While Neil Lennon is the obvious target for angry Celtic fans more attention is turning towards the boardroom and in particular Chief Executive Peter Lawwell.
The warning sign was there in August when Ferencvaros ended our Champions League hopes but after Cluj, AEK Athens and others it wasn’t really a shock, it just happens at an earlier stage every season.
Celtic’s response was predictable- within a week Shane Duffy and David Turnbull were signed following a pattern of reactive signings.
Going into a match where victory would have taken the club to three matches away from £30m the club had replaced the two goalkeepers that left with Vasilis Barkas making his home debut while the short of fitness Albian Ajeti sat on the bench. January signings Ismaila Soro and Patryk Klimala sat through the 90 minutes unused on the bench, Soro was till waiting on his debut.
And so the season has continued.
Various random points can be selected for the decline with the two years from June 2016 to 2018 the exception. Since Tony Watt scored against Barcelona in 2012 there has been a regression at all levels.
With no credible rivals for much of that time domestic successes have kept the club going and the majority of the support happy. Five failures to reach the Champions League group stage in the last seven attempts, all against unseeded opponents has told a different story.
Now with competent opposition for the title inertia has caught up with Celtic, years of doing just enough, of complacency are coming home to roost with the stagnant board and 16 years in the job CEO coming into the spotlight that they are uncomfortable with.
The @CelticFC board are really the only ones responsible for this mess. 5 way agreements, penny pinching, nothing said about hun finances, appointing a manager in the shower room, the list goes on. Happy to watch the huns catch us for off the field £££s. We should be untouchable.
— Johnny ??????? (@Johnny_Firebird) November 21, 2020
Tweet of the season ??
— mark kelman (@KelmanMark) November 21, 2020
Yep, failure to address these issues was always going to come and bite us in the back side. The turkeys are now coming home to roost. This board have knowingly turned their backs on it all and will continue to do so.
— Kat ????????????? (@LiveLoveCeltic) November 21, 2020
100% they’ve penny pinched on the coaching side structure, if Lennon goes, they all need to go imo
Coaching structure clearly isnt ingrained in the club, something that will always come to hunt us until its in place, creating that foundation to build upon or we have nothing.
— ??? (@G0AI__) November 21, 2020
I stopped reading after “5 way agreements”.
Nothing matters after that.
— Stefano (@StefanoSix7) November 21, 2020
Those points are absolutely correct,what a shambolic way to treat & cheat the Celtic fans out of the most crucial football season in the club’s history since Lisbon.Those at the top should be ashamed of how this season is unraveling under their watch.Disgraceful!!
— bobton71 (@bobton71) November 21, 2020
You have a ceo who has weakened the team every year since the invincible season while he has taken 3 million a year bonus money selling our best players has been good for 1 guy Peter Lawwell
— Joe Dabernig (@JoeDabernig) November 21, 2020
They’ve always tried to just do enough to get by, the appointment of Rodgers being the only time they stepped up?
— ?John Connell? (@celticjohn67) November 21, 2020
Lawwell has cost us millions lack of quality signings required to get to the CL group stages sold KT for 25 million look at the shite he gave us back that’s half our problems him and his board
— Jim (@JimTim6788) November 21, 2020