Let’s Hope Celtic’s Irish Winger Does Not Face The Same Bile As Those Before Him Did.

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Mikey Johnston has made the decision to represent the Republic of Ireland.

He is to be applauded for taking a decision that he s comfortable with and which offers him peace of mind. He will be a fine representative for their national team, because he is a hugely talented boy.

He has done no different than dozens, if not hundreds, of players on this island before him; selected his “second nation” for which he is eligible as his footballing country.

But in Scotland, of course, that is not a choice that a lot of people would prefer that players had, and when you go from representing Scotland to representing Ireland that is particularly problematic because, to be blunt, much of this country is a racist and sectarian sewer which has no love whatsoever for the Irish and sees it as some form of treason.

Bad enough for these Peepul that you should be a Celtic player, but to “renounce” your country for the one across the water? Awful beyond compare. Some of these people have huge platforms from which to grandstand and spread their bile.

When Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy did this former Scottish international Gordon McQueen called them traitors and said that Scotland fans should boo them. He was far from being alone in expressing his outrage.

And of course, had some psychopath in the stands gone beyond a bit of booing, you would have heard the outrage from these same people lamenting the standard of debate and the state of the world and washing their hands of all responsibility.

The thing I hate more than their conduct is their shamelessness.

Young Mikey has made his choice and we live in a country where people talk about respecting individual choices but where a handful pour their hatreds out on anyone who does, and mark my words there are enough of us now watching who will not tolerate for one second anyone who uses a national platform to attack him for that.

We’ve had too much of this in the past.

The difference is, the majority of the bloggers weren’t around to speak out against these folk. But we’re here now.

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  • BJM says:

    I know who I would call treason and traitors not the players who have every right to choose which country they play for what ever country’s they are eligible for.
    No the people who put an X in box to maintain the empire ,union and historically genocidal rule Britannia mob are the real traitors.

  • Sam Fran Cisco says:

    It’s a good but ultimately fruitless point as such bigots never change least of all because of what some random Tim writes on a blog page.

    I think perhaps you’re over egging the possible influence on anyone of bloggers here, James.

  • SSMPM says:

    @BJM – so who should I vote for in this country? Who would the SNP have as head of state (should they have got or ever did get independence)? Answer – the head of the British state. I have never and never will vote for that hypocritical stance. There’s treachery for you. There is no party out there that represent me or my family’s Celtic anti British heritage. On a conciliatory note – if you or anyone else starts one I’ll vote it.

  • BJM says:

    One step at a time ,I think if memory serves its 18 months.a means to an end .

  • John S says:

    Why would anyone want to represent Scotland, given its sectarian social structure ?

  • Damian says:

    Will be interesting to see. Was never an issue for Tommy Coyne, say. It might be the case that that particular problem got worse between the early 90s and the early 2010s. It might be that the extremities of the issue were pretty unique to McGeady. Genuinely can’t remember it being a particular issue for McCarthy as a Hamilton player – only in the Scotland/ROI match at Celtic Park.

    Johnston is more in keeping with other examples where he’s chosen to switch allegiance to ROI having been unable to be selected by Scotland, at a time when the ROI squad is relatively poorer than the Scotland squad. But, no matter his reasons: all the very best of luck to him.

  • Brian Cavanagh says:


    Not sure I fully agree with your comments. This has always been a problem Re McCarthy -he regularly was given the Famine Song as a tribute from Rangers fans and others; Charlie Gallagher got it in the 60s, as well as the others mentioned. And by the way I am old enough to remember Celtic players [ when they are actually picked ] being booed by Scotland fans in the late sixties – went once with my father we never went back

  • Damian says:

    Yes, not disputing your last point. Indeed, going way back to the 1910s, there were Celtic and Hibs players actually denied caps for Scotland, having played and scored – despite being born in the country (in some cases, to Scottish born players).

    I just can’t remember and can’t find any example of this happening to McCarthy when he was at Hamilton. I could be wrong.

    It certainly didn’t cause problems for Coyne, was my point.

    In both of those cases, it seems to be that they played for Ireland having been overlooked by Scotland (McGeady is quite different from that – though the reasons for his choice, as he has explained them are more technical than anything else), and so similar to Johnston in that sense.

    • Damian says:

      Reasonable correction: just had another look. It seems McCarthy did get this treatment (famine song etc) specifically from Rangers fans. Not sure he got it from fans of other clubs (as McGeady did; bearing in mind, your hardcore UB and co. type Rangers fans are not well represented among the Scotland support).

      It would be ridiculous beyond belief if Johnston got any of this treatment. If he was anything like good enough to play for Scotland, he’d be capped already. I’d be amazed if he gets much of a game for ROI once they get out of their current slump.

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