The origin of the phrase “It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt” is somewhat in dispute. Some ascribe it to Lincoln, which is debated, and others grant Mark Twain that particular pearl of wisdom. In fact, there’s no real evidence that either of them is its creator, not that it matters.
It was my good friend John Turnbull who suggested that I open the piece with the phrase, and of course he was entirely correct. If there is one thing that comes across loud and clear this weekend is that those who claim not to talk about is do an awful lot of talking about us, and those who claim they don’t worry about us want us to think they don’t consider us at all.
How else to explain the rampaging stupidity of John Lundstram’s comments yesterday? They don’t think about Celtic? They don’t talk about Celtic? Funny that, because in that interview he was both thinking and talking about us at the same time … an amazing achievement of multi-tasking which I honestly didn’t know he had in him.
He might have gotten away with leaving it at that, but of course he barrelled onwards, determined to remove all doubt, determined to wear his clownishness like a badge of honour, determined, it seems to me, to look like a fool at all costs.
Just read this arrant nonsense, words so incredibly dumb I can hardly believe they came out of someone’s mouth.
“We’re four points behind Celtic off our own back – nothing to do with Celtic. They beat us 4-0 away from home because we didn’t perform. It’s on us – it’s nothing to do with them.”
Nothing to do with us that we beat them. We didn’t take part in that particular game, apparently. Although we won it. Although we won it comfortably. Our football style, our brilliance in front of goal, our dominance of that game, had nothing to do with us?
Is this guy for real? Who did the interview and allowed him to get away with that? Was that him sitting in front of their demented bloggers again? All of them, doubtless, nodding their heads. This is as classic an example of what we call here Sevco Logic that it blows your mind. There is wanting to deny us credit and simply denying reality and that’s what this is.
The four point gap is because we’ve won more of our games than they have. Am I the crazy one here or isn’t that how football works? If we weren’t playing well, if we weren’t on form, if we weren’t winning our games their dropping points would be of no consequence to them. They never mention us in their dressing room? Why am I calling bullshit on that?
He is doubtless trying to indulge in a bit of psychological warfare, but it’s the kind of thing that will have people in the Celtic dressing room tapping their skulls and doing that circular motion thing with their finger. He is round the bend. He is dining out on the border of insanity. He is not playing with a full deck. Or, what’s the Glasgow vernacular?
Oh yeah, he’s talking shite.
This doesn’t affect us one bit, of course. We went out today and blazed past Livingston to make it eleven wins in the first twelve games of the season. Across the street they’ve managed nine. We’re top because we’ve been consistently good and even if they weren’t consistently poor it would not matter unless we were getting the job done.
You know what I think? I think we haunt them, and that’s why he launched into such a bitter, angry, demented outburst. Not only do they think about us, but they think about us all the time. We are the weight they carry on their backs and the more we keep on winning the harder it is for them to carry. Sooner or later, they’re going to collapse under it.
Indeed, this guy sounds like he’s fragmenting already.