Putting Fenian blood into context

I do not know if the folks at Ibrox suffer from ethical vertigo.

However, in the immediate aftermath of the Scottish Cup Final, they found themselves on the moral high ground.

I will readily concede that this is probably terra incognita for the folks at the top of the Marble Staircase.

It is almost as if when they became aware of their new surroundings they appear to have made it from that vantage point as quickly as they could batter out a club statement.

In PR terms, this was a clear case of less being more.

All that was required was a short statement deploring the pitch invasion and an assurance that The Rangers Football Club would cooperate with any future investigation.

Instead, this short statement was initially issued, and it made the claim that players had been assaulted.

However, this statement issued the day after the Cup final goes much much further.

I understand that not everyone in the Sevco high command was initially in the loop apropos this second statement.

Here on the BBC journalist Tom English [on at 2.23.54] stated that he was “dismayed” at the statement.

English was name-checked on the May 22nd statement.

“Certain media outlets have also attempted to distort reality.  In the case of the BBC, this is, of course, not news. BBC employees, in particular Stuart Cosgrove, believe Rod Petrie’s comments to be ‘balanced’ and others speak of a ‘minority’ of Hibernian supporters. Another, Tom English, who was not even at the match, would prefer the authorities to focus on Rangers fans’ reaction. We will not endure this insult.”

Tom English has strongly refuted this allegation.

Now today this interview by Stewart Robertson seems to offer a binary proposition to Scottish society.

“If I recall correctly, the Billy Boys was sung after the Hibs fans came on to the pitch. We don’t condone that kind of behaviour.

“However, if I had a choice between the fans singing a song or piling over the wall into a pitched battle with the Hibs fans, I know what I would choose.

“That doesn’t make it right, but you have to put it into context.”

So it would appear that The People can either offer you a song about a Fascist and a threat about wading in Fenian blood or an actual full-scale riot.

Of course, I am sure that Mr. Robertson does not condone either the ethnic cleansing sing-along by his customers or a re-run of the chaos at Manchester in 2008.

However, I fear that this will be seen by The People as a permission slip from the club to continue with their klan karaoke.

This is all thoroughly unfortunate as I know Mr Robertson to be a fine chap doing a good job under difficult circumstances.

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