Celts Send out an SOS

By Keevins, Hugh | Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland), July 26, 1998 | Go to article overview

Celts Send out an SOS


Keevins, Hugh, Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)


Celtic played host to people from their favourite paper on Wednesday.

Seats in the Directors Box. Hospitality. Rich rewards for nice words in the Scotland on Sunday about the wisdom of Dr Josef Venglos' appointment as head coach.

Pity about his team, though!

The good doctor is days away from going on the sick.

And everyone else at Parkhead has the jitters.

Elimination from the European Cup would flame the battle raging behind the scenes as Fergus McCann's time in charge draws to a close.

Ironically, the Lisbon Lions - the men who brought Celtic their finest hour - are caught up in that conflict.

Ten weeks ago Celtic snubbed the Lions by refusing to send a management type to the dinner where the heroes from 67 received a lifetime achievement award.

Celtic sent their KIT MAN - Libson Lion John Clark - to accept the award!

Now the directors have asked the Lions to officially open the new Jock Stein stand before the friendly with Liverpool on Saturday week.

This sudden display of affection for the first British team to win the European Cup is easy to explain - a conflict is now being waged for the hearts and minds of the Celtic support.

McCann and Jock Brown are fighting public opinion. Their rivals - principally the former director Brian Dempsey - aim to prove neither man has any interest in the soul of the club.

Winner takes control of a business beginning to realise its fantastic financial potential.

That may be a simplistic summary of events so far as Fergus McCann is concerned.

He doesn't have a high opinion of people's ability to think for themselves, after all.

The Celtic View took a swipe at this newspaper for suggesting Jock Brown put the apathy over Venglos' appointment down to fans' ignorance. Yet McCann says in the View: "Fans get their opinions from what they read. Despite what they claim."

What does that mean if not that supporters are incapable of thinking for themselves?

A sensible opinion appears to be one which directly corresponds with whatever he thinks about any given issue.

An idiotic opinion is one which finds Fergus and Jock to be anything less than infallible.

How else do you explain the View's decision to reproduce in full the article from the club's required Sunday reading.

The article that finished: "We are confident Rangers will have a healthy run in the UEFA Cup and that Celtic will reach the Champions League."

Don't hold your breath for fear of asphyxiation!

Brown IS right when he says that Venglos should be given a civilised reception.

Any man SHOULD be presumed innocent until he is proved to be guilty. …

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