The recent pronouncement that the Green Brigade intend to boycott the next two home matches has generated quite a lot of debate among us all.
The vast majority of blogs, tweets and postings have been in support of the GB.
Obviously those who have questioned the wisdom of their actions have done so because they believe that it will hurt the club not just financially but also in reputation terms. Theirs is a solid argument and I have sympathy for it.
However the purpose of this blog is not to fuel the GB debate but to question the moral fortitude of the current Celtic board and try to make sense of their ongoing stance not just on the Green Brigade but also to the greater Celtic support.
My contention is that we have a board that has over the last few years shown themselves to be, quite frankly, spineless when it has come to standing up for its fans in the face of considerable provocation from the media, police and football authorities. Let’s not kid ourselves Celtic is financially getting away from the man in the street as it marches to the tune of corporate greed and directorial self-preservation. It staggers me how football clubs play foot loose and fancy free with their fans loyalties when the good days are upon them. Ask Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool fans about that one, or going further back Aberdeen and Dundee United supporters and lest we forget our own Kelly days.
What a wonderful jolly hockey sticks AGM we have just had with lots of smiles, back slapping and directors being reappointed unopposed. Even the absentee landlord and our biggest shareholder Dermot Desmond gets a shoe in – again.
Peter Lawwell confidently telling us all the good times are here and he can see us growing stronger over the next few years. Oh happy days.
Err…by the way just how is that going to happen Peter? Would it be because we ‘should’ have an unopposed punt at the CL over the next few years? Or is it because we will be seeing even greater sponsorship income as a result of our resurgence in Europe or will it be that old Europa League chestnut again?
Well whatever it may be I can assure you none of this will come to pass without the continued support of the fans. Yes the very fans that you have stoically refused to accept are the best and most patient in Britain.
Why do you not support them? I’ll tell you why. Because you are running scared from the media. You read the papers before you read our blogs. Recently you were so embarrassed when that same media started a witch-hunt over a banner that was preposterously deemed to be unlawful, you lacked the morale fibre to speak out strongly in support of those fans even after the whole issue was quite rightly dismissed.
Are you and the board so out of touch that you are failing to see what is happening out there? Do you really know what is going down? I think you do but you have such contempt for the fans in general you keep your counsel and continue to pander to a corrupt system that bullies you and the board. Or do you have to wait until Dermot’s next phone call before developing a policy?
Wake up and smell the coffee Peter we, the Celtic supporters, hold all the cards here. If we collectively decided to stop supporting the team because we have become so disenfranchised with your corporate behaviour your backside will be in a tinnie.
It’s your fiduciary duty Celtic board to take cognisance of your second biggest [some may say the biggest] asset, your season tickets holders and supporters – the paying public. As far as I am concerned you are palpably failing us. We are fed up standing up for ourselves and not being able to rely on your support.
The time to get this right is now when the ‘good times’ are here not when we lurch into another self inflicted crisis.
Lastly what are the chances of the Mr Lawwell responding?
Slim and none.