We’re going to tackle this story head on, despite the cause for celebration at Ibrox – and that is the Rangers gatherings both outside our home and in George Square, despite lockdown and both government and club pleas to go home.
Make no mistake, this isn’t good, and few would argue otherwise – we don’t want to take sides, because the jubilant celebrations are understandable, and we can hear fireworks going even as yours truly is cobbling this together.
And we do appeal for the fans to take that advice and go home – but then, given the police haven’t really done much to stop them, what can we actually say?
But, what really gets us is the high and mighty indignation, particularly from Celtic fans and those in the media, when they were stoically quiet during the repeated protests from their brothers and sisters last year.
Indeed, the very ones (rightly) berating fans for violating lockdown don’t seem to have had too much of an issue with their brethren swamping the east of Glasgow and doing something in much the same numbers.
The reality is, we know these gatherings are wrong, and could pose a serious health hazard – we are crossing our fingers vaccination numbers and herd immunity has now maybe started to kick in, and the problem will turn out to be less than we fear.
But we won’t stand for snippy little know-it-alls putting their oars in when they were remarkably sedate about protests at Parkhead.
We remember the pictures, and hell, these punters probably agreed with the protests never mind failing to condemn them – no one is going to claim there’s a consistency here.
Let’s be clear again – we want our fans to go home and behave – we don’t mean that patronisingly because Lord knows we all (theoretically) love the scenes of the fans in jubilation.
But there could be a cost here.
There is one other point – Liverpool fans did the same last season as well. It’s hard to stop jubilant supporters who just got a league title for the first time in forever from letting that exuberance explode.
But we appeal for them to stop now.
They had their fun, and the world knows we won 55.
But we’d also like the self righteous and hypocritical indignation from other quarters to wind their necks in too.