Smiling Back and Frowning forward

Smiling Back and Frowning forward

And so now we congreg8
to loudly annunci8
and hear us proudly st8
We are the Champs to congratul8

Yip..thats the League won.

Fly the flag!

Fly the flag!

Looking back, there were so many factors:

The Start of Season malaise, the CL Campaign that fell on its arse, , New blood arriving in New Year, Brendans exit, Lenny stepping in, Christie and Tierney battling through the pain, James Forrest,Calmac and Scott Bain stepping forward to stand aside Broony in dragging the side through the mire.
The main aspect though that won the League?…we are a team of Winners.

We can handle pressure, We can handle Media lies and speculation.

We can recognise so called challenges for the pretence that that are.

We can handle pushing on until the last minutes knowing just one more chance is all that is needed.

We have the experience and the composure to manage a game.

We have the management team to know how to win games when it matters, results are all that matters.

We have the footballing personnel to know that revenge is best served on the pitch with goals and points, not with shoves, boots and shouting abuse.

And best of all.

We are equipped to kick on once again. Sure there will be changes in personnel, possibly at Management and in the playing areas but the core will be there…

        Bain
Tierney/Jozo/Ajer
Christie/Calmac/Broony/Forrest
Rogic/Eddy

Should any of the core 10 above leave, and of course that is possible in football, then they will leave for big money which should then go straight back into the side.  As Lawwell surely knows.

Other important players such as Sinclair, Ntcham and possibly Lustig and Griffiths will be there to help plug the gaps when needed.  Of course new blood will come in, probably at right back, defensive midfield cover and likely another forward as our other frontman options currently seem limited. The fringe players and youth such as wee Mikey and  Hendo deserve game time and we could soon see the Wizard Dembele get a game in the summer.
Its looking decent enough but of course the next big question (after the Cup Final) is who will the Manager actually be?

Its a really really tough question that Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond must answer correctly or suffer our wrath.

Consider these CV reviewing points:

In the next 2 years:

The new Manager MUST win the next 2 Leagues. – Winning domestic cups wont matter..The fans do not view Domestic Cups as a priority.

The new Manager will be expected by the Board to do as well as possible in Europe. – The fans do not view Europe as a priority.
The new Manager must be aware of the size of Celtic.
The new Manager must be aware of the demands of Celtic.
The new Manager must be aware of the Scottish Game
The new Manager must be aware of the fans need for 10 in a row.
The new Manager must be aware of the likelihood of his star performers being offered better deals elsewhere.
The new Manager must be aware of the Scottish Media.
The new Manager must be aware of the Scottish Refereeing bias and lack of protection to Celtic players and staff.
The new Manager must be aware of the SPFL\SFA bias and lack of protection to Celtic players and staff.
The new Manager must be aware of the Celtics Board lack of protection to Celtic players and staff.
The new Manager must be aware of the limitations imposed by a prudent Celtic Board.

So the dilemma that Lawwell has is does he stick with Neil Lennon – a true Celtic man who knows the score and expectations but comes with some fans viewing it as a backward step or does Lawwell go for a new Manager, either an experienced name or an up and coming “new-football” star of European football management who can have the fans sitting up in excitement looking forward to sexy fresh football.

In defence of Lenny, the guy is unbeaten playing with another mans side. He has done nothing wrong since stepping in to help his beloved Celtic. He knows how to win the League and he knows the scope of the club. Lenny knows the demands of the fans, the bias of our enemies and the limitations of the Board.

In defence of a new face, Celtic fans and players were rejuvenated with the class, style and ultra high standards introduced when a footballing name in Brendan Rodgers arrived and he may demand the Board take our quality to a new level throughout once again.

Its over to Lawwell and Desmond…good luck with that one but for now we shall salute the 8th League winners!