Newco assistant, Gary McAllister, this week told the media “to finish the season with a flourish would be a big positive going into the summer.” On hearing this, I thought back to the 3-0 win in a meaningless game against Rangers in May 1995. We left Hampden (our temporary home) with a child-like joy: we had a great day out but the ‘adults’ knew nothing of significant had occurred.
It is demeaning for an aspirational club to talk about the prospect of feeling positive at winning a meaningless fixture. Especially when they cannot even reach a cup final. To the outsider, this looks the opposite of aspirational. It looks needy and desperate.
Of considerably greater importance to Celtic in May 1995 was the Scottish Cup Final win over that other soon-to-be-liquidated team, Airdrie. We brought a trophy home for the first time in six years, in actual positive.
Win, lose or draw on Sunday, anyone who leaves Ibrox feeling positive or negative about the summer on the back of what happened that day is a fool. Gary, it’s not a good look.
Auction: Directors’ Box Champaign Reception for 4 v Hearts, 19 May
Celtic sponsor, Intelligent Car Leasing, have offered four tickets to the Directors’ Box on trophy presentation day at Celtic Park against Hearts on 19 May 2019.
Package includes champagne reception on arrival, four-course meal, seats in the Directors’ Box over the halfway line and complimentary bar both pre and post-match.
This is an opportunity for four people to experience a special day in Celtic’s history from the Directors’ Box. Tickets can be collected from Glasgow on Thursday 16th or Friday 17th.
All proceeds from this auction will go to Celtic FC Foundation. The Foundation support people living in poverty in Scotland, England, Ireland and in many of the world’s most impoverished countries. The provide support to people with Downs Syndrome, Autism and Dementia. They reach out to those excluded from many aspects of normal living with educational and social projects, often providing life-changing opportunities.
Thanks for the fantastic help of Intelligent Car Leasing – again!