Naismith’s Ticket Rant Was Bitter, Anti-Celtic Garbage Which Shows Hearts True Motivation.

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I always love it when the enemies of Celtic attack us with such vitriol that the allegedly “serious” and “neutral” point they were trying to make gets obliterated in their obvious desire to land a blow.

When Steven Naismith sat in front of the media yesterday his bitterness and sense of grievance, going back a long way, was so raw that it couldn’t be missed.

Hearts entire stance on away fan tickets was revealed in his statement.

The whole club is still angry over sins past, or at least what they perceive to be sins past.

It is exactly as I thought it was and wrote last week when it was revealed that they were opposing changes to the rules which would give away fans some much needed clarity and rights.

Hearts is a club every bit as spiteful and self-obsessed as the one at Ibrox.

It will relitigate their relegation from the SPFL from now until doomsday, in the same way the current board over in La La Land have talked about “settling scores on and off the pitch.” The Tynecastle leadership, at the helm of which is Ann Budge, clearly believe in much the same.

Naismith is the perfect manager over there, that much is now clear. He might not be up to par when it comes to his talents in the dugout – Budge has a history of appointing not only duds but making managerial choices which would make a Sevconian blanche – but he reflects the personality of the place like few others could.

Now we know how he got the gig.

He started not by talking about Hearts at all but about his time at Rangers and about how there were “individual agendas” which stopped them getting a helping hand during their UEFA Cup run in 2008.

It’s funny how differently people remember things; they were allowed to cancel a league fixture to help them out in Europe that year, and that was a contributing factor in the “fixture backlog” which he is moaning about.

But I also remember that campaign finishing on a Thursday night; when in history has that ever happened?

That was an extension to the league season granted to their club by the governing body itself, who in addition offered to cancel the Scottish Cup Final before their opponents put their foot down and prevented that.

This lie – for that’s what it is – about them getting “no help” that year has been repeated ever since, including by some of the hacks.

That he brought up something that had absolutely nothing to do with tickets for fans is telling. It’s also revealing of the attitudes inside Hearts that he would dare to equate the two, and he did so before moving on to bang the drum about the COVID campaign.

“This season, every team struggled through the start with Europe but the league don’t help you. That’s not the league’s fault, it’s everybody in Scottish football’s fault,” he said, without offering any solution short of cancelling matches and creating exactly the sort of fixture backlog later on which he had been crying about moments before.

“Whether it’s been what happened at Covid, how you just stop leagues and teams are just relegated … in every aspect, there are areas we could do better. Do we want to or do we not?”

And right there is one of the principal reasons Hearts are taking this stand; they blame all of us, collectively, for their relegation that year, a relegation which no number of additional games would have prevented.

Ann Budge had allowed her club to enter freefall. It was her dire leadership, not the rest of Scottish football, that put them in that tailspin, and years later she is still getting away with blaming other people for that.

And because they still do, they aren’t willing to offer help to fans.

“At this moment in time, with the structure as it is, it isn’t going to change,” Naismith said, about the possibility of a minimum fan guarantee.

Note that he’s talking about the structure of Scottish football, the one he sees as built completely on self-interest.

“That’s why we, as a club, need to look after Hearts. Whatever the solution may be, everybody needs to be willing to make that sacrifice to get it better. Over 20 years I’ve been involved; it doesn’t seem to happen.”

In short, because he and his current club and his previous one got what he perceives as a raw deal they are going to wage a personal vendetta here rather than act like the grownups he says he wants to see.

Every club would have to make sacrifices in the event a minimum fan guarantee was written into the rules, as it should have been years ago. His club simply isn’t willing to do so, because that would mean letting go of the past.

He then had a go at Celtic. “But then, there will be more said about the viewing platform for away fans at a lot of ground. Being papped in corners, can’t see for pillars and stuff like that.,” he moaned. “There is a bigger argument.”

But is there? Of course there is, and we’ve said so.

Celtic fans are also treated like shit at plenty of away grounds; there are two or three that come readily to mind where our fans have restricted views. At Pittodrie they are slinging Celtic fans into a section where there’s no cover in case of rain, and up there it has rained on every damned occasion I’ve been in that stadium.

There are a handful of restricted view seats at Celtic Park, and it is arrant nonsense to single our ground out as being some sort of exception to the rule when it isn’t. But this is just another excuse for this guy and his club not to do the right thing.

It suits Naismith’s club for him to bring these excuses up because it keeps their position from being more firmly scrutinised.

As big Hartson said, and as I wrote earlier, Hearts position is as much to do with trying to gain some modest sporting advantage from this situation as it is with anything else, and their position overall stinks to high heaven.

The possibility of clubs restricting the number of away fans at games to benefit their team on the pitch is the explicit reason minimum provisions exist almost everywhere in football. The clubs could vote to change it and bring us into line with much of the rest of the world, but some of them will vote with their own interests in mind, and to Hell with whether that’s in line with sporting integrity or not.

Everyone knows what has to come out of that meeting later this month.

Everyone in the game here knows that a minimum away fan guarantee is necessary if we’re to stop the game sliding even further into this morass.

Hearts at least have the courage of their convictions; they intend to vote against it and are making that publicly known.

Their reasons are selfish. They admit that.

But they are also infused with a misplaced sense of injustice for what they think are past sins, or at least what they are content to blame other people for.

I have no doubt that at least one other club will vote their way, and that we’ll not move one inch forward although it’s clear that we must.

And Naismith’s reasons?

He is profoundly anti-Celtic. His entire rant reeks of it. But in that there is as much honesty in the position his club is taking here.

It is people like this – Peepul like this – who are holding the game here back.

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  • Jim says:

    29/01/1966. Celtic returned from Tbilisi in the early hours of a Saturday morning and were forced to play Hearts at Tynecastle the same day. I don’t remember any Celtic player from that era complaining like that mob do..

  • Clachnacuddin and the Hoops says:

    Bitterness – It’s a highly and prominent Protestant problem…

    The common denominator in away tickets and the vote faced down –

    What clubs will have done it…

    Yup – Hearts and Sevco –

    Butchers Apron lovers as well – Nuff’ said !

  • Tony B says:

    Fartz deserve everything that has and will undoubtedly happen to them again, and hell slap it into them. Their fans are nearly as dumb as their big cousins in La La land.

    And as for Ann rubber face Budge, she has no right being anywhere near a football club, not because she’s a woman, but because she’s a numpty and an eejit who thinks having money qualifies her to get involved in stuff for which she is eminently unsuited.

  • John mcghee says:

    Best thing celtic can do is tell hearts tae go to fuck and stick their tickets up Ann hole let their football stadium lie half empty dont give them scumbags any of our money and see how they get on because when they stop winning?and there scumfans stay away ann will have to folk out the money so lets go and fuck hearts and The Ranjurs 2012 both clubs suits each other SCUM RATS.

  • SSMPM says:

    Now this will sound a bit out there, Marxist even, but really it’s a rant at the fools like the Naismiths of this world, but here in Scotland mainly. They, by that I mean the huns and Hearts proddy supporters, other clubs are applicable, are not protestants in the religious sense at all, no more than I and many of us, are God fairing Catholics. They’re not Church of Scotland, Church Of England, Presbyterians, etc, attenders they’re not even unionists. Simply said they’re just manipulated to be protestants and us Catholics, manipulated pawns of anyone or any organisation/s that’s they believe is not them and thus they believe a threat to them. Difference is not welcome unless it comes with compliance and social subjugation.
    Mostly it is about power. Somebody else’s power. Naismith probably isn’t smart enough to know that but he has been brought up under it, through societal corruption and learned behaviour. He’s simply a sausage sucking footsoldier of it without having awareness of it. He doesn’t pull the strings, that’s way above him. As SLF sang, a ‘tin soldier’. They don’t know his or care about his name.
    It passes through as a vehicle collecting dumb witted fools under the mantle of, in their case, orange unionism. The Butcher’s wife sussed that and rescued him from most of it to an extent. Politics in a national, societal and governance sense is the set up through which that power can be maintained. What is a nation really other than a human construct and constructed to and for what end. Not ours though many of us are proud of it. We’re no winners in this. We’re just pawns being played and if we’re lucky to get enough to placate us as Naismith is then fine he’ll play along like most of us regardless of the sides we’ve learned to take.
    Us arguing over what societal groups or organisation/s should be in charge has been easily positioned on us. Because we’re so caught up in this shite, politics, nationalism or in this case, our feckin love of the football. we’re trapped in the game and blinded by it. Sectarianism, bigotry, war, racism, whateverism is added layers. As is the hatred it sidles alongside.
    Football’s merely the medium through which we’re recruited. Power and control exacted over us has wasted what better life we could’ve had. Other mediums are available. Who or what groups should have the major say in running it provides only a lower tier of power in the bigger scheme of things. Football is something folk just love and with a passion that blinds us. A place where they, the fat controllers, can play, manipulate, divide and control us and in so doing maintain it.
    So down here at a footballing level in our wee world somehow a Naismith can think his team with a small support should be recognised, alongside his brothers across the city’s peepul to make the numbers up, and have the main say. Chuck in propaganda full of untruths, selective forgetfulness and Billys your uncle. What a dysfunctional family these unionists are. That they align themselves with their cousins down the road is another strategy to maintain their vast majority and someone else’s divisionary approach. A majority that should bring them power and thus success but yet doesn’t and blatantly this is obviously because of, well because of themselves. Football could be magnificent if it wasn’t used as a vehicle to divide us and if we weren’t all sheepishly walking to a cliff’s edge following the mistakes of the past.
    That false entitlement, subsequent failure, coaching deficits, mismanagement and lack of success is therefore then used to distribute fault, to fire bullets at republican anti unionists, anti them organisations. Oh deary me I missed out the Irish and Catholics. That’s mainly why they’re so anti independence. Their fear is not religious or anti independence based, it’s the fear of loss of the wee tier of power they have. The knuckle draggers like Naismith that blindly follow buy into that hook, line and sinker.
    Seeing the way of the world right now how many so called God fairing peoples of this world are actually practising what they preach. Let’s be honest how many of these fat fecks, heavyweight porker sized jumbos in Scotland actually go to church. I’ll tell ye, not as many as go to the chippie, pizza and burger takeaway outlets. That said I absolutely hope we smash Naismith on Sunday. HH

  • Davie McDonald says:

    ‘Naisy’, even doing a ‘Neelsun’ and gifting TRIFC 4-0 wins 3x a season will never be accepted into the ‘Peepuls Republic of reprobates’ again for his comments made in not signing a contract to TUPE from RFC2012(at time of death) to The rangers football club 2012/Sevco Scotland 5088 Ltd at time of conception, and also for coming back to Scotland and Skelping Der Hun out of the Scottish Cup in Stevie Geez second season and celebrating his goals.

  • Michael M says:

    Hearst are demented lunatics.

    They sacked Neilson when they finally woke up to his throwing games in the Huns’ favour then signed a guy who’s even more likely to do the same.

    This narrow, spiteful bigoted behaviour deserves all that’s coming to them and I can’t stop laughing at the fact they’re still running around screaming like spoiled weans that they wuz robbed by their inevitable-relegation in the Covid season.

    Now that’s karma in action, budgie.

  • Martin says:

    Oh no, did they lose 600+ ticket sales then still get thumped 4-1 going on 8? What a shame.


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