The Glasgow Derby, win, lose or draw for Celtic, could be what kicks off a monumental week in our history.
This year, it felt a bit like football has been a sideshow to the massive upheaval at Celtic Park. Yes, the resignation of Neil Lennon, the protests against the board and the rigmarole around a Director have been related to results. But often, especially since the Winter, it’s felt a bit like we’re going through the motions.
Next season can’t start soon enough, really.
Yet, for the first time in a long time, there’s an air of optimism around Celtic Park. Quite literally, as supporters are going past the stadium after lockdown easing, including our own Hamish Carton [67 Hail Hail/YouTube]. The spring sun is out, and we have a chance at winning a trophy, should we negotiate Steven Gerrard’s men at Ibrox tomorrow.
But the drama doesn’t start and end with the Glasgow Derby. On Monday, Dominic McKay will step into his new role, having officially left the SRU this weekend [Celtic FC]. He’s arriving well before the initially announced starting date, and if you think he’s coming in to arrange the furniture in his office, think again.
Glasgow Derby is just the tip of the Celtic iceberg this week
We’ve heard murmurings that a Director of Football is to be announced soon. Reports from Football Insider seem to suggest that Fergal Harkin will be arriving soon, but nothing has come out of the club on that front just yet. The Celtic board are keeping things typically close to their chests, as the rest of us watch on.
But the fact he’s coming in 2 and a half months ahead of schedule implies, with not a shade of subtlety, that we’ve got to be prepared for… well, something.
In the Know reporters seem to believe that the Bhoys are close to announcing a new manager in Eddie Howe. That seems unlikely to happen just days after McKay is in place. However, it wouldn’t be unlike Celtic to announce very little for weeks, before a hailstorm of massive stories sequentially.
Their steadfast denial of a “preferred candidate” back in 2016 came just two days before hiring Brendan Rodgers. Rather than hinting and suggesting, the Celtic hierarchy have instead stonewalled supporters, refusing to give anything away.
The story about Eddie Howe agreeing a deal in principle will surely have alarmed the board. They don’t like tittle-tattle and rumours. But what we do know is concrete; the new CEO begins his work experience, of sorts, from Monday, and he’s unlikely to have been brought in early for no real reason.
Brace yourself for a massive week, Celtic supporters.