This site is hypercritical of the Celtic board at times, and particularly the men who sit on it at the current time.
But news today from London confirms something that has long been a fact; our directors come from a part of the strata that other clubs – in particular the one across the city – simply cannot get remotely close to.
In the last 20 years our board has seen former cabinet ministers, a former senior member of the Bank of England, captains of Scottish and Irish industry and even peers.
Today our former non -executive director Brian McBride has been nominated as the next head of the CBI, the “business trade union” and one of the most influential organisations in the country.
When you look at our board this is what you find.
There are no former convicted fraudsters, no South African tax-crooks, no wide boys with big hands for picking up money, no jokers who sat on boards which ran other clubs into the ground and still have the brass neck to pretend that they are part of a “success story.”
A success story, which, as I pointed out the other day, has resulted in losses of £100 million over the last ten years.
When you can choose from the kind of quality we can get you are always going to be one step ahead of the club’s which are run by the used car dealers and the sharks.
We can get top City people; they fill their ranks with dodgy geezers … it is some contrast.
We might not like the politics of some of the people who have sat on the Celtic board – or indeed those who sit on it right now – but these people are respected by the political class and the money markets. They have reputations which are iron clad. Whilst McBride has not been on the Celtic board since 2009, it shows the standards of the man.
We can appoint people like this because our club’s global reputation is unimpeachable despite the efforts of some internet gutter rats to link us to various scandals.
We have the right outlook and cosmopolitan image, one that reaches out and embraces all backgrounds, religions and creeds.
Celtic has real credibility.
We can have some pride in the calibre of the candidates we can attract.