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Brendan commits to Celtic

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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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  1. Well done to the massive Celtic Family. ( we should have a special handshake )

     

    in making us able to attract the real deal in BR but also remember that we have talented men like PL DD BR in our support initially so we and all our ancestors and predecessors deserve a pat on the back

     

     

    FergusMcCann Training Ground CSC

  2. Gerryfaethebrig on

    MiT 10.42

     

     

    Did you post your assistant “thought you were a bear” ?????

     

     

    After LMS & GFS previous your assistant might have been onto something :-)

  3. Macjay

     

     

    If you are referring to me in your last stupid comment then I expect a full retraction of your idiocy as I am not a shareholder in my club. I am a supporter since my first breath.

     

     

    Your spot in hell is well accounted for.

     

     

    The greatest shame is the acceptance of those of the Celtic support on this issue. The acceptance that such a great moment in our history is likely to deny supporters of an opportunity to witness success.

     

     

    It is absolutely disgusting!

     

     

    This club is moving farther away from the club I love almost daily.

     

     

    Celtic a club for all unless if you are financially sound.

     

     

    MWD

  4. Gerryfaethebrig on

    SOAL 11.10pm

     

     

    Exactly

     

     

    Dual home owner at one point Hamilton & Cumbernauld and that’s only the ones the Tax man knows of….

  5. Gordon64

     

     

    And should it when our club is acting so dispicabely cloaking their capitalism with such a great announcement.

     

     

    At least have the balls to seperate the two by a day and stop acting like Huns! Actually the are way worse than Huns.

     

     

    MWD

  6. Gerryfaethebrig

     

     

    You’re forgetting I also owned most of a west of Scotland football club although I lived in Ireland.

     

     

    I had shares in Man Utd and owned race horses.

     

     

    I participated in the Dunnes Hill Cup golf tournament but only ever spoke about the monkeys.

     

     

    :-)))))

  7. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Gordybhoy 11.11pm

     

     

    We all have our own view and am sure a very large percentage of Celtic fans are over the moon today…..not just Brendans contract but who Brendan might entice to join us…..although they might have to be half decent to get a first 11 shirt

  8. Hamiltontim and Canamalar

     

     

    Sorry I wasn’t trying to minimise the impact of a price increase.

     

     

    My point was that, for some on here, any good news is quickly translated into an anti-board statement. I seem to remember a price decrease being transformed into an issue.

     

     

    I guess that we all view things based on the impact it makes on our own circumstances but some posters never see the positive. Btw I don’t include either of you in that group.

  9. Goooood evening CQN

     

     

    Sorry after last post had to nip ooot

     

     

    Can I say again, I am delighted with Celtic and the announcement on Brendan, over the moon, as the board has now appointed a proper professional manager who will take our club forward.

     

    I Am dissapointed they have taken advantage of this to push through a price increase on season tickets. I would suggest a large percentage of our season ticket holders will feel this increase.

     

    I did hear earlier there is once again a waiting list for season books so timing and risk works ?

     

     

    Back to the team, will interesting to see line up tomorrow – Erik’s form has had a severe dip, I wonder if he wanted to go in January when English clubs were sniffing about ??

     

    Will be interesting to see player turnover in summer, as Brendan wants a smaller squad with more talent, supplemented by youth, with some hugely talented Bhoys coming through, and this strategy begins to bear fruit

     

     

    Oh CRC did daughter no1 get in touch ? I put her on the case earlier

     

     

    Hail Hail

  10. MWD,

     

    I believe that no matter when an increase to ST prices was announced those responsible would have been slated,had they announced it on monday people would have claimed they didnt wait long from the managers announcement to throw in an increase.My comment certainly wasnt aimed at you.

  11. Gerryfaethebrig on

    HT 11.20pm

     

     

    I am positive you have Celtic’s best interests at heart more than that guy :-)

     

     

    But in Brendan, they hit the jackpot……..in my lifetime, could be even better than MON (in time)

  12. MIT-

     

    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

     

    ————-@-@#

     

    You are Ian Durrant and i claim my £5 (remember the Durrant chant)

     

     

    Damn, just noticed you mentioned Lent so you can’t be him.

  13. Season Tickets have been restored to the 2012/13 prices therefore no net increase in 5 years. The UK Retail price index has inflation as follows during that period,

     

     

    2016 2.5%

     

    2015 1.2%

     

    2014 1.6%

     

    2013 2.7%

     

     

    So in a 5 year period we have seen roughly a 10% reduction in ST prices in real terms.

     

     

    I realise this will be of little consolation to those who will experience difficulties with this increase.

  14. Gordonbhoy64

     

     

    I will somehow stretch to season books this season.

     

     

    Sadly something will give to accomodate that.

     

     

    But as Macjay loves to stipulate – we should be looking after our own first.

     

     

    Maybe that is just to do with colour and race though and nothing to do with the less well off.

     

     

    This club of ours is stretching it’s love for the ethos of it’s founders. Aye they might pay and staff the foundation. But to take advantage if the less well off while taking kudos for helping by the very nature of the foundation is dishonest, disputable and disgusting.

     

     

    Especially so when they feel the need to cloak their capatalist tendancies.

     

     

    DD, PL and the rest are no better than Huns without the sash.

     

     

    MWD

  15. Harry B

     

     

    Don’t ever put me in a clique with Canamalar! :-)

     

     

    SOAL

     

     

    Luz at 6:40, I’m a capitalist!

     

     

     

    Gerryfaethebrig

     

     

    Absolutely brilliant from the Celtic board.

     

     

    They also appointed Delia and kept him in place for two teases.

     

     

    It’s absolutely about perspective and balance mate.

  16. Gerryfaethebrig on

    AoW

     

     

    Hope that wasn’t too bad an afternoon seeing me and the Motherwell fan swan out the door at lunchtime, for the record I took your rubbish advice and plumped for Spurs instead of Celtic, so watch out for the bhoys celebrating Brendans new contract with a few goals the morra

  17. Can I repeat, Celtic should today have announced that all season ticket holders will gain access to all league games in their own season ticket seats

     

    Now that would have sent a message they are also looking after their own fans

     

    Just my opinion

     

     

    Incidentally how much did the North Stand executive seat prices go up ?

     

    Thinking of relocating in there :-)

  18. —–

     

     

    Maggie…

     

     

    So… Now Brendan’s Staying At Celtic…

     

     

    He Should Splash Out And Get A New Jaiket At C&A For Those Touchline Duties…

     

     

    Yon Cast-Off Velvetine Noel Coward Dressing-Gown He’s Been Wearing For The Past Few Months….

     

     

    Is Far Too small For Him .

     

     

     

    Agreed…?

     

    ——

  19. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Yes, I’ve caught up with the club announcement.

     

     

    Means nothing to me who is the manager, who is the chief executive, who is the chairman. I do my shift and after that, is there a game to go and watch?

     

     

    Not this season, gave it up to the CSA wasters. I’ll maybe be there in 2027.

  20. COWIEBHOY on 7TH APRIL 2017 11:24 PM

     

     

    Erik has been unconvincing of late. His lack of desire to prevent the cross for the PT goal on Wednesday night was a concern as was the manner in which he was left for dead shortly afterwards. I don’t think he is in Bren’s long terms plans.

  21. I would like to start a clique for those that don’t mind the communication of the SB price increase coming out today.

     

     

    I would also like to be part of the clique that questions the validity of a price increase in the current financial climate.

     

     

    CakeandeatitCSC

  22. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Thetimreaper,

     

    A considerable number of people have not recovered from the wage cuts up to 25% imposed prior to 2010 so any drivel about inflation and the RPI is just that, misleading drivel for the stupid to use as “evidence”. No a dig but when quoting their figure please keep in mind they tend to demand economic altzheimers be applied.

  23. Gerryfaethebrig on

    HT 11.34

     

     

    I liked Ronny but board strategy lower expectations then give us Brendan ?

     

     

    Could they be that sly ?

     

     

    Again, old bhoys who have watched Celtic more than I ever will are Brendan daft, my own dad was always critical, would love his view :-) I have a feeling he would be Brendan daft as well

  24. —-

     

     

    Oor Maggie McGill’s Not One For Sitting On The Jaggedy Fence…

     

     

    (She’s) STILL ‘Pre-Surgery’,You Know…

     

     

     

    For The Hopelessly Smitten ACGR…..

     

     

    “Patience Is A Virtue…”

     

     

  25. The Timreaper.

     

     

    I note you are not taking into consideration the real cost of living increases set against the lower than inflationary salary increases in this period.

     

     

    That said the countries economics is of no consequence. The club has seen profit in each of these years and likely this year is going to realise it’s biggest profit in over 10 years. Yet they do not see it that the support who have stood with them are rewarded.

     

     

    For the first time each home game will cost an adult non cobcession Celtic supporter more than £30 a ticket. Really? To watch scottish football?

     

    Mot days decision is the best news we have had since Brendan signed on and the best news since MON’s appointment. Yet the capitalists see fit to pay for it from supporters income rather than their largest expected profit in years.

     

     

    It saddens me that some, like you, will always find a way to excuse them.

     

     

    Saddens me even more I am not only bring distanced by the capatilist but distanced by other supporters of my club in their attempts to find excuses for this dispicable boards actions and treatment of “Their own”.

     

     

    MWD