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That was what all the fuss was about then. A Celtic vs Rangers game. The game that Scottish football ‘needs’. That statement in itself is incredibly disrespectful to all he others in the country.

For all the celebrating by Rangers and their fans (it was a draw right?) Celtic were as poor as I can remember seeing them domestically this season but we still managed to keep our unbeaten run going. Losing a late equaliser is disappointing but that’s only because of the standards we have set this season. We should more than likely have had a penalty after Leigh Griffiths was upended by Clint Hill but it wasn’t given. We need to move on and focus on the next game. This was one step closer to the title and has shown us that we need to up our performance level for the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

I am not going to sit here and say the game was just another league game. It definitely had a different feel to it. There was a buzz about the place and the supporters club I used to get through to the game needed two buses instead of one. It was the game that no one wanted to miss.

Whether you agree or disagree with whether they are the same Rangers or a new one (I’m very much of the opinion it is the latter), they still have the same fans so the feeling that surrounds the game will always have a different spectre to other league games, especially as we share a city with them.

I thought the Celtic crowd were immense on Sunday. An incredible amount of support was shown to the team and I definitely felt the stadium rocking after we had scored.

The songs and chants that Celtic fans sing usually involve Celtic and tend to be songs of joy. That can’t be said for fans of Rangers. It was remarkable how little songs they have and the ones they do focus not on their team but focus on hate.

I have been clear that nothing can be done to a team due to their fans behaviour without the implementation of strict liability and I maintain that belief but witnessing first hand the many occasions The Billy Boys was given an airing makes the case for clubs to be liable even more so. Without action against a club fans will chant with impunity.

I sort of get why The Billy Boys is sung. It’s a song they have sung for generations and they find it hard to let go of it. There was a period when it seemed to be disappearing but since the new club was formed it has come back with regularity as an act of defiance. It’s wrong and more should be done by the club to deter it.

What I can’t then understand is why thousands upon thousands of adults think it appropriate to chant ‘Paedo, Paedo’ constantly. It is truly bizarre behaviour. As much as I disagree with the Billy Boys it’s a culture that is ingrained and takes time to change but the ‘paedo’ chants must be a new construct. Somewhere along the lines one guy must have thought ‘You know what? A paedophile worked at their club so I’ll start chanting it at them, that’ll help the victim’. Then his mate must have thought ‘You know what, he’s right. Paedo, PAEDO’. From there it has been adopted by thousands of adults, a lot of them will have children. Why do these people think it appropriate to shout that at a football match? Where is the sensible fans who regale against it and actually more pertinently where is the media spotlight on it?

It seems that is all they have. Which is really sad. Why don’t you try get some songs of joy rather than songs of hate. You have 11 people playing for you why not try think of a song that is relevant for the 21st century and is meant to support them.

Choose Joy.

Just Bhoy

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Perhaps because their culture is pretty joyless? They constantly see themselves as victims, define themselves by someone else, always see themselves as on the defensive, having to defend themselves from some external threat.

  2. If you go to Dublin we will follow on is part of their official club song. Anti-Irish is in their DNA in all 4 chromosomes.

  3. The TV also just happened to zoom in on a section of their support that was flying the Zionist isrehell flag,why would the fly this? Are they so ignorant or do they really believe in genocide?

  4. I don’t think it’s disrespectful to other clubs to say Scottish football needs the Celtic rangers game .. it’s the only club who can realistically give us a challenge when they get their house in order and although I’ll get berrated .. until rangers (il) came into the premiership Celtic were in decline . You can blame ronny Delia if you want but the fact is when rangers beat us last year Celtic knew they needed a change and were and still are in a fantastic position because of the way the club is run .. the horrible mob fans think they can give us a challenge .. that’s good enough for me because they will not be challenging for the foreseeable future but to say Scotland doesn’t need the game is just plain wrong .. it’s the biggest club game in the world arguably and it’s exactly what England . . Despite all their riches don’t have .. a real derby

  5. Sorry, but they are vile, horrible people. All they know is hatred.
    Strict Liability is urgently needed as we need to purge this poison.

  6. It is a great point you make, all of their songs are filled with negativity “….no one likes us, we don’t care, we hate Celtic, fenian bastards” “up to our knees in fenian blood” along with the vile “paedo” chants was all I heard coming from their end whilst we sang songs of our wonderful Lisbon Lions, Dembele, Sinclair, KT etc.
    Now correct me if I’m wrong but back in September when someone obviously meant it in the context of Rangers being dead when they hung the blow up doll with a Rangers scarf around its neck, didn’t we as Celtic supporters get accused of upsetting and disrespecting the family of Kris Boyd because his brother had hung himself? Even though it was clear that it wasn’t the intended message to anyone with half a brain and it was all over the media too. So if the chants of “paedo” from Sevco fans can be heard clear as day on TV several times why aren’t they being scrutinised the way Celtic have been? It’s not just misconceived as being highly disrespectful to one victim but it is actually showing disregard to tens of thousands of victims up and down the country.

  7. Choose making a Formal complaint to the Scottish Football Association and asking for a formal acknowledgement of your complaint and asking what steps they will take to address this!

    The Scottish Football Association

    6th Floor, Hampden Park

    Glasgow

    G42 9AY

    Tel: 0141-616-6000

    Fax: 0141-616-6001

    info@scottishfa.co.uk

    Choose not moaning on social media about these Neanderthals … you are giving them acknowledgement that they have upset and offended you and all the victims and families of this horrendous crime …. which is what they wanted …. you cannot effect change that way!

    Choose action…. Choose contacting the Scottish Football Association!

    Choose compassion there are Rangers & Celtic and all football fans watching and attending that game that will have had their family impacted by the vile act of child abuse and would find such chants totally offensive, upsetting and at the very least insensitive!

    Choose Positive Action!
    Choose Respect!
    Choose Equality!
    Choose to be an Example!
    Choose Football and the values of Celtic Football Club!
    Choose the Celtic Way!

    HH ??? ⚽️⚽️⚽️

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