A season involving Celtic is usually full of unrelenting drama to keep you on the edge of your seat. Over the last decade, it’s because of unparalleled success at Parkhead.
This term, however, it’s been because of the disastrous season they’ve played out. They were knocked out of the Champions League and then the Europa League without so much of a whimper, while the less said about the Premiership the better.
The Hoops have lost their grasp on the title to Rangers and Neil Lennon has departed his job as a consequence.
It has been a torrid campaign, one which has involved mass protests from the Green Brigade outside Celtic Park. The hierarchy has been questioned and it has led to Peter Lawwell deciding to retire. One man who won’t leave his post behind, however, is Dermot Desmond.
Celtic’s majority shareholder admitted this week that were was zero chance of him selling his shares. However, his place towards the top of the food chain could be questioned not only by supporters but also the players in the summer.
That’s because the Bhoys are trying to hire Roy Keane as their next manager. Discussions and even an interview are reported to have taken place, which has left some of the fanbase rather riled. That’s according to Celtic podcaster Paul John Dykes, anyway.
Unfortunately, it might not be a popular appointment with the playing staff, either.
Speaking to Football Insider this week, Alex McLeish suggested that the players may actually want John Kennedy put in permanent charge rather than Keane. He suggested that Desmond should consult those who will actually train under the new coach before making a decision.
“If they see enough and get enough feedback from the players in there, they might say: ‘Kennedy’s the right man for us Dermot.’ To the other people on the board: ‘We really love working with John and believe he can take us forward.’
“You have to get the players’ ears as well. They’ve worked under Lennon, Brendan Rodgers.
“The fact they worked under Brendan, they’ll be looking for those kinds of standards. The players will judge John Kennedy against those legendary names.”
If this is the case, then it could lead to a lot of unhappy faces if Keane walks through the door.
Of course, the playing staff will just have to get on with their jobs, but it may lead to more average performances and even more mediocrity.
The last thing Desmond needs now is a playing staff revolt. He has already seen the fans protest at various points throughout the season; he cannot afford to let that stem to those on the field of play.