The news since Wednesday has been awash with player clashes, Neil Lennon instigating abuse of Rangers players and the management, not to mention the ludicrous claims of racist abuse at El Hadji Diouf. And the whole panto is playing into the hands of Rangers Football Club, hence the reason why they have failed to rubbish the claims of their fans stating that their players were racially abused by Celtic manager Neil Lennon.
Chief Executive Martin Bain did state that some of the club's players were verbally abused at Ibrox in the previous match - not at Celtic Park - however there was no mention of racist abuse, no matter how much the bitter & twisted Rangers fans try to spin comments.
But isn't it a bit hypocritical from the Rangers fans to preach on racism. When their own fellow fans preach sectarian views.
And today the player at the centre of the controversy, El Hadji Diouf, has spoken out via his agent Willie McKay.
Diouf stated, "Neil Lennon is a nice guy and I do not believe he racially abused me. Neil Lennon is not a racist and I have every respect for him as a manager.”
McKay backed up Dioufs' statement by adding, “El Hadji is also great friends with one of Lennon’s former Leicester team-mates, Pegguy Arphexad, who he played with at Racing Club Lens. If people are trying to put the boot into Neil Lennon, he is not interested. He would never make a complaint. As far as he is concerned it is finished with. It is a big thing about nothing. The only thing El Hadji wants to do is sign a new contract with Rangers.”
However this goes against the bitter and twisted agenda of those Rangers fans who cannot believe anything other than their own delusional fantasies. And a wee trawl through their messageboards prove that they don't care if the allegations were true or not, they just wanted to shame Neil Lennon and Celtic Football Club. Even if it meant blatantly lying and bombarding the Strathclyde Police email system with those same lies, to open up an investigation, that is wasting the Police time but also the taxpayers money.
But we all know why the fans are concentrating on the Neil Lennon Racism allegations, and while the Ibrox club don't utter a word either - to hide the fact that they were knocked out of the Scottish Cup, they are struggling against Celtic in the league, and face us in the League Cup Final on the 20th March with the prospect of another spanking handed to them by Celtic managed by an inexperienced manager, who has got the upperhand of Sir Walter the master tactician.
It is bad enough that it is Celtic dominating the derby games, but to them it's far worse that it is Neil Lennon at the helm, hence the reason why he has been on the receiving end of death threats, vile abuse, physically assaulted, moved three times under tight security and kept under 24-hour guard because the Rangers fans cannot take a fair and square beating on the field. Likewise the players resorting to their bully-boy tactics on the field trying to snap Celtic player's legs and their intimidation and manhandling of SFA officials.
You have never heard of a Rangers manager or member of the management team being assaulted, sent death threats or having to be moved in the middle of the night after threats by a Celtic fan have you? And that just goes to show how bitter and twisted elements of the Rangers support are.
In the midst of former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan winning three titles in a row, the Rangers support started their vile campaign in 2007 to shame the memory of Celtic's Greatest Ever Manager Jock Stein, with their chants of Big Jock Knew. And just a year later the Rangers fans switched from the sick and vile chant to the racist Famine Song. And despite pleas from their own club not to sing the song, they continue to ignore the club. Although the club have failed to openly condemn the song as racist and illegal, likewise they have failed to condemn the singing of the BJK chant. And only a few weeks ago a group of Rangers fans openly mocked the death of Tommy Burns on Portuguese TV, and despite the fact that these images were freely available within hours of Rangers' match with Sporting Lisbon, it was left to the football bloggers to 'out' these bigots, as the mainstream media in Scotland turned a blind eye or stated that 'they had not seen the video yet and could not comment.'
Likewise Rangers, more so Ally McCoist and Walter Smith who carried Tommy Burns' coffin at his funeral, they should be disgusted with these so-called fans and yet NO condemnation from the Rangers duo or the club, now why is that? Because it turns the fans' attention away from the club's own failings to their greatest rivals.
Just like the current fracas surrounding the Scottish Cup tie, Rangers have been keen to keep quiet on the proceedings in a bid to keep the attention away from their continued defeat against Celtic [4 in a row now] so that the fans do not turn against them, like they did with Paul Le Guen only a few years ago.
So while Neil Lennon will be investigated by Strathclyde Police [as they have too given the complaints no matter how ludicrous] and ultimately cleared of any alleged Racist abuse, the Rangers fans will continue to peddle their bigoted and twisted agenda to hide the sheer embarrassment and failure of their own side to beat a Celtic side that has had less money spent on it, than their own side, and managed by an inexperienced manager whose record against Rangers' Greatest Manager of the Modern Era Walter Smith, now stands at Won 4, Drawn 1, Lost 1.
So much for Lennon being sacked by Christmas?
On a side note, a brand new Celtic fanzine called 67, is being launched in time for the League Cup Final on the 20th March. They are looking for contributions from the Celtic fans. If you are interested then please email them on firstname.lastname@example.org. They are also on twitter @67fanzine.
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