Where on the list?
So now it’s all done and dusted, the time is truly here for a collective chinwag regarding where exactly does this particular title rank, in that long list of Celtic titles.
It’s a matter of subjection of course, beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, but opinion or not, sometimes a collective agreement can be found.
This might be one such occasion.
By most metrics, it’s up there.
It’s not the most important title of my supporting days, I think we could all agree on that. Stopping the ten takes that award in my book. Lenny’s club killing league victory also takes a podium.
The sweetest? Sorry, I must say no.
The Tommy title scoops that accolade, again only in these eyes and perhaps many others. The enthralling string of must win games successfully negotiated culminating in Big Jan almost collapsing on a cross to turn home the winner, WGS saying this is for Tommy in the huddle, that trophy was extremely special indeed due to its nature.
The most professional? Nah.
Other teams have collected a higher points total and achieved more consistently than Ange’s bhoys. I give you The Invincibles for instance.
The most impressive title?
The benchmark, for me, is always Martins debut season. Ange has went and surpassed those heady days.
For starters he is by himself. The O’Neill, Robertson, Walford trio had plenty practice gtogether especially in England’s top flight. They came with a winning formula, and had each other’s backs. They were a unit. Not a single man with a vision.
Martin also walked into the bones of a good team.
A great striker not a good striker, a cultured European Cup winning midfielder to cement the midfield along with one of Bulgaria’s finest of recent times, a waited only to be lead.
A true Celtic stalwart was already in the right back berth upon his arrival, our best since Danny. A Dutch International winger awaited who would go on to discover his best ever form in the Hoops.
Big Rab was in the house, no keeper needed.
Martin also had a big, big budget, and the reputation in place to entice big names.
Ange had neither.
Martin wouldn’t have improved Tony Ralston. Ange took a limited SPFL player, and turned him into an SPFL winner.
And a potential cult hero!
Ange took a big risk bringing in the Japanese contingent, then settling them, building them up to be ready, then unleashing them.
Martin wouldn’t have bothered.
Was St.Martin up against this degree of tomfoolery by the whistlers? I think the answer is a clear no.
So there you have it.
The most impressive title of my lifetime goes to Ange Postecoglou and his new look Celtic side who bettered European finalists on their debut season, and gained a respectable nine points in the Europa league against good sides.
With a brand new Captain many thought couldn’t shoulder the responsibility, they weathered an early storm today the existing Champions at home, then embarked on a stunning thirty game unbeaten run to blow the competition away, lifting the first trophy of the season to boot.
To wrangle a double out of the imploding mess left by Peter, with the bare bones of a squad in situ, utilizing the existing coaches, whilst up against a strong rival, is a stunning feat. Simply stunning.
Never once did the man crack under pressure. No scapegoats were sought when things were going wrong, something that earns my respect and the sign of a good manager.
Despite the huge task ahead, Ange also embraced his role as figurehead for the club. He appeared in front of the cameras usually with a smile, his ironic ‘mate’ helping best the media at their own game, belittling Celtic achievements.
Everyone’s favourite uncle now, his words carry weight and are keenly listened to, by the wise.
His success is also a success in part for The City Group, our other unofficial business partner. On their radar years ago, it’s somewhat reassuring to know they have a keen eye for talent, and recruit well. Having just taken another one of their employees recently, we can expect quality from their stable. Good to know.
On behalf of us all, a most sincere thank you and well done to Ange Postecoglou.
A most impressive man who scoops the SentinelCelts most impressive title award.
Exactly why he came to Scotland of course.