Celtic are an absolute shambles and all this infighting is making things worse

Celtic are an absolute shambles at the moment and all this infighting is making things worse on a daily basis. The Board have to understand this isn’t going away and there is nothing they can do now to turn things around.

We crossed the point of no return some time ago. Even when Neil Lennon departs, and he will go, there will be calls for other heads to roll. So that’s where we are. The Board will not speak to the supporters and they will not or cannot make any changes, the manager doesn’t understand the supporters and can’t get the players to play for him and the supporters are lashing out whilst trying to understand why.

So why has it gotten to this? There was an abject failure by the Board to recognise what was happening, to assume that things would soon get back to “normal” and to go awol when things totally unravelled. By contrast, the decline in playing standards was obvious to everyone else and a return to “normal” was not acceptable.

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During Neil Lennon’s tenure, we were never at an acceptable playing level. The latest crisis has brought matters to a head but there was a pre-existing problem. We did win everything in Scotland but the performances were often flaky and we were becoming a total irrelevance in Europe.

The Board is rammed full of finance people who are not equipped to deal with footballing matters; they will defer to Dermot Desmond, Peter Lawell and Nick Hammond. Only one of these is a football man and only one will call the shots but, unfortunately, they are not one in the same. This paucity of relevant experience is a factor in the pre-existing problem referred to previously.

Just read that AVB has resigned as coach of Marseilles following the loan of Olivier Ntcham from Celtic, who apparently he did not want. Let’s hope the paperwork is all signed up and some other mugs can pay his wages for the rest of the season. Unfortunately, it looks like he will be back with us in the summer. If the thought of that doesn’t encourage Neil Lennon to depart tout suite, nothing will.

In the meantime, we await another performance on a freezing cold Tuesday night in Kilmarnock, on a plastic pitch and against a team without a manager. What can go wrong?

Chris Wotherspoon

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

3 Comments

  1. Ntcham is not a bad player, he has just had a bad attitude at times. He may surprise us all in his own environment by applying himself and becoming a top player. I hope he does and we can recoup our losses on him.