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. Ivan Toney, playing against a far higher standard of defender, has scored as many goals as Elyounoussi, Griffiths, Ajeti and Klimala put together. The failure to facilitate the transfer of a willing player by the bean counting egotist Lawwell was a completely avoidable travesty.

  2. Thanks St Stivs for the post at 5.27. My granny was born and baptised in St Mary’s Parish Abercrombie Street at that period and went to St Mary’s school. Eventually she moved to Strathblane and Lennoxtown. I think she must have been one of the children who received food at the parish table. So anything I read or hear about that parish and school is always welcomed by me. It says family.

  3. The dissonance and disagreement on here is massive.


    I find myself in the JF, Mursheen, Chairbhoy, Auldheid et al camp, in that there are bellenz in both supports.



    For eg, this new Celtic statement reads:


    ‘Given the damage caused to Club property recently, the Club has already taken steps to enhance security and protection of our property…’


    Who was doing the damaging that time; was it Sevvy or Sellik supporters ?


    I saw the anti-board protests by some bevvied-up bhoys but as I’m based overseas, I mighta missed when huns attacked CP in recent weeks??



    But you know, this dissonance has me puggled kinda along these lines:


    We’re nothing like them!


    We’re not part of the OF esp cos they died in 2012 (happy days to be sure!)


    But our club may jointly own a trademark of the OF term, just for business or marketing purposes. Or for credentials boosting purposes as we flash our conjoined frillies to gain access to the EPL or Atlantic leagues…


    Most on here are apoplectic that we squibbed the 10 but just why is the number 10 so important?


    Cos Aberdeen has 4? Because Motherwell has 1? Killie has 1? Because the St’s Johnstone and Mirrens have zero? Surely it’s because the bluebloods have 9-i-a-r and we all wanted or needed to better that, even tho we have by winning 9-I-A-R twice and a Quad Treble, which the media minimise compared to the way they celebrate Steevie Gee’s one win in 3 years and their first silverware in a decade!!


    It’s sorta like we’re not at all like them, until we can reference them to prove our own domestic superiority?


    Fucdat for a game of sodjers!


    Many have said it before – two cheeks of the same….two tits on the same….



    Surely until we accept the real problem – the entire system that the Celtic business operates in (including governance, meeja, officiating etc) is deeply wedded to what manifests as the sectarian shekel.



    If any of us think ‘but that’s not the club I love’, you do need to play a game of self-deceit, cos that’s the game the club business is playing.



    Or, you might want to remain a faithful Celt, but get another wee bit on the side going (as I’ve done recently – Western United led by Italian maestro Alessandro Diamante – Come On You Boys In Black And Green!!)



    Follow yer heart when choosing your club affiliation but follow the money to see the real business picture.



    HH all!

  4. SFTB/Chairbhoy



    You both (and others) might be interested in a revived SFM blog from 2013 that examines the premise on which the 5 Way Agreement is based , disputes it persuasively and if correct means supporters of all clubs not just Celtic are subject to the results an agreement based on deceit robbing it of legitimacy that totally undermines the integrity of what folk are prepared to pay to watch.






    It also shows how that lets call it dubious until you have read it Agreement was carried into the Lord Nimmo Smith Commission most likely by the same lawyers that drafted the 5 Way Agreement.



    I am aware of confirmation bias and try to guard against it so I’ll check back in tomorrow to look for any comments on what folk make of it and what it tells them about Celtic and Scottish football.

  5. QUADROPHENIAN on 12TH MARCH 2021 11:29 PM



    If you start to look or read what others have looked at, it becomes a Plato’s cave choice.



    The desire though is to shine a light so all can see in the hope that we all can change the show.

  6. quadrophenian on

    AULDHEID – just heard on radio a lovely phrase from a Japanese maths/philosopher that went something like…



    “I cannot tap keys on my typewriter yet convince myself it’s a woodpecker just outside my window…”



    Dunno – seemed to speak to the wilful self-deception/dissonance that influences how a ‘world’ is perceived.

  7. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Quadrophenian on 12th March 2021 11:29PM



    You asked a question about the club’s report of recent damage to its property. I didn’t find the statement cryptic on first reading.



    To me, the reference is the damage done to the city centre club shop last weekend as the huns flaunted their success under police scotland escort. Couldn’t be more plain.



    I consider it weird a Celt would draw a conclusion the club was digging up its own fans obliquely. This Board isn’t shy about nailing its own directly when it chooses.

  8. Friday 13th March 1981




    I’m not superstitious, and it was an uneventful day today. I feel all right, and my weight is 58.5 kgs.


    I was not so tired today, but my back gets sore now and again sitting in the bed. I didn’t get the Irish News, which makes me think there is probably something in it that they don’t wish me to see, but who cares. Fr Murphy was in tonight for a few minutes.



    The Screws had a quick look around my cell today when I was out getting water. They are always snooping. I heard reports of men beaten up during a wing shift …



    Nothing changes here.



    Sean McKenna (the former hunger-striker) is back in H-4, apparently still a bit shaky but alive and still recovering, and hopefully he will do so to the full.



    Mhúscail mé leis an gealbháin ar maidin agus an t-aon smaointe amháin i mo cheann – seo chugat lá eile a Roibeard. Cuireann é sin amhran a scríobh mé; bhfad ó shin i ndúil domsa.



    Seo é cib é ar bith.



    D’ éirigh mé ar maidin mar a tháinig an coimheádóir,


    Bhuail sé mo dhoras go trom’s gan labhairt.


    Dhearc mé ar na ballai, ‘S shíl mé nach raibh mé beo,


    Tchítear nach n-imeoidh an t-iffrean seo go deo.


    D’oscail an doras ‘s níor druideadh é go ciúin,


    Ach ba chuma ar bith mar nach raibheamar inár suan.


    Chuala mé éan ‘s ni fhaca mé geal an lae,


    Is mian mór liom go raibh me go doimhin foai,


    Ca bhfuil mo smaointi ar laethe a chuaigh romhainn,


    S cá bhfuil an tsaol a smaoin mé abhí sa domhain,


    Ni chluintear mo bhéic, ‘s ní fheictear mar a rith mo dheor,


    Nuair a thigeann ar lá aithíocfaidh mé iad go mor.


    Canaim é sin leis an phort Siun Ní Dhuibir.



    Translated this reads as follows:



    I awoke with the sparrows this morning and the only thought in my head was: here comes another day, Bobby — reminding me of a song I once wrote a long time ago.



    This is it anyway:



    I arose this morning as the Screw came,


    He thumped my door heavily without speaking,


    I stared at the walls, and thought I was dead,


    It seems that this hell will never depart.


    The door opened and it wasn’t closed gently,


    But it didn’t really matter, we weren’t asleep.


    I heard a bird and yet didn’t see the dawn of day,


    Would that I were deep in the earth.


    Where are my thoughts of days gone by,


    And where is the life I once thought was in the world.


    My cry is unheard and my tears flowing unseen,


    When our day comes I shall repay them dearly.


    I sing this to the tune Siun Ní Dhuibir.



    Bhí na heiníní ag ceiliúracht inniú. Chaith ceann de na buachaillí arán amach as an fhuinneog, ar a leghad bhí duine éigin ag ithe. Uaigneach abhí mé ar feadh tamaill ar tráthnóna beag inniú ag éisteacht leis na préacháin ag screadáil agus ag teacht abhaile daobhtha. Dá gcluinfinn an fhuiseog álainn, brisfeadh sí mo chroí.



    Anois mar a scríobhaim tá an corrcrothar ag caoineadh mar a théann siad tharam. Is maith liom na heiníní.



    Bhuel caithfidh mé a dul mar má scríobhain níos mó ar na heiníní seo beidh mo dheora ag rith ‘s rachaidh mo smaointi ar ais chuig, an t-am nuair abhí mé ógánach, b’iad na laennta agus iad imithe go deo anois, ach thaitin siad liom agus ar a laghad níl dearmad deánta agam orthu, ta siad i mo chroí — oíche mhaith anois.



    (Translated, this reads as follows:)



    The birds were singing today. One of the boys threw bread out of the window. At least somebody was eating!



    I was lonely for a while this evening, listening to the crows caw as they returned home. Should I hear the beautiful lark, she would rent my heart. Now, as I write, the odd curlew mournfully calls as they fly over. I like the birds.



    Well, I must leave off, for if I write more about the birds my tears will fall and my thoughts return to the days of my youth.



    They were the days, and gone forever now. But I enjoyed them. They are in my heart — good night, now.

  9. Celtic Gossip Retweeted










    Our 1st League title was in 1892/93 in our 1st season at New Celtic Park.


    It was our 5th season & the 3rd season of the Scottish League.


    We were the 2nd team to win the title outrite & we retained it a year later.


    The pic was taken on 2nd October 1894 at a break in training.




  10. quadrophenian on

    GUYFAWKES – Ahh – as you read it, the club was talking about the city centre shop damage – I see that now. Yet I thought they also meant CP-related damage when they last erected protest barriers, and I didn’t think they were digging up anyone obliquely but just stating they had a right to protect their property against attack.


    Guess my thought is that its dangerous to see us as exclusively the good guys and others as rogues – both clubs have an element for whom vandalism or violence seems a valid means of expression.

  11. if I write more about the birds my tears will fall and my thoughts return to the days of my youth.






    that one line alone, makes me remember the despair and hopelessness we had at the time.



    it is a beautiful morning here, Sun is up, but it rained all night, it has that freshness that you wish you were playing football on a grass pitch.



    May the sun shine on you Bobby Sands.

  12. fourstonecoppi 'Still standing for NFL' and Scottish Independence on

    FRANKTERRY on 13TH MARCH 2021 8:39 AM



    it’s deffo a spaniel eh?




    Spot on :-)

  14. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    All the best of luck to Lee O’Connor at Wembley for Tranmere Rovers this weekend. Without a decent crowd there, it will be just like playing at Lennoxtown.



    Jamie McCart won a League Cup medal with St Johnstone this season. Proof positive, there’s a good career in football possible to our young players who go through the academy without breaking into the first team squad.



    Bad luck in one place can lead to good luck in another.

  15. One last time – I promise.



    The Europa league- The teams in the last 16: teams who’s opponents received a red card



    Dinamo received 13 yellow cards, their opponents received 24 yellow cards and 2 red cards


    Villareal received 12 yellow cards, their opponents received 24 yellow cards and 1 red card


    AC Milan received 13 yellow cards, their opponents received 22 yellow cards and 3 red cards


    Granada received 30 yellow cards, their opponents received 30 yellow cards and 1 red card


    Roma received 13 yellow cards, their opponents received 20 yellow cards and 2 red cards


    Slavia P received 17 yellow cards, their opponents received 25 yellow cards and 1 red card


    Newco received 21 yellow cards, their opponents received 19 yellow cards and 3 red cards.



    Newco are the only team who received more yellows than their opponents.


    It is clear from this that



    A : the awarding of cards in Newco games was different to the awarding of cards in the other games.


    B: It is how cards were awarded in the Newco games which has put them into the group stages. They do not follow the patterns of any other team.



    How is this bias in the numbers achieved ? hmmmm………..

  16. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    We are sucking up the hun gloating because Celtic over the past 2 decades have been willing to turn an eye to their cheating. EBTs, LNS, 5WA, financial doping since Sevco formed, double standards on COVID etc, etc.



    We are here because all of this was deemed an acceptable trade-off for the Sky and blue pounds.



    So please spare me the fan mail for Lawwell. A flint-eyed money man to his core.

  17. Latchford, I think Celtic have quite well given the corruption in Scotland and the top to bottom racism and bigotry put upon us.



    Is it beyond you to think, just for a minute, that our CEO and the Board faced and fought against the corruption(because they are on Celtic FC’s Board and actually moved our status in the Scottish game forward.



    You state and a accept such corruption but question is wtf else could we do if the SFA aid tge corruption? Resign from the League? That’s our only option of objection.

  18. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    PeterLatchfordsbelly on 13th March 2021 12:03PM



    Trust me on this, Celtic fans aren’t sending you anything. I think your postie just dislikes you.

  19. Same stuff said from yrs ago, repeating JF blogger jealousy of PL.



    It’s almost as if some are revelling in our failure this year just to feel validated over their hatred of PL.



    “If I was in Charge…..”



    If any if those who know best were in charge in last 15 years we’d be heavily in debt, with no commercial future.



    None one feckin’ business plan have I seen from any who moan day in day out.

  20. And yes, surprise surprise you should have money men in charge of business. As it is beyond being a great club it now has to be a business!

  21. PeterLatchfordsBelly on




    Celtic are clearly discriminated against. Anyone who’s been involved in Scottish football at any level – even amateur – is familiar with the strong Masonic influence. Chains of office etc.



    Nonetheless Celtic has huge power. Massive, should it choose to deploy it.



    It could call out the EBT titles, issuing of uefa licenses, publish the 5WA etc, etc.



    It chooses not to. It’s not powerless to do any more than it has to pursue fairness and punish cheating and corruption.



    GuyFawkes – my postie is a huge Tim and agrees with me because he’s a smart bhoy.

  22. The Glazers are selling 5 percent of their shares for 100 million pounds.



    Leaving them with a holding of 74 percent.



    Fans are powerless.



    Celtic the same.

  23. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Tolerance of cheating and corruption as the price of doing business? Nah.



    And that assumes accepting a rigged game is good for the business in the long-term.

  24. fourstonecoppi 'Still standing for NFL' and Scottish Independence on

    The great Rose Reilly on off the ball!

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