The news today that Celtic are on the brink of closing a deal for Carter Vickers, coming on the heels of stories from last week that we’re almost over the lot with the agreement to sign Jota, strongly suggests that this club intends to push the boat out in a way that we haven’t done in a long time.
This manager might just get the full backing he deserves.
There are a lot of us who are still of the impression that this board is lax, lazy and lacking in any form of strategic vision. I don’t think the hiring of Lawwell Jnr is a positive step.
But I am open minded and willing to have it changed.
I don’t think the hiring of Michael Nicholson shows our board in a good light.
But I’m willing to rethink that if he does a good job.
The summer is going to change a lot of minds one way or the other. If these guys deliver for the manager and the club then they will be hailed for doing what no Celtic board has in a long, long time. If they fail, then it’s not impossible that they are going to get criticism like no Celtic board has faced since fan pressure brought down one in 1994.
If we get these two massive deals over the line – and they are massive, and that’s something we should not ignore – then it’s an outstanding start. There will still be plenty to do, but we can have faith that the man at the helm is up to the job and if he is given the right level of support the future is something we can face with full confidence.
This club never builds from a position of strength.
We all know that. We’ve seen it time and time again, a failure to think big, to think strategically, a failure to build and grow the team and thus improve it for every challenge that comes our way.
But perhaps that is changing. The appointment of Ange might have been the thing that galvanised this club back into life, the thing that sparked the interest again of a board that had become stale and lax and prone to short-termism.
If so then we will see a summer like no other for years.
We will see this club aggressively pursue its targets and a manager given more support than any in our recent history. If Ange gets to use the current squad as the foundation stones for a club-wide revolution, we might be on the brink of something truly special.
In that case, this board will deserve every bit of credit that comes their way.
They can either rise up or they can fall short … I know we’re all hoping it’s the former and not the latter.
The power is in their hands.
If they have the will to back this manager, his vision will rehabilitate them and restore our faith.
I desperately hope that this is what they do.