After Rangers secured their legendary 55th title, the ensuring complaints from government were about as predictable as the celebrations from supporters.
Gers fans have waited an age to celebrate an Ibrox title and this most special of achievements and moments wasn’t going to be missed.
Fans took to Ibrox Stadium and George Square in celebration of the monumental occasion but it certainly wasn’t to many people’s liking.
That’s despite the fact Rangers communicated their concerns regarding celebrations in the run up to the event and that there were “no major outbreaks” as a result of the celebrations.
Not only that but two government figures also tried to suggest UEFA could pull host city status from Glasgow as a result of the celebrations, a claim the governing body later denied.
Last week two clubs with passionate supports just like Rangers celebrated league title wins with Serie A Inter Milan winning their first league title in a decade and Ajax picked up the Eredivisie title.
There were similar scenes to those in Scotland in Italy as supporters took to the main square to celebrate their Scudetto.
Inter fans celebrate the club winning its first Scudetto in 11 years 📸 pic.twitter.com/Tn8Ixn4O4n
— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 2, 2021
Not that these weren’t without their own controversies on Italian soil and despite Inter asking fans to “celebrate responsibly” the city centre was swarmed.
Now is the time to celebrate, for all #InterFans. An emanating joy that we invite you to express in the most responsible way possible: we are champions in this too!#IMScudetto #IMInter #ForzaInter pic.twitter.com/2S9oM9o97j
— Inter 🏆🇮🇹 (@Inter_en) May 2, 2021
Milan’s Lombardia region is one of the worst hit by Covid and the celebrations drew the ire of the general secretary of Milan’s Confcommercio, the general confederation of enterprises.
This is due to continuing restrictions on restaurants and bars which mean they only last week could open outdoors.
“I am surprised to see different measures used in a common emergency,” said Marco Barbieri [Football Italia].
“Bars and restaurants can’t reopen, despite ensuring spacing and sanitization, but it is only allowed to use outdoor spaces.
“On the contrary, parks and squares can be filled uncontrollably and without health precaution.”
Milan’s Mayor Beppe Sala has also been criticised by the city’s citizens for not effectively preparing of the celebrations – something which appears to have been missed regarding the Scottish Government.
Over in Holland, thousands of supporters took to the streets of Amsterdam and outside Ajax’s Johan Cruyff Arena as the Dutch club were crowned Champions.
Notoriously one of the fiercest supports in football, Ajax fans celebrated wildly in their numbers with the players on the balcony of the ground.
Fans went CRAZY for Ajax's league title 🏆 ❤️
Supporters 🤝 Playerspic.twitter.com/TyhkG4C4ow
— Goal (@goal) May 3, 2021
Authorities fruitlessly asked supporters to stay away from the ground with current restrictions continue concerning groups of more than two.
“Do not come to the Johan Cruijff Boulevard near the Arena,” tweeted the authorities [Daily Mail].
“Continue to enjoy the game at home. Keep 1.5 meters away when leaving.
However, this clearly failed to work and the comments of city’s mayor really seem out of touch with the emotions of football supporters.
“We had taken into account many scenarios, but we really did not expect supporters to celebrate the championship,” said Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema.
“Especially because it was still totally uncertain until this afternoon when Ajax would become champions.
“We do our very best to prevent new outbreaks of contamination but as mayor I can’t see everything coming in advance.”
It’s more ‘it’s not our fault’ and less ‘it’s all your fault’ than the approach taken in Scotland.
What all of these complaints generally fail to realise is just how important and joyous these occasions are for football fans.
Well aware of the impact of the virus, no one wants to miss the moment their team are crowned Champions and after a year of restrictions and fan lock-outs, this has simply been intensified.
Expect Glasgow and the rest of Scotland to be painted red, white and blue come the 15th of May as the club gets the title and the authorities should seek to facilitate instead of demonise the inevitability of further celebrations in little under a fortnight’s time.
Not only that, but are Rangers actually owed an apology from the authorities after there was no major outbreak caused by the celebrations?