Kris Commons lays into Celtic board for "scandalous mismanagement"

By David Walton

September 27, 2021

Kris Commons has taken aim at the Celtic board for their mismanagement of the club as season 2021/22 gets off to a worrying start.

The Hoops looked to be on the right track over the summer. Dom McKay was in as Chief Executive and appeared to have a clear vision for the club moving forward. Ange Postecoglou, meanwhile, had managed to shift on plenty of deadwood whilst bringing a host of exciting signings to the football club.

However, fast forward a month down the line and things look a lot different than they did in August. McKay has left leaving the club directionless. Postecoglou, meanwhile, is failing to deal with an injury crisis that has rippled through his first-team squad.

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And Commons has slammed Celtic for their management of the club behind the scenes as the season gets off to a majorly concerning start.

Speaking in his Daily Mail column today [print edition, 27/09, The Verdict Supplement, Page 3], Commons said: “It’s a damning indictment of where the club is at just now and a by-product of the scandalous mismanagement and neglect behind the scenes in recent years. With the game locked away at 1-1 yesterday, Ange Postecoglou would obviously have wanted to make a change but he had a glaring lack of options on the bench.

“The only two subs he brought on Adam Montgomery and Ismaila Soro are both defensive-minded players and both were enforced by injuries to other players. I know there are a few injuries and absentees at the moment, but it shows how bad the recruitment has been in recent years that there can be a complete absence of any attacking players on the bench.

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“Celtic’s fixture list over the next few weeks is a major concern. In the next month, they face tough away trips to Aberdeen, Motherwell and Hibs. Given that they haven’t won away in the league since February, the likes of Pittodrie, Fir Park and Easter Road aren’t venues you’d choose when you’re looking for a nice confidence boost. Postecoglou’s side are spilling points at an alarming rate. The way things are going, they could be out of the title race by Halloween at this rate.”

October – a month that will define Celtic campaign

Celtic have an incredibly difficult October coming up in what’s a key month in any title fight.

It’s the month that contains all of those difficult away matches listed above. The Hoops will travel to Pittodrie next week before future trips to Fir Park and Easter Road. Not to mention tricky home matches against St Johnstone and Livingston.

Celtic would’ve loved to be going into these games with some room for error. After all, these are three of the trickiest venues in Scottish football. The Hoops didn’t win at Pittodrie last season and they haven’t picked up three points at Easter Road since 2014.

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Unfortunately, however, we’ve now used up all of our credit. It needed to be used against Livingston and Dundee United in what’s a massive blow for the football club.

You can point the finger at the board and you would be spot on to do so. It’s them who controls what’s going on at the football club all-round, and at the moment we’re directionless as our manager struggles to know how to deal with the current injury crisis.

Results need to come immediately. The Celtic supporters won’t accept another year of heavy failure. And if the Postecoglou experiment doesn’t work out? Then it’ll be on a board that tried to convince us otherwise.

In other news, John Hartson bemoans Celtic squad depth after Dundee Utd disappointment