I am writing this post tonight as I am disgusted by what I saw on social media, thankfully not shown on TV, yesterday when Celtic played Rangers in the Scottish Professional Football league. The images below were taken at the match.
Tragically Kilmarnock and former Rangers and Scotland striker Kris Boyd lost his brother to suicide this week. A young man and father to be taking his own life is a tragedy, a tragedy for his family and his unborn child. Mental Health care is poor at best in Scotland, services may be improving, but right now there remains little support for young men going through mental health issues in Scotland and the suicide rate remains high.
Whomever thought this was funny, appropriate or what fans do has to be found and challenged, possibly their club, in this case Celtic Football Club, might want to ban them from attending any matches in future. They not only stained their club yesterday but they stained every club, every honest football fan in Scotland if not the UK by their actions. There is no hiding place for this and they should be ashamed, they are the lowest of the low and I really hope they are identified by the club and authorities as soon as possible. How they managed to do that without challenge is certainly an issue the club, Police Scotland and the SFA have to address.
It’s bad enough that this game is now back on the calender, the most hate filled and violent game in Scottish Football that I for one would be glad to see the back of if any country would like to let Celtic and Rangers join their league. However, that is unlikely to happen, who wants to import more hate into their football. In light of that the so called administrators of our game have to act for once, the SFA must come out very strongly and hammer Celtic Football Club for the actions of their supporters. It’s long before time that the Scottish Football Association and many of the so called journalists covering Scottish Football stopped pandering to these clubs, it’s time to act with tough sanctions. Playing behind closed doors would be one sanction I would like to see but given the SFA will of course do nothing maybe it’s time that other fans just did not attend any games at Ibrox or Celtic Park, it’s time this vile behavior at the derby filled with hate is stopped. It’s no wonder that many just don’t attend Scottish Football anymore. SFA either stand up or get out for people who will.
UPDATE There is a debate going on that the images have been photoshopped, if they have then it is still sick and we still need to get to the bottom of it either way. Be interesting to see what comes of it all.
- Sorry another update. It has been confirmed it did happen