Brendan juxtaposition, but for the grace of God


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.

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    Winning ways again tomorrow,please.



    Too many draws already this season(!)

  2. ibleedgreenandwhite1 on

    Noticed on Facebook someone had posted something about a major announcement coming out of Celtic park today,,Paul 67 or anyone else know anything about it???




  3. Started off reading blog on PC, but gave up in favour of iPhone. CQN is near unreadable on the PC with adverts, pop ups and fake news stories.



    As for Moyes, he’s at a club where it was always going to end in relegation at some point. They’ve missed out on relegation how many times by the odd point or 2.



    Not entirely certain if he did, or didn’t, say no to Celtic, but I bet he casts an envious eye to Brendan and Celtic now.





    Davie Moyes has had five jobs in his managerial career. Discounting his few months in Spain as the main part of his career has been in the UK



    At Preston and Everton,he was under very little pressure. Expectations were low and anything else was a bonus.






    At Man Utd and Sunderland,he was under immense and opposite pressure from the start. The room for manoeuvre limited,he either got 10/10 or 0/10.



    I don’t think he got the backing from Man Utd and they’ve spent absolute fortunes since and barely improved. At Sunderland,well,even Houdini realised his time was up eventually.



    (I wonder if fans of Villa and Sunderland regret their hounding of MON,btw!)



    Now,could Moyes have coped with the pressure at Celtic? A media who ask much worse than that BBC reporter? A fanbase who see success as a title AND European progress?



    I dunno. I wish him well,a mid-table side like Stoke or Watford is made for him.



    Celtic is made for Brendan

  5. David Moyes never had the certain something special to be a great Celtic manager and I am mighty relieved that he’s not.



    Brendan has it in spades as did Martin and the man himself Mr Stein..




    Google Chrome and Adblocker Plus on the PC works a treat, I have the opposite effect on my iPhone and don’t want to turn off Java and haven’t found an App yet that I want to install as an Adblocker on my phone.

  7. weebobbycollins on

    Top three unconvincing, splay-footed Celtic players of all time…1 David Moyes…2 Davy Moyes…3 Moyesy




    There are currently 23 ads locked on this page, only downside is that when you refresh the page a couple of times it throws you out and you have to log back in if you want to comment.

  9. ‘Major’ announcement to be made this afternoon – rescheduled media conference from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

  10. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    ALMORE on 7TH APRIL 2017 7:49 AM


    Macjay: if you could get any more info on the programme you mentioned I would appreciate it.






    Will do .

  11. !!Bada Bing!! on

    The 2.30 Presser, is for a new episode of Undercover Boss, where Peter Lawwell pays for Stuart Armstrong’s Uni fees….

  12. weebobbycollins on

    I think you will find there are more splay-footed football journalists than there are footballers…and they are most definitely unconvincing…

  13. BMCUP 12.11,


    Your right mate…..all these draws are feckin killin us !



    Brendan to announce today that he has chosen me as his Number 17 .


    I’ll most likely have the smsm following me everywhere now ?

  14. weebobbycollins on

    Celtic to announce a moratorium on the signing of splay-footed players and managers until further notice…

  15. ROBINBHOY on 7TH APRIL 2017 12:37 PM






    ‘There are currently 23 ads locked on this page,’






    I’ve only got 20 blocked.



    Why is that?



    Is it a clique thing?



    I feel that I’m being short changed somehow.

  16. Robinbhoy – thanks m8.



    I have Crystal Adblock on my iPhone and it works a treat. No pop ups or ads. Helps too with some other sites like Newsnow.



    Will have a look at Chrome solution with AdBlocker.

  17. What is the Stars on

    Word is at 2.30 a press conference at Celtic Park


    Peter Lawwell will issue a statement asking Celtic Fans for input into the major question of our current times…….


    That question is of course…





    Have they not suffered enough ??????



    Someone just posted on Facebook that there is a major announcement coming out of Celtic park today at 2-30,,anyone shed any light on this?








    I don’t normally break confidences but, on this occasion, I feel compelled to do so.



    This will be the official Celtic Football Club Statement:



    Celtic Football Club has been notified of a petition to deduct the club 25 league points during the current league season.



    The club has investigated the instigators of this and have identified them as a P67 and a WC. The club understands that P67 and WC operate a so-called football blog which has suffered catastrophic reduction in activity since Celtic achieved 6 league titles in a row.



    Celtic will vigorously oppose this petition which is based solely on the selfish self-interest of these bloggers and we assure our supporters that this petition will not succeed.



    End of Statement

  19. weebobbycollins on

    Btw…I have nothing against splay-footed people, some of my…a couple of…one of my…….i used to have lots and lots of splay-footed pals…

  20. weebobbycollins on

    Can you imagine if the splay-footed David Moyes had worn white boots….size 10s…??

  21. No Hrvatski Jim, this will be the official Celtic Football Club Statement:



    “Celtic Football Club has been notified that it is to have 25 league points deducted during the current league season for gaining an unfair sporting advantage over all the other teams by being run in a financially responsible manner.

  22. A teacher in the classroom says, ” Right class, I want you to tell me what your Father does for a living” ?


    Wee Mary puts her hand up, ” Miss, my Father is an electrician”


    Teacher, ” That’s very good Mary, what’s your Fathers favourite part of his job” ?


    Wee Mary, ” Rewiring lights Miss”.



    Wee Tommy puts his hand up. ” Miss, Miss, my Father is a carpenter”.


    Teacher says, ” That’s very good Tommy, what’s your Dads favourite job” ?


    Wee Tommy replies, ” Fitting new doors and windows Miss”.


    Teacher, ” That”s very good Tommy”……………………….



    At the back Wee Johnny puts his hand up, ” Miss…Miss my Dads a Magician”, he excitediy proclaims !


    Teacher, ” That’s very very interesting Johnny, and what’s your Dad’s favourite trick” ?


    Wee johnny replies , ” He’s likes to saw people in half Miss”.



    Teacher, ” Now that is really interesting Johnny, tell me more about the rest of your family” ?


    Wee johnny, ” Well Miss………….I’ve got TWO half Brothers, and TWO half sisters ” !




  23. We’ve got a great team and a great manager……….



    All good stuff.




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