He’s not a happy man, John that I work with.
I wonder why?
On Friday he seemed to be buoyant, looking forward to the weekend. A quiet night on Friday as he had a flying lesson on Saturday and was saving himself for a big day out at the football and celebrating on Sunday.
John’s a Rangers fan, or a Sevco fan if you like to wind him up about the fact that his original team have went into liquidation and the team in blue that play out of Ibrox are not the same team that he has supported man and boy.
On Friday, he had a spring in his step, lunch time was full of phrases like “We’re back” and “This is the most I’ve looked forward to an Old Firm game in years”.
John’s attitude, probably like most who see the world through blue-tinted glasses is that Celtic haven’t been performing at their best ( true) and that Rangers have had better recent performances ( possibly) and that over the 8 games since Christmas Rangers were the form team and had beaten St Johnstone 3-0 where Celtic could only draw 0-0 against them.
He was in full-on mode .. upbeat, confident and on a roll.
Truth be told, I was more nervous about this game than I have been for any game against Rangers since they were reformed from the assets that Charles Green bought from the insolvency administrators.
Would they be able to beat us at their ground with 45,000 home supporters baying for “Fenian blood”?
My heart said no, but my head wasn’t as confident with a 60/40 likelihood that Celtic would win. Much less than previous games were I had no doubt that we would win, or at least not get beat.
Is that the same thing?
I can handle a draw. But getting beat by your biggest rivals stings.
Glasgow isn’t exactly a binary city, it’s more 1’s, 0s and Nulls.
For many people, you’re a Tim or a Hun or nothing and if you’re nothing then you’re viewed suspiciously by either side and assumptions are made from your upbringing and attitude to put you in one box or the other.
So you might as well be something.
But in reality its not as simple as that. there are many people who really could not give a toss about football or religion and wish that the lot of them would pack up and go elsewhere.
Add to that, the growing number of immigrants to the city who do not have the historic loyalties which cause this unholy rivalry to be the car-crash spectacle that it has become.
Some people are too involved, too close to it, that they lose all sense of perspective. That they think that its all about “us” and “them”. Completely unaware that there is so much more to life out there and lots of people who don’t give a fuck.
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