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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. CANAMALAR IT LOOKS LIKE OCD OBSESSION on 7TH APRIL 2017 11:38 PM

     

     

    I’m using RPI as a basic measure of economic conditions. I realise it’s not an exact science but lots of businesses will use when considering the price of their goods and services.

  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    MOONBEAMSWD on 7TH APRIL 2017 11:13 PM

     

    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.

     

     

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    IF.

  3. Celtic were supposed to consult on season ticket prices this season. If you bother to look back at November’s AGM you’ll understand how and why.

     

     

    I’m absolutely delighted with today’s first announcement but disgusted by the second.

  4. THETIMREAPER on 7TH APRIL 2017 11:42 PM

     

    CANAMALAR IT LOOKS LIKE OCD OBSESSION on 7TH APRIL 2017 11:38 PM

     

     

     

    I’m using RPI as a basic measure of economic conditions. I realise it’s not an exact science but lots of businesses will use when considering the price of their goods and services.

     

     

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    Is this what Walfrid used?

  5. ————

     

     

     

    And A Great Album To Bookmark…

     

     

    Andy Irvine & Paul Brady : The Album (1976)

     

     

     

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=DehychgRSDk

     

     

     

     

    

     

     

    Andy Irvine / Paul Brady (Album)

     

     

    Tracks :

     

     

     

    1. “Plains of Kildare” (Words: Traditional; Music: Irvine)

     

     

     

    2. “Lough Erne Shore” (Traditional; arranged by Brady)

     

     

     

    3. “Fred Finn’s Reel”/”Sailing into Walpole’s Marsh” (Traditional; arranged by Brady, Irvine, Lunny and Burke)

     

     

     

    4. “Bonny Woodhall” (Words: Traditional; Music: Irvine)

     

     

     

    5. “Arthur McBride” (Brady, adapted & arranged with new lyrics from traditional)

     

     

     

    6. “The Jolly Soldier” (Traditional; arranged with additional lyrics by Brady) / “The Blarney Pilgrim” (Traditional; arranged by Brady, Irvine and Burke)

     

     

     

    7. “Autumn Gold” (Andy Irvine)

     

     

     

    8. “Mary and the Soldier” (Traditional; arranged with additional lyrics by Brady)

     

     

     

    9. “The Streets of Derry” (Traditional; arranged by Irvine)

     

     

    10. “Martinmas Time” (Traditional; arranged by Irvine) / “The Little Stack of Wheat” (Traditional; arranged by Brady, Lunny and Burke)

     

     

    Credits:

     

     

    Backing Vocals, Bodhrán, Bouzouki, Guitar – Donal Lunny

     

    Backing Vocals, Bouzouki, Cittern, Guitar, Harmonium, Mandolin, Vocals, Whistle – Paul Brady

     

    Bouzouki, Guitar, Harmonica, Hurdy Gurdy, Mandola, Mandolin, Vocals, Whistle – Andy Irvine

     

    Design [Cover] – Niall Toolan

     

    Engineer – Ted Sharp

     

    Fiddle – Kevin Burke (2)

     

    Liner Notes – Frank Harte

     

    Photography – Johnny Morris

     

    Producer – Donal Lunny

     

    Written-By – Trad.* (tracks: 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 to 10)

     

     

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  6. MWD

     

     

    I wouldn’t say I’m excusing them, I’m being realistic. Brendan is on £2.5m a year at least, market conditions dictate his salary and the salary of Scott Sinclair and others. I don’t see anyone criticising Brendan for not doing the job for much less. There is little morality in the game, it’s not right but it’s where we are.

  7. Gerry, just heard that half the Spurs team have been hit with the lurgy and are struggling to field a team tomorrow :-(

     

     

    Nae luck mate.

     

     

    OJ

     

     

    Remember. My aim is to beat you at GFS2 and also, remember my blog name.

     

     

    Love

     

    Art of War

  8. Delaneys Dunky on

    HT

     

     

    Both announcements were well pre planned in a very capitalist manner. We give you Brendan, you give us your money, and the merr the merrier forever.

  9. Thetimreaper

     

    i have deleted my original response, and will leave at

     

    Absolute rubbish :-)

  10. MWD,

     

    i see ST being priced from £466 for adults,which is nowhere near £30 a game,

     

    do we have a large number of ST sold at over £630,?

  11. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Thetimreaper,

     

    Sorry pal but that is complete drivel, and the same drivel that’s been used to con consumers and wageslaves for the past 100 years. Inflation was far higher than the advertised RPI, prices stayed very similar but quantity and quality of services and basic necessities were reduced. Astute businessmen still live by the code of never give a sucker an even break, to believe anything else is simply naïeve

  12. Gerryfaethebrig on

    AoW 11.47

     

     

    Remember you can’t “beat” me yet as I am 1-0 up…..the clue is we are now in Goals For Shay 2, I welcome your chance of an equaliser :-)

     

     

    Going into Goals For Shay 3 in August only one of us can be behind :-)

     

     

    (A wee clue it won’t be me :-)

  13. COWIEBHOY on 7TH APRIL 2017 11:51 PM

     

    Thetimreaper

     

     

    i have deleted my original response, and will leave at

     

     

    Absolute rubbish :-)

     

     

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    Always a pleasure :))

  14. Delaneys Dunky on

    Gordy

     

     

    I am about £23 a game in north stand upper.

     

    Less than I give to Ladbrokes of a weekend. ;))

  15. I’ll be paying £500. And that’ll only get me a seat for 1 European qualifier!

     

     

    Time for kip….

     

     

    safestandingNorthCyurveCSC

  16. DD

     

     

    Completely correct G. If you’ve read my posts I don’t criticise the increase in prices, I’m appalled at how it’s been done.

  17. Macjay

     

     

    Are you capable of proper debate?

     

     

    Do you think Celtic PLC should be looking after their own? You know just like the mantra you spout on here to support your racist views!

     

     

    Gordybhoy64

     

     

    Can you advise the % of fans who will pay below £540 as opposed by those who will pay over?

     

     

    MWD

  18. CANAMALAR IT LOOKS LIKE OCD OBSESSION on 7TH APRIL 2017 11:53 PM

     

     

    I brought some numbers into the debate. You interpret them and things differently, fair enough.

  19. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    As far as we and the board are concerned they are operating a monopoly

  20. Gerry – lol.

     

     

    Still think Spurs is best bet. We’ll see.

     

     

    Next time I’m behind you is cos it’s your round :-)

  21. Delaneys,

     

    all donations gratefully received ;-)))

     

     

    MWD,

     

    i dont know,i was surprised when you said £30 a game,

     

    had a look and the ST covers 21 games,my view is that the increase can only be justified if major investment is made in the team,will that happen,who knows.

  22. TTR

     

    Should have been clearer, that was a response to your posts at 11.31 & 11.42

     

    I agree on your Erik post :-)

     

    Think a few others will be moved on

     

    Ciftci ? Bitton ? McGregor ?:-)) Henderson ? Commons out of contract

     

     

    Hail Hail and Nytol

  23. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Gordy..,

     

    I know that no major investment will be made, increases in wages will be met by reducing the numbers, something we have been asking for since the turn of the century.

  24. Gerryfaethebrig on

    DD 11.07pm

     

     

    Just read your post, hope your mum is as good as can be but reading your post my own wee mum loved Tommy Burns, TB was her Celtic

     

     

    HT 11.10… Missed your Wishy post, am saying nothing ma wee mates fae Wishy Hill …..

     

     

    Makes Coatbridge look like Monaco

  25. Today should have been a day enjoyed by all fans. Yes, even the less well off in our support. Not a day for them to be punished at a time when profits are likely to exceed those at any time in last 10 years.

     

     

    I truly am at awe of those excusing our PLC’s capitalism and those accepting of their dispucable and disgusting abuse of Celtic fans.

     

     

    I suppose it all comes down to people’s human traits.

     

     

    Thankfully I am able to distance myself further from right wing Celtic as it distances itself further from Brother Walfrid.

     

     

    MWD

  26. Delaneys

     

     

    Please believe me that there is only one person who makes daily decisions in there and it ain’t who you’ve mentioned.

     

     

    PeterPLC

  27. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Dbhoy 12.09am

     

     

    Have enjoyed your post during the night on my way to work during the week

     

     

    BUT

     

    German fitba compared to SPL is daft……their TV revenue is mental, they actually probably don’t need to charge to get in and their figures would still blow Celtic out the water