Celtic great Pat Bonner has urged the Hoops to come out and outline their long-term vision to supporters.
As the Eddie Howe to Celtic speculation appears to cool down, we’re back into a state of uncertainty. Supporters don’t know when the new manager will be appointed, whilst there are even uestion marks over whether we’ll go ahead with a new Director of Football.
The only thing that’s known for sure is that new Chief Executive Dominic McKay will arrive in five days to kickstart a new era. But how that era will look is anyone’s guess as we appear to be no closer to an announcement on our future than we were last week.
And Bonner, himself a Celtic shareholder, has urged the club to inform supporters about where it sees itself going in the long-run.
Speaking on BBC Sportsound, Pat said: “That’s another issue that needs to be debated from Celtic’s perspective. What is the vision? Is the vision to win the league? Of course winning is critical for all of the top clubs. Winning gives you success to get into the Champions League. European football is a huge part of Celtic’s DNA. Bringing young players through the system is a critical component.
“So I think the vision for the next five years – who is the one or the people that are going to dictate that vision, set that vision, and fit people into it. I speak to a lot of fans, and they don’t know what’s happening with the club.
“I know you can’t come out and tell the world until you’re ready to tell the world. But everybody’s relying on this new manager coming in. But the vision could also probably be described in a way such as ‘this is what we want to do over the next five or 10 years'”.
Pat Bonner’s right, but Celtic and clarity for supporters just doesn’t go together
Bonner hasn’t said anything incorrect or even controversial. The club could do with outlining its long-term vision to supporters and letting us know any potential new club policies that will be in place.
The fact we’re all left questioning what the structure will be – the very first step in our rebuild – isn’t surprising either.
Fans don’t expect to be told all of the candidates on the managerial shortlist. Or the Director of Football shortlist for that matter. But they’re entitled to know whether we’re actively trying to pursue the latter or not.
Majority shareholder Dermot Desmond’s last update on our recruitment hunt came back at the end of March. Yet in an interview given to the official Celtic website, Desmond gave nothing of substance to the supporters. He didn’t even answer whether we were in the market for a DoF either.
There’s nothing negative to the Celtic hierarchy coming out and discussing what the structure will ideally be like next season. All they would be doing is giving the fans a bit of honesty and outlining our long-term goals. It would finally give fans something to get excited about and reassure us that we’re working towards a big few years for the club.
Instead, we’re left with absolutely no clues regarding where we are in either the managerial od DoF hunt.