Kieran Maguire savages Desmond for 'treating Celtic fans as second-class citizens'

Celtic owner Dermot Desmond’s approach to engaging with fans is exactly like the Glazer family’s running of Man United. 

That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively about comments made by Desmond in a rare interview on 6th June.

The billionaire financier told the Business Post “I’m not going to talk about Celtic” and was characteristically abrupt in his rhetoric.

He instead asked the interviewer a string of Celtic questions and, when he failed to answer them correctly, said: “You have to know enough about Celtic to talk to me about Celtic.”

The 70-year-old has a famous aversion to journalists and this has at times led to frustrations from supporters at Parkhead.

Maguire claimed that the Irishman unwillingness to offer clarity on certain situations invites comparisons with the Glazers and Mike Ashley among others.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Dermot Desmond appears to have taken the same approach to engaging with the Celtic fanbase as the Glazers have at Man United.

“That hasn’t ended very well and now we’ve had to have this mea culpa with Joel Glazer. He says he’s changed and now realises the importance of the fans.

“It’s the fans’ club, it is not Dermot Desmond’s club. I can’t see the benefit of the way he handles the media. He is a very private individual.

“If you take a look at other owners who have a similar approach, we can talk about Stan Kroenke at Arsenal, Joe Lewis at Spurs.

“When things start to go wrong, that lack of a relationship comes back to haunt them. It’s the same with Mike Ashley at Newcastle.

“If you treat people as second-class citizens, hold them at arm’s length, and hold them in contempt, then should things sour then you will be held responsible. This has happened at Celtic.”

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