Celtic can't assume fan anger is gone now that new manager is in place

By David Walton

June 14, 2021

Celtic fan anger reached levels we hadn’t seen in over 20 years at Parkhead last season.

From protests outside Celtic Park to sheer apathy over how many felt about the way the football club operates – last season was certainly one to forget.

Almost everything Celtic did was an own goal. Keeping Neil Lenon on far too long was the first mistake. Refusing to acknowledge the supporters’ concerns and behave as though we didn’t exact was another.

Then we had the disastrous John Kennedy regime followed by the failure to appoint Eddie Howe after giving him weeks to make his mind up. Everything from start to finish was totally horrific.

Now, Celtic appear to be on a new path. Ange Postcoglou has been appointed, and in comes the first step of the rebuild. The Hoops announced the new boss on Thursday, with little in the way of updates since. Granted, Postecoglou’s self-isolation requirements have halted media duties and opportunities to speak to supporters.

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But Celtic must avoid this idea that the fan anger is now over just because a new manager is in place. Postecoglou isn’t receiving criticism because there’s nothing to criticise him for. That doesn’t change how the fans view the current board.

Peter Lawwell isn’t looked upon favourably, and neither is Dermot Desmond. Even Dominic McKay has plenty of questions to answer about his new-look Celtic. There’s a gargantuan number of tasks that await us over the summer.

The Celtic fan anger will only disappear if we complete our to-do list

Appointing a Director of Football, getting Postecoglou’s coaching team in place, and a major summer overhaul of players make up the agenda. The Celtic fans want to see constant progress on all of these bullet points. We want this football club to look nothing like what it did last season, and Postecoglou’s appointment, whilst a step in the right direction, doesn’t fully cut it.

Fan anger has eased, but that’s mainly come from the fact we’re not playing every week anymore. It hasn’t disappeared, as the Green Brigade has shown over the last week.

It’s interesting that Celtic haven’t gone overboard on social media regarding the new appointment. Outside of the initial reaction and some comments from the current players, they’ve kept pretty low-key. It appears they understand the fans aren’t yet willing to start celebrating anytime soon.

Dominic McKay at Celtic Park (Credit – Celtic FC)

We can only hope this is how the board feels too. If they’re sitting with their feet up after getting the new manager in the door, they’ve badly misunderstood the feeling amongst supporters again.

We need constant progress this summer. That’s not me being greedy as a fan. I’m not saying this is something we all want. It’s something the club needs in order to be as prepared as possible for both the Champions League qualifiers and then the league campaign.

It’s a certainty that Celtic will buy players. That we all know. But the urgency in which we do so will be interesting.

This is a boardroom that’s been so disconnected from supporters all season. Fingers crossed they don’t expect us to dine out on the Postecoglou appointment for too long. Last week’s confirmation of his appointment was merely a drop in the ocean regarding the amount of work this club needs done before August.

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