Celtic Diary Friday February 26: Runners And Riders in the 2021 at Celtic Park

The media seem to be having a field day when it comes to throwing names into the mixer for the next manager of Celtic, and that means the only winners will be the bookies.

 

Though its perhaps not a bad idea to chuck all potential candidates into a great big mixer and swirl it around a bit, in the hope that we produce someone who can put a smile back on our faces.

 

With Neil Lennon now free to pursue his other interests away from the intensity of the hot seat, we can relax a bit while the board takes its time to make sure we get it right next season.

 

After all, its not like we lost anything, as with no fans at any of the grounds, it doesn’t count as a proper season, regardless of what you read in the papers.

 

Which reminds me, we asked you to reserve judgement on Lennon’s overall contribution to the season, and it seems others are hinting at what we already suspect. Well, when I say suspect thats purely another word for “are fully aware of “…

 

Steven Gerrard may well have alluded to it when he said;

“I can’t say I’m surprised because of obviously what’s been going on over there. 

 

Derek McInnes added , though not at the same time…

 

“What has to be said is he is a very successful Celtic manager. Sometimes in the here and now, particularly in Neil’s case this season, he has been a bit of a punchbag for others and he has had to take a lot on the chin, and a lot of criticism has come his way.

“I think when you see the difference points-wise Celtic to Rangers, it’s more than a manager at fault there if people are blaming anybody.

“Time will be kind to Neil. It might not be that now because a lot of people got themselves into a real state this season, the 10-in-a-row thing comes into that, but Neil has been a very successful manager in both spells.

“In time, even people who have been heavily criticising Neil will see the merits in what he has achieved.  

 

 

Again, leave off the man until you see what he’s had to deal with over the last twelve months.

 

 

All that is now behind us, and its time to look ahead, to the challenge offered by the fledgling club/company over the river, now invigorated at the prospect of their first ever major trophy.

 

And fair play to Steven Gerrard and his main man Michael Beale, who may yet be lured south to pastures new , maybe to a more established club, or one with a bank account.

 

It will be interesting to see if they try to take any of their key men with them, though its thought that Madden, Dallas, Beaton and Muir are all settled where they are, and will be difficult to tempt south into the more difficult surroundings of the EPL, where they will be forced to adhere to certain rules, mostly around integrity and ability, and although they have served Gerrard well, he’s likely to leave them behind as its thought they wouldn’t be able to , er, wield their influence quite so effectively down there.

 

But it’s Celtic we want to concentrate on, and the list of candidates for the top job is impressive at first glance, but each and every one of them has their pros and cons, so we offer this guide to the board, to help them make the right choice.

 

Steve Clarke seems to be the current favourite. At the moment though, he’s concentrating on helping Scotland at least make a decent fist of it in their first major tournament finals since 1998, even though since then its been made progressively easier to qualify by UEFA and FIFA. This time round, Scotland qualified by virtue of only having to play teams as bad as they are, and since there aren’t that many of them, they ended up in a group of three and got through by winning more throw ins than anyone else.

Clarke has made Scotland difficult to beat. as teams are bored senseless and often start texting their pals at home in order to stay awake, and the ploy of using a ball that is three times heavier than the standard issue when no one is looking means that Ryan Christie is a real threat from twenty yards out, as the ball stays out of air traffic controls jurisdiction.

 

That kind of pragmatism is what Celtic need, and although there are claims he would bring his own brand of Wattenaccio to the club, the pubs on london road are already looking forward to replacing their lost pandemic income, as most fans will be in there by half time.

 

We contacted him for his own thoughts, but someone at the SFA told us to fuck off.

 

 

Second favourite is Brendan Rodgers. 

 

Over the last couple of days, the man once described, on these pages, in fact, as a rat, has spoken of little else but Celtic. He said that we need a director of football, explained in detail why, and said that John Kennedy was a safe pair of hands, until he gets there, presumably.

 

If Desmond doesn’t take the hint from that then he’s not paying attention.

 

Of course, fans may object initially, but whats faithful through and through if you can’t change it to fickle as fuck forever every now and then ?

 

And I’ll tell you something else, something i’ve kept to myself for a year or two.

I was in a hotel not far from Leicester the day Rodgers was announced as Leicester manager, and that morning , from the other end of the corridor, I distinctly heard an Antrim accent wailing that he “hoped he didn’t do anything stupid last night “, as he asked reception for a couple of paracetomol and a can of red bull….

 

With Lawwell out of the way, has Rodgers decided he wants to come home, and if so will Danny McGrain have to apologise for that appalling slur on his integrity ?

 

The third name on the list is someone with seventeen years experience in the day to day running of everything connected with a football club, who in a trophy laden period accumulated a nine in a row, several cups, several more titles and saw off a major rival, laughing heartily as they cascaded into oblivion.

 

Peter Lawwell has been quietly beavering away doing the job for years, and he may feel its time to step into the spotlight.

 

He knows the club, he’s a fan and has connections throughout Europe. a tough negotiator and a man who doesn’t suffer fools gladly, he has prived in the past that he can deal with the pressure, and it he just might feel that this is the opportune moment to seize control and do it his way, without interference from football managers or coaches.

Or anyone else that knows what they are doing, come to think of it.

 

Frank Lampard , is the name on everyones lips down at Sky TV. They desperately want to move away from the prospect of someone pointing out that they’ve been selling advertising, subscriptions and sponsorship on the back of the same club myth, and a Lampard v Gerrard tagline would help then ditch the now defunct old firm label before the lawyers do.

 

They are pushing the idea relentlessly, but fortunately as no one takes any notice of them its not likely to happen. We rang Sky pundit Andy Walker for comment, well, we were going to, but figured we wouldn;t get any sense out of him.

 

We did ring Kris Boyd, but the fat fingered fool couldn’t find the answer button in time.

 

Eddie Howe , once of Bournemouth and Jason Tindell, also once of Bournemouth have surprisingly not found other work recently, and may yet be tempted out of their comfort zone. Howe could be ready to step up to a club that would allow him to express himself as a manager, and wages , we believe would not be a problem.

 

As long as he fancies being paid in used fivers , once a month on a motorway service station.

 

Damien Duff might yet be a surprise choice as top man, as it might need to be that to tempt him back to Glasgow. However,  he could be also in the frame to be head coach under Steve Clarke , as they worked together at Chelsea. Then again, also at Chelsea was Frank Lampard, and fuckwitted pen twirler Pat Nevin, and we can only hope that a Chelsea old bous reunion stops at just Duff and Clarke, which is probably what we’ll end up with.

 

The man in the seat at the moment is John Kennedy, and he would be on this list as well if it wasn’t for the fact that if he were going to get the job he;d have had it by now.

 

And when he said in an interview that he would become interim and “put his own ambitions on hold “, you get the impression he doesn’t want it.

 

If he;s had enough of the place, you couldn’t blame him, and if the team suddenly remembers how to play football while he’s in charge, then he’ll need to keep an eye on who is behind him in the showers, as dreadful things can happen in there.

 

One minute he could be picking up the soap, and next minute he’s full time Celtic manager.

 

Father and son double act Gordon and Gavin Strachan was thought to be a possibility, but Gordon has gone a bit doo lally and his son has been a bit of a joke figure as he keeps watching cartoons on his laptop when he;s supposed to be watching the game.

 

Oh, hang on, Gordon says he hasn’t gone doo lally…

 

Celtic Wiki on Twitter: "Gordon Strachan and Tosh looking like extras from  Fargo.… "

 

Apparently its just a new look….

 

 

We genuinely haven’t heard anything about who is going to take up the reins, largely becuase the pubs are all shut and the police won’t allow the consumption of super strength lager on the streets, so our drunken informers aren’t as drunk as they used to be.

 

But if its not Steve Clarke  we’ll be somewhat surprised.

 

And with him in charge the atmosphere at the club may well change to a more delightful sense of gay abandonment, woth adventurous football played to an auditorium filled with appreciative supporters as the club puts the glitch of 20-21 behind them.

 

Not that it ever happened , of course.

 

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Cortes
1 month ago

Thanks, Ralph.

It’s a bit disappointing that the omertà surrounding events at Celtic recently is being continued to some extent, but I imagine that there must be some compelling reasons for this.

Over the past few months I’ve been thinking about the Damien Duff scenario and do hope that he could see the writing plainly displayed on the wall about the impending clusterf*ck and decided to be nowhere near as disaster loomed. And if that applies to Rodgers also, then there’s nothing to criticise him for either.

The task ahead for the company is quite daunting, I think. The Ratner jewellery business never recovered from Gerald Ratner referring to his stock as “crap”. Did the supposed business geniuses in charge of Celtic think that the prospect of reaching the Ten was a minor matter? It’s one thing to be treated as second class citizens by the historical Establishment and infinitely more painful to be treated as such by “your own”. Well played, the “Celtic Family.”

Monti
1 month ago

This is my well thought out, balanced & educated thoughts on the managers post.

1) Ralf Rangnick
2) Rafa Benitez
3) Roberto Martinez & Shaun Maloney
4) Eddie Howe
5) David Moyes
6) Roy Keane & Damian Duff
7) Martin O’Neill & Roy Keane & Damian Duff
8) Larsson & Mjallby
9) Gerry Adams & Gerry Kelly

I was going for 10 but if Celtic can down tools at 9 so will i!

My choice would be number 1 or number 9.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

For fuxsake……… and you’ve got the nerve to ‘deary me’ moi.

Monti
1 month ago

Who would your choice be then Oracle?

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Total fantasy I know, but we’re all allowed to dream, my ultimate manager would be Pep.

bgbhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

haha

Mike.
1 month ago

I think that it is very important that the club gets the football department’s structure’s right. What is the point in bringing in a new manager without the resources and the right people behind him. The SRUC speak very highly of Dominic McKay, it’s clear that he is a trusted and smart individual, with the right skill set to make a big difference at the club. He made a good impression with the fans and was able to communicate knowledgably with them, that in itself would be a step forward. First off, surely a Director of Football who knows football, knows how the game is run and has an eye for a player and who is able to work beside the new manager without causing friction. They must be given the freedom to bring in the right players to the club, but all within a suitable budget, no-one want’s to see the club put at risk. Communication with the support is crucial, silence only adds to confusion and wild speculation, fortunately we have a great SLO in John Paul, someone must be able to stand up for the club and its support, if any broadcaster or rag denigrates the club then they must be shown the door, there must be no more accommodation with those that try to bring us down. With our support and our budget which is big in comparison compared to other Scottish clubs, we must make that advantage count. It is time to get real and to become more professional. No more hap hazard signings which make no sense what soever, with players brought in without the managers knowledge, time to restore trust.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike.

I think we’re in for a very bumpy ride here. I listened with interest on the podcast, some of the guys saying there will be a healthy uptake in season book renewals, can’t see it. If there’s more than 35,0000 renewals I’ll be amazed. Will they go down the road of a DOF and a quality coaching staff? The financial restraints will be overwhelming and the possibility of horrendous full year losses will dictate every facet of this rebuild. As I say, scarey times ahead thanks to Lawwell and his pals.

Mike.
1 month ago

Only time will William Tell. If the past is anything to go by, they will dangle the carrot of a super duper new manager and we will all get sucked into the excitement. It is in our DNA to support the club, is that a bad thing? nope, its a caring kinda love thing. Our current player pool can provide for a squad rebalance and if we get into a good new season run, then we will all move on. As you know Henke with the right manager and U No Who GTF then optimism will be restored and on we go. Think about the other Scottish clubs, if our losses are big, some of the other clubs will be in a very perilous position.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike.

I’m looking at the future impacts of this pandemic and the lunacy of Brexshit, these pair of disasters have yet to truly bare their teeth. Jobs and disposable income are going to take a battering and with no guarantee as to when we’ll ever see anything approaching half full stadia, while also taking a lot of very sickened, disaffected supporters into consideration, we have the perfect storm. Yes other clubs will be creaking under the strain and turbo charged downsizing will be the order of the day. Not a pretty picture for the game in this country…..unless you’re Sevco….What’s happened to FFP?. Just look at the state of Barcelona to see that it doesn’t exist.

Mike.
1 month ago

Interm results, 15th. Feb.2021.
Loss from trading £0.3m.
Profit on players. £1.00m.
Loss before tax. £5.9m.
Net cash in the bank £19.7m.
Plus: Frimpong sale still to figure around £6.00 m.
Hendry’s sale in the summer £1.50m.
Loans returning: Moi – Duffy – Laxalt.
3 players want away: Eddy – Ajer – Christie. (an awful lot).
Celtic are in a comparatively good position compared to the rest.
Player pool sales will be large, leaving good oppertunitie’s to bring in new players.
Loans, can make a difference if they are astutely made.
FFP. is a matter of governance, it’s total failure is why we should be challenging it.

Mike.
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike.

Lawwell going, goes with his largess, no cost for McKay.
Lennon going, his salary is no cost for the next manager.
Hammond is defacto DoF. no new cost if he goes and someone else comes in.

1 month ago
Reply to  Mike.

FFP should have been brought in in 2012 as it’s absence has cost Scottish football its integrity.

Instead we had a 5 Way Agreement Celtic actually accepted that has paved the way for our nearest rivals to become a franchise and not gaf about unsustainable debt.
There is the problem. Celtic do. Rangers dont. A financial equaliser atc the least and with biased refereeing a disadvantage.

Perhaps the fear of debt is historical as a 5 Way Agreement would have been unlikely in 1994 but why should our rivals fear it if in the worst case scenario the company goes bust taking the debt with it and the club sails on to their next title after a points deduction that leaves them still in second place or back after a season or seasons in lower division?

Lawwell”s business failure was not to take into account the advantage having no real worries about the consequences of debt had for our rivals and fight for FFP as a condition of the 5 Way Agreement.

Doncaster is his partner in crime in that he put into motion the idea of an owner of a club separate from the club ignoring corporate law and taking advantage of a rule change never intended for franchising purposes.

Thus you have an Agreement with no safeguards like Article 12 of UEFA FFP whose purpose is to protect the integrity of UEFA competition, an Agreement the sharp suited man accepted.

Put another way without domestic FFP the club who will be most successful will be the one who spends the most and spends it wisely to win football matches.

It doesnt matter if the spend is affordable making it is other people’s money, as long as its spent.

If DD is that smart he should looking at the cost to him of Lawwell’s failure to bring about domestic FFP or be ready to match the ” investors” over Ibrox way who may have been buying confetti but now have a team in the last 16 of UEFA cup, with an easier route to qualifying in the group stages for the CL. and might find their confetti is worth a bob or too.

I’ve been writing about this since 2010 as it was obvious then there was no control over what Rangers were prepared to do as a business to stay ahead of us.

New managers, new players new DoF , ultimate success depends on the amount spent and if Celtic do not take steps to curtail what our rivals are prepared to spend then we have to be a lot less financially prudent and DD needs to allow for that and underwrite the risk.

All else is chatter in Plato’s cave. Enjoyable for sure but chasing shadows.

portpower
1 month ago
Reply to  Auldheid

The Lawwell franchise backfired. He forgot that the SFA are reciprocally sevco FC.

Mike.
1 month ago
Reply to  Auldheid

I know how hard you have fought and worked for it. I know how much that it matters to you and to others and I totally agree. The failure to tackle FFP and dishonesty in Scottish football is a disgraceful legacy for all of those involved, not only that but it comes at cost to the clubs, mostly to ours. Scottish football is a sham, I could list the lengthy failures but you know them much better than I do…

MabozzaRitchie
1 month ago

brexit was put to a democratic vote and that was the outcome. Live with it.

MabozzaRitchie
1 month ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

btw, that’s a fact ya moaning git

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

In your addled little mind possibly.

MabozzaRitchie
1 month ago

nope, we are definitely out of the EU. That’s because of the democratic system, not because people have to do what complaining whinging gits like you want to force us to do. You can moan and greet all you want we are out and staying out. FACT!

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

We’ll see once the realities bite. How can you say we are staying out and it’ could possibly be fact? You truly are delusional.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

Bollocks. There is no democracy in this country. I believe that there was much shenanigans in that ‘vote’ and add in the millions of thick racist cvnts that really only wanted to stop the foreigners from taking jobs none of the lazy bastards would do.

MabozzaRitchie
1 month ago

Its donald trump

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

I think that the shenanigans were proven to be correct but the Police wouldn’t take it any further as they were too scared to show how much of a Banana Republic we truly live in. Throw in their backing from dubious sources in Russia etc then if that’s democracy you’re welcome to it. By the way, I thought Trump was one your heroes.

mabozzaRitchie
1 month ago

aye right donald

mabozzaRitchie
1 month ago

no more sending good tax money to pay greek bus drivers to retire at 55 on 60 grand a year, or preserving the french way of life where they can all sit and drink wine every afternoon in provence. f_vucing ace

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  mabozzaRitchie

So you don’t have a problem shoving shed fulls of cash to an obscenely wealthy family with Greek and German lineage, not to mention harbouring King Paedo Randy Andy. Keep digging dafty.

mabozzaRitchie
1 month ago

or sponsoring Spanish dictatorships to lock up rappers

mabozzaRitchie
1 month ago

aye right donald

Monti
1 month ago

Pish

Monti
1 month ago

” bumpy ride ” ?
I don’t think you can remember your last ride 🙂

Gringo (the other one)
1 month ago

Stevie Clarke would be a strong appointment. No ego when he came back to take over Kilmarnock, never lost to Rangers2 in the league and his teams do win when they’re expected to.
Yeah- he’s pragmatic and sometimes defensive but no one complained when we had 11 men behind the ball against Barca.
A safe pair of hands in what is going to be a season with a lot of change.

Monti
1 month ago

” 11 men behind the ball v Barca ”
I think at that time, with Barcelona easily being the best side in Europe, having 11 behind the ball is forced on you, not a tactical move.

Liftedinmoscow
1 month ago

Don’t buy this Director of Football nonsense. Does anybody actually know what that means? Mr Stein took the job on the condition he had total control of everything. Ferguson did the same at Man United. We need a high calibre manager who makes all the decisions without interference.

Paul Mc
1 month ago
Reply to  Liftedinmoscow

Fair point but I’m sure Ferguson himself said they would need at least 2 people to do his job when he left, as over 20+ years, he’d built up knowledge and operations that a new manager couldn’t do. But who knows eh, we’ll find out soon I guess

dingbat
1 month ago
Reply to  Liftedinmoscow

He took the job when players played with wooden studs and wooden teeth. Things have moved on in dentistry and football since then.

charlie
1 month ago

heh heh yon fickle as fook patter had me laughing like fook ralph good man

jp67
1 month ago

Pat Nevin description is quote of the year! 🙂

charlie
1 month ago

bring in wee sean a let him pick a dof

charlie
1 month ago

ffs this pickin a new coach isnae brain surgery iff it wis ad get ponchy mc cann the laughin chibman tae dae it ha ha ha ha

Rob O'Keeffe
1 month ago

Been in conversation with 2 business associates of DD.If he gets the people in that he is very actively pursuing,I would advise fans to snap up a ST and advise Best Manager in the World over at Liebrox that Celtic will be hunting you down.Let’s see what you are like under massive pressure.Remember,your fans will be back to moan like f.ck and ensure certain players know how crap they actually are.Prayers being offered that we get the personnel we are after.SMH

Yoker Bhoy
1 month ago

Uncanny how the Rodgers pattern of domestic success coupled with European failure never seems to falter. Elsewhere, Frimmer’s new club had exactly the same result as Leicester, losing 2-0 at home to Young Boys to also crash out of Europe. The wee man started for the Germans but was taken off in the second half.

1 month ago

A few smiles in there Ralph.

https://www.killiefc.com/managers/steve-clarke

If you look at Clarke’s record at Kille he is an obvious choice as a points gatherer.

Affordable too and making the opposition choke on their vile comments could be an inducement.

No inside knowledge, just common sense.

Paul Aurige
1 month ago

Ralph, you have forgotten Stuart Baxter. I believe he is currently available and would be interested considering he was an overwhelming favourite for every previous CP managerial vacancy this century.
Paul Aurige

Paul Mc
1 month ago

I’m not sure about some of the names but….
Steve Clarke – maybe
Martinez – would he really leave Belgium before the Euros?
Lampard – ah, that’s a no
Howe – I’d take him but is he gonna go to Crystal Palace or somewhere?
Raganick – would be great
Quite a few coaches in Germany would be great and the guy at Salzburg although he’ll be in the Bundesliga soon I reckon
Duff – I don’t know enough about his track record with developing players and tactical nous, do you think he could do the job? If so, fine
Dyce? – not sure, maybe just his agent talking it up, maybe there’s more to it
Benitez? – he’s said he has a link to the people of Naples, which would suggest he fancies there but who knows and also, I wouldn’t want the press turning it into bruce lee vs Ip Man (who taught him).
So you’re maybe right, Clarke.

Thing is…….this is all guess work until we have the Director of Football. Fergal Sharkey, David ‘Bourne’ Webb or strictly come dancing Tognozzi, any would be fine. Then a manager by late April. New faces in for European run, Eddy and others out the door. To be honest, I think another massive bonus from all of this is the unknown saving. With Desmond having to play golf in the garden and no racetrack to visit and Peter leaving the building, we might be able to afford a marquee signing after the reduction in costs of Grecian2000. That bill alone must have been astronomical over the intervening years

1 month ago

Was one of the sevco 5 covid breakers actually playing last night in the uefa Cup?

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Scored as well I believe.

1 month ago

Shocking henke so much for yellow card warning from wee nicknack eh, SNP showing their true colours again.

Level 5 spy
1 month ago

Does anyone think Chris Davies is worth a shout for 1st team coach under a dof,?

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  Level 5 spy

Not sure?

Monti
1 month ago

Good evening Gringo

Tam the tim
1 month ago

What kind of a creature is this mabozza punter?. Tell you what pal, you have nothing to say about the disaster of brexit, only the usual insults to people who know better than you about what the whole fucking clusterfuck it’s turning out to be. Arse.

MabozzaRitchie
1 month ago
Reply to  Tam the tim

show me the disaster. I have nothing to say about the disaster that is brexit because its not a disaster. best thing that ever happened.

MabozzaRitchie
1 month ago
Reply to  MabozzaRitchie

or maybe the planet stopped spinning?

MabozzaRitchie
1 month ago
Reply to  Tam the tim

you and your ilk have to abide by the democratic decision. Thats life, now suck it up.

portpower
1 month ago

Today I exist
Tomorrow I might be a tale that someone could narrate to your sleepy eyes.

-John Kennedy.

Mike.
1 month ago

The ‘Auld Yins’,
Darling, we’re the ‘Auld Yins’,
and the ‘Auld Yins’,
Shouldn’t be afraid,

To live, love,
while the flame is strong,
For we may not be the ‘Auld Yins,
very long.

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike.

Wise words, you have obviously been chatting to the Oracle….cough.

Monti
1 month ago

Good morning Mike, my unlearned friend.
Have you had the jab yet….cough?
I hear you like a jab 🙂

Mike.
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Yes, my learned friend, I’m fully protected, from flue, covid and anything Hun related.

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike.

I bet you asked the male nurse to take his time when you were getting the jab.

Monti
1 month ago

Where is the punishments for the hun players who broke covid rules recently?
Why the delay?

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Fvck the huns.

Monti
1 month ago

What about Oscar Pistorius as manager?
He knows how to flush out a problem.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Pish and shite.

Monti
1 month ago

At your age, that’s just round the corner.

Bgbhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Hahahahaha

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

So you’ve no excuse then.

portpower
1 month ago

Celtic`s managerial problem codified.

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portpower
1 month ago

WE`RE ALL INTERIM.

portpower
1 month ago

Todays game will be all about William Collum and the dis-eased William Collum alone.

Mike.
1 month ago

The historians looking back at this time in Celtic history will surely centre on one word, Failure. The lazy appointment of Lennon carried out in the Hampden changing rooms, illustrate their failure to take a professional approach to what was a serious and major appointment at the club. Let me be clear, I do not put any blame for this at Lennon’s door, who, when asked would turn down such a position when asked? no-one. No, the blame belongs only with Lawwell and Desmond. Their failure then becomes our failure, because we have to live with the consequences of their decisions. Failure to invest in the right players, failure to make the correct decisions, but most damning of all, failure to ensure a degree of honesty in Scottish football.Celtic historians looking back on this time will be aghast at this disgraceful period in Celtic’s history, this is not about the simple matter of a failure to win the ten, this is their failure to ensure Scottish football was clean. We will leave all the other club chairmen to explain their actions in the coming years, that matters not to me, because Celtic is my-our club, not theirs and their complicit failure will be looked back in time as a disgraceful period in Scottish footballs history. An abject failure of honesty.

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike.

Well said Mike!

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike.

Devoy,
Thank you sir!

Monti
1 month ago

NEIL FRANCIS LENNON:
In my heart of hearts he had to go, it wasn’t working this season based on results & performances alone it has been abysmal.
Not all of this is down to Neil Lennon but the manager will always pay for poor results no matter the reasons.

I have to add though, there is not one manager out there who i would have preferred to have won this seasons title, than Neil Lennon.
It wasn’t to be & it’s gone.

Neil Francis Lennon will always be a part of my heart, when this guy was a player at the club, he was subjected to the most racist, sectarian hatred aimed at an individual in British football history.
Assaulted, letter bombs, bullets & death threats, not to mention forced to retire from his international side NI, all because he chose to wear a green & white hooped shirt AND being an Irish Catholic.
Neil played through it all with pride & lifted title after title, trophy after trophy, the haters lost, he won.
We as a support are gutted about this seasons collapse, we are shattered emotionally & mentally, this is Celtic, it’s not always happy days.
As a man i hold Neil dear in my heart, something that will never change.
Take time out Neil, take a break from the game & come roaring back.
Good luck to you & your family & go on & have a great life & future!

‘SOMETHING INSIDE SO STRONG’

Bgbhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Fuck Lennon

If he walked in august like he should have then aye

But it’s unforgivable the way he trolled the support this season

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Meh!

Devoy45
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti, wow…. you spoke for me, for all of us probably. You said what I was thinking. Well said young man! Occasionally, this Forum sparkles. Sparkling the noo….

highseastim
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Couldn’t have put it better myself Monti!!

1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

It won’t be in football management but good luck to him and his family.

James
1 month ago

Steve Clarke strikes me as a guy that doesn’t want the hassle of the shite that goes with the job and he sold his soul to Hampden like Levein done after speaking out about Ibrox so he can fuck off in my book,Clarke,no thanks and fuck off again.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Big Ajer. Scared to think of us without him.

Yoker Bhoy
1 month ago

Identical result and pretty similar game to our recent win against the sheep. Maybe today was slightly better as we let them back into the game even more and were grimly hanging on for the last half hour or so on the previous occasion. The most positive aspect this time around was the defence, especially Ajer obviously, which held firm and although Bain wasn’t called into action too often, he’s looking a lot more confident than before. An overall lack of energy and creativity going forward yet again and when a couple of clear cut chances finally came towards the end they were passed up by Calmac and then Eddy. Nobody had a bad game and there were some nice pieces of individual skill at times from different players but, in general, far too flat and unadventurous in the final third. These games have to be killed off much earlier.

highseastim
1 month ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

The ever frustrating French Eddy just too greedy many times again today.

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  highseastim

highseastim,
His selfishness should be resulting in fines, does it every game.
Getting to the stage where i’ll be glad to see the back of him.

Bgbhoy
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

PISH

The Cha
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Are you Duncan in disguise? 😉

He scored the only goal and no one else looked like doing it.

He’s our and Scotland’s top scorer and scored, I think, over 20 goals.

He might not be having a stellar season but I shudder to think where we would be without him.

Griffiths still not fit almost a year since he was because he doesn’t think he needs to be.

Ajeti had a brief flurry at start of season but largely poor.

Klimala, lesser spotted and rarer goalscorer but maybe GBJK will give him a sustained run to prove himself.

Christie scorer of wonderful goals but few and far between and NASA are retrieving the balls from his, err, less successful efforts.

Moi, decent contributor but not a striker that we need.

When Eddy goes who will be his replacement, 1 of the above or some equally unmemorable addition?

Be careful what you wish for or having the disco lights on full for 90 minutes won’t be enough to lift the gloom.

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  The Cha

I’m glad you attached that smiley 🙂

Cortes
1 month ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Different game from what I saw, YB.

Lightweights all over the pitch, allowing themselves to be muscled off the ball. Ridiculous, selfish decision-making in forward areas – especially by Christie (who appeared to dance away from tackling in the middle of the park). Putting the over-the-hill-and-right-doon-the-ither-side-slower-than-a-week-in-the-jile “Broony” back in to stifle any dynamic forward movement.

Pass marks?

Bain. Welsh. Laxalt. Edouard. Klimala(for effort- certainly too lightweight). El Yanoussi. Kenny.

The rest: toom tabards.

portpower
1 month ago

John Kennedy and Celtic TV blame the Snow Moon for transmission issues.

TicToc
1 month ago

Not bad Ralph, but 10/10 for doing it, week in, week out.
BUT:
“Again, leave off the man until you see what he’s had to deal with over the last twelve months.”

Whit? A clue-less, going on millionaire embarrassing Celtic FC with his incomprehensibe (lack of) tactics and subs?
NFL, and I’m thoroughly glad he’s gone, is NOT the tip. Dermot Fachtna Desmond IS the tip.
Lawwell, please preserve me from seeking him out, is still in situ, part of the recruitment of just another CEO mason……….plus ca change?
I’ve had enough……words cannot express…….it now seems to need to come from deeds (deids?)

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Cup Final day at Hampden…..Feels weird or what?

Monti
1 month ago

Well done to St.Johnstone, enjoy your day!

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

It was a dreadful game, akin to two relegated lower division clubs playing out an end of season dead rubber.

Monti
1 month ago

Didn’t watch it m8, i was playing Monopoly with her indoors & the bairn.
I landed on Mayfair with a hotel on it…..
Dummy spat oot lol 🙂

Monti
1 month ago

Happy St. David’s Day to the Welsh Celts among us!

portpower
1 month ago

Josep Maria Bartomeu…

In Catalan they arrest.
In Scotland they Knight.

1 month ago

Celtic had to travel in 6 busses to Ross County no doubt lovely little earner fir Donald Park.
Aberdeen travelled in 1 bus to Glasgow. Strange ?

Monti
1 month ago

Good to see Bobby Sands remembered yesterday, some may say nothing to do with football but it does have a connection to a lot of our supporters.

God bless you & your comrades Bobby!

‘REMEMBER’

Monti
1 month ago

” For their rights as Irish soldiers & to free their native land,
They stood beside their leader, who
The gallant Bobby Sands ”

MP

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