scottish football is anti-Catholic bigotry and anti-Irish racism, and some of the people who have been calling us out over the last few days indulged in it freely.

Others pretended it wasn’t happening at all.

For years some of the jokers in our media have “stayed out of the politics” to “focus on the football.”

Amazing that they found themselves singing a different tune this past week.

In spite of some tentative progress over the years – when we’ve been able to push the issue into the spotlight – anti-Catholic bigotry and anti-Irish racism remain as dark and as pervasive as they ever were.

Because, in no small part, the cowards we heard from this week never want to talk about it.

That has become ever clearer in the last 24 hours, since a video of Kyle Lafferty appeared online where he appears to use a vile racist chant. That’s par for the course though.

This is Scotland. This is the 21st century, where this kind of thing is still viewed as acceptable.

It will remain this way until it is called out for what it is.

It will remain this way until clowns like Souness take it seriously.

It will remain this way as long as idiots like Jackson and Keevins and that ilk view legitimate protest as something vile whilst they keep schtum on the real problem, the one that they never want to discuss.

The real unacceptable face of Scottish football is the one they’ve ignored for too many years, and it is to their eternal shame that they sweat us on the small stuff whilst the larger issue continues to fester.

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19 comments

  • Tony B says:

    Everyone just mentioned and many others are all part of the same hypocrisy and corruption.

    Remember this. If you ignore or seek to excuse fascism then you enable it and are no different to those who actively promote or espouse it.

    This is the real Scotland’s Shame. Shame on all of them.

  • Finbar muldoon says:

    Where’s wee bill leslie when you need him? HH

  • REBELLIOUS says:

    Whatever happened to all those issues when they were brought up more recently, a year or so ago?
    Yes, exactly the same as the time it was brought up the time before then, sweet FQ ALL

    I said that would happen at the time and was proven correct, this time it’ll be no different than the last and all the preceding times before that.

    Scotland is backward in trying to move forward, but on this matter, it moves with glacial speed. Sad, unfortunately, too true.

  • S Thomas says:

    Pure scumbag is Lafferty, big toxic Ned that he is. Surely he will be sacked by Kilmarnock, but let’s wait and see. I don’t really know, what there is to investigate, I’d have thought it would have been an opening and shut case.

  • Phelim grehan says:

    Nothing from souness McCoist or Branflakes ( full of shit ) today about lafferty . We didn’t expect it now did we but keep the pressure on with articles like today and sky will have to take notice. He was a cheat and a lying scumbag when he managed at the bigot dome . Himself and sir legless left them potless along with sir Walter they cheated Scottish football for a decade and more.

  • Scud Missile says:

    The BIGOT Laughfarty is a first class PONCE,he would drink in a pub called The Saracen in Possilpark and sat there in the company all night and took drink from people without buying any back.
    He had to be forced to the bar to get a round of drinks in when it became his turn,this was when he played for sevco giving it the big I’am just keep buying me drinks I play for sevco.
    He was the talk of the pub at the time and got laughed at and spoke about for being a PONCE.

    • Tony B says:

      I knew a guy who lived in Bearsden when Laffatme was up there.

      The lassies at the local supermarket regarded him as a total fanny and creep because of his behaviour towards them and general look at me big headedness. This also applied to those who would normally have been sympathetic to hun players.

      Of all the footballers who lived in the area, he was the only one with this reputation.

      The guy is a complete twat, a Shankill wank, even if he doesn’t come from there.

  • Brian says:

    And eternal shame on our club for 1) keeping a form of this scum alive and 2) for never challenging these people like souness when they make comments like his.

  • Starman says:

    Even GIMP got rid ae Yirhavinalafferty in DOUBLE QUICK TIME after resigning the LANKY Streak ae Piss!! Guys got a coupon u’d NEVER TIRE AE SKELPIN.. WAN UGLY UGLY MONKEY HUN BASTARD!! BAWAHAHAHAHAHA!!

    • Geoff says:

      We know what Lafferty is and where he comes from but he gets vile abuse from us whoever he plays for so think it’s time to look in the mirror.

  • Dora says:

    Make u wonder how the moustachioed prk is the face on Irish tv-somehow doing some kind of punditry…who’d want to listen to that sevco loving ashole with his dodgy, cheating rotten past.
    Unfortunate face of RTE soccer coverage!!

  • Dora says:

    And as for laughaprk, we all know all about his dna-only a matter of time b4 he made a kunt of himself…again!!!
    Take one peek and u get the picture-rotten apple!!

  • Stephen McAdam says:

    Totally correct! And uncle Tim’s like keevins even in his 70s are too cowardly to say a thing! It was always thus not just at the cespit of ibrox fir park, tynecastle park, dens park,Falkirk the old airdrie! Its been normalised by the enablers! Hence the cheek of souness ! Coming out with that garbage after he worked for a club with an apartheid signing policy, where fans if oldco saw songs of catholic and irish hate after a goal every man ,woman and child 40 000 strong in that hellhole sang about being up to their knees in fenian blood”! There was rarely a song about their actually team! Hate is their currency!Celtic should put him in the spot watch him squirm!And that bassa gets to say that shit unchallenged!! Lafferty is a bigot always has been yiu never heard ever of a ex Celtic player past or present utter anything like that! Why? Cause it’s not what we are about but its sll they are about! And they get away with it! The hate and bigotry reeks from clowns like Stevenson he who talks shit about our players and club and all the ex orc players ebt the bbc look after and you have a wee bigoted land full of orc apologists! Tho they only used that club players and hoards alike as they all bolted and abandoned ship in oldco dead bed!! What a f$$cking place!

  • Effarr says:

    It would have been easy for Souness to sign Johnson since he was the same type of catholic as John Knox.

  • SSMPM says:

    Moan, moan, moan, followed by more moaning. That’s all we’re up for … as for this SNP government, you’re voting for the crown, hypocrites everywhere

  • Effarr says:

    Is La Farty (French pronunciation) not a brother-in-law of O`Dea? It shows the respect he has for him although O`Dea joined them when he got married.

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