Passion, anger and momentum: Celtic Shared reconvene ahead of 21-22 season

By Euan Davidson

June 16, 2021

After the Shares for Tickets plan was rejected by the board, you might wonder what was planned for 21-22 by groups like Celtic Shared.

While the Trust have been in the public eye following disappointing events from Parkhead, the newer pressure group have kept their cards closer to their chest. There’s open discontent, sure, and they’ve been active on Twitter, but Celtic Shared’s next steps for 21-22 were unclear.

After a disappointment like the club’s season ticket offering, and the “added value” debate that rumbled on all season, some momentum was much-needed. And in a meeting last night, which 67 Hail Hail attended, that anger and disappointment was obvious from the get-go.

Certainly, more recent stories, like the arrival of Ange Postecoglou, and upcoming Champions League qualifiers have taken precedence. However, don’t think for a minute that supporters’ groups are easing up their pressure on the board. The recent banners outside Celtic Park were very clear evidence of that.

Celtic Shared convene to look to 21-22 season

The first part of the meeting was dominated by discussions about the outgoing CEO. Peter Lawwell, especially towards the end of his time at Celtic, endured a frayed relationship with supporters. Celtic Shared representatives spoke about the damaging effects of Lawwell’s dismissal of supporter groups, and reflected much of what was said by the Trust in their recent podcast with Celtic Fanzine TV.

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Clearly, if you ask prominent supporters’ groups, Lawwell was the blockage between fans and the board. Speaking about a meeting between the former CEO and the supporters, a representative from Celtic Shared expressed frustration and the communication from the club, in both nature and delivery.

Outgoing Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell / (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

The combative attitude of the outgoing Chief Executive was pilloried. It’s clear that there were tensions between Lawwell and supporters’ groups. There was also some disappointment about Dominic McKay’s first contributions, and concerns about whether there would be a real culture change at Celtic.

Promises were made that went nowhere, and now a season on, Celtic Shared have to consider their next steps. The energy at the meeting was excellent, with fans bringing up a range of points and ideas for what to do next. From a footballing perspective, the organisation agreed to back Ange Postecoglou as the new manager of Celtic.

While the anger was obvious, there’s still a very clear appetite for change. The Shares for Tickets refusal may have sapped some momentum, temporarily. However, it’s obvious that Celtic supporters’ groups have been ruminating on what comes next.

Don’t think that this summer has quelled any disquiet. Meetings like last night’s indicate that there’s plenty of energy in grassroots campaigning.

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