Cyriel Dessers is an absolute moron. His comments yesterday are astonishingly crass and ignorant and I personally found them to be offensive. He says he’s “ready to die on the pitch” in order to get a win against us. What kind of language is that? Both sets of supporters in this fixture have heroes who actually did die on the pitch. I think it’s a shocking statement.
What is it with that club? What is it that it does to people when they sign up there that they can go from being perfectly normal folk and change into unhinged goons who make comments like this? I cannot believe the media has let him away with saying something like that. I would want to hide under the bed if a Celtic player made such a stupid remark.
What an obsession they have with being seen to get one over on us.
This is not the be-all-and-end-all of the season; this is one game.
This is three points and that’s all that it is. This kind of emotive, unnecessary language elevates its importance way beyond that which is normal, and our players do not get involved in anything like this. They simply do not talk this way or see the whole season through the prism of a handful of games.
Even if Dessers was not unknowingly walking on dodgy ground – he clearly doesn’t know that he is; that does not make it any better – the comments are still absolutely barmy, because they reveal the mind-set inside that club and how it’s already infected his thinking. People in there have already drummed into him that this is what he was signed for.
This. This one game. No wonder they don’t consistently beat us. No wonder this lot can’t perform when it counts. They elevate this to the point where the pressure on them must be insane.
The whole ethos of that club is built around Celtic. It’s as if they have no identity except through us, it’s as if they have no purpose except to pull us down.
He has said something here which is absolutely off the charts mad. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t mean it literally, it’s not the sort of image anyone should want to invoke. It’s not the sort of thing anyone should ever say.
But it’s a symptom of how that club turns people around, it’s a symptom of the way it affects their thinking … and not for the better.