My dad and I watched the women’s game last night like many thousands of other Celtic fans, and like many thousands of others we saw a brief rammy at the end of the game and then thought no more of it. I caught fragments of Fran Alonso’s interview as I had it turned down as mere background noise whilst I did a bit of work.
I thus missed any discussion of the incident.
I later found out that not only did Alonso mention it, but he expressed his total shock, as it came out of nowhere, and said he was called “a little rat”.
It was only when the Ibrox club’s manager was interviewed and he was asked if he had seen his assistant head-butt the Celtic boss that I stopped what I was doing, turned back to the screen, turned up the volume and, stunned, watched the replay.
It was astonishing. Jaw dropping.
A moment of utter goonish, neddish behaviour for which the Ibrox assistant has thoroughly earned a long, long ban.
By now I take it that most people have seen it.
But it’s an act of lunacy which sums up the culture inside that club, an intolerance of set-backs and reversals which borders on the pathological. In particular, they detest any scenario in which we gain at their expense.
My first article of the day was on the daft comments from Andy Halliday; this echoes that and more.
I am long overdue a long piece on the cultural differences between when Ange is trying to do and what The Mooch and his coaching team are up to, and this has made it more likely that I’ll write it this coming week, and certainly before the weekend is out.
Suffice to say, for now, that there is an ugliness to the culture and the mentality over there which for a brief moment we last night saw on our TV screens. But it is everywhere at Ibrox, revealed in their contempt for the other clubs, and the disrespectful way they refer to us when talking about us in the media.
It’s not just that it lacks class, it sets a dreadful example to the fans … and at a time when our club is turning down tickets for their ground on account of their compromising our fan’s safety the shame at this incident should be profound.