Recently the Daily Record ran a story highlighting the massive gap in attendance figures at Celtic between those actually attending and the club’s claimed amount.
The problem was that the Record tried to make out that Rangers were doing the same thing. Those who have been at Ibrox this season for Rangers’ home games will testify how full the ground has been at times.
Some of the Record’s figures just didn’t add up.
And there has definitely been no Blue Seat phenomenon to equal the rise of the Green Seat Brigade at Parkhead. Now it appears that the Record have been caught out massaging some figures of their own.
According to this article, the attendance for the Rangers v Queens Park fixture in October 2012 was 34,481.
Thanks to a diligent Rangers fan, this figure by the Record looks to be the figment of a Celtic-appeasing imagination. A Freedom Of Information request to Strathclyde Police resulted in an official response and confirmation that the actual attendance figure was 46,622.
It’s such a great pity that a golden opportunity for the Record to expose the lies emanating from Parkhead over attendance figures has been used by them to write more lies about Rangers instead.
Recently the Record lambasted First Minister Alex Salmond over what it called his plans for “draconian” censorship laws governing the media in Scotland, citing the paper’s right to “speak truth to power” as well as holding governments to account.
Perhaps the Record could follow this philosophy in relation to Peter Lawwell and advise the Celtic CEO it will no longer be publishing figures computed on that big calculator on his desk – the one with “Made In Seville” stamped on the back.
You know, the one that adds 15,000 to Celtic’s crowd and detracts 15,000 from crowds at Ibrox.
To be fair to the Record, however, it is certainly not covering up the scandal surrounding disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien.
The latest revelations concern an alleged sexual assault on a priest at an event the night O’Brien was made a cardinal.
According to the Record’s piece, the priest claims he was groped by Cardinal O’Brien at an event in Scots College in Rome on October 21, 2003. The priest was among a party of clerics who had travelled to the Vatican to see O’Brien’s elevation.
Scarlet may be the colour of the princes of the Roman Catholic church but it is also descriptive of sin in the Bible.
How sad that the transgressions of Keith O’Brien will be what many remember him for after the lurid revelations of recent times.
For those who revel in bad publicity for Roman Catholicism, the O’Brien Scandal is the story that keeps on giving.
However, for Scotland’s Catholics, every further revelation is a hammer blow to their confidence in their religion.
Curiously, times like this are a great opportunity for people to find fresh new levels of faith if they allow themselves to be open and honest.
Roman Catholicism calls for great trust from the laity in the clergy, something that Protestants find uncomfortable and even abhorrent.
Maybe Catholics disillusioned with their spiritual leaders could find a much more vibrant faith by relying less on the mediatoral role of their clergy and seek a more direct relationship with God.
That’s a Protestant concept which I hope doesn’t alarm my Catholic readers!
As always, Scripture says it best and here’s a good one for us all at this time but especially those who feel let down by those in religious authority:-
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. PSALM 146:3
A great result yesterday for St Mirren in the League Cup Final.
I was pleased for ex-Ranger Steven Thompson, who was a favourite of mine when he was at Ibrox.
The victory for the Buddies also proves that a manager called Lennon can win at Hampden!