Celtic Fans at the crossroad or stuck on a roundabout?

As this song debate rumbles one it must be remembered that it’s nothing new. My earliest memories are from when I travelled on the Supporters bus from Springburn. My Uncle was heavily involved with the CSC and helped set up the first Celtic social club in Springburn based at the old CO-OP building in Angus Street. He also ran the supporters bus. My uncle, like the rest of my family was very proud of our Irish heritage. Like many, we arrived in Glasgow after fleeing the famine so our heritage was a big part of my extended family’s life.
On the supporters bus like now everyone enjoyed a good drink and the songs would be belted out and us youngsters would accompany them by using the windows as a drum. I have great recollections of many Celtic songs being belted out along with other favourites like The Wearing of the Green and even Danny Boy but at the first mention of the IRA my uncle and a few of his mates would do their nut and tell people to cut it out or they were “aff the bus”. This always led to a bit of an argument, one that at that age I never really understood. I understand it now but I never thought at that time that 30-40 years down the line we would still be having this argument.
Peter Lawwell recently made the following statement; “I don’t think it’s significant at Celtic Park but it’s there on occasions. It’s more significant among our away support. These chants which mention and glorify the Provisional IRA are totally and utterly unacceptable.
“One, they are wrong and should not be sung and they also give those who wish to categorise Celtic with other clubs an opportunity. It’s embarrassing to the club and damages the club. It also embarrasses the majority of our supporters. We will deal with it.
Neil Lennon our manager and proud Irish man was quoted today as saying; “It’s important that we put a general message out that these chants have no place around our club,”
“To be honest, we are better than that as a club and we always have been, we just don’t need it.
“We don’t want them at matches and they must stop.”
I’m in general agreement with that and like everyone else I have my own personal opinion but I refuse to force that on anyone else. However I feel it’s about time that Peter Lawwell and the rest of the board made it clear just exactly what songs, chants and add-ons the want to put a stop to. At least that would give the support a proper framework to work from. Just now we seem to be stuck on a roundabout and no one really knows what cut off to take.
If this carries on their is a danger that it will begin to tear the support apart. We have already seen the Green Brigade hung out to dry in the media and by people like Paul McBride QC who can only be described as a man blessed with the qualities of a Chameleon. The only senior Celtic supporter to come out and speak up for the support has been Michael Kelly a man who many of us would have never thought of agreeing with.
For fellow supporters who may be weary of the Green Brigade and their motives why not join their forum and talk to the guys on there instead of just standing back and berating them. You might be pleasantly surprised or maybe not but at least you will then have a clearer idea of what the actual members of 111 are all about. I don’t agree with everything the Green Brigade do or have done but they are not the shower of hate filled PIRA loving monsters that our biased media would have the less well informed believe. So check them out, engage with them and make your own mind up.
The Celtic support is under attack from all sides at the moment and for what ? We had the cheek to ask The Police, football associations and the judiciary in this country to enforce the law of the land and put an end to Sectarian and racist singing from the Rangers support.
I think the Celtic support would benefit from some support and leadership from the board.Let’s see if we can work this out together and get off this roundabout and back on the one road.
Hail, Hail

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