Footballers may be our champions, but you probably have little idea the trouble that goes into getting some mundane, but not contracted, tasks completed. There are exceptions, but the industry has a hierarchical system where the powerful (players) make sure their powerless colleagues (anyone else employed by the club who is not the coach or CEO) know their place in the food chain. Even within the players group, the hierarchy is alive and well.
I have seen this with my own eyes going back as far as Martin O’Neill’s team and it can be brutal. “Welcome to the club, son, now you better start acting like Beyonce”, seems to be how it goes. We treat them like pampered superstars and they behave accordingly. They certainly don’t need to worry about the people who ultimately pay their wages, because their wages are guaranteed, often for years.
Today, I feel resentment towards players as a group, which I know is unfair. All the minor infractions I have been aware of over the years were brought to the surface by one major infraction. That’s judging a group by the actions of a few, and we have names for that kind of thinking. Better to remember Callum McGregor and Scott Brown reaching out to the dying. Some players ‘get it’ and I am grateful for that.
The game in Scotland and Celtic’s European campaign is in jeopardy because of the actions of one Celtic player. There are no words. He can take a taxi back to the airport in two weeks. Some others could do with a dose of humility, and learn to behave less like divas and more like respectful adults.