Judas, he’s more than worthy of the name

The name Maurice Johnston doesn’t sit well with Celtic supporters. Even the mere mention of his name is enough to cause a rise in blood pressure in the overwhelming majority of Celtic supporters, at least ones of a certain age such as myself.

He’s aptly dubbed ‘Judas’ by the Celtic supporters. Named that because of the way he betrayed the supporters for his thirty pieces of silver when he joined Rangers back in 1989.

Not only did he betray the supporters, but the legend that was Billy McNeill, his ex-team mates, his friends and more importantly his family, as his decision would have no doubt caused an unwanted distraction in their life.

But that comes with the territory in the West of Scotland, football here is literally a religion. Everyone here knows that, and Johnston knew better than most. By doing the unthinkable, he put not only himself, but others completely in the firing line.

By signing on the dotted line at Ibrox he effectively signed away his right to a peaceful existence. All in the name of money nothing else. He knew the reaction it would receive not just from the Celtic supporters but also the draconian Rangers supporters. He was either very brave or very stupid, I’m going for the latter.

Being pictured with a Celtic shirt on standing beside Billy McNeill and flirting with a return to Celtic understandably didn’t do him any favours with the Celtic support. Times were tough and the possible return of a hero figure amongst the Celtic support lifted spirits greatly.

But some dithering on the Celtic end of things allowed Graham Souness to swoop in aided with David Murray’s dodgy millions and sign him for Rangers, in doing so becoming their first high profile Roman Catholic signing. It was big, big news, it sent shockwaves throughout the Scottish footballing world.

Mo Johnston claimed to be a Celtic supporter, but no Celtic supporter would have done what he did. Imagine signing for a football club that detested your religion, sung about being up to their knees in your own blood.

There were Rangers supporters on the national news voicing their displeasure at his signing. His new team mates were reported to have shunned him, the infamous kit man treated him like a leper. All because of his religion.

He did it for the money and to be in the spotlight that’s the truth. Let’s be honest if he was chocolate he would’ve eaten himself. He sold his soul to the devil and will have to live with that for the rest of his life.

Something that causes him no end of grief. The fact that he currently resides across the Atlantic tells you that. Does he regret it? I think a wee bit of him does, but what’s done is done. It’s history.

JustAnOrdinaryBhoy – follow on Twitter @ordinarybhoy

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An ordinary everyday Celtic supporters hailing and still residing in Govan in the shadows of the enemy. I’m a season ticket holder. I Witnessed my first Celtic game in 1988 and have attended when I can ever since. Growing up in the 90s I witnessed Celtic at their lowest, and now appreciate the historic success we enjoy today. I enjoy writing about this wonderful football club and hopefully will continue to do so. I’ve always been a keen writer and initially started this a hobby. My ambition is to one day become as good an author as my fellow Celtic Star colleagues.


  1. Heed the breed on

    That old entity that called them Rangers oldco they and him had a European game coming up against the Mighty Bayern Munich first leg at shìthole liebrox.
    They prepared for the game down in Inverclyde I remember the day like yesterday they had to come over a railway bridge onto the main road in their bus to go onto motorway.
    Between the bridge and getting onto the main road my oh my did those sons of william get a mighty shock there baloo bus got attacked big style the currants all cowered below there seats they absolutely shat the bus quivering wrecks skants destroyed.
    The got gubbed of Bayern the job done those heroes got Judas and the sons of Satan big time.

    • Peter Cassidy on

      Who cares about him it was only about money for him went to America never heard about him again never really rated him anyway over hyped player.

  2. David Potter on

    The old Celtic Board played a part here by not tying things up with him when they had the chance. But that cannot excuse what he did. A horrible, horrible man.

  3. David Potter on

    The old Celtic Board played a part here by not tying things up with him when they had the chance. But that cannot excuse what he did. A horrible, horrible man.

  4. Every tim of a certain age remembers that c*nt was at ibrox when he scored winner on guy Fawkes night never have I felt so betrayed and cannot even look at him he is Judas plain and simple

  5. Vermin.

    Judas Escariot should sue the loathsome deviant bastard for defamation of character.

  6. martin leadbetter on

    Horrible little rat. Quite a thing to be so loathsome that even the likes of Jimmy Bell couldn’t stand him. One of my happy memories is Packie Bonner laying him out when he was at Falkirk ! Stay in the US toe rag !