It’s quickly becoming clear that Celtic are playing with fire when it comes to season ticket renewal.
If reports in The Scottish Daily Mail this morning are accurate, Celtic are planning to see out the rest of the season with Neil Lennon in charge.
This is proving to be a deeply unpopular stance as supporters look for immediate change from the status quo.
Lennon is overseeing a calamitous Scottish Premiership campaign.
That, coupled with a European run just as bad, has been a nightmare in a season that should have involved Celtic competing for ten-in-a-row history.
Victory is never guaranteed, but the fact we couldn’t even sustain a title challenge to Rangers is bitterly disappointing, to say the least.
Communication from the club this year has been dreadful and supporters are quickly running out of patience.
Fans backed the club with record-breaking season ticket sales last summer despite no guarantee of being allowed into Celtic Park to watch the time.
It was incredible support, especially during a period of furloughs, redundancies and pandemic uncertainty.
Celtic fans are now angry
If Celtic are banking on that kind of support this year, they could be deeply mistaken, if their stance of stony silence and stubbornness continues.
A change in manager now may be a short-term problem for the club, but it has long-term upsides.
Celtic could communicate with the fans on the future plans for the club without undermining Neil Lennon and could embark on a robust recruitment search.
Most of all, it would provide assurances for worried supporters that change is on the way. It would also be proof that the club recognises this season wasn’t acceptable.
Fans are now openly debating taking the painful step of withholding their season ticket cash. The feeling on social media is clear to see.
Celtic need to start listening, or risk a financial deficit…
this is nothing short of shambolic treatment of the fans. I implore none of you to renew your season ticket as it is evident the club does not listen to its fans.
— Kevin Hamilton (@hesinagain) January 22, 2021
We need an online petition from every season ticket holder that is willing to not renew until the change comes from top to bottom. Money is all they listen too. Actually , we need the fans on the waiting list to sign it too.
— Ntcham….pions (@petermacdonald5) January 22, 2021
@CelticFC if reports of lenny being kept until end of season is true..you can say bye bye to season ticket holders.. we cant change now, stop your incompetence now!!!
— David Boyle (@David_boyleBOX) January 22, 2021
Blatantly obvious they are keeping that selfish embarrassment in charge until the season ticket renewals. Is that how stupid the hierarchy think the support is ? There is no excuse for this @CelticFC @CelticFCSLO
— Sean Sands (@seano_67) January 22, 2021
If @CelticFC are going to wait until summer before making any changes think it’s fair if fans don’t renew season tickets until we see how Champions League qualifying goes not sure Pedro would be to happy …It’s going to happen
— James Donoghue (@celt1956) January 22, 2021
No season tickets will be renewed until a new management team is in place the fans will have the last say in this
— kate dunbar (@katedunbar61) January 22, 2021
The Celtic support are currently conducting their own review of the @celticfc board and management team.
The outcome of this review will be reached prior to season book renewal time. https://t.co/9NyoYGCu78
— The Huddleboard (@huddleboard) January 21, 2021
Season Tickets & merchandise sales are going to fall off a cliff very very soon for @CelticFC … the happy-clappers will be snow-aff-ah-diking-it. it’s the board & non-execs to foresee / plan for this … & the current trnsfr mkt isn’t going to bail us out either – :kiizelf:
— soropoonyero (@katipoonyero) January 22, 2021