Story so far…
Now that we are nearing November,it might be as good a time as any to assess the season so far. Sure beats the crap out of a poppy debate anyway!
Our first competitive match was on 10 July,the eve of my birthday. I certainly can’t remember us playing so early in the season before,and in fact,there was still nearly a week until The World Cup in Russia would conclude. A crazy state of affairs. Although we would run out comfortable 6-0 aggregate winners over Alashkert,we would be without four of our players for a while due to their presence at those finals.
Our next ties would be with regular opponents Rosenborg. Again,fairly comfortable,3-1 overall,but lacking in fluency,I thought. Maybe a bit ring-rusty,be fine when the regulars return,even better when the new signings arrive.
Our first league game was at home against Livingston. Big Tam got us off to a flier in the opening minutes,with Eddy and Ollie stepping up to le plate as we ran out 3-1 winners. It’s difficult to complain about a 3-1 victory,but some of us sensed unease. And some amongst us suspected that a lot of it had to do with a lack of movement on the transfer front. Indeed,our Chief Executive had been noticeable by his absence for some time.
He’ll be negotiating the moves,opined the wildly optimistic.
Midweek was when the cracks became really apparent. AEK at home,and only a 1-1 draw in a very poor display. Followed up by a defeat to Hearts,things were not looking good. Worse still,as Hearts proceeded to kick us off the park,our heroes were lying down and letting them away with it.
Midweek again,and our Champions League ambitions take a reality check. Never mind,we have a chance to qualify for The Europa League. But we are £20m and more down because of this disaster,and it seems likely that Plan B,sell a prized asset,will be enforced to make up the shortfall.
We end August with victories in The League Cup,3-1 v Thistle,League,a shocking 1-0 v Hamilton,and Europa Cup,3-0 v Suduva following an away draw. But those cracks I mentioned? Becoming chasms. Rumours have been rife for weeks that Boyata expects to leave-and I think he would have been allowed to,had a replacement been signed. Like,as if!!! Worse,Dembele seemed to be agitating,Brendan was becoming very tetchy about the situation,and still PL nowhere to be seen.
Last day of the window,we flog Dembele-whose press conference at his new club marked him down as someone I no longer care for-for a knockdown £20m and bring in a centre-half on loan. This leaves us with two strikers,one of whom is permanently affected by fitness problems these days. It’s also two days before the huns game,and there is civil war behind the scenes.
Well,we beat the huns comfortably enough to head into an international break. There are problems at the club-on the back of SIX successive trophies,two Champions League campaigns and squillions in the bank,we have a manager and a Chief Executive who are clearly not on the same page. This divides the fans too,as some point out the poor record of signings under Brendan,while others query how many of those were HIS targets in the first place.
For once,the international break is probably too short. Peace and common sense still haven’t prevailed as we return to action.
In our next SIX games,we score FIVE goals. Worst run of form in that respect since late 93,I believe. 1-0 victories v Rosenborg-aye,them again!-St Johnstone and Aberdeen,as well as defeats to Kilmarnock and Salzburg,and the fans are in despair. I won’t even mention,oh alright then,the shocker v St Mirren. Nae goals,nae fitba,lucky to get nil.
But,we are Celtic supporters,and as we all know,we can spot green shoots of recovery better than anyone. Just as we are about to head into another international break,many of us have The Samaritans on speed-dial. So many of us,in fact,that they’re engaged every time I called! And we have St Johnstone in Perth. They make it difficult for us even when we are on form,and with no Broony or Ajer available,this might not be pretty.
Oh,aye,pretty it was. Pretty bloody wonderful,in fact. We sailed into a five goal lead by half time,James Forrest playing the way many of us wish he could do more often. He was ably assisted particularly by Tom Rogic,who has been playing himself back into form this month for club and country. 6-0 flattered the hosts,but we were left to wonder,was this a false dawn,were we maybe on the way back,no point worrying over spilt milk of the previous two months,the season starts now!
International break,just at the wrong bloody time. This one was way too long,the fans had their hopes up,the players had their heads up. Home game against Hibs,who were above us in the table,also won 6-0 last time out,and made life bloody difficult for us last season.
Ajer still missing,Broony taken off injured early on,Griff ill. Et cetera et cetera,et cetera,as Yul might say. Or sod it,as Tom Rogic might say. A typical left foot finish under pressure from 20 yards allowed us some breathing space as we took them apart in the first half. James again was on top form,and Calum McGregor really looks more comfortable holding and tackling,with the play in front of him.
Our French boys were also outstanding,and Sinclair,on as a sub for Broony,well,you just know he needs the breaks,but he looked sharper and more eager than he has for a little while. I want my Sinky back,and I refuse to give up on him,but he’s obviously run over a few black cats lately!
I won’t mention the defence as I only saw highlights-which tend not to show defence in a good light-but Craig Gordon made one absolutely stunning save in particular. Aye,4-2 sounds close. Four going on fourteen,as their keeper made some excellent saves too,and when he couldn’t,the woodwork saved him. About six times!
So,are we back? I dunno. That’s why I’ve done this article now,and not this time next week. We have some really important matches coming up which will go a long way to answering that question. Personally,I couldn’t care less about The Europa League,but for the sake of firstly our pride and secondly our cohesion as a unit,we need to start stringing some results together on that stage. But domestically,I think we have five matches-and another international break,who knew?!-between now and the end of November.
If we are in the final of The League Cup,and top of the table by then,that’ll do me nicely.
We can start by winning every battle on Sunday against every Hearts player who decides that football is not a beautiful game. And one in particular.
Guest article by majoc. You can also contribute an article to the site,just mail it to Mahe at
I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday’s article from MIKE,and the ensuing discussion which arose from it. As many of you will be aware,international breaks are a pain,and tend to be nasty little affairs on blogs as there is no REAL fitba to discuss! So for the last one,three of us went for our own personal best players in each of the eleven positions. Mahe obviously has a time machine which he trumped us with at the end,nominating Jimmy McGrory.
To my eternal shame,a 7yo me didn’t accord Mr McGrory the respect he deserved when I met him,but subconsciously I must have,because I can still remember every detail,including what he was wearing-and his pipe!
And,actually,his smile. But heyho.
The next series is going to be My Favourite Game,similar to Mike yesterday,but with more detail on the game. Or not,if you prefer! We are hoping for a dozen or so different posters to volunteer an article of say,500-800 words. To give you some idea,today’s article overran that at 1100+ words. Sorry!
But is 800 words enough to describe your favourite game? Only if you can’t remember much about it,so put as many words in as you like,remind us of the events in the game,why it was so important,why you remember it so well.
Give us some colour,show your passion,make us smile with you. Don’t worry if you can’t quite remember all the details-there are people on here who WILL remember. Because that’s the point. To remind each other of some marvellous occasions. And if more than a dozen or so want to volunteer their thoughts? Well,the more the merrier.
The point of this post? Tomorrow will have an example of just such a game. It’s not from me,Mahe,nor SALTIRESENSEVILLA. Just the thoughts of a poster,just like you are. You can do it too.
23rd October 2018
By Mike Litoris
Neil McCann joins McLeish’s Scottish managerial team with immediate effect
Former Dundee manager Neil McCann has been named Scotland’s assistant national coach as part of Alex McLeish’s new management team.
McCann has been appointed assistant national coach and will immediately start his 185K a year package from immediate effect.
The former Scotland midfielder will work with McLeish and assistant manager Peter Grant and team coach James McFadden.
The former Dundee boss said in a statement: “I am thrilled to have been asked by Alex McLeish to join his backroom team.
“Playing for my country was the highlight of my career and I have been fortunate enough to play at a time when the qaulity the country was producing was better.
“Those times hold special memories for me and the Scotland supporters deserve a return to those days.
“I am proud to be asked to assist with the national team and look forward to working with an excellent squad of players and also with two outstanding coaches in Peter and James.”
McCann joked he would be keeping an eye on Leigh Griffiths adding: “It’s my job to keep an eye on the drama queens, No I´m only joking if Leigh needs help with his fitness issues he can borrow my gym card”
But there was no disguising his delight at being recruited by McLeish.
The Scottish legend revealed McCann would help monitor players in the Scottish game but also praised his “inspirational qualities”.
McCann, who won 26 Scotland caps, said: “I’m absolutely honoured to be asked along to be part of the national set-up and also with it being Alex asking me, I’m just really honoured and proud.
“Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m 100 per cent committed to Scotland.
“I played for Alex in 2003 and we need to reproduce the same backs to the wall mentality that we had then, everyone is on board”
“I never thought in my wildest dreams I would be anywhere near the national set-up and it just came out of the blue.”
When asked what he would bring to the role, McCann said: “I don’t know, I am what I am. I’m enthusiastic and passionate, certainly about my football and especially anything to do with Scotland.
“I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with good players and to be involved in the set-up and I will do whatever I think is right.
“And not only that, to work under both Peter and James, who are both experienced managers and coaches in their own right, it will benefit myself, and seeing good players up close, even the opposition as well.
“We’ll see how it goes but obviously I’ve spoken to a few of the staff at the SFA and one or two of the staff are giving me stick for coming back
“But they are pleased for me as well and I it´s like a kind of home coming”
McLeish turned to one of his closest friends, Peter Grant, when selecting an assistant but he has not had a working relationship with Grant as good as the one he will have with Mc Cann.
However, the Scotland manager was gushing in his praise for the former Rangers midfielder.
McLeish said: “In many ways Neil typified the classic Scotland international player: he was passionate and combative but he was also hugely influential and inspirational.
“He has done a tremendous job at Sky and his knowledge of the game, and especially his knowledge of the Scottish scene, will be invaluable.”
McLeish and McCann have both worked in Scotland in recent years but can utilise Mc Fadddens working knowledge of the SPFL
“It’s funny because we used to give James Mc Fadden a bit of stick for not getting Jamie Murphy and even Keith Lasley at 73, or whatever age he is, into the squad,” McCann said. “Now the lads will have to try a little bit harder in training now that I am here.
“Obviously Alex and Peter have got a good knowledge of what’s going on down south. Peter was doing some scouting for Scotland anyway and Alex sees a lot of games with his punditry work, he´s a hard worker and I see the players up close on a regular basis.
“We have got good players, the majority in the middle to front area, I’m sure Alex will be trying to get as many players as we can together and get them in a system and formula that can get us a winning run.
“Once you get a bit of momentum, hopefully everyone buys into it.”
Meanwhile, McCann insisted his new role would not impinge on his Sky punditry duties
The 44-year-old stated “I don’t see it being a problem. When Sky need me I will be there but unfortunatleyx I will notbe on your screens during international week.
“The worst that can happen, say for example an international game is on a Wednesday night, I’ll be back in the Sky office first thing on Thursday morning.
“Thursday is the earliest, and it’s probably Friday, that you look to shape up the teams for the Saturday opponents.
“There won’t be any conflict whatsoever. I think it can only be beneficial as well.”
Interesting and enjoyable header, well documented mahe, you summed up the beginning of this season wonderfully well. Its well documented that our C.E. failed miserably to bring in the players that the manager wanted, this must have had an impact in the players mind, the ones who stayed that is. We all would acknowledge that confidence was in short supply in the early games, confidence is a necessary requisite for football players, if the manager was unsettled by the need to refresh the first team, then that certainly impacted on the players.
Add to that the teams we played (except the C.L.Qualifiers) packed there defences and seemed to have worked out a plan, to frustrate us and know our system enough to counteract our tactics. The slow build up, the sideway passing in the build up gave opposing teams time to reset and face the ball ready to stick the boot in, it worked. We needed to work the ball quicker and for me, this is what we are doing now. We have regained our mojo, the manager has said that he is happy here and dispelled rumours of unrest in the dressing room, if he is happy, the players are happy, the team gels, the ball is moved quicker, confidence is regained. Keep the momentum going, keep playing the way we are currently, bring in new quality players, outplay the huns from east and west, everybody happy.
Majoc, could you please do me a favour? I have Auldheids e-mail addy, could you please ask Canamalar, BRTH. Morrissey, if they are going to the AGM to raise the questions that need to be asked or have someone on standbye to ask them. Canny wait for yours and Gombeen’s article, the same for “Echt Bein Un Frankferter.”
Hail Hail the Celts ARE here…………….
HAHAHA The Barmy Army..
A good overview, so far…
PL hands all over the transfer crap… just keeping his heid down
Did Brendan actually sign Compper
Its not like a manager to back his judgement …how many times have we seen managers play expensive failures too many times just to back up decision… in spite of evidence
In this example he is not being paid … reports on salary must be too high
PL might have one of those Harry Potter cloaks…
Offer came out of the blue?
Aye,I’ll effing bet it did.
In this example he IS being paid… but not PLAYED?
Fitness issues resolved and contract until 2020?
It all seems a bit spacey..
not only am I correcting you about your misconceptions about DD´d portfolio I´m also correcting your German 😉
Ich bin ein Frankfurter = I’m a sausage
Ich bin Frankfurter = I´m a Frankfurter
zusammenkommen – meet
zusammen kommen – simultaneous orgasm
There seems to be a wee bit of a pattern
Could it be that these were players that were “bestowed upon Brendan”
I was Russian, so there.. 😉
Once = luck
Twice = chance
Thrice = consistency
I will do,mate.
It would be an interesting exercise to figure out how much of our cash PL has pished up the wall by trying to be too smart and sign projects. Since Tony Mowbray left in 2010,I’d conservatively estimate it at well over £60m inc fees,wages,agents,pay-offs. And that’s only the duds.
I’m prepared to give him the occasional success,like Virgil and Victor,maybe even Lustig too. He certainly did well to get Ollie and Moussa,but then went about pissing each of them off. He needs a lesson in demarcation. He also needs a kick up the arse and told to grow up,he neither needs nor deserves to be the top earner,and could do with improving his own performance rather than making everyone else’s impossible.
VvD & Vic were scouted by a bloke called Neil McGuinness, he was an IT bloke at the club then got a job scouting, all he did was video analysis, strange but true, but since he was working under John Park who was Pedro’s mucker, Pedro should get the kudos 🙂
The debate for me is over. DD and PL have to go. Profit does not equate to profile. Our profile has plummeted since they have been in charge. They also missed the one opportunity to clean up and sort out the Scottish game. They chose not to. Therefore they have to go
Thanks majoc, I appreciate it, this is our very last chance to get answers, two years ago at the AGM I sat and waited for it to be questioned, but no questions were asked, P.L. actually asked if anyone had any questions about it. So this time the questions need to be asked and get answered….
I’m not really too bothered about DD,as he isn’t really too bothered about us. But PL is long past his shelf life.
He has seen three managers resign after winning three titles each,and all without a job to go to. That is otherwise unheard of in the game. He’s going the right way about losing another one,too.
He’s a bloody joke,everyone tells us how good he is at the commercial side,but the commercial side is only possible because of success on the pitch. Which he continually undermines with his meddling and control-freakery.
PL is DD´s minion. You cant have one without the other
I disagree, Pedro has carte blanch to run the club as he sees fit, imo.
Sorry lads I dont get it. DD is the boss. PL is given his remit by DD. The main part of that remit being don’t bother me. Thereby giving PL “carte blanch” . If it wasn´t PL it would be somebody just as ambitious to please his superior.
Maybe, what if keeping the tills ringing is all DD cares about till a rehash of the leagues sees us make wheans of money.
Anyways, got my AGM info in this morning, I will duly fill it in, against all eight resolutions and send it back in the prepaid second class envelope.
We will never make more money than we are making now in relative terms. That is the journey that we have been on under DD and PL stewardship. Profit first and foremost. ambition ZERO. ( how utter garbage we are within a European context ( TRULY A LAUGHING STOCK .. not my opinion but the opinion of many footballing experts around Europe ). The reason we are squirreling money away is in case OUR rescue the hun plan fails.
That’s about the size of it,IMO. PL knows the script-don’t bother DD for money,give him a good night out on occasion,and he can’t complain.
Result? PL is free to load the board and remuneration committee with old cronies. And there is no appetite to prevent that.
Willing to bet his starting salary in 2003 didn’t breach six figures. Look at it now. It’s obscene.
To be fair I don’t mind giving credit where it’s due…
However, it seems anything good happens, it’s the Club … anything bad, it’s the manager .. 3 years (sell by date) … or more accurately (best before date)
The 7 in a row but no improvement in European profile … actually a reversed profile … as Aw Naw points out.
I remember watching 3,000 bhoys doing a crazy bouncy type thing at Emirates.. when we were being wiped off the footballing map at Paradise and Emirates…by Arsenal
Great fans label, ok, but eye off the actual prize
The same at Juve … taps aff in February ‘here we go ten in a row’ for entire second half… “juve fans applauding us”
aye! Is that right? so they were ( I was there, and it felt like pity for the demise of a footballing giant that had beat them 4-3 only 10 years earlier , maybe i was just pissed off about the trending results in Europe by then and the lack of financial support for Lenny
Gubbed home and away in 2013 v Juve… totally gubbed!!
After the AC Milan last 16 and a go at Barca the descent was rapido!
Is anyone, anyone? actually happy with the 2 x qualifications to EL? Bearing in mind the humiliations suffered?
I’m not and Brendan’s performance was just ok in qualifying versus the qualifying opponents and squad he had at his disposal
The test for Brendan was this season in Europe .. at one point in close seaon it looked like we were on track with early signing of Eduorde … were his/our hopes deliberately scuttled? By the guy that forces managers out after 3 years ?
Would a decent EL qualification in 2018 entrench Brendan in the role and upset the PL business model? A fourth or fifth year for Brenda would seriously shift the balance of power
It’s looking a lot like sabotage ( in a Euro sense) also levelling the park domestically.
Celtic can still ‘make’ money being second.. right!?
Sorry for turning that into a rant bhoys ?
Brendan of course… not reslly in here from FF ?
Hardly a rant,mate. A lot of sense in there. Mainly because you are right,you echo my sentiments!!!
And also my comment slightly beforehand. It cannot be coincidence that managers leave despite their success,and with no job to go to.
Common denominator time,old bean.
Aye – the trend is clear and consistent
Agree it’s time for change at the very top
Problem is how does one remove vested interests when the rewards are so high.
It’s a dripping roast ..
Money dripping out of Celtic income into a trough that only a select few have a perch.
Difference now to 90’s is they have convinced the vast majority that we are ruling the roost…
Money in bank … but need it for rainy days etc.,
When it gets really messy …again.. it surely will!
They will produce another Brendan style Rabbit/Squirrel – rinse and repeat etc.
There is no appetite in collective support to make changes necessary.
It’s a problem…
The most successful and dominant domestic Celtic side ever coupled with the worst run of performances in Europe ever tells you all you need to know.
I genuinely believe that the PLC have deliberately reduced our ambitions due to the four qualifying rounds.
The qualifying rounds cost us 2-3m a year loss with regards summer appearances and tournament sand that carries no risk.
I have noticed a change in the attitude to the guys that I normally go with to the away European games. They tend to travel from far. USA, Canada, Saudi. to see Celtic in the CL.
Not anymore. Who can blame them
I went to Helsinki & Helsingborg in 2012
Turin in 2013 was my last ever away trip.
Loved going away but see what is happening
Season book cancelled
Scunnered – can still appreciate some games and results but 8 know what is going down here!
The infrastructure is there.. we need the right leaders to maximise the full potential
Acnnot see. That happening any time soon.
They are entrenched!
When lifelong diehards like yourself chuck it,then the Plc really should take note.
They won’t,of course.
Well yes it is obscene, but can we not look at it from another angle..
1. We play in a league where if you win it you get £3.00 mill. compare that to other leagues some receive over £130 mill.
2. While we are forced to play in this shitty place, if you lose approx. 40% of the paying public how that would effect the league we are in. Hearts CVA. Dundee two receiverships, Huns deed, all the rest of this premier league, look at the stands in Perth, Hamilton, everywhere except perhaps the dandies. The simple facts are that if you take that 40% away then the SPFL is nothing more than a junior league. Jings, the Dandies striker earned far more playing for Giggs and the other ex. Man.U. players when he left to play for their City team.
I totally agree that the money being paid to P.L. is ridiculous and an accountant should be nowhere near picking players, when you look at Brendans picks through his scout Congerton who seems useless, there is a distinct lack of an appropriate scouting mechanism. A turnover of over £100 mill. is remarkable and Lawwell and D.D. do bring in excellent sponsorship, but as for team matters they are useless, a simple change of direction for Lawwell is all that is required..
sorry to keep disagreeing with you but you place FAR FAR too much importance on those that attend.
Those that attend in fact contribute very little financially compared to the arm chair fan and the sponsors and they come at a cost. Water, Electricity, Stewarding, Policing etc.
Why else would this weekends show case semi final’s have ended up as the dogs dinner that it still truly is ?
How many ST holders get to see a game at 3:00 pm on a Saturday during the season ?
And when it suits (i.e there is not that much money to be made with TV coverage) take the CL qualifying games then the attendee becomes more important
Shareholders and Old Firm armchair fans urinate heavily all over our faithful as far as their masters are concerned.
Sure if we can sell an extra 8000 tickets to our bigots we will do so without any thought whatsoevers.
I’d direct him out the door. He has done more harm than good,imo. And as for the window there where he was posted missing until he needed to sell a player for a pittance,well,no lie,the main reason this site came about when it did is down to a mail I was sent in the first week in August.
That shambles of a window was a deliberate strategy,mate.
Never apologise for posting your opinions, It is only by discussing other peoples views that we can come close to the truth, furthermore I respect your opinion.
Big Jock said, well you know what he said about fans, but take thems out the equation and the Scottish game is Donald Ducked.
I watch some of the Scottish games on the telly and there is no-one in the stands, these teams are scraping bye, for them they need the bigot buck that is why they remain silent, why else would they entertain the balloons in blue.
If we can gain entry to someother league where the revenue is greater then we can leave all the bigotry behind, that may be fanciful wishful thinking but its the only alternative that I can hold on to. As for D.D. and P.L. and Barnier et.al. they can leave ASAP and I would not miss them for a nano second. We need more openess and we need people to put the support first, the rest can take a running jump…
If it was, then I would second your opinion, others have suggested to me that the players that Congerton recommended and we brought in like Commper, Gamboa, etc were useless and that Lawwell is refusing to take his advice on players coming in. If you remember the Sunderland support could not wait to get rid of him, Congerton and told us that he was useless. For that reason I am confused as to what the real facts really are… If you are saying that you know the real facts then I would totally agree with you…
Gamboa landed a year before Congerton
I can’t say that I know the real facts,as you put it,but I know who sent me the mail. And that’s the worrying bit. I’m sorry I can’t go further,maybe some day,in person.
I did have a wee smiley face after the post 🙂
What we are seeing is history repeating itself, Lenny did two CL groups and the suits sold his best players from under him and in Lenny’s words, “brought in shite” to replace them, Brendan’s no a stupid man, he always imo chooses his words very carefully, he can see what is happening, there has been talk of DD having a word, if he did it hasn’t worked cos Brendan is still unhappy by the sounds of it, who wins, Pedro will, Brendan will get himself a decent job, down south or abroad if he so wishes, he can speak fluent Spanish so who knows, then we are back to square one again, rinse and repeat, it’s a joke, yet the majority of the support think everything is hunky dory, what chance is there when the support are happy with the status quo.
AWENAW I was aware of that, as I recall Brendan wanted Wilson of Liverpool but somehow we ended up with a player totally not suited to the SPFL, ie Gamboa. It seems that Lawwell is acting as head scout and purchaser of players, that being the case, then he must… go.
No problem, it seems that I must re-evaluate my opinions. Cheers.
Majoc, Enjoyed that article. Now I know why you were under the radar yesterday. I was getting worried. Garry as well where is he?
I was right with ye on the irony buddy ?
Dunno,mate. If he’s not on tomorrow,I’ll text him. Tell him to check in! I think he’s got his weekly bevy tomorrow wi BIGRAILROADBLUES so might not make much sense. Of course,he might have got lucky on Saturday when he was out wi Sipsini,perra alley cats!!!
That I did not know. Get him back-now!!!!
I do not wish to prolong the Res12 discussion on here but my copy of the AGM agenda does not include it as an item. Is the expectation that there will be questions from the floor?
You are correct it is not an item on the AGM agenda, but they do have a question and answer session from the floor to the board and my thoughts are if we have one of the Res.12 bhoys in the audience then he could ask the pertinent questions. If we get more untruths or deflections then we can all assume that its finished, dead in the water and if that is the case then I’m finished paying into Celtic… and sell my shares.
Enjoyable article and good to see the season ups and downs presented as a timeline. Upturn? I’d prefer to draw a conclusion after three good games in a row, not two. In my mathematics three points define a linear trend, not two!
My main point is that, whether we ate on the up swing or not, the same problems that caused the “slump” are still present. We do not own our central defence……we rent it, with the exception of Ajer. RB is still a weakness over a medium length of time….Lustig cannot be expected to perform in a consecutive game after game. Finally, we do not have a target man. The benchmark should be Europe…..not domestic competitions. We should win these at a canter, given our playing resources vs others.
For those that say the Europa does not matter, my response is that it does! It builds our coefficient. Our coefficient is the reason we have tough qualication rounds, and, perhaps, tougher groups in the CL.
As for BR, he has dropped some clangers in the transfer market, but if he felt the Board did not back him, he should have walked. That is the best thing he could have done for the future of the club. I suspect that he did just that and was persuaded to stay a little longer to permit tye club to sort out his replacement. The January window will reveal a lot. No significant signings and no public display of dissatisfaction by BR, means he has gone.
If you can manage expectations then you can manage the risk. See MON. Reign and how it ended. So being precise QUALIFYING for European competition is our glass ceiling presently. No manager is allowed to build due to this happy medium. The expectation of the support is if we fail in Europe thankfully we can sell one of our better players to compensate. None of them will hang around no matter how enchanted they are with Celtic FC, Brendan, Scotland, The support. The player knows that within a year the domestic medal box will be ticked and that their bonus will be linked to just qualifying and with the fine margins being implemented that the career advancement prospects at Celtic will never materialise. Except for the role of captain it’s a short shelf life as a successful player at Celtic.