Gangster clubs, brutish fans, identity politics


The Daily Record’s political editor today published information obtained from the Scottish Government by a Freedom of Information Request, where Police Scotland note Newco “actively engaged” supporters to break lockdown rules in March this year.

Following Newco’s game with St Mirren on 6 March, Police Scotland received assurances from Newco that they would encourage fans to stay at home.  The Police memo stages, “Whilst assurances were given this did not materialise.”

The Police go on to stage Newco made “numerous statements encouraging celebration, including from the manager (Steven Gerrard).”

“Both the Manager and players actively engaged from within the stadium with fans gathered in disgraceful displays of encouragement, in solid opposition to the public safety issues arising, to their responsibilities given the privileges under which football operates, and to the commitments they had made around public communications.”

The Government should have acted on this information in March.  Football privileges were being actively flouted by one club but it took further incidents this month before Nicola Sturgeon felt it necessary to take on Newco.  This is in stark contrast to her grabbing the mic. when Celtic followed her own rules during their trip to Dubai.

You will see not contrition from Newco.  Instead, they will deflect and distract.  Let them sink in their own sewage.

Gangster clubs operate across Europe.  They stir-up identity sentiment among brutish fans and intimidate politicians who need to fish in the same identity waters.  It takes brave political leadership to stop the rot.

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  1. 18 years ago today


    Many of us were inside a Stadium in 40 degrees heat to watch the world famous Glasgow Celtic


    Another 60000 + were outside enjoying the occasion



    Wonder how the people of Seville enjoyed our visit



    PS, still can’t stand that Mourihno guy

  2. I really enjoyed the occasion in Seville, I think.



    It’s on my bucket list to go back.




  3. Nice to see they statement -0 basically a threat …to poiticians.. since they are not part of the 5 -way agreement.. which stops SFA etc (and Celtic saying nothing against them

  4. Thanks for the support gents.



    I always liked the, probably over romantic, notion that Celtic fans didn’t cause trouble because we were good at policing ourselves.



    I think it should be the same on here. 👍🏼

  5. NORRIEM on 21ST MAY 2021 6:57 PM




    A wonderful event in Seville, notwithstanding the result.



    Celtic treble Treble bus parade cancelled as thousands of fans flood Gallowgate



    Thousands left disappointed after Police Scotland cancelled planned route for open-top bus amid safety fears.



    How quick the police were to halt our parade because “some people are straying on to the road”. We all accepted in good humour and dispersed.



    Contrast this with the recent riots in Glasgow.



    When the Ibrox Legions decide to mobilise there is no appetite anywhere in Scotland to stand up to them…..and still we hear the “one side is as bad as the other” tripe trotted-out in all parts of the Scottish media




    Amen to that (as long as you don’t mean Glasgow’s finest version of policing)

  7. Has any reporter got the balls to ask – “have you proof the videos were faked ?”

  8. so in less than a week they have went from rampaging , law breaking bigots to put upon victims who had their great reputation thrashed by the media and politicians. Amazing! since you can hear FTP are police saying its not a crime because it was in private?

  9. Majestic Hartson on 21st May 2021 6:00 pm




    I agree with your sentiment, but the said person is on record as saying that 60% of Catholic/Irish/Celtic supporters were stupid and simply driven by sectarian hatred of R######. I personally resent that and surely have the right to call out such statements. I don’t live in Scotland, so I can’t really comment on the SNP (cult as he always refers to them), but living in the North of Ireland I know what it is like to have had to move after our family home was shot at twice for no other reason than being a Catholic family (admitted to in court by one of the gunmen). So, forgive me if I feel offended by certain comments and react to them.



    BTW I don’t ever use personal insults.




  10. Everything about Seville barring the result was magic! 🍻🍺🥂🍻🍺🥂



    The Green Mile was spectacular and so proud of our support throughout 🍀

  11. 67






    Btw if you look at our reaching European finals years, the mad theory from the trend says we will have a final in the 30s.



    Possibly 2036 🤣😂😉 I think might have read this here before.

  12. In ither news……………..



    scoddland is upto its knees………………..

  13. Where there is darkness, let us bring light.


    Celtic should propose a charter, for all Scottish clubs to sign up to.


    It should set standards and confirm that racial, sectarian, sextist, homophobic (add others) abuse is unacceptable. Whether that be from players, officials or fans. Penalties may be considered.


    We can either lead from the front on this or suffer in silence and continue to kneel down before games, in acknowledgement of an event on another continent.

  14. Lille win (don’t look back) in Angers on Sunday and they are French Champions.


    Lost only twenty two goals in 37 matches so far, and yet we scored five against them in two EL games, two of our best performances all season. A hint of what we were capable of, sadly seldom replicated from that point on. Tant Pis.


    Come on Lille, Allons Y

  15. Hi Bhoys



    I thought when the polis escorted them from ibrox to george square it was a new low. Tonights polis statement is lower than hades. There’s a new club running the country. Wee Nicola could be oot of a job soon.




  16. POR CIERTO on 21ST MAY 2021 2:54 PM


    Has Douglas Ross, the leader of the opposition in Scotland, commented on the events that happened last weekend, in Scotland’s largest city, yet? por cierto




    Is the head of the UK Unionist and anti Catholic cult waving the Orange Card in deafeningly silence all over Scotland? The filth that vote for that scum know the score before a baw’s kicked.

  17. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    We need to get out this loyalist little hotel find a level playing field.

  18. When you behave like they have and feel justified in asking for an apology then things have got dangerously toxic. A serious, legitimate political party are encouraging them to feel victimized after they’ve been guilty of serious wrong-doing. We’re in dangerous waters now



    Meanwhile our CEO’s house was set on fire a couple of days ago and it’s been completely forgotten about.

  19. When the perpetrators can paint themselves as the victims, and the victims be painted as the perpetrators then what’s to be done?



    trip of a lifetime many memories to cherish like most who attended


    the general feeling that you were proud to be part of it all and this in defeat


    Anyone who compares CELTS with the dark side fails on every level




    Have been following the fate of LILLE as well would love them to pip PSG although signs were there last week that pressure is been felt however still in their hands



  21. My friends in Celtic,



    To be fair there were a few wise heads on here that advocated caution re the hun players sectarian singing.



    Personally I still think they are as guilty as hell.



    HH to all on CQN.

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