Salmond up to his knees in silence

It was as though large parts of Scotland’s media, and many Rangers fans, had decided enough was enough after Saturday’s game.  Sectarian singing was reported and roundly condemned, although, inexplicably, BBC Sportscene flippantly suggested disagreeable refereeing could be a cause.  It was, however, Nil By Mouth from the government on tackling this peculiar fabric of society.

A Scottish government spokesman was unable to even acknowledge Saturday’s events, giving the Sunday Herald a completely neutral comment: “We deplore sectarian or bigoted chanting at any grounds or from any fans in Scotland.”

By his own admission, Alex Salmond is busy “arguing” with HMRC and campaigning to secure Rangers’ unique place in the fabric of Scottish society – despite openly being in breach of Fifa rules which could see Celtic kicked out of the Champions League and Scotland unable to compete in the World Cup qualifiers.  It would have cost him nothing to fall in line with everyone else and make it clear this behaviour is not what he is fighting for.

Issues like this are why we need a First Minister, Alex.  If you have decided to go Nil By Mouth, you’re betraying the very fabric you should be cultivating. No one wants to live in a Scotland that looks like this.

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  • Invercelt

    What is the Stars @ 10.11,
    Spot on!
    Hope my support doesn’t embarass you too much.

  • St Martin De Porres



    Has been very impressive great prospect

  • oglach

    What is the Stars says:
    20 February, 2012 at 11:34

    You know James Connolly was once in the Britsh Army

    He was a right hun wasnt he
    Get a grip – Connolly was in the British Army when he was a child. He and many IRA men of the period were former British Army. There is an immense difference between them Fenlon. Fenlon wasn’t forced to join Linfield through a simple choice of destitution and his family starving he chose to play for Linfield because the money on offer was more than other Clubs offered him. Despite what many on here are claiming he didn’t join one of the most rabidly anti Catholic institutions in NI through any altruistic or idealistic beliefs. Did he once speak out about Linfield in all his time there?
    Ask the Nationalist population of the North of Ireland what they think of Fenlon – or are they all Huns as well?

  • St Martin De Porres

    is dylan mcgeough a hun?

  • onlyonepaulmcstay


    Ha Ha Ha I would assume that would be the case.


    I am sure there is a video of Bobo on youtube going nuts at that game with the fans.


    Yeah I often go by Chapmans but aint sure if it was decent, will give it a go mate, cheers.

    hail hail

  • KJamBhoy

    onlyonepaulmcstay says:
    20 February, 2012 at 11:28

    I am very sorry to hear about your experience in the barca end, sounds awful.

    I currently work and live in Barcelona. Many barca fans talk of their fondness for the Celtic fans when we were here.

    I met two catalans in an Irish bar wearing Celtic tops watching one of this seasons Europa league games. They said they ended up partying with the Celtic after the game in 2004 and what a great experience it was for them. They have travelled to Glasgow and been to Parkhead to catch a game.

    I know a Rangers fan here, it really annoys him that you quite often see catalans wearing Celtic tops.

  • unew mike

    oglach please change the record you’ve been bumping your gums about pat fenlon since yesterday celtic won 5-0 and played very well whats your problem are yoiu a hurting hun in disguise seeking attention …..

  • Celtic Soul Brother- Supporting Kano 1000

    TinyTim says:
    20 February, 2012 at 11:37

    Do remember the Colin Jackson og seemed to take an eternity to cross the line then the place went mental!

    As you say got to be the best ever game-to win the League against them in the last game of the season with only 10 men-unbelievable!

  • stephenpollock

    When you think of the press reports for a view Celtic supporters versus the silence for yesterday it is staggeringly obvious that there is objectivity.

    The Rangers fans are stupid to think such songs will support the cry for state aid – buffoon of a highest level.

  • gorbalstam

    KJamBhoy says:
    20 February, 2012 at 11:53

    I was in the Michael Collins for the 3-3 Killie comeback game and at the end the locals were over shaking my wee Bhoy’s hand and saying well done (he had the hoops on), he loved it.

  • greenjedi

    A lot of people behaving like huns today.

    We have a go (quite rightly) at the huns and Linfield for their signing policies, but if a Tim plays for them he is a disgrace.

    So do you want them to move into the new millenium or not?

  • !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000

    If only Eddie Smith was the Match Observer at Poundland on Saturday?

  • Snake Plissken

    I posted yesterday that there is a chance that Celtic can win the league on St Patrick’s day IF we win all our games and Rangers lose 2 and draw 1.

    Should this come to pass I believe that IF Dundee United win at Tannadice against them on St Patrick’s Day and Celtic get a further 9 points in our games against


    giving us 77 points

    And they lose their matches or draw one

    51/52 points

    leaving Celtic 25 points in front (minimum)

    there are then only 8 matches left to play which means 24 more points are up for grabs.

    Now failing that Ibrox will be a decider unless the Police move the game.

    St Patrick’s Weekend (2 potential trophy wins)


    Wait a little longer for the title?

    Your choice.

  • oglach

    unew mike says:
    20 February, 2012 at 11:54

    You can button it also. Sick to death of eejits peaking about a subject they no nothing about. I was only responding to ill educated replies. FYI no i am not a hun but i suspect many here are of the diluted type including you.

  • amadeus

    In my experience, and I make many trip across the water, people there want reconciliation, not the furtherance of hatred.
    Leave Fenlon alone, he showed courage when many others did not.
    It’s all too easy to have a pop at the likes of Pat from a distance.
    Good will out – in the end.
    Hatred dies of itself, love sustains of itself.
    Get real!

  • LiviBhoy

    KJamBhoy says:
    20 February, 2012 at 11:53

    We bumped into a big group of Spaniards on Las Ramblas the day of the game who had come up from Seville. Quite young Bhoys and Ghirls probably teenagers or early 20′s.
    They were chanting Celtique, Celtique. Brought tears to my eyes. Had a chat with one of them and shared a couple of cans of beer. They said they had fell in love with Celtic after our trip to Seville. They had never seen anything like it. The guy whose name escapes me was now a massive Hoops fan after following Betis. He reckoned there were fans in Seville for 2 weeks and some that have never left!
    I’m sure there is a few stories that some fans never made it back from Lisbon settling all over Europe. Some amazing things happen when Celtic travel abroad.
    The Barca fans we met after the match were brilliant. Some of the Bhoys got up on the stage in their supporters club or one of their supporters bar and gave the whole Willie Maley song. The whole place went wild when they were finished. I didn’t know the guys but they didn’t buy much beer after that!


  • onlyonepaulmcstay


    As I said mate, I didn’t help matters with my celebrations either, but I will put it down to being young and stupid.

    I had a great night in the Michael Collins bar, In fact I still have the T shirt which I purchased that night, great memories, the good lady and I have good friends in Barcelona and are thinking of visiting over the coming months, I will wear my hoops with pride.

    Hail Hail.

  • kitalba

    This is turning into one of the nastiest threads I have ever read on CQN. A lot of undertones.


    We have a league to win and we will enjoy it the better if we go there together, appreciating that we are each a one off, with views and opinions hued form experience and influence and prejudice too, it does not in itself make us good or bad.
    One thing we can all agree on is our devotion of, and ambition for, OUR CLUB

    One more day for me then Lent.

  • voguepunter

    onlyonepaulmcstay says:
    20 February, 2012 at 11:53

    Gorbalstam is correct Chapmans is brand new,lot
    of vogue ghuys went there when Mr Crozier took over.

  • What is the Stars


    I agree we should all be able to move on
    Some dont like the idea of leaving the past behind.
    But we have to.

  • oglach

    Ok PAX – no more Fenlon or Judas. Sorry if i have offended anyone.

  • KJamBhoy

    gorbalstam says:
    20 February, 2012 at 11:56

    It was the Michael Collins I met the two Celtic supporting Catalans in.

    I have had many a drunken conversation about Henrik with barca fans! HH

  • amadeus

    aint that the truth

  • What is the Stars


    I may be an ill educated reptile (if indeed ypu included me in that compliment) but I am not a bigot whose life has been twisted by myopic hatred

  • donegalpaul

    bhoys &ghirls this pat fenlon chat is what you would expect to be reading on the other mobs site not here please we are all one

    Hail Hail

  • onlyonepaulmcstay


    Cheers, I will give Chapmans a go, thanks for the local knowledge.

    Hail Hail

  • Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire

    well done, leave it where it belongs, in history
    hail hail

  • amadeus

    fair play to oglach, he gets it, eventually!

  • unew mike

    oglach i was tired of your posts which exceed 20 all complaining vociferously and with a trace of increasing bitterness towards pat fenlon

  • starry plough

    Chris McLaughlin @BBCchrismclaug Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Cops say moving game is tricky as match is pre split. Like to avoid but say they are experienced in policing big events. #Celtic #Rangers

    I guess the orcs might be a little concerned at the possibility of us winning the title at poundland….

  • Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire

    no need for the snide dig, his opinion is as valid as anyone else here, whether you like it or not.

  • unew mike

    canamalar nae luck for me on saturday case of back to the drawing board on the employment front hail hail

  • Folly Folly

    TinyTim at 11:37

    ‘Where i was down the front of the Celtic end,it

    was jam packed ,and old bhoy next to me fainted and had to be stretchered out of the the Celtic end after the melee that ensued when Colin Jackson scored the own goal.’

    Tiny, I was at the game, too; a lovely sunny evening. Along with several mates, I ended up walking all the way back to Clydebank (via a west end hostelry pit-stop), due to the bus strike.

    It was a low crowd because it was a re-scheduled tie: possible even re-scheduled twice. It was on Monday night because Rangers were tied up playing against Hibs in the Scottish Cup Final (which went to 2 replays; the last final to go to a replay).

    I think the guy whom you think fainted may actually have died that night of a heart attack: I was in the jungle and remember seeing him being taken along the track on a trolly, round to the first aid post beside the main stand. He was the Dad of an acquaintance of mine from Dalmuir.

    Although I think the guy was only in his fifties, if you were able to choose a time to to die, that would do for me …


  • lucky number 7

    Apologies if posted previously
    Dignity the Rangers way…
    Starts off well, then drops to orc values,see if you can spot the point where their true colours show

  • The Idiot

    Very good performance yesterday – delighted to see Stokes IMO the best striker at the club – get back in the goals.

    Will the new Polish striker ever get a game????

  • greenjedi

    starry plough says:
    20 February, 2012 at 12:07
    Chris McLaughlin @BBCchrismclaug Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Cops say moving game is tricky as match is pre split. Like to avoid but say they are experienced in policing big events. #Celtic #Rangers

    I guess the orcs might be a little concerned at the possibility of us winning the title at poundland….


    I’d guess the Cops would prefer if it was us about to go bye bye and not their own team!

  • 31003

    Ghuys…..bit of sympathy required…..smashinmilkbottles has just text me from hospital….broke his foot yesterday dain the conga….I kid you not

  • unew mike

    wednesday might be a good time to see our latest polish recruit get a run out especially if celtic establish a half time lead

  • TheOriginalSadiesBhoy

    I don’t know anyone in the world who lates Alex Salmond as half as much as my wife. She can’t stand the man and this goes back years. It has now reached the stage that I start to wind her up when he comes on the telly. I’ll say ” Salmond’s the best politician in Scotland. Now he’s a man who knows what he’s talking about. I’m seriously considering voting for him at the next election.” After that it’s a case of tin helmet on and dinner’s in the dug.

    However, after his recent comments about HMRC getting together with RFC and striking some deal to ensure RFC survive, I can’t even bear the thought of joking about him. I can’t stand the man.

  • KJamBhoy

    LiviBhoy says:
    20 February, 2012 at 11:59

    Really to great to hear accounts like that, make you proud to be a Celtic fan!

    onlyonepaulmcstay says:
    20 February, 2012 at 11:59

    I would recommend wearing the hoops! Haha you may find people are friendlier to you.

  • oglach

    unew mike says:
    20 February, 2012 at 11:54

    As i said PAX – and i have apologised if i have offended and do so again if i have overly offended you. FYI i consider myself an Irish Republican i do not do bigitory, i condem it in all its forms – However my own opinion and choice is to condem those who gave it tacit support. As far as i am aware i am allowed to voice my differing opions / views on this site as much as anyone else. I only became involved in the discussion to support another poster who was being ‘shouted down’ for expressing the same view as many Celtic supporters from NI have of certain individuals.

  • Celtic Soul Brother- Supporting Kano 1000!/akindoftune/status/171561715195068417/photo/1

    Taken from TWITTER-Someone’s added a book to the rangers section at Waterstones!

  • Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire

    unew mike,
    sorry to hear that, maybe you could branch out into drawing boards :o)
    people always need them.
    keep plugging away pal, you’ll get there.
    hail hail

  • ASonOfDan


    I wonder how much Fenian Blood will make up the fabric of an Independent Scotland?

    One Nation…

  • unew mike

    hail hail oglach i saw your apology as soon as i had posted and I am sorry for the unecessary hun accusation

  • The Battered Bunnet

    From the BBC:

    Police probe Rangers fan’s Twitter ‘threat’ to Stephen Thompson

    Police are investigating claims that Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson has been threatened by a Rangers fan on a social networking site.

    Mr Thompson is also alleged to have been subjected to sectarian comments and abusive remarks about his late father and predecessor, Eddie Thompson.

    It is understood Tayside Police visited the United chairman after concerns for his safety were raised.

    Rangers owe the Dundee club ticket money from a recent Scottish Cup tie.

    The debt from the game, which was played in Glasgow, is thought to amount to almost £100,000.

    However, Dundee United officials and fans are concerned the club will not receive the money after Rangers went into administration last week.

    Referring to the alleged Twitter threats, a spokeswoman for Tayside Police said: “We can confirm we are aware of the matter and are investigating it.”

  • HECTOR – Moonbeams WD. Kano 1000 \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 100%.

    Smashy – OUUCCCHHHHH!!!!!

    Free Jelly & Ice Cream though.

    What’s not to like.

    Get conga-ing soon.


  • unew mike

    canamalar have enough difficulty drawing and recognising complex kanji :-)

  • Paul67

    new article posted.

  • Ten Men Won The League

    If the match delegate at Ibrox on Saturday (Willie McDougall i believe) does not include the sectarian singing in his report, then he should be stripped of his ability to delegate ANY fixture in Scottish football for life

    We are watching and waiting Mr McDougall

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