What a club that is over there. What a club.
Celtic is building. Celtic is consolidating. Celtic is continuing to focus on how we get stronger. We have no time for frivolity. We have no interest in fluff. We certainly have no interest in petty battles and ludicrous vendettas. We are a bit busy for that.
Across at Ibrox they are waging wars on multiple fronts. You would think that any organisation in that positon would at least stand to gain something momentous from it, but that’s simply not the case. In their latest “victory” they have forced The Sun newspaper to “clarify” remarks made in a column by Bill Leckie.
Yes, that’s the Bill Leckie you’re thinking of, the one most of us assumed, or hoped, had given up writing to take up something he was half good at. The Bill Leckie whose column most of us don’t consider useful enough to wipe our arses on.
I mean really? Who cares what that half a halfwit writes? The Ibrox board, apparently, or at least Douglas Park. And what was the issue? It’s too boring to go into, but they weren’t even saying he had written something utterly untrue; hey, it’s The Sun and if people were going to take them to court for that they’d have lawyers on 24 hour rotation.
No, this court case was over a form of words. Not the veracity of those words but the way in which Leckie phrased something. Like I said, too boring to go into and not something a living soul would even give a damn about. Enough, however, for Park and his bus company to take Leckie and his rag to court. Normally I’d say good luck to anyone who wanted to rake that publication over the coals, but you read the details of this case and you marvel.
You marvel that this is what they waste their time worrying about over there, as their club falls further behind ours, as they prepare for a panic-stricken summer, as they try to hold onto their director of football, wanted by sacking happy Notts Forest.
And this, of course, isn’t the only thing they want to fight about.
Their letter writing campaign over a couple of officials and a disallowed goal is only another shot fired at the governing bodies. They are ready to enter into a do-or-die scrap with the football bodies again, this time over whether to advertise vodka.
For God’s sake. What is wrong with this lot? Why do they just … hate everybody?
And all of it is a nice distraction, of course, from the steady stream of departures.
A club which lost its chairman and its director of football, under fire from fan groups, would be seen as being one in the midst of a mini-crisis … but the press would rather not go there.
But if you want a clear-cut case of a club with split focus they are your defining example. At a time when they should be driven to work on the things that matter they are losing themselves in pointless battles and working off old debts.
How pathetic they are.