Even though he’s played for and supported Celtic since the seventies Tom Boyd was taken aback by the tribulations of last season.
Neil Lennon’s debut season in management won’t be quickly forgotten as Boyd’s former team-mate came up against a catolgue of issues that are never covered in a coaching course.
As well as being lied to by a referee the new Celtic boss felt the full force of the SFA come down on him as the increasingly tiresome outgoing President George Peat went out of his way to make life as difficult as possible.
Peat’s actions were described as ‘contrary to the principles of fair play’ by Lord Carloway with Lennon sickeningly attacked at Tynecastle as Celtic chased Rangers for the title.
Boyd watched the dramas develop with amazement and is hopeful that last week’s AGM of the SFA really will bring in an era of Fair Play from the authorities.
He said: “The game against Motherwell was a show of definance against the things outwith football and also within. When you saw some of the decisions that went against Celtic and the workings within the SFA from their committees they were beyond belief.
“For Neil to get a team on the park playing football that supporters want to watch with everything that was going on was appreciated by every supporter.
“It was a season of bewilderment at some of the things that went on, hopefully the decision to ratify changes will be the start of change. We’ve got to give it a chance and hope that things do improve next season.”
Boyd added: “We will be stronger next season. With everything that was going on behind the scenes working against our football club and our manager that’s what unified the club.
“It’s unfortunate that we missed out on the big prize but we were close and I think that we’ll be stronger next season
“You could see the unity in the final SPL match which was one of the best things that I’ve ever seen- there was the crowd, players and manager all together. Everyone was magnificent.”
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