Only hours after the Justice Secretary tells Scotland’s football clubs that he will act if they don’t, to root out the ‘vile cancer’ of sectarianism, the Express suggests that a Celtic player is mocking Rangers. Here is what he said:
“The gap at the top certainly helps,” he told Four Four Two.
“You can go into the game very comfortable, but even though we don’t need to win, we want to win and we want to win convincingly, that’s for sure.
“Our league lead allows us to go into the game with a little more comfort, and allows us to play our game, especially at home.”
“Before I came to Celtic, I was very aware of the Celtic versus Rangers fixture,” he continued.
“This game is talked about and discussed and analysed all over the world.
“Everyone knows it’s one of the biggest derbies in club football, and it’s a highlight for me to be part of.
“I really can’t wait to feel the atmosphere, especially at home, I think that will be great.
“Hopefully we can win this game, no matter if I start or not, and hopefully extend our lead at the top of the table to 13 points.”
Now maybe I’m under-sensitive but I see no sign of mocking anywhere there, only fairly calm, objective observations from a professional who cares little for the madness that can ensue in matches such as that today.
The Express would no doubt argue that I’m being over-sensitive to their choice of words, but we all know that it takes little to cause real offence in this context. See:
Readers will note the above balance.
Footnote: Jeremy Toljan is a German youth international eligible to play for both the United States and Croatia. Whether he is Catholic or Protestant is not mentioned thus limiting the full potential of the Express headline writer.