Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall has appeared to have a dig at both Celtic and Rangers, as he highlighted “one or two unfortunate statements” that have been released in recent times.
Rangers last week released their own statement on Facebook claiming that there should be no titles handed out until all the games have been played.
That was then followed by Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell coming out and urging the games to be given every chance to be played out. However, the Celtic statement also included plenty of consideration and well wishes for other clubs and general society, including a promise to help fund those in need.
However, McCall clearly believes there are more important things to be focusing attention on. As quoted by Not the Old Firm, the Thistle manager said the following:
“We need clarity but we have to understand how difficult it is when we don’t know enough about coronavirus. I think there have been one or two unfortunate statements put out but other than that I think football does get together in times like this.
“We can only try and do it at our club because we know Partick Thistle means an awful lot to an awful lot of supporters. Thistle is also a club that means a lot to Scottish football and to supporters of other clubs. It always has done. It’s a special club.”
Clubs can’t be blamed for expressing where they stand
This is a pretty bizarre opinion from McCall. Everyone would agree that football takes a back-seat during a crisis like this. That goes without saying. Nobody is looking to prioritise football over people’s health. That’s why there was such universal agreement with the decision around Europe to cancel leagues.
But that doesn’t mean that football clubs need to remain silent. Regardless of what you thought of Rangers’ statement, they were entitled to give their view on the matter – irrespective of how laughable it is. It’s the same with Celtic, who also took the time to discuss plans to help the needier.
It’s not as if both of the Glasgow sides have demanded swift action. All they’ve done is let their supporters know where they stand on the matter. It’s hardly going to be detrimental to the ongoing fight against the current pandemic.
Of course, McCall didn’t name Celtic or Rangers individually. He could also be meaning Hearts owner Ann Budge, who actually did threaten legal action if her club was forced to be relegated (Sky Sports).
However, that wasn’t an official club statement. Celtic and Rangers are the only clubs to have officially come out and gave their views on what should happen to the title as things stand.
Giving either criticism for actually taking that action is a bit over the top.