Even if Celtic had lost today, there would be no talk of “crisis” surrounding the club. Nobody is even remotely thinking about it in those terms. We lost in the Champions League, in Italy, to Lazio after we’d drawn at home domestically. The club remains atop the SPFL. The club remains in a great position to fulfil its primary goal; winning the title.
We know we have a media full of halfwits and people who wish us nothing but ill. But even the Village Idiot does not brim with as much poison as The Sunday Mail’s creaking embarrassment. His column this morning was deranged. He imagined that there might even be bedsheet banners in the stands before the game kicked off this afternoon.
I mean, is that serious? His column headline started with the words “I sense Celtic crisis is here”. This was a guy who once loved nothing more than breaking out the old broken crest. That rag he writes for did it once after we’d lost a couple of pre-season friendlies and he was practically foaming at the mouth about it at the time.
I’ve stopped wondering what planet he lives on. I think the greater question is what possible value does he bring to the media organisation he works for. The idea that he has anything relevant to say or any decent contribution to make is quite ridiculous.
There is a tendency in our media towards hysteria whenever Celtic go a couple of games without winning, and we recognise it. But this joker pulls this same card out of the bottom of the deck every other week; how many times has he been utterly embarrassed by our late goals after he’s been predicting doom and gloom? How many times has he made ludicrous claims about our form only for it to explode in his face? It is as regular as clockwork.
But talk of a crisis?
That’s foaming at the mouth even by his abysmal standards, and he was doing much the same thing last season and the one before, and one of the lines he was throwing about that year with abandon – Celtic and the shame of “being knocked out of Europe three times” – well, we’ll see if he uses it in relation to Ibrox, who are in real trouble in their continental group and heading, if the last game results go against them, out of that tournament.
He never does this with them. He never subjects them to this. He saves every bit of spite that he has in him – and that’s plenty – for the team people tell me he once supported. Well so did Neil McCann at one time and I can’t stand the sight of him either. I just know that this guy lives to write stories about how we’re in trouble and the state of that piece today … God, it was cringe inducing.
The real question ceased to be “what’s wrong with this guy?” long ago. What’s wrong with the people who employ him, that’s closer to the mark. No wonder their industry is in a lot of trouble. No wonder it’s losing money, and cutting costs.
However much they are paying this idiot, it’s too much.