SCUMBAG MO JOHNSTON – better known to Celtic supporters as “Judas” – has stated he doesn’t care who wins tomorrow’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.
The one-time so-called Hoops diehard will be at the national stadium as part of Sky’s commentary team for the intriguing confrontation between Ronny Deila’s champions-elect and “Rangers”.
Scumbag Johnston, who will be forever condemned by Celtic fans after taking the Ibrox shilling 27 years ago, also revealed the hurt he felt by letting down Tommy Burns and why he will never return to Parkhead – even if he was invited.
Scumbag Johnston actually believes the Hoops will be too strong for the Ibrox side, but said: “I don’t support anyone, honestly. I grew up a Celtic fan.
“Do I want Celtic to win? Do I want ‘Rangers’ (sic) to win? It doesn’t bother me.
“Celtic have the better squad. But in an Old Firm game, there is an inner strength of who wants it more. Can ‘Rangers’ beat Celtic? I’m not so sure.”
However, does it point to where his loyalties lie now that the first destination of “Judas” after a “three-day camel ride” from Orlando, via Manchester, was Murray Park?
Johnston, of course, turned his back on Billy McNeill and Celtic when he signed for the Govan side all those years ago – and admitted his loyalties were obliterated by hard cash.
He said: “Look, at the end of the day Celtic didn’t have the money for it. That is the bottom line. There was a transfer fee, everything else that was involved, I hadn’t signed and then all of a sudden Rangers came in. If I had signed a contract, I would have been with Celtic. That would have been it.
“The contract is there, it is away to FIFA having been signed. But it wasn’t signed. Money came into it. I make no bones about it. I am not going to hide from any of the facts. I did it almost 30 years ago and I won three championships [two with Rangers, one with Celtic].”
He added: “The one reaction that really got to me was Tommy Burns. I was very close with Tommy and he was like ‘ya wee runt’. All I could say to him was: ‘Hey, sorry, Tommy’.
“His kids had been singing ‘Mo, Mo, Super Mo,’ at the breakfast table on the day they thought I’d signed for Celtic. That made me feel really bad.”
Scumbag Johnston’s first port of call was Murray Park, to watch “Rangers” (sic) Under-17s against their Dundee United counterparts. Although sacked by Toronto six years ago, he now lives, near West Palm Beach, Florida.
Having already been invited back to do a half-time draw at Ibrox, it’s clear he still feels comfortable at The Rangers (sic). This is despite some fans burning scarves and claiming they would never return after he signed, in July 1989.
The only time he admitted to feeling slightly uneasy was when he was awarded the best newcomer award by the Larkhall Supporters’ Club. He recalled: ” The people at Rangers told me I shouldn’t go. But I told them I had to go because it was my first award, so I decided to go. But it was a bit rocky, to say the least.
“Three of us went and Ian Ferguson got the main award, but I was a bit late walking in and it was, well, interesting. Did I sing any of the songs? I did actually. It ended up on the front page of the Daily Record – I had to sing!”
It is nearly 30 years to the day since he scored two of Celtic’s five goals in the win over St Mirren that, combined with Hearts losing 2-0 at Dundee, secured the Premier League title for Davie Hay’s team.
He has lost touch with Celtic to such an extent he admitted: “Wee Murdo [MacLeod] called me up the other day. ‘Are you invited to the anniversary?’ I asked him: ‘It’s your anniversary?’”