We’ve Done It Before And We’ll Do It Again
I know the article on Thursday reads like I’m a harbinger of doom a la Private Fraser,and to be perfectly honest I really don’t see us doing enough next season to regain our title. But that’s not to say that it is impossible. It has been done before,after all.
Jock Stein did the impossible while only signing two players,Joe McBride and Willie Wallace. Billy McNeill MkI only signed Provan McLeod and Sullivan to turn the team from struggling against relegation into champions. Second time around,he had to stop the Souness juggernaut without McLeod,McClair,Judas and MacInally. Didn’t stop him from succeeding!
Wim Jansen had a major rebuild,bringing in Darren Jackson,Gould,Rieper,Burley,Lambert,Mahe,Harald and Henrik. This against the cash-guzzling huns going for ten,but BOOM!!! and GIRUY! That’s EIGHT oven ready first team players,which is more than I think we need now,incidentally. Martin O’Neill needed Sutton,Valgaaren,Douglas,Thommo,Lennon,Vega and Agathe, Tore the huns a new one in the process.
Gordon Strachan did it the other way round,losing the big names and replacing them with the likes of Boruc,Zurawski,Wilson and Naka along with a few more best not talked about! He also brought McManus and McGeady in as first choices.
All of the above inherited a team which had just had a shocking season,as we have just had. Brendan Rodgers inherited a winning team that needed a kick up the arse,an arm round the shoulder and some proper coaching. In fact,he only signed two first choice players to add to the squad-though he got rid of a few toxic ones too. Result-The Invincible Treble!
There’s a Magnificent Seven turnarounds in that list,and while Rodgers and to a lesser extent Strachan could probably have been expected to win,the others certainly weren’t. They too had been brought in as firefighters in a disaster zone,bequeathed to them by their predecessor or circumstances,poor management oversight,you name it. Celtic have never been known to build from a position of strength,and in fact it could be said with some justification-and no little anger!-that we are our own worst enemies. Indeed,many of the successes above have been followed by some abject failures! But we have also been the perennial underdog,battling against forces from within the game and without who would deny us our very existence. And our record as shown suggests that having our backs to the wall,we come out fighting with a renewed vigour.
Get the appointments right,bring in the oven ready first team players,bring through a smattering of the youngsters,that seems to be the message that our recent past tells us how to succeed. We’ve done it before,and we’ll do it again!!!
Above article by BMCUWP