If you are utterly sick of feeling bad about Celtic it's about to change
Ahead of what’s going to be a summer of Celtic change, it’s difficult to work out exactly how long we’ve all been downbeat for.
Does it really stretch all the way back to October 17th? When Neil Lennon was badly shown up in a 2-0 home loss to Rangers? Since that moment, it’s felt like we’ve gone from one disaster to another one and off the pitch.
Slip-ups at the likes of Aberdeen, Hibernian, and Rangers would follow. As would a failure to beat the likes of Ross County and St Johnstone at Celtic Park. Not to mention the embarrassment that was our Europa League campaign.
Off the pitch things have been even worse. We have a boardroom that tried desperately to ignore fans for the best part of five months before Lennon was officially gone. A support that could foresee what was coming and then wasn’t listened to. A support that is still waiting on a new manager whilst John Kennedy, a key part of the failed Lennon regime, continues to hold major roles at the club.
All of that has led to a major disconnect at Celtic. But don’t worry, because things are about to change.
Celtic are pressing ahead with change and it’s only a matter of time before things turn
Yes, the Eddie Howe to Celtic saga has been a particularly frustrating one. Indeed, it’s been well over a month since reports of Howe had agreed in principle to take the job [Scottish Sun]. There have been plenty of reports on this particular saga, but still no official confirmation.
However, can you honestly say that this doesn’t look like happening? Howe is coming to Celtic, and it’s a matter of when, not if. And what that will represent is a major sign of the change that’s coming to Celtic this season. A sign that we’re finally appointing a top-quality manager with a track record in success, player development, and positive transfer dealings.
Then we have the fact that Peter Lawwell will officially be leaving the club in July. That’s huge, as he’s one of the figureheads that has been accused in the past of sacrificing on-pitch success for financial gain. You could rhyme off the transfer windows in which fans have been left raging with Lawwell. Not to mention some of his managerial appointments have been underwhelming if not disastrous.
McKay is still to prove himself, but the growth of Scottish Rugby over the last five years shows what he can do. In terms of the business side of the club, we look to be in good hands.
And we’ll finally see much of the deadwood and underperformers leaving the club this summer too. Fans have been left fed up with the likes of Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard, and Kris Ajer. All three look set to depart given their contracts are into their final years.
Come the start of next season, almost everything at this football club will have changed. New players, new manager, new coaching staff, new scouting department, and new chief executive. Potentially even a new director of football too.
So even though we’ve had months of doom and gloom at the club, it’s important to look forward. Things are about to change at Celtic, and for the better.