It’s Time Every Angry Celtic Fan Found A Voice. If You Don’t Use It, You Don’t Matter.

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One of my favourite movies is All The King’s Men, starring Sean Penn as Willie Stark, a small-town southern lawyer who, in the aftermath of a scandal which kills local school-children, runs for governor of his state on a charismatic populist platform.

Stark seals his landslide victory by going out to talk to “all (his) fellow hicks” and reminding them that “nobody ever did anything for a hick except the hick himself”. The only way to take control of their lives is to use their vote to get the things they want.

“If you don’t vote,” he says, “then you don’t matter.”

And perhaps, he says, you are every bit as undeserving of respect and consideration as those who run things believe you to be.

This is the key to his victory; those who never stood up to be counted before flock to him in droves and that gives him the power he needs to start getting things done.

When do Celtic fans give the Trust the power they need to start getting things done?

How many small shareholders does this fan-base have? Thousands. Many, many thousands.

The Trust has asked as many of them as possible to join. But it’s difficult going.

The Trust wants to maximise its power by recruiting as many shareholders as possible.

A lot of these shareholders won’t get in touch with the Trust, so whatever power they do have is worthless because it’s not joined with the combined strength of those who do register.

When the Trust wants to move the board the board knows it doesn’t have to listen, because so many of our shareholders have silenced themselves.

They don’t vote, so they literally don’t matter, and many of them don’t vote because they don’t know how. This is why registering with, and joining, the Trust is so important. Doing so amplifies the voice you have. It is effectively using your vote.

According to our good friend Auldheid, the Trust has a rather unpleasant surprise in store for our board at this year’s AGM, something called a Note Of Concern.

More details will be released nearer the time, but right now the Trust is working on a way of getting all the season ticket holders involved whether they have shares or not.

This is a momentous move, and if they find a good way to do it then we really do have something to send a message with.

And it is important – vitally important, critically important – that we do this.

We have a complacent, arrogant board of directors who are not listening to us right now and a clear message has to be sent to them that we’re unwilling to accept that.

Amongst other things is the sacking of Dominic McKay, which is being treated as if it were of no consequence when in fact it’s a massively destabilising move which has almost certainly shaken our sponsors and other commercial partners to the core.

The club should have immediately indicated that it would be seeking to do a high profile search for a replacement; instead it promoted from within, a move that inspires no confidence whatsoever.

And what of Michael Nicholson himself?

Not one word has been heard from him. Not one. Like our invisible chairman, he might as well not even exist.

The summer just past was calamitous. The board failed us on almost every level, including the length of time it took them to get transfer deals over the line. The days of this lot getting a free ride should be well and truly over.

It is time to start making our voices heard, and the Trust offers ordinary supporters the best way to send a message.

But too many of our fans are passive.

Too many are fatalistic about this stuff, and don’t believe that the board will care regardless.

I’ve never subscribed to the theory that doing something is a waste because it might not work.

You know why?

Because doing nothing definitely doesn’t work.

Of all the strategies that time and history have tested to destruction, that’s the one right there about which there is not the least doubt.

So the time for that is over.

Nobody ever helped a Celtic fan except a Celtic fan his or herself. And anyone who feels angry with this board and who doesn’t add their voice to the chorus … well maybe you are just as unimportant and undeserving of respect as the board of directors thinks you are.

Because if you don’t vote, you don’t matter.

Do you matter?

Well, it’s almost time to prove it folks.

You can apply to join the Celtic Trust by contacting them at this link.

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  • Jimmy says:

    The fans, all fans need to unite and tell this board, No More. They are taking us all for fools. The Nicholson appointment, Wow!, it seems they will continue the ignore the fans from within their cliques and put their interests first. Change is needed now.

  • Liam Murray says:

    I am a shareholder since 1994. Ex season holder due to age. Let me know how to get involved as I am horrified by this boards inaction when it comes down to defending our club and its support.

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  • John S says:

    The problem with ‘democracy’ is that one has to accept the outcome. An All-Time Great film is “12 Angry Men” where the juror played by Henry Fonda has a difficult time cutting through the prejudice to ensure an innocent person is not convicted due to the mores of social convenience.

  • SSMPM says:

    100% correct sir. I support this action and ask all Celtic fans to follow your lead. HH

  • Tommy McQuillan says:

    James I sometimes disagree with you on certain subjects but you’re 100% correct on this. If we as a support don’t act the irreverence and contempt this board, and particularly Dermot Desmond, treat us with will just become worse. Since sevco came back into the top flight we were doing just enough to stay ahead of them, which is no way to do business.

    This board are totally inept and the longer they’re in charge the more we’re going to regress as a club. They made Slippy G look like a good manager last season that can’t be forgiven not from any of us. In rehiring Lenny they sealed our fate in losing out on the ten in a row, as much as I don’t like the underhand way Rodgers left if he’d still been in charge I’m convinced we’d have won the ten comfortably. We let a world class manager go because we wouldn’t match his ambition and foisted players on him he knew nothing about.

    Then we have the summer debacle of Eddie Howe and failure to bring in transfers in the time the manager wanted and to top it all we hired and fired a CEO it’s claimed we headhunted. Now for this guy to lose his job in the time he did is astounding, heads should’ve rolled for that alone as due diligence you would assume would’ve been done. I think Dom was sacked, none of this personal reasons guff, the reason I believe that is Bankier said in introducing Michael Nicholson ‘he was more of a team player’ suggesting Dom wasn’t. I think Dom gave them their heads on a stick about how far behind the times they were and they didn’t like the truth.

    In any other walk of business this under achieving and grossly inept board would be run out of town. They’ve put us back years to the biscuit tin mentality of the 80’s and while I’m not advocating we go down the root Rangers 1872 and 2012 have gone down we need to put in place a concrete business plan. My own preference would be the RB Salzburg route. As you correctly say though we can only affect change if we all have our say through the trust or at the AGM but they’re staged events where nothing really telling is asked. God bless mate keep up the good work.

  • Iljas Baker says:

    I suspect Dom let it be known that the only way Celtic can progress now is if DD sells a lot of his shares to the fans so he doesn’t have control over everything. Celtic in the EPL is a fantasy that DD will not give up and he won’t invest in Celtic until they are in the EPL. SO he needs to be weakened. Celtic’s future is in Scotland but we can still be a European contender.

    Agreed the Celtic Trust should get everyone’s support.

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