Opinion: The Celtic Board are now in the Last Chance Saloon

For 8 long years we lauded our successes, let’s face it we didn’t have to spend vast amounts of money to stay ahead of the pack. Our financial muscle bolstered by sold out season books, big sponsorship deals, a transfer policy that worked and brought in tens and tens of millions coupled with the chasing packs financial restraints gave us success we hadn’t known for generations.

Now we can’t complete a deal without it being leaked to the press, when they’re in negotiations they always low ball the offers. Not the mentality of a “big club”.  The present incumbents haven’t just tarnished our reputation on the park they’ve tarnished it in board rooms across the continent.

Photo: Bo Amstrup

In the space of 16 short months we’ve fallen apart in a way few of us could ever have foreseen. We had a lawful financial advantage over our rivals that should have seen us light ahead of our near neighbours and yet last night was just the latest in a long line of abject failures this board has presided over. 

This period has put the board under intense scrutiny and it’s failed spectacularly. A dereliction of duty, years of panicked loan deals, last minute panic buys and so many failed project buys/signings have landed firmly at their front door.

Ange Postecoglou Photo: Bo Amstrup

The support will rightly give Ange Postecoglu the time he deserves although to be brutally honest I’m not convinced the board will. He may end up being  another scapegoat for these people who’s only forward planning is the end of season bank balance.

This Celtic board now more than ever need to show the support they deserve to be given one last chance to turn this around. The Celtic support will be waiting and watching… The timer is on and the clock is ticking…. Loudly.

David Early

About Author

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


  1. The board might not give him time!!!!

    If the board/CEO don’t get the players he wants in through the door in the August window he may call time on them. He, in the short time he has been in job, does not come across to me as a man who will suffer fools gladly. Unfortunately the Celtic Park boardroom is full of those same fools. If he doesn’t get what he wants he may consider his project “mission impossible” and head back downunder . Who could blame him. If Rodgers had been backed in August 18 would be have jumped ship at the first opportunity in February 19? Possibly not.

  2. Justshatered on

    Last chance saloon, give me a break!
    What are the fans going to do? Shout at them.
    They don’t care.
    This group will downsize our club into the grave.
    We no longer have £40M in the bank so Ajer was sold and Edouard will be next.
    Christie will go on a Bosman so we won’t even get a fee for him because the geniuses in charge of our club allowed a contract that runs out in January 2022.
    At least Griffiths will keep the medical team employed.
    Every January we hear that no one sells in January; we’ll consider this WE SOLD OUR TWO RIGHT BACKS IN JANUARY AND DIDN’T BOTHER BUYING A REPLACEMENT.
    We still don’t have one.
    Our biggest shareholder is absent and the second biggest is a hedge fund who are in it for the annual dividend of 6%.
    If we stop going the Board will simply sell more players to balance the books, but hey go ahead and build a hotel.
    It would be pathetic if it wasn’t so tragic.