Tricks of the trade, flex the name!

The most welcome news that perhaps our main impediment to modernization, the vastly overpaid CEO, is ‘falling on his sword’ after ̶b̶e̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶f̶o̶u̶n̶d̶ ̶o̶u̶t̶ too long at the helm forces me to wonder shall we heed the huge lessons available to us all regarding our off field leader(s)?
 
19 years give or take is enough to learn anyone’s habits for better or worse, we would be fools to not make it for the better given what we are witnessing.
All of us should now be aware of what exactly manipulating the support looks and sounds like, and at the very first hint of new guy trying a repeat performance we must make it crystal clear we are savvy and won’t be lead up the garden path again by no one.
 
For starters, take Peters little protection scam, offering an influencer snippets in exchange for zero public criticisms.
I can see the temptation for those offered such a deal, but do they realize the long term implication? Should the snippets dry up, you just became a lot less interesting. Alas as a true fan everyone of us should turn our back on practices that are unbecoming or could harm our beloved institution, clearly there’s something underhanded about this quid pro quo. A person conducting their business above board has nothing to hide, should this deal ever get offered around by Dominic, it should be spurned with alarm bells ringing.
 
Next up, the little cliches that just never stand the test of time.
Champions League Club,
Every penny goes back in,
Sharp Suited Man (warns of an ego),
Generation of Domination,
The players just weren’t available,
The players wouldn’t sign until they knew,
And more.
 
The minute a single cliche falls apart under any new look set up our eyebrows raise, the instant a second does we seek immediate answers for our suspicions, and with no small reason I don’t need to add.
They should cease altogether and our talking done first and foremost on the pitch. Besides, self congratulatory soundbites smack of hubris and arrogance, two traits we as a support have seen far too often in the corridors of power and perhaps the main two reasons for our current ails.
 
Then there’s delegating. If Dominic is wise it shall be the first if not one of the first things he does, and its probably the most important. If we see or hear of a finger in every pie, or the tools for the job just aren’t being provided to key personnel, lots of praising the appointees character or credentials rather than professional assessments, we must point out we have seen that show before, and know how it ends.
 
There’s many lessons but the main point is having endured and witnessed an out of control megalomaniac maneuver himself into supreme authority, each and everyone of us must adapt an ‘over my dead body’ attitude.
It’s an attitude you are more than entitled to take I must emphasize.
 
Watch and scrutinize the new bloke as never before, and be prepared to act upon those suspicions for removing someone with their hooks in can be nigh on impossible. He may not like it, finding himself questioned more than ever, but a high level of accountability should come with the (well renemerated no doubt) territory. Should the new look board complain about this, they could pick up the phone to those they replace and ask why trust is a dirty word on Kerrydale Street.
We see any of the old tricks of the trade attempted, it’s meetings, emails, and letters galore threatening complete financial withdrawal.
 
I would be extremely happy if we get a churchmouse who doesn’t utter a peep, as long as behind the scenes solid foundations are being laid. If we are going to appoint a high profile figure who will hog the limelight, then let it be a name manager who willingly accepts the 24/7/365 goldfish bowl nature of life at Celtic.
 
Infact I posit that a real focal point character that everyone from board to fan could rally around is probably the best thing for the club right now. There’s only so many would willingly accept that, less still could pull it off, but they are out there.
With big responsibility should come a big salary though, but if one single appointment could suddenly lift the gloom, raise the spirits, allow us all to dream again, then at this juncture in time it’s easily a price worth paying.
 
Our stature may have fallen in recent years, word gotten out about boardroom ineptitude and interference, but times they are a changing. Soon he who badgers will be gone, a new look professional operation should appear to deliver us a new era, it’s very important this new regime hits the ground running, not just limps onto the scene.
 
With that in mind, it’s easy to say we should push the boat out and sign up the very best manager we can tempt. Yes a lot easier said than done, but we do have our own cards to play in that respect.
That world famous atmosphere he had heard of,,well after being shut down due to Covid, supporters itching to get back, and perhaps excited by a new look side that has yet to be put together, upon resumption the pent up frustration and emotion may lead to those famous nights actually being kicked up a notch or two, believe it or not.
The potential is there, absence making the heart grow fonder after all.
And there’s the clear shot at silverware, something everyone wants in the cabinet come retirement age.
The exposure, the available adoration, hero status,,all those and more await.
 
Peter may have sullied the great name of Glasgow Celtic in his dealings, but Dominic must hold that great name up and sell it for all it’s worth when getting our new manager. He must play the cards he’s given for maximum effect, have that bloke drooling about managing one of the biggest clubs in the world, a truly iconic team with the beautiful shirt, history, and fans to match.
Kiss the Blarney stone if it helps, but pick a winner and sell him the vision and then provide the tools he needs.
Dominic does his part, I’ve no doubt the support will do theirs when the time comes again.
He brings a name, we bring the A-game.
 
By Mahe.
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Mahe

Mahe, It’s a big ask. I just hope Dominic has the shoulders for it as well as the ability.

But the elephant in the room is Dermot Desmond. He has the power. Does he have the love & the interest?
Very questionable.

I’ll go further. I don’t care how many billions he has nor how many companies he controls. I very much doubt that he has the ability or expertise to ‘own’ a football club plc.

You want evidence? Read the history of Celtic’s role in all the off field events in Scottish Football for the past 20 years. And the fact that he allowed/encouraged PL to act as a DOF.

óglach

Good article Mahe

Am I alone thinking those ‘influencers’, who traded their souls for a few of Pete’s table scraps and some hits on their blogs, should be held in the same contempt as Pete now is? Their name’s should be permanently added to the list of ‘They shamed the hoops’ and should be continually reminded of their betrayal of the support. Will we ever hear sincere words of contrition from the guilty? I doubt it.

True we can all make mistakes but some of us admit to it – me I was very wrong about Brendan leaving – absolutely livid at his leaving and I initially fell for all the black op’s machinations of PL and his willing purveyors of misinformation to blacken Brendan’s name and lay all the fault at his feet. Soon realized there was much much more to it than what certain blogs were stating.

We know who you are CSC

HH

óglach

jimthetim53

He may not have the expertise to run a football club but he has the money to allow those who do to run a very successfully profitable football club. He also has the clout and influence to have delivered Martin O’Neil, Brendan Rodgers, and both Roy and Robbie Keane. Albeit his becoming involved has been far too sporadic and his allowing PL free rein at Celtic for so long is a head-scratcher. I for one hope that DD’s ego will ensure he uses all his influence to get it right this time.

PS I am also sure that DD and his shares will not be going anywhere apart from to one of his family in the foreseeable future which is why we have to try and influence his decisions. A united threat of or an actual boycott should focus his attention sufficiently I believe.

If that is the elephant in the room, the monkey in the room is the Silverware we won, the records broken, in the past decade.

It’s the first Port of Call, the comfort zone for all the high heid yins at Celtic.

It can give a false impression of some folk’s ability.

Twisty

Jim
I’m not watching today. Got a few things I need to get on with.
If ya want my season book pass drop me an e mail and I’ll send you my log in

Cheers Twisty, email sent buddy.

Twisty

Jim
Replied with details
Enjoy.

Noel Skytrot

Anything that this board and the new guy do should be thoroughly scrutinized, if we see anything that resembles a Peter Lawwell Production we should be on top of them from the off. They need to be held accountable for every single decision they make. Remember, they need our capital for the so called rebuild.

Friesdorfer

Morning All
Very well put Mahe, on the ball as ever.

Here’s hoping for a better performance and result today.

HH

oglach, with the greatest respect, the common denominator with Brendan Rodgers, Martin O’Neil, Roy Keane, Robbie Keane – the Irish connection! You could add to that Neil Lennon’s extended stay as Celtic manager.
DD has to go beyond only making an appearance when it’s to reinforce our Irishness. Good as that is.

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MAHE

At the risk of being a patronising bastert,that’s yer best article yet!

GER57

Let’s be positive.
Our new CEO has been a senior executive of Scottish Rugby for 17 years during a time of massive change. The egg chasers seem to have got their act together. The professional teams are competitive in Europe and the national team is on the up.
Celtic is a massive club with vast potential and a magical history
Rugby has embraced the modern era eventually, but now with much purpose. Dominic must have an idea of what’s required. Surely he must have a vision for the future which the club have bought into.
If he brings modern management expertise to effectively realise the club’s potential, we have reason to be optimistic. Time will tell.

Noel Skytrot

If the reported date for the new CEO coming in is the 1st of July that’s a poor start. We need this sorted now. Lawwell should be chased down London Rd today and the incoming CEO installed as soon as, not a month before the season begins. The overhaul is going to be massive and we’ve missed the starting gun already. No manager in place, no CEO in place, a squad that will be greatly diminished by want aways and loanees returning to their parent clubs. Its a shambles.

Twisty

The massive, absolutely massive agvantage we held over recent years has been frittered away in a display of deplorable corporate management.
Desmond, and Lawwell should be ashamed of themselves. I’d suggest any of reasonably competent manager would’ve won the titles. There wasn’t an opponent worthy of the name in competition.
The first season a half decent challenge appears, the previous years of incompetence, which was cemented by the appointment of a manger incapable of meeting the challenge, sees us humiliated.

The papering over the cracks should’ve been obvious by the disgusting slide in our European exploited. Constantly beaten by teams with a fraction of our budget. Had we aimed for European progress, we’d have seen up the ten easily. Half or more of the £25m or so that Lawwell has hipped could’ve been used on the team. 3 to 4 seasons in the last 16/32 of the CL would’ve seen his “ long term improvement plan” ( what a fucking joke that is btw) come to fruition and he’d have pocketed even more, whilst he delivered what the support pay for, that is to see quality football and quality teams at CP.

The new guy will hopefully have a real “ long term improvement plan” .One that has some substance and strategy to it. Let’s be honest about it. It isn’t that difficult, though it’s been made more so due to the aforementioned incompetence. Anyone with half a business brain could set it up. Lawwell ,with NO fucking opposition, blew the best chance any CE at CP has ever had.
A statue? A pair of concrete wellies the twat needs.

óglach

jimthetim53 @9.07

You could of course look at it like this. In the main, every Irish appointment that DD has had an obvious hand in has been to a greater or lesser degree a major success, O’Neill – Seville, Brendan – rebel treble, invincibles etc albeit I will temper that by adding Lenny’s last season in charge and throw in a Shane Duffy – but ya know what – I’m not convinced DD had much to do with the reappointment of Lennon as this low balling appointment has Blue Peter’s Modus operandi all over it, DD , as is his want, just let him get on with it. Again one can question if the same rate of success achieved by DD’s Irish unit has been equaled by any Scots appointed during DD’s majority shareholding? Maybe we should consider filling the boardroom and coaching staff with DD’s Irish connections?🤔😂😂😂

But being serious I couldn’t give a flying fig as to the nationality of the manager, player, or CEO as long as they bring success to Celtic. I do think we need to drop the ‘Celtic minded’ crap when appointing management personnel. The first consideration should always be are they the best candidate.

Buachaill dána CSC

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TWISTY 958

I spent ages on yesterday’s article-and you summed it up in a paragraph!

Bastert…

oglach, agreed of course!
If DD get’s his wallet out and appoints a top European manager I will be satisfied that he has expanded his horizons. LOL 🙂

Noel Skytrot

But, but Twisty, he wiz the top man when we wur winnin aw the trofees, ye cannae jist blank that, kin ye?

Twisty,
the above is something I hear frequently.

Weet weet weet

Former DOF of various clubs David Webb has been punting himself on Celtic channels,today he’s on 4tims and a podcast

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lI-mJR8pTtE

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League Cup Final tomorrow.

Who knew?

Noel Skytrot

This by Oglach,
‘a united threat of, or an actual boycott should focus attention sufficiently.’

Its the only way that they’ll heed any of our concerns.

Gordon64

Just in from my morning 5K walk which takes me through part of Blantyre and noticed an ‘All Taigs are targets’ sticker on a street sign less than 20 yards from where young Reamonn Gormley was brutally murdered 10 years ago

JimmynotPaul

Hello pop pickers. It’s a second day at number 1, for Eddie Howe, but he has drifted to 4/1. We are now 4/1 the field, which is the biggest odds the number 1 has been. That suggests, no one has a clue. Sean Dyche is a climber up to number 8 in the charts, the bookies must have made a fortune on this market, so many people have been bet on. Rafa, Roy and Thierry are all falling down the charts.
Eddie Howe
4/1
John Kennedy
9/2
Frank Lampard
5/1
Roberto Martinez
5/1
Steve Clarke
5/1
Martin O’Neill
11/2
Enzo Maresca
12/1
Sean Dyche
12/1
Michael O’Neill
16/1
Rafael Benitez
16/1
Alex Neil
20/1
Roy Keane
20/1
Thierry Henry
20/1
Jack Ross
22/1
Jindřich Trpišovský
22/1
Damien Duff
25/1
Dan Petrescu
25/1
Gordon Strachan
25/1
David Wagner
28/1
Henrik Larsson
28/1
Lucien Favre
28/1
Shaun Maloney
28/1
Jesse Marsch
33/1
Mark Hughes
33/1
Paul Lambert
33/1
Slaven Bilic
33/1
Wayne Rooney
33/1
Andre Villas-Boas
40/1
David Martindale
40/1
Jose Bordalas
40/1
Mick McCarthy
40/1
Marcelo Bielsa 100/1 ( for Garry )

JimmynotPaul

Gordon. 10.54.
That is truly disgusting.

óglach

Gordon64
Just in from my morning 5K walk which takes me through part of Blantyre and noticed an ‘All Taigs are targets’ sticker on a street sign less than 20 yards from where young Reamonn Gormley was brutally murdered 10 years ago
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Replace the term Taig, with Black or Asian, and what do you think would happen? The press, SNP, and Police would be jumping all over it.

One Scotland Many Cultures me arse CSC

óglach

Thierry Henry
20/1
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😧😧😵. If he gets the job I’ll be gettin’ arrested for punching his smug cheatin’ fecking barstewards face.

óglach

But we know that cheats never prosper (unless it is in Scotland)

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Weet weet weet

Former DOF of various clubs David Webb has been punting himself on Celtic channels,today he’s on 4tims and a podcast

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lI-mJR8pTtE
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Thanks for the info,J. To be honest,he seems to know his stuff,etc. And let’s face it-he can’t be any worse than our last DoF!!!

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GORDON64 et al

It has been in plain sight in various places for a while. ATOB,CCB told you about it a while ago,it was sprayed on the Kingston Bridge a while back too. Seems it wasn’t a big deal then…

I said a while back,if you tolerate it you encourage it.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=if+you+tolerate+this+youtube&docid=608034711206167509&mid=FC70F5900241446A882CFC70F5900241446A882C&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

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I’ve long said that the only people whose opinion matters to me is that of people who matter to me. So when it’s friends or family saying it,I listen.

Well,a wee bit at least…

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/celtic-face-unthinkable-dominic-mckay-23574893

As has been said many a time on here,there is a massive rebuilding job required.

Garry

Mahe
Excellent article sir.
Very well put 👏👏

bada bing1

Rumour Klimala up with Eddy, Laxalt for Taylor

Garry

Bada
I like that rumour.
Hope to see Barkas instead of Bain too.

bada bing1

Bain; Brown, Klimala, Turnbull, Kenny, Christie, Edouard, Ajer, McGregor, Welsh, Laxalt
Subs: Hazard, Duffy, Griffiths, Ajeti, Soro, Elyounoussi, Henderson, Montgomery, Ralston

CaltonTongues

Looked like Taylor’s injury was bad so no surprise with Laxalt.
Let’s hope he can reach Taylor’s level 😁

HH

fan-a-tic

Same as it ever was.
An unimaginative selection reliant on those who have failed.
Will Kennedy surprise with a semblance of tactics or formation?
Barkas must be for the off.

bada bing1

Barkas was injured last week allegedly

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FAN-A-TIC

Not a whole lot of room to manoeuvre,really-unless he throws people in at the deep end. As it is,he has brought in Klimala,and given Laxalt a possibility of a rare win bonus.

Me? I’d say sod it. Give some young kids a couple of months,the league is gone anyway. The problem is that by doing so,it would be gambling with second place,and the outside chance of CL entry.

Damned if you do,damned if you don’t.

Garry

Good to see young striker Adam Montgomery on the bench. Good prospect. 👍

fan-a-tic

BMCUWP
Courage has been in short supply in football decisions at our PLC
From the emperor to Lennon and certain players they have all taken the easiest approach.
Soro and Henderson should have been in first 11.
We need bravery and vision not timid tinkering

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FAN-A-TIC

100% on Soro. Re Henderson,he was outstanding on his only recent appearance,then dropped completely. Ridiculous state of affairs,so yes,I would put him in too.

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This is a perfect put-down to those who have said over the years that winning teams need to win ugly,performances don’t matter as it’s results that counts.

Plenty of us have argued the opposite,only to have the trophy tally of the Tommy Burns era-our best recent spell of beautiful football-thrown in our face.

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From BBC

Recently feels like teams have been going into games against City just thinking of damage limitations. Arsenal last week and now West Ham in the second half never really look like they’re giving it a go and seem content that a narrow defeat to this City side is a “good result” when it clearly isn’t – the psychological benefits of a winning run.

Garry

Fan a Tic
Don’t think Henderson is ready to start yet. Hopefully him and Montgomery get time off the bench.
I really don’t rate Soro. Broony a far better player than Soro.
Happy that Klimala starts.

Mike in Toronto

That team doesn’t inspire me with Confidence …. Scott Brown over Soro? Maybe 10 years ago, but not now. SB runs around too much, so we lose shape. Soro has better positional discipline, which allows the midfield to keep its shape better, plus he keeps the team moving, while SB slows the game down. Plus, Calmac is usually invisible when he is paired with SB. I think Christie has great ability, but he has been poor for a while. Think he and Turnbull are too similar.

Now, of course, this may be completely wrong, and SB may play a blinder (or at least Celtic fans will think he did…) in which case, I have a ‘get out of jail free’ card… I will simply say ‘see what a difference getting rid of NFL makes’…. too soon? 🙂

Good to see Klimala get a look in. I think he is a good striker, and works hard. Mind you, I think Ajeti is another very good striker, who we just haven’t gotten the best out of.

Sol Kitts

That team selection looks like same old, same old. Unless JK has miraculously instilled some tactical discipline and a system into the team, we can expect the same outcome as if NFL had picked them.
We’ll find out in the next couple of hours.

Gordon64

WTF is WGS wittering about ? 🤔

Gordon64

Get more sense out of Bill & Ben than these two 😜

voguepunter

Gordon64
WTF is WGS wittering about ? 🤔
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Och! you’ve said the same aboot me,give the wee mhan peace.

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