Record-Breakers!

I’m writing about one thing and one thing only. It would be disrespectful not to praise the players who just entered the Guinness Book of World Records, who just represented us all throughout a long hard season, who just won another Cup Final.
 
I must tip my hat, trebles aren’t easy at all, no Siree.
Saturdays completer was far from a stroll.
The team weren’t as scintillating as I foolishly predicted, didn’t hit the heights and put on a show, but ultimately their quality and determination won out in the end.
Italians have a old football saying,,you don’t play finals, you win them.
A show would have been the perfect finale to a fine season, but the result was what truly mattered.
And the result was ultimately achieved.
The job was done, full stop, and doing your job is all we can ask of our clubs employees.
 
Post game Ange admitted the display wasn’t great, and went on to explain tiredness was the major contributing factor to our form tailing off.
We all need a break, or words to that effect. As such, the Cup Final performance and those of the last couple months should be overlooked, doing while not dazzling is sufficient. Tired employees or not, the job was completed.
Well done to all involved, sincerely. It’s been an unforgettable ride.
 
I dare say there were a few unforgettable hangovers on Sunday morning. Three times now the Tims have gathered in joyous victory, and it’s always a sight to behold. Whether in the streets, the square, or the stadium, I shall never tire of watching the team parade a trophy and become exuberant alongside their world famous support.
Its what we live for, dream for and hope for, and I like to believe that goes both ways.
 
Some player statements point to that being the truth.
Big Joe,,,it’s funny but the song I shall always associate with Neil Lennon the manager Mk1, I just can’t get enough, is so very apt on this occasion.
That smile wasn’t coming off his face for love nor money, and every single interview he’s looking around at the support mesmerized rather than focus on the camera.
I hope he doesn’t eat McDonalds, but he’s the living ambassador for their slogan, I’m Lovin It.
 
I’m delighted for Calum. To fall at the final hurdle would have been devastating for him personally, although I do believe he has the personality to bounce back from setbacks. It wasn’t plain sailing for him, he was not a KT style story, but shone whilst loaned out, the best thing any player can do.
 
I had my reservations about his Captaincy, I’ll hold my hands up. I’ll also admit to being old school in that regard, Roy Keane, Neil Lennon, Scott Brown, Tony Adams etc being my own personal style.
I considered Callum a bit quiet, not a natural leader. He’s not quiet, and not a natural born leader, but is there for the team as a whole. Whether that be the ball out from defense, or supporting the defense. Whether keeping possession in midfield or coming forward behind the attack to mop up and keep it going.
He was inches away from scoring the first against Real Madrid with his weaker foot, had Courtois rooted to the spot with such accuracy, and almost caused a richter scale event.
He does some talking off the park, but most of his talking takes place out there on the pitch.
I say talking but he also walks the walk.
 
So does Big Carl.
What was his main task once CCV went under the knife?
Complete the treble. Tick.
Great stuff indeed. Now his defense did give up a goal but it was well taken and little blame lies with the Swede imo.
He can look CCV in the eye.
Next season, their improved relationship and confidence should deliver the strongest defensive partnership we’ve had since Bobo and Johan. Thanks for everything Carl, sincerely.
 
Abada,,,
He has me torn. On the one hand 13 goals with many on the big occasion is very pleasing, on the other hand he blows hot and cold.
Yes, young player is inconsistent shocker, it does happen, but I’m still unsure if he’s a find. He did hit back at claims he was heading for the exit by stating he’s happy at the club, and he’s under contract and could well be retained, but I just wonder if he’s all-in so to speak.
Not first choice.
Has clear talents that need coaching.
Is very young,
Has pace, the bane of defenders.
Has time on his side and a great club to grow at.
There’s real arguments for keeping him, like Saturdays goal, but I want the Bhoy to become a man and grab games by the scruff of the neck. He gained a mere 31 points on Jobos list, coming in behind a player that joined in January!
That kinda says it all.
He’s my new Samaras, an enigma wrapped in a mystery which has me guessing which Liel will show up?
I would like less uncertainty around the Israeli, his football and his future.
Next season, should he still grace the Hoops, its boom or bust for the kid.
 
Kyogoal carried the team once again. Declared himself fit (correctly not just through desire) and delivered. The finest since Henrik is one hell of an accolade, and it’s so very true. He’s lit up this team, the league, and I dare say our lives. Cha had the best smile in living memory, but our current bhoy isn’t far off.
An absolute delight to watch, football itself is better with Kyogo Furuhashi involved and on Saturday he reinforced that he’s the man.
In his prime, playing his best ever, he’s been a revelation.
Me two years ago,,,
‘Mahe, do you fancy a Japanese player leading the line for Celtic?’
‘Nah, not really’
Me now,,,
‘Sign him up ASAP!’
I think we all feel the same. The Japanese/Asian influence on Scottish football has been hugely positive, and long may that continue.
But our star striker deserves every plaudit coming his way, he truly does.
My friend, from all of us,,
ありがとう.
 
Finally, Boy Wonder.
Tanned, suave, European, almost as good looking as myself,,,he’s not gonna cut I thought. Donati or Crosas Mk2 I thought. Those Meditterean natives really won’t enjoy,,,
The weather,
The sometimes agricultural football,
The food,
The refs,
The goldfish bowl of life in and around town,
The expectations perhaps.
 
Boy has he proven me wrong. I always said to myself, that kid McGeady has potential. I get that feeling plus extra with Jota.
While Kyogo carried the team on his back, he’s in his prime. This kid is only truly emerging yet occasionally takes control of games, can beat a man, has a killer pass, great first touch, positive attitude, and is clearly falling in love with the game. He made the right switch at the right time, Benfica were idiots not to start him imo, he clearly needed regular game time to fully state his case.
And he’s guilty your honour!
Guilty of dazzling, guilty of improving, guilty of possessing serious talent with intent to cause harm, and totally guilty of being a bit of poser who loves a photo opportunity.
Hes only went and made a massive impression whilst creating his own trademark,,corner flag, head down, right arm raised, has become an iconic image.
An image that would be worthless without the end result.
He scored again, rounding off an excellent personal season with a goal and then soaked up the atmosphere.
As much as Kyogo is worth the admission money alone, that kid can light up an occasion at such a tender age.
Folks, we’ve got a real player here, and I’m genuinely wondering what his ceiling is?
With the green tinted specs fully on, another year of starts plus Europe would aid his progression.
He will move on one day, but we’ve gotta keep on appreciating him while he’s in the Hoops.
 
He’s a player, a winner, and will be an earner when the time comes.
And when that time comes, they better have big bucks.
He’s worth it, and worth my salute.
Obrigado from Mahe and the lads.
 
Finally, Greg.
Sometimes I feel like he’s the unsung hero, the fact I can’t recall him being ‘a disaster’ or ‘upgrade needed on Greg’ is a tribute to the man himself. He’s made that left back berth his own, performs very honorably, and has extinguished questions about his inclusion ala Starfelt.
He fully helped deliver a world record treble, one for the grandkids.
Is he KT? No.
Is he the greatest? No
Is he the best we could get there? Probably not.
But I’ll tell you one thing,,I’m glad he’s there and the record books will show he handled business.
Cheers pal.
 
The team have made me proud this season, and there’s a great platform to build upon. We have a good spine, but slight adjustments are needed in order to progress. Nothing major, and it’s nice to be able to honestly state that.
It’s worth recalling we were one single step away from being Invincibles, until the title was won. That’s a mark of quality. I feel Martins side would beat this current lot, they aren’t the greatest I’ve witnessed, but unlike MON our players (in the main) have their best years ahead of them and aren’t collectively peaking.
The average age of the squad is frighteningly young, their future awaits.
 
These are successful times, plus these are exciting times. No matter who is in charge we have assembled a serious amount of playing talent who are already used to the taste of success, and the pressures that come with playing for a giant club.
Only a fool would bet against them continuing this run.
 
With every breaking dawn we step into history, but it’s not every day records are made.
It’s fitting we notched another one.
Because our club truly is special as days like Saturday showed.
 
Its been a long hard slog, it felt like forever, but finally I get to say it.
It’s a wrap folks, seasons over.
 
And what a season it was!
Celtic FC,,,treble winners!
 
By Mahe
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Mahe
June 5, 2023 5:37 am

*SENTINEL CELTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2022-23*
*RESULTS FROM GAME #53 – CELTIC 3 INVERNESS CALEDONIAN THISTLE 1 ( (KYOGO, ABADA, JOTA)*

Good evening, friends.
So, an outstandingly successful season is now at an end with an 8th treble secured in the Hampden sunshine. Took us a bit longer to break down ICTs well drilled defence but when the goals came, they were all excellent.
Of course, no sooner was the game won when most folk started wondering whether Ange was waving goodbye or not. Who really knows?
Domestically this season we played 47 games, winning 41, drawing 3 and losing 3, scoring 143 and conceding 38. Quite outstanding!
and wasn’t it fitting that this season’s 3 top scorers all did the same yesterday – Kyogo on 34, Jota on 15 and the oft overlooked Abada on 13.
Thanks to the 63 folk who continued to support this wee venture. Although the numbers fell away post-split I’m glad that e finished on a relative high. Over the season I’d argue that the 10,320 votes cast made it a pretty decent opinion poll. But, just like Ange, who knows whether I’ll be around for next season!
The total votes cast for each player are as follows, with my own nominations asterisked.

Hart: 0
Johnston: 4
Iwata*: 5
Starfelt: 28
Taylor: 9
McGregor: 33
Hatate: 2
O’Riley: 121 (SEE EDIT!!)
Jota*: 38
Furahashi*: 33
Maeda: 0
Abada: 13
Oh: 0
Turnbull: 1
Haksabanovic: 0
Forrest: 0

And so, the players receiving POINTS for the game against Inverness are –
Jota – 5 points
Furuhashi and McGregor – 4 points each
Starfelt – 2 points
O’Riley – 1 point

After 53 games the final standings are as shown below –
99 points – Hatate
84 points – Carter-Vickers
72 points – Jota
66 points – Furuhashi and McGregor
51 points – Mooy
48 points – Starfelt
45 points – Taylor
38 points – O’Riley
35 points – Johnston
31 points – Abada
30 points – Maeda
22 points – Jenz
17 points – Haksabanovic
13 points – Giakoumakis, Juranovic and Ralston
12 points – Hart
11 points – Oh
10 points – Iwata
9 points – Bernabei and Welsh
8 points – Forrest
7 points – Kobayashi
5 points – Turnbull
1 point – Bain
0 points – Abildgaard, Lawal, McCarthy, Siegrist, Summers and Vata

*PLAYER OF THE MONTH – MAY/JUNE*
You might remember that this is based solely on the TOTAL votes received for the 6 games played. In 3rd place with 123 votes we have Calum McGregor. Just ahead of him in 2nd place with 125 votes is Kyogo Furuhashi. But the clear winner for the final monthly award, receiving 172 votes is Carl Starfelt.
Enjoy your close season everyone!
Hail Hail!

EDIT – *CORRECTION* – Matt O’Riley did not receive 121 votes for yesterday’s game. It was 21 votes. D’oh!!

Big Audio Dynamite
June 5, 2023 6:59 am

Ange goes from lucky man to WTF man, in the space of a few days …football, eh?
Yes, he will have a suitcase full of Aussie dollors, but will probably be back in Melbourne, unemployed, in less than a year.
Great move for the bank balance, yeah, but the actually definition of career suicide!
Plus, I hope he doesn’t think he’ll get offered the same package as a Mourinho or Conte.
I now hope he gets it, cause there is no way I want him back now …byeee!
So, we now need a manager ..again!! I want the very best we can get.
There would appear to be one candidate who is looking for a job,, …but I’m too scared to utter his name 😊

Why am I getting the feeling we are being primed for Kennedy v Beale rd2? (Just thinking out loud)

Big Audio Dynamite
June 5, 2023 7:00 am

As ever, the mighty Glasgow Celtic will go on winning …it’s what we do!

CFC
June 5, 2023 7:37 am

I’d say we have room for at least 6 quality reinforcements in the 20 man squad stripped for the game.
And that’s before Ange pillages who he wants and the discontents rumble about a move.

So major work ahead to replace a third of the squad.
We should not be complacent – our domestic rival will tool up with physical players, ( the type we lack ).
We also need some finesse for Europe as well as strength.

Huge summer ahead, with new manager and change in playing style more than likely.
Hopefully, naivety against better quality opponents in Europe is eradicated.

Ange goes with thanks, wish him well but really don’t give a damn about Spurs.
He’s going from a winning mentality to one where his best hope is consolidation and fighting to be the third best team in London. Chelsea will be back and Arsenal are already well ahead.
Good luck with that.

JimmynotPaul
June 5, 2023 7:52 am

Morning all.
Mahe.
Thanks for a wonderful review of the season.
Jobo.
Thanks for all the hard work, you put into the player of the year.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed participating.
The top 5 are the correct top 5, for me, although we could discuss all day where exactly those 5 should have finished. Well played Reo.
ASWGL.
Just catching up from last night.
No I’ve not used the app, I will look it out, for Rural Stirlingshire, in early July.
It should really help with the small farmland birds that you hear but seldom see.

JimmynotPaul
June 5, 2023 7:58 am

From Fabrizio Romano.Twitter. 12 mins ago.🚨 Understand Tottenham have finally reached verbal agreement with Ange Postecoglou as next manager. #THFC

Been told it will be a two year-deal with an option included for further season, so potentially valid until June 2026.

Next step to get it done: find a way with Celtic. https://t.co/QR4Lueuf0z

It’s been interesting, all the leaks about Ange have all came fromLondon/Spurs, our MSM, have just copied what they are saying.
That’s why I always thought there was always something in this. It makes me think ( speculation on my part ) that the tripping faces of Desmond and Lawwell at the cup final, where because they had tried and failed to persuade Ange to stay.

JimmynotPaul
June 5, 2023 8:02 am

First post WW1 football match between “English” and German teams. Match between the Scottish professional footballers champions Celtic and a Berlin selection from Preussen and others, 30 May 1922 in Berlin Stadium.

https://t.co/L9i3hYkEbb https://t.co/oNeZzqEB3I

JimmynotPaul
June 5, 2023 8:04 am

Craig.
That was funny about Twisty Twitter account. 😁😂
As BMCUW says he will be barring you. 😁

JimmynotPaul
June 5, 2023 8:11 am

McCaff.
30 secs of the Courteeners in Edinburgh, not 19 forever. Looks fab.
https://t.co/YZtDqygFCj

CFC
June 5, 2023 8:15 am

J B

Thanks for your efforts over the season.
I agree with JnP, the top 5 are our go to performers.
I’d add in an honourable mention for AJ, and his 35 points in half a season.

That’s the quality core of our top 11/15.
It’s obvious from that where improvements are required.

JimmynotPaul
June 5, 2023 8:24 am

ATOB.
This One is for you.
Stolen from Twitter.
Can you get bereavement leave for a manager leaving your team? Asking for myself and a few others.

McCaff
June 5, 2023 8:53 am

Good stuff, Mahe but truly bittersweet this fine morning. I honestly thought Ange would see the job out, another season or two testing himself in the CL, developing his players and his systems. Disappointed doesn’t cover it, gutted really!!
Jobo…well done, a great way to spark discussion at and after the game for me and Wee McCaff. Same again next season, please!
JNP…I’ve only ever seen them live on TV but they get a cracking rep! Cheers for that

Madmitch
June 5, 2023 8:58 am

Next …

Breath of fresh air turns out to be a fart in a space suit.

Was it ever going to be any different — he was the NT manager who told TR to get out of the SPL back in the day.

Cheap / available / desperate / grafter / driven / budget savvy — ticked every box for PL and DD.

The ambition came as a surprise though.

Plus the ability to put out the dumpster fire that was us in June 2021 and move things forward — looking back it was close to a miracle.

So onwards and upwards.

Back in 2021 -‘ EH was the real deal.
AP was the punt / project that we have come to expect from PL.

He / we kissed a frog and got lucky.
EH is still the real deal though.

He is the standard we should be working to going forward.

Madmitch
June 5, 2023 9:02 am

New manager — leftfield edition …

Current AUS NT manager?

My thoughts — would be an improvement on the coaching front / excellent man manager.

Madmitch
June 5, 2023 9:04 am

Mahe

Don’t think your article will stand the test of time.

Big changes coming — very much needed given our recent performances.

Madmitch
June 5, 2023 9:09 am

BMCUW

Tricky third season …
So tricky it didn’t even start.

I fear DD has had his heart broken by a manager for the third time.

Might play a big part in the next recruitment phase.

Plain Jane / mumsy / frumpy / jolly hockeysticks sort that won’t turn heads.

SC anyone?

Has the benefit that he will take us to the next level regarding coaching / tactics / detailed coaching.

GER57
June 5, 2023 9:15 am

I’m gutted that Ange has gone so soon. No point in dwelling on who’s to blame, if anyone.
We are now looking for a strong willed manager who’ll be able to convince quality players to come to, and remain at, Celtic Park and who will be supported by the board in the transfer market. I haven’t a clue who is available, but surely we’ll be able to attract a quality candidate.
I’d like to see a seasoned European coach, a la Wim or Dr Jo.

CFC
June 5, 2023 9:16 am

AP pillaging players, discontents wanting away- not a third, but half a playing squad required.

New manager bounce.
Exciting and interesting times.

McCaff
June 5, 2023 9:19 am

The next man will likely be another City Group recruit, there seems to be an unofficial arrangement there as well as the Lawell Jr connection.

Hoop hoop hooray
June 5, 2023 9:23 am

This is gonna be one upheaval of a summer and coukd lose the core of a squad that we were looking forward to seeing how if had improved in next seasons CL.

With the rewards on offer for Revamped CL in 24/25 this seasons league is an absolute must win. The officials will know that too.

Re abada….that boy could be a top striker one day a la kyogo. Like kyogo , he is never a winger in a hundred years but can be devastating in the box where he has exceptional movement

Thanks Ange. You turned a shambles into a lean mean green machine.

Time for JK to step up. He has served his apprenticeship.

McCaff
June 5, 2023 9:24 am

The loss of Ange will have reverberations throughout the club. He’d appointed McManus and O’Dea to transform the youth team in his mould, he’d started to recruit for and build the science dept. The new guy needs to keep that momentum. I get that there’s no point in dwelling on who’s at fault but if we can’t hold a manager for more than 2 or 3 seasons the type of projects that should propel us are harmed. As I said yesterday we don’t do succession well at all, someone has to have responsibility for that! Step forward DD and your lackeys!

Madmitch
June 5, 2023 9:25 am

Loving the ambition …

Next coach — ManC remnant rack / cast offs / subs bench.

Who cares about the quality as long as they are cheap / available / desperate?

Monkey management Part 2.

Not good.

McCaff
June 5, 2023 9:27 am

Triple H…I’m not convinced Kennedy has the personality to manage us. He may have the coaching nous but I fear the job of manager is too big for him.

GER57
June 5, 2023 9:30 am

We are in the SPFL, yet we want a CL standard manager/coach. If we unearth another gem like Ange, he’s going to stay two years max. We need to prepare to accept a churn in managers. But surely we can’t cope with a bi-annual churn in players?
Do we expect Ange to take some of our stars with him?
We’re in for a tumultuous summer transfer window.

McCaff
June 5, 2023 9:31 am

MM…City Group are a proper succession -based organisation with structures in place allowing them to deal relatively easily with change or potential upheaval. A City recruit could be a decent thing for us but it’s not enough to move us forward unless we have a similar structure. We continually fight fires at Celtic. To paraphrase a recent employee We Never Learn!

Madmitch
June 5, 2023 9:36 am

Top 5 people who should not be our next manager …

1 — NL.
2 — JFK
3 — SB
4 — MMcG / one for the oldies.
5 — BR.

Plus a “honourable” mention for BTM.
2009 — 13th candidate in a long list of 16.

That is the cross PL and DD have to bear.
Lazy and clueless in equal measure.

Their shower shenanigans were a step up from that shambles.

WGS was living on fumes in May 2008.
So what do our gallant leaders do?

Beg him to stay another year and them get the lucky bag out.

Plus we had to pay real money for him.
PL taken to the cleaners yet again.

CFC
June 5, 2023 9:39 am

Big upheaval ahead, however we cut it.
See big changes required to the playing squad – when AP takes Kyogo and others decide they want away.
What we cannot afford to have is another NL season with wantaways going through the motions.
That’s a disaster scenario.

Madmitch
June 5, 2023 9:41 am

McC @ 9.31

ManC do succession planning for ManC.

They do not stuff their remnant rack / subs bench with hidden gems for our benefit.

ManC angle is lazy monkey management.

GER57
June 5, 2023 9:42 am

I must admit that I feel a bit conned by Ange. I believed that he “got” us.
I’m gonna be a lot more cynical from now on.
We now know why PL and DD looked ashen faced at Hampden.
They could salvage their reputations with the support if they step up to the plate now.

McCaff
June 5, 2023 9:50 am

MM…a City Group employee, one of any number of City Group clubs not just ManC, schooled in the City Group systems and structures is exactly what Celtic need! Someone with the ability and foresight to implement lasting change with a succession-based structure would allow us to lose a manager without the fear of what the feck is gonna happen now, which is exactly where we are! So, refrain from the cheap lazy jibes and try to understand the points that are being put across if you wish to discuss, its what puts people off chatting with you!

Madmitch
June 5, 2023 9:53 am

G57 @ 9.42

You were not conned by AP.
He conned no-one.

His plan could be seen from space.
Make it to Europe and get noticed.
His target was the EPL.

From AUS to the EPL .
Make waves.
Simples.

Our issue was that at 55 when he gets to G40 then he is behind schedule.

Manners would have pointed to three years at least with us if things were going well.

However his footballing hormones were not getting any younger and Spurs is a better job than he could ever imagine / dream about when AEK said thanks but no thanks less than 2 years ago.

The CL campaign did not help our cause.
Explains the friction last autumn.

He wanted results — the squad weren’t ready.

McCaff
June 5, 2023 9:57 am

City Group teams…
Manchester City
New York FC
Melbourne FC
Montevideo FC
Troyes AC
Lommell SK
Mumbai City FC
Girona FC
Palermo FC
Sichuan Jiuniu FC
Girona FC
Esporte Clube Bahia
and finally, Yokohama F Marinos from where we got Ange!!

Twisty
June 5, 2023 10:01 am

If I’d been told 2 seasons ago Ange P was going to become our manager, win 5 domestic trophies from the 6 available, then leave, and we would be recruiting again this summer, I’d have been delighted.

I’m now wondering why I’m not as delighted as I thought I’d be? I think it’s because of Ange’s personality . Loved the way he dealt with the media, and the connection he developed with the support. He’ll be a hard act to follow in many respects.

We’ll see what the coming days and weeks bring.

One final point, I’m running low on blood pressure tablets. Can we cut with the John Kennedy angle 😬

Madmitch
June 5, 2023 10:02 am

McC @ 9.50

City Group structures and systems …

This is football we are talking about not the HBR trying to explain 1980’s General Electric.

You are seeing something that doesn’t exist.

AP was his own man not a ManC graduate trainee.

He turned out to be a lot more ambitious than DD / PL were expecting him to be — more resourceful and capable of dealing with the big picture than they wanted him to be.

AP is a manager first / coach second.
DD and PL want a coach who will leave the big picture stuff to them.

McCaff
June 5, 2023 10:03 am

Morning Twisty, good to see you back on! I’m with you, I felt he was as committed to us as we were to him. Just shows you there’s no fool like an old fool!
Keep those posts coming, pal!!

McCaff
June 5, 2023 10:09 am

MM…read the posts, think about them, read them again to make sure you understand the point of it, then you should be able to reply! My point hasn’t been about Ange who looks like he’s gone, my posts have been about ensuring structures are in place than can mitigate the situation in which we currently find ourselves!

Auldbhoy67
June 5, 2023 10:10 am

Almost 3 months ago I was told in a passing conversation at Celtic Park that Ange was being groomed in a succession plan to eventually take over from Pep. This is all to do with the structure of the City Group involving managers throughout their organisation. All would know the basic workings of the group regardless of where they went. The style of play by each manager would not alter significantly etc etc. At the time it was merely a passing comment but now I wonder how much truth is behind it all. If Pep can win a treble this season then how much more can he do with city . Maybe 2 or 3 years down the line it may come to fruition. Who knows.
The guy I had the conversation with is well connected also.

Thegombeenman
June 5, 2023 10:10 am

Thanks BMCUPs for your comments yesterday. Holidays in the Americas, hence the early post yesterday.

Good read Mahe, a wise choice to steer clear of the temptation to project anger onto those left behind at Celtic.

I’ve no doubt Ange didn’t expect to land a role of the size of the job at Spurs. Tottenham are a top tier London side that haven’t delivered for years.

The chance of a lifetime.

Something he’s worked all of his life for.

This isn’t Southampton or Leicester.

Sevco lost Gerrard midseason to Villa. They were on their way to the Europa League Final.

No matter the succession planning we cannot compete with the EPL. A top tier side in England is on a completely different level.

If the EPL comes calling we’re likely to lose our coach, his staff and a number of players.

That’s the price of success. The nature of the business.

We can either inflate our egos and play the blame game or get real and use Ange’s success as an opportunity to attract a manager/coach who has aspirations to work at the top level.

The usual suspects will moan and groan but in reality add nothing to Celtic’s future.

The top European and English sides are already operating at a Superleague level.

It’s pointless blaming whoever is at Celtic for that.

Ange is on the cusp of a hard won promotion after 26 years in coaching. He lives for the game.

He’s motivated by the example set by his father, this is a big deal for him.

It’s not really a question of Ange getting us but ‘do we get Ange?’ We need to breakout of our shallow, self-centered perspectives and be big enough to congratulate the big man and wish him all the best.

At least he won’t have to suffer the embarrassing, narrow-minded Scottish hacks attempting to question him at press conferences.

– I’d given up watching months ago.

Painful stuff.

Embrace what Ange brought to the club, if nothing else he gave us a glimpse of what’s possible.

Let’s see if our executives were paying attention.

Infact if you failed to notice that two years in and no long term deal had been signed, maybe you hadn’t been paying attention?

Till later.

McCaff
June 5, 2023 10:14 am

TGM…very well said! The only thing I can offer in response is that sometimes (too many times!) we get too emotionally involved to be sensible! 🙄

Auldheid
June 5, 2023 10:15 am

MM

The idea that Ange is leaving because the Board fear him being too clever for them, with absolutely no evidence to support it, that you make often is as preposterous as it is predictable.

Do yourself a favour. Either back it with evidence or drop it.

Auldheid
June 5, 2023 10:16 am

What we need now is confirmation that the process that saw Ange deal with the current CEO will continue plus confirmation PL is not part of that process and cannot steer the Board as Chairman against signings agreed between Manager & CEO.

(If it can be believed with PLs record. )

McCaff
June 5, 2023 10:18 am

Auldybhoy…Ange came from Yokohama F Marinos, about 30% owned by City Group. The link for me is Lawell Jr. I think his age might be against him in terms of the City job and replacing Pep but who knows, really, strange things happen. I wish him well because he’s been good for us in every respect, but I can’t shake the disappointment!

McCaff
June 5, 2023 10:20 am

Auldheid…the cynic in me sees a different recruitment structure in place with Lawell and Lawell Jr both now doing DD’s bidding. Nicholson’s job maybe just got tougher with Ange moving on.

Madmitch
June 5, 2023 10:20 am

McC @ 10.09

For someone who cannot work out a dinner money scam you seem to have moved up a couple of gears and now know everything about ManC and their approach to football.

ManC Group = MBA level football strategic management.

Different but built like a Swiss cheese.

Has some good points but forgets the people dimension of football and that has primacy.

AP got through the City Group net all to easily as DD / PL found out to their cost.

Madmitch
June 5, 2023 10:23 am

AH @ 10.15

Not sure where you got that idea from.

The issues are there just a case that they are not the primary link.

I think you need to re-read my posts.

Barking up the wrong tree CSC.

McCaff
June 5, 2023 10:23 am

MM…you know nothing about me other than what you surmise from my posts! I’m out, mate, you’re a cheap cunt!

Auldheid
June 5, 2023 10:24 am

McCaff

That is why clarification is needed.

The name Lawwell is associated with mistrust and deception. As long as PL is in the building Celtic will not prosper ethically.

St tams
June 5, 2023 10:26 am

So Ange was plotting his exit, whilst preparing for a cup final.
Not a good look.
Bye Ange

Auldheid
June 5, 2023 10:30 am

TGM

I’m disappointed that Ange promoted the his emotional ties to the support. As BR did too in order to win them over.

I’m fed up new Managers coming in and becoming Pretendy Celts.

What I would prefer to hear a new manager say.

” I’m here for the money, I intend to do all in my power to earn it and keep supporters entertained , but if a better opportunity comes along because my way of playing football has entertained , I will leave for better money.

If I’ve not entertained I’ll be off anyway.”

Auldheid
June 5, 2023 10:36 am

MM
I got it from you over a period of time. I think BAD might have caught the idea too recently.

Managers are employees of Boards who would be causing themselves problems if they got rid of a manager because he was popular with the support.

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