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Sport Celtic suffering ultimate Rangers title nightmare would be no bad thing for the club - Chris Sutton

09:10  06 march  2021
09:10  06 march  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Celtic handing over the title on their own soil to Rangers would not be a bad thing.

It might actually bring home the seriousness of the situation facing the club right now.

It’s wrong for people to be talking about Rangers winning it at Celtic Park. It was actually won months ago.

I’m going to get accused of being a broken down record and going on about the same stuff all of the time.

But, seriously, when will someone in power at Parkhead actually give the supporters a heads-up on what is going on.

How bad does it have to get? Rangers lifting the Premiership trophy in your own front garden? That serious?

It might all be over by Sunday and there will be a few supporters who would rather get it over with before the March 21 game. But, really and truly, it doesn’t matter.

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Celtic’s title has been lost since November and still no-one seems to have awoken from a slumber.

Neil Lennon leaving post managed to take some sting out of the immediate situation, but there’s still a vacuum of information.

Listen, I’m not stupid. I’m fully aware Dermot Desmond or Peter Lawwell can’t just invite fans into the stadium for a briefing and list out a load of names and targets to them that they are assessing.

But for goodness sake give your paying customers some sort of information. They want some guidance on what the plan is. If there’s a preferred timescale.

For example, when for a manager? Now? Or is it going to be end of this season? We all think it’s end of the term, but no-one has actually said so, to my knowledge.

You can’t seriously be telling me that John Kennedy is a contender for the job.

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Filling the void after Lennon left makes sense in some respect to keep the players with someone they know, but it has to be stop-gap.

Not even victories in both of the remaining league games against Rangers and lifting the Scottish Cup is going to be enough to get Kennedy the post.

John Kennedy standing on a green court: John Kennedy has taken interim charge of Celtic © SNS Group John Kennedy has taken interim charge of Celtic

So why isn’t anyone at the club telling us that? Is it because he actually is a contender? Is he in the running?

What’s the situation with the director of football? Is there going to be one?

It is being taken as read that will be the case with new CEO Dominic McKay not having had hands-on experience of dealing with the football transfer market and even Brendan Rodgers was out a couple of weeks ago saying that the club need to go down this route.

But, again, no-one from inside Celtic has actually informed the supporters if this is going to be the case.

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Deals and negotiations have to be hush-hush. Moves can break down if word gets out regarding matters. I get that. But it’s not as if the fans are looking for candidates to be named.

They’d just like to know what the structure is going to be like because they are looking at a squad which is about to be taken apart and they can’t see how it is going to be reshaped in time for the start of the Champions League qualifiers.

They can’t see who is going to making the decisions, or picking the players. Is Nick Hammond still going to be running the recruitment side when Lawwell goes?

With Ten out of the way, Celtic can go back to their market model. Odsonne Edouard being able to leave on a reduced fee sums up how it went off the rails.

It’s no scandal, it’s the chance that was taken. The club could have got £30 million, possibly even from Rodgers himself, last summer, but the supporters wouldn’t have accepted him being sold with Ten on the line.

Edouard’s price could almost be halved because he is into the last year of his contract, but Celtic knew that would be the case a year ago. Ditto Kristoffer Ajer. Ditto Ryan Christie.

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Fans want to know how these decisions are going to be made in the future and within what structure. Will McKay make them? A DoF? Desmond?

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The fans are about to see their team’s reign as the champions ended for the first time in a decade and are still blind on the club’s future plans to wrestle it back.

It could be that those inside Parkhead are sitting back at purring at this type of talk. It could be that they have their new DoF and their new manager all signed and sealed.

The pair of them will be wheeled out to the delight of an excited crowd at the stadium and the expectation will surge through the punters that better times are ahead, just as happened on that sunny day when Rodgers arrived.

At that point, those at the helm can sit back and say it was all under control and they weren’t going to pander to demands for answers or dish out information at this delicate time.

But maybe they don’t have the first clue who they can get and the silence is because they have nothing to tell. Either way, the fans just want something to happen.

Losing a title at home to Rangers is not the worst part.

Not having any clear idea or plan on how to get it back would be far worse.

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