Profile: Dermot Desmond - The Celtic Tiger sticking to his guns

26 January 2021

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Photo: PA Images Celtic major shareholder Dermot Desmond (right) in the stand before a Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic's Park, Glasgow back in 2018.

On pitch decline, stagnant income and Dubai trip scandal have prompted hard questions about Celtic’s future.

Celtic Trust raise concern that independent board members are not challenging the chairman anymore and trust think that all progress has stopped.

Club will remain in Scottish league for foreseeable future; Atlantic League plans “on ice” due to Covid and Celtic’s ambivalence. 

Despite on-field dominance Celtic turnover has increased just 12 per cent in a decade versus 425 per cent by England’s most successful club in same period.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

On the surface, it was the sort of existential crisis most football supporters could only dream of.

Celtic’s 1-0 defeat on 2 January to its hated neighbours Rangers was no way to kick off any year, particularly when it gave them a virtually unassailable 19 point lead at the top of the table.

“Celtic’s current campaign has been painful to watch and the abruptness of their decline has been astonishing,” says Old Firm historian Stephen O’Donnell.

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