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Last Christmas We Gave You Our Heart – This Year Put Your Faith In The Celtic Trust

2 December 2020


If Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawell thought that releasing a statement on the clubs official website would appease the Celtic fans he has completely misjudged the feeling within the support. It answers none of our concerns and could be compared to a Donald Trump Tweet. Something of little substance with no right to reply or question.

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While the fans are left to debate it on social media. This Saturday the Celtic Trust who have always had all Celtic fans interests at the top of their agenda. There are no egos on display within the Trust committee just a hard working group who have stood up for supporters when the board room considered them an embarrassment to the image of how they think fans should behave.

Should fans be sending Peter Lawell a get well soon message since he has been suffering from the worst case of Laryngitis in history since Brendan Rodgers departed for the bright lights of Leicester.

It was also perfect when Brendan was in charge at Celtic, where once the terraces swayed to the sound of the Wham classic “Last Christmas” dreaming of him and Kieran Tierney dancing in front of the fans with a loud speaker proclaiming they were here from 10IAR.

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Now there are no fans to dance in front of and no loud speaker to play to the crowd, No Kieran or Brendan. When both left while fans fought over social media about Kieran being a Celtic fan or not. Brendan was simply a rat yet the board room remained silent with the exception of a badly composed statements from Peter, Brendan and Iain Bankier who without getting personal seems as useful as Tits on a Bull.

As the hardcore fans around the globe mourned losing a Top class manager and a quality young player. Peter was laughing all the way to the bank and maybe in his mind he could justify obscene amounts of money he is payed at a club set up to feed the poor of the East End of Glasgow and remember we have a statue of our founding father to remind us outside the front of the stadium of who we are and where we have come from.

If that was not bad enough Bankier is paid an estimated £80,000 a year to chair meetings and eat and drink in the board room on match day at our expense. While fans sleep out to support the charity wing of the club each Christmas and continue to support foodbanks and bucket collections. Iain Bankier does not need payment for his position on the board a quick look at his employment CV would suggest he has a few quid spare in the bank.

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Surely the money could be better spent elsewhere at the club like maybe they should not have charged the Kano Foundation Charity for their season books this year, now that would have been a welcome news story for all Celtic fans and one that would certainly unite us all and send out a positive message but that boat has long sailed. The season of good will, I don’t think so

Peter Lawwell said at the end of his statement “Later this month, Celtic will attempt what no other club in the world has achieved – a quadruple treble in domestic competitions. We can best prepare for that and for our other remaining competitions this season by moving forward together, with the sole aim of achieving continued success for the Club.”

Every Celtic Fan wants to celebrate a quadruple treble but moving forward together will be harder, first we need to heal the rift between the fans first. Maybe that healing process can start on Saturday when the Celtic Trust hold an open meeting on Zoom between 1 and 2.

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We may not trust the Celtic board but WE trusted the Celtic Trust with the OBA and we trusted them when our fans were attacked, beaten up and imprisoned in Amsterdam. Maybe they can get answers from the real power players at Celtic, Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawell about the current direction of the club which has divided a support who should be enjoying this historical season as one wise man recently commented on Twitter.

Andrew Milne started More than 90 Minutes in 2001. He 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 & Celtic AM pre-match events at Malone’s 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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