Celtic Diary Wednesday February 7: Stories Of Unrest Won’t Go Away
Or, as they would say in yorkshire, there’s trouble at t’mill…
Remember when ronny Deila was in charge, and we kept hearing that his fitness and diet regime was causing all sorts of rumbles amongst his charges ? And how they rebelled against him ?
It appears that at first, Brendan could do what he liked and those same charges, give or take a few stragglers, got on with it, because it was, well, Brendan, who did well at Swansea and nearly won the league at Liverpool.
Even though he pretty much picked up where Deila left off, except the players knew he wouldn’t be shy of getting rid of them. He has an air of authority that Deila hadn’t.
Eighteen months or so on, with a lengthening injury list and a few more who are reluctant to say they are injured, and not much has changed. The players seem to still hate the extra training, the lack of pies and chips, and more importantly, the extra training.
Oh, I said that twice. For emphasis I suppose..
All is not well at Celtic, and perhaps a clue might come by observing the ongoing car crash at Chelsea.
Has the managers head been turned ?
Antonio Conte is certain to be fired within the next couple of weeks, and unlike the Scottish FA, professional and competent outfits usually sound out a successor for the important jobs..
Could the delay in Conte’s sacking be down to his favoured successor not being able to give a yes or no ?
Or could all of this be bollocks ?
Ordinarily, I’d say it was bollocks, but there seems to be a stream of little bits of tittle tattle that point to a break down in relations between management and players at Celtic, and if thats the case, then we’d better hope that Steve Clarke doesn’t get the Scotland job…and that he is fed up at Kilmarnock.
As for the players, how can we expect their morale to be high when we see this sort of reaction to the news that Stuart Armstrong, a vital player in last seasons team, is going to be available, touch wood, for the Zenit St Petersburg Europa League game…
He did respond, of course, as he was clearing out his desk. The English FA sacked him after one game in charge.
In Scotland , however, we look at things differently.. as Rangers Tax Case on twitter reminded us..
To be very precise in terminology: Walter Smith was the protector of an MGMRT sub-trust funded by Rangers.
To be even more precise, that makes him a party to tax dodging, and the SFA, themselves no strangers to bending the rules, want him to run the national team.
All very cosy comfy, but it does the beg the question, which I am sure has occurred to the investigative reporters who jump at this sort of story, why would they want a guy like that in charge ?
It brings a while new, and distasteful meaning to the phrase “safe pair of hands “…
Yesterdays image..not photoshopped, apparently.. though I can;t se that myself