The Gombeen Man
Morning,all. Bloody awful night last night at work,welcome back! As you know,this site is keen to involve its readers,even to the extent of you writing the daily article. We are always keen to hear the opinions of others,and welcome them all-even if you don’t see them as being in keeping with any perceived “editorial policy”
Although the following wasn’t offered to us as an article-it was posted as a comment yesterday-I think it is well worthy of a more prominent position. As you might have guessed,it is from The Gombeen Man.
The Gombeen Man
Happy 2019 to everyone here and thanks to Mahe, majoc and SeS for providing this (almost) rancour free, independent, advert free blog.
As time has passed all of my worst fears about the Sevco saga seem to be becoming a reality.
Dave King’s prophesy about Celtic folding like a deck of cards are an exaggeration. The PLC have a pile of money that PL will use to pay the bills if we fail to make the CL because of a loss of the league or a failure to get through the increasingly challenging qualifiers.
Mr Lawwell knows what numbers are required to trigger the maximum bonus under the incentive scheme. That’s why he looked so unhappy at Brendan’s first press conference. A big salary and an expensive backroom coupled with likely demands for transfers upset the numbers.
A wounded Sevco were back. Income would increase and qualification for the CL is a gamble. We’d win the league with a cheaper less troublesome coach but Brendan represented a challenge to the formula Mr Lawwell had calculated.
Mr Lawwell hit the jackpot.
Back to back CL qualifications under Brendan and Double Trebles. A thinner skinned businessman might have been embarrassed.
The problem is the management of costs. The crafty CEO got Sevco into the SPFL but the cost is huge. The failure to secure any checks and balances into the game will cost Celtic. Sevco’s ego is fully charged and they will do anything to win the league.
Mr Lawwell knows this and that’s why we have the money in the bank.
The summer transfer window was typical. Brendan Rodgers knew that the writing was on the wall for Scott Brown. An affordable Celtic minded prospect was identified. The transfer was bungled over relatively small money.
Several of our better players were sold and our nett spend wasn’t even zero.The priority is getting the numbers right. Spending wasn’t prioritised because spending and selling are key to making the numbers work.
The best run club spin is now worthless. We have a costly bloated squad with deficiencies all over the park.
We have no fit experienced strikers, a centre defence approaching crisis, problems in both full back berths and we are now coming to terms with the likelihood that Brendan Rodgers will leave in the summer.
What a damning indictment of our CEO.
If we can and do spend it will be a gamble. The money is already spoken for. It’s to plug the holes in the Balance Sheet. The players drawing the salaries and making no contribution are the real cost of years of incompetence.
The financial spoils of Scottish football and the European bonus has now got too greedy mouths to feed. The trouble is one club makes no ‘secret’ of it’s cheating. The cheating is more than tolerated, it’s an entitlement. Having spurned the opportunity to address this Celtic PLC have got a problem.
If Brendan is going it could be sooner than we think. If he is handed projects and loanees an offer from a cash rich club might be enough to persuade him to walk and leave Me Lawwell to it.
All the above is speculative of course. The following however…
1) Last Saturday wasn’t speculative.
2)The continuity myth isn’t speculative.
3)Resolution 12 isn’t speculative.
4)The limitations of the squad isn’t speculative.
5)The bloated squad isn’t speculative.
6)Brendan Rodger’s dissatisfaction isn’t speculative.
7)Today’s unprecedented bonus isn’t speculative.
8) Failure to address biased refereeing and protect players isn’t speculative.
9) A questionable player recruitment policy isn’t speculative.
10) The hiring of Ronny and Tony Mowbray… classic Lawwellism.
11) Neil Lennon’s dissatisfaction with PLC policy isn’t speculative.
The spin of the best run club feels somewhat hollow today. The numbers on n the Balance Sheet have been manipulated for financial gain. A competitive league has been manufactured to generate money.
The problem is that it’s corrupt and relies on bigotry and social division to generate money.
It’s regrettable that qualities like integrity and honesty appear to have been ommited from those all important Key Performance Indicators.
As Bill McLaren might have said,
“They’ll be dancing and singing on the heated driveway tonight.”
As we are now in our winter break,we are also looking for articles from you on MOST MEMORABLE MATCHES. We ran this successfully during an international break,but we are Celtic,and only scratched the surface.
I’m hoping to persuade my Dad to do one,back from when Adam was a lad,maybe the Coronation Cup or 7-1 Hampden in the Sun. As always,all contributions are welcome,all are printed,just send to at