GREEN AND WHITE RIOT
Anyone reading the Sun over the past week would be forgiven for assuming that the Mayans got it right. Apparently half of Dundee was destroyed as Celtic fans ran riot, fighting with each other, peeing everywhere but, remarkably, stopping in the street to chat with Dundee chairman Jim Thomson! Everybody and his dog has had something to say about this shocking display and Rangers fans have been falling over themselves with glee at it all. Meanwhile, a major story about Sandaza being warned not to make the sign of the cross is buried away; but that's a story for another day.
More has been made of this Dundonian Armageddon than was ever said about what happened in Manchester; but then, those weren't Rangers fans, were they? Suffice it to say that the knives are out for Celtic and the agnivores are determined not to let it drop.
On the other hand, we have Green's boycott of Tannadice and the furore of Dundee United going ahead and selling tickets to Rangers supporters direct. According to Green there is going to be trouble as these ticket buyers are not 'genuine' Rangers fans. Seemingly 'genuine' Rangers fans never cause any trouble. Tell that to Manchester and Barcelona, among others!
So who is buying the tickets? According to the blue-nosed forums they are Celtic fans out to cause trouble. After all, they argue, don't Celtic fans come onto their forums in disguise? Didn't Celtic fans sign up to the Fighting Fund, using aliases? To the rest of us this might appear laughable but the Peeppil honestly believe this, just as they believe that everyone else was responsible for the death of Oldco. Unfortunately, our meeja, as per usual, do not question this line of reasoning. It seems to be tacitly accepted as fact that if anyone causes trouble at Tannadice then they must be tims in disguise.
Now, stay with me here as I venture into the Twilight Zone. Given that this blatant paranoia is accepted as fact, not just by the hordes themselves but tacitly by our Fourth Estate, is it beyond the realms of possibility that such folk might try a vengeful, pre-emptive strike? In other words, were those trouble-makers at Den's Park 'genuine' Celtic fans? Or were they even Celtic fans at all?
Yes, I know it sounds crazy but, then, we've already seen how crazy these people are: death threats, bombs through the post etc. If they honestly believe that Celtic supporters are going to Tannadice to cause trouble, for which Rangers fans will be blamed, then it is perfectly reasonable to suggest that a certain section of this deranged mob might decide to put the boot in first!
We'll probably never know if this is what happened. Our sports 'reporters' would never, in a million years, tell us if they found out that this had been the case. Equally, Celtic would not broadcast it for fear of being branded paranoid and accused of trying to pass the buck.
I await with interest developments at Tannadice. You can put your house on it that if there is any trouble then no blame whatsoever will be laid at the door of Rangers.