When I say crumbled, what I mean is disintegrated completely.
Whatever it was that propelled Celtic to a period of domestic domination previously unheard of and almost certainly never to be repeated has long gone. Maybe it was complacency, maybe the bright young club/company across the city really have improved to a level where they can now be considered a serious long term rival.
Or maybe we brought it all on ourselves, maybe we did make the wrong choice not only in management, but in the style of management.
The Dubai trip didn’t go down to well with the support, not least because it came on the back of a defeat at Ibrox, and not least becuase it happened during a time when most of us are confined to barracks on a reduced income, forbidden from seeing loved ones , sometimes, sadly even as they experience their last days on earth.
The complete disregard, however, for what the support thought is unacceptable, and with stories of misbehaviour and abuse of protocols beginning to reach us, what is surprising, and quite telling, is that none of us were surprised, such is the lack of professionalism at the club these days.
It’s not that important that one player was carried to bed, if you believe this tittle tattle, too drunk to do anything , or that a senior player and a member of the management team were also incapable of even making training.
It’s not important or relevant if its true that three players went to a nightclub and two of them came back with covid.
It’s not important that there are rumours of young players being bullied by more established hands, although frankly having seen the established hands perform on the pitch that has to be doubted, as most of us would agree we have had harder slaps off our mothers.
What is relevant is that all of these stories are believable, and because of the way this season has gone, because of the hands off approach adopted by the management , they cannot be dismissed out of hand.
Which means in itself, regardless of any veracity in the stories, that its time for change.
Not at the end of the season, not after we identify whoever’s turn it is next to swallow up bookmakers money.
Today, in fact.
If it means putting someone in temporary charge, then that should be the case. It’s not like he could do any worse anyway.
And at least the players would know that the problems are being dealt with.
At least then the support could breathe a sigh of relief that this nightmare is coming to an end.
for most of us, Celtic are the one constant in our lives. There from cradle to grave, and when it is abused we want to see it defended.
Right now, Celtic are a shambles, and every day the removal of the current management is delayed, is making it harder to get things back on track.
What is also curious is that the media haven’t pounced on these tales, for its highly unlikely they haven’t heard them. Perhaps they really do act on the whims and wishes of our illustrious fiddle playing CEO.
Maybe they don’t have any proof, though the truth has never been a major factor in of most of their other revelations.
Or maybe they quite like a weakened Celtic, because a genuine rivalry with the new club is a money spinner.
I’ve even thought of a name for that.
The Old Firm.