Influential Irish Celtic Supporters association threaten boycott

By Euan Davidson

January 27, 2021

The Association of Irish Celtic Supporters Clubs is threatening a Celtic Park boycott if changes aren’t made at the club.

The powerful group, which represents CSCs across Ireland, have regularly attended Celtic matches for decades. Every other week, and twice a week for European games, a litany of CSCs under the AICSC banner make their way over to Glasgow to watch the Bhoys.

But unless managerial and structural changes are made on Kerrydale Street, that won’t be happening in the 21-22 season.

The AICSC offered the following statement on their website:

“Recent days have seen us in direct contact with Celtic to again express our disappointment and ongoing concern regarding the current situation at the club. In a season which had promised so much, very few could have envisaged us to be in the dire position in which we find ourselves in the early weeks of 2021.

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“Again, we outlined the concerns of our members regarding the lack of communication by the club and the perceived resistance to change in terms of the current management team. It is our view that change sooner rather than later would be more beneficial.

“We also took the opportunity to highlight our concerns regarding the potential consequences of further inaction, in relation to season ticket renewals in the coming months as a feeling of disillusionment is growing among our members and indeed the wider Celtic support.

“As always, we will continue to liaise closely with the club and keep our members updated through our usual channels.”

Celtic supporters in Dublin / (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Celtic supporters’ groups continue to demand change

This follows a very worrying trend from the Celtic board’s perspective. The Celtic Trust have rapidly gained membership, while fan groups continue to leave protest banners outside the stadium.

In December, rebellion was in the air with a series of protests outside Paradise. Fans are demanding a change in management, as well as accountability from the board.

Instead, the opposite has happened. Neil Lennon remains our manager, and the board are digging their heels in spite of unhappiness in the Celtic support.

Yesterday, Neil Lennon further alienated the Hoops faithful. The manager insisted that, despite this season’s woeful performances, calling for change was unnecessary. Lennon, far from being the fan’s hero he once was, has gradually become a mouth-piece for the board. Of course, fans are unhappy.

Given the money spent and the atmosphere they bring to Celtic Park, Irish CSCs are vital to match-days. Their continued support is admirable, and their absence would surely be felt should a boycott take place.

With widespread revolt growing momentum, the board surely have to act sooner rather than later.