Celtic fans are being hit right now from two sides at once by the kind of things that have never happened before in our recent history. I look at the fixtures tomorrow and I can’t believe that Hibs-Celtic is not taking place earlier in the day.
What that means of course is that there no live option, not even on Pay Per View, which I thought was one of the best developments in the recent history of our game and the only conceivable reason for signing that latest deal with Sky. I thought because of that our fans would never need to worry about missing a game again.
And of course, I was wrong.
Because even with pay-per-view options on the table, this game isn’t going to be available anywhere but the radio, as though we were back in the 1980’s again and forced to follow our team through headphones.
The certainty of being able to watch our team away from home on TV or on PPV was the only thing that mitigated the dreadful away match ticket restrictions which our supporters are facing everywhere.
It is shocking that we don’t even have that certainty anymore. Bad enough that our allocations are cut to the bone, and now we have this as well.
Our fans – Celtic fans; I couldn’t give a toss about other supporters at the moment – aren’t being looked after worth a damn.
We’re not being considered worthy of protection or support either by the TV companies or by the league. To English based Sky bosses, we’re not even an afterthought, and I think it’s scandalous that virtually all of us have been deprived of watching our team in an important game. In the modern era that’s just ridiculous.
It’s not like the fixture list is a closely guarded secret or anything.
This was something people could have seen coming a mile away, and the game should have been moved to the earlier slot to facilitate at least the PPV showing. I don’t mind giving Hibs the money to watch the game; I’ve never objected to paying for a televised match involving our team … I do mind having to endure Radio Scotland and Kenny sodding Miller pretending to be impartial.
The problems our club is facing with away tickets is no more a secret than the fixture schedule is, and so for weeks people have known this was going to be an issue and nobody has done a damned thing to fix it.
Football without the fans is nothing, eah?
And tomorrow tens of thousands of us are going to be forced to hunt around the internet for dodgy streams or to tune in to listen to people we can’t stand.
Nothing sums up the state of our game more than this does.
It stinks to high heaven.