I’m a friend of one of the Cowans from Glasgow, I got him a ticket for Celtic Park once. For that family, for Humza Yousaf’s family and the countless more who are mourning, or terrified of what may happen next, I will not give you my hot takes on a situation so tragic and complex it deserves nothing but our full concern.
You can see by watching Celtic, we have a tight-knit squad, there to support each other, and a tight-knit club. You wouldn’t have it any other way. Getting involved here is the last thing any football club would want to do, but the players needed support, perhaps the bereaved too.
Try, though you can, politics and sport cannot always separate. ‘Celtic Football Club, open to all since 1888’, is our proud boast, but for much of our history, that was a political statement in Glasgow (whereas it is just a fact now). We are a club with founding values worth preserving and occasionally worth stating. God help anyone killed for their ethnicity – nothing is truer to those values.