You hear people moaning about modern football and how the game isn’t as good as it used to be. It can be very easy to look back on the past with rose-tinted spectacles, but doing so overlooks how many people are in love with football right now. The number of people who go to games, watch it on TV, and who spend far too many hours every day reading and talking about the game indicates that there is still a huge passion for football.
You may get a bit annoyed at the wages and celebrity of some players these days, but when you see Lionel Messi drift beyond players before scoring and then smiling, you can’t help but fall in love with the game all over again. Okay, Messi is arguably the best player in the world these days (sorry Cristiano), but there is something for fans at every level, everywhere around the world.
You will have some fans turning their nose up at Scottish football, pointing out that it is a lower standard of football than you find in England or in many countries in Europe. However, when Celtic won the Scottish Cup final in May 2017, clinching a treble and going through their domestic season undefeated, football fans around the world would have been pleased to have witnessed the scenes of joy and celebration on the stands around Hampden Park. There is an iconic video clip of goalkeeper Craig Gordon on his knees celebrating the injury-time winner while the crowd erupts in the background.