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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  1. Also hearing of a major announcement.



    Your article Pau67 is bang on the money.



    We are definitely on the way to 10 in a row




  2. Got Adblock on this IPHONE, had to turn it off because of excessive battery drain.

  3. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Well said, Paul. The MSM are trying to push Brendan out the door – can’t wait to get back to the EPL, apparently.


    Aside from the very top jobs (which he probably wouldn’t get) l don’t see anything there that would interest him.


    Was dreading the potential appointment of Moyes and glad we went for Brendan. A real Celtic manager. Exciting times ahead.

  4. Brendan to announce his team early.



    It’s what all the top managers do these days, apparently.

  5. SMSM will be sick. There biggest question at the moment nailed……….



    Roll on 7, 8, 9 and 10.




  6. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Maybe they’re announcing that Brendan is leaving and he’s going to be replaced by Moyes :-)

  7. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Is presser on the website,? I think the club lose good opportunities at times…

  8. don’t think it’s a player or contract thing. that would be done at lennoxtown.



    must be corporate. new sponsorship, or hotel developments perhaps.

  9. Celtic FC PLC would like to announce that we are not that bothered about Stupid FC (the died) and claiming their trophies won with honesty and integrity. Resolution 12 is now closed and we will support Stupid FC (the new) in their attack on European Football next season.



    We also would like t announce we do not care much about our own support or what they think.



    Please support your PLC in it’s right to not give a flying sexual act about anything but us earning big an dour pals at Stupid FC



    Thank you

  10. …..It’s the parkin’ a tells ye……


    aw that CAFE stuff is just…


    ……….pies in the sky!




  11. 2.30pm



    Brendan is going back to managing in the EPL next season…



    …with Celtic.



    They’ve finally decided to let us in after Brendan told all the speculators who have been opining that Celtic would struggle to avoid relegation from the EPL, that the only way to test the validity of their claims is to let us join.

  12. patmcgrathtakesapenalty on

    That announcement:



    Dembele to Real Madrid;


    Tierney to Arsenal;


    Armstrong to West Ham;


    Griff and Brown back to Hibs;


    Brendan to Barca;


    Forrest to his gran’s;


    Hoopy the Hound to Crufts


    and there’s more…

  13. !!BADA BING!!



    Very much a guess. Announcement will most likely be commercial or infrastructure

  14. celtic to issue a denial that PL is donating a fiver every week to John James site.

  15. MWD



    Or perhaps it’s to say they are unhappy with SFA?



    http://etims.net/?p=11064 a must read on Regan.



    Aye right. That may be true but they are unlikely to say anything in public.



    Someone on Twitter suggested it’s about a hotel. Not a bad shout.

  16. fieldofdrams on

    Bad news wouldn’t be announced this way, would it? I’m thinking something to do with one of the Lions, ill health…I dunno. I’m not normally a pessimist.

  17. The Green Jedi on

    whats the chances of a price freeze on Season books (I still use the term season book!!) been frozen for the second year in a row? Last year the Board had no choice but to freeze them as 20,000 people in April were on the verge of telling Lawwell to stick them up yer ar*e!!!

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