Former Celtic director, Brian Dempsey has claimed that current majority shareholder Dermot Desmond would not stand in the way of fan ownership taking control of the club.

Speaking to the Times, Dempsey believes that there is no question, if the right amount of shares were bought from Desmond, he would not stand in the way of fan ownership becoming a think. Dempsey also went on to say that he thinks that this could be the way forward for the club at some point in the future.

“I don’t believe there’s any question that Dermot Desmond, assuming he got the right money for his shares, is a man who would stand in the way of Celtic’s expansion.

“So it’s down to the supporters to come together again, sit down at the table with Dermot, produce their plans and offer to buy him and the others out, making Celtic a people’s club again.

“They could then restart for the generations to come with a ten-year plan for growth as a footballing institution and a social institution.

“It’s another uphill journey but it can be done because once you galvanise public opinion and the Celtic community then I believe that anything is possible.”

It doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to here someone like Dempsey has an opinion like this, due to his ties in playing a big part in Fergus McCann’s takeover during the ’90s, famously saying ‘the war is over, the rebels have won’.

This season, you could argue that the divide between the supports and the board has grown bigger than ever and with the emergence of groups such as the Celtic Trust and Celtic Shared, this feels like it could be on the way at some point in the future.


  1. My concern would be the format of any body who wants to take over – the Celtic trust doesn’t speak for me and that’s your problem. Dermott Desmond type of ownership can lead to an absentee landlord accusation. But with the exception of last season for whatever reason the last 20 years has been one of the most successful periods ever.


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