Last night, the story broke that we were not going to “get the chance” to wrap the title up at Ibrox.
I was very pleased to hear it. The Ibrox game will come soon enough, but Celtic fans want to watch their team win the title, and with the ongoing situation involving away match allocations – a situation caused in no small part by the club across town – any away tie is going to massively disenfranchise the support as a whole.
There is no reason for the SPFL to allow that to happen. We are entitled to two home games. The title decider should be one of them. If we are sent to some ground where only a small number of our fans are permitted entry, I would bet all the money I have in the bank that there will be many thousands of empty seats whist our guys are locked out.
The SPFL and the SFA cannot want that. They cannot think that is okay. If things had still been up in the air and it was pot luck when we could clinch the title that would be one thing, but we’re going into the split knowing that a win will do it … and that’s where the SFA has to show something they haven’t in a while; a little bit of common sense.
A little bit of respect for the fans, for God’s sake. That old saying about how “football is nothing without fans” was made by big Stein himself … but I hear it quoted a lot by people at the top of the game.
Well, let’s see the governing bodies live up to it.
Celtic supporters have been treated abysmally all season long, and that problem is growing with every season that passes. I have no faith that any of the clubs we might face would be happy allowing more of our fans into that game … so give it to us at home and let us have our day in front of the biggest possible number.
It hurts no-one, and will send a positive message about how the paying customers come first.
You know, the way it’s supposed to be.