As Ababa And Hatate Provide Clarity, Celtic Fans Need To Stop Jumping At Shadows.

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In the aftermath of the game at the weekend some of the most ridiculous stuff I read online came from Celtic fans. I’m not joking. As insane as some of the stuff over in La La Land is, our own guys do have an unwavering ability to give themselves the jitters.

First it was Ange, and did anyone think that his emotion whilst talking to Sky was a sign that he is mentally saying goodbye? Christ almighty. Then, and this fever burned far longer, it was eagle-eyed people spotting that Hatate wasn’t in the pictures from Celtic Park and pretty much deducing from that whatever crazy ideas they could muster into being.

And I have to wonder who the Hell, following a title triumph, is scanning photographs looking for signs that there may be trouble ahead?

This wasn’t enterprising hacks looking for a story, this was Celtic fans looking for reasons to scare themselves half to death by dreaming up worst case scenarios. Imagine that for a minute.

Were we always like this? Were there always folks amongst us who even on the really good days cannot stop thinking about what might go wrong? When did we stop being able to smell the roses, to enjoy the moment, to live in the present?

When did we become so bloody easy to scare?

You know, I thought the era of the bloggers and the way we’ve removed power from the mainstream press was in part the antidote to that. But still it goes on, except now it just goes viral.

It never dawned on me to wonder, far less speculate, why Hatate wasn’t there.

If I had thought about it at all I’d have concluded that maybe he had stuff to do, places to be and people to see. Which as it turns out would have been right on the nose.

Guy was busy. He’s allowed a life outside Celtic.

Besides, the guy is a serial winner at various clubs.

He’s seen title parties before, although I doubt one as spectacular as the fans put on at Parkhead at the weekend.

I missed it because I was still ill and in my bed. (I will make up for it on cup final day, you had better believe that.) And for all people know he could have missed it for the same reason. Sickness. Whatever. Plenty of possibilities.

But last night the guy had to deny that he had been in Brighton for signing talks.

If I was him, I wouldn’t have bothered.

Explanations? For what? Because some people can’t hold their water? There was no big mystery to be had and I don’t think he owed us any clarity at all. Still, he gave it and a lot of people will sleep easier because of it.

Still, I wish some of us would learn to calm down, to chill, not to jump at every rumour, not to freak out every time the mainstream press wants to stir the soup. And most importantly, I wish to God people would think before sharing these bizarre theories online, where they leap from one person to another like a virulent strain of the runs.

Abada spoke as well yesterday, and he’s made it clear he’s happy at the club. The man sounds good to go for another campaign. He said all the right things, foremost amongst them that there is plenty of time and he knows it.

He’s young, and I think he realises when he’s part of something good and to jeopardise that for the first English club that offers to throw money at him would be lunacy. The money will still be there this time next year and if he can add a solid Champions League campaign to his CV then there will be more interest in him than ever.

What we have to remember here, folks, is that there is an entire industry out there whose sole function is to leap on, and spread, every rumour that it hasn’t created itself.

It feeds off the anxieties of the kind of people who scoured those pictures and drew their crazy conclusions, and this industry isn’t just about hoovering up hits and converting them into cash; a lot of people in that industry actually hate us and will do anything they can to destabilise us.

There are a handful of games in this campaign left.

Let us enjoy them.

Let us enjoy the start of the close season, as treble winners, without getting into a panic over what the opening of the transfer window might mean or what clubs might come in for Ange or which players might have cold feet or whatever the Hell else goes through people’s minds.

This is a great time to be a Celtic fan, perhaps the best time to be a fan many of us have ever known in our lives. 16 trophies out of the last 20, two behind their magic number and we’re creeping up even on The Lie … this is not the time for spooking ourselves half to death.

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  • 18871888 says:

    Every silver lining g has a cloud.

  • Johnny Green says:

    Yeah, I don’t believe any of those baseless rumours from our own fans, unless of course they come from our very own Scud Missile, backed up by ” the fix is in” and “watch this space” The rest is just hearsay to be ignored. 🙂

  • Cyril Donohoe says:

    Incredible nonsense no doubt one of the best ” have it from a very reliable source” Ange already said it lads will leave n b replaced if it is like Juranvoic leaving n Alistair J taking his place im all for it so I say grand bring it on

  • Roonsa says:

    My dad’s like that. Pisses his pants any time the opposition have possession in the Celtic half. I can’t watch football with him, he’s a fucking nightmare.

    BTW. I would love Abada to stay. I think he’s a great player.

  • Johnno says:

    Many within our support can look into such things mainly due to us becoming so use to the club been used as a stepping stone for bigger fortunes to be made elsewhere, moreso than footballing reasons in way to many cases.
    I do believe that mentality has totally changed since the arrival of Ange, especially with the players he likes to bring into the club.
    Seems like if money becomes a factor within any of our players, Ange is very quickly prepared to move them on, as doesn’t seem to entertain money as a factor for representing the club.
    Fantastic attitude to have in place especially from someone who’s never forgotten his beginnings in life either.
    We still pay plenty of money to players, and make them very wealthy in return, and still experience what the joy of success means, in a manner that they will never experience again within there footballing careers again most likely.
    So how much would it cost to actually buy that sence of joy?
    Remains priceless and got a manager so humble to realise that and installed that into his players also.
    Speculation will always exist within football, especially at this time of the year and nothing can or will be done about it either, especially when we will have no say in such matters either.
    Still believe that we could do with a few more additions to the current squad with CL in mind next season, yet haven’t a clue how it can be sorted out with no spaces available as such with the current squad all under contract at present.
    Yet feel very relaxed about the whole issue especially with so much trust in Ange finding solutions to any problems that he feels exists within this celtic team

  • Gerry Burglar says:

    They have 2 trophies so we’re 114 ahead of them.

    Don’t perpetuate the Survival Lie on a Celtic blog, matey.

  • Hugh Coyle says:

    Spot on best season and getting better enjoy.

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