Celtic, Scottish Football, SPFL

Staunch Dignity

Good Evening.

Rangers may be dead but it seems that dignity isn’t!

We have heard a lot about dignity and Ibrox clubs over the years. Even last week we had The Warbmeister using his page in the RIFC accounts to say:

“Rangers as a club is synonymous with dignity”.

Thanks for that Warbo!

And back in February, we had the man whose middle names are ‘Nine-In-A-Row Legend’, Richard Gough asking Sevco fans to refrain from attending the EGM which ultimately ‘swept’ King and co to a curious sort of ‘power’, with the following words

“Please share this message and we will do this the Rangers way with class and dignity.”

Oh, how we laughed. 

But to find dignity actually being  displayed rather than talked about (endlessly…), you need to look across the city to Scotland’s most successful living football club. For there you will find this sober, measured and gloriously dignified statement from Celtic.

Celtic FC Statement

No toys were thrown out of the pram, no threats were implied, and no inexplicable siege mentality was displayed. In commenting on one of the most controversial issues in the history of British sport, in which they may (subject to possible appeal and other due processes) have been the biggest wronged party, Celtic kept it simple. And dignified.

They acknowledged shareholder and fan interest in the implications of the latest Big Tax Case judgement, pointed to the issue remaining a matter for the courts and football authorities, and stated 

“In 2013, we expressed surprise – shared by many observers and supporters of the game – over the findings of the SPL Commission that no competitive or sporting advantage had resulted. That remains our view.”

And that was it. Very dignified. Respecting due process and keeping their powder dry in case of any further developments.

Oh, and remaining dignified. 

Did I mention that?


The Clumpany notes that some online ‘observers’ seem riled by Celtic speaking about ‘sporting integrity’. As I have said before, it’s not an offensive phrase! It should be at the heart of our game rather than an unnecessary add-on to be sneered at! It relates to pretty fundamental things like observance of the rules, and maintaining level playing fields etc.

No really, it does…

It will be interesting to see whether the keyboard-happy Statementeers of Sevconia will be able to resist the temptation to respond to Celtic’s dignified comments.

On the face of it, there can’t possibly be anything worthwhile to say in response to such staunch dignity.

But when has that ever been a reason for Sevconia to keep quiet? 😉



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