The hour approaches
In the build up to ,and possibly after, the AGM scheduled for the 27th of this month we will be running a series of pieces aimed at reminding all of our duties as Celtic fan’s in making sure the club is in good hands and acting appropriately if not , and also the consequences of ignoring the off field activities of those tasked with running clubs from boardrooms.
Regardless of where you sit on the good or bad board debate everyone must recognise that there are some fans very disenchanted with the behaviour of those running the club.
As we sit here today we have a set of custodians that have next to zero trust from those that have dealings with them , and many of the rank and file like ourselves who just observe and listen are soo not impressed with what we see and dont hear from headquarter’s.
Its a massive failure that after almost two decades there is no practically no relationship at all.
That must change , it cant stand , and wont work long term.
Im afraid we have fallen for the old divide and conquer trick , one of the oldest in the book and more than likely each of our clan’s was also victim to it back in the day.
Adept media control via an exploding phenomenon aka the internet was key but has now been sussed and turned 180 degrees to our advantage.
Each and every soundbite that was heralded has been stripped away by time and was replaced by another that seen the same fate. Now its just silence.
Every penny goes back in
More than a Club
Stand alone business model
Out of every window stronger
Yadda yadda yadda,,,,,,,,
All of them have been dismissed.
Last year seen Auldheidgate at the Agm ,, a blatant attempt to swat down the Res12er’s that we thankfully had someone live in the crowd with the conviction to stem the misleading there and then publically ,,, and he’s still no happy by the way !
In many businesses an employee lying to the customer would be removed or at least rebuked,, why not ours?
So while most were falling for on field bling and the occasional scraps from the table such as Generation of Domination or Unknown bid from Unknown Universe , behind the scenes was where the much more important action has been for the last 8 years or so.
And it is in these off field affairs which we have been totally failed by our Custodians.
I hold my hands up in falling for a lot of the hype and fake news that was flying around like confetti , but swear that this website shall attempt to be a force for good and not misinformation in the current battle of will’s with the board and Scottish football.
Its the least we can do.
We have all seen what happens when fans dont hold boards to account at all or heed what is taking place right infront of them . It happened in our very city ffs ,, not a million miles away. If that isnt a sign that eye’s on the off field activities can also be a good thing then I dont know what is !
That should have woke every domestic fan up a bit and had much more scrutiny on boardroom decisions past and present than we have ever seen or heard of but yet the narrative was controlled expertly with a big boy did it and ran away angle , proven bullshit by the courts.
Still the question wasnt and isnt asked by fans of that club well then if not him , who ?
So my friend here we are at this very moment with men in charge of OUR club whos actions and words go against everything a proper Celtic man or woman should aspire to be.
How do I know ? Well just look at our songs for a start.
Michael railed alone yet proud against immoral conditions cruelly forced on him and his kin.
You’ll never walk alone,,,assures us we are all in this together for the common man and cause.
Grace,,that conviction is something we have in spades and wont be matched.
All of them tell us of making a stand ,, we glorify and celebrate those who opt to rise up and fight for justice , those good men and women some of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice for the common good of all fullstop.
Well youre not just gonna sing those songs right ?
Correct , youre gonna take heart and strength from our songs and history and just like in 93 the fans will act again because they must.
Once again WE must act ,, not those above ,, not the people getting paid EPL wages in a backwater ,, not the mega rich who can have their every whim catered to ,, but the rank and file fan must stand once again for their club ,, because we have been failed by those above us and those tasked with holding them to account in the current set up.
I expect each and every readers help in this task because simply , its your duty.
Its your duty because being a Celtic fan comes with certain built in responsibilities.
You might be focused solely on the footballing side of things and not pay much heed to the board’s comings and going which is fine , infact you are the lifeblood of the game and there would be no off field chat if not for good people such as yourself , but make no mistake being a member of the Celtic family is about more than just 90 minutes of sport.
If you dont believe me then look no further than the clubs website which reminds us of the clubs and our own duties ,,
“ The primary business of Celtic is as a football club. It is run on a professional basis with no political agenda. However , the Club has a wider role and the responsibility of being a major Scottish social institution promoting health , well-being , and social integration.
Celtic Football Club is for people who want to support a football club that strives for excellence in Scotland and Europe, is proud of its history , supportive of its local community and seeks to support the following aims ‘ To maximise all opportunities to disassociate the Club from sectarianism and bigotry of any kind. To promote Celtic as a club for all people , regardless of gender , age , religion , race or ability ‘.
Celtic is a club for everyone who believes in football as a medium for healthy pleasure, entertainment and social integration. The Club always has been and always will simply aim to be the team of the people “.
I could spend days showing how our mission statement ( that is to be proud of ) has been cast aside for profit by those at the helm currently ( unfortunately ) but the above shows each and every one of us that we arent dealing with a regular run of the mill football club here but a self proclaimed major institution that has a responsibility to its fan base through the morals and ethics contained within that charter.
The line ‘ To maximise all opportunities to disassociate the Club from sectarianism and bigotry of any kind ‘ rings very hollow right now as we have clearly embraced the dreaded Old Firm partnership these last few years which will never prove deadly to the mega rich but you and me must watch our backs. Thanks.
Now that duty I speak of is about to be called upon and tested. How we got here is of little consequence right now for we are where we are and must deal with it.
We must face up to the simple fact we have men in charge that are not acting in yours and mine or the Clubs best interests ( according to the social mission statement ) as they should , but in their own and the best interests of keeping a bent game afloat because its easy profit.
This is not ‘ a Team of the People ‘ ( the mantle they inherited upon becoming custodians ) because right now and for years the peoples wishes and wants are being ignored .
The people want a fair normal game with impartial ref’s,, we have anything but ,, and thats being embraced not challenged !!!
In asking the shareholders to vote against Res12 they are betraying that beautiful charter and everything it stands for . We must not allow that. Why have a social charter there at all if to be trampled over when convenient?
Its down to us all now to fight for those moral’s and responsibilities to be upheld.
Right now this month ,, not when they have gone and cashed in their shares , but starting at this Agm fullstop.
‘ A Team of the People ‘ is a very very noble aim indeed and we have been that team before.
It was the immortal Tommy who told us that jersey means more than other’s , that you are representing a people and a cause.
Now I dont make demands and I will try only to give and never take from yourselves ,, but if ever there was a time to actually prove Tommy right and start to get back to that togetherness of fans , cause, and team the the time is now ,, right now.
If ever you were needed to step up and fight a bit for a Celtic thats a step closer to the team we signed up for and the cause that Tommy believed in then that time is the present.
We simply cannot let this board make decisions that go against almost everything we have ever stood for ,, and get away with it scot free. Never must we sit idly by and allow that from any board whatsoever.
Money over morals ? Wrong club , wrong fans , just read that charter !
The original money over morals man Judas Iscariot is vilified ,, please tell me any of our own lower themselves to that and we will be doing the exact same.
We will never stand for such decision’s at our beautiful social institution, for thats a betrayal of all we hold dear. By men that should know better . Much much better .
Our highest paid employee ever infact is one who make such calls , a sure sign that things need fixed.
Folk’s we are only on this wee rock for a short while and are but mere speck’s of dust in the cosmos in the grand scheme of things but while we are here , among each other and attached through some way or other to our team in those famous green and white Hoops , we have the chance to leave our own little mark , for better or worse.
Youre a Celtic fan , for better it is then.
Well my friend , this is our time to make that mark . Others like Celts for Change have in the past made theirs and they will never be forgotten and no one , not now or ever , can change the fact those Bhoys did it .
They bloody well did it man !
They seen it wasnt right , knew it wasnt right , heard it wasnt right ,, and said WE must act for whats right.
They are heroes in my book.
Now are you and me going to let those heroes look upon us do nothing while the club isnt right?
Are you and me going to actually stand up like those heroes for whats right?
Are you and me going to fight the battle that we dont want but falls to us just as those bhoys did?
And remember they had no idea whether they would win or lose , but acted anyway.
Are you ?
Are you ?
Are you ?
Of course you are. Youre the best, youre a Celtic fan .
Get ready to act for whats right my friend.
They gerrymander away Res12 right in front of you at this Agm and thats the final nail in their coffin.
The affront to go against all OUR great club stands for , live and direct , CANNOT be allowed.
We must not and we will not let them stroll away from voting it down and thus sweep corruption under the carpet and charge us for it.
Slowly but surely they are stripping away every facet of the values each and every one of us hold dear , and that they signed up to adhere to upon taking control.
What they are doing simply isnt right !
They sit there at that table and vote away Celtic’s soul to your face , thats their death knell.
Theres no way back, not after this long with no trust . Thats it.
They vote it down and you act .
You stand up now for the soul of the club , OUR club , and let those who ignore our ethos know that we aint sitting quietly this time and that actually we can and will hold you to account.
They try to vote away the last chance at a real meaningful enquiry into the farce that has gripped the domestic game then they are part of the problem, how can it be otherwise ?
They vote it down , we act.
This is your time to stand up while you can and be heard. We all must.
“ A Team of the People “
Lets make it so. Lets make Tommy proud.
The Cause and the People are awakening and coming for them.
Watch these pages.
Back the Resolutioners !!!
They’ll Never Walk Alone !!!
The above is by Mahe. Send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish.