Look at me, but not at my face


I don’t get the flares thing. It’s not a part of my going-to-see-Celtic tradition. But if it was my thing, I’d have the courage of my convictions, I wouldn’t hide the fact.

There are consequences of bringing flares to football games, always has been. By not having the courage to openly ignite them, those consequences are not personalised to the individuals who regard this as an integral part of what they do at a football game, they are visited upon everyone in the vicinity, as well as the club.

The problem with flares at Celtic games is those who bring them hide the fact – as they clearly know there are consequences, and presumably aren’t too interested in taking responsibility for them. ‘Keen on flares, not keen enough to stand up for them’, is why the issue persists.

I get the attraction to bright, shiny, things, but this isn’t a campaign to bring the vote to disenfranchised people against a force who will execute the offender on sight. It’s about bringing a flare to a football game. If it’s so important, do it openly. If you think Health and Safety are simply wrong, find the evidence and use it in court. Have the courage to change something.  I know lots of Celtic fans who have had the courage to put their name to something they believed in, in recent years.  It’s seldom easy, but it has been done.

But in the years of this debate no one has ever pointed to evidence that igniting flares in a football ground is a clever thing to do. It’s just a ‘look at me’ exercise, ‘But don’t look at my face’, of course.


Episode 5 of ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ finds Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham discussing a variety of topical subjects concerning Celtic Football Club, including:

* What now for the Green Brigade?
* Dedryck Boyata – Are reinforcements on route?
* Virgil van Dijk – The windfall cometh;
* Emilio Izaguirre – Moving on.


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  1. Sionnach Abu on

    BEATBHOY on 25TH JULY 2017 1:58 AM



    I’m standing in the naughty corner :-)


    Please tell me I played a different version, give me that comfort at least!


    HH Justice

  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    DELANEYS DUNKY on 25TH JULY 2017 12:30 AM






    What has gender got to do with it?



    When I was young and greeting about something, my dad would tell me to stop blubbering like a big lassie. ( PC wrong now) :)






    The ” victims ” of Stockholm syndrome were females.



    Intended to be humorous.



  3. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on



    Jolly boy john wi a wee chocolate banana an a pakora in eez maws tights as a punchbag, For Real:)




  4. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    A squirrel in a bunnet


    A squirrel in a bunnet


    For Real:)

  5. Delaneys Dunky on

    Hoi you joiner!


    Jolly Boy John is a plank sniffer.


    Am coming to your work to sniff your planks.


    For Real.

  6. Sionnach Abu on




    You’re not the Messiah, go get some sleep ;-)



  7. Sionnach Abu on

    DELANEYS DUNKY on 25TH JULY 2017 2:46 AM



    DD, do you like the Men They Couldn’t Hang? That last song posted is a belter.



  8. This is not a Love Song.



    Howevaaaah The Celtic Song



    I’m frightened by a Moth/Bee/Wasp basically any very small thing that flies….. but I’d fight Mike Tyson when he was @ his Best if the cause was Just before dealing with those Friendly wee Creatures.



    Crazy Crazy Magoo.



    I cannae wait to See the Celts on Wednesday.

  9. Delaneys Dunky on




    Saw them in Leeds ’86.


    It was a Yorkshire Republican Army rally. Mental.

  10. Sionnach Abu on

    DELANEYS DUNKY on 25TH JULY 2017 3:06 AM



    Never saw them live. Stop getting me jealous :-)



  11. Delaneys Dunky on




    Never harm a moth, bee or spider. Humans need all three for our survival. My children have had that taught early. They and my grandchildren love all God’s creatures.


    Celtic 3 Rosenborg 0 will suit me sir.

  12. AULDHEID @12:21am




    Hail Hail fella, here’s the thing…..


    I never mentioned, the SC trial, or the Craig Whyte trial.


    What I did refer to was, how the other three outcomes seemed to be, choreographed, imho.


    1. Celtic season tickets sold out.


    2. Ban the Green Brigade. On the same day.


    3. SPFL decision yesterday.


    Ye see, where some folk come up short is, because they weren’t paranoid enough.


    Guid luck to yourself and the rest of the, Resolutioners.


    Personally, I’d have went for the jugular, the PLC’s jugular, after the shame game when, the PLC flung, NFL, under a bus. That was the time for boycotts imho. That told me that, the PLC were prepared to, padlock the club onto the backseat, and throw away the key, they knew the Celtic support were / are, yellow, giving them, carte Blanche to, look down from high on the, meek Celtic supporter base. Good job that, apathy emptied 30,000 seats or, we could be being treated to, the Magic Hat, skelping the hapless, Ronny, up and down a, tumbleweed Celtic Park.


    Anyway, take care fella and, thank you. Hail Hail



  13. Sionnach Abu on

    KEVJUNGLE on 25TH JULY 2017 3:20 AM


    Throwing in the towel isnt the answer.



  14. Sionnach Abu on 25th July 2017 3:11 am






    Failte mo chara. Have you got me a freebie for Wednesday ;-)






    The wee man isnae sitting there this week. Someone will be….. CELTIC needs the Support.



    Just waiting on info. You may well get to Witness with the Notorious Petec, lost a bit of weight now howevaaaaah.. ;))





    Delaneys Dunky on 25th July 2017 3:12 am










    Never harm a moth, bee or spider. Humans need all three for our survival. My children have had that taught early. They and my grandchildren love all God’s creatures.





    Celtic 3 Rosenborg 0 will suit me sir.








    That would be a most excellent first leg lead.



    If we control the ball the way I expect us to… the clean sheet should happen.



    TBH – I’d be comfortable going over there @ 0-0.



    Celtic has so much quality.



    The new dudes looking good.



    I hope Ryan has a sensational Season @ Aberdeen. He has been retained. Brendan sees something there.



    The huns behind Aberdeen, Hibs and possibly Hearts would be really Good.

  15. Delaneys Dunky on




    Depending on the news fae the SPFL on Wednesday and Celtic PLC actions going forward, Celtic could lose their supporters. We now know it was a rigged game. If it is not cleansed, then me and thousands like me, will be out. Paying to be cheated is not sport.