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Find your own voice !!. by
Right so the Timeratti go ballistic over Celtic’s position on 111.
Celtic did not ban supporters, they did offer alternate arrangements and yes, they did issue warnings over behaviour at games including but not exclusively, in the case of lateral movement.
It appears legal requirement has forced the issue to a head as a matter of urgency.
Celtic supporters appear split on the GB issue, some calling for complete backing of the group, others stating that in comparison to supporting the club, there is no real decision to be made.
It’s the club every time and I agree with that, supporters, groups, sections, indeed trends will always come and go, but Celtic won’t.
Now either you will believe the club or choose to believe a section of it’s supporters.
Unfortunately in recent times it seems to be becoming more and more difficult to vocally support the club stance as opposed the supporters in question, as that inevitably leads to shock horror, certain levels of abuse and then questions over one’s true Celtic colours.
On many occasions I have heard the numbers of actual GB members range anywhere from 30 up to 60 or so, although who really knows for sure. But if so, those sorts of numbers for me do not seem reason enough to get overly worked up about the current closure of the section, unless of course they are far higher than is usually stated ?.
On atmosphere at games, well now there’s a question that maybe a proportion of fans that have known nothing before the GB can be qualified to judge, for they may insist the silence of the GB might be the end of the Celtic game atmosphere. I disagree.
As far back as I can remember which is quite a long time, there has always been an atmosphere, maybe not on the constant noise level of a beating drum or constant singing, but when atmosphere was called for, it was there.
You see for me there is a difference between noise and atmosphere.
On the road to Seville there was no shortage of atmosphere in every game back then, pre-GB days in case you didn’t realise, and for sure there will be again.
The GB can be quite a spectacle but then again can also be a constant scource of irritation depending on one’s perception of how the individual expresses his/her support for the club. Expression that is as valuable as the other I’d submit.
Silence sometimes has it’s merits and a leaf from that book should perhaps be taken in many a format.
There is no doubt the GB would be much welcomed where they to do as is required, by the club and by law. So why won’t they(if it is them) just accept rules apply as with anyone.
Other supporters who pay their way, manage to do so regularly, with no problem at all. So what’s so bloody difficult ?.
The simple truth of the matter in my opinion of course, is, although colourful and noisy, the GB are not the be all and end all of the Celtic support.
Personally, frankly, cards on the table, supporting Celtic is not and never has been dependent on the GB, for me they are just like any other Celtic fan.
People conveniently ignore the fact that the best displays are when the entire crowd becomes involved, usually without a banger, firecracker, smoke bomb or lateral configuration, all of which is blighting the club, in sight.
You see most fans don’t need directed or guided or led by a conductor or collective throng assuming the mantle of leaders of the pack, their passion will get them there regardless, but importantly, as they choose in their own time.
That you see is a matter of choice, supporters pay for the privilege of choice.
The GB don’t make me feel that I need them to support Celtic, and as I mentioned earlier, for 60 or so people to have that much of an effect on a stadium doesn’t seem right or even believable to me.
I can actually think and act for myself thanks very much.
I will decide which game I go too, when I want, I will decide when I sing or dance, bawl, piss my pants, agree or disagree with the GB or indeed the club, as so many times past.
If I wish to sit quietly, actually watch the game and eat prawn sandwiches whilst wearing a romper suit and wetting my pants, I assume I could do so. (Discreetly and offensively of course.)
That does not mean I am less a supporter than anyone else, contrary to some contentious opinions.
There can be little doubt a majority of supporters although often challenged as being no such thing, (supporters), by a vocal minority who consider themselves ‘Realer supporters’, than them, have gradually become sick to the back teeth of the bleating and beating drums of disagreement which seem always in a constant struggle, undermining the club itself. Well anyway that’s how it feels and has felt for some time, to me.
What we see now in my opinion is the club flexing it’s muscles to remind supporters, all supporters that the stadium is to be respected, it’s not really ‘your’ section, not really ‘your’ seat, for all intents and purposes it’s rented on an agreement and understanding, it’s a rented space in which you are welcome and in which you support.
You see they, (the club) are in effect as a landlord granted that position by trust, and any misbehavior or damage to the amenities or reputation of the property will not and should not be tolerated. That’s common sense.
Don’t shit in the property for it’s a certainty, you will be shown the door. Not difficult is it really?.
Fair notice has been served on several occasions of the possibility of serious consequences should unacceptable behaviour continue, but little heed has been taken it appears, and the result is now apparent.
As is true to life, one often reaps what one sew’s.
As a Celtic supporter over many years, I endorse fan unity but I do not endorse group mentality.
I do not endorse collective indifference on supporter issues, but I do support the club and the protection of it’s reputation by those charged with that wider responsibility.
To do otherwise for me, would be a fanciful folly.
Responsibility is a key word.
It is the responsibility of the board to look after the interests of the club and all supporters, not just some of them because they bring more noise and colour or indeed that much stated atmosphere.
It is the responsibility of the supporters to accept that that need is essential and to act accordingly by, for example, conduct becoming of the club according to it’s legal requirement to all supporters.
‘Take a telling and wind it in or else you could be ejected or evicted’.
I have no doubt that could come, should heed not be paid for the hard of hearing folk with bee in the bonnet and unnecessary grinding axe.
If certain supporters cannot act in conjunction with Celtic requests, then it is the responsibility of those persons tasked at CFC to make sure adequate measures are taken to guarantee the continued enjoyment and most importantly safety, within Celtic football club for all fans and that will be their priority like it or not.
The so called silent majority of Celtic fans might perhaps not be so very silent for too much longer.
You see all Celtic fans pay their way and all must be included in the thought process of the club, the GB are not extra special, they are not one jot more important and they certainly do not speak for me as an individual nor I for them.
I am a Celtic fan and I also support any Celtic fan, but never to the detriment of the club, for me it’s as simple as that.
Fans not so long ago spoke out against the club, but that as we now know was for the benefit of the club, lest we forget.
We need not look too far geographically at the present moment to see how wrongly that could be misdirected.
But rules and regulations are in place for a reason and the club must adhere to them and then so must the support.
The GB are but a section of the support, albeit sometimes appearing or assuming to be that support in it’s entirety, but for me the numbers cited do not stack up as being truly that important to the whole.
The GB do not hold higher value than any other fan and this is now being qualified by the clubs actions.
The argument of what constitutes what a real supporter is, might now be truly tested.
Will the GB members or the so called hangers on who allegedly pretend to be GB, rip up their tickets, stop going, take actions against the club ?.
Would that be classed as being the true, real, better supporter that they may claim to be ?.
Is it really a case of choosing the GB or Celtic ?.
Is there a choice ?.
Does there have to be ?.
Can’t there be both with a mutual respect for each other and an understanding that rules apply and accepting one of them is a part that is actually more important ?.
Celtic will evolve as always, sections of noise will come and indeed go, haven’t we seen it all before ?.
The one constant will be that the true supporter will support in any and all ways he/she can, now and with the generations to come.
In times past, indeed recent times and no doubt future, I had and have little sympathy for those that get too big for their boots and start to believe wrongly that they speak for all supporters or are indeed bigger than the club itself.
That would be a catastrophic assumption in my opinion.
Just as I now am speaking for me and not for anyone else, I assume nothing for you.
You have that same ability to voice how you feel, disagree with me or not.
It is my opinion that the club is now safeguarding it’s own reputation and ours, on behalf of us all, and I do understand why.
After 125 years of combating far worse trials and tribulation, the current action is therefore, no real surprise !.