I hope everyone reset their paranoia counters to zero last weekend? No? Well you must be overclocking by now given the mount of anti-Celtic stories in the Scottish media this week.
Because there have been no “Celtic and Rangers” stories to write about in the media for so long now, it’s easy to spot the torrent of anti-Celtic stories there have been recently. All in the week leading up to the second ever meeting between the Hoops and the tribute act across the city.
If it hasn’t been about the so-called ream of players al set to leave Celtic Park, it’s been further speculation about the Head Coach or the CEO that has populated the back pages this week. The media still haven’t let go of the O** F*** tag either and have been positively purring with jubilation at “The Rangers” getting promoted to the Scottish Premiership and winning the Pathetic Cup.
Apart from the usual garbage there was a story printed by the Scotsman newspaper only yesterday about Scotland’s oldest clubs. On that list was Rangers 1872, a club they seem happy to endorse as the same one which started over in 2012 following liquidation.
My debate isn’t about the 1872 v 2012 question. That argument will rage on until it is archived along with all the other wrongdoings of the 1872 club thanks to the endless bias in Scotland.
It is more about the timing of the article and it’s pertinence to the two clubs playing in Sunday’s semi final. There was no need for this story to be printed.
The fact Celtic aren’t on the list isn’t an issue for me either. In fact I’m more bothered why Third Lanark weren’t listed.
It’s typical of the media to carelessly throw something like this into the mix like a grenade in a room full of people. Something which saddens me to the core about Scotland and it’s media.
This kind of behaviour is every bit as irresponsible when dealing with supporter rivalry as any supporters misbehaving themselves. And yet, the fuel the media add continues without any real moderation.
Another issue that cropped up recently was the warning issued by Police Scotland regarding celebrations around the Easter Uprising. Even from 400 miles away I was astonished by this approach.
Given that Police Scotland are already on the blacklist for harassing Celtic fans, this is a step too far. The people behind this should bookmark this moment in time for future reference.
I mean aren’t we forgetting something? Like the Orange Walks that are paraded through the streets of Glasgow for weeks, year on year right in the faces of those who are offended by their very existence.
Lets not forget what these marches symbolise. You would think that after several decades the police and politicians would be able to handle this more even-handedly but of course they can’t can they?
However, I digress. Something which I’m sure I’ll do again in the near future.
So what positive Celtic stories have I perused this week? None in the press, that’s for sure, so let’s hear it for the bloggers and freelancers out there speaking the truth and talking sense (mainly).
Be it negative or positive, it is generally always ‘real’. Good topics, proper facts and open to the audience.
The Scottish media will tell us otherwise of course. Blogger bashing by these jokers who get paid to write whatever sells is the kind of reaction you expect when you question their ‘integrity’, of which they have none.
There are some great bloggers and freelance journalists out there though. They all vary in terms of content and tone but it is all good stuff.
With so few in the media that are worth following it is important to get untainted views elsewhere. Yes, you could argue that a self indulging Celtic fan blogging about “The Rangers” is biased or from their own perspective.
What you can say about that though is it is ‘their opinion’. Whereas in the media, it is written as gospel as though it actually happened.
So for the remaining days leading up to Sunday’s semi final at Hampden expect the worst and further trash to sift through if you can even bear to read it. As for now, I’ll keep tuning into my favourite blogs for which there are many.