Whats in the pipeline?
Change is inevitable, but despite that simple fact it is often unwanted. Some people fight against it while others fight for it,,some embrace it some shun it.
The wise see it coming, take steps to lessen its impact, and adapt with it.
In this respect our beloved Club are not looking very wise at all. Change, very much needed in order to fully embrace the modern supporter in the modern world, has been ruefully accepted as being forced upon the club. Dermots words of trying to convince Peter to stay on, when taken with modern Brendan’s badgering out the door in preference of the old school Lenny and other examples, show us our leaders prefer things as they are, as they know and are comfortable with.
And many grew much too comfortable.
Despite being a self proclaimed Champions League Club or as widely believed a well run club, there is an excellent chance Glasgow Celtic will find themselves scrambling on a few different fronts next year. Dominic spoke of a smooth transition but quite how that could work while he is otherwise fulltime employed is a mystery. The Whitehouse keeps a series of folders to cover each scenario, the Tangerine famously rejected the in situ Pandemic Playbook,but it’s hard to imagine anything so organized at Parkhead.
‘Ask Peter’ looks to be our preferred playbook.
Off the field our new CEO will be faced with either his own recruits new to the position and seeking to find their own feet, or he is faced with the current directors. Considering they stood idly by making them architects of the mess we find ourselves in, they are best away from our club altogether.
I cannot under any circumstances see them as the way forward, I hope Dominic shared this conviction.
On a boardroom level, transition looks sketchy. Accept the bad or no-one, a little like Brendan being given a choice of Commper or zilch, and we know how that worked out. Some of the incumbents may stick around, perhaps giving the impression of assisting, but that’s locking the gate after the horse has bolted.
They are 15 years too late to be scrutinizing the CEO.
Infrastructure wise, it’s hard to make a case we are in a better place now than when Peter took over. Our playing surface is at its worst and needs major work, the Stadium is a generation older, no hotel or cafe or museum. The first team dont have an indoor training pitch, which could double as a reserve ground but there are plans already drawn which is a slight advantage.
The Kerrydale Bar has opened yes and that will boost matchday revenue significantly one would imagine, but given its propensity to quickly fill to capacity, it cannot serve as a reliable meeting place for families or friends, forcing many to make alternative plans.
Whilst not a mess and suitable for the short term, the clubs infrastructure needs medium and long term planning then finance, another challenge for the new bloke.
The clubs relationship with the fans needs no clarification,,we dont trust them and the relationship is at its lowest ebb for a generation.
Theres is no successful transition available.
A successful transition could be massively aided by cold hard cash of course, but again on that front bad news is expected with the financials most likely poor.
However given Covid and the 40 million next egg, I’m not sure if we should use this as a stick to beat the PLC with,,but it must be stated we dont look financially ready for huge changes.
Relationship with other clubs and our standing in the game I feel has regressed a lot. We weren’t a punching bag when storming our way to Seville under a proper manager but sure enough embrace the dreaded Old Firm and the big nights delivering the best atmosphere in global football dissipates. What fools to not capitalize upon something world class being given for free! They should have made a point of packing the park for every big game and helping the faithful astound the sport again and again.
That atmosphere they all rave about needs a good team on the park to inspire the faithful, a fact which looks to have been overlooked by someone somewhere.
Finally, the odds of a successful transition on the Park?
Depends on your definition of success of course but entry into Europe and winning the title very much look a stretch too far where I’m sitting, for many that would be a poor transition.
Of those who are considered staying and committed (by us that is) we can just about name a starting eleven. That eleven will never have played together, some of them have yet to prove themselves Celtic class or in Mikeys case that he has a body that can handle the rough and tumble of Scottish football.
An eleven from ‘the remainers’ would look something like,
Taylor, Welsh, Julienne,
James Forrest, Soro, Turnbull, Henderson,Mikey,
Trusting the remainers to take us places would be folly.
We therefore need to supplement them but that’s were the problems begin.
The Glorious Balance Sheet looks likely to ‘consume’ the lions share of player sales, and hitting the PLC in the pocket will serve to compound this issue.
That starting eleven, which doesnt exactly strike fear into hearts but has potential, needs improved. It also needs backups for some of those players dont tend to last full seasons, not our long, hammer-throwing campaigns.
It needs well spent investment, two things we have flopped at in recent years.
Yet we have a brand new face at the helm, most likely without the necessary transfer market knowledge or the capital required.
The smart play of a Director of Football to do the legwork on transfers, is also a gamble considering he has never appointed one or worked with one.
Signs point to a few local lads coming in simply to add numbers,,Gallagher and Nisbet spring to mind supplemented by couple pre contracts and the traditional couple EPL loans.
Should the team miss out on Europe and the Champions elect qualify, we face the situation not only of being outspent in the transfer market, but supporter interest via virtual season book sales tanking, next season becoming another season long dead rubber, which isnt good for any of us and begins a downward spiral.
Based on my projections I firmly believe it’s time to invest in the footballing department in order to arrest a downward slide. The risk can be mitigated as much as possible through a mixture of hiring a manager with a track record of improving the players he has been given and/or has a good record in the transfer market.
We could also front the new mans transfer kitty to provide an instant oomph.
Not investing and sticking with what we have is probably the worst thing for the club right now.
Yet all this must be viewed through the eyes of a fresh pair of eyes. One of his very first acts could be to put the club into debt which might be fine in normal times, but normal times these aint.
It’s the hard call, especially when you’ve just walked through the door with no one reliable to trust with it.
The easy call of ‘just make do for now’ will cost Dominic short, medium, possibly long term if the Ibrox mob spend enough to tear ahead and ‘generation of domination’ us.
Transitioning from also ran to worthy Champions will take some imagination, a good manager and some spend whether debt or not. History tells us this, St. Martin did that exact thing. We should know what to do.
Dermot or Dominic need to find and fund the new Martin to manage the onfield transition, get that right and the rest will fall into place.
Grab a winner and let him spend his budget as he deems fit.
That change alone may work wonders.
Above by Mahe.
God Bless the famous Glasgow Celtic, Pride of Ireland.