Spineless, unacceptable attack on Celtic fans


Your reputation was dragged into the mud by Social Justice Minister, Humza Yousaf, MSP,on Twitter this morning.  He wrote:

“On upcoming Celtic Vs Rangers match, we need clear messaging from everyone that fans must stay at home. If Police intelligence tells us, despite clear messaging, that groups of fans are going to gather to square off with each other, we need to consider if game should be postponed.”

“If Police intelligence tells us groups of fans are going to square off with each other” is his technique of throwing the blanket of blame over Celtic fans to prevent him addressing the threat of further social unrest head on.  He feels safe saying adding “Celtic” instead of calling out the true problem.  It is as spineless as it is unacceptable.

Be clear: there are absolutely no plans to postpone this game and there is no police intelligence that fans will square off.  None.  What there is, is a significant threat that the problems of last weekend are repeated on 21 March.  As far as this SNP government is concerned, we dare not speak that problem’s name.

This has nothing to do with Celtic and nothing to do with Celtic fans but your government is happy to trash the reputation of both.  He is toying with the reputation of the innocent and the occasionally vulnerable young.  If a Celtic lad turned up wearing lipstick Yousaf’s head would explode.

A lead in the polls does not permit you a free kick at Celtic fans.  Social Justice Minister, give me strength, you are contemptible.


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  1. JHB ,



    how many of the other 83% non catholics actually hate catholics ? any stats on that ?



    I personally havnt had any SNP people chasing me round the streets, attacking my supporters bus, or attacking my church, where are they ? who are they ?

  2. SAINT STIVS on 12TH MARCH 2021 2:58 PM


    JHB ,








    ‘I personally havnt had any SNP people chasing me round the streets, attacking my supporters bus, or attacking my church, where are they ? who are they ?’







    Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012

  3. I think you are wanting the accountant praised for not letting the club die!!


    That will look great in his next interview..


    Interviewer..’Tell me Peter what you done to help Celtic?’


    Lawwell..’Well, the club didn’t die..!!!’

  4. I am not at the wind up, I am stating facts, if the expectation was we will win the league every year because of our size, then we did that didnt we ?



    I am not defending PL, I can just recognise that he did the job the owners wanted him to do.



    I bet there is no real change in strategy with the new guy coming in, we might have organisational structure changes (DOF for example) but for sure the PLC will not defer to “what the fans demand”.



    I for one want league titles before European advancement, give up next years league for a last 16 in either european competition, no thanks.

  5. i think some posters are missing the elephant in the room. we deliberately hitched ourselves to the hun resurrection and old firmism in 2012 to the detriment of where the real money lay, Europe. The huns knew it was just a matter of time before all their different ways of cheating bore fruit and the celtic board were so compromised they were effectively silenced and up to this moment in time still are. It was a hugely wrong headed business decision and no doubt instigated by DD wish to enter the english league.PL was massively compensated for taking that course and that is why we need to try to get back to being our own club and make a statement coming clean and put it behind us.

  6. ps, having said all that, I also thought PL was and is paid too much for the job role.



    I wonder if the new guy is on the same or less ?

  7. pps,



    I noted other day someone asking how can I but shares, well if you are buying, it is becasue another Celtic supporter is selling, it is not because of new share issues or DD giving up his, so nothing changes.

  8. JHB on 12th March 2021 2:52 pm



    You sir are fabricating nonsense yet again, who is this 17% you constantly talk about? Go on try explaining your garbage.

  9. MURSHEEN @ 3:11 PM,



    Well, a bit of uncommon sense and clarity at last.



    The resurrected Rangers, aided and abbeted by Celtic had the perfect business model to strive for – just a cross the river.



    They only had to avoid the spending money, time and anguish on the incompetent moneyball player acquisitions and be more ambitious in their European adventures and hey-presto, they’ve cracked it.



    All the while even David King knew our strategy was flawed and we would implode.



    Great succinct Post



    Hail Hail

  10. Weebobbycollins on

    It’s funny how Neil Lennon continues to haunt some posters even after he’s gone…


    You know who you are…

  11. Knuckleheads.



    I think it is an American term.




    I quite like it, kind of onomatopoeic quality to it. Not so much sounds like but looks like.



    Anyhoo it is a denial of reality that the support of Celtic and “Rangers” do not have their share of knuckleheads and they recognise each other.



    The knuckle in the head stops the consequences of the emotions reaching the brain.



    It’s a condition that most grow out of but it’s also one that we grow into before we grow out of it. A human condition.



    So best not deny it and deal with it free from judgement of which support has the most knuckleheads or which kind of knucklehead is worse than the other.



    Just say that anyone turning up at CP will be taken as evidence of knuckle headedness to become huckleheads into a police van.



    Set a perimeter around the ground and any one approaching without valid reason to do so will be huckled.



    HuckleberryTim or HuckleberyHun.

  12. I see Neil talking about “getting the itch sometime to return to the game”, based on the comments from some on here, he will be an unmitigated disaster whatever level job he gets next, that is right isnt it ?

  13. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Adi- setting a dangerous precedent if it’s called off,so civil disorder will call games off in the future, Covid times or not? Just get the police to do what they’re paid for.HH

  14. Saint Stivs hope not.



    We wish him well.



    Just not against Celtic and not in any capacity working for Celtic.



    All my opinion of course



    D :)

  15. There are clearly posters on here who have an agenda. They post on every subject like today and how it’s Peter Lawwells fault, They ignore the issue in this case the bias against Celtic by the Scottish Government and their unequal handing of Celtic issues compared with Rangers issues.



    Pauls article is opinionated and direct. It is his right as its his blog. There are still posters on here who are hostile to Paul and are quite rude on his views on his own blog.

  16. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Afternoon all.



    Just dropped in and have briefly scanned Paul’s leader and first page of comments ….



    …. So, if my sentiment has already been expressed, apologies to my predecessor(s).



    Define “Unacceptable” ?



    If you check an online thesaurus this govt bloke’s comments fit the definition.



    If, however, you believe it is something that won’t be accepted it doesn’t.



    I’m a stuck record Pablo – the club’s silence makes this acceptable.



    What is so hard here?



    Knock up a few lines



    Don’t get angry



    Insert a subtle dig if the opp avails



    Don’t pass up a chance to praise the fans



    Stick it on Twitter



    Move on

  17. Chairbhoy



    We are getting closer to dropping the “I am better informed than you” view. Nearly there. I do not claim to be as well informed as Auldheid or any of the more central figures but there are as many errors and conflations and mis-readings in your posts on the subject as there are in mine.






    I enjoyed your piece on the administration and insolvency around other Clubs. Being an Airdrionian and having a Papa, Mother and many friends and relatives who were fans it was a tough one.


    But not relavent to the Rangers’ situation. Rangers did not follow any due process in respect of football governance.


    The process that the Authorities used to ensure continuity from oldco to Newco was flawed to the point that, in my opinion, it was illegal.





    We agree that it has no legal basis, which is why details on how it was done are being kept secret or unpubished.



    The relevance of the Airdrie situation and the Gretna and Clydebank situations is that the Authority(ies) had adequate mechanisms to deal with clubs who could not exit Administration. Airdrie’s fate was available to Rangers and Ranger’s fate was available to Airdrieonians. Rangers could have been offered a defunct license and been allowed to continue without any rightful claim to the 53 and a half titles or, conversely, Airdrieonians could have been oferred their old license number and allowed to keep (or “add”, as you put it) the 1924 Scottish Cup and 32 Lanarkshire Cups but they were not and have never compained of an injustice, despite this facade being offered to Rangers/Sevco.



    There WAS no need to invent a Continuity Myth; it was a deliberate action, either to avoid Social unrest or as ana ct of blatant partisanship in favour of The establishment club. It was a favour and a corruption and a delusion that would not bear any close scrutiny. But if all parties shut up and pretend that it is possible, then it will be accepted. There is no will to examine it by any footballing authority. It is seen as more trouble than its worth. Even UEFA, when alerted by Phil MAc,a s to what has being going on in Scotland, show absolutely no curiosity to investigate further or find out if rules were breached. UEFA and FIFA show as much curiosity and responsibility as the complete Scottish Media. They deliberately do not want to know. They want to portray this as just an unimportant technical matter; one of the arcane rules of adminsitration/ liquidation known only to a few experts and certainly not a matter of invention and delusion.



    I may be misreading your post on the legality of the Administrator’s work but I believe we differ on one fundamental point only.



    I believe that only the Footballing Authorities can transfer previous titles and cups, in tandem with the inheritance of the license that the club (with those titles and trophies) possessed.



    I am not well versed in the laws surrounding Administration and Liquidation but I believe that whatever was sold as the basket of assets (trademarks, equipment, grounds and stadium, copyrights etc;) they did not and could not sell the titles and trophies of the old club. They raised £1 only for goodwill from Charlie Green and £3 in total for the other untangible assets. I doubt the creditors could justify that this was the best price that 53 anad a half titles could fetch for the creditors, which, in my opinion, is why the administrators never claimed to sell the rights to those titles (and I stand to be corrected on this) but Sevco claim that they “bought” them.



    Otherwise Airdrie United would have bought those of their old club; that was the relevance.



    I will leave the topic alone now.

  18. Rolling_Stone on




    People were not predicting our loss ever year though. With Brendan at the helm there was an air of confidence.



    Even before Brendan, few thought it likely that we would lose the league in the post Oldco era due to our overwhelming advantage of resources over our competitors.



    The confidence we had was shaken in summer of 18 with the disaster of a transfer window and broken (for many) when Neil got the full time gig.



    There have been howls of discontent for a long time on the European front (a lot of ignominious defeats in knock out rounds), but many posters on here were relatively content with those with the usual excuses being trotted out: can’t attract good players; can’t sign players till we qualify; players won’t sign until all other options exhausted; can’t compete (in qualifiers nevermind CL proper) etc.



    The phoenix club have proved remarkably consistent in Europe which puts Neil’s and Ronny’s qualifying failures sharply into focus.



    Still, as Paul67 noted, Gerrard wouldn’t have lasted as a Celtic manager due to our high standards (excluding those European misadventures losing 6-1 to Legia and 8-2 to Prague and other disasters inbetween).

  19. bigbhoy on 12th March 2021 3:42 pm



    “There are clearly posters on here who have an agenda.”



    Really? Like yours regarding bias against Celtic?

  20. I left Coatbridge for Canada 47 years ago Wednesday with my wife and 2 kids. Quite honestly, it is times like ‘this season’ that I am glad to be away from all of the daily annoying things that all add up to what I am reading here. I talk to my brothers and I hear and feel their frustrations. They’ll say ” aye it’s alright for you away over there” to which I remind them of my Bluenose brother-in-law down the road. Fortunately he sees things like I do. I really believe we will bounce back quicker than some on here think.

  21. Sevco eventually make their response on Child Abuse within Football



    “WE are in receipt of the report published by the SFA following the review of sexual abuse in Scottish Football and have taken some time to consider its lengthy findings and recommendations.



    We are firmly committed to ensuring openness and transparency in relation to this issue and agree on the uninterrupted ethical obligation of clubs over time, irrespective of changes. We express our sincere sympathy to all individuals who have suffered abuse within the Scottish game and commend the bravery of all survivors who have come forward.


    With regard to the specific instances referred to, as the report states, these concerned one former employee. We note the report accepts that when former senior managers were provided with a direct allegation this was taken seriously and dealt with promptly. The report commends the action taken and acknowledges Rangers have previously said publicly the matter was reported to the police at the time.


    Today, Rangers is at the forefront of child safety and well-being in football. We believe it is a moral obligation to ensure that Scottish Football is beyond reproach and all safeguarding measures are strictly adhered to.


    We agree that it is time for all of Scottish Football to learn from and take responsibility for mistakes made in the past. We fully acknowledge the impact of these events and the enduring effect on individual lives. We apologise to anyone personally affected by abuse within Scottish Football.


    The Rangers Football Club Limited”

  22. The Brothers and school kids must have walked past this corner every day.









    Past Glasgow




    The corner of London Rd and Abercrombie St in Calton c1900.



    A wee boy and his dad are looking longingly though the window of the Italian ice cream shop, which has a fancy exterior with decorative marbled pillars. Next door is Forrest the watchmaker.






    Sevco eventually make their response on Child Abuse within Football








    ‘With regard to the specific instances referred to, as the report states, these concerned one former employee.’






    The company that employed the nonce is currently being liquidated so I’m not sure why this new iteration of he huns is commenting on the issue.

  24. Greenwells Glory on

    Hi Ghuys, salve salve;- Celtic supporters arrange to meet before a game and walk together to the game result? surrounded by police and kettled using anti terrorist tactics. Compare and contrast with what has happened in the last couple of weeks, Livingston, no real action taken ergo Pois Alba have enabled them. Sunday gathering at Ibrox, no real action taken ergo Polis Alba have encouraged them. On to the march fro Ibrox to George Square, action :- Polis Alba have empowered them. This is a very dangerous precedent and it could be viewed as a demonstration of street power and an unofficial militia which can be called upon to exert influence politically or otherwise within Scottish society.


    At the moment, this makes the news outside Scotland and any malign influence is to an extent mitigated by being diluted due to Scotland being part of the UK. This would no longer be the case in the event of separation with the result that the effects would be more severe. Of course the great paradox is that their community is decidedly unionist. This however does not mean they will not do their utmost to retain their influence in a separated Scotland and the the establishment will not make use of them whenever it suits.





    Historia magistra vitae et testis temporum

  25. SAINT STIVS on 12TH MARCH 2021 4:04 PM


    taking the piss now Collum refereee for next sunday




    To be fair ,who would we be happy with ? They are all cheatin bassas.

  26. Celtic Football Club Statement


    By Celtic Football Club






    Celtic FC can confirm that the Club will participate in a multi-agency meeting to discuss preparations for our match on March 21.



    The Scottish Government has already made clear to Celtic that it does not in any way associate the scenes last weekend with Celtic or our supporters. Although Celtic and our supporters are desperate to get back to Celtic Park to support the team, the Club and our supporters are of course mindful of the risks associated with public gatherings at this important time.



    The Club has been clear in our messaging to our supporters of the importance of staying at home in line with applicable guidance throughout the pandemic. We have communicated regularly around our fixtures and our supporters have worked with the Club responsibly – the celebrations after our historic nine in row title triumph last summer and after our unprecedented quadruple treble Scottish Cup win in December are two key examples of that.



    We will re-emphasise that message for this fixture as we have done during the season and we are sure that our supporters will work with the Club while the restrictions remain in place.



    Given the damage caused to Club property recently, the Club has already taken steps to enhance security and protection of our property at Celtic Park and the Club is happy to work with those attending the meeting to ensure that any additional protection necessary will be in place for the match in question.

  27. prestonpans bhoys on

    That’s a good statement from the club. If the game does go ahead officials are:



    Collum will be the man in the middle for the fixture, with Frank Connor and Sean Carr as his assistants.



    Kevin Clancy has been appointed as the fourth official for the match.

  28. Would love to know what the ramifications of forfeiting the huns game.


    I’d love it if we told them politely to shove it………………..



    I don’t know who on this Dear Green Place coined the phrase….but they are


    “Sore winners” which sums up thur triumphalist berserking perfectly!

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