To those of us who know the facts, there never was much of a debate over the Ibrox ticket situation and who was to blame for it. The only people who seem somehow unclear on all this are the media, as they constantly call on both clubs to find a solution. Only one club has ever been remotely interested in finding a solution. The other is not.
Last night, Ibrox fan media sites put up the details of their discussions with Bisgrove, and in those discussions he made it clear that their club has no intention whatsoever of giving Celtic fans back a reasonable allocation for their ground. They prefer that we go there with a tiny band of fans, even if that places our supporters in obvious danger.
His comments were not made in public, but they are now in the public domain. The Ibrox CEO has explicitly ruled out further debate. What would be the point now that we know this? What would the purpose in further talks be? He’s made their position clear, and the media now has someone it can point the finger at and blame.
Celtic has made its position clear. We would like a return to the old allocation and have made that plain in every one of the discussions with the Ibrox club. They have made themselves equally plain now, in front of their own supporters.
The change at the top of their house has not in any way altered the central fact that the lunatics are still running the asylum across town, but what these remarks should do is finally end the media’s bizarre insistence that this is some kind of two-way street, that both clubs are behaving in an intransigent manner and start telling the truth.
This was provoked by one club only and one club is keeping it going. Even if Celtic were to suddenly give them a full allocation, they would not alter their course on this. All that would happen is that we would have doubly disenfranchised our own fans … this “be the bigger club” nonsense that you hear is an elephant trap which we’re steering well clear of.
The biggest problem here right from the start was not the Ibrox club itself but the dishonest way this whole thing was misrepresented by the media. They could have called that club out on this from the start, but chose to frame it as some kind of petty squabble between Celtic Park and Ibrox … that’s one of the reasons we’re here.
It is high time this nonsense was put to bed, or at least dealt with honestly by the press. In the meantime, Celtic should refuse Ibrox tickets for the coming campaign and I hope they do. This farce has gone on too long, and our club should bring it to a close by putting forth a demonstration of our own will and resolve.