Crazy Ibrox “Media Partner” Site Hit Out At The Celtic Blogs In A Rant At The SFA.

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Do you remember the guys from Heart & Hand?

Yeah, these guys.

Well, they have the distinction of being the focus of part of the SFA statement from yesterday which attacked the Ibrox club for the way it has behaved in relation to Willie Collum. It was these guys, with their shady history, that the Ibrox board used to push out the story that they had demanded Collum not be in charge of any further games involving the club.

The SFA was rightly furious both about the breach of the meeting’s confidentially and the grotesque sight of the club trying to whip up the fan-base against one of its officials. For all the SFA is culturally compromised, something like this will leave scars that last.

“We note posts from a recent official media partner of the club’s, detailing requests from the private meeting that were immediately rejected,” the SFA statement read. “We would ask that club representatives show greater responsibility in such matters, especially in the context of recent incidents in European football that have compromised the safety of match officials and led to widespread condemnation.”

Heart & Hand responded with a truly bizarre reply, but one that – I will freely admit this – I was nearly busting a gut laughing over.

They took a shot at the SFA, sure, but they couldn’t resist a dig at us as well, the Celtic sites, although none of this shambles is anything at all to do with us, and their club has dug itself into this big hole all by itself.

“Dear @ScottishFA,” this bizarre missive ran. “We are not an ‘official media partner’ … that was a one season thing … We are constantly referred to as such on Celtic websites right enough, so it’s pretty telling on where you are getting your info.”

What a statement. Was that meant to be their big fire-breathing response? The head-shot? Pretty weak, if you ask me, and how daft of them to bring us into this.

Because I, for one, plead guilty.

Of course, I do. I do call these sites “official club media partners” and I always put it in quotation marks just as if I have here. There are two reasons why I do this; one is practical and the other is comical.

The practical reason is simple; I want to remind people that their club and these outlets are linked on a far deeper level than Celtic has linked up with any of our sites and that’s not a good thing. I like my relationship with Celtic just fine; it’s hands-off.

The club trusts the blogs and occasionally helps us with stories. But it recognises our independence and respects that. We have access, but in a limited way … if we had more access our sites might come to depend on it and then we would no longer be independent, we’d be on the leash and none of us is.

But these Peepul have opinions and state things so embarrassing at times that it is important to remind folk that the club considers them important and representative of the fan-base as a whole, which is very clearly a dreadful mistake.

Because that link works both ways.

They are not only dancing to the club’s tune almost all of the time but they are capable of dragging the club down into the deepest gutter, which is why I opened with that newspaper front page … and I think that’s important to highlight.

The comedic reason is that I find it extraordinary that when the club conducted that experiment in the first place that fan media outlets actually paid the money, as if the club doesn’t rake in enough cash from these folks with MyGers schemes and all the rest of it.

To charge a fan media organisation for the “privilege” of covering the team elevated piss-taking to bravura heights and I have always marvelled not only at how brazen that is … but that they got away with it.

Talk about insanity.

Basically, you’re paying to leave your objectivity at the door, and I never cease to be amazed that none of them realised that’s what they were being asked to do, and because the act of paying for access is to say to the club “we need you; you don’t need us.”

And yes, I love to rub their faces in that, because it’s an expression of disrespect for them and they don’t even recognise it as such, which tells you everything you need to know.

So I enjoyed that Tweet from them, and I was quite pleased to hold up my hands and say they have me bang to rights.

But that I’ve now had to explain to them the sheer contempt that lies behind affixing that tag to them is not surprising in the least. These are not the sharpest tools in the box. They are, to put not too fine a point on it, absolutely thick.

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  • Kevan McKeown says:

    Numbskulls, with a platform tae the most gullible support out.

  • J Mithy says:

    “In 2021/22 we became an official media partner with the club allowing us to bring you even more unrivalled content.”

    SFA probably got their information from the source. Heart and Hand are official clowns in this circus.

  • Tam says:

    You finished the piece by saying that the “the rangers” blogger is (thick) I agree. However add to that, and the SMSM part of which allows Barry Ferguson a platform to spout utter drivel on “the rangers” behalf his latest column…. well I don’t know where to start….. I’ll use the word hypocrisy but could easily use the word stupidity, “the rangers” are right to ask questions he said. A penalty should have been given and “then” disallowed Barry said, Barry also asks for transparency in the VAR process. Something CELTIC have been asking for since the inception of VAR because of decision after decision against CELTIC and (for) “the rangers” . So what has changed Barry’s opinion for more transparency. A VAR decision against “the rangers” I hope the SFA/SPFL agree…… more transparency please

  • Clachnacuddin and the Hoops says:

    The SFA Statement was pleasantly surprising – ok it could and should have been stronger but it was still a tiny wee step in the right direction…

    Also on these shores – supporters of clubs like Hibernian, Hearts and Inverness Caley Thistle are really becoming pissed off with Sevco and their ‘erratic’ and ‘disturbing’ behaviour – Just two words that were used in conversations I had with other fans about them –

    That said – No serious disciplinary action will be forthcoming against them and officials will simply be terrified to give any 50:50 decision against them in the games going forward…

    Truly a clever strategy once again by Sevco and it’s custodians –

    A tad embarrassing admittedly…

    But when did them or any of their fans ever get embarrassed about anything in any walk of life !

  • Mick says:

    Bravo, Encore Mssr.

  • Stewart says:

    These peepul and and the red tops media,, radio so called pundits,, sky and their clown,, have done nuthing but whip these stories up and put that lunatic fringe deranged psychopathic bstds on destruction mode baying for blood since the final whistle of that 1 yes 1 game,, and now we see the very same outlets trying to wind it in,,,,,the damage is done,,,,

  • Paul McVey says:

    The Hun podcasters caught lying in their statement again. They claim the SFA have called them current media partners, so they can lump the SFA and Celtic sites together, but the SFA statement CLEARLY states RECENT official media partners.
    Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good bullshit story though. HH

  • Roonsa says:

    James. At some point I’d like you to clarify something if you see fit and have the time. Are you telling me that chimp fan blogs paid the huns 25K to get access to stories? I know it’s pretty clear from your article but I have to ask as I find that astonishing.

    I always thought the organisations that would have coughed up the dough would have been mainstream media outlets like the Record, Sun, Herald et al. They need the access. Fan blogs don’t.

    Forgive me if this is something I should have known. I do read the vast majority of your articles and they bring me great pleasure. But I don’t know why I never made that link. I thought their blogs would have just been the same as this only sinister, dark and evil and hun focused. The fact that they had to pay money to give their opinion … I can’t think of another word that isn’t astonishing.

    PS. That statement. Lolz! You’d think being an “offical media outlet” would entail being able to articulate yourself a lot better than that. Idiots.

    • James Forrest says:

      I don’t know that they paid what the mainstream outlets did, but yeah they paid several thousand, and I know that because Dingwall and his website did a fundraiser for it and got most of the cash from their contributors.

      It always reminds me of that Canada Bill Jones quote, “It’s immoral to let a sucker keep his money.”

      Sums those goons up!

  • Tam says:

    The vast majority of people who read,see, or listen to the likes of Barry Ferguson and the village idiots Millar and Boyd. Are laughing at the people who employ them.

  • SFTB says:

    Well said James.

    It is breathtaking that BBC Scotland, on top of their “Recruit anyone with an EBT” to their flagship football shows, also recruited Cammy Bell and his unpolished inarticulacy, direct from the Heart & Hand podcast shows, immediately after they had been censured for sectarianism, to Spotrscene.

  • brian cavanagh says:

    Hi James

    Why you would pay for the favour of writing about your ‘favourite’ club defies logic but there you go. Heart and Hand, and ex players of Paisley Road West – now journalists? – surely they dont have NUJ cards? the equivalents of Lenins ‘useful idiots’

  • John S says:

    It really is extraordinary that 100% of any organisation are imbecilic. Quite an achievement.

  • McGlinchey says:

    They’re lumps of wood churning out lies and propaganda from the despicable board to the peepul.
    Everyone is laughing at how desperate they are.I hope other clubs start highlighting decisions going against them when playing the Rainjurs. Embarrassing!

  • McGlinchey says:

    Some good replies on here.
    It’s beyond me why any Celtic fan reads these red tops shite articles, listens to radio shows with Keevins, Miller etc or even watches Sportscene with it’s collection of Ibrox cheerleaders.
    Boycott every one of them.

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