The questions Celtic must be prepared to answer tomorrow afternoon

By John McGinley

June 24, 2021

Tomorrow is a big one for Ange Postecoglou and Dom McKay at Celtic, with plenty of questions to answer.

Although they’ve both been interviewed publicly at Celtic already, it’s been by the in-house media team. It’s nice to hear from them, but frankly, it doesn’t get any easier than the friendly conversations with Gerry McCulloch. And rightly so, to be honest. They want to project themselves in a positive light.

On Friday afternoon Postecoglou and McKay will face a barrage of important questions from both the traditional print and broadcast media, as well as a variety of Celtic podcasts, websites and YouTube channels.

It’s doubtful to be antagonistic, nor should it be, but it’s impossible to imagine either man will be able to dodge the burning questions supporters have about what’s going on at Celtic and the future of the club.

67 Hail Hail will be in attendance. We’re sending Hamish and we’ve been discussing as a team what’s high on our agenda to ask the manager and the CEO.

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It’s obviously unclear how much time we’ll be given, but there is no club filter on the questions that will be put foward. We wouldn’t attend if we couldn’t ask what matters to us and you.

Here’s a heads up of what we think it is important Celtic address, either via our questions or the other great outlets and Celtic shows in attendance.

The backroom staff situation

I imagine everyone in the room tomorrow will be absolutely desperate to get a handle on what’s going on with Postecoglou’s Celtic staff. If it’s not the first question asked, it’ll be near the top.

This is something Celtic still haven’t given any word on. We don’t know if the new boss will be bringing his own men in. We don’t know if John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan are staying on beyond this transitional period.

Celtic coach John Kennedy / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Supporters need to be told what the situation is one way or another. It’s absolutely crucial we have transparency on this matter.

Postecoglou’s job is already difficult, but if he’s expected to oversee a Celtic overhaul, he must be backed with the ability to effect change at Lennoxtown. It’s crucial.

If he isn’t bringing in his own staff – why not? And who made that decision?

The mythical Celtic restructure

Beyond the coaching staff, supporters and season ticket holders should be given an update on any ongoing review of the football operations and a timeline on any substantial change.

We know Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond has resigned. There have been reports head of recruitment Gary Penrice is out the door. Peter Lawwell officially steps down at the start of next month.

Have the club embarked on a search for a director of football as reported? Is this new role set to have more power than in seasons past?

Who has been identifying transfers targets and negotiating deals? With European qualifiers less than a month away and a lot of work needing to be done, this is crucial information for fans.

Clueing us in on these issues is vital for accountability. No one is asking for the inside track on what players we’re going for or how much we have to spend – that will never be shared publicly. However, we do need to know who has been tasked with the squad rebuild beyond the manager.

Ange Postecoglou took Celtic training for the first time today / (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

Ange Postecoglou’s culture change

Last season, we heard a lot from Neil Lennon about the culture at the club and how it needs to change. [Sky Sports]

Research on the new manager has suggested he’s a big believer in putting staff and players in place that can fit into his culture, rather than him adapting to a club.

He turned Brisbane Roar and Yokohama F. Marinos upside down. Along the way, he had great success.

Is he planning to be a hurricane force at Lennoxtown and Celtic over time? Or does the desire and pressure to win matches at Celtic mean this is a unique situation that will need to be treated more carefully?

We’re genuinely intrigued how fast and deep he thinks change can occur at Celtic – especially in the context of a massive rebuild.

It’s a new dawn at Celtic / (Credit – Celtic FC)

There’ll be plenty more Celtic questions

This probably scratches the surface of what supporters would ask our two most prominent employees tomorrow. I’m sure the press and the rest of the Celtic fan media folks have their own thoughts and concerns.

For us though, this is where our heads are at. You can let us know what your burning issues are in the comments below.

It’s set to be a fascinating day. As much as anything it’ll be great to welcome Postecoglou to Celtic Park and see him with a scarf above his head on the touchline.

I just hope Celtic, as a club, know we need substantive information.

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