As fans we must learn lesson’s
Yesterday Auldheids article asking what is Celtics purpose gave us answers such as a profit machine, an entertainment vessel for 60k, a platform for our races natural abilities and more.
We are a varied bunch gathering under the one banner, each with expectations that may be met or not, and recently we have seen discussion on the perspective of the home based support who attend versus the expat with affection, the two main strands of our support.
The faithful are a broad church, that much is clear.
As a support we do not flit in and out depending on alignment with the boardroom, for better or worse, but will experience a few different regimes while alive, that much seems assured.
Of course every regime differs a little, just human nature, which leads to fans preferring one over the other, again only natural.
This raises the question, do we as a support learn lessons from the boards we acquire, or do we simply let them pass time in the boardroom?
The original Celts for Change suggests we as a fanbase are vocal and active when necessary, capable of unity should the occasion call for it. But yet if you ask me, thats not our current support at all, that’s a different fan group from a different era.
The reasons are an article unto themselves, but the fact is after two decades give or take of this board, we have more than enough evidence of how they operate, of how they treat their fanbase, plus knowledge of their character, that we are able to judge them in terms of how we as a club and support benefited (hopefully) from their hand on the tiller.
Again avoiding the details which have been well documented many find this regime lacking, despite being on the cusp of unrivalled domestic history.
While some while simply shrug when a fresh board appears, we as fans automatically take for granted that their interests align with ours, but thats not necessarily true of football clubs anymore.
The renowned Man Utd seen their ‘real’ fans go off and form their own club, thats how upset they where with what they seen happening at ‘their’ club.
Why Jock himself resorted to announcing in public that he had full control of first team affairs, something that we have learnt isn’t available to current Celtic managers, despite the evidence that when football men were making the football decisions we excelled.
As with back then, the board did not want to take the leap into the modern world, and everytime I hear we are a one man fiefdom with one figure making the big decisions I shudder, having watched clubs like Man Utd falter after their all powerful leader departs.
Its no way to run a modern club and for succession purposes its actually the worst thing to do, yet our club of choice looks every bit like a one man show destined to see the same flaws soon.
So when confronted with new faces, how will we as a fanbase react?
Does the current hostility and mistrust disappear the minute one suit is out the door replaced by another?
Does it depend on their ‘credentials’ ?
Is it going to be a case of just like Biden, anyone but him?
If its the same again what to do?
These are all very very valid.
One thing we have learnt together is that many answers dont stand up to scrutiny over the course of time. Getting the message out there has worked well for this board, although that only lasts so long. From every penny goes back in, cant compete in Europe, hard to find the players in January but will strengthen in summer then the players we targeted in summer didnt want to come because we werent in Champions league but we will strengthen in January, etc etc etc
We must judge what we see and our intuition tells us a lot more than what we are told imo.
However thats not good enough, or should I say enough.
Theres many of the support unhappy about one aspect or another, but simply prepared to go along with things, perhaps because it feels like I’m only one little fish in a huge ocean, what difference does my opinion make?
Im sure all of us feel like that at times.
But look where staying quiet has gotten us, a divided fanbase, some mesmerised by the ten, some disgusted at our repeated failures to act on important issues like the death of the Old Firm, being cheated out of millions, the most bent league and refs in Europe.
All while hiding behind a veneer of respectability aka the balance sheet and domestic titles which for the upmteenth time should be coming our way when we have approx double the turnover of our nearest rival, ask any decent businessman.
Whether it be a couple months, a year, or a couple years, when we have a new regime in front of us, please help us not make the same mistakes again, and show that we learn our lessons here.
The bent bastards with whistles MUST be tackled at some stage right?
The fans with typewriters should be forced to retract every mistruth right?
The crooks at Hampden should be forced into pure accountability and transparency after all its your money right?
Like I say its not enough to be a spectator anymore, allowing the national sport to fall to laughing stock levels, saying nothing but paying and complaining online.
The ending of the ten is also the start of a new era, which will see different faces in the boardroom. I hope you agree that we all must be a lot more vocal and visual and in doing so aim to guide the club we all love to follow a path we would all happily trod.
All of us must pick up the pen and write to the club advising them of our thoughts on important decisions, must make some phone calls and register complaint or compliment, and when handing over the season ticket money at the very least let concerns be known.
If every single one of us can help push Glasgow Celtic upon a path that is noble future generations will sing our praise. The clubs destiny is uncertain, but your love for it has never been, so why not help forge a future that we could all embrace.
We, the support, need to adopt a different approach, a much more hands on approach with lots of nudging and cajoling, communication and alignment.
It needs to be recognised that YOU are Glasgow Celtic, every single beautiful one of you, and by bringing you closer the clubs future is secured.
Right now its all about ten, but when this is done we focus on the club, all of us, and start forging the Celtic we all wish to see. That club could conquer the world, it needs only the chance.
The above by Mahe. Black Lives Matter.