Jim Spence compares current board to disastrous 90s regime; says Celtic has lost its soul

By John McGinley

January 15, 2021

Former BBC Scotland journalist Jim Spence reckons Celtic has lost its soul, as the fall-out of the Dubai debacle continues.

Spence won affection from some Celtic supporters for his reporting of the Rangers financial crisis that resulted in the death of the Ibrox club back in 2012.

He isn’t on our airwaves as much as he once was. Still, he’s a regular columnist with his local paper The Courier, as well as a guest on various podcasts.

The well-known Dundee United supporter has been talking up Celtic’s links to the Tayside city. However, he has also offered a withering assessment of the current board in place at Celtic Park.

Writing for The Courier, Spence stated: “Not since the days when the old board were chased from Parkhead, ushering in the Fergus McCann revolution, have the custodians in the East End seemed so out of touch.

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“Celtic have a social history few can match and it has a very strong Dundee connection.

“Founded by Brother Walfrid – who worked with his great friend and Dundonian, Brother Dorotheus (AKA Henry Currie, who originally trained as a teacher at St Mary’s Forebank in the Hilltown) – they provided dinners for poor children in Glasgow.

“From that charitable mission grew a club which conquered Europe and won the hearts of neutrals worldwide. Somewhere along the way, it seems to have lost its soul.”

Is Jim Spence right, are Celtic losing sight of what’s important?

Celtic’s connection to charity and social values continues to this day.

Its charitable arm, Celtic FC Foundation, does fantastic work and even during the current pandemic has raised lots of money for good causes.

Yet the club itself seems as out of touch with supporters as ever, as Spence alludes to.

Communication is at an all-time low as far as I am concerned, certainly within my lifetime.

Celtic fans protest outside Celtic Park / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

As the club stumble from disaster to PR crisis and back again, there seems to be a real lack of accountability and humility at the club.

The soul of Celtic will always be with the fans, so all is not lost.

However, I can’t really argue with Spence that to outsiders, the great Celtic project is looking grim in 2021.

In other news, we’ve taken a look at the exciting Celtic youngsters in training at Lennoxtown today.