Biting the hand that feeds you
Hair and Tommy Graveson, Rangers and taxes, now trust and Celtic.
Seems some things just aren’t meant to be.
The Celtic Trust just found out the hard way Dermots club wants only one thing from the fans, and it’s certainly not their ideas. Their shares initiative was a good starting point in the expected negotiations surrounding the clubs promise of added value, ticked a lot of boxes so to speak, and would have helped the Trust a lot via gifted shares plus a recognition of their strength being the largest supporters organization.
Whether you are a member of the Trust or not, agree with them on important issues or not, we should all recognize that giving the Trust short shrift sends out very bad signals. I wrote of feeling taunted this week, well this isn’t a million miles from that. The club have, again, went back on their word.
Fool me once etc.
The devotion, sentimentality, and protective instincts shown by the support during the Covid pandemic by renewing whilst not guaranteed admittance fully deserves respect and recognition, starting from the very top followed by all employees helped by those very selfless actions.
The Tims deserve applause for their part.
Instead the board that spectacularly failed urges move on.
It’s well known the head of the Trust publicly stated asking members to boycott was not a road they would be going down. They adopted a dialogue based non aggressive stance and placed a serious proposal on the table. The main supporters org presented themselves and their idea correctly, there is little doubt.
For them to publicly state they are “extremely disappointed that the PLC board has behaved in such a disrespectful and uncooperative way” is a massive stain on the board, who could have formed a working relationship at the very least. Some might think that a given, perhaps it is with other clubs, but not ‘ours’.
It’s an appalling mark to leave upon non confrontational professionals who merely care for their club.
But perhaps this had to happen, the Trust and all of us needed to know if the PLC would deal honestly with a bona fide fans party, the answers a reasoning no.
On Tuesday I scribed taunters only do it when they think they can get away with it. The PLC don’t seem worried at all, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out why. Yes they will always have a solid season ticket base of 30 to 35k to fall back upon at any given time, but with the season tickets promised to be out by end of May, and the last Friday of May being tomorrow, seems obvious the long awaited managerial change shall actually be announced then, with perhaps a few more names like a DoF.
And viola, the Trusts and supporters’ woes are relegated to yesterday’s news at a stroke.
What’s particularly galling is the fact we thought things would change under a new CEO yet wham bam, the old bad c̶o̶p̶ news, good c̶o̶p̶. news routine has been wheeled out in order to control the narrative. We were told Dom had a background in PR, hopefully he picked up more than that dirty trick I consider below our club for the record.
The Trust now have a decision to make.
The diplomatic approach has been dismissed, it’s members must now choose how to respond.
All supporters should be interested as this cuts right to the heart of what exactly the Club is and stands for, and it could easily affect the matchday experience if the Green Brigade get involved.
The AICSC have already expressed concern, the CSA had meetings to express their concerns.
This is no few disgruntled made clear by the fact 30k took refunds, many eyes watch events closely, many have not been happy for quite a while and now their concerns will be heightened.
No one could have scripted the last decade of Scottish football, it’s been a lot to live through, I’ve seen and heard things I never ever thought I would experience.
The national sport can be very thankful it still has a faithful audience after some of the malarkey it has served up, the
Tims the true spine of that audience.
They’ve been faithful through and through, through bullshit and legal wrangling, through verbal gymnastics and blatant tomfoolery.
Then came the empty stadium times and the Tims as usual pony up to a man even though they could only be there in spirit, the promised added value finally turning out to be a sham.
We, the worldwide famous and worldwide Celtic supporters, can literally trust nobody in the game anymore, our clubs board must be included.
All we’ve got is each other, as splintered as we are.
Which brings me to my three main points,,
1,,, Far from it for me, a non member at the moment, to tell the Trust how to respond but they as a body must realize their next move(s) will be heavily scrutinized.
Will they get confrontational is the question on everyone’s lips?
I hope so, nothing else has got anywhere and everyone would march with them on this one. Membership would swell I believe.
2,,, Responding to the renewal forms. It’s each to their own and as usual please dont judge, you haven’t walked a mile in those shoes, but if you can take a little stance please do. Leave it to the last minute perhaps? Tell the telesales you have decided to wait until each weekend and take in whichever game offers the best value, in other words you’re just a football customer now. If not renewing consider giving the club that message.
They treat you like a customer, but yet they would crap the bed if we all acted like one.
No one will be asking you to forgo buying a season ticket, that’s a purely personal choice but none of us should be above a small sacrifice for the cause once in a green and white moon.
Missing out on a single fixture for instance, to take a stand together. A small sacrifice that would have a big impact.
One game for the common good should never be beyond us and would make certain people sit up and listen. Big time.
If it comes to it, see you outside the Park right?
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