Truncated Celtic meeting failed to address concerns of worried supporters; still stuck in the past

By John McGinley

December 14, 2020

The pandemic hasn’t been kind to Celtic and the impact ongoing restrictions had on today’s AGM was massive.

Usually, the annual shareholders meeting can be a lively affair, with questions taken from the floor that are not vetted nor sanctioned by the Celtic board.

This year the event was moved to a virtual platform, with questions from shareholders sent in early and filtered by the club.

They also decided to group similar questions together for their public responses, while replying individually to any specific queries by letter.

Unfortunately, it all led to a rather timid, shortened and unsurprising Q+A session, if you can even call it that.

We heard the normal soundbites from Chairman Ian Bankier, Chief Executive Peter Lawwell and manager Neil Lennon about what they’ve done in the past.

However, we didn’t hear much about what they intend to do in the future.

There’s still no communication on the long-term plans for Celtic. No long-term vision that we can look to as supporters and think, “that sounds alright you know.”

Lennon still has belief in ten-in-a-row, and that’s fine, but what will the club look like next season or the season after?

There was no in depth address of our failures in Europe recently, or what we can do to move forward as a capable, modern outfit on the continental scene.

Yes, the current worries of the support were sparked by a run of bad form but, in truth, many of the concerns have been bubbling under the surface for a while.

Celtic fans protest at Celtic Park / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Today’s meeting has done absolutely nothing to allay our worries. In fact, all it seems to have done is rile up supporters who don’t like being patronised or accused of only being social media angry.

It all gives off the impression that the club are stuck in the past, relying on past glories to see them through a crisis that is very much in the here and now.

Sadly, the ruthless world of football doesn’t really work like that. We may find that out sharply over the next few years.