Well there we go.
As expected, we once again made an absolute fuck-up of pre season ( and before that – Ed) and got our just rewards.
Another early exit from The Champions League qualifiers let alone the Champions League.
Its actually the norm these days so no-one need be surprised. A few random “shock” results against Lazio and Rennes every now and again convince some of us that we really are a good side and everything could just be okay, and then reality drags us back to Earth with an almighty THUD!
This Tweet from @Benidormcelt sums it up~:
- 2014 – Maribor
- 2015 – Malmö
- 2018 – AEK Athens
- 2019 – CRF Cluj
- 2020 – Fernencevaros
- 2021 – Mijtyland
Anyone remember that AEK Athens exit and Brendan bemoaning the lack of incomings at Celtic Park over the summer.
Lets see what Ange said last night following our exit – “I take responsibility. I’m the person who has been put in charge. We haven’t got players in, I obviously haven’t done a good enough job convincing people we needed to bring people in.”
The Board really must have no shame to look at such a litany of disastrous Management and Direction and smugly remain in place as if all is well. They may be smug at present but they will soon need to be defiant as Joe Public has had enough.
Last night was the final straw for almost every Celtic fan. It is no longer acceptable to treat us and our hard earned money with such disrespect and contempt.
What will they do?..who knows?
History suggests they will just ride it out, have a sham of an AGM with staged questions only and move on to more dividends and 3 course lunches.
At their peril.
The big questions are really:
What will Dom McKay do and What will the Celtic fans do?
The answers to that will ultimately answer the question of “What will Ange do?”
McKay has a massive challenge on his hands. Nothing new there, he always had.
Nothings changed.. which is the problem.
We are still short of a defence let alone a strong squad. We are still humming and hawing over signings. We continue to watch on as our targets sigh and just move on elsewhere. We are still browsing round the back of the football car lot hoping to find some second hand Sales bargain rather than buying straight from the Quality forecourt. We still have Peter Lawwell on the Board!
McKay has some right hard choices to make but that’s his job. He has used up any goodwill time since he got appointed and Celtic fans and Ange now demand rather than expect signings and action regards our current squad. We don’t need current spoon fed diet of nice news. No more shabby little PR leaks like ” Batu signing!” and then here we are still waiting days later for any right back. We need headlines confirming job done, player signed, next target in our sights.
Ange deserves the players he wants in. The guy left a job after being invited here. We owe him our full backing. The fans are behind him and the Football Board must follow suit. If Ange wants Aaron Mooy on a right good wage, back the guy. If he wants Joe Hart, get him in. Give him what he wants and then see what sort of job he does. If we continue going this way, then it will simply be a case of us all waking up one morning to read “Disillusioned Ange leaves Celtic” without even seeing if the mans football ideas would have worked in practice.Just get it done Dom. No more excuses or time allowed.
As well as getting signings in, McKay also has to move on the players that are at Celtic.
Get rid of the dross like Bitton. Get shot of the under achievers like Barkas, Bolingoli and Ntcham. Sit with Ange and ask are players like Tom Rogic really going to factor this season? Deal with the Griffiths situation. Don’t leave that to Ange. Sit down immediately with Christie, make him a decent offer and say “In or Out?”. If its out, then get him away asap. Pick up the phone to Brighton and tell them Eddie will be on the first flight to Gatwick. Its hard to see him go but needs must. The side is listless and floundering and a cull is needed.
And after McKay has dealt with the players, maybe he and Ange will want to talk about the staff. Just saying. Clean broom and all that.
As for us fans. Well we have already bought the Season books so they have our money. Whether The Celtic Trust can make an in-road is dubious given vast number of shares held by current Board but we do have our voices and we shall be back in the stadium. They will not welcome a hostile reception and the Celtic Board have traditionally been a conservative lot who like calm waters so riding this one out may not actually be the correct play this time around. Fans anger will only grow if Ange doesnt get his players and that anger will not be directed pitchside.
Will all the above happen?
We can only hope and pray but the old adage “Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me 6 times, Fuck you Celtic Board!” sure springs to mind!