The Celtic board’s decision not to reimburse fans for 2020-21 season tickets with shares in the club shows how “out of touch” they really are.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively as Celtic launched their season ticket campaign last Wednesday.
The release was overshadowed by Celtic’s concurrent statement regarding their failed Eddie Howe pursuit as the club said an appointment would be made “shortly.”
We had hoped to have announced the Manager before providing this update, however we must now begin the renewal process to allow us to prepare for a phased and safe return to Celtic Park for our supporters.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) May 26, 2021
But also under the spotlight was their decision to reject the Celtic Trust’s call to offer fans stock in Celtic Plc for matches they were unable to attend last season.
The club argues that they have provided the “added value” through streaming services and online matchday programmes.
Maguire insists that their refusal is emblematic of the board’s detachment from those on the terraces.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I think it’s indicative of how completely out of touch the Celtic board are with the dissatisfaction of the fanbase.
“While owning shares isn’t going to change the board significantly if at all, I think it was a way of expressing dissent.
“They could have offered them the choice between shares and a couple of extra tickets. To deny the fans the opportunity to even have that choice just shows how the board are very much at arm’s length with the fans.
“That does have a habit of coming back to bite you at a later stage, as we have seen with other clubs recently.”