Celtic Gossip, an occasional contributor on The Celtic Star, always makes relevant and important points on his social media account. Today he says this:
“While we are rightly concerned with the action on the park, the shambles off it is just as bad. We need to create an inclusive club with a shared vision for the future Celtic FC rebuilt in partnership with the fans. Does anyone believe our board are capable of delivering this?”
Well, his question deserves an answer and plenty fo Celtic fans have given theirs.
“The only way forward is to create 1 fan group that has the power to put pressure on the board. Unfortunately this current board have shown the team on the park isn’t exactly a priority. Shareholders first I’m afraid. Just feel the club is moving in different directions,” was Mark Feely’s response.
Auldheid gave his answer: “Spot on. It’s time to think different. It is a debate that needs to be held to enable small shareholders and non-shareholder supporters alike to arrive at a unity of purpose. It will take time but it can be done if the will is there to act for a greater good.”
“Nothing will change whilst this PLC Board remains in power,” Timposter stressed, a point that was echoed by Reeve Baker who added, “Nothing will change whilst Dermot Desmond remains a major shareholder.”
“The current board and shareholders are clearly not. The problem being, who has the tens of millions to buy them out? Until that happens we can’t do very much,” John Paul Conners noted.
While we are rightly concerned with the action on the park, the shambles off it is just as bad. We need to create an inclusive club with a shared vision for the future @CelticFC rebuilt in partnership with the fans. Does anyone believe our board are capable of delivering this? HH pic.twitter.com/Sji1kjyCHV
— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) September 28, 2021
“I dont subscribe to that school of thought. At last AGM Celtic finally undertook to engage with SFA re abandonment of the charges against Rangers 2011 behaviour. They will be asked at next AGM what progress they made. I expect excuses but point is they did what was requested because they feared the alternative of being exposed. There is a case they may have deliberately lied to shareholders but that is costly to prove. However being able to meet the cost then even if shareholders unsuccessful Celtic Board will not want their shenanigans played out in public,” Auldheid added.
“They need removed now, they have failed constantly over the years by standing still, the League this year should have been a must, no qualifiers in pre-season giving the players time to rest up, straight into the Champions league! No forward vision, they are not interested,” stated John McCabe.
“We all renewed Season Tickets. We even spent 10 fold on merchandise in the Celtic shop,” John Hughes noted.
“No they won’t, Jeanette Findlay and Celtic trust held a demo a few weeks back and many on here slated both parties, but with McKay gone and Lawwell clearly still running the show it will be same stuff different day scenario,” Douglas Hepburn replied.
“How is Lawwell clearly still running the show? Genuine question?” asked Micky Connary. Douglas replied: “The transfer window had his stamp all over it. Imo McKay wasn’t given the free role that the Accountant had also Dermot Desmond doesn’t like being dictated to so pretend Peter Lawwell is gone to sell Season Tickets and bring him back in another role in the near future.”…Micky came back: “Mate, that’s some mindset you’ve developed lol. Peter Lawwell is not involved. Manager and CEO had issues I’m told.”
“We interchange Board and Executive when they are different things. Many of our shortcomings are on the Executive side, but it’s the Board’s job to set direction, standards, to represent ALL shareholders and to hold Executive to account. They are failing miserably in all these regards,” Danny Friel stated.
“No – too much money wasted on poor signings at cheap prices in the hope they find another VVD, Wanyama, Moussa etc. Money on Klimala and Bayo could have been merged together to get another Eddie type in. Taylor and Boli fees would have got us a top notch Left Back etc,” Stephen Pearson added.
“They are not capable they are culpable. If fans ran the club we would take in at least £30mil in season tickets & £40mil with automatic qualification to Champions League. Plus player sales etc. With the currently board can you tell me where the money and ambition is?” was Terry H’s contribution a debate that will rumble on on social media, on the Celtic forums, on supporters buses and in pubs and social clubs as the direction of the club is discussed. Let’s leave this here with the last word going to Declan:
“Still no plausible explanation for why the chief executive left after 7 weeks. ‘Personal reasons’ and an NDA. The board have lost their way and the club is suffering. We are so behind the times now. We need to modernise.