Celtic will prevail, no matter which scenario plays out


The Scotsman did an interesting article today on the fact that recent attendances at Celtic Park have fallen well short of the circa 46,000 paid for tickets, the majority of which are season tickets.  It touches on several issues.

Suggestions that a league in which Celtic inevitably process to the title is less attractive to the spectating public than a league with a competitive challenge is not a surprise.  It would be bizarre otherwise.

Still, many Celtic fans continue to support the club for a whole variety of reasons: we want to see it prosper, we enjoy going to games with our family and friends, and, unsurprisingly, we enjoy watching football.

Anyone who doubted that attendances would soften after Rangers were liquidated should have widened their survey sample.  For most of us, this was a welcome change.  The joys of beating Rangers were undeniable, but most of us have a deeper relationship with Celtic.

The Scotsman predict that in the event there was never a “team called Rangers in the top flight” Celtic would endure some serious downsizing.  If we remained within the confines of Scottish league football this is undeniably true.  So what?  There would be little competition, less income, fewer signings and more promotion from the youth team.

In this scenario there would inevitably be fewer Champions League nights too, but in the big scheme of things, would we want it any other way?  Of course not.  Celtic will be there, in sunshine or in shadow, playing football and paying their bills.  I’d sign up for this right now.

There is, of course, the question of how welcome our continued presence in Scottish football would be with the prospect of not just winning 10-in-a-row, which I hear our favourite Sevconian, Ally McCoist, is now discussing as a possibility, but the realisation that 10 would soon become 20, or 30-in-a-row.

All Celtic can do is continue to win football matches, pay their bills and see off all challengers.  The game here is irrevocably broken; the consequences of this will continue to emerge in the months and years to come.  All we know for sure is that Celtic will prevail, no matter which scenario plays out.
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  1. Has anybody else realised that attendances around world football at big clubs or anywhere are also low or lower than full house? have you seen the San Siro on a normal matchday? Old Trafford playing West Brom etc etc, then when in Europe the place is packed out, that’s no surprise, the interest is less on a ‘Normal’ Matchday, the picture is the same across world football.



    Celtic will continue to have a big support and having 46k on a matchday is no shame, most clubs would dream of that figure for a normal game, let along 60k plus. it is dissapointing to see empty seats and i agree there is a need to fill them, but its not like we are doing a Darlington FC and have a man and his dog watching and an empty ground.



    It has buggerall to do with Sevco.

  2. starry



    Good pro.



    There’s no transfer money about in January, especially for players who run out of contract


    in the summer. Not even in England where the DR et all, want him to go.



    Plus ça change CSC

  3. Ramie:



    Thank you, I hope this year brings you nothing less than smiles. I hope Martin get’s better but I don’t think that is going to happen. I just hope Martin finds a reason to smile too from time to time.



    Your a mate.

  4. sixtaeseven - Gardez la Foi, DAM 5 ! on

    Joe, Joe, super Joe!



    Hope he stays.



    I think he’s a great asset to us – and a Hunskelper to boot (a dying breed these days – ha ha).



    There are two or three I would let go before him.

  5. kitalba ,


    the reason i think its cowardly is first no one at celtic plc is going to risk being hounded


    second is they are money orientated and to compromise is financally to there benefit but ultimately will be are downfall as a sizeable amount of our support will not go along with this of which i am one, people can do as they please but for me i know my line.

  6. Robert88…..



    Was in Rome a few years ago for a mate’s birthday weekend.



    We had some time to kill on the Saturday night so four of us, including the two ladies,bought walk up tickets for Lazio v Cagliari at the Olympic Stadium.(what a dump of a stadium bye….sitting on concrete steps in minus 4 degrees Celsius in February).Soulless stadium.



    The stadium holds 90000 and their was at most 10000 in at kick off.



    When we got back to the hotel later that night I switched on to view the highlights as I missed some incidents in a controversial game (right at the height of all the match fixing that was going on).



    I was astounded of forehead at the difference in how the match looked on telly compared to what I’d just seen….it looked as if it was a cauldron of noise with a full house.The Italian TV companies insist on spectators only sitting in areas where the camera scans.



    Couldn’t happen here could it?

  7. i am not going to support finacially a corupt pillar that pretends to be sport, call it what you like make excuses like what can we do, but in the end you are supporting corruption and making excuses will not make it go away and i am surprised at well known contributors are doing just that through we are celtic supporters, there is right and wrong and no amount of dressing can change that.

  8. eurochamps67



    13:33 on 31 December, 2013,




    Excellent post EC, that’s what Celtic is all about.



    Have a good New Year mate. YNWA

  9. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on




    haughey us nothing more than a soup taking MASONIC money gabbing miser, would rather run about with his ludge mates..Mortimer, smiley and the likes…not liked at all in his native gorbals..to be honest its the only good thing about him, the gorbals that is..

  10. Robert88



    14:54 on 31 December, 2013



    Has anybody else realised that attendances around world football at big clubs or anywhere are also low or lower than full house?





    Attendances here in Germany are high with many sellouts every matchday. Tickets are cheaper, there is bier (beer) to be had and the fitba is well worth watching.




  11. Ellboy - I am Neil Lennon, YNWA. on




    10:18 on 31 December, 2013



    Apologies if I got the wrong idea but I do believe they will come back, not as original Rangers but as they currently are a Newco. Different brand perhaps but the same fans, the same media bias and no doubt they will enjoy the very same if not even more obvious leg up from officialdom.






    10:37 on 31 December, 2013



    ‘I will not allow any of that to dilute my support of Celtic nor inhibit my watchfulness in holding people or institutions to account.



    I can’t get as vitriolic as some over Celtics positioning on the demise of RFC, nor can I see how the entry of Sevco into the League structure could have been prevented. Sevco has been protected for sure as has the reputation (snort) of Oldclub but if I obsess on that it means I’m not obsessing on Celtic. That would never do!!!



    The best defence against them is overwhelming support for the team on the terraces.’



    I wholeheartedly agree but there must come a point where you have to question our clubs true position in all of this. Until Celtic come out clearly and condemn Rangers, The SFA and our ludicrously biased MSM. Then what are we to think?



    Not sure about you but if someone wrongs me I don’t just take it on the chin and say thank you kindly. I want my club to be shouting foul from the rooftops and venting their feelings (our feelings) & not sitting schtum! Celtic at this time are without question the biggest & most influential entity within Scottish football. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity before the tribute act turns up, to influence and shape our game for the better. We should be shouting loudly and leading the way to a fair and proper league set-up. I am hugely disappointed in that we seem to be sitting on our hands and allowing things to continue as before.



    Do you see us saying doing anything of the sort coz I don’t?