Celtic have created a situation far more dangerous to the club than heat-of-the-moment supporter anger
Sunday 29th November 2020 was a pretty rubbish day for Celtic Football Club.
I know it feels like about five years ago given the time dilation of the pandemic and this horrid season, but you need only cast your mind back a few months.
That was the day we got knocked out of the Betfred Cup at the hands of Ross County. A dreadful 2-0 defeat that, in theory, could have spelt the end for Neil Lennon as Celtic manager.
It had come after two 4-1 thumpings at the hands of Sparta Prague in Europa League, as well as a draw against Hibernian.
Everyone knew Celtic’s season was heading for the rocks. Everyone but Celtic themselves.
It wasn’t a great day for Celtic off the pitch either. Emotions ran high at Celtic Park. Gathered supporters voiced their anger and were eventually confronted by police.
Barriers were thrown, chants were cast, Lennon heard the jeers from inside the stadium. It wasn’t pretty.
Yet, as dramatic as that heat-of-the-moment anger was, in the time since Celtic have fostered an even more dangerous situation to the club – outright fan apathy.
Nobody wants to see Celtic supporters acting out at the stadium, yet, ultimately that was all a storm in a teacup. A few punters go too far, up the road to their beds and, as long as no-one gets hurt, it’s quickly forgotten about.
What won’t be forgotten about is the shambles that was this season. And it could cost Celtic big financially. We aren’t far away now from season ticket renewals and marketing campaigns bigging up next year.
As it stands though, what backing the club will get is a mystery. Supporters may surprise me and splash the cash in record numbers, like they did last summer.
However, with no coherent plan in place and an arrogant board keeping fans in the dark, it’s hard to imagine.
The club rightfully condemned the small number who took things too far outside Celtic Park in November.
Yet, their lack of vision stops them from seeing the more concerning mood percolating throughout the Hoops support right now.
It’s not as visible, but long-term the club may have created a situation that hampers cash flow and ultimately the ambition of the club.