If Celtic does look as if we’re heading into the weekend of the coronation with an opportunity to sew the title up, you can believe that Ally McCoist will not be the only person squealing like a pig. His comments to Chris Sutton last night were extraordinary.
Regular readers will be well aware of how I feel about the whole Royal Family nonsense.
We’ve wasted enough of our national attention on this anachronistic clown show.
The idea that we should suspend our football season again to accommodate that part of the population which wants to fawn over the new king … well its absurd to most normal people.
McCoist says people want to be able to watch it. That’s not up for debate, and nobody is telling them that they can’t. He says it’s not something people get to see often, and once again he is correct. But that’s what’s great about people having the choice. If they want to spend their weekend watching the coverage on the telly they can do that.
I don’t know many Celtic fans who will be watching, whether it’s a title weekend or not. If it is a title weekend, then I would guess the number of fans who will even care about the coronation will be virtually nil. So McCoist is proposing that we suspend the title party for something our own fans aren’t even in the least bit interested in.
But of course, what he’s really suggesting is that we put off our party so that they can have theirs. As I’ve said, nobody is stopping them from enjoying that day … except they can’t stomach the thought that we might also be enjoying it but for a different reason.
That’s worth thinking about, right? Even this boils down to their obsession with us, even the coronation becomes something where they find it impossible to celebrate it properly unless we are being force-fed it … and the idea that we might have our own celebration that same day robs theirs of its power and renders it null and void.
The only reason more of them aren’t climbing the walls over this is that they don’t believe the title will be decided that weekend. You’ll notice that they aren’t stamping their feet over the mere fact of football having to be played, although McCoist was careful to have a wee whine about that as well. But the general outcry is on hold until the picture is clearer.
But if it turns out that the title will be won that weekend, that’s when the madness will start. This when the club statement will be released, that’s when the pressure on the governing bodies will start for real.
You can set your watch to it.