Opinion: The Celtic PLC Board are responsible and should be accountable to the Support

The chair of my club is the man where overall responsibility lies for the fiasco over the last two or three years and in any other business area would be replaced. I believe that he and many of his boardroom have been patronising and complacent towards their ‘customers’, the Celtic Supporters.

This Board believes that if they just stay ahead of our only real rivals for the league and win a trophy or two the support will be thrilled. A competent and forward thinking board would have built on the good years to reinvest – particularly each year in good time for the Champions League qualifiers – the entry into our real market where our reputation and finances are properly enhanced.

Celtic Park Celtic Chairman Ian Bankier (left) and temporary chief executive Michael Nicholson (centre) Photo: Jeff Holmes

Its like a High Street store thinking about its Christmas stock and campaign in the last week of November – like Boots being outperformed suddenly by Superdrug.

The money currently in the bank is largely due to consumers like me handing over money at the start of the season each year – guaranteed income – not many businesses have that advantage.

Failure on the field here and in Europe dramatically affects income and reserves – the Board are responsible for that and should be accountable too.

Celtic Manager Ange Postecoglou. Photo: Miguel Morenatti

No issues with the new manager they finally stumbled upon but why is Ange Postecoglou burdened with a failed structure and ineffectual coaching staff from previous managers rather than allowed to bring in his own staff? This potential cash cow of a business has just lost £11m + – that is down to indolence and incompetence over many years – overseen by the Chair – Ian Bankier should go.


Martin Leadbetter

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 ENTIRE BOARD as we know it WOULD need to be REMOVED before the Celtic public will be properly represented

  2. Here is the reality:
    The plc board are accountable to no one but the shareholders.
    They have the fans over an emotional barrel.
    If the fans don’t go, finances are reduced, players are sold, and discontentment grows.
    After years of complacency the only department operating efficiently is merchandise.
    Recruitment shambolic and haphazard.
    Communication nonexistent.
    Sport science on its knees.
    Coaching same old tired faces with failed policies with an isolmanager.
    Tactics lacking in any defensive structure.

  3. I have to agree entirely with your article Martin, and with the two replies above.
    The board is patronising to the support and think that disco lights turn us on rather than winning and exciting football. If the board is only accountable to the shareholders, then this is why Fergus wanted the fans to be majority shareholders. Fergus did not leave the club to be controlled at the whim of one man and his lackeys.
    Only the fans can change this.