When plans were being laid for the women’s final game of the campaign, due to be played in Airdrie, two things would not have been generally known.
The first was that Celtic would be competing for the title in the final match, and the second was that our rivals, seeing the success of our recent game at Celtic Park, would want to one-up that.
They’re playing their last game at Ibrox. They are giving their women every advantage possible. They are charging a quid, because it’s the Ibrox club and they have to turn income no matter what.
We’re actually charging more; £8 a head to go to that final match.
But we do have a chance here to win the title and I think we should consider ourselves slight favourites to do it. If the Glasgow City ladies win at Ibrox then they’ve taken the crown and that’s fair play to them.
Any other result will leave us an opening.
The club cannot allow the Ibrox club to pull their little stunt when we can do something much better. We have an opportunity here which can’t be passed up. It would be like Celtic to miss this trick.
But it seems readily apparent the game should be moved to Celtic Park, and season ticket holders should be able to get in for free simply by turning up on the day.
The police can raise 99 kinds of OMG over the prospect of both stadiums hosting games on the same day, but let’s be honest, this shouldn’t tax them that much.
Neither will be a full house, not with the best will in the world, and the atmosphere, certainly at Celtic, will be celebratory whatever the outcome. If others want to indulge in supremacist hate let them.
If we’re saying that two women’s matches represent some kind of unacceptable level of risk, then Scottish football is a fully-fledged banana republic and we’re in trouble and probably not worth the bother of saving. Time we all grew up a bit.
With another record-busting attendance we can give the women the best chance to get the job done. I don’t know why we wouldn’t do it. I don’t know why the game hasn’t been moved already, to be quite honest with you, because every single one of us should get a chance to attend and cheer the women on if we’re able.
This club has been brilliant at promoting the women’s team and the women’s game in general, and deep down everyone inside Celtic surely knows what the right thing to do here is. Fran Alonso and the team deserve it.
What a day it would be if a record crowd at home could see our women win what I’m certain will be the first of many titles.
Come on Celtic, step up and do what needs to be done.