Dr Dan outlines 'brutal' Celtic claim after 'major' boardroom development
The “brutal reality” for share-owning Celtic fans is that they do not have any real power to enact change at board level.
So says finance expert and new Football Insider columnist Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively about the Hoops’ annual general meeting.
The AGM gives all those who own a stake in Celtic the opportunity to voice concerns and vote on resolutions relating to club business.
A resolution to re-elect chairman Ian Bankier and director Brian Wilson was not passed at the AGM on 16 November and instead went to the polls.
As reported by the Daily Record the following day, both chiefs comfortably survived the vote and will continue on the Hoops board.
Plumley insists this is indicative of the lack of real influence that minority stakeholders have at the club.
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The Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Historically, there isn’t that much evidence to say that fans in this arrangements can affect change.
“It’s a nice idea in principle, but the way things are structured doesn’t allow for change.
“It means they can have a say in these major decisions, but there will always be a louder voice.
“If you are going to go down that route, you’re looking at supporters’ trust models and fan ownership models.
“They are also not without their flaws, which is a really important point to add.
“The way things are at the minute, it’s a really nice idea to get fans involved but it isn’t going to have a big impact.
“I am all for the idea of fan input. There are a lot of clubs that don’t do that.
“But there is a wider perception that fans can change things, but the brutal reality is that’s really not the case.”