Davie Provan takes aim at Celtic board for woeful forward-planning

By David Walton

August 1, 2021

Davie Provan has ripped into the Celtic board for the state they’ve left the club in under Ange Postecoglou.

The new Celtic manager has had a thankless task since arriving in Glasgow. Several big-name players have been linked away whilst the club have failed to bring in players for positions in which we’re majorly short.

In addition to that, Postecoglou has been expected to negotiate UCL qualifiers and get Celtic off to a flyer domestically. Unsurprisingly, neither task has been a success.

And Provan is only directing his anger in one direction – that of the bungling Celtic board.

Speaking in his Scottish Sun column, Provan said: “The board knew Diego Laxalt and Jonjoe Kenny were returning to their parent clubs. They knew Kris Ajer was leaving and Christopher Jullien was out long-term. Yet Postecoglou was forced to field a back four with an average age of 21 against Midtjylland?

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“Jack Hendry would have done Celts a turn on Wednesday but was sold to Oostende on the cheap. Ryan Christie is odds-on to leave for nothing after he was allowed to run his contract down. John McGinn? Let’s not go there.

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“Last season only two summer signings were in early enough to start the crunch game against Ferencvaros. This time Liel Abada was the only new face up to speed. Is anyone awake in that boardroom? Can this board be trusted to rebuild the club? With Dominic McKay as inconspicuous as elusive chairman Ian Bankier, who is calling the shots? At the moment, Postecoglou is fielding questions he’s ill prepared to answer.”

Davie Provan spot on to hammer the Celtic board as Postecoglou suffers

Postecoglou is effectively suffering from his employers’ poor work from January onwards. I’ll keep going back to it, but stumbling around over the Ben Davies transfer from Preston was a major blow to the football club.

But it wasn’t fatal. What’s also contributing to our early-season slump is the failure to replace both full-backs. Diego Laxalt and Jonjoe Kenny have not had a direct replacement come in and take their spot.

Incredibly, the Celtic board believed that Anthony Ralston and Greg Taylor would do. There’s been no urgency to bring players in and it’s cost us badly already.

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Yes, some will argue that we had the players to beat Hearts. That’s true. And some will therefore put some blame on the manager for failing to bag the three points.

Whilst you can understand that logic, you have to remember that Postecoglou is trying to instill his way of playing on players that aren’t even his. He hasn’t been given a chance to build his own squad as of yet.

As things stand, this is becoming the slowest squad rebuild seen in football.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou says having to play Celtic debut Bhoys was “unfair” on them