Those who know better
The figures shown by Celtic1member1vote make for very interesting viewing.
I’m not a numbers guy but it tells a real story to see them laid out like that.
A big story actually.
This season I decided to focus on the football rather than the board, a break from the last 15 years or so. This is because they were always going to collide this year, and this single campaign would be the culmination of all this board decisions.
So it has proved.
As you show us one club has approximately three times the turnover of their closest competitor, well that was the case until approx two years ago. Under these circumstances if our club decided to have a better campaign than any other team in the league it would take minimum effort,,out spend the rest if needed but in general offering a higher wage tier should attract a higher calibre of player helping to hit the target and maintain dominance.
You wont need me to tell you the one season we really,really want a title success we are not going great.
This forces us to ask the simple question: why is that?
If you really,really want something and can afford it, or rather could implement a plan to achieve that goal (by hiring and buying proven quality) then not hitting the big target automatically brings big questions such as why exactly and who stopped us from achieving the target?
Any club that was serious about taking that title would have a settled team of sufficient quality, would have attempted to mitigate as much risk as possible, and certainly would not be in a state of transition the one period you need stability more than ever.
We instead are witnessing a manager attempt to forge a winning team and system from a collection of players, some of whom are not fully committed to the clubs quest by seeking moves before the crucial season, a team in a state of flux rather than a settled and determined, also to compound this the famous twelfth man is absent, taking away a huge carrot for those players brought in from abroad.
We are not at our optimum for this special campaign.
So the Old Firm continues is the obvious conclusion. One half cant keep being beaten as their fans (who notoriously have a supremacist mindset) will simply walk away despite singing to the opposite, or at least it is feared they will. When allied with our majority shareholders claims of ‘great club’ despite being the perpetrators of the biggest British sporting scandal, then its clear we are (in our PLCs eyes) merely the green half of the Old Firm, and for that Old Firm to continue some sharing of the spoils has been deemed a necessity by our ‘custodians’.
Res12 has shown turning a blind eye to keep the show on the road was deemed acceptable.
In purely business terms the PLC may well have a case for continuing the rivalry by splitting titles, but thats business. In applying business tactics to a football club they risk turning that football club into something it naturally would not become. They also risk alienating the lifeblood of the club, its support, for all supporters wish to see their club become the very best it can be and taking steps to inhibit that progress goes against everything a football fan dreams.
That’s where we are right now, on the one hand we are a business, on the other hand we are a football club.
The footballing department wishes success and modernization, the business wishes a rejuvenated rival.
We as a support are caught in the middle.
None of us fell in love with the beautiful game to read about balance sheets, and no one wishes to be the green half of the dreaded Old Firm, but that’s where we are right now.
And this is our boards biggest mistake, that we would simply be happy with our lot, whatever it is we get handed.
Those days are gone, this is a big bold new world where many of the support have been successful in their own right, and in the main can be considered very educated.
Pulling wool over eyes with old tired cliches just isnt happening.
We can and do see through bullshit in nanoseconds.
This changing interconnected globe offers more pastimes than ever, most of which have zero to do with religion or sectarianism, two things which are becoming dated with each and every passing day. Most sports offer a large degree of transparency and accountability through stringently enforced rulebooks and/or commissioners to ensure the basic principles of that sport are upheld, the exact opposite of Scottish football with its bent backroom deals such as Scott getting pulled for offenses that others see ignored.
In this environment, its clear to me that the path our PLC have decided we shall all travel upon is not a long term strategy for business growth, but will ensure a captive audience become more disillusioned with what they are paying for, while maximizing their financial support via emotional bonds.
I believe the support are ageing and not being replaced by sufficient numbers due to the nature of what is on offer.
Things such as kettling, lack of parking for match goers, the rugby having much better amenities on offer all help to push future Tims away.
From a trophy point of view we have done well under him but Glasgow Celtic was always about more than trophies.
I’ve never been more sure that we have the wrong set up, that a PLC is wrong for a club and fanbase that wants to see how high we can leap, as opposed to how much can we earn.
His stated objective of achieving EPL entry does not have much support and would cause one almighty schism, perhaps pushing away large swaths of fans who see Scotland where we belong and outpricing many.
That outpricing would hinder the next generation from following the club, again not a long term growth strategy.
The fact that our supremo is willing to accept one Hoops team being non profit (Shamrock Rovers) while ripping the arse out of it (Epl salaries) when in control of the other Hoops only serves to befuddle.
At the same time turning a blind eye to the numerous ills and organisations that plague the national sport only serves to enhance the notion all is not as it seems, it’s a murky cesspit that I believe is the worst league in Europe.
For all Dermots perceived power or powerful friends, it has not helped the running of the game up north one bit, the opposite could be claimed seeing as we are all unsure how our rivals could meet their FFP obligations since respawning.
A respawn perceived and thought possible by corrupt people who do not wish to further the national sport but solely their own vested interests.
A respawn that placed folk between a rock and a hard place, with no winner, the lesser of evils to be chosen from.
A respawn that seen the curtain pulled back to expose Scottish football for the bent farce it is.
Only when the moustached one moves elsewhere ending all influence over the club could we possibly judge his overall impact and legacy, but when one considers he is planning long term blabbing his determination to move while ignoring the reality on the ground for most Tims, it’s hard not to see a split in the offing.
A learned friend often tells me he is not one to get into a pissing competition with, so the chances of winning this battle for the fans are slim, at least on paper and certainly not without a unified support, yet we haven’t united for a cause in almost half a century.
Meanwhile those of us introduced to the club by our fathers are now fathers themselves, but the easy choice our dads had to make in rearing us as Celtic fans having witnessed the miracle of Lisbon then the Centenary double is no longer an easy choice given how far the game, league, and now sadly club has fallen when viewed through the prism of Res12.
The revelations that Barcelona have jumped aboard the Superleague train will only serve to bolster our glorious leaders quest to join a bigger league or setup in it’s wake, but at what price and does he even consider or care?
To me Dermots legacy is simple, but he is far from alone in it. Many owners of clubs will leave the same legacy.
They all helped turn the beautiful game, into a crying shame.
‘ Forgive them father, for they know not what they do!’