To DoF Or Not To DoF…


I think we’ll leave the preview for the semi final against Aberdeen until tomorrow. There are more important things to discuss-should Celtic employ a Director of Football,who should be the new manager,what should their role be,what should be the extent of the influence exerted on the footballing side by our CEO?


But to more important things even than those. We have the first confirmed leak of the New Balance new jersey for next season! That must mean spring is just around the corner,bloody hope so cos it was -2C down here last night. Anyway,rest assured that the designers haven’t taken any liberties with The Mighty HOOOOOOOPS,but there does seem to be some controversy about the badge,and unless we get this right,we might have an unpopular badge on our shirts for the next decade.

Maybe more,but I hope not!

You see,due to our recent exploits we now qualify for the laughable right to put five stars on our jerseys to denote our 50 domestic titles-or hopefully we will do so pretty shortly. I believe only Linfield share that accolade,and they weren’t slow to let the world know it,with the five white stars proudly shown above their crest. I’d put a link to it,but it looks awfy like some deid club’s shirt,and kids read this! Come to think of it,that deid club had those stars too,and Triggers Broom FC still wear them today,despite having won eff all.

So with that in mind,should we join the Bigot Brothers Five-star Fiasco? I’d say not a chance,because we have the one star,shine bright in gold,the one which means more. The huns call it The Death Star because of what it came to mean to them.


To be fair,the designers have tried to box clever,if the leak is to be believed. They have five stars above the club crest,two white ones either side of a larger green one. And it does look quite fetching. But for me personally,I’d forego that in favour of retaining the current Big Gold Beauty,the one that means almost as much to the huns as it does to us!


Timternet,though currently in a period of quiet reflection(!),is probing the possibility of Celtic hiring a Director of Football,as well as musing over managerial candidates. I’ve seen some belters for each mentioned,so I assume that the magic mushroom season arrives with the spring too. People forget that we already have a Director of Football,as our CEO has the last word on whether a player is signed,and frequently the only word as players turn up to be announced to the press,much to the surprise of the manager. I blame PlayStation personally,but heyho.

The nearest we have had in the past to a Director of Football was the deservedly maligned Jock Brown,who should be a case study in how to piss off everyone-including the press!-while failing miserably at your job. His duties-according to Celtic Wiki- were determined by Fergus McCann.

“McCann outlined five areas which would come under the general manager’s brief: performance, personnel, budgeting, staffing and recruitment/development. As well as the head coach, he would choose a chief scout, reserve coach and head of youth development. He would conduct transfer negotiations and adopt most of the media duties. It was felt that a background or fluency in law was necessary to undertake the position.”

It’s a waste of time even considering anyone for this job,as barring the media role-at least in public-all of these duties are undertaken by our current CEO. I can’t see PL relinquishing those duties without a fight,nor can I see him coughing up the cash to pay for it. Of course,he could always take it out of his bonus,but he didn’t get where he is today,etc.

So no Director of Football at Celtic Park. Our CEO will make sure of that. It’s well known that I’m not his greatest fan and will weep no tears when he finally leaves,but the fault for his overarching grip on the club lies with the other members of the board. They are there to ensure that no-one exerts such influence,no matter which company employs them. Executive and especially non-executive board members have a legal duty to rein in such excesses,and the CEO is answerable to the board at all times.

Is this the case with Celtic Plc? I would say no,quite the opposite. We have a figurehead chairman,who is a total laughing stock. Our Chief Financial Officer almost certainly has to run everything past PL before signing anything off-especially cheques! The rest of the board are either old colleagues of PL or quite happy not to rock the boat. PL pulls all the strings and micromanages every aspect of the club. If he were to kick the bucket,the company would struggle badly as there is no succession planning,and no-one is used to taking decisions.

The only comparitor I can think of is Philip Green at Arcadia,and that’s going well,isn’t it? We need to get this situation sorted,where people are allowed control of their own department and the board is allowed control of its own CEO.

Having said that,he’s not the worst CEO we’ve ever had. Ian McLeod was a hun and Terry Cassidy was a wuckfit. Brown,as GM,was a disaster. Let the business side do the business off the pitch and give the football side the support needed to do the business on it.

It’s the future,I tell ye!!!


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April 12, 2019 6:39 am


That David Dundas fella we mentioned last night had some time of it. His student house was the basis of Withnail & I-he wrote and performed the score-and he was,ahem,rarely off the gossip pages.

Oh,and that’s LORD David to you,ya pleb.

April 12, 2019 6:45 am


Re the Raemonn Gormley killers,one of them was sentenced to minimum 19 years,the other eight years and three months.

I’ve not read anything about it yet,but seems the latter has served about 90% of his sentence. While that is good in part-usually actual time served is much less than the sentences-it suggests a lack of remorse.

I’d rather not discuss the trash,but the Gormley family have my best wishes.

Noel Skytrot
April 12, 2019 8:32 am

Morning all. Personally I think we should have no stars and no break in the hoops going around the strip either. I like the old strips from the 70’s and 80’s absolute classics.

Our current board is riddled with voters for the Conservative and Unionist party, shameful.

big packy
April 12, 2019 8:35 am

right lets face facts here, and lets get into the real world, the next manager of celtic or should I say the new manager of celtic, is actually the present manager of celtic, forget big name managers ffs peter lawell is the head honcho at parkhead, and what peter says and does that’s it end of, so get your head out of the sand and get used to it, im sick of these big name managers getting bandied about, rant over.

April 12, 2019 8:46 am


I remember the good old days when voting Tory was a criminal offence,punishable by shooting. They should bring those days back-along wi the strips!

April 12, 2019 8:48 am


Ffs,man,lighten up-it’s Friday.

You’re right,of course. Sadly.

The Gombeen Man
April 12, 2019 8:54 am

Great article BMCUWPs,

An interesting article on the DOF written in 2017 and published in fourfourtwo magazine.
It briefly highlights 7 individuals working in the role successfully.
Many of the guys mentioned are off our radar, the difficulty seems to be the remit and problems between the different personalities involved.

At Celtic as BMCUWPS has pointed out we have a defacto DOF in place. A positive might be succession planning for after he goes. It’s attractive to think that we might have defined and clear roles in place.

Being in a small pond a successful DOF will inevitably be susceptible to the awards on offer at clubs playing in more lucrative leagues.

Brendan Rodgers famously refused to work with a DOF at Liverpool at that led to the Transfer Committee after Andy Carroll’s departure.

Fenway were reported to be bemused by the fact that football coaches were given so much autonomy in recruitment given the sums of money involved and the already busy role of the Head Coach. They brought their experience of the model in American sports to the UK

Till Later.


April 12, 2019 11:10 am

Very funny article,see if you can spot which bit makes me think it might have been written by a Tim?

Clue:-second paragraph…

April 12, 2019 11:19 am

Scott McKenna is one mixed up kid. He begins by criticising Mikael Lustig for getting in the face of Lewis Ferguson in the BetFred Cup Final. At one point he even said he has forgotten about it. Really? Then why bring it up now? He then goes on to say it’s all part of the game:

“Recalling his red card against Rangers at Pittodrie earlier this season, McKenna said: “I actualy tried to wind him up by having a little niggle, but I didn’t realise how raised my leg was.
“It was up near his head so I couldn’t argue with that. If they are going to have a nibble back at you, then you have to try and let it slide. It’s all part of the game but I will learn from that and hopefully it doesn’t happen again.
It’s up to me to remain calm in those situations, even when they are trying to wind me up. You can try and wind your opponent up but you can’t let it get the better of you, like I did when I reacted against Rangers.”

April 12, 2019 11:58 am


If McKenna’s brains were made of chocolate,he’d be on offer in Poundland. Which he probably will be eventually-they steal any Aberdeen player they can…

Noel Skytrot
April 12, 2019 12:03 pm

can’t disagree with your sentiments.

Noel Skytrot
April 12, 2019 12:06 pm

I never envisaged snaky becoming our manager. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out as not all fans want Lennon as our manager, but on the other hand there’s a lot of validity in what you’ve typed.

April 12, 2019 12:26 pm

There is a bit of a stooshie going on in the world of snooker. A new game has come out and World Champion Mark Williams is missing from the front cover. Not sexy enough? His wife Joanne is not best pleased, as one might expect! However she then goes on to say:
“Snooker in general doesn’t get the praise deserved and is constantly overlooked at the SPOTY awards. How do they expect others to respect the game when they don’t even support their own World Champion #baffled”

I’m prepared at a push to include Golf as a sport. I love snooker, but honestly it’s a game, just like darts, it’s not a sport. I can understand why it’s on the sports channels and pages but really there is more athleticism on display in Strictly Come Dancing! 🙂

April 12, 2019 12:39 pm


I can definitely say that the dancing is for athletes,as quick of thought as they are on their feet.

Nobody better than me at jooking into a gap to get the round in.

Apart from that,bloody hated it. Only ever tolerated it for the end result. Then I look at the end result and wonder why I even bothered,cut out the “middleman” and just go out wi my pals instead.


April 12, 2019 12:44 pm

Btw,golf would be more of a sport if they didn’t have caddies to carry the clubs,clean them,provide the yardage and other stats.

Ian Woosnam will definitely agree with me!

April 12, 2019 12:46 pm

Bobby, likewise. I couldn’t dance to save myself. I’ll admit I wish I could have been better. If for no reason, my mother was a lovely dancer and when at a dance, wedding etc. I would avoid the floor like the plaque. But you had to give your mother a dance! She used to take the lead and stop me looking a complete fool. 🙂

April 12, 2019 12:49 pm

plaque = plague

April 12, 2019 12:52 pm

Was Dave King not a caddie? That’s another tenuous link he has to sport.

April 12, 2019 1:12 pm


My Dad was a fearsome dancer in his youth,sadly his dance partner passed away a couple of years ago.

This is back in the fifties and before he met my Mum,jiving days. His partner was a lady of small stature,so basically he had an advantage right away!

Margaret was a legend. Ayr United daft,as are a large section of that side of my family. Loved her football,loved her team,but too small to see any action on the pitch?

Not a problem to the wee yin. She brought her own lemonade crate to stand on!

True story,btw. You can ask my Dad next time you see him.

Bada Bing
April 12, 2019 1:39 pm
April 12, 2019 1:42 pm

I generally try to keep this site free from politics,and that is a route which has been successful to date. I’m prepared to admit my liking for reading the rightwing press,as I believe in knowing my enemy.

It’s fair to say that the Brexit referendum was won on the back of shameless lying and a welcoming press,so it’s a pleasure to see the Torygraph being pulled up for publishing more of the same by Bawheid Johnson.

But their justification is amazing. That he should be allowed to say what he likes,because no-one takes him seriously anyway!

April 12, 2019 2:16 pm

Happy Friday Sentinels.
I like that away top but the sleeves are the wrong way round,,fake probably.
My inbox says Psg buying a Championship club,,,why are we not already there? Makes sense to me,,we’ve got dosh.
And if they can we can as far as rules are concerned.
Hail Hail

Mike in Toronto
April 12, 2019 2:24 pm


So, if PSG buy us, would we be their reserve team, junior team or ladies team?

QSI could probably buy the whole SPFL for the pocket change they have in their thawbs…. do thawbs have pockets? I’ve never worn one, but assume they must.

April 12, 2019 2:52 pm

MiT,, when I say we should buy a championship team I don’t mean Celtic I mean us, the Sentinels !
But seriously, it’s a very interesting stragegy. Get a team in each big league , swop players , dominate the world?
There used to be two club rules but that’s clearly gone , Watford and udinese are sister clubs or same owners I think.
It should be allowed tbh,,one club per owner/company.
The game is getting worse,,needs ripped up and remade. I think more are realising that.
Hail Hail

Mike in Toronto
April 12, 2019 3:29 pm


‘game needs ripped up .. more are realizing that….’

Most people dont know enough to care, and the few people that do, dont care enough to do anything about it

increasingly, people support the big clubs … everywhere I travel, I see RM, Barca and Man U jerseys… so they are getting richer and richer, and more and more powerful. So, as they get richer, they throw a few crumbs to the second tier teams to buy the peace. Unless the whole TV thing explodes, there is less and less chance of reforming the game as each year passes.

And then there is the bigger problem…. as long as they get out with their pals and/or see their rivals get beat, most fans dont give a rats ass about fairness… if, when presented with a ‘once in a lifetime/handed to them on a silver plate’ chance, Celtic fans did nothing*, why would we expect any other fans to care and/or do something when faced with much greater problems …..

*with the exception of a handful who tried.

April 12, 2019 4:33 pm

MIT my old china Im going to have to disagree on this one.
Many journos are upset about the way the game is going ,, can point you to some no problem ,, and explayers and managers shake their head plus just look at the number of so called happy clappers ( prefer not to bracket people so I tend not to use the phrase ) sites and posters is waay down.
As for the game itself for the first time the Prems overseas tv right took in less than the previous round of bidding , not burst but a good sign .
The foreign clubs are remodeling the Champs league with Uefa’s blessing as a way of redress against the financial might of the Prem and the Prem clubs arent happy.
This weeks excellent Football Writers Podcast explores this with the conclusion that there are only two main leagues left in football , the Champs league and the Prem ( they are the two behemoths ) and as such the new reforms put them on a collision course obviously due to more champs leagie games to fit in around a very busy demanding domestic schedule.
The crux is the Champs league needs the Prem but the Prem could stand alone and thus doesnt need the Champs league. It would be much diminished by the lack of English clubs , who in turn would bump up tickets and or get a bigger slice of the pie for cutting off a big earning avenue ,, if it were to split of course.
Although I said to Awe Naw during the week it seems there has been a fudge and its as you were I wasnt aware then that Prem clubs are supposed fuming at Europes attempts to what they see as cut them down at the knees. I think I was wrong and he was right , there will be a Superleague as that is the only all encompassing solution that would actually move the game forward. Nobody wants a war in the sport with two factions , both selling a different product .
Money rather than sense prevails at those levels , and the big boys getting a bigger slice ( and it seems they would ) via superleague would leave everybody there happy.
The big question is quitting the domestivc league,, that would be a tough sell for many a fan.
I get the feeling it would be we are sending our best out onto the continent to do battle , go on lads do us proud ! As opposed to “ Splitters! “
Shes awake,,later bro

The Gombeen Man
April 12, 2019 4:43 pm

4 million children in the UK live in poverty. Drug and alcohol addiction are at epidemic proportions.

Zero hour contracts, politicians who act like buffoons. Established religions that fail in their primary purpose to forgive and transform people.
A sham of a legal system. Incompetent and corrupt police.
Is Britain in Europe or is it not? Will they respect the Good Friday Agreement?
Cowards hiding within secret societies.
Global terrorism. British and American war crimes.
Donald Trump’s lunacy. The clown from ‘Have I Got News For You’…Boris as a possible Prime Minister.
Global warming…

That’s before we consider the demands of day to day family life.

There’s a lot of things needing a bit of attention before the Celtic supporter on the Gallowgate omnibus takes cheating seriously.

Football is an opiate. It’s an addiction, it provides a distraction.

It’s a corrupt, unfair world. People know it but generally keep their heads down for a variety of reasons.

For many who live in very demanding personal circumstances the day oot at Celtic Park or the ‘jibber jabber’ of a friendly blog is a lifeline, a valued bit of escapism.

The Treble Treble or Ten, represents justice to them and the only thing that’ll feck that up is the greed of the suits (if they haven’t already.)

Sometimes there’s a bigger picture and it can be presumptions to criticise the deep rooted affinity to the club without acknowledging the value the club brings to many.

In summary, everywhere they look it’s the same malaise.


April 12, 2019 4:49 pm

The Gombeen Man,

That’s the other side of the coin my friend. 🙂

April 12, 2019 5:06 pm

Going back to the stars on the Celtic top. I prefer just the one Golden star. Besides I hate the idea of us doing anything the same as them. The only compromise I might be ok with is 5 stars with a bigger gold one atop. (I’m surprised they haven’t done that, remember they won a minor Euro cup which had to be presented to them in the bathroom or the changing room somewhere?)

April 12, 2019 5:16 pm

Bobby, ATOB, CCB, Sportscene tonight 7pm, Dundee Utd v Ayr Utd. Live. (Channel 9)

The Exiled Tim
April 12, 2019 5:23 pm

Lenny today

The Exiled Tim
April 12, 2019 5:49 pm

Scott Bain today

Mike in Toronto
April 12, 2019 5:56 pm


A longer answer will follow later (I’m still at work)… but a few thoughts…

In your word, footballl (and hence Celtic) is an “addiction”. All leading medical establishments consider addiction as a disease… something not healthy to the human condition.

The greatest lie ever told in Scottish football …

They are the same club.

The second greatest?

We coudn’t do anything about it.

We could have. the question, as you have suggested, is why didn’t we? Both are tough tough question that deserves a full and proper explanation if there is ever to be progress in Scottish football….

big packy
April 12, 2019 6:56 pm

yes ive just heard, Mourinho wants the job, question is will peter give him the proper funds for the transfer market, I have my doubts but on this one I agree with mike in Toronto, nobody is bigger than the club, but oh wait a minute , which part of that post is false answers on a postcard to jimthetim53.hh.

big packy
April 12, 2019 7:43 pm

bobby got your e-mail was it a wind up.hh.

April 12, 2019 7:48 pm

No way Jose !

Bada Bing
April 12, 2019 7:55 pm

Tommy Smith RIP

Bada Bing
April 12, 2019 8:12 pm

Sport in Question when the Kellys were trying to cling to power, Keevins and Provan fillet them,a good watch.

April 12, 2019 9:03 pm

Packy you’re a very naughty bhoy! It took me a few seconds to get the joke.

Bada, I’ve watched the first half hour of that. I know it’s easy in retrospect but my goodness the Kellys were out of their depth. Amateurs.

The Exiled Tim
April 12, 2019 9:39 pm
big packy
April 12, 2019 9:48 pm

HI JIM thanks for taking it in the spirit it was meant, at least you reply to my posts, I must have upset some people on here did not mean to, luv you all to bits.hh.

Bada Bing
April 12, 2019 9:56 pm

Oh dear Leicester pumped

April 12, 2019 10:16 pm

I don’t expect Sundays game to be easy on the eye. Aberdeen will come and sit in and try and disrupt the game as much as possible however without their specialist fouler in midfield the Dons will be a weaker force.Thomson will be our biggest threat to a treble.

April 12, 2019 10:22 pm

Big Packy, One thing I learned quickly on posting in blogs, is not to expect a reply. If you get one, it’s a bonus. But it doesn’t really matter if you don’t. A lot of posters just want to leave comment and be done with it. They do not want to get into a conversation. There are some big hitters on all blogs who have a lot of knowledge about on the pitch and off the pitch stuff and they get into brilliant convos and debates, which I love. But I’m not in that category Packy.

There are a lot of lurkers who enjoy our contributions. Just to check I went on to Celtic Noise a few moments ago to check their stats. 14 members on line, 64 guests on line (Lurkers).

Don’t worry about replies Packy, you just keep doing you’re thing. (Don’t ask questions would help).

April 12, 2019 10:33 pm

Gordon, They have another fouler. Cosgrove.

Bada Bing
April 12, 2019 10:55 pm

G64- maybe the negative vibes about Celtic, will encourage them to come forward a bit more,Forrest could be the man.HH

April 12, 2019 11:10 pm

Bada Can’t see it mate. As Neil said it’s not easy when only one team is trying to play football. Hn

April 12, 2019 11:15 pm

Tiger Woods fouled by a sliding tackle at the Masters.

April 12, 2019 11:42 pm

Tiger on a roll whilst Rory’s ball is stuck in a golf buggy

April 13, 2019 12:00 am

Agree. I think the Dons biggest danger is Cosgrove. He is all elbows and power and aggression. Hope Kris Ajer handles him well.