Celtic are at risk of going back on their word to supporters yet again

By John McGinley

June 3, 2021

In the Celtic statement to supporters last week announcing the breakdown in talks with Eddie Howe, the club looked to offer hope amid disappointment.

The club insisted that they were engaged in negotiations with ‘a number of candidates’ and that they aimed to appoint a new boss ‘very shortly’.

Perhaps we’re working on different definitions of very shortly. Almost a full week down the line, the club are at serious risk of going back on their word to supporters yet again.

If we hit the weekend and there is still no announcement of a new manager, the rapidly eroding trust between supporters and the club will take another body blow.

That’s on them, not us.

Frankly, if supporters are not engaged when it comes to the new season, buying tickets and merchandise, or full-throatily giving their blessing to the new manager, then the club only have themselves to blame.

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It’s immensely difficult to back the new manager when it feels like the club are leading supporters down a path as long as the one Howe led Celtic down.

Celtic supporters don’t know what to think

Platitudes and false promises have been all too common over the last 12 months. At some point, you have to say enough is enough.

That breaking point will be personal for every supporter, but it exists for many. No one will stop being a Celtic fan, but points may have to be made. It hurts to even consider that.

I’m probably someone who is more optimistic about prospective new manager Ange Postecoglou than most. Certainly, we’ve weighed up the positives and negatives of his appointment on 67 Hail Hail.

I think he deserves the respect of being given a fair shot at the job if he is Celtic’s choice. Part of that is not rushing to judgment too quickly. Honestly, though, even my head is in a spin.

There’s been a mixed reaction from Celtic supporters to Ange Postecoglou / (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

You can’t really blame those not keen on him, even if Australian journalists continue to be bullish on his ability. The longer the situation drags on, the more of a problem the negative aspects of his appointment will become.

If indeed we do have to wait weeks on his arrival because of UEFA issues, the task that he has to win over supporters will simply be massive from the start.

The problems this summer are already starting to feel insurmountable.

Celtic need to bring clarity, and quickly, or it will be seen as another promise not kept.

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