Yesterday I was not in the least bit surprised to find some of the more deranged Ibrox fan sites spreading around the idea that Celtic behaved in an unsporting manner towards them last season when we didn’t give them back the ball in the last minute of a game.
For God’s sake, do these morons realise how petty they sound? More to the point, do they realise just how illuminating their behaviour is, and what it says about who they are?
Theirs is a support which cannot do a good deed, or cannot see its club do one, for its own sake. Everything they do is measured against how we might respond, or how it reflects on us. Celtic does not care about any of this nonsense. Most of the good we do, we do privately, behind the scenes, and we do it for the best of reasons.
At Ibrox I sometimes think they measure everything they do beforehand against how it will be perceived by the rest of the world. Their fans certainly think that way, and always it’s about how much better it makes them than us.
Their whole abysmal embrace of militarism and all this “team of the troops” garbage came about in no small part because they think it makes them somehow better than we are. Remembrance Day, Armed Forces Day, none of it is celebrated for its own sake … it’s a GIRUY to us, or spun as some kind of exercise in moral supremacy.
Look at what the “minute’s silence” has become for them; not something to be done out of respect, but something they do out of a morbid fixation with staunchness, but in the end you see what it’s really all about to them when they are scouring the papers and cocking their ears to the radios and TV’s to see what other fans – especially ours – are doing.
And that’s what it means to them, and that’s really all it means to them.
I sometimes think that if our small collection of yahoos were just smart enough to stay quiet that it would be the Ibrox fans who got bored with all this stuff and ditched it in short order, because they only do it because they think we won’t.
They are never happier than when they are standing on top of the high ground, crowing loudly to the rest of us.
You know what? It’s not altruism if the purpose of it is to make yourselves look good, or portray yourselves as special. It’s not public-spirited if the only reason you did it is to shout down everyone else.
That’s self-promotion. That’s ego.
What a brass neck this lot have. What balls.
To call out our club for some minor moment in a game, some meaningless split second which no-one ever thought about afterwards.
I could find, if I cared, if I genuinely gave a shit, examples of when they did the same but why would I bother?
Why would I spend time on that when I have better things to do?
They should be basking in the warmth of having done the right thing, but as with everything else their club does in that regard it’s been poisoned by two separate groups and their mind-sets.
The first of them is the one I’m talking about here, this group with the attitude of “Celtic would never have done this” or “their fans will hate that we’ve done this”, and that tells you everything you want to know.
The other group, the other mind-send, are the ones who really cast a shadow over those who are crowing at us; those amongst the vast majority of the stadium who actually booed the act on the day, or openly hated it, and I’d include their goalkeeper amongst them, and those who fill up the forums spewing their bile, this time at their own club because hate is all they know how to do.
For any of their websites to lecture us about sportsmanship when a large, vocal section of their own support are absolutely aghast at the act itself and venomously opposed to it … that is so lacking in self-awareness that it takes your breath away.
They are a schizophrenic and divided fan-base if ever I’ve seen one, so poisoned by their detestation of everyone and everything else that I amazed they can even see straight.
Those who do care about sportsmanship and think this was a good thing to have done shouldn’t waste their time or ours pointing their fat stupid pig ignorant fingers at us … their real problem is in their own house.