The Rangers will hold their showpiece minute of silence on Saturday in memory of the supporters who died attending the Old Firm match at Ibrox on 2 January 1971.
A late Celtic goal resulted in a rush for the exits but Rangers hit back immediately to level. Hundreds of Rangers fans changed their minds about leaving and a massive crush followed that proved to be fatal in a ground that even in those days was unfit for purpose. The subsequent Fatal Accident Inquiry was damning of the old Rangers board.
The Celtic Star will carry an article written by a Celtic supporter who was there on that fateful day and it will appear in the anniversary of The Ibrox disaster. This article was planned and written with respect for the terrible loss of life of football supporters attending a game. It has been pre-loaded onto this site and will appear on the morning of the anniversary.
Proper. Celtic. Respect.
Even as recently as the new Glasgow Derby at Celtic Park in September this year we were reminded that by the grace of god there goes us. A crush at a football match can result very quickly in the loss of life. We got lucky that day back in September 2018.
The problem with the Rangers and respect is that for them it goes only one way. Many Lisbon Lions played at Ibrox on that dark afternoon for Scottish football and were deeply affected by the loss of life. Among decent human beings Jock Stein’s actions would have been commended and respected for eternity.
But after they observe their silence on Saturday their beady blue eyes will be focused on the 750 Celtic fans ready to be outraged at the merest suggestion of a fart or sneeze or a cough, they will sign songs about Lisbon Lions dying, disgraceful chants about Jock Stein and will mock the mental health issues that are currently afflicting Leigh Griffiths.
And like the Aberdeen fans yesterday there will be constant chants about child abuse. Imagine a grown man taking his children to a game then spending his afternoon chanting about abusing children?
There’s every chance that Scotty Sinclair will be racially abused, they will sing all their usual bile: bigotry, catholic bashing nonsense about being up to their knees in other folk’s blood.
They will probably through batteries, coins, half eaten pies and plastic cups at the Celtic players and supporters. There might be a pitch invasion where one of them squares up to Scott Brown then shites his pants, before his own sex offending history gets plastered across the tabloids. They might split an Assistant Referees head wide open or even call their own manager a F***** B******.
If they score they will celebrate like it’s another Champions League win for them – the third after their previous wins at Firhill and McDiarmid Park but if they lose a goal they will be outraged at the 750 over celebrating.
Despite all that the Celtic fans will observe their silence but If someone coughs, farts or sneezes spare us your Zombie outrage.
Celtic today informed the support of the silence planned for Saturday saying this:
“Celtic has been informed that a minute’s silence will be held prior to Saturday’s match in memory of the victims of the Ibrox Disaster of 1971.”
Respect it because we are better than the alternative then watch as they exposure their own double standards, hatred and warped minded evilness before heading home twenty minutes early.
In the immortal words of Shakin’ Stevens, “Merry Christmas, F*** the H***. “