Celtic AGM: Drama for board as four resolutions head to poll

By Euan Davidson

November 17, 2021

The Celtic AGM has started as it’s meant to go on; with some drama and dissent between shareholders the board.

Four resolutions, all of which the board would’ve expected to pass relatively easily, have gone instead to polls. Resolutions 5 and 6, the re-appointment of Brian Wilson and Ian Bankier as a Director and as Chairman, are both going to votes.

Similarly, Resolution 11 (formerly Resolution 12), demanding a statement from the board about Rangers receiving a license to play in Europe, despite not having the finances to receive such a license. It meant Rangers were allowed by the SFA and UEFA to play in the 11-12 Champions League, not Celtic [Sun].

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Then, more drama; Resolution 12, on setting up a Relationship Agreement between the board and supporters’ groups, was met with disdain from chairman Ian Bankier.

Jeanette Findlay, of the Celtic Trust, argued [Football Scotland]:

“What’s being proposed isn’t some radical demand.

“It’s a reasonable set of proposals designed to energise a board who have had same faces around table for far too long.

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“Let’s be positive, look forward and get some new faces and energy at the top table in time for next AGM”.

Bankier responded: “Board does not consider this necessary or appropriate.”

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This wasn’t what Ian Bankier would’ve hoped for, or expected, whatsoever. The initial resolutions were meant to be a formality. Instead, 90% of shareholders at the AGM voted against Ian Bankier remaining as chairman.

The divisive Brian Wilson, who made waves with some questionable op-eds this year, is also on a shoogly peg.

Clearly, Celtic supporters groups have had a massive impact already. In all likelihood, Dermot Desmond’s share votes will be enough to keep the incumbent board in.

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But there’s a chasm between what the board think, and what a great number of supporters think.

Again, Bankier would not have been expecting such a level of opposition. But here we are.

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