Davie Provan slams "dysfunctional" Celtic board as manager hunt goes on

By John McGinley

April 24, 2021

Former Celtic player Davie Provan has criticised the club’s board for taking so long in the manager hunt to find a replacement for Neil Lennon.

The former Hoops boss resigned from his position two months ago.

However, Provan has correctly pointed out the writing was on the wall for Lennon well before that date.

You’ll remember the Celtic board even said they were conducting a review of his position in late 2020.

The Sky Sports pundit reckons it’s all dragging on far too long, writing in his Scottish Sun column tonight: “Almost sixty days have now passed since Neil Lennon left Celtic. Two months and still no sign of a replacement.

“Even by the standards of this dysfunctional Hoops board, it’s becoming farcical. Maybe they’re trying to talk Ronny Deila into a comeback. Not sure this is a time for humour when there’s so much on the line next season. What is so difficult about finding a proper football coach? They’ve had months to find the right man.

“Lennon’s time was up back on January 2 when Celts lost at Ibrox. You could even argue his fate was sealed last November when Sparta Prague took eight off Celtic over two Europa League games and Ross County bumped them out of the League Cup.

“He was only keeping the seat warm after supporters stormed the barricades. So much for succession planning.”

Celtic board have opened themselves up to this criticism as manager hunt continues

Celtic haven’t exactly been open communicators this season. Even all the way back to the incidents Provan talks about, the board preferred to circle the wagons around Lennon than indulge in the obvious writing on the wall.

Some will argue that’s the correct and measured response to take. Nobody wants the club to fully conduct their business in public. As John Kennedy has stated repeatedly, some things need to remain private.

Celtic Park / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Nobody is expecting negotiations to take place in public, but there’s a middle ground. All we’ve really heard from the club about the future was a rather lacklustre question and answer article with prominent shareholder Dermot Desmond. It was nowhere near enough.

Absolutely nobody really knows the direction we’re taking. All we can do is piece together media reports in some sort of Taskmaster style puzzle.

So, while Provan’s criticism may come across as over the top, frankly I feel that the Celtic board have opened themselves up to these kinds of attacks.

Only one way to silence the doubters. Take action.

In other news, Patryk Klimala fee raises expectation of sizeable Celtic transfer budget this summer.