The club just about managed to get away with suggesting the Cooper season ticket holders move for the Celtic game - although regardless of your view on the switch, it is pretty undeniable that the club are now being viewed with a renewed sense of suspicion.
One would think that the men in the background of the club would be aware that any future promotions would need to be whiter than white. This may have been the case at any other club but not ours. The season ticket price rises were largely accepted as a necessary evil but the latest revelation – that home friendlies against Southampton and Everton are not included – has raised hackles again.
Again, the club would probably not have come in for such criticism had they been open about the issue.
The fact that many people will have purchased season tickets expecting the friendlies to be included is what rankles.
With the club seemingly making a huge amount of money over and above expectations last season (including the extra £60k which Boyle stressed was so important from the sold out Celtic game!), people are beginning to wonder about the need for continual sacrifice. Of the other teams in the SPL, it is hard to imagine any others (with the probable exception of
For example, take the issue of the friendlies. Along with the typical costs of staging a match at
After all, if another financial disaster is looming, I’m sure I’m not the only one who would prefer the club to tell us well in advance.
The public relations and marketing from our club has been abysmal for years and this is just another example of it. But the fans who previously opened their wallets without a thought (people who bought the new strip be honest, do you really like it or were you just supporting the club?) are not only being stretched to breaking point financially but are waking up to the fact that the club has taken us as mugs and for granted for too long.
I, and many others, will continue to support the club both in attendance and financially but a little honesty is all we want. Is that really to much to ask for?