Celtic are acting like a small club

By John McGinley

May 2, 2021

Another match this season, another massive Celtic disappointment.

Well, I suppose to be disappointed you have to have expectations in the first place.

I’m not sure anyone was that surprised by how today’s match turned out. In many ways it was just par for the course this term; poor defending, missed opportunities and baffling individual decisions.

Still, the way this season has panned out was all so avoidable.

Celtic fans have known the writing was on the wall all the way back in the wake of the defeat against Ferencvaros. Heading for disaster, nobody at the club showed the leadership to do what was required.

In fact, the way the decision-makers at Celtic Park have conducted themselves this season screams small club mentality. Closed off from reality, dripping in the sentimentality of past glories yet still managing to carry an air of superiority.

It’s a mentality that’s apparent at all levels of the club, from Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond circling the wagons around Neil Lennon to John Kennedy fawning over the achievements of Scott Brown at every opportunity while the team hits the buffers.

Do Celtic want to be a club competing at the highest level possible or not? To do that, you can’t pander to the past or base strategy off of reputation.

It continues too. The managerial situation has dragged on for months. I get it’s a complicated business and we need to get things right. I get there are realities that may be outside of the club’s control.

However, to not even give any sort of guidance to supporters about what to expect moving forward is shambolic.

Celtic interim boss John Kennedy / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When you look across the continent at how other clubs are dealing with their situations, notably in Germany, it’s a whole different world.

We don’t deserve success this season. If we continue as we are, we don’t deserve it next season either.

To be considered a big club, you can’t just rely on the size of the passionate fanbase, you have to act accordingly.

In other news, Petrov is not happy with Callum McGregor after costing Celtic dear.