Be under no illusions, Celtic are now under an all-out assault from our enemies.
However, some of us have made it easy for them. And I don’t just mean those who got involved in violence at Celtic Park last night.
In much the same way as the I disagreed with the Green Brigade’s banner last week, ultimately, I found it hard to argue with the sentiments of their accompanying statement. My issue wasn’t with the message, but how it was delivered.
The same could be said of last night. As I’ve already said elsewhere today, I totally condemn the violence I saw last night, and I believe those who committed these acts deserve to be punished.
However, I’m not going to smugly dismiss or ignore the reasons behind their anger, as it sadly seems the Celtic board is trying to do.
Again, right message, totally wrong delivery.
We all act differently when we are frustrated. Some people internalize it. Others go and have a rant on social media. For me personally, writing on here has become a good outlet for my current frustrations not just with Celtic but with Scottish football in general.
Sadly there are also those of us who, like last night, need to physically exert that frustration on others in the form of violence and aggression.
However, there’s another faction among our support that I believe is potentially just as toxic. I refer to the opposite end of the spectrum, to those who see any criticism of Celtic, the board, players or management as some kind of personal assault.
Blind loyalty and adherence to anything, whether it be a country, a political party, an ideology or in our case a football club isn’t just unhealthy, I think it’s dangerous.
When Rangers died in 2012, many of their fans remained in denial about the whole thing. A lot of them still are to this day. It was the BBC, it was Celtic, it was all a grand conspiracy against them perpetrated by the “unseen fenian hand”.
Sadly, when I see some of our supporters performing all kinds of logical gymnastics to try and defend a team that is consistently failing on the park, I think they sound as deluded as some of those Rangers fans.
Despite the media’s best attempts to portray this as some kind of civil war within the Celtic support, it isn’t a zero sum game. There is room for nuance, for debate. You don’t need to be anti-Neil Lennon to be pro-Green Brigade, and vice versa.
Unfortunately the likes of Facebook and Twitter are conditioned so that you will see the angriest and loudest opinions more than you will the best-informed.
The tabloid press in Scotland actively exacerbate this problem by framing their stories around the false narrative created by social media rather than taking the time to discover the truth.
We’ve seen this kind of scenario play out so often in recent years: 10,000 fans tweet support for a rival team player who is ill and it’s ignored. One moron tweets that he hopes the player dies horribly and it’s headline news. This isn’t a problem confined just to Glasgow, but we probably see it manifest more than most. After all, there was a visceral hatred between Celtic and Rangers long before Facebook showed up.
I won’t presume to tell you how to express your anger or how to engage with others about it.
I would instead just ask that you stop and think before you post.
Rangers fans are having a field day watching us tear into each other online at the moment. The Sun and the Daily Record are standing by just waiting for one Celtic fan, in a moment of anger, to say something stupid online, and they’ll blow it up to front page news.
Don’t give them the ammunition. Please.
However much you disagree with your fellow Celtic Supporters at the moment, we all want the same thing. A team that’s winning on the park and performing well financially off it.
The only issue we disagree on is how to get there.