The cabal failed. Through their point man in the Highlands they thought had the numbers the null and void the entire league season. Poker was the game of their choice and they intimated they had documented evidence of wrongdoing at the SPFL in their hand. Neil Doncaster and Rod McKenzie must go!
Fortified, the SPFL called their bluff. ‘We call you, show us your hand!’ There was no response. It was pitiful. Still, today, they call for an investigation. Produce your evidence or, respectfully, shut your greetin’ face. There is no evidence, but they cannot say that. Consequently, they have left fans disillusioned, paranoid and bitter, not a demographic you would want to build an empire on. All this when they need to queue to buy tissues from the supermarket.
For the record, Celtic have been significantly stressed throughout this period. We held no aces; but if I were to list those I would never play poker against, Peter Lawwell would be in top spot.
We are not in the business of offering a job to an exec at a Championship club if he could provide a vote. But we could offer experience, sincerity and assuredness. This proved to be enough while the car salesman was ranting about Private Eye.
Now Ann Budge is to head up a working party to look into league reconstruction, I think we all know how well it will be run. In her statement this morning, Ann is still expressing anger – at others, not at those who contrived to leave Hearts four points adrift of the third best supported team in the third largest town in Lanarkshire.
All the angst you witnessed since yesterday is all about stopping Celtic winning the league in the only way possible – by ensuring no one can win the league. We would still prefer to complete the season on the park, but that will not happen.
This will be a memorable season in our Celtic supporting lives. You have a tale to tell to future generations. There is not a championship winning game to discuss, just a beautiful asterisk. Own the asterisk; tell people that as the floodlights went out across Europe, we stood 13 points clear. Tell them our asterisk denotes sporting performance, not cheating player registration.
This has been a sweet one.