There has not been as many folk on high horses since the Charge of the Light Brigade in the wake of the Celtic fans going on the offensive the other night.

Club chiefs were quick to point the finger and plenty of others have piled in with their condemnation of the crew who hurled barriers, roughed up cops and lobbed missiles at cars.

Rightly so. Let’s get the high horse stuff out of the way first.

The behaviour was beyond offside. These people shouldn’t be out the house during a pandemic never mind giving the bobbies extra work to do.

But let’s hang on a second before we carpet bomb every one of those people in the Parkhead car park.

Football clubs can’t have it both ways.

They can’t tap in to the emotions of supporters in a bid to trigger them to open up their wallets and pay fortunes to watch games on their laptop and then complain when they same punters get a bit carried away and care too much.

These are not mushrooms we’re talking about. You can’t just feed them s*** and let them sit in the dark.

If you want them to be all in when it comes to buying the club jammies, you need to accept there are demands that come with it.

The way it’s been framed this week by some is that these Celtic fans are entitled, they have been spoiled, the reaction was way over the top.

Perhaps. But this isn’t a unique situation to Celtic. Football supporters go over the score all over the globe.

You know fan is short for ‘fanatic’, right?

It happens all over the place. Last week Inter Milan ultras turned up to their training ground going tonto – they even had a banner saying they’d be back with baseball bats if the results didn’t pick up.

Not long ago in Sweden an angry mob chained the gates of the training ground and left a note telling the players to walk home.

The Rangers base at Auchenhowie got the padlock treatment a few years ago as well after an Old Firm doing.

Neil Lennon can talk to his old teammate Henrik Larsson. When he was boss at Helsingborgs there was a full scale riot when they were relegated and his son needed a police escort off the pitch.

Luis Figo got a pig’s head lobbed at him in an El Clasico for daring to cross the divide. At the San Siro some bampot hurled a moped off the top tier.

Borussia Dortmund supporters covered their pitch with tennis balls a few year back.

No one is safe. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was viewed as the messiah at Malmo but their punters torched his statue after he dared to buy shares in a company that owns a chunk of rivals Hammarby.

Robbie Neilson is back at Hearts – the last time he was there some Jambos hired a plane to fly a banner over Tynecastle calling for his head.

They were second in the top flight at the time.

Is it sane behaviour? No. Of course it’s not.

But neither is getting up at the crack of dawn to follow your team all over the country. Neither is spending hard earned dosh on a season ticket with no chance of actually getting in to a game.

Neither is feeling heartbroken when the dream you have had for decades is in danger of turning in to a nightmare.

Nothing is sane about being a football supporter.

Listen, there are no excuses for acting like a ned. Let’s get that straight.

But there are ingredients that might explain it the other night. When teams are toiling, they usually get booed, fans make their feelings known and that’s how they affect change.

They can’t do that right now. This year has messed with the heads of all of us. Turning up at Parkhead might have breached Covid rules but it was the only avenue they had to voice their displeasure at a campaign heading down the drain.

Fans shouted at police as they headed towards Celtic Park

The idiots who got violent diluted the message but if there had been a couple of hundred socially distant fans making a protest, it would not have been an issue.

Celtic would not even have been in a position to go for 10 In A Row if it’s wasn’t for fans protesting in the 90s.

So let’s hold fire a bit when it comes to taking aim at the charge of the Green and White Brigade.