How technology could allow Celtic to hold AGM during ongoing pandemic

By John Reid

November 14, 2020

Normally in November Celtic shareholders get the chance to attend the club’s AGM. These are usually fairly interesting events, where the club’s board gets to vote on various resolutions. Shareholders can also propose their own resolutions to be voted on.

However, what is probably the most intriguing part of the event is the Q and A session which occurs. This gives shareholders – who are for the most part, ordinary fans – the chance to quiz the likes of Peter Lawwell and Neil Lennon on what is happening at the club.

Little chance of fans being gathered in Kerrydale Suite

These are usually very busy events, with fans gathered in Celtic’s Kerrydale Suite to ask questions. However, for obvious reasons the club have yet to announce to the stock exchange what is happening about this year’s AGM.

Obviously due to social distancing rules there is no chance of hundreds of fans gathering in the Kerrydale Suite as has happened in years past.

Those in charge of Celtic will be wracking their brains to come up with a solution to the AGM problem. However, perhaps there is a way to still have the AGM take place this year – via Zoom.

Hoops could use technology as an option

Plenty of meetings in works all over the world have taken place via Zoom call since the pandemic began. Celtic could use that as an option to make sure that the AGM goes ahead.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell / (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Shareholders that want to virtually attend could be sent a link to any potential meeting that could take place. How that would work with the voting resolutions would need to be worked out though.

As for the Q and A, those questions could be asked over Zoom to the likes of Lennon and Lawwell. Who knows, maybe Celtic will decide to postpone the event until next year when things are hopefully back to normal. At the moment thought, we wait and wonder when the AGM will take place.

In other news, goalkeeping coach Stevie Woods can be identified as Celtic’s unsung hero.