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. Philbhoy on 25th July 2017 11:15 am


    All quiet on the transfer front?


    Nae rumours even?



    Bjorn Engels, 22 year old Belgian centre half. In dispute with his club, Brugge, and left out of their CL qualifier squad. Linked with us in Belgian press last night. Probably nonsense but…………

  2. timaloy29



    Yeah, I totally agree. Although to be fair, I’ll might have stopped watching football by the time of our first visit to Easter Road…so it might not bother me that much…

  3. The Johnatron on

    Every SMSM article I have read over the past couple of days about the EBT scenario, and the “no appetite” for title stripping, continues to go on about the “no sporting advantage” argument. Am I missing something here? It has been legally confirmed that these players were improperly registered. Side letters knowingly and deliberately concealed from the authorities. In any other footballing scenario (or should I say country) this would result in a 0-3 reverse of the scoreline in any match that an EBT recipient took part in. What that automatically does is remove points from Oldco’s tally for each affected season, and I have no doubt would automatically result in the title not being “won” by Oldco.


    Yes anyone in their right mind knows that there was a sporting advantage, as they were able to sign players they would otherwise not have been able to, but this is almost irrelevant in any case if the rules are applied. Consequence, not punishment. That would be an altogether separate debate, but then you can’t punish the dead.



    HH – TJ

  4. Good morning CQN from a dry, bright and sunny East Devon .


    Couldn’t get on first thing, strip the titles and be done with it ffs.

  5. Davidopoulos on 25th July 2017 11:27 am



    Secret member of the Green Brigade. The banners would be interesting!!

  6. TURKEYBHOY on 25TH JULY 2017 11:19 AM


    BANKIEBHOY1 on 25TH JULY 2017 11:11 AM



    We must have a Big Game comin’ up…………………..





    Our enemies promoting stories that will noise-up Celtic Supporters.





    Ho – Hmmmmm.





    You would never know on here either.I think myself and Gary 67 are the only ones to talk about tomorrow nights game.Maybe 1 other.




    Maybe 1 other? Don’t mention my name, I brought up politics first ;-)





  7. TURKEYBHOY on 25TH JULY 2017 11:15 AM


    Just on the GB thing again.I saw some pictures today,cant remember where,of a few of the GB displays.



    The one that struck me was the banner displayed at one of the Hun games.



    “They Hung Out A Flag Of War”,banner.Now,there is no way on Gods earth,that this banner could have been smuggled in to a game.It must have been,60 by 30 foot.Did Celtic OK this banner?.How was it brought into the stadium?







    It would have been awkward for the club to prohibit a banner quoting the words of a Catholic priest.



    Apart from anything else it would have been embarrassing for The Great Desmondo.



    on25TH JULY 2017 10:15 AM



    In all the comment and reaction to the club closing part of the standing section…  


    …has anyone considered that it might be Brendan Rodgers’ reaction to being associated with a Provisionals sniper that has driven it?



    Consideration of our manager is not part of their remit, it was intentional and sinister imo.The “daft wee bhoys” angle does not cut it.