Date: 22nd November 2020 at 8:35am
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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.