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  • Club reflects on a positive year on and off the park at AGM

    Club reflects on a positive year on and off the park at AGM

    By: Newsroom Staff on 15 Nov, 2017 15:27

  • CELTIC plc’s AGM for 2017 took place in the Kerrydale Suite at the stadium today (Wednesday) in an atmosphere of positivity surrounding the club both on and off the park.

    Chairman Ian Bankier once again took charge of the meeting, and he was joined at the top table by his fellow directors, and Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers, with the three domestic trophies won the previous season by the manager’s Invincibles taking pride of place at the front of the room.

    The AGM began with a series of video interviews with the chairman, Chief Executive Peter Lawwell, Celtic FC Foundation CEO Tony Hamilton, and Brendan Rodgers.

    To watch the videos CLICK HERE

    All 11 Resolutions put before the shareholders were passed in near unanimous agreement.

    The first Resolution sought to confirm the Auditor’s Report, the Strategic Report and the Directors’ Report for the financial year ended June 30, 2017.

    Resolution 2 saw Sharon Brown confirmed as a director of the Company. She was appointed a non-executive director back in December last year. And Resolutions 3-6 saw Ian Bankier, Dermot Desmond, Tom Allison and Brian Wilson re-elected to the board.

    BDO LLP were re-appointed as auditors to the company after Resolution 7 was passed, while shareholders also passed Resolutions 8 and 9, which, respectively, authorised the directors to determine the remuneration of the auditors and granted the directors authority to allot shares.

    Resolution 10 was a special resolution to grant the directors authority to disapply pre-emption rights, which was passed.

    And Resolution 11 was a shareholder requisition, which called for a review of matchday facilities at Celtic Park. It was a resolution which was also supported by the Celtic board.

    Peter Joyce, chairman of the Celtic Disabled Supporters’ Association, spoke eloquently in favour of the motion, highlighting both the improvements made within the stadium with regards to disabled supporters, but also the areas that still needed to be addressed, hence the motivation for bringing forward this resolution. The Resolution received overwhelming support from shareholders.

    Before the meeting was opened out to the floor for general questions, Supporter Liaison Officer John Paul Taylor gave a report to the AGM on the progress of the Fans’ Forum, which had been set up following a resolution passed at last year’s AGM.

    The Fans’ Forum, which is facilitated by Celtic director, Brian Wilson, has met three times, with representatives of the main Celtic supporter bodies, along with individual fans, discussing various issues with representatives of the club.

    Both Company Secretary Michael Nicholson and Brian Wilson spoke in response to comments from the Celtic Trust, explaining the purpose and value of the Fans’ Forum and their belief that it had proved to be a successful platform up to now, with a good balance between individual supporters and supporters’ groups represented in the meetings.

    Shareholders were then invited to ask questions, with a variety of issues raised, including an update following the club’s call for the SFA to conduct an independent review into Scottish football and its licensing procedures. The SFA Compliance Officer is currently conducting an investigation into the granting of UEFA licences specific to the 2011/12 season, and the club are awaiting the results of that investigation.

    The club also indicated that it would look into other issues raised, including the ticketing arrangements on UEFA Champions League nights for supporters who have to move from their normal season ticket season and the prospect of reducing the concession age from 65 to 60.

    Brendan Rodgers was asked if he was here for 10-in-a-row – the most popular question he’s asked, the Celtic manager admitted – and he explained that he has never been happier in his professional and personal life, and that he and his team want to continue the great legacy and history of Celtic. To do that, he said, the team need to keep winning.

    And the Hoops boss, in reply to a question about the Celtic defence, explained that he is looking to possibly bring in another centre-half, but he also singled out Nir Bitton for praise, with the Israeli internationalist having slotted into central-defence to help the team in the absence of some of the recognised defenders who were out injured.

    “Nir’s been brilliant for me in this European campaign,” the manager said, “and he was outstanding against Bayern Munich.”

    The chairman concluded the meeting with the hope that they would reconvene in similarly good spirits 12 months from now.


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