'Millions wasted'; The best photos from today's fan protest at Celtic Park

By John McGinley

December 13, 2020

Today promised to be one of drama and rancour at Celtic Park.

With the team performing poorly and hundreds of fans expected at the stadium to protest, nobody really knew how it would all shake out.

In the end, the afternoon ended with a routine win for the Bhoys, a show of unity from supporters and a very polite protest against the Celtic board.

Here are some of the best images than sum up today’s gathering of supporters.

Millions wasted

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

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Fans arrived at Celtic Park ready to comply with social distancing and mask-wearing, as requested by protest organisers The Celtic Trust.

This particular supporter could intend to speak out about several things when he refers to ‘millions wasted’.

Is he talking about the £18m+ in signings this season, with only a few first-team regulars to show for it?

Is he referencing the millions of pounds we’ve lost out on from exiting the UEFA Champions League qualifying process, despite being top seeds?

Is he reminding everyone of the cash generated by record season ticket sales this year?

Regardless, it’s a point well made.

This board have generated a lot of money for Celtic over the years. Still, it’s a financially viable business because of supporters first and foremost, and there have been some serious failings to go along with all the domestic trophy success.

Wanted

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

Dermot Desmond doesn’t present himself as the most hands-on decision-maker at Celtic Park.

The club’s largest shareholder pops up now and again in media interviews, or we hear of ‘sources close to him’ briefing media outlets, but that’s about our lot as supporters.

Questions need to be answered by both Desmond and Chief Executive Peter Lawwell about the forward direction of the club, specifically planning for life after Neil Lennon and the 2020/21 season.

Is it to be staying a hair’s breadth ahead of Rangers? Or do we have the ambition to be a credible European outfit?

Back the team, sack the board

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

It’s a simple but effective message.

The ‘back the team, sack the board’ slogan ostensibly ensures that the problems behind-the-scenes at the club are brought to light, those responsible are held to account, but that there’s minimal disruption to Neil Lennon’s Bhoys.

That ethos was on full display today with the protest and then the incredible moment as the team bus pulled into Celtic Park.

That show of support was praised by the manager and could have been a contributing factor to today’s win.

It’s vitally important we don’t take the focus off the players’ quest this season.

Alternative opinions

A pro-Neil Lennon Celtic fan at the stadium / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It’s important to remember that the Celtic support is a broad church, and not everyone has the same opinion about everything.

One hardy soul braved the elements today to head to the stadium and voice his own opinion, in contrast to the many banners and comments criticising Neil Lennon of late.

That’s what freedom of expression is all about.

If you don’t like what The Celtic Trust, or The Green Brigade, are protesting, then it should be encouraged for you to employ the same methods to make your point.


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