I was not surprised last night to read the stupid comments from Andy Halliday nominating Steven Gerrard for “goal of the season” for a friendly match penalty.
This is all part of the small-minded mentality which surrounds that whole club, focussed on things that could not be less important, summed up in no small part by Gerrard himself.
Halliday plays for Hearts. Gerrard has a managerial reputation to rebuild.
Yet both of them continue to have Celtic ever-present in their minds. If they were charging us rent for the space we’ve been allocated in their brains they would make a fortune.
It’s everywhere, in everything to do with their club, from the way they talk about nothing but the looming games against us to the willingness some people have to risk the future of their club by trying to spend enough to catch us in the summer.
I’ll be writing more about that later, obviously, in light of the financial reports which came out yesterday and which I wanted to look at in some detail.
It never ceases to amaze me though what some of these fools think is important. Every minor “victory”, no matter how little it matters, no matter how few of us have even considered it, gives a momentary lift to their spirits. It is pathetic.
This, of course, is almost season ticket renewal time and more than ever they need to sell a bunch of them. So as the days go on the feel-good stories about things over there are going to become more and more prominent in the media.
But more and more you realise that the focus of that campaign to flog those tickets will be about us too; “Spend your money or we’ll be left behind by Celtic” will be the call and thousands of them who otherwise would consider not renewing will do so.
And the perfect salesmen will be clowns like Halliday, many of them not even in Ibrox anymore, but shilling for the club just the same. The mainstream press will play its own role in the scheme.
None of it will be about getting behind the team for its own sake … it will all be about us, just as everything else at that club is about us.