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Recently on the wonderful ‘the Celtic network’ there was a post by ‘blogger’ trying to explain what it meant to him to be a Celtic fan and how much he enjoyed it, at the end of the blog he said we have a lot more ‘DIGNITY’ than certain other clubs and supporters in this city we call home. It was clearly a dig at sevco or The Rangers F.C as they and their fans love to portray this myth that they are the most dignified people and club on the planet.
That got me thinking….where did this myth that the now zombified club that was RFC now to be known as sevco or ‘The Rangers F.C’ (TRFC) it’s employees and supporters carry themselves with dignity and honour and behave impeccably come from??
Now I’m only just the right side of 30 so I can only think back so far but it seems to me that this is a new thing, maybe some older fans of either club will be able to correct me on that.
I struggle to think of anything dignified about the behaviour of that club in any of it’s guises in my memory. We know all about the previous incarnation of sevco’s problems with being somewhat unable to sign a player of the catholic persuasion and how undignified that was, surely times have changed and TRFC 2012 and its fans have no problems with Catholics do they?
Then we had their former owner a knight of the realm no less, surely it was he who brought this dignity to govan?However as I recall it this mans ego led him to issue statements like the now infamous ‘for every fiver…’ Quote, that doesn’t seem very dignified does it?
He also is the main reason that Scottish football went from being quite a competitive league to the brink of collapse with his wreckless spending spree chasing an unachievable dream of first of all beating Celtic’s 9iar and then chasing our European cup win which ultimately led to the demise of his beloved club and subsequent sale for a pound to the Motherwell billionaire with a less than dignified business history before they not only hit rock bottom but slammed into rock bottom by suffering liquidation leaving behind a potential tax bill in excess of £100 million from the public purse, and having to be scrounged off the scrappy. That’s not the actions of a dignified man is it?
I remember a very dignified interview featuring the man with no surname going mental at a reporter for having the audacity to ask why his multi million pound team weren’t able to qualify in Europes premier competition.
I also remember that same man practically strangling his counterpart Mixu Pattelainen during an SPL encounter. Again not very dignified.
We also know all about the dignified behaviour of the sleeket whisperer who now holds the hot seat at the debt dome during the ‘shame game’ again not very dignified. Also his demanding to know the names of the panel who dared to punish TRFC, when he knew their names all along, leading to the men in question being threatened by supporters of this dignified ‘institution’.
Speaking of which, maybe it was the supporters of TRFC who brought this aura of dignity to the club, lets see shall we…why would a club who won a European cup winners cup in 1972 not be allowed to enter the tournament the following year to defend its title? Is it because the supporters behaved with dignity and class or because they rioted on the stands and onto the pitch?
Fast forward to Manchester 2008 and again what should have been an enjoyable occasion as a reported 200,000 fans made the short trip down south for another euro final, again what we witnessed was the very dignified riotin and looting of shops( yes looting the kind of thing you would expect in a war zone) and an horrific assault on one policeman in particular that turns the stomach to watch it. Not very dignified behaviour again, mind you it was only a minority of fans, remind me again how many is a minority of 200,000?
I could go on about Pamplona, Villarreal etc but we all know that it was the foreign police who were behaving in an undignified manner on those occasions.
Indeed our own manager has been the victim of assaults and much more sinister actions from more extreme elements of this dignified support, receiving ‘viable explosive devices’ in the post as well as bullets along with Niall McGinn and Paddy McCourt as well as the late Paul Mcbride QC and MSP Trish Godman who had the audacity to were a Celtic top on her last day of work as a charity bet!
There are countless other occasions I could list that show this ‘institution’ as being far from being dignified but I think you get the point and to be honest I don’t think I need to but I will leave you with this, a point that I think they should be able to understand as its so simple it’s beautiful…..being dignified is more than wearing a blazer and brogues.