Waiting for decency at Ibrox

In journalism, as in other endeavours, conformity tends to promote mediocrity.

I recall that there was a newspaper advert taken out prior to the first meeting between Celtic and Sevco in a senior competitive match in 2015.

It stated, in forensic terms, that this was the first time that Celtic Football Club had met these opponents.

BBC match report here.

The response of the Stenography Corps was to either completely ignore it or to deride those who were behind the advert.

At no point did anyone purporting to be a sports journalist in Scotland address the content.

Since the creation of Sevco Scotland Limited (now renamed The Rangers Football Club) in the summer of 2012, it has suited the Fitba Fourth Estate to pretend that Rangers did not die.

Of course, this fiction does not take into account the 276 creditors who were left unpaid as the basket of assets did walking away.

As I have stated here repeatedly the chaps on the sports desks in Glasgow are not representative of the Fourth Estate in Scotland.

There are many fine journalists in Fair Caledonia who serve the Public Interest and hold power to account.

Today one of those journalists brought news of an even more shameful betrayal at Ibrox.

Mark Daly of the BBC reports today that Sevco are apparently happy to tell a man who claims that he was sexually abused by a Rangers coach that he should take his complaint up with the liquidators of the original Rangers.

I don’t think this requires any major editorialising from me, dear reader.

However, if there was any shred of self-awareness and humanity among The People then they would be rather ashamed today.

Of course, that isn’t the case as the Herrenvolk hubris apparently does not allow such basic human responses.

In my time as a social worker and social work teacher I never encountered any evidence to suggest that child sexual abuse was weighted towards any particular ethnicity or faith group.

Moreover, there is no empirical evidence to suggest that my experience in the field was atypical.

That goes for football clubs and their supporters too.

However, such reasoning is beyond The People.

In May last year, sex offender and Sevco fan David McLellan ran on
to the Ibrox pitch and came to close quarters with Celtic captain Scott Brown.

Full story here in the Daily Radar.

I wonder if Mr McLellan is fond of chanting about “paedos” when he is with his Quintessentially British brethren at Ibrox.

Naïvely, I cling onto the hope that one day decency will break out there.

Until then it is incumbent upon journalists to hold them to account.

Well done Mr Daly.



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