Sometimes nothing can be a cool hand,,,
For a suave jailbird with only bluster left, then yes.
For a world famous football club it’s flabbergasting.
The fact we are a bare bones operation has been displayed for all and sundry to see, including potential signings. Wednesday night I pondered the names on the bench and wasnt slow in realizing there’s really nothing much there at all, and certainly no gamer changer bar possibly James. Coupled with a patchwork 11 and its clear we have pretty much nada, bar what quality we buy.
What quality we buy is very much in question. So far the majority of the buys have been prospects, so far the majority of player sales capital hasnt been reinvested.
The manager is on public prompt number 3 I believe, the result of which has been a headline saying big bossman getting involved and a much too late signing pushed through.
Of course Odsonne will be replaced, only when he goes and the money is guaranteed, then another much too late signing shall appear, just one and the fact PSG had a huge sell on clause shall be heard from on high silencing any calls to ‘spend more of the Eddy money’.
In short, anticipate few reinforcements and expect us to run with the bare minimum we need, turning to the prospects a lot.
Any expectations of silverware are pure hope not based in reality.
With many of the undesirables on a salary they wont find elsewhere, cashing in on them becomes nigh on impossible so we shall take the hit leading to less transfer funds available, a vicious cycle not created by the footballing department but they will bear the biggest brunt of it.
We have more than Cool Hand Luke that evening, but not by much.
The relationship between board and support could easily be summed up as nothing. For all the talk of change nothing of note actually happened. In boxing terms after winning the first round, Dom has lost the next two, with confidence in him draining.
In just three days ‘your man’ comes out swinging at you, the big chief starts getting personally involved, and the support is up in arms again with the wish for change being aired almost universally, many old heads saying enough after witnessing that back line going into a European battle.
There’s nothing left to give this board that hasn’t been given before and squandered, there’s certainly no trust to issue, no cause except the team to rally around,,,any operator or board can offer you the match day experience as the bare minimum so we cannot praise them for offering us the chance to watch our team.
Just like Luke, there’s nothing.
What does the future hold?
Does a leopard change its spots? This board has adopted the head in the sand approach to fan anger, and are getting away with it, so we cannot expect change from them to be forthcoming. They throw us a new face now and again,, hide behind the SLO a lot,, stage manage the AGMs,, don’t discard old board members, useful or not,, and sit back safe in the knowledge the vast majority of season ticket holders automatically renew full stop.
And of course they have the keys, possession being nine tenths of the law and all that.
Their business model works, and being businessmen and women if it works they won’t change it.
But we are not a business and perhaps the question of football club or profitable business is at the very heart of this struggle between owners and fans, between that field of play being an arena that produces memories and glory, or profits.
The ‘soul’ of Celtic is to be found within everyone of us, and embodied by many acts and songs, but primarily the beating heart of the club was always the eleven heroes selected to represent all of us, chosen to embody our character on the field of play.
If we now know that pitch is simply a shop window for a procession of potentially profitable prospects, wheres our ‘soul’?
Glasgow Celtic was always about the connection between club and support, a connection that seems unbreakable when strong.
A connection embodied by Tommys ‘they’re there and they’re always there!’ homage.
After 20 years it must be clear to all, the only connection this PLC wants is to your bank account.
Cause, Culture, Calling my arse. The cause of our current malaise was a boardroom culture that heeded only the calling of cash.
I’m afraid those currently seeking the soul of Celtic will find nothing, not a cool hand at all in this case.
Theres zero signs of the big modernization of Glasgow Celtic that Dom noticed and seemed intent on implementing. We were told the club were seeking a successful European model to follow and then once the model was in place the personnel tailored to that structure would follow, words which may sound sensible but the proof was always going to be in the pudding.
Tight finances due to no Europe will be the first hurdle to the appointment, despite the fact the appointment could go a long way to stop falling at early hurdles.
This boardroom collection are never going to hire anyone who rocks the boat, and with a DoF dealing directly with the boardroom it was always in doubt whether a true Director would be brought into the inner sanctum and be allowed to make demands, or simply speak the truth.
On that front 9 in a row is a big shield to hide behind, and when combined with the experience available (Peter ahem), and a desire for the easy life, when I look for any confidence the club shall see a program of modernization, just like Luke I’ve got nothing.
Ironically however, in giving the Tims nothing they’ve given them something, and that is the rationale and impetus to force some boardroom change. A somewhat decently run operation could have divided the support from here to kingdom come with many ‘doing good enough’ voices to help drown out the ‘could be better’ criers.
Left with the worst squad in living memory and the mouths in the trough responsible refusing to budge, there’s not a single ‘doing good enough’ voice left out there to compete.
Its a cacophony of ‘not good enough’ yells out there, which shall only increase if we begin to fall behind in the league table early in the season (not saying title race as that implies we can and will properly compete).
The case for non renewal strictly with the aim of pushing through boardroom change shall only build, and is in danger of uniting the support.
The so called happyclappers and mineshafters are one body now longing for the same thing, change pure and simple.
The Tims will allow their boardroom a large degree of latitude, and even turn a blind eye at times, on the unwritten proviso the club is financially secure under their combined wealth, and ran somewhat correctly.
On the first the boards wealth is no longer of help to the club given it lives hand to mouth and has done for some time, Dermots funds arent needed and to be honest arent wanted.
During times of extreme circumstances such as a pandemic, there was never any indication the club would be bankrolled, it fell squarely upon the support to step up and step up they did. The only ones that season.
The support now know we dont need Dermot, not at all.
And on the second part, we’ve sunk like a brick with not even a token head rolled, got past glories thrown at us and contemptuously labelled a new breed.
Its yet to be determined whether we have hit rock bottom as a club. Fighting for second spot rather than first would be a low that could tip the masses over the edge, and the new manager walking out disgusted could waterhole the entire club and bring the support to the barricades. Neither are truly unthinkable, and an example that things could get worse before they get better.
The famous card game of the title was at least fictional, whereas this is a reality we all must live through. There’s nothing glorious about our having nothing, no angle to be played, no coolness involved. Nothing is the worst hand ourselves and Ange has ever been dealt.
Next summer however, (giving them) nothing might just be a cool hand.
By Mahe, happy Friday folks.
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