Sending Celtic To Tynecastle First Would Be An Act Of Contempt For Our Fans.

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As everyone who, like me, waited all day for the post-split fixture list to come out is well aware, it didn’t come out. The list wasn’t published because the fixtures hadn’t been decided. The league was still in “consultation” over it all.

TV companies have had their say. Police had their say. Doubtless there were people at clubs consulted. Everyone got a chance to put across their point, no doubt. Everyone except for the people who actually matter here; the fans.

Reports this morning suggest that it’ll be Tynecastle. Of course.

The club who gives us the least number of tickets after the one from Ibrox. It’s a disgusting decision, an expression of contempt for our club and for our supporters, who were given precisely zero consideration here.

It would be an appalling decision. That’s why I don’t doubt the stories.

Sky Sports Scotland are key culprits here, of course. They’re only one of the driving forces in this bizarre “anomaly” of us playing almost every away match after the Ibrox club has already played.

They’ve missed various games involving us this season too, and forced fans to buy virtual tickets for games. They’ve also missed the last Edinburgh Derby, so of course they would pick this game up first.

Of course they would suddenly take an interest in Hearts.

Let’s face it, the whole concept of the split is a joke. We have the same arguments every year about needing to “balance” the number of home and away ties and we’re only lucky that a skewed fixture list, with the occasional scenario of teams playing those in the top six three times away from home, hasn’t yet been a crucial factor in deciding a title race.

That day will come, and merry Hell will be raised when it does.

But worse is that it gives the fans no ability whatsoever to forward plan or look ahead to the remaining games of the season. And it throws up utter perversions like this, where Sky pretends to actually give a shit about Scottish football just long enough to completely disenfranchise the paying customers. You could have set your watch by this decision.

If this is, in fact, the decision then Celtic should be expressing their utter disgust and doing so loudly.

It’s high time that we introduced minimum allocations for away fans, high time we stopped allowing TV to so thoroughly dominate the landscape … let’s be honest, the Sky deal is worth chump change. It’s embarrassing to cash those cheques when the biggest team in Scotland gets a fraction of what the lowliest team in the EPL does.

And for that we let them dictate decisions like this. It’s just disgusting.

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  • Kevan McKeown says:

    If the tables had been turned and it was the ibrox club about tae win the league, dae ye think they’d be granted a home tie ? Fkn put yer house on it, especially on coronation circus weekend, don’t want these tims puttin a damper on it do we ? They can all put up their ‘bunting’ (even the fools who couldnae even spell ‘priorities’ and have hardly a pot tae piss in) and watch 30 million of the taxpayers money bein blown in one weekend, on parasites who’ve never wanted for anythin in their life. What a fucked up psychology.

    • Scouse bhoy says:

      The celtic board should have held sky sevco sports to account long ago it is their acceptance of fixture dates that lets them do what they want are clubs ever consulted ?.

  • S Thomas says:

    I don’t really get what the problem is here.. Celtic should draw at Tynecastle , then win the league at ibrox the following game. Because of the Corination they were never going to have a home Celtic match, because they won’t want the bad publicity it could cause. Celtic should draw at Tynecastle then win the league at ibrox, that would work for me.

    • Johnny Green says:

      No Celtic supporter wants a draw at Tynecastle, we all want a victory in every match.

      A hun that cannot spell Coronation, deary, deary, deary me.

  • John S says:

    One thing is guaranteed: whatever the fixture, it is literally impossible under current practice to be random.

  • Phil says:

    As a Hearts fan who has always held the split debacle in contempt( could only happen in scotland) it is high time we reverted to an 18 team league,ie 34 fixtures playing each other twice.Give the pittance sky pay us short shrift and negotiate our own deal and give dungcatcher his P45.The guy is a bloody imposter.

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