The most common accusation levelled at me was that I obsess over their club.
Honestly, is there a more exhausted, contemptible comeback than that? The simple truth is that with Celtic being well run and with them doing well on the pitch there is little controversy in writing about them. Celtic is a boring club in comparison.
Some of our supporters need to get a grip, but they are a number so small they are not deserving of a full article, as it would give them more coverage than they deserve.
Alexander Tonev has been the victim of a truly scandalous decision which makes the SFA look like the Association of Witchfinder Generals and there is transfer speculation aplenty … but none of it holds a candle to the unfolding mess across the city.
As long as they continue to screw up, I will continue to write about it and judging from recent history they will keep me busy well into the next year and beyond into the new millennium.
Of the numerous possibilities being mooted for rescuing their future, one makes me laugh over and over again; the notion that a “fans takeover” could provide the answer to their prayers.
I consider it the ideal “best case scenario”, because nothing would give us more amusement than to watch the dysfunctional “voices of the Rangers support” trying to get it together enough to run a loss making football club with a superiority complex.
You want more fun than watching them trying and failing to accept Ally’s resignation? You want entertainment greater than a website link to a clown hire company? Something more unintentionally hilarious than a Charles Green Xmas message? You want to see something that literally takes your breath away and leaves you on the floor holding your sides?
This would do it. Jelly and ice cream sales would treble overnight.
Aside from an inbox full of hate, there were a lot of them who emailed to tell me that myself and the rest of the Celtic fans – all of Scottish football in fact – are “running scared.” Apparently, their future is much more secure than we’re aware. It seems that Ashley and others are queuing up to throw money at the problem of them having no money.
Or something like that. I can’t quite work out what exactly it is that they are predicting … but it involves them being back on top within a couple of years and the rest of Scottish football weeping into its beer.
Quite how this is going to happen none of them is saying, but I’m fairly sure I wasn’t supposed to find it funny. Yet I do. Because it is.
Some of these people are wired to the moon. Nothing encapsulates this better than what we’ve seen from them in the last week, since the SFA started to demand answers, and money, in relation to everything that’s going on over there at present.
For the last two years, many of us have been calling on the SFA to take its responsibilities seriously in relation to the Sevco boardroom. Our argument is simple, but I know why they find it difficult to comprehend. If the SFA had been doing its job properly, the spivs would never have gotten their mitts on the club, and they might be in better nick.
Recently, a couple of their supporters organisations stepped in to demand the same thing, in relation to Mike Ashely, realising that the guy now has them by the short, curly hairs.
The SFA are now demanding Ashley answer some questions, and they are ready to take action against him and the Sevco board because he’s broken some of those rules.
And are the fans happy about this? Are they happy the guy who they never wanted near the place, the guy who is the target of boycotts and boo-boys, is being taken to task?
Are they Hell. In fact, the Peepil are going radio rental about it.
It was so predictable, because we’ve been here before.
Every single time anyone tries to intercede, to help this club, to save it from itself, their reaction is to spit poison. They see conspiracies against them everywhere. They see hate in every gesture and every act. It must be exhausting being this consumed by bad thoughts.
The truth is – and I told some of them this via email over the last couple of days – that the Celtic sites they hate so much have done more for their understanding of these affairs than their own websites and their own so-called leaders have ever done.
Speaking just for myself, this website told them at the start of the Charles Green revolution that he and his board members were their enemies. We told them Graham Wallace was taking the piss with his 120 day review. We said that Mike Ashley was positioning himself to start sacking people and making cuts. We gave it to them straight about Ally.
Sites like The Scottish Football Monitor have scrutinised where the press and the association wouldn’t or couldn’t be bothered. Celtic Quick News has been singing the “Sevco is broke” song since before their major share issue under Charles Green … indeed, from the day and hour he waltzed into town with a business plan written on the back of a fag packet.
How did we all do it? Did we make it up? Was it just good guesswork?
Why aren’t we all sitting on lottery winnings?
Sevco fans could have been listening. They should have been listening, especially as we were 100% right on the money about Craig Whyte, even as the press was still calling him a billionaire. We were also right on about Dave King, the man who talks a good game but has yet to put one brass coin in the Sevco coffers, despite being a hero to many of their fans.
You know who has put money in? The people they hate most.
The Easdale’s shouldn’t take it personally. They’re not the first to be hated by this lot.
They hated Lloyds, who were trying to get a grip on the insane spending before it grounded them. They hated the BBC for breaking the story about the scale of EBT use, which could (and should) have ended in them being stripped of titles. You’d think they’d have welcomed being forewarned about that, but they reacted like kids who’ve been told there is no Santa.
It seems to me that the more you try to do for these people the more angry they get at you. The SFA’s demand to meet with Ashley, the threat to fine him for breaking the rules, has resulted in the supporters rallying behind him, when they should actually be welcoming the association’s move. It might well be the best thing anyone has done for them in a while.
They’re also losing the plot over the SFA’s handing down fines to them, and I find this most unusual because their rationale appears to be built around rejecting the Survival Myth.
Yes, that’s right.
Their anger at the SFA fining them is centred on them no longer being eligible for those fines because … ahem … those fines were acrued under the old club. Or company. Or entity. Or whatever they are calling DeadCo today.
I’ve often said that it must take serious mental gymnastics to go from one point of view to the other like this, but you cannot have listened to this week’s barmy reactions from them without thinking that some of their support is at least half mad.
I don’t know whether Mike Ashley is capable of being philanthropic. I suspect not. His business history hints at a ruthless streak that doesn’t brook compromise, and he has to know that sinking money into Sevco is just throwing it away. Still, I don’t pretend to know what’s going on in his head, save for in one area. He hates ingratitude. He has slammed the Newcastle fans, on more than one occasion, for their temerity in accepting his initial monies and then daring to tell him how to spend the rest of his fortune.
No-one who deals with Sevco and its fans for any length of time, or who knows how the Scottish media operates, would want to be within 100 miles of the club or its supporters.
These people only hoist you onto a pedestal so they have something to shoot at later.
There’s an old political aphorism that says you get the leaders you deserve.
It applies brilliantly to Sevco Rangers and its fans.
They are the Ungrateful Dead.
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