Dermot Desmond has been tricky to get a hold of for Celtic fans in recent weeks.
Despite consistent roars of disapproval from the supporters in the new manager, the club’s majority shareholder has remained silent. Instead, it’s been down to Peter Lawwell and Ian Bankier to try and pitifully communicate with a furious fanbase.
We’re not saying that there’s definitely not a plan in place for next seaosn. There may well be, but that certainly hasn’t been told to the supporters. In fact, from the outside looking in, it comes across as if the board are quite happy with how things are going.
Yet there was a certain comment back in September from Desmond that suggests they won’t be. Remember that 5-0 mauling of Ross County in Dingwall at the start of the season? The performance Lennon continued to refer to as one we didn’t play well in? [Sky Sports].
Well, the reason the manager has continued to push that narrative is effectively because Desmond openly told the media he believed the performance to be “terrible” [The Athletic].
Indeed, Neil Lennon touched on the chat he had with Desmond after that convincing win five months ago. As quoted by the Glasgow Times, the Hoops boss said the following:
“He made it clear and we didn’t shy away from it, that he didn’t think the performance against Ross County was good. If you are open and honest with Dermot and straight, you get rewarded for that.”
So what did Dermot Desmond think of Ross County 1-0 Celtic?
It’s funny that Desmond was happy to come out when Celtic were winning games and downplay the performances. For what it’s worth, Celtic’s attacking football was brilliant in the 5-0 game. Yes, Vasilis Barkas had his best game in a Hooped jersey, but Celtic were clinical and ruthless on the counter.
So it would be interesting therefore to hear what Desmond thought about Sunday night. After all, he would’ve been watching. We didn’t produce anywhere near the same level of performance we did back in September. Surely, then, Desmond will be livid with this one.
It would be great to be a fly on the wall whenever Desmond and Lennon meet up again. A precedent was set for Desmond’s standards after September’s meeting. All logic would suggest that Lennon simply can’t survive any longer.
After all, that’s now two defeats to the same side Desmond wasn’t satisfied in beating 5-0. Two performances against them in which we’ve failed to score or even look threatening.
It says a lot about the majority shareholder that he isn’t coming out and engaging with supporters. Especially considering he’s the one who effectively calls the shots alongside Lawwell. It’s fine coming out when you’re winning to try and act like a perfectionist. The true test of that comes when things aren’t going well.
And as Desmond remains silent after another insipid display in Dingwall, he’s proving to be anything but that.