I sincerely hope that the Celtic support give Dougie Mc Donald the reception he so richly deserves on Saturday; a warm welcome should also be extended to assistant referee John Gilmour who infamously waved his flag to deny Motherwell a goal that would have put them two-nil up against the Evil Empire recently.
This is a clear message from the SFA to tell Celtic that you can complain all you want, but there will be no change, and we will decide what happens within Scottish Football. They have decided against having a fair and transparent policy within the Scottish game, a game that is on it’s last legs, and depends heavily on the financial input of the Celtic support, they obviously believe that the game in Scotland needs a strong and successful Rangers team far more than it needs honesty and integrity.
This is not a new phenomenon; this has been the case in all the years that I have followed Celtic Football Club. You could go back to the days when Bob Kelly stood firm against a demand to remove the Irish Tri-Colour from Celtic Park; or we could point to Jim Farry holding up Jorge Cadete’s registration, a case that proved conclusively that there was institutionalised bias against Celtic. We could also look at the treatment of Celtic players, how many Scottish Caps did the Lisbon Lions accrue for instance? If that team had played in England every one of them including the Manager would have received a Knighthood, maybe that was a blessing in disguise.
So what do we as fans do about it? We can’t keep rolling over, I’ve never been one of these turn the other cheek type people, I believe in fighting for what is right, Terence Mac Swiney the famous Lord Mayor of Cork who died on hunger strike said “It is not those who can inflict the most, but those that can suffer the most who will conquer” by that he didn’t mean we were just to keep accepting what was thrown at us, what he meant was no matter how much you do to us we will overcome and prevail, and I’m not trying to compare what was faced by the Irish people to what is facing us as Celtic fans.
I think Saturday probably comes too soon to have a properly organised demonstration by the fans against Mc Donald and his assistants, and obviously their employers at the SFA/SPL, but I’m sure a spontaneous reaction from the fans will suffice in the meantime. The most important demonstration must come at the next match against the Forces of Darkness, it must be both visual and vocal, and it must come from all sections of the stadium with the obvious exception of one corner where Scotland Shame will be standing, there are people much more experienced and capable than me who can organise this type of show, the Junglebhoys and Green Brigade for a start, all I am doing here is offering my support and calling on all fans to do the same, I would be happy to meet with anyone who can help, this must be just the first action in a collective campaign of support of our team, there are lots of very smart Celtic fans out there, and each and everyone of us has a part to play; no matter how trivial it may seem. I am sure that if we can stand together we can succeed in our drive to be treated fairly and justly within the Scottish game, while we are still part of it that is.
Keep the Faith.