Prominent supporters' group blast Celtic chairman Bankier

By Euan Davidson

September 28, 2021

Prominent supporters’ voice, the Celtic Trust, have taken chairman Ian Bankier to task after last week’s plc report.

The Trust, who have previously taken aim at the board over the running of the club and a lack of communication with fans, were left livid by the sentiments of the report.

Celtic posted in their findings that finishing runners-up in the league was an “operational highlight”. There was also very little in the way of praise for supporters. That’s despite record merchandise sales, and another sell-out year for season tickets.

The Trust, who co-ordinated protests against the board last year, have been vocal in their distrust for the plc over recent seasons. This particularly came to a head 20-21, for a multitude of reasons.

The Celtic Trust wrote:

“The Chairman’s last words [are]: “Celtic is in good hands”.

“We at the Celtic Trust beg to differ.

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“There are some interesting statements and the usual references peppered throughout the supporting narrative; operational highlights led with ‘Runners Up in the SPFL Premiership’ which raises a smile!

“The fact is the year was a disastrous one for Celtic and there were no positive operational highlights to speak of.

“We won no trophies or tournaments. The chairman believes the club is directed by individuals with demonstrable experience and supported by a dedicated cast of colleagues and he thanks them all.

“No mention of bad management decisions or praise for the supporters who financially supported the club when they needed it most. Praise for the fans is left to the CEO who says we are ‘the best supporters in world football’.”

Little surprise that Celtic chairman Bankier is taking flak

Without claiming to speak for anyone, I dare say the Celtic Trust are going to find plenty who agree with these sentiments.

Last season was not good enough. It would’ve been far better to leave league results unmentioned, rather than point to them as a source of celebration.

Equally, it could’ve helped to see some accountability for the questionable running of the club last season. Or, at least some proper acknowledgement of fans’ feelings from 20-21.

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We didn’t really see that. Instead we saw gratitude for, you could argue, the architects of our downturn.

The relationship between fan groups and the board is still at a critical point. Say what you will about former CEO Dom McKay, but in his short tenure, he sounded keen to improve that situation.

These continue to be tense times between the board and some prominent groups of supporters.

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