Deputy First Minister and former SNP leader John Swinney did what his government have a long history of doing, put the blinkers on and saw only problems with Celtic or Celtic fans. Speaking on Radio Scotland, without any evidence or ‘following science’, he asserted that the Celtic-Hibs cup final on Sunday could be a super spreader event.
It simply did not occur to him that a similar number of fans attended a game at Ibrox 24 hours earlier. This from a government that took to the podium over the Bolingoli incident in 2020 and Celtic’s Dubai trip in January this year, a trip they themselves privately authorised beforehand. However, when Newco staff broke rules, a government spokesperson quietly praised the club for their swift follow-up action.
Swinney, like the First Minister before him, is acting on instinct. He sees Celtic or Celtic fans and feels free to take a free punch. Newco fans need to tear a city apart before they raise an eyebrow.
The Scottish Government care about no clubs, certainly not Newco, they are only interested in their pet project, but this discretionary put down is reserved for Celtic. They think they can get away with it with us.