I am now in my 56th year as a Celtic supporter,having been taken to the Aberdeen game where we won 2-1 in 1967. I can’t be bothered googling that to see if I am right,it’s how I remember it.
And standing on the two beer cans that I mentioned the other day,I definitely remember them!
Aye,the huns might have beaten me to 55-aye,right-but I’m out of sight for them now,they will only catch up when I kick the bucket. Which,as they know,is no guarantee of death.
Anyway,almost all of that time has been a pleasure-some of it hasn’t. One of the most dispiriting things,of course,has been our longstanding refusal to build from strength. It pissed off many a fan,but it certainly pissed off many a manager.
Ange came in last year,about fifteen months ago. He certainly wasn’t building from a position of strength,he was coming in on the back of the most humiliating season in my memory. Some of you will remember 77-78,and I get that-but Jock was strangled by injuries that year,and left the nucleus of a good side behind.
AP walked into a blank canvas.
It is to the credit of Dominic McKay,our new CEO,that he fully supported our new-and widely ridiculed,remember-manager in the transfer market. Since his arrival,we have signed a wonderfully gifted youngster from Portugal,in Jota. Four outrageously talented Japanese player-ok,three,we have yet to see the best of Gucci-the top scorer from the Eredivisie in The Netherlands.
Maybe the steal of them all was Matt O’Riley,maybe the steal of them all will be the two from Russia,who we have effectively got for free? Joe Hart for bunce?
Or it might be rebuilding our central defence for £10m with CCV and Starfelt? £2m for Abada makes me laugh,but apparently it was the £2m for Juranovic which sent the board over the edge,the deal that led to them pushing DMcK out of the door.
So much for the team rebuild,eh? Normal service resumed?
Michael Nicholson,about whom I know very little,has proven to be a first class facilitator to date. It seems that he trusts Ange to be on the button when he identifies a player as a signing target. Then-goes out and gets him!
This is a whole new world to me after all those years-first DMcK,then MN! But it is a whole new world that I’ve been crying out for. Years,I’ve been crying out for it. Now I’ve got it and I dunno what to do with it!!!
I’m off to Bristol in the morning to figure it all out. It’s a bit of a hike,but only 50 minutes by train. The way I feel at the moment,I could skip across the fields on the way there. We don’t just have a whole new world,we have a whole new way of running this club from the bottom up. And you never know,we might too have a number of players who fancy sticking around for a while too.
Been a while since we said that,innit?
Above article by BMCUWP