I knew that one of the grim acts of this morning was going to be my routine trawl through the mainstream press and that the tone of some of the coverage was going to be openly gleeful about the anticipation of “Celtic’s summer of turmoil”.
I didn’t expect to be wholly insulted by the opening lines and the headline of one of the articles, but if someone had told me that I would be, I’d have guessed that it would be the one by that doddering idiot Keevins.
It’s staggeringly offensive.
“The Celtic supporters are like hospital visitors who have been asked to gather in the family room, having been told to ready themselves for news they’ve been dreading about a loved one,” is the first line of the article, and I read no further than that.
I don’t care what the rest of it says.
Because when you open by comparing Celtic fans this morning to family members crowded into a hospital room waiting on the news that someone has died you have crossed lines of morality and taste and the boundaries of rational debate to a grotesque extent.
Almost all of us have recent memories along those lines, and so we know what that feels like. It is beyond belief that any person could think that was an acceptable way to open an article on the possible departure of a football manager.
Whether people agree that Ange should move on or badly want him to stay, everyone I’ve spoken to is reacting sensibly and rationally to it and the sneering contempt for our fans which is revealed in that sentence is horrific.
But more than that, there’s a sensitivity issue here which nobody should have to point out to this utter fraud calling himself a journalist. He long ago proved himself a failure at that job.
Today he showed himself up as a failed human being.