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I put up a post yesterday that was critical of …

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I put up a post yesterday that was critical of the role of Celtics owners in the rehabilitation of “Rangers”. I stand by the facts, but my timing was, well, sh*te, as it inadvertently coincided with the latest episode of the govan club disgracing itself. 
I apologise to anyone who might have taken offence at any notion of moral equivalence between the way the two clubs behave and operate. Ian Archer nailed it all those years ago. Permanent. 
Mea culpa. 

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The Offline Game
I posted this this quote on here a couple of months ago, and suggested that some folks were in denial about it.

“Rangers is a great football club, it has a great history and it’s unfortunate that they have been relegated”
Dermot Desmond, October 2012 (source BBC, but near identical quotes on other news outlets)

Very early on in the Great Deception, corporate Celtic clearly signalled: we’re cool with this, let’s carry on as usual.

No use ranting about salaried nyaffs like Regan and Doncaster – they were carrying out the will of the duopoly. No use railing about the execrable SMSM – they know the agreed narrative and will run with it.

I know perfectly well the dangers Celtic (and wider Scottish society) face in public pronouncements and the risk of setting off a sectarian hate fest.

But this was not passive acquiescence, it was active participation in the Big Lie. I stand to be corrected by any more recent statements by the Celtic powers that be – I can’t find any.

On reflection, failure to recognise this seems less denial but delusion.


The Offline Game
“Rangers is a great football club, it has a great history and it’s unfortunate that they have been relegated”
Dermot Desmond, October 2012 (source BBC, but near identical quotes on other news outlets)
I posted this a couple of months ago, and suggested that many folks were in denial about this. Little seems to have changed on here.
Very early on in the Great Deception, corporate Celtic clearly signalled: we’re cool with this, let’s carry on as usual.
No use ranting about salaried nyaffs like Regan and Doncaster – they were carrying out the will of the duopoly. No use railing about the execrable SMSM – they know the agreed narrative and will run with it.
I know perfectly well the dangers Celtic (and wider Scottish society) face in public pronouncements and the risk of setting off a sectarian hate fest.
But this was not passive acquiescence, it was active participation in the Big Lie. I stand to be corrected by any more recent statements by the Celtic powers that be – I can’t find any.
On reflection, failure to recognise this seems less denial but delusion.


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i note that you are increasingly using the sfm Twitter account to broadcast your political views on world events entirely unconnected with Scottish football. 

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http://thecelticblog.com/2016/06/blogs/roy-greenslade-jumps-the-shark-with-a-fictitious-article-on-resolution-12/

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