Friends of Michael Donnelly, a self-proclaimed ‘diehard Celtic fan’, have said that the 34 year-old appears to have no inkling that the 2013-14 Scottish Premiership has started.
“Usually at this time of the summer, Michael’s already been out and got the new home kit – or maybe the new away, or even third, set of gear,” said one friend.
“But instead he’s just been talking about picking up the terracing tuxedo – that’s what he calls it – before the big kick off. I don’t think he knows it started last weekend.”
Celtic’s Premiership campaign got underway on Saturday lunchtime, with the side securing a lacklustre and barely-covered 2-1 win over Ross County.
According to sources close to Donnelly, the Bhoys stalwart, who has been a season-ticket holder at Celtic Park for fifteen years, has frequently complained about how ‘bored’ he has been without his regular weekend fix of football.
“He was saying the other day how he couldn’t wait for the new season to start – he was even sayin’ ‘thank christ for the friendlies coming up’,” said a fellow match-goer.
Following the restructuring of the Scottish Football League into a two-tier system, and a summer break that saw Hearts enter administration as well as continued infighting over the financial future of Celtic’s Glasgow rivals, Rangers, it is thought that the SFA’s efforts to promote the newly-formed Premiership were simply over-shadowed.
When reached for comment, Donnelly stated, “aye, I’ve seen all the stuff with Rangers, and with Hearts – to be honest I just can’t wait for the final day of the season; Celtic as the first Premiership Champions – that’s going to be beautiful!”
At the time of going to press, Donnelly was missing Celtic’s Champion’s League qualifier to Elfsborg as he was taking his daughter to her swimming lessons.
“The wife said it’s still my job till the new season starts,” beamed the unwitting fan.