Sanctimonious nonsense about Celtic fans from ex-Ranger


I’ve read sanctimonious nonsense about how Celtic fans are enjoying these times, on how they should feel instead, and on how they will feel, one day.  I’ve also read what utterings our chief executive and manager should limit themselves to.

Our manager and directors have so far said very little on the subject of Rangers, only responding to direct questions or when you, the Celtic fans, were brought into the debate, without reference to any of us, by the First Minister.  Their response to Mr Salmond brought a swift and appropriate retraction.

It concerns me greatly that Scottish Premier League championships could have been won by a team playing improperly registered football players.  It would concern me even more if my concerns, your concerns, were not shared by the people charged with speaking on our behalf.  It is the responsibility of Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell to leave no Celtic supporter in any doubt that they will vigorously pursue our supporters’ historical and future interests.

Mark Hateley’s piece on today’s Daily Record betrays a lot of hurt.  He concedes this season’s title to Celtic, which he regards as “tainted”.

As someone suggested in the CQN comments section this week, “We don’t need your stinkin’ 10 point penalty”….. we have another 10 point lead in reserve.

Hately suggests you should have the “good grace” to move on as his club “attempts to battle for its very existence”, adding, “There is no need for the likes of Lennon and Peter Lawwell to continue to sink the boot in”.

We will move on once justice has been done and is seen to be done.  Anyone who suggests otherwise, that somehow justice, the maintenance of ethical standards in the game, or even legality, are not things football fans, managers or directors should concern themselves with, has perhaps headed too many footballs in his time.

The coup-de-grace from Hateley was “So let Celtic get on with celebrating their title – a title they somehow failed to win throughout the last three years of financial troubles”.  Does anyone believe Rangers would have won three leagues had they paid their tax instead of singing Jelavic, Lafferty, Davis, Edu, Naismith or Bougherra?

I think this guy is missing the point. If the First Tier Tribunal report confirms already-made allegations that Rangers improperly registered football players, this bling that Hateley is flashing in your face is ill-gotten.

The Celtic manager, directors and support, together with most others in Scottish football, have to ensure that Fifa rules on the registration of football players is not subverted.

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  1. Ten Men Won The League on




    I thought the exact same thing on SSN there



    Very much looked like 2 plain clothes policeman having come out of an interview with a certain cheeky chappie?

  2. Declan Is Neil Lennon 1888 Hates being 2nd on

    i feel sorry for mark hatly. it is clear he is a big bear and is hurting at what is going on at his club. i agree that there is too much dancing on rangers coffin amongst us fellow celtic fans. shadenfroyda somebody on clyde called it. that is the exact word shadenfroyda. we as a support need to be careful. we are dancnig on their grave but they might not be in a grave and we might be in one. a deel will be doen with the taxman alec salmon will make sure of that. they will be back with all of their world record trophy haul and will have money. their fans will pile lots of cash into the club and they will spend it all on players. where will that leave celtic. us loyal celtic fans need to let the board know we know where they have failed. we need to spend spend spend to make sure we can keep up with the rangers. we wont be laughing and dancing when it turns out hatly is right. these guys in the papers know their biscuits. i always listen to everything they say as should all loyal celtic fans. these guys are pade big bucks to tell it like it is. when a legend of the game like hatly speeks we should listen



    hail hail

  3. do you get a prize for the last comment on the previous article?



    declan ….again wise words



    how is your big mate, and are you still following that girl?



    what do you think the score will be a the weekend, and have you a favourite flavour of ice cream?



    I also hope they have stopped called you a “daft timmy” as that is very unkind

  4. Well said, Paul.



    But why stop at “Jelavic, Lafferty, Davis, Edu, Naismith or Bougherra” … ?




  5. Declan Is Neil Lennon 1888 Hates being 2nd says:


    24 February, 2012 at 11:47



    Deccy,hatly ,will steal that for next weeks column.

  6. 'crushed nuts?' 'Naw, Layringitis!' on

    Re: The Hateley article:



    Could it be slowly (very slowly in this case) dawning on someone that there may be personal pension/tax implications? Is the ‘between the lines’ story really just the sound of someone filling his trousers?

  7. Absolutely brilliant Paul67.



    Instead of having a team on the park who win 3 in a row they could have paid their taxes.



    This should be repeated, retweeted and spread far and wide.



    They have destroyed themselves and deserve everything that is coming to them.

  8. Declan Is Neil Lennon 1888 Hates being 2nd on

    imaginger – i love ice cream. i love that ben and garrys stuff. that is the best espeshilly the cookie duff stuff. that is well nice. heaps of sugar in mind so i am totally buzzing after scranning a carton of that stuff. told you before i followed her once. keep talking like that and folk will think i am one of they guys with a trunchcoat who hides in the bushes. not on chief.

  9. I did a search on the name Declan and cam up with this



    Delusional disorder is an uncommon psychiatric condition in which patients present with circumscribed symptoms of non-bizarre delusions, but with the absence of prominent hallucinations and no thought disorder, mood disorder, or significant flattening of affect. For the diagnosis to be made, auditory and visual hallucinations cannot be prominent, though olfactory or tactile hallucinations related to the content of the delusion may be present.



    To be diagnosed with delusional disorder, the delusion or delusions cannot be due to the effects of a drug, medication, or general medical condition, and delusional disorder cannot be diagnosed in an individual previously diagnosed with schizophrenia. A person with delusional disorder may be high functioning in daily life and may not exhibit odd or bizarre behavior aside from these delusions. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) defines six subtypes of the disorder characterized as erotomanic (believes that someone famous is in love with him/her), grandiose (believes that he/she is the greatest, strongest, fastest, richest, and/or most intelligent person ever), jealous (believes that the love partner is cheating on him/her), persecutory (believes that someone is following him/her to do some harm in some way), somatic (believes that he/she has a disease or medical condition), and mixed, i.e., having features of more than one subtypes. Delusions also occur as symptoms of many other mental disorders, especially the other psychotic disorders.



    The DSM-IV, and psychologists, generally agree that personal beliefs should be evaluated with great respect to complexity of cultural and religious differences since some cultures have widely accepted beliefs that may be considered delusional in other cultures.

  10. obonfanti1888 says:


    24 February, 2012 at 11:47


    Simple retort to Hately’s hurting drivel:



    “Mark, whats 20 minus 10?



    Whats 53 minus 53 = History

  11. kikinthenakas says:


    24 February, 2012 at 11:39


    Bhoys please read BRTH on Paul McConvilles blog



    It’s a comedy of farces wrapped in one big side splitting giggle.





    If you are about well done great work, see I get a coded mention.









  12. VP



    Met him several times through work – he helped out at ibrox with an education initiative. He would be available for a Q&A session in the final week, I think the belief was that this was an incentive to the children to ensure they behaved during the programme of study.



    Talk about thick!!



    One moment sticks out though. Wee Bhoy asked him, “Why didn’t rangers sign Catholics?”



    I think he must have been the youngest Tim to experience the ‘nothing to see here Timmy move along now’ avoidance technique!!

  13. It is astonishing that an incoherent, bumbling fool like Hateley has any kind of media platform whatsoever.



    Yet this big jessie has both a column in the Record AND a gig on ESPN summarising SPL matches.



    A buffoon.

  14. Hately is just the next in an ever growing queue of hurtin’ huns to try and place the blame somewhere else…



    Not one of them has held their hand up and said fair do’s, not one…



    This title will be the sweetest of all for me..




  15. A thought for the day:



    “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”


    — Raymond Chandler

  16. I had a conversation with Hately’s ghost writer a while back …



    He told me that if you get all the letters in Mark Hately’s name and mix them up you get the way he spells it.




  17. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Come on own up ….. hands up who all thought upon initial reading that the Hateley article was mine ? ;-)




    Hail Hail

  18. Paul67 – Totally agree.






    “has perhaps headed a too many footballs in his time”



    Is it-a your-a Dolmio day?



    Some spag bol (with a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape) would go make a nice change from jelly and ice cream. (thumbsup)

  19. Declan Is Neil Lennon 1888 Hates being 2nd on

    oglach – didnae understan a word of that bud. apart from the hallusinations part. you saying i take drugs. dont touch that garbage. bang out of order suggesting that just because a fellow fan is not happy with the way things are going at our club. shadenfroyda doesnt suit us. we should eb loyal and make sure our club is there for ever more. one day i will be proved right on this



    hail hail

  20. Seven Fishes Four Steaks on

    Paul, I see you mentioned “utterings” again :-) can’t wait to see where this goes!




  21. Declan Is Neil Lennon 1888 Hates being 2nd on

    its not taken long for me to be called a hun today. par for the club on here that is. some people dont like hearing the truth.

  22. That’s right Mark, Celtic should show some more respect. They should take as an example, say, Rangers when you were a player there. They showed respect and leniency to Airdrionians when Rangers put them out of business for £30,000. Was it a tainted title that year? Maybe you should just hand all your medals back and accept that you played for a club who have cheated financially for decades and cheated through the SFA with referees and people like Jim Farry for centuaries. Nevermind. It all comes out in the end. And now is the end for Rangers.

  23. Bring Me The Heid of Thunder Crap Reid on

    I’ll bet his lad at Motherwell cringed when he read that.



    Faithers !

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