Hugh Keevins, Charlie Adam…”Actually mental that it took fan media so long to become a thing”

A few months back Hugh Keevins joined in on the onslaught against Celtic Fan media after a few card markings were given to Ange Postecoglou, who by now will have a better idea what that was all about. For example he’ll have noted that this incident in Scottish football is NOT a penalty in the eyes of Scottish referees when a certain team are playing…

But the refereeing decision-making hand shaking-process will no doubt be something we come back to in due course. Probably early next week. The even earlier warning to Ange was that the media – who had via the BBC already distorted his words – were NOT his friends. They had also already told him that that the support had mixed feelings and were divided about his appointment and he was told that the Celtic support was NOT split and would give him our complete 100% support. How has that panned out?

But it’s the media we want to focus on and their reaction yesterday to the racism row created on theRangers supporters bus heading on Sunday up to Dingwall that has shamed Scotland around the world. Hugh Keevins, writing in Sunday Mail, had a pop at the Celtic fan media in between sipping his soup. Yesterday on Clyde’s Superscoreboard he had probably the most shameful few minutes of a career, which in itself has been pretty embarrassing for the past few decades.

Things weren’t much better over on BBC Sportsound where former Rangers player Charlie Adam reckoned that the latest Rangers racist incident was worthy of comparison to non-racists songs like one about his sister’s under-garments.

No wonder supporters are turning to fan media in increasingly high numbers.

And while we are on the subject, the statement yesterday from theRangers when they announced bans for the racist fans responsible failed entirely to show any empathy or human decency towards the innocent victim in all this, a young man who is in Scotland to play football, who deserves none of this and who has been racially abused by supporters on one of their registered supporters buses, given tickets by the Ibrox club. To say absolutely nothing about Kyogo or to him speaks volumes about them.

“Rangers can confirm that an investigation is now complete in regard to a video circulating on social media yesterday. The individuals involved have been identified and will be banned indefinitely from all Rangers games.
Furthermore, the RSC of which they were members and travelled with to the game, have been banned from receiving tickets for future fixtures.”

The Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou meanwhile was magnificent in his response. Absolutely magnificent.


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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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