Davie Provan delivers fiery rant on Celtic AGM; takes aim at Michael Nicholson
Former Celtic striker Davie Provan has again hammered the board as he took aim at acting CEO Michael Nicholson.
Nicholson hailed the positive start to the season made by Ange Postecoglou and his team last week. It comes as the feel-good factor continues to return to Parkhead despite being behind in the Premiership and up against it in the Europa League.
Ange Postecoglou has managed to oversee a thorough rebuild whilst keeping a title challenge alive and also reaching his first final after yesterday’s 1-0 win over St Johnstone in the Premier Sports Cup at Hampden.
But Provan was surprisingly taken aback by the statement about the season being off to a promising start. Once again, he decided to change the script and attempted to paint a more concerning picture.
Speaking in a big rant against the board in his Scottish Sun column, Provan said: “I wouldn’t know Michael Nicholson if I met him in my cornflakes, but was hoping he’d make a positive impact when addressing shareholders last Wednesday. Instead, he had me scratching my head.
“Nicholson said: “We have had a good start to the season, but we are always wanting to improve the squad and football operations.” Good start? Where is he getting that from? If he believes the Hoops have had a good start to the season he’s at the wrong club.
“Sorry Michael, losing to both Hearts and Rangers, shedding six points against Livingston and Dundee United and taking a home hiding from Bayer Leverkusen isn’t a good start at Celtic my friend. When Celts are already sitting four points behind an average Rangers side, there’s nowt to crow about.”
Davie Provan failing to see the big on-field picture at Celtic
There are plenty of issues at Celtic when it comes to the boardroom and a lack of fan influence. But that’s not what Provan is talking about with the above comments.
For some reason, he struggles to give Postecoglou even a modicum of praise for his achievements. The reality of the situation is that Rangers were streets ahead of us last season. Celtic fans demanded to see some signs of improvement this year. If we could make a solid title challenge of it then great.
That’s what Postecoglou is doing. He was a penalty kick away from being just 2 points behind our rivals. Not to mention we have 6 points from 4 games in Europe. Combine that with the exciting football being played after a host of changes over the summer, then how can you say this hasn’t been a promising start?
Provan’s reasoning for arguing to the contrary is that Celtic have lost to Hearts and Rangers. That we’ve slipped up against Livingston and Dundee United respectively. But we’re nearly into December for goodness sake, what were his expectations heading into the season? Win every single game?
Of course that should always be the mindset, but you also have to accept some realism at the same time. We’re 4 months into the campaign and we’re talking about a few dropped points here and there. Everyone knew that was going to happen at some stage. The bigger picture when it comes to our on-field performances are extremely positive.
With a big Glasgow derby coming up on January 2nd, Celtic have a glorious opportunity to firmly announce themselves in the title race. To have that chance given where we were just 5 months ago? It’s brilliant stuff that deserves more praise than Provan is willing to give it.