Photo of unrelated Celtic fan by Mark Runnacles/Getty

Kids these days. They whine and whine about how much they want—no, need—that drum set they’re always going on about, then you get one for them and after two months it sits quietly in the basement, unused and collecting dust. “But daaaaad, all my friends have motorized scooters,” that ungrateful brat squeals, near tears over some dumb trinket. “If I had one I swear I’d use it all the time!” You buy it, and by the time next summer rolls around the only time you hear it is when it dings your bumper as you’re backing out of your overstuffed garage.

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The point here is that today’s youth have no dedication. No stick-to-itiveness. “Hobbies” are more like short-lived fads. “Interests” just another money pit for you to throw a good couple hundred dollars down never to see anything come back up.

And this isn’t only a problem in America, either. Case in point: this little Celtic “fan” in Scotland named Louis. The five-year-old Louis (who is not the kid in the picture above) is supposedly a very committed supporter of the Hoops, and this year has season tickets for the first time in his young life. This past weekend, he completely blew off the club’s home game against Motherwell.

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An alleged diehard fan, finally able to attend each and every Celtic home match, already skipping out on a game barely two months into this young season. Surely the reason had to have been some critical matter that responsibility compelled him to prioritize, like a piling mass of homework he had to knock out before the school week started, right? Or maybe something even more serious, like a life-threatening surgery he had to undergo if he wanted to live to see the Bhoys lift the trophy at the end of the year?

Nope, this little ingrate sloughed off his obligations to his team in favor of yukking it up with his buds and scarfing down half a gallon of ice cream at a freaking birthday party. Simply disgusting.

As reprehensible as this behavior is, there is one silver lining that may mean there is hope yet for young Louis. On his own accord, Louis, like the growing man he is, owned up to his actions and in fact called the club’s offices to explain himself. Here’s his mother recounting what went down, from the BBC:

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“He was in the living room with my phone and then I heard the voicemail message from Celtic Park saying ‘thank you for calling’.”

Ms Kayes [Louis’s mom] said Louis wanted to speak to the club’s manager, Brendan Rodgers, and his favourite player, Celtic captain Scott Brown, to apologise and explain his absence.

“He wanted to let both of them know he’d missed it in case they were looking for him,” she said.

Louis’s mom went on to say that her son does not plan on missing any other matches for the foreseeable future, and it’s a safe bet that the little shirker somehow found time in his busy schedule to make it out to the stadium for yesterday’s huge Champions League game against Borussia Mönchengladbach. We choose to take him at his word, that from here on out Louis will take seriously his duties as a Celtic fan and season ticket holder. Either way, that Celtic lost yesterday should teach him a lesson.

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[BBC]