3 things Celtic can do this week to start turning the club around

By David Walton

May 2, 2021

Here we take a look at 3 things Celtic can do to start the process of turning the club around after another horrific derby defeat.

Today marks our heaviest derby defeat to Rangers since 2007. It’s also the first time we;ve conceded four goals to our Glasgow rivals since 2008. Everything about this afternoon’s 4-1 mauling at Ibrox was an absolute disaster.

Of course, it was hardly unexpected. We’ve been dreadful throughout the campaign and everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong. This was actually a pretty fitting way to end our campaign given how it’s panned out.

But we can’t carry this air of negativity into the summer and subsequently next season. After a day to forget, let’s take a look at 3 ways the club can start turning things around this week:

1. Appoint Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe is said to be nearing a move to Celtic / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

So it looks as though Eddie Howe is going to be the new manager at some stage. Last week, the Daily Mail [print edition, 28/04, page 83] claimed that Howe was sorting his backroom team for the coming season. That would suggest an agreement has been reached between Howe and Celtic.

Now that these derby matches are out of the way for another season, it’s time to make the announcement. Get Howe announced and allow John Kennedy to take charge of the remaining two games with the pressure off.

The sheer buzz that will come with Howe’s appointment will be off the charts. All of a sudden, nobody will be talking about Rangers 4-1 Celtic. All that will be getting discussed is what the future holds and the rebuild ahead of the new manager.

It could be the case that Celtic were perhaps holding off for a rainy day like this one. If that’s the case, this week would be the ideal time to announce Howe’s arrival. It’s what we’re all waiting for, and it’s what will finally put the demons of this season to rest.

2. Dominic McKay’s first Celtic press conference

Incoming Celtic CEO Dominic McKay / (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Dominic McKay officially started at Celtic two weeks ago. However, since he was first snapped entering Parkhead, things have gone silent. The supporters still haven’t heard from him.

Of course, McKay doesn’t officially start as the new Chief Executive until July when he takes over from Peter Lawwell. The period before then is a transitional one, allowing him to have an understanding of the business structure and his new role. It’s difficult to know how long it’ll take him to get to grips with what he’ll be doing, but he can’t stay in the shadows for too long.

McKay coming out and speaking with Peter Lawwell for his first Celtic press conference would be an intriguing watch for the Hoops supporters. It would give us the chance to learn a bit more about the new Chief Executive. Allow us the opportunity to see him in action in front of the press and his personality.

It wouldn’t have to be a reveal-all presser. He wouldn’t be expected to outline his long-term vision so soon into what will be a colossal job. But a chance for the Celtic supporters to see him up close for the first time would be a nice boost.

3. Some much-needed clarity on the management structure next season

Game’s a bogey; Dermot Desmond / (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

This is potentially where Dermot Desmond could come into play with another of those in-house interviews.

The last one he produced was self-serving, condescending nonsense. Do you remember it? When he gave us all an “update” on the managerial search? Only to actually not provide an update with any real substance to it [Celtic Website].

Now, he could do with coming out and confirming whether the club actually wants a Director of Football and what his role would be. Celtic haven’t even confirmed whether that’s the route they’ll go down, even if reports have been rife [Scottish Sun].

Even more important, if they do bring one in, what will be his remit? What are his responsibilities and how would they compare to the new manager’s. Would they be intrusive in any way?

To sum up – what direction is this football club heading in? We need something big from the club this week, and clarity on the management structure would be ideal.

Celtic will have to produce something – fans won’t accept much more silence.

In other news, Pat Bonner has demanded the board start engaging with supporters after today’s defeat.