Falkirk put Celtic to shame with open apology to supporters

By David Walton

May 6, 2021

Falkirk have shown Celtic the way today by issuing an open letter of apology to supporters this afternoon.

The League One side have let down their fans this season by failing to bag promotion. Much was expected of The Bairns this term. However, their Championship promotion hopes have been left obliterated.

Falkirk were beaten 2-0 by Airdrieonians on Tuesday night. This led to them failing to bag a Championship semi-final playoff spot despite being one of favourites to initially win the league outright.

Today, they’ve immediately reacted by issuing an open apology to supporters for their campaign [Falkirk Website]. Falkirk chairman Gary Deans has informed the club’s supporters that they will be making announcements in the next few days and weeks. He’s admitted that there will be major squad changes, and that their process to appoint a new manager is already well underway.

In addition to that, he’s apologised and admitted that he’s failed the club this season. This is all despite the fact they sacked their previous coaching staff to try and save their promotion push before it was too late.

Falkirk show courage by immediately engaging with fans; Celtic remain silent

Meanwhile at Celtic Park, anyone of any importance continues to cower behind the Parkhead walls and refuse to provide any updates.

Instead, people such as the Celtic SLO have been left to deal with all angry fan queries regarding what our future holds. Nothing from the Chief Executive and nothing from the majority shareholder. Even new CEO Dominic McKay has taken a vow of silence since starting at the club a couple of weeks ago.

But more embarrassingly there hasn’t been a single shred of accountability. No genuine apology from the club to react to the season we’ve just had. No holding hands up and admitting that we got things wrong and should’ve taken action sooner.

Key Celtic figures Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell have been silent in recent months / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Credit to Falkirk for actually engaging with their supporters. It won’t make their failure to bag promotion any easier to take of course. However, at least their hierarchy are giving the fans peace of mind. At least their fans know that they’re working tirelessly to do something about it.

Desmond and Lawwell have both shirked their major responsibilities this season and continue to do so. Nobody wants to take the blame for what’s been an utterly catastrophic campaign on and off the field.

We’re supposed to be the biggest club in Scotland. Instead, we have League One outfits putting us to shame through simple common decency.

In other news, English fans have been discussing Shane Duffy’s potential next move.