You know what happened. Celtic fans celebrated our league win in the city centre on Saturday. In contrast to the carnage that visited the city a year earlier, there were no serious incidents and, by Police Scotland’s own statement, there were only minor issues to deal with. Forget the facts, that’s not the impression some people want to give the world about Celtic fans.
We can speculate that the Herald/Times journalist who yesterday wrote on Twitter, “Glasgow’s city centre has been left in a total state this morning. Broken glass, cans rubbish all over the place. It’s worse than my pics can show” was motivated to a specific end.
The four photos which accompanied his Tweet showed overwhelmingly tidy streets. Streets that appear tidier than on any average Sunday morning. As far as smear attempts go, this one was laughable. If you cannot find photos of “rubbish all over the place”, don’t put photos up showing the opposite!
A year ago, Scottish Government minister, Patrick Harvie, criticised Newco fans for their trashing of Glasgow and received the kind of backlash you would expect. Like a self-seeking politician, he was itching to show equivalence yesterday.
Responding to the laughable Tweet showing tidy streets, Harvie, declared, “I don’t care which football team wins anything, or whether someone else behaved worse last time or not. Trashing the city centre, and other behaviour I saw yesterday, is unacceptable. Show some respect for your city and the people you share it with.”
This was a deliberate attack on you and me by a government minister to satisfy his own ends. Harvie and his cabal are not even ‘green’ in the political sense. He publicly celebrated his First Minister buddy when she failed to call on the Westminster government to scrap the Cambo oil field.
Harvie even went after Greenpeace, when they had the temerity to criticise the Scottish First Minister, surely a unique moment in ‘green’ politics. If he cannot convince Greenpeace of his green credentials, you have to wonder what his motivations are (note: it appears to be transgender politics).
A deliberate act of throwing Celtic fans reputation under the bus without any justification is appalling behaviour for a government that should always act impartially, not seek false equivalence. Celtic fans will no longer sit back and be abused like this by a low-rent ideologue.