Brendan commits to Celtic


A few hours ago we discussed Brendan Rodgers eventually retiring from Celtic through old age. That took a step close to reality today when he signed a contract which commits him to the club until 2021.

Brendan knows that he and Celtic are perfect for each other. He has no interest in returning to England, or leaving for foreign shores. He has made his home in Scotland, at Celtic, the club he loves.

If you think Champions League group stage and an unbeaten 38 game domestic season are the limits of his ambitions, think again. He has been planning for the period up to 2021 since shortly after arriving at the club, keen to build a lasting and memorable legacy.

I’ve reprinted today’s earlier blog below, as it’s pertinent to today’s announcement. And there’s a bit about the Celtic Disabled Supporters’ Association dinner dance………

The earlier blog:

You will have noticed minds elsewhere have recently turned to the most difficult question in Scottish football, how will Celtic’s inextricable domination of Scottish football be stopped? If you have been reading CQN for as long as I’ve been writing it, you’ll know the information you should consult on this question is the financial fundamentals.

Celtic’s domination was assured since well before it was predicted here (in 2004). Our only opponent worthy of the name was indulging in an orgy of irresponsibility. While the eventual outcome was more delightful than any of us dared hope, the consequences for the Scottish title were always going to end up the same way.

Celtic just needed to stave off the desire to join the lemmings, keep to a responsible budget, and their long-term outcome was assured.

But this is not the issue most commentators ponder when considering how Celtic will be clawed back into the pack, all they can see is a manager with the apparent Midas touch. While Brendan is here, the story goes, it’s not even worthwhile discussing Celtic’s domination.

I agree with this point, although I could add that Ronny won two leagues more than comfortably, Neil won three, and when Brendan eventually reties due to old age, we’ll be very capable of recruiting an effective talent.

There’s been a fascinating juxtaposition this week on the subject of Brendan as he secured his first title as Celtic manager. 11 months ago, when Ronny announced he was leaving, Peter Lawwell drew up his targets. Two names were at the top of the list, Brendan, and now-Sunderland manager, Davie Moyes. Both were interviewed and both knew each other was under consideration. I’m pretty sure Celtic were prepared to sign up the first one who would commit.

11 months on and, from 100 miles away, life seems to be disentangling for Davie Moyes. The jocular threat to slap a female reporter is systematic of a man who is losing control. After a promising honeymoon period at Sunderland, his team is destined for relegation, most probably as bottom of the division.

There is a haunting realisation in the North East that, like a struggling swimmer who has bobbed below the waterline a few times, the next time they are under could be a great deal more consequential.  Moyes’ reputation has taken more than a slap.

I remember Davie as a player (splay-footed and unconvincing), and wanted his as Celtic manager when Gordon Strachan resigned. His decade at Everton provides ample evidence of his genuine talent. These are the things my mind turns to when his name is mentioned.

When Brendan hears Davie’s name, what chance he thinks, “There but for the grace of God………”

We’ve got a great manager, but he knows he’s got a great job.

Celtic Disabled Supporters Association
Dinner Dance
Kerrydale Suite, Friday 21 April

The Disabled Supporters Association invite you to addend their annual Dinner Dance later this month.  Tickets are a mere £25 per head, which includes a three course meal, live entertainment from The Foggy Dew, and a Q&A with Jim Craig, Bertie Auld and Tom Boyd.

The trophies will be there for photos and there will be lots of additional entertainment.  All are welcome.

For tickets, contact events@celticdsa.co.uk or 07514-059870 (office hours).

Coolest T-shirt on the planet in remarkable book offer, shipping later this month:

Enjoy your weekend.


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  2. South Of Tunis on 7th April 2017 10:27 pm



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    Spitting Image 1987 Election Special. Tomorrow belongs to me



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  4. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Mike in Toronto



    I am not usually a podium chaser, gave that up long ago, but to beat my LMS & GFS nemesis just makes Brenadans contract extension a little sweeter……. (Off chocolate till Easter Sunday so need any sweetness in my life :-)

  5. Brilliant to think that not a single person in the SMSM knew about the announcement this morning.

  6. Obviously the suits are going to back Brendan, he wants a CB, a proper middy and another striker, these will cost a few bob, so he has to offload a few, not as easy as it sounds, they will be on decent money and won’t be willing to drop their income, those who’s contract’s are up if not needed will be free to do what they wish, so I wonder how much they are going to back him, how committed are they, wheans I hope.

  7. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Very interesting day for me


    This morning passed my second kidney stone, not recommended avoid if possible.



    In the hospital I met a Syrian and asked his opinion, not happy with the USA and Europe.


    Told me he got a call from a friend who served at an airbase that had 6 scrapped planes lying in bits at the end of a disused runway, apparently one cruise missile was worth the lot put together :0D))))


    Brendan signs up till 2021, the second item made me laugh, the last item brings great joy.


    The first item wisny braw atawe

  8. thetimreaper on 7th April 2017 10:39 pm



    Brilliant to think that not a single person in the SMSM knew about the announcement this morning.






    I think Craig Burley was a jibberer, soon out.



    Maks sense he had that Hatred.



    CELTIC is just LOVE.

  9. mike in toronto on

    GFTB … ha!



    I also gave up chocolate (and fruit juice) for lent …. my assistant said I was like a bear with a sore ass for the first week!

  10. Delaneys Dunky on




    Ryan and I will see you there.


    Belle and Sebastian should be fun too.



  11. Tommy B got the haters to carry his Coffin.



    This is not about fitba.



    We’ve won the WAR. FFS start being humble.



    Look in the Mirror.

  12. No comment Paul67 on the continued pricing out of Celtic supporters from being able to enjoy and cherish what Brendan has brought us and what he is going to bring us.



    At a time when the club is likely to cut it’s biggest turnover and profit margin they do not see to keeping those who may be tighter financially from enjoying their club. Especially our under 16’s who see an increase of almost 50% on their season books.



    It’s even sadder that they don’t see fit to announce their distasteful and disgraceful capitalism while they assume and celebrate the forefather of Brother Walfrid. They are a truly disputable bunch increasing prices on the support at a time when they have and are more than likely to draw £30 more millions on the back of the support and Brendan’s professional guidance.



    I truly hope there is a special place in hell for them.




  13. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Straplines that could have been different:




    Carlsberg. Probably a bog standard pilsner type beer, with nice green writing on the font.




    Fudge. A finger of Fudge is just enough, to increase your childs chance of type two diabetes.




    Red Bull. Gives you a horrible twitchy buzz.




    Nike. Just slouch around and watch TV




    Kellogg’s Frosties. They’re Grrr…. sweeter than Cornflakes








    Well done Celtic, imagine trying to sell season tickets on the back of good news from the playing division. Whit they like eh?

  14. Paul67



    This post, together with the previous one, gives clarity for those that need it, on the motivation of the Board and BR.



    We have a very talented manager. One of the best in the UK. Even more than that, he is a life long supporter with a plan to grow our Club. He is aligned with the long term strategy of the Board.



    Or maybe it’s a smokescreen to put £50 on a SB. FFS!



    If a “supporter” can’t enjoy today’s news for at least 24 hours then, I wonder what would make them happy.

  15. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    The blog must be a hard place to follow these daze as a school janny canny follow the correct article




  16. ‘ how will Celtic’s inextricable domination of Scottish football be stopped?’






    Simple. Move to the EPL.

  17. Gerryfaethebrig on

    MIT 10.42



    Off chocolate & crisps, which is probably more difficult than alcohol, but am a bit stubborn more to maself and MissGFTB tempts with golden wonder cheese n onion and galaxy chocolate every day….. Delighted with Brendan’s announcement today, even better he mentioned Craig, Kieran & Stuart in letting them know he ain’t going anywhere soon, Scott Sinclair for me is Martin O’Neills Chris Sutton……joined a player will leave a fan…… I wasn’t kidding earlier, old bhoys who have watched and saw much more if Celtic than I ever will (and some used to have never a good word to say) all love our Brendan……..

  18. Harry B



    My daughter just text back this minute asking why season ticket prices have gone up.



    Out of the mouths of Tims.

  19. Gerryfaethebrig on

    SOAL 11.00pm



    Shocking, every post I read you keep bullying poor Cumbernauld Tim

  20. Delaneys Dunky on




    My mammy told me today that she loves Brendan because he has the same charisma as her two heroes in life. Dean Martin and Jock Stein. :)

  21. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Why would anyone be happy about being priced out of supporting their club regardless of who the manager is ?

  22. My postie who is a mad Real fan reckons that english football is well over rated, must admit have to agree with him, he also reckons that our manager is the best english speaking manager around, he reckons that Conti is the best on the planet, we will see.

  23. Gerryfaethebrig



    I light 5 candles every weekend. The first is enlightenment and electricity for Wishy x

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