As pre-season continues with some speculation here and there as to who might become a Celtic player. New Celtic manager Ange Passacaglia has been welcomed by each and every Celtic supporter who want to see him do well. There is a restfulness in sections of our support about the lack of signing with the lads from Sheffield Wednesday Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide the only new faces around the club after the on loan players returned to their parent clubs at the end of last season.
Celtic fans have once again backed the team by buying season tickets and 2000 lucky ones will be inside the stadium on Saturday when Preston North End visit Glasgow’s East End. I was not one of the lucky ones so once again it will be the virtual experience for me but for those who have been lucky I am sure it will be an emotional and happy return.
New CEO Dominic McKay has talked positively about the new season and delivering best practice at the club but best practice is surly a Manager bringing in his own backroom team and having someone who knows the club inside out also as part of the first team coach like Martin O’Neill and Gordon Strachan did when they appointed Tommy Burns.
Did Eddie Howe pull out of the deal to be Celtic Manager because he could not take his backroom team with him? We may never know, the official line was one of them would not come to Glasgow but Ange who has been well received by everyone connected to the club must be given time to build and deliver with the coaching staff who failed last year and after Neil Lennon finally stood down as Celtic manager things did not get any better.
The board must also give him the tools he needs to build the club back up to number 1 in Scotland first before we can dream of European adventures. The winners of the SPFL this season will gain automatic qualification to the Champions League that has to be the end game for now.
I hope that Ange can bring something new to the training ground and that the players can improve especially across the backline who looked clueless at set pieces last season. With no head of recruitment at the club or no news as to what direction the club are going in regarding a director of football it is hard to know who is over seeing the signing of new players.
Last season the signing policy was not very successful and Nick Hammond paid the price for it by losing his job and he has not been replaced. We all want to see new players coming in and we realise that a number of players will move on but we remain in the dark as to what direction the new CEO Dominic McKay and the old board are taking us on and we need to see some light.
Like every Celtic fan I want the club to be successful but I think we should not be blinded by our emotional love for the club we still need to be allowed to ask questions and hold the board accountable for their actions without falling out with fans who are happy with the current direction the club is moving in because at the end of the day we all want the same thing and that is Celtic to get back to winning ways.
Andrew Milne is Edittor of More than 90 Minutes Celtic Fanzine which he started in 2001. He has been involved with fanzines since 1989 and has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic. He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast, Talk form the Terrace Podcast, Grand Auld History Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.
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