Celtic board twitched into life over Hearts claims but fans need much more

By Euan Davidson

December 8, 2021

At last, the Celtic board came to life to defend the club. Overnight, a spokesperson for the club rejected claims made by former Hearts chairman Leslie Deans.

In case you hadn’t seen that one, the ex Jambos chief suggested that Celtic either replay their win over Hearts, or forfeit the points entirely. He added that Celtic hadn’t got in touch with Barrie McKay following a genuinely unseemly incident at Celtic Park. Turns out they had, and Deans was speaking out of turn.

Good stuff then; if not a sign of back-bone, at least a hint of vertebrae from the Celtic board. However, the club is coming under attack from all angles. Whether it’s absolute nonsense about Kyogo [Herald], the ticket allocation debacle for the Premier Sports Cup Final, or nebulous claims about offsides, the Hoops are being rounded upon.

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That can’t do, can it?

By now, the trust between the Celtic board and the supporters is minimal. Perhaps the Bhoys’ hierarchy are working on fighting back against these mainstream narratives in private. That probably isn’t going to be enough to placate supporters though, or far from it.

Especially when the claims being made about Celtic from pundits, ex-referees and former chairmen are being played out so publicly. Celtic fans need to see evidence of gumption from the board.

Andrés Iniesta poses with another Celtic target, as ridiculous Hearts whining continues

Andrés Iniesta poses with another Celtic target, as ridiculous Hearts whining continues
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From the Ange Postecoglou doubters to furious Hearts chairman, Celtic board need to be backing the team publicly

You know, it’s strange. When Dermot Desmond did a rare interview last season [The Athletic], it was to essentially defend the board’s record against its own supporters.

Now, barring a late-night intervention against Leslie Deans, our players are being targeted and the club’s integrity, in some aspects, is being challenged from outside. Nary a peep to be heard.

What we don’t want is a return to near-weekly statements, but there has to be some kind of middle ground between too much and too little. Kyogo, for example, is being hounded for alleged acts of simulation. It doesn’t seem to matter that there’s contact, and that he’s never been booked for exaggerating impact. Surely the club have to back him here.

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Also, the idea that we get unfair advantages from referees is something, you would’ve thought, that the club would intervene on. But Ian Bankier only did so when directly questioned on it at the AGM [Herald].

Essentially, negative stories about Celtic, which are subjective in their nature, are largely going unimpeded. You could argue that the Celtic board want the football to do the talking, but we’re surely beyond a point where the club can stay silent.

The Celtic boss and players need to know from their club, publicly, that they’re being backed 100%. At the moment, it’s impossible to say that’s happening.

Last night could’ve been the start of a fightback. Celtic supporters will be hoping so.

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