Hugh Keevins blasts Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond

By Euan Davidson

February 23, 2021

Hugh Keevins has delivered a blistering critique of Celtic and their hierarchy.

Keevins, who is number 1 on the Speccy Scottish Football Expert Scale (I’m 7th), spoke frankly on last night’s Radio Clyde Superscoreboard (22/02). Amongst a litany of other issues Celtic are facing, the veteran broadcaster laid into majority shareholder Dermot Desmond.

Keevins said:

“Dermot Desmond, his silence is unsatisfactory. Who knows, he might have Pep Guardiola lined up for next season but I suspect that is not the case.

“Celtic fans are in limbo and they cannot expect too much from Peter Lawwell because he is the outgoing CEO. And they can’t expect anything from Dominic McKay because he is working his notice with Scottish Rugby.”

Dermot Desmond has put on notice by Hugh Keevins / (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Needless to say, Hugh Keevins is right about this

If you’re looking for an op-ed about how great Dermot Desmond is, you’re on the wrong website. We’ve already made ourselves very clear about the majority shareholder’s damaging actions.

His silence after the Ross County defeat has spoken volumes, as does his reluctance to make changes. Furthermore, we’ve spoken in detail about how Desmond’s tendency to act out of spite rather than ambition has hindered us.

For a man with such deep pockets, it’s a mystery why Desmond is seeing his flagship investment suffering, and refusing to intervene. Whether he’s on good terms with Neil Lennon, or trusts the outgoing Peter Lawwell more than is healthy, is hard to say. Primarily, it’s hard to say because we barely hear from the guy.

It’s bad enough that the club is in the hands of a small pool of moneyed individuals rather than the supporters. But that’d be much easier to accept if the people running the club had a modicum of common sense between them.

So, Keevins is right; the silence has been unsatisfactory.

In fact, we’d go further: it’s been disgraceful.

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