"Slap in the face to the entire support"; Fan group feedback on meeting with Celtic

By John McGinley

May 13, 2021

North Curve Celtic and other Celtic supporters organisations met with the club this week to discuss the issue of season ticket value.

Sadly, those who attended don’t seem to have been impressed by what was said by outgoing chief executive Peter Lawwell.

NC Celtic took to Twitter tonight to describe the meeting as a “slap in the face to the entire support”, also posting a longer, more detailed statement.

Also shared by The Celtic Trust last night, it said: “On the 11th of May 2021, the main Celtic supporter organisations met with representatives of Celtic Football Club to discuss the issue of value for season tickets for 2020/21 given fans have been unable to attend matches. In attendance were representatives of the Celtic Trust, the Celtic Supporters Association, the Affiliation of Registered Celtic Supporters, the Green Brigade, North Curve Celtic, the Association of Irish Celtic Supporters Clubs, Bhoys and the North American Celtic Supporters Clubs.

“This was a follow-up meeting from an initial meeting which occurred between the supporters and the club in June of 2020. Celtic FC had agreed to consult with supporters on the issue of how supporter value would be guaranteed, and it was assumed this would be said consultation. The meeting was opened with a short discussion on the Celtic Trust’s share proposal, with Peter Lawwell making it clear that the club did not wish to discuss this in view of the full meeting but would instead do so with the Celtic Trust privately.

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“As the meeting moved on, the supporter organisations expected to hear of plans, suggestions or ideas that Celtic FC had about how they might meet supporter value, so that we could all air our views on any proposal. Peter Lawwell informed the meeting Celtic FC had no proposals to share with the meeting on how they will meet supporter value.

“The supporter organisations were collectively disappointed by the lack of progress, as it became apparent that this meeting would not be a consultation of the kind that the supporters had expected/assumed. Discussions continued for around 90 minutes, with little headway made. Celtic FC have confirmed that they intend to release season book renewals by the end of May.”

It’s deeply disappointing to me that the club don’t appear to have met these groups halfway on the season ticket value issue.

This something that’s been a talking point for almost a year now.

If the meeting went as described, and with multiple groups putting their name to it there’s no reason to doubt it, then Lawwell has let season ticket holders down here.

Now, it should be said we don’t yet know what the proposals will be for next season’s offering. It sounds like we’ll get that by the end of May at least. There’s still time for the club to get the finger out and provide a really meaningful gesture to supporters.

Sadly there’s still little sign of it. What was the point of this meeting if Celtic didn’t really have anything to say?

In other news, Celtic captain Scott Brown delivers one last Joey Barton putdown.