If I’m being magnanimous, Brendan made no secret of the fact that he wanted to return to the English Premier League. When he was here, he won everything available to him domestically and proved that you can please all of the people all of the time. We want managers to be ambitious, honest and successful and that’s what we got.
It rankles that his timing was so poor, a day before we visit Tynecastle on league duty and five days before we visit Easter Road in the Cup. Brendan saw little compensation in Moussa Dembele’s success here, or ambition, when he engineered his exit at a bad time for the manager, the same is true now. Celtic knew nothing of this before yesterday and have a major job on their hands to ensure the quest for the treble treble remains on course.
Neil Lennon is likely to be announced as interim manager. We are fortunate to have as an experienced hand available. If anyone knows how to take a Celtic team to Edinburgh, it’s Neil. Plans for next season will continue in the background, but Neil will be asked to deliver the treble and nothing will be allowed to distract him or the players from that objective.
I have heard from a few CQN’ers who are surprised today, but we should know better. This is football, managers and players are highly paid professionals, all the badge thumping in the world does not change that. Exceptions are rare.
Best of luck to you, Brendan, and thanks for the trebles. You could have held out for better than Leicester, but there’s every chance you’ll keep them in the division for many years.