STEPHEN BRANDT ARGUES THAT FANS SHOULD FOCUS ON CLUB LOYALTY ABOVE ALL ELSE.
Let me get something straight.
Celtic fans are an interesting bunch; loud, opinionated, and very happy to support the best club in the world. They are also the same who don’t like other leagues, and openly mock when a player goes to another league. The outpouring of support for Bolton now, has really gotten this writer confused. Loyality to the brand, not the player should be the mode going forward.
Neil Lennon, is a cult figure at Celtic, some might also call him a legend. But he left Celtic, and spent the summer badmouthing the club. Shouldn’t we just let him go? And why do we care about freaking Bolton? They haven’t mattered since World War 2, and suddenly, on social networking, the fans of the club who said they’ll only support Celtic, are suddenly turning to Bolton as a second club? Person is gone, move on, and root for the club.
The same goes for Gary Hooper, the man was junk the backhalf of his career at Celtic, but we still see people online chatting about him. MOVE ON. There’s three levels of teams to support at Celtic, go support them. If you leave the home base shouldn’t you be moved on from? Support the players who you can still buy the shirts for.
Of course, people reading this, are going to look at me, as an American, with three clubs to support say “Buzz off”. And they’d be partly right, but I’m an American, in a city without a top club. FC Buffalo is in the fourth division, if we had a true pyramid in US soccer. Supporters in Ireland and Scotland are very lucky. You guys can get Celtic at the drop of a hat, either by going to the game, or getting it live on tv. In America, unless you stump up a lot of money or get a dodgy stream you don’t get Celtic.
The bigger issue, for all supporters, is once a player leaves your club should you continue to support them or focus on their replacement? In this day and age of moblity in the sport, players move faster than the speed of sound, supporting or having a favorite player at your club is almost not worth the time.
This era of football is more about supporting the club, than the player. Clubs stay around, so a club is more important than it’s employee’s and we should get behind the crest. Supporting the crest of Celtic in times like this is what bonds people, not ex-employee’s who badmouth the club, or move to far inferior outfits.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON EX-PLAYERS? SHOULD FANS MOVE ON AND FOCUS ON CURRENT HEROS?
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