Sunday, August 19, 2012

Songs are sung but arguments are wrong

It is said that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

I didn't think of anything yesterday when certain songs were being sung in Dingwall. There are two reasons for this, the first is I'm too intense about the actual game being played in front of my eyes and the second one is I don't ever recoil when I hear a rebel song.

There are arguments put from both sides on the issue that need to be moved on. No one who is a supporter of The Republican Movement will seriously argue that singing songs at a football match will further the cause. Similarly, for folk to suggest that it is a minority of Celtic supporters who sing and like rebel songs is, frankly, ludicrous.

I'll state my opinon clearly, I have no problem with rebel songs.Whilst people claim, wrongly for that matter, that Irish Republicanism has never had anything to do with Celtic, can anyone seriously claim that rebel songs have not been a part of Celtic fan culture since the year dot?

That said, I do not like drunken idiots singing about people who laid their lives down for Ireland. The parenst and family of those volunteers do not deserve that. We have all seen them, we all know them and, let's face it, most of us have been them.

There has to be a proper debate around this issue, one which protects the identity and culture of the Celtic support whilst at the same time being aware of the fact that it's 2012.

Celtic has a fanbase which is unique because of the number of variants in it, no one has the right to change the identity of Celtic nor indeed the support. If you want the idenity of the support to change, then you go to games and be part of it and it will evolve with who is attending games.

I'm not a person who really gives a monkeys chuff about what people who have never paid into a football match in their life have to say about people who do pay into football matches. Politicians are quick to make a career move on the back of a football issue so their opinion is entirely irrelvant.

What is needed, in my opinion, is some common ground, that supporters can be both respectful of and comfortable with.

We all know that as well.

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