Pat Bonner has aimed a real dig at the Celtic board as he urged them to give the supporters something to get behind after yet another Glasgow Derby defeat.
The Hoops today took part in our fifth derby contest of the season. Unsurprisingly, it ended without a win just like the rest of them as he suffered our fourth derby loss of the season.
The defeat ends a disastrous campaign in which everything the club has aimed to achieve has gone up in smoke. It also coincides with a frustrating managerial hunt that has led to plenty of frustration and angst amongst the supporters.
And Bonner has urged the board to provide fans with an update on where the club is at ahead of a massive few months ahead. Speaking on BBC Sportsound today [02/04, 13:57], Bonner said: “What’s embarrassing is that they’re not making or allowing the fans to get any motivation whatsoever because they’re not making any decisions. Or they don’t seem to be making any decisions.
“They may be working in the background, but the fans are hurting. At least come out and say something. If you don’t say anything then there’s a vacuum. And that’s where the fans are really hurting.”
Pat Bonner spot on; but is Celtic managerial chase set to come to an end?
The latest on the managerial hunt is that Eddie Howe is reportedly piecing together his backroom staff ahead of his appointment [Daily Mail print edition, 28/04, page 83]. That suggests that an announcement on his future can’t be too far away.
Celtic supporters could certainly do with that if that’s the case. But even if it isn’t, what’s honestly wrong with the Celtic board coming out and providing us with a bit of clarity?
You would think the club would be itching to make this season up to supporters. That should be starting now, and it should be starting via some updates on our recruitment search. The club has yet to even confirm whether it’s actually in the hunt for a Director of Football too – showing a lack of clarity being shown by the board as to the structure we’re looking at for next season.
Dermot Desmond, Celtic’s majority shareholder, doesn’t exactly have to come out and name who the new manager is going to be. But provide us with an update on where we are with the process. Do we have a preferred candidate in mind? Has a deal been agreed that we hope to announce soon? Is he working away in the background?
If an agreement has been made between Celtic and their next manager, what’s dangerous about letting us know that’s the case? It’s this lack of communication that fans have been infuriated with all season.
Judging by the reports, something could be happening here in the coming weeks. But once again, we’ve been left frustrated by our own football club’s unwillingness to communicate on where we’re at.