Following Celtic these last couple of years has been exactly that, dizzying. For a club that sure seemed happy in the slow lane, there’s been a flurry of serious changes in a relatively short amount of time.
Celtic don’t hire an excellent manager when a good one goes.
We don’t raid the Asian market for its cheap gems.
Peter gets his way at Parkhead.
We don’t sell employees to one of the Epl’s Big6.
We don’t do treble after treble after treble.
We don’t save up 60million.
And we certainly don’t hire and draw plans to attack Europe!
Is there something in that water we are siphoning from the local church? From feet up in the late 2000s to 2016, the rate of change is almost hard to believe.
And now more is upon us.
A new improved Glasgow Celtic has been called for, on the field and off it. That dreaded word Modernize has finally reared its head in the boardroom, where relations themselves were also modernized.
To lead this revolution or evolution, we’ve grabbed the best Irish manager of his generation, who has a point to prove to everyone, including himself.
I’m delighted his recruitment which has dispelled any notion of an anxious summer, and wiped the smirk off many faces who were delighted to see the back of Ange.
Only time will tell ifs an upgrade, but he has some qualities the previous manager didn’t. They are both excellent communicators and leaders but Brendan is a details man. The small notebook and pen are always on hand, alongside a quick glance at the watch to timestamp whatever caught his eye, he absorbs a lot seemingly every game.
Unlike Ange he does bond with his players, growing strong personal ties with them. He’s very honest with them not simply ruthless, and tends to earn the respect of the bunch, much more preferable than being feared by them in this modern era of young millionaires.
His playing style is similarly adventurous but markedly different from We Never Stop.
He urges a good team shape to hinder opponents rather than a full press, and looks for his special players to create breakthrough moments for the team.
Scott Sinclair being the classic example,,time after time he would link with KT and between them they would break through on the left behind the defender sparking a sequence of attacking runs into the box. He’s loves a tricky winger for this exact reason, Mikey is rubbing his hands no doubt.
I would be worried if I was Maeda, he can’t dribble, can’t beat a man, and has a poor cross. Hard lines kid.
Journalists informed me that Brendan isn’t wedded to any particular system and will change formation if he thinks it necessary, I’m happy at that news. It tells me there will be a Plan B apart from doing Plan A better.
Of course he’s biggest and most well known strength is helping players individually,,,either improve their flaws or cut them out, to make the most of their natural assets, and empowering them with the confidence to go out and do so.
Player after player went up a level through working alongside the Carnlough man, and as a result the team greatly improved. Pep is one of the best and his City team were gobsmacked at our play, and couldn’t beat us. Against Barca we just about held on and nicked one, against that lot we went pure toe to toe. Scott Brown was imperious, Brendan certainly helped raise his game, he truly grew into a proper Captain during that spell. Stuart Armstrong turned into a world beater, fantastic on the ball he used his natural power to great effect when embarking on another attacking run at good speed.
KT, Benkovic, Moussa, Tam,,the list of improved players is long.
Great, because our youthful (in the main) bunch could really do with some proper one on one coaching to bring them on, a big arm around the shoulder, and more belief in themselves.
If asked two months ago what this group of players need in their next manager, I would answered a tactical mind. They have the skill, the youth, the drive, they just need set up properly. Recall it was Rangers shape not players that brought to a European final.
Now however, and I don’t want to just drift with the wind, but I can really see the wisdom in some next level personal and football coaching, team bonding, and a more efficient work ethic on the pitch.
I’m now looking at our squad thinking who won’t really improve rather than who will.
I’m now looking at our group thinking if you were excellent under a cold (walked in put the team sheet up on the board and walked out), ruthless (everyone bar three or four could be dropped in the blink of an eye plus yelled at the players for losing to Real Madrid), workhorse (run your bloody balls off) of a leader, what happens under the beloved pal manager?
I’m now looking at Brendan and thinking are you the final part of this jigsaw?
I’m drooling at the thought of this group playing with mega confidence and footballing freedom. A license to thrill out there on the park, Brodgeball in full effect, the Bhoys getting used it, then gelling, then hitting new heights.
And the teeth of course. Every manager has their own quirk, Martin the glasses, Lenny the snarl, Wim the perm, Ange the pullover, it’s the teeth with Brendan. Must be an LFC thing as Firmino and Klopp followed his example.
For balance I must point out he’s not the second coming, the flawless man, Mr Perfect.
I wasn’t happy with his timing when he left but there were circumstances. Internal politics is the polite way to frame events.
We witnessed some side to side dross, which in fairness Ange didn’t rightfully tolerate.
And then we have the KT story that emerged, Brendan helped literally run him into the ground, he had to get out to save his actual career.
Which leads me to the medical facilities. That two managers now that have been offered a behind the scenes upgrade supposedly tailored to the modern game. This raises questions.
Is it not incumbant upon the board themselves to keep those facilities up to date? How behind are they and would that factor into our sometimes lengthy injury list, or even deciding not to bother in the case of KT?
We shall never know, but it’s worth pointing out the when a prospective signing is being given the tour and getting the arm twisted, having intent behind the scenes is the sign of a good, well run (can’t believe I’m typing that) football club. We’ve all heard the joke about covering players eyes after leaving Celtic Park, finally making that only a joke sounds nice.
I can picture the future comments,,,’just back from Barrowfield where Oh was immense on his return after a brief time sidelined. Scored four against Hamilton B and had 5,002 give him a standing ovation when subbed on 70. Smashing night.’
Hand on heart, I’m looking forward to watching a game there.
So will many scouts.
Anyways, he’s not God, but he’s very good at his job. But, history has shown his style suffers from the 3 year burnout, after that they stop listening or improving, usually both. As Jose suffers from the same thing, I’m putting down to being human, you can only listen and be inspired by the same manager, boss, song, car, movie, video game, latest trend etc for so long and then you’re a bit older and wiser plus your family and the world have grown up a lot and it’s passed you by because you’ve sold your body to a football club, and as you’re now rich do you really need this fella telling you get up and down that wing much more often?
The response to third season burnout is two fold, youth and turnover.
The youth wanna learn, will listen, do what you say and will run their balls off,, and the seasoned wanna leave and get replaced with another 3 year player.
Brendan’s actually never gotten the proper opportunity to end that 3 year cycle.
Swansea, gone in two.
LFC, two and a half.
Celtic, two and a bit.
Leicester 3 and a half, with the funds for the 3 year refresh withdrawn and aging players retained, worst of both worlds for his style/system.
Besides, 3 years good service would be fine, if all goes accordingly.
Two years of Ange, three of Brendy, hell of a half a decade. I guess there’s nothing else to do but sitback and enjoy the ride.
Where is the question and I often wondered that very question about our last manager. It was a whirlwind two years, we were heading somewhere but it was never a settled destination, I suppose that’s a tell tale sign. I suppose we shall only truly understand what exactly Ange left behind once Brendan truly gets to grips with his personnel, and we all witness what type of tune he can get from them.
I’m now a settled down type of man,,, cats, dog, kid, wife, mortgage, job,you get the picture,,,but I’ve still room for a tiny bit of craziness in my life.
And right now these are crazy times for Celtic as we all turn the page on one chapter and open another which holds so much promise.
Our real life soap opera just keeps delivering.
Let’s see if Brendan does.
By Mahe

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June 19, 2023 4:23 am

Link to Royal Ascot competition. No need to do anything yet,as it doesn’t start until tomorrow. But the rules,prize money etc are all there.


June 19, 2023 4:24 am

My friends in Celtic. I really hate to ask for anything, prefering to give, but could we boost this particular foodbank with anything at all you can afford?


June 19, 2023 4:41 am


Excellent,if a tiny bit harsh on Ange-and Maeda. BR isn’t necessarily an upgrade on Ange,but he is a completely different type of manager. We all saw how Ange could improve a player,how he could fit him into a specific role for the side,one that the player himself had perhaps not seen himself as playing. And it was largely successful too.

But it was,as you point out,his way or the highway. Totally inflexible. Perhaps his one weakness,as it made the job of organising an opponent that much easier. As we saw against the huns-though the team selection that day had a lot to do with it. Too many changes,too many players with limited game time under their belt playing alongside unfamiliar team mates.

In general,Ange sent out his players to play as HE wanted. And he certainly knew his first XI. BR is no tinkerman either,preferring to rely on the players he reckons best fitted the chosen shape of his side. But he was very flexible,and could surprise us with his selections. And with his substitutions too.

He is very clearly the best manager available to us at the moment,with a record of success-barring last season. I suspect his season-end review in a year’s time will be one of success. It will have to be,to overcome those who seriously doubt the wisdom of his appointment,given his previous departure.

June 19, 2023 4:48 am

REBUS67 236

I didn’t think that post was selfish,or even remotely self-indulgent. Far from it. A beautiful and thought-provoking reminder of everything our species is casually discarding. Or burning down.

Nature abhors a vacuum,is a great leveller. So the cliches go. I’d go further. It doesn’t like us,it merely tolerates us. And when we hit it too hard,we can’t be surprised to find it fighting back. Planet Earth will be here long after we are,it has survived bigger upheavals than the current one that we have caused. It will survive this one too.

But we won’t. Not unless there is a rapid and wholesale acceptance that to survive,we must change.

June 19, 2023 5:52 am

Morning Bhoys

Exciting day ahead hopefully.


June 19, 2023 5:53 am

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St tams
June 19, 2023 8:06 am

Good morning, from a a very hot Turkey.
Great stuff Mahe

June 19, 2023 8:17 am

A fine read, this morning, Mahe.
As you say, enjoy the ride.

June 19, 2023 8:19 am

A repost , from last night.
Who remembers this, from 4 years ago?
For anyone who doesn’t know, this is not fake. The guy, finally, has his wish.😂😂
I hope the guy is ok and enjoying the moment.
Police Scotland confirm the 4 years siege of Paisley is over after the man’s demands have been met https://t.co/9qzJk2kqmb

The Gombeen Man
June 19, 2023 8:58 am

Rebus @ 2.36

Thank-you for post this morning, a welcome distraction during this painful interregnum.

I once had a neighbour, a very decent guy who was obsessed with the fruitless pursuit of managing nature. The common term for such individuals is a gardener.

This good friend was such a committed gardener that the timing of family holidays was dictated by the growing season. The garden couldn’t be left to its own devices during nature’s busiest time.

This guy developed an obsession with removing anything that resembled a weed from the gaps in the paving of his driveway. He spent hours on his hands and knees teasing out green shoots of life, missing the breathtaking unfolding of nature’s majesty all around him.

He even purchased a small flamethrower type device and would blast anything resembling life that dared to poke its way through the paving.

Suffice to say, my neighbour has now gone to his eternal rest and those dastardly expressions of life continue to nudge their way through the revered driveway.

Curiously on the day of his passing, I noticed that a few seeds i’d harvested from a beautiful Japanese Maple had came to life. I’d put a couple of seeds into a small pot, filled with compost on the kitchen window sill.

Looking at a tiny fragile shoot it dawned on me that the timeless quality that somehow powers everything is what we really are.

Not anything remotely personal but the essence beyond experience, beyond consciousness. Beyond thought and knowledge.

We like the glorious oak, are here for such a brief period, which is sadly often wasted on trivialities.

There’s peace to be found by surrendering to our shared living heritage with the Maple, the Oak and those godforsaken weeds.

It’s not something to capture, know or understand because it’s what we are.

The therapeutic power of just being in nature is miraculous. It’s amazing the difference just being in nature makes. What’s puzzling is that we don’t actually have to do anything, just be in it.

Let’s hope the Laird from Arnprior experienced that, just for a second.

Till later.

Out into the delights of nature.

June 19, 2023 9:05 am

Ty. Will listen tonight.

The Gombeen Man

Absolutely wonderful post. Brilliant.

St tams
June 19, 2023 9:07 am

Lovely post

June 19, 2023 9:15 am

If not now, When?


June 19, 2023 9:27 am


It has dragged on too long for comfort. Although I do take some comfort that the delay is due to getting the nitty-gritty details absolutely watertight on both sides. This is not an appointment which can be loaded with hidden pitfalls or loopholes.

But if no announcement is made today,I’m gonna really struggle to find any content fit for an article! And no,that’s not me being selfish. It’s just that everyone must be sick and tired of reading the same regurgitated stuff from me day after day. I’m tired of bloody writing it!

Do the diligence,get it signed. It’s been two weeks now. USA and USSR managed to tie up SALT talks quicker.

June 19, 2023 9:41 am

Lol morning Bobby, I am sure it will be fine. Just impatient after Eddie Who let us down.

Too many details leaked about the contract etc for it just to be smoke. No one knows anything except those in the know by the looks, changed days indeed.


June 19, 2023 9:46 am

A bit left field but, as a change from the good but interminable discussions on who, when and why, of managerial candidates, I propose a return to players, systems, tactics ( especially Europe ) and those pesky incremental improvements.

Spain v Croatia last night, although 0-0, had plenty of good football from good footballers played at a rate of knots physically and intellectually.

Elyanoussi available on a free, would you ?

June 19, 2023 9:49 am

I will not get carried away with the return of Brenden. ,, To win seven out of seven trophies was unbelievable, can he do it again. I hope so. But the neighbours life depends on them having some success , and the Lanarkshire refs association along with the governing body will do all in their power to keep them alive.
Scottish football is cutting of its nose to spite its face, by depriving the away fan’s access to more seats in their stadiums. Its not healthy having empty seats in a stadium, just as a department store cannot survive with empty shelves.
If our neighbour’s pass away again, will the league survive? We have too much wealth for the Scottish League, look at our neighbours spending budget after the transfer window closes ,the free transfers salaries are covered by season ticket sales, there is no more money in their kitty to buy players. they are supposed to be on a par with us. Its like Man City and one of the bottom EPL teams, they live in a different universe. We will pay out more money for our new manager than they will spend on buying players. If we win the League this year and next ,and with Champions leavue money coming in can they compete with us? Will our neighbours survive?
Not good thoughts just befor we announce our new manager

June 19, 2023 10:11 am

The expected arrival of BR suggests there has been a change of thinking and so policy since we lost 10iar.

It should kill the idea of PLhaving any influence to return to the policies The Board/DD thought were in the Companies interest to follow when Bankier defended PL at the 2020 Zoom AGM.

Michael Nicholson and Brendan Roger’s can carry on the same process that existed under AP.

A bit more on fundamentals at


June 19, 2023 10:21 am


A good point.

What Celtic have to consider in moving up a level to be regular competitors in UEFA competitions after Christmas is the effect at Ibrox.

RFC Ltd will still have access to UEFA competition and that income should sustain them if they start to follow sustainable financial practice under FSR.

June 19, 2023 10:58 am

AP = Manager first / coach second.
BR = Coach first / manager second.

Hopefully the BR bus arrives on time with all its paperwork correct and we get straight down to work.
The details will reveal all — who will be the coaches / what analysis and medical support will be in place?
We seem to be part of a micro football community at the moment — Us / Spurs / Leicester — keys out a fish bowl.

BR vs The rest?

Would have preferred B/G man with Vallecano guy and Ipswich bloke as interesting outsiders.
However BR would appear to have a point to prove and he has a lot of talents we need.

If we can work all the angles regarding new players and not spend like a sailor on leave we will be in a great place.

Plus investment to improve the stadium / training facilities seems to be on the agenda.
Much needed after 15 years of drought.

Just need the white smoke.

June 19, 2023 11:21 am

Tt @ 9.49

Away fan allocations — that is for the other clubs to deal with themselves.
It would not be much of an away match if the home fans are outnumbered.
It is their call — they have 17 other home games.

Our friends in Govan — their financials will be interesting this season.
Just what is the T/O difference and how will it effect the football on the park?
They have a long future ahead of them if they can leave their ego at the door.

The gap between them and us is bridgeable with good management on and off the park.
Just a case that they do seem to attract more than their fair share of charlatans / carpet baggers / business mentalists.

If TFOD2.1 fail again then we adapt.

If we are doing well and are a competitive force in Europe then we will have options.
If we are an SPL economic force and nothing else then the adaptions will need to be big.

SPL with no TFOD2.1 — their fans will need to go somewhere.
If 50% of them stick with football in Scotland then the SPL will probably strengthen.

QP vs Hertz vs Sheep vs Hibbees vs TFOD3.0 if they can organise — as our main competitor?
Probably TFOD3.0 as Ibrox will need a tenant.

No TFOD2.1 — the league will be easier but the cups will keep things interesting.

If football as SPL football only exists in Scotland to provide a bigotfest then probably best it dies.
If it exists as a sport then it will survive a TFOD2.1 event.

June 19, 2023 11:23 am

Really don’t care if Sevco does not survive continuing Celtic success. Scottish football will realign as it did when the brand-new club was working its way up through the league system. As it stands the Scottish league system needs an entire overhaul from top to bottom. Too many clubs, too little money. Celtic could be at the forefront of the restructuring, helping out with things like a greater percentage of gate receipts for visiting teams, etc.

Any part of Celtic that needs Rangers i’ll happily lose CSC

Ernie Lynch
June 19, 2023 11:24 am

It would be nice to think that the delay in getting the manager’s deal over the line is because it involves, or might even have instigated, a root and branch change to how things are done. Maybe even a coordinated, long term strategy in place to focus on European competition.

Ever the optimist me.

Jobo Baldie
June 19, 2023 11:28 am

Good morning friends.
Notwithstanding the fact that bookies have stopped taking bets on Brendan and that pretty much every media outlet is saying he’s our new Boss, it’s not yet confirmed For that reason I found Mahes lead article slightly concerning. It’ll be a better read back IF amd WHEN Celtic actually do appoint Rodgers.
Can’t be easy doing the leads this past week when there’s really only 1 story in town.
I’ve been lucky to get a long standing relocation request granted and will be in the Main Stand from next season. I’ll be (literally) behind Brendan or whichever other guy is in charge of our team.
An amalgamation of the best bits of Ange and Brendan would do just fine – attacking at every opportunity with fast flowing football but with an in-game change of tactics when required.
In other news, a cloudy drizzly day has resulted in chauffeuring Mrs Baldie for a shopping trip to Livingston. If you see a grumpy old man sitting in a shopping mall please do say hello. I’m wearing Our Lady’s blue…

A thing of beauty
June 19, 2023 11:44 am

Has a wee chuckle at Our Lady’s Blue. It is the standard retort for CCB at the golf when anyone dares to mention that he is wearing blue. 😂😂

June 19, 2023 12:04 pm


Agreed,but get the signatures on the deal then we can go back to tactics,personnel,etc.

The Star Above The Crest
June 19, 2023 12:06 pm
The Star Above The Crest
June 19, 2023 12:06 pm

White smoke

The Gombeen Man
June 19, 2023 12:07 pm

Welcome Back… The Prodigal Son.

Three year deal & my phone battery at 67%.

Great news.

Craig 76
June 19, 2023 12:11 pm
June 19, 2023 12:13 pm

Signatures on the deal,job done and hallelujah.

Now the real work begins. For BR to pick up where he left off,where Ange left off. This won’t be straightforward,it will be no simple task to convince the many doubters who will refuse to forgive and forget.

I reckon a decent run in Europe and a treble on top should just about suffice.

Jobo Baldie
June 19, 2023 12:13 pm

…as we forgive those who trespass against us 😁

June 19, 2023 12:14 pm


You’ve already stolen my headline for the article on the subject!

Big Audio Dynamite
June 19, 2023 12:21 pm

Quality football club hire quality manager.

Exactly how it should be.

BRing it on!

Craig 76
June 19, 2023 12:24 pm

Backroom staff staying

Celtic Football Club
We are also pleased to confirm that John Kennedy will support Brendan Rodgers as the club’s Assistant Manager – along with first-team coaches Stevie Woods, Gavin Strachan and Harry Kewell, and B Team coaches Stephen McManus and Darren O’Dea.

Big Audio Dynamite
June 19, 2023 12:26 pm

Mind that time the Huns had a party cause our manager left? Good times 😂

June 19, 2023 12:32 pm

C76 @ 12.24

Coaching staff — carryover from AP — not good / big missed opportunity.

The better coaching we desperately need is now down to BR himself — not enough.
JFK staying with the club — he needs to get experience elsewhere.
It will hurt the club and himself to stay so close to home.

Interesting how the graduates from the B team are handled plus the loan dozen.
AP was laser focused on numbers — BR from memory was a bit more flabby.

At least we have a decision and can now plan for the new season — football and commercially.
Plenty of low hanging fruit available to move things forward.

CQN is still flying the “we are a selling club” flag.
Somethings will never change.

June 19, 2023 12:38 pm

Reeks of a exec level compromise.

DD — he gets BR.
PL — he get to keep his pet coaches.

No wonder there was so much chat and bluster last week.

Change was forced upon us / change was needed — as always we have gone for the path of least resistance.

Should be enough to keep us going for the next two years.
Squad — very little carryover from BR1.
Should be interesting.

June 19, 2023 12:48 pm

Welcome home Brendan 🍀🍀🍀

PetersandLeeCSC 💚💚

June 19, 2023 12:53 pm

Hopefully you’ve settled down now Bobby

Great news and Brendan is back, to go from hurting and losing Ange to an upgrade must be congratulated.

Take a bow all the board, we have strengthened from a position of strength. Not like us. Lol


June 19, 2023 12:53 pm

Bournemouth has just sacked Gary O’ Neil, a bit of a shocker.
Anyway, is it too soon to wonder what price Brendan is for the job?

June 19, 2023 12:55 pm

Mad Mitch is over the moon.



St tams
June 19, 2023 1:08 pm

Welcome back Brendan 🍀🍀🍀

June 19, 2023 1:15 pm

White smoke and even whiter teeth. Welcome back Brendan Rodgers.

Back to make us relevant in Europe again. If we fail, then even CL Pot4 would be just a dream. Co-efficient points badly needed to stay in the game. Would happily trade the two cups for seven CL Group points and Europe after Christmas. The EPL probably looking at six automatic CL places under the new format. The rest scrambling for a place at the top table, tortuous qualification included.

If this is a DD appointment then fair play to him. He appears to have had a Road To Damascus moment. At the age of 72, about time.

I’m confident that BR will improve the quality that we have, and add a bit more to fill the gaps. He’s not here for a million wingers.

Over on the other channel, Comical Brenny should consider calling it a day. No credibility whatsoever. Will the briefing against the new manager, and snide comments, start immediately, or will the P67/PL alliance wait until the first ball is kicked ?

To quote a certain banner, never Celtic supporters, always frauds.

June 19, 2023 1:16 pm

BR = First team manager.
So who do the B team guys / youth team coaches report to?

Would that be the CEO?
Or do we have a “DoF” type lurking in the shadows?

Very messy organisational structure.

Big Audio Dynamite
June 19, 2023 1:17 pm

Hahahaha, someone is raging.


June 19, 2023 1:22 pm

BR — lots of unfinished business with us.
So welcome back — hopefully your family will talk to you now.

You made a huge difference to the club / team / support in 2016 and hopefully you can do the same again.

Lazy appointment but you are definitely not a lazy manager.
Should be an interesting season coming up.

The Real McCoy
June 19, 2023 1:23 pm

I’ll tell you who else is raging 😡
Some clown on BBC Sport.
No name on article.
Has to mention TWICE that Brendan Rodgers was sacked by Leicester who were subsequently relegated 🤷🏻‍♂️
‘ Brendan Rodgers He left Celtic for Leicester City in February 2019, winning the 2021 FA Cup in his second full season, before he left by mutual consent in April 2023. He returned to Celtic in June 2023.‘
HurtingHunsBBCSportCSC 😡