Welcome to Scotland – We can't guarantee your safety

The big story regarding football from yesterday is that Rangers* beat Celtic at Ibrox. Rangers won because they deserved too however there are plenty of talking points surrounding the referee’s performance. All in all just what you would expect from any Glasgow Derby.
There is another story though and it’s more about the current state of Scottish society and raises many questions the safety of individuals inside a football ground which I believe the Police would call a ‘controlled environment’. This basically means that the Police and security staff are there to guarantee that no breach of the public peace takes place including common assault. So if the Police can’t carry out this basic function then why are clubs paying them money ?
In all my years of attending football in Scotland I have never heard of a football manager being sent to the stand by a match official only to be told by the Police that he cant take his place in the directors box because they can’t guarantee his safety. Well it happened yesterday.
Now I was not in the tunnel at half time so I don’t know what happened between Neil Lennon and the official so there is no point speculating on that at this point. However what I do know is that instead of taking his place in the directors box he ended up in with the press.
Question 1. Why could Strathclyde Police not guarantee Neil Lennon’s safety in a controlled environment ?
Question 2. Did Strathclyde Police give into the bigots and hate mongers within the RFC support to curtail the movements of a football manager and in doing so prevent him from sitting in the directors box?
Question 3. Why after all this new legislation has the hatred shown towards Celtic and our manager not been curtailed ?
To my mind Strathclyde Police fall far short of their responsibilities for questions 1 & 2. As for question 3 well we all knew their new bill would not tackle sectarianism and bigotry. So no big surprise there. It also appears that Celtic’s security advised Lennon not to sit in the directors box. Why did this situation arise? Did they consult with the Police before giving their advice?
So what’s going to happen about this situation ? Basically nothing. Don’t expect to see Mr Salmond riding out on his big White horse asking for answers from the police or asking for a summit. As we know the Scottish press won’t want to shine a light on this and as for the Police ?? You can forget it. Will the SPL or SFA ask for an explanation or an enquiry ? Naw.
There is one reason and one reason alone that Neil Lennon could not sit in the Ibrox directors box and that is the Rangers* support. A more vile support you will never meet. And people say Scottish football needs them? Sooner they are gone the better.

Comments

  1. I agree. For a citizen of the country to be informed his safety couldn’t be guaranteed in a controlled environment is disgraceful. I doubt this situation would arise anywhere other than the Bigotdome. It should be a lead story in the MSM but of course, that wouldn’t suit the 4th estates’ agenda. The best small cuntry in the world right enough. That’s not a typo by the way.
    As for the match – Rangers* deserved to win, no denying that. It’ll make no difference in the long run. Disappointment is temporary, liquidation is permanent.
    (* In Administration)

  2. I agree. For a citizen of the country to be informed his safety couldn’t be guaranteed in a controlled environment is disgraceful. I doubt this situation would arise anywhere other than the Bigotdome. It should be a lead story in the MSM but of course, that wouldn’t suit the 4th estates’ agenda. The best small cuntry in the world right enough. That’s not a typo by the way.
    As for the match – Rangers* deserved to win, no denying that. It’ll make no difference in the long run. Disappointment is temporary, liquidation is permanent.
    (* In Administration)

  3. Jas,
    I think other posters have commented on the push to cross the line for our young team and the effort required. I also think that at this time Neil Lennon needs the support from the fans that he got during the troubles he encountered a year agoish. A demonstration of that level of support would I believe give NL himself much needed support and comfort and would I hope generate to the players the feeling from the stands about just how much we want this title.

  4. Jas,
    I think other posters have commented on the push to cross the line for our young team and the effort required. I also think that at this time Neil Lennon needs the support from the fans that he got during the troubles he encountered a year agoish. A demonstration of that level of support would I believe give NL himself much needed support and comfort and would I hope generate to the players the feeling from the stands about just how much we want this title.

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