I don’t mind the media’s stories about how we were in for Silva and missed out on him. One look at his scoring record convinces me that this is no great loss. They can pretend all they want that we were part of that “transfer race”; only time will tell if he is a good player, and you know what? The odds are against him based on his stats.
No, what bothers me is the pathetic effort they made to put words into the guy’s mouth and to ascribe more to the words he said than was justified. These people are to be marvelled at in the corrupt way they go about their business at times.
Silva did not take “a veiled dig at Celtic” no matter what they want to say about his comments. That’s blatantly lying, I’m afraid. I am not going to the bat for Ibrox’s new signing, I’m saying that if they read a “veiled dig” in the words that came out of his mouth then their minds are warped by their own prejudices. What he said was that he had joined the biggest club in the country, or something to that effect. And big deal. That’s not a dig at anyone.
That’s standard stuff. How many players have done this over the years? How many in Spain, Germany, Italy, England, France and elsewhere? What is he supposed to say instead? “I feel great, I’ve just signed for the second biggest team in Scotland”? Really? Who in God’s name expected that? Who expected anything other than his crowd please statement to satisfy the Ibrox media department and get on the good side of the fans?
And he needs that, because it’s all he’s got. That record and that price tag which is slowly strangling him doesn’t justify vainglorious boasting, so instead he talked up the club. I expected nothing less, particularly as the Ibrox board are the masters of chickenshit behaviour such as this, and are forever feeding supremacist guff to new signings.
Perhaps, too, he had on his mind his praise for Celtic and Jota, who I daresay he knows well, from when we beat them in the Scottish Cup last season.
The Ibrox media department, if they are at all competent, would have found that quickly enough and they would have known it was a matter of time before the Celtic sites highlighted it if the mainstream press didn’t, and so I can well believe they gave him a line to take to try and head off any potential trouble.
That the media has tried to turn this against Celtic is absurd. If this is the big signing the club and its allies are maintaining it to be, surely it speaks for itself? Surely it does not require this kind of spin, this kind of bitchy, petty behaviour?
But they can’t help it. This is who they are. This is what their industry is now.