Last night, VideoCelts posted a major piece casting doubt on the alleged credentials of Mark Lawwell.
I read the piece and thought that it was highly interesting.
I wasn’t surprised to see that there was a backlash against it.
There is a section of our support which is every bit as closed minded and intolerant of questioning and criticism as the Ibrox support is. One idiot on Twitter today demanded that we let him get on with supporting the team … as if any of the bloggers interfered in his ability to do so.
I find that sort of commentary lamentable, ignorant and idiotic.
Address the points or don’t address the points. Suggestions that the questions themselves shouldn’t be asked or that they are damaging or dangerous or disruptive are clownish.
This is what the bloggers are meant to do.
VideoCelts is one of the oldest sites in Celtic cyberspace.
Joe McHugh has spent over a decade fighting for this club, promoting it and supporting it … his desire to explore this issue is a measure of his devotion to Celtic and I wholeheartedly applaud it.
This is one of the ways in which our club is healthy. This is why it is strong.
Celtic fans once saved this club from a previous board.
Had they remained silent, God knows where we would be.
I have serious reservations about the appointment of Mark Lawwell, and I’ve been blunt that the endorsement of the manager does not lessen them in any way, shape or form.
Ange will get things wrong. Ange may even – whisper this – not always tell us the full facts.
There are serious questions to answer about this appointment and how it was made.
Joe has simply posed questions about it.
Those questions have answers; the trouble is that the upper echelon of our club does not communicate its thinking or attempt to answer any of them. Lawwell Jnr has not uttered a single word since taking the job.
Nor has Michael Nicholson since becoming CEO. Not one word. A remarkable fact considering how long he’s in the job.
Everything suggests that our club is incapable of thinking outside the box.
We just appointed a new head of marketing to replace the outstanding Kerry Keenan.
And guess what? The new guy turns out to have worked here before, until 2016, in a different role.
I’m not suggesting he can’t do the job … but really, are these the only people who were available?
How many more hires are we going to make that have the reek of the insider about them?
How many more times must we point out that Celtic is now run according to the whims and personal tastes of a small number of people? How many times would we point out how unhealthy that is?
Serious organisations do not go about their business in this way.
Let me remind you, even the hiring of Ange himself is now accepted to have been the work of the combined “talents” of Lawwell and Lawwell. It has been used to suggest that the CEO has saved his reputation and restored his standing.
His reputation and his standing went down the plughole in the Hampden shower.
That it was a Lawwell-Lawwell suggestion, nodded through by the largest shareholder does not fill me with confidence. The success of that appointment is not all that matters here; the manner in which it was made is terrifying.
And not enough people have thought that through to its conclusion.
Most people won’t care, but the idea that Ange was a happy accident scares the absolute shit out of me because his being here is more to do with luck than good judgement and strategic vision.
I think we should continue to question everything those above the manager do.
No benefit of the doubt at all.
Judge these people on their success, and that comes down to one thing; will they support the manager’s vision?
Joe is fully entitled to pose the questions that he has.
The only way that some of us will be convinced is when these people justify the faith others have placed in them.
It will require those in the upper echelon of the club doing a better job than they’ve done in a long, long time.
The day the blogs stop asking these kinds of question is the day we should all chuck it.
You might not agree with what Joe wrote last night, and you might not agree with anything that I’ve written here, but by God, you should respect and appreciate the reasons why we do what it is that we do.
We love this club. We fight for this club.
All we do, all day long, every day, is fight for this club.
And sometimes that means asking hard questions about it.
We will not apologise for it, nor should we have to defend it.
Hell, we shouldn’t even have to explain it, because it should be a self-evident fact.
Joe was doing the job last night, the way the job is supposed to be done.
I congratulate him for it.