That Friday Feeling
Hard to believe that we are little over a week away from a Scottish Cup Final,where a win will give us The Rebel Treble Treble. I can barely remember such a house divided as is currently the case at Casa Celtic. We sure have experience in shooting ourselves in the foot,which seems so pointless when our weaponry should be aimed elsewhere.
Where to start?
Well,I could start with the latest interview from our interim manager in which he reminded us of his feats as Celtic player,captain and manager. Then suggested that anyone questioning his right to be where he is is either too young to remember the 90s or simply immature. Let that sink in for a minute,folks…
Neil,no-one has EVER questioned your past achievements. That is why you are rightly regarded as a Celtic Legend. You gave us some wonderful performances,some memorable occasions. Your honours list speaks for itself-and it speaks volumes. I also happen to think that if you had been a racehorse trainer,you would have been accused of schooling in public on occasion,but that’s by the by. Nothing can take your achievements away from you.
And nobody wants to either,Neil. Those achievements are not up for debate,and they aren’t part of the current debate either. The current debate is whether you are the man to take us into that new decade which is just around the corner,the man to lead us to another title to add the the eight already won.
The man to rebuild a team which is badly overdue a massive makeover.
That’s what the question is,Neil. Not the past-certainly not your past-but the future. Celtic fans are perfectly entitled to ask that question,and they deserve better than the childish remarks you delivered to an eager audience.
Another topic of disquiet is that very team rebuilding. What an utter shambles our squad has turned out to be. The only players good enough to be in the first-team squad have already been in it-regularly-and now that we have an injury list longer than our shopping list,who can we turn to? The folly of having only one fit striker available to us-BR stated that the club had been aware of Leigh Griffith’s problems for a while-has finally come back and bit us on the backside. For a team with millions of wingers,the only decent one all season-James Forrest-is now injured,while the rest have been very poor all season.
Our midfield choices are limited to Callum McGregor and Broonie plus a clearly not fit yet Tom Rogic,Olivier Ntcham who has had a terrible season,and a couple of youngsters who still have a lot to do to merit a place.
Defensively we are struggling with both full backs injured and cover which has not been up to standard. If Jozo or Kris get an injury on Sunday,we will have to play a loan player who has been out for three months. And an injury to Scott Bain simply doesn’t bear thinking about!
What the hell our CEO was thinking of when he downed tools in last summer’s window beats the hell out of me. But the results of his petulant power play are becoming more and more apparent to everyone except his personal glee club.
This must never be allowed to happen again!
Another thing which must never be allowed to happen again is for a highly-rated manager to be undermined by a signing policy which is in the gift of non-footballing personnel. But three months ago,BR walked out-a move which can surely have come as no surprise to the powers that be. I’ll be charitable and say that succession planning should have begun at least six months ago,even if only “war-gaming”. I’ll also be charitable and suggest that if NL was given the interim job until the end of the season then it is only fair that we hold off any announcement of a new manager until then. After all,we did Ronny that courtesy,telling him that he was out,but delaying the announcement till after the trophy was awarded. So I’ll be expecting the announcement of our new manager to be as soon as is possible after next Saturday. PL will not get away with dragging it out for so long that the transfer window is missed because finding a new manager took priority. It should have been his priority at least three months ago,and probably much longer.
There are other concerns of course,mainly to do with the internal operations of the club and with how it is run. These are being aired more and more frequently on here,and I had intended to post an article or two on them. But events,dear boy! I will get round to them,but they will take a bit more time and research as I don’t want to get it hopelessly wrong! For instance,the huge costs associated with running our club,which as The Lions Roar suggested have come to £1.3bn over the last twenty years-or since Fergus left! The accounts lack the transparency required to track down exactly where it has all gone,with so many costs being lumped together without explanation. Probably the only way to break them down is by forensic accounting of the kind associated with an officially-sanctioned investigation,such as Due Diligence or even a fraud investigation! But there are legitimate questions apparent even from reading them as they are. I hope to get back to that soon. Also on some of the topics raised by the likes of The Gombeen Man and Twists n Turns only a week ago.
I might have to find a job with less onerous overtime for all that!
Blinkin’ flip,a thousand words already and I haven’t mentioned Sunday’s game yet! Or the huns moving Flanagan’s hearing beyond the end of their season-I doubt he will be around to serve any suspension,btw. Nor Stevie Clarke getting a two-match touchline ban including their game against the huns what a coincidence,not even the lack of action taken against the huns for their shocking song repertoire last week. Suppose they can wait,eh? Like everything else I forgot to mention this morning!
Enjoy That Friday Feeling,folks. You’ve earned it.
Above article by BMCUWP. There’s an Article of the Day with your name on it,you know. Just mail it to Mahe.