Well, I guess it wasn’t supposed to be like this. The clouds were to be fluffy and Scottish football was to be exciting and a sell-out every Saturday. Bigotry and hatred would end in Scotland when Rangers died. At least that’s what they told us. But now we have effigies of executed Protestants and Orange Men hanging from the stands of Celtic Park, the home of Celtic Football Club.
Those pictures of the effigies hanging by the neck execution style should be sending a chill through Scottish life, images that ISIS would have been proud of, but instead they are ignored by a media and police force that is now no longer fit for purpose.
Once again the Scottish media, Celtic, and their fans blame it on a small minority. The ongoing deterioration of the press in this country is well known. The denial of the truth over the shocking images from Celtic Park are a stark reminder of how far the press has fallen and how much control Celtic have in this country.
There is much national outrage when Rangers fans sing words that are deemed offensive. But sectarianism, violence, prejudice and bigotry give no concern when it happens inside Celtic Park.
In Scotland, they are trying to package bigotry as something that comes in many shapes rather than a one size fits all. It is different if a Rangers supporter chants a bad song compared to when a Celtic fan does it. That’s the message they are trying to get across.
Celtic and its support declared war on Rangers last weekend, from the trolls who attack our club and call us the Klan, to the politicians and media who operate a blind eye policy regarding bigotry against Rangers and demonise the support. Rangers are in a war whether the club acknowledges it or not.
The Celtic support are hypocritical to a man and woman and only a few weeks ago were calling out Israel for so-called apartheid in Palestine but they only like to be social justice warriors when it suits them if it’s Palestine or soup kitchens. But the mask slips time and again when it’s Rangers; we see inside their mindset that they are like supremacists with their “know your place Hun Scum” banner. This is the language of the racist and the bigot. Yet those who fight back and defend Rangers are denounced and ridiculed as point scorers.
In Scotland, we have to talk about bigotry but this cannot happen when one-half of the city is in denial and doesn’t want to admit or accept that it has a problem with sectarianism.
Rangers Football Club must take action and protect the support from this type of open hatred, a banning order must be placed on the Celtic support and they must not be allowed inside Ibrox.
In any sane society, there would be calls for the Celtic chief Peter Lawwell to resign or at very least for the Green Brigade to be kicked out of Scottish Football after the disgraceful scenes at Celtic Park. But sadly Scotland and Scottish Football is an open sewer at the moment and I don’t see things improving anytime soon.
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