Celtic 3-3 Hearts Celtic win 4-3 on penalties.
Yesterday was a chance for Celtic fans to celebrate our own Glorious Twelfth as we won our twelfth successive domestic treble and an unprecedented quadruple-see what I did there!-treble. But I don’t think I’ll be buying the DVD of this one-no matter how historic the occasion was,there is no way on God’s green planet that I will be persuaded to watch that again.
It all started so brightly for us,with Ryan Christie putting us deservedly in front after twenty minutes. He picked up a loose clearing header in just about his favourite spot,twenty yards out on the right of the box. A wee touch to steady himself and tee the ball up and a curler into the opposite top corner and we were on our way. A terrific goal which under normal circumstances I could watch all day every day.
Ten minutes later and it was two. Duffy went up for a corner,Berra handled the miscued header and even Beaton couldn’t deny us the penalty. Eddy stepped up against his old team mate,and I’m sure they are familiar with each other from practising during training. That’s always a concern,so Eddy dealt with it with the most delicious Panenka since,erm,Panenka. Gordon was raging and got booked for his petulance over it! So half time and cruising-though there were worrying moments-like every time the ball got near our defence! But totally in control,and it was a mightily relaxed Timternet at half time.
The second half was just an utter shambles. Sure,we had the odd chance but we looked no more likely to score than Hearts had in the first fortyfive. And when they pulled one back early on,oh it was time for us all to jump behind the settee again. Ajer was skinned on the right,the ball eventually came into the box. Our two central defenders and keeper,with over 6m in height between them,let Boyce pick his spot with a header. And the equaliser was even worse! Players everywhere except where they should be at a corner,and we feared the worst at 2-2.
Into extra time and we were still behind the settee-until we got a break with the ball falling to Griff from a rebound. No need to ask twice,he blasted it! Right on the interval too. And breathe-except we all knew we couldn’t,that this defence still had mistakes in it. And they gave us a nervy last ten minutes or so with a third failure to deal with a high ball. If you were watching as a neutral you would have been pishing yourself at their incomepetence,but it was no laughing matter for us as we eked it out to penalties.
Even then,we made it difficult for ourselves with Christie missing his penalty,the third,to leave us trailing. This really put the pressure on Hazard in goal and on Michael Johnston as the next up. Both kids did their job-Hazard with a save low to his right and Johnston bang in the corner.
3-3 after four penalties each,so effectively sudden death. Again,Hazard stepped up with a terrific save low to his left,and Kris Ajer blasted it home for the victory.
There is a lot of criticism due this performance yesterday,collectively and individually. But this is not the time. This is the time to just enjoy something that has never been done,and may never be done again.The players deserve a pat on the back for those four campaigns,and I won’t be churlish enough to detract from it. They take their place in our pantheon of legends.
Above article by BMCUWP,but…
I also got this from ATHINGOFBEAUTY about the zoom call with Celtic Supporters Trust. I really think we should be looking into joining this group if we want change at the club.
The main points to come out the meeting with the board were:
Peter Lawwell and the board think their communication with the fans is good. They meet with supporter organisations though this does not happen regularly. When asked about fans who are not part of affiliated association they said they have staged roadshows but these have stopped. They also pointed to JohnPaul Taylor speaking to fans and Peter Lawwell specifically said he also answers emails from fans. Jeanette Findlay openly encouraged supporters to email him with any issues they have.
Lawwell also said that communication can be difficult as there are things they can say and things they can’t say. Again the trust were clear to point out that as a support we are not thick and can decipher what is being said. PL said he’d made two statements. It was pointed out this was after the Ross county game and therefore possibly only because they had to. Lawwell also denied any knowledge of issues with the VST stream and thinks this is working well with no plans stated to improve this. As stated earlier, email him!! Incidentally JPT pointed out there had been issues and complaints varied from game to game.
PL described the club’s ambition as “limitless.” They feel they have achieved this in a domestic sense and have plans to do better in Europe but would not expand on this. A trust member at the meeting pointed out later that their ambition has only been to be slightly better than sevco. This supporter also questioned the £35m spend but there was no real breakdown to that though it may also include wages. What David Lowe did say was that Lawwell needs to talk less about what’s been spent and more about what’s been achieved and wrote a letter to him about that. The board see it differently. They think they are outspending everyone which gets back to DL questioning what they are achieving rather than what they are spending. Another supporter spoke about the strategy of buying cheap and trying to sell high. This is not a strategy that is working and it is actually holding back our own young players, pointing to the numerous youths that have left to make very good careers elsewhere but weren’t good enough for us. I have to say that when we examine some of the dross brought in from 2014 onwards you have to say he had a point.
They also said that DD had vehemently denied saying that Celtic fans are entitled. What was not denied was that he had said he would not be dictated to by mob rule. It was also said that the manager has KPI’s but didn’t say if he was meeting them. When asked about a contingency plan should improvement not be seen in the team PL talked about the difficulties – a soulless empty stadium (better get used to that Peter), players living in a pandemic and the effects on the younger players especially but they are still hopeful we will win the league this season. David Lowe said that Peter Lawwell thinks the club are doing a good job, Lennon is the right man and the players are the right players. He then made comparison with Mikel Arteta and ole Gunnar Solskjaer. A trust member pointed out that these clubs and ours are failing because of poor corporate governance. In my opinion, that Peter Lawwell made that comparison in the first place shows how deluded he is.
David Lowe also said that Peter Lawwell is very interested in the numbers the trust have. This is exactly why we have to increase these numbers. He is concerned enough to be asking. Let’s give him something to really think about. The membership is increasing rapidly and more members brings a larger skills base, including in modern communications and they are working on a plan to get the word out better going forward.
David Lowe also said that the board have been taken aback by the “collapse” and the momentum the trust have gathered asking what all this sack the board was about and if we wanted rid of the CEO. Jeanette Findlay said there was things she could say and things she couldn’t say and that gave me a good laugh!!
It was recognised that whilst everyone wants the ten it is not an end to the issues we have. Change is needed at boardroom level. David Lowe pointed out that there is no succession planning in the boardroom. 4 out of the 9 NEDs have been there for over 9 years. Votes against their reelection doubled this year. They are simply too old and not diverse enough. There needs to be a shake up. That there was no meeting of the nominations committee this year and they are the ones who are supposed to look at the make up of the board is a pointer to just how comfy theses guys are. Again another solid reason to join up with the trust!! It was felt questionable that the board are even asking questions of the CEO. They do have KPIs also but goodness knows what they are if they can’t even fulfil this basic task,
Jeanette Findlay felt that if the board were serious about valuing the fans they could make a start by gifting some of their shares to the trust as a thank you to the fans. I’ll not hold my breath their JF if you don’t mind.
It was said again about the trust not seeking a seat on the board. Again the reason was that we would then not be able to hold them to account as we may wish as our main obligation of you are on the board is to the PLC and that defeats the purpose. The trust feel the way forward is to grow the membership to get a voice and also to build the shares. DL pointed out that 5% gives you the right to call for a general meeting.
A well known supporter spoke of resolution 12 and gave it as an expanse of how we can never trust this board. After all he’s been through there will be no disagreement from anyone on that but JF could not give any further update as res 12 and 11 were not discussed.
John Anderson from the CSA spoke but my broadband was a bit poor here but I think he said he had relayed the association concerns that Lennon is not the right man. Lawwell said there was no guarantee bringing anyone else would lead to a winning run. He asked about the coaching set up and Lawwell explained that. John is good at coaching, Lennon not as much but he is good at other things. This was not elaborated on. There was no discussion regarding the ins and outs of Gavin Strachan appointment.
I’m sure there were other things that I have missed and others may be able to elaborate but as I have stated throughout, we really need a united voice to instigate change in our club, I feel the trust is the vehicle for this and encourage you all to sign up if you can.
And finally from AULDHEID…
A thing of beauty
It was a really good meeting and I’m enthused that joining the trust is the way forward if we want to invoke change at the club. This is not about this season, not about Neil Lennon, it’s about the kind of club we want as a support for the next generation.
I hope you heard my contribution in respect of
- an untrustworthy board,
- an instance of poor, even misleading communication at the AGM by Bankier,
- the sum shareholders have pledged to seek legal advice on shareholders rights and Directors responsibilities with reference to Board behaviour on Res12 that I said could only be taken forward under the auspices of the CST and
4 How Celtic had a moral responsibility to act as stated in their AGM response in engaging with relevant authorities before asking supporters to renew STs without having gained assurances rules will not be set set aside on a matter of footballing justice.
Jeanette Finlay’s response that it was a matter the CST Board would have to consider (which I was well aware of as a long time CST member ) is one that I feel they must honour if their core aim is to make the Celtic Board more accountable as there will never be a better opportunity to do so.
For me a failure to pursue under CST auspices undermines their raison d’etre, unless of course they have good reason not to that CST members should be told.
You know what to do,folks!!!