Andy Walker has blasted the Celtic board, alleging that due to the club’s winter training camp in Dubai, they are out of contact with fans.
Despite a global pandemic and a 19-point loss to Rangers after a 1-0 defeat in the derby on Saturday afternoon, the players and employees went off to train in sunshine and scorching temperatures.
The board made the decision to jet abroad and Walker maintains that they have “no understanding” about how fans feel about their stars and backroom workers taking a vacation when people are trapped in a lockdown at home. Walker referred to former Celtic stars and club icons such as Billy McNeill, who under those conditions may not have approved the ride.
And he proposed that there was no one left at the club who had a good understanding of the frustrations of the fans. The former Hoops star wrote in his Sky Sports column: “If only the Celtic of today had someone like Billy McNeill who could grasp the fans’ feelings in an instant and understand what they’re all going through in these extraordinary times. Unfortunately, no one is there.”
They’re accused of an utter lack of knowledge of what it means to be a Celtic fan in the boardroom, and I doubt you will find someone who spends even a little time with ordinary fans.
“It will no doubt be a call to dig deep into their pockets and renew their season tickets the next time Celtic fans receive a letter from the privileged boardroom. No wonder some fans are desperate.
I’m sure there are one or two of the current squad who are deeply uncomfortable because they are drinking beer or out on the golf course on the edge of the pool when most of the public makes tremendous personal sacrifices and can not see family and friends. That’s not a cool look.
While setting aside the fact that Celtic blew a chance to get back into the Ibrox title race on Saturday, it seems like everyone in the club can fully justify ignoring what’s going on at home during a global pandemic as a positive picture for players, executives and a few hangers-on.
“At the moment, the problem with Celtic is that they find themselves utterly inflexible. We have booked a trip and it doesn’t matter to us that things have changed. We know that the whole of the UK is in lockdown, so we can’t do much about it.’ I’d suggest it wouldn’t hurt a little compassion and empathy.
“As captain and manager, Billy McNeill was always a wonderful role model and could well understand the mood of the Celtic fans. No one at the club these days even comes close to his stature.”