Nightmare on Kerrydale Street
The nightmare endures for the Celtic support,with the unlikely sight of St Mirren taking all three points at the weekend. I say unlikely,but how true is that? Their first victory at our ground since 1990,yes,but it means we have now dropped 23 points from 24 games this season,and are the same number of points behind the league leaders,albeit with two games in hand.
Our form for the last four months in particular and for the season in general suggests that we are lucky that opponents started the season by awarding us a degree of respect which we had earned previously but didn’t currently deserve. We had 25/27 points from our first nine matches and since then our fifteen games have yielded 24/45. Add in our European humiliations plus the Ross County defeat in the League Cup and I’d say that it is fair comment that we are not experiencing a blip in form. We have regressed to the level of a mid-table side,and one which no longer holds the fear factor over opponents.
While it is now clear that we might as well write the season off,the starting again part which usually follows might not be so easy. I can’t remember ever having so many players wanting to leave the club at the same time,and our new CEO has a job on his hands to boost morale amongst the players and to replace those that can’t be persuaded to sign a new contract.
And based on recent performances,how many would we consider worthy of a new contract anyway? From that arises a bigger problem-the performances of our players this season has driven their transfer value through the floor,so there will be even less money available for the required rebuild. And that’s before we take into account the effect of the pandemic on our finances-though curiously,Celtic probably won’t suffer as much as teams from elsewhere as our business model relies heavily on fan-derived income,and those fans sold out the stadium this season.
Hoping for more of the same next season is pie in the sky-unless we have something to latch on to. Give the Celtic fans hope and belief and we will turn up. We did it when Fergus gave us a stadium that everyone said we could never fill,we did it when Martin O’Neill arrived on the back of the Barnes/Dalglish shitshow,and we did it again for Brendan Rodgers who filled the stadium again after the disappointment of the Ronny Deila days.
The fans haven’t openly embraced boycotting the club since the days of the old board but talk of one for next season has been gathering pace for some time now.And the new interest being shown by and for The Celtic Supporters Trust has given the fans a place where we can be united and present a cogent argument to the club,one which argues for change. I’m reluctantly in favour of a boycott at the moment but the Trust disagrees-and this may be for legal reasons,as they are currently trying to encourage fans to buy shares,and also trying manfully to get the club to track down existing shareholders-a legal requirement,I may add,for every company.
The only card we have left to play is the financial one. The club need to know that we will not hesitate to withdraw that fan-derived income,or it will be back of the bus for us for a long time to come.
Above article by BMCUWP