North Curve send defiant message to Celtic board; promise banner replacements

By David Walton

December 8, 2020

Fan collective North Curve sent a defiant message to Celtic last night stating that any banners taken down at Parkhead will be replaced.

Celtic have put up fences around the stadium in a bid to limit supporters access after fiery protests took place there after a 2-0 defeat to Ross County. The 1-1 home draw with St Johnstone on Sunday then saw more fans gather in a bid to let the team know their displeasure.

In recent days there have also been plenty of flags and banners tied to the fences with messages such as “Sack the Board” on them as supporters become more and more disillusioned with the club’s operations.

And North Curve, which was set up by the Green Brigade back in the 2016/17 season to represent over 700 Celtic supporters, have promised that any messages that get taken down will always be replaced.

When was the last time we seen this level of disconnect?

It’s difficult to remember the last period in time where we had such a massive disconnect between the supporters and the football club.

Even going back to the Tony Mowbray days, there wasn’t such a level of hatred for the board as we’ve seen in recent weeks. Mass fan protests didn’t occur at the time, and the likes of Martin O’Neill, Gordon Strachan, Lennon in his first spell, Ronny Deila, and Brendan Rodgers all managed to go through their managerial spells without this level of aggro.

However, this isn’t all on Lennon. Yes, the results on the pitch come down to him and it’s those results and performances that have seriously angered the Celtic supporters.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon vs St Johnstone / (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But it’s the board’s inability to act that has resulted in the protests as well their refusal to listen to what their customers want. You could be going back to the 90s when it comes to how distant the board is from the supporters at the moment.

Everyone will have their view on the banners and protests etc. Whether you agree with them or not and whether the anger against the board is being channeled appropriately or not will be a big topic of discussion amongst many Celts.

But the club simply isn’t listening. The North Curve’s tweet last night only highlighted just how far the club is from connecting with their supporters once again. Whether there’s even a wish to do so, however, is anyone’s guess.

In other news, Neil Lennon reportedly received a crucial call hours after the St Johnstone calamity on Sunday.